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In Brief

Digital coordinator named

As the NLS digital talking book project enters its final and most crucial development phase, Jean Moss has been appointed digital projects coordinator. Ms. Moss will help ensure a smooth transition from the existing NLS analog cassette-based production and distribution system to a much improved system based in digital technology. She will work closely with the director, deputy director, and technical and managerial staff to assist in the implementation of this major transition, from which NLS's nearly 700,000 program users will begin to benefit with the introduction of digital talking book machines and media, planned for 2008.

An overview of the NLS digital talking book project can be found in the Current Strategic Business Plan for the Implementation of Digital Systems (December 2003) on the NLS web site: http://www.loc.gov/nls/businessplan2003.html.

Ms. Moss will monitor plans and projects for the provision of digitally-based services to more than 140 libraries and their patrons in the nationwide network and for the acquisition, production, distribution, storage, and preservation of digital audio materials and equipment. She will identify potential technical and logistic problems in cooperative NLS activities and devise solutions. Working closely with staff, contractors, patrons, and affiliated agencies, she will track, evaluate, and report on digital projects, tasks, schedules, and deadlines.

Jean Moss has been directly involved in digital planning since May 2003, when she was detailed from her post as assistant head of the NLS Production Control Section. In her production role, she assisted in planning, coordinating, and evaluating the annual production of more than 2,500 braille and recorded book and magazine titles. Supervising a staff of nine, she undertook statistical and contract performance analyses, prepared annual budgets of $20 million, and developed business and management plans.

Ms. Moss came to NLS well prepared by her years in the private sector, where she worked first as a financial planner and investment counselor with the Prudential Insurance Company, then as circulation manager with Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal. Supervising a staff of sixty-five, she managed payroll, billing, fulfillment, and production activities and the distribution of publications in Virginia.

A graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied political science and mathematics, Ms. Moss is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Maryland.

With comments or queries about the digital program, write Jean M. Moss, Digital Projects Coordinator, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 1291 Taylor Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20542; or e-mail: jemo@loc.gov.

New NLS publications

The Reference Section has announced the availability of two new publications.

The 2004 edition of Library Resources for the Blind and Physically Handicapped contains information on NLS network libraries supplied through the Network Library Database, as well as information about non-NLS network resources gathered in a separate survey. The publication is available in regular print on request from the Reference Section and is posted on the NLS web site: http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/directories/resources2004.html

Deaf-Blindness: National Organizations and Resources (04-01), a revised and updated reference circular, has been issued in large print and will be available in braille in the near future. It is posted on the NLS web site: http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/circulars/deafblind.html.

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, contact 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

Dr. Wayne Dyer's Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace       RC 55026
by Wayne W. Dyer
read by Neil Berman
1 cassette
Offers ten principles by which to achieve inner peace through changing one's outlook on life and embracing spirituality through meditation. Proposes that feeling the daily presence of God will lead to contentment and satisfaction. 2001.

Healing the Addictive Mind       RC 55207
by Lee L. Jampolsky
read by Tom Burch
1 cassette
Based on A Course in Miracles (RC 43840), a psychologist defines addiction broadly as "pursuing happiness in things (people, places, substances) external to myself." The book focuses on enabling readers to find peace of mind and love. Includes daily lessons. 1991.

Atkins for Life: The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss and Good Health       RC 55758
by Robert C. Atkins
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
The late physician's last book—following Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (RC 44854)—explains how to permanently maintain an ideal weight by eliminating excess carbohydrates from one's diet. Includes six months of menu plans and recipes as well as success stories by dieters. Bestseller 2003.

Mutiny on the Globe: The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock       RC 55833
by Thomas Farel Heffernan
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Historian Heffernan's account of the 1824 mutiny led by Samuel Comstock, who methodically murdered the officers of a whaling ship, planning to start his own city on a Pacific island. Describes the violence and its aftermath, when a handful of survivors including Samuel's younger brother, George, escaped. Some violence. 2002.

A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow: An American Hitchhiking Odyssey       RC 55999
by Tim Brookes
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
British-born journalist, professor, and NPR commentator sets out to relive his cross-country hitchhiking experience of 1973. Disregarding contemporary fears of crime and violence, Brookes hopes to discover how the country has changed after twenty-five years. Based on material first published in National Geographic. 2000.

The New Public School Parent: How to Get the Best Education for Your Child       RC 56038
by Bob Chase
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
A guide to help parents evaluate their children's teachers and school environments and advocate for the appropriate education. Provides information on learning disabilities, gifted programs, standardized testing, and school choice and gives advice for coping with bullying and related problems. 2002.

Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker       RC 56047
by James McManus
read by Jim Zeiger
4 cassettes
On assignment in Las Vegas to cover both the 2000 World Series of Poker and former game host Ted Binion's murder trial, McManus entered the competition. Describes the action at the tables, his progress in the event, and the underground world of the city. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Betty Crocker's Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today       RC 56070
edited by Betty Crocker
read by Janis Gray
9 cassettes in 2 containers
Updated edition of fifty-year classic cookbook with more than nine hundred recipes for delicious eating. Includes information on techniques, terminology, and ingredients. Offers favorite American foods and ideas for vegetarian fare, grilling, slow cookers, bread machines, and low-fat cuisine. 2001.

Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle       RC 56078
edited by Gail Damerow
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
Straightforward, comprehensive instructions on caring for livestock on a small farm. Provides pros and cons of raising these animals and tips on feeding and housing them. Includes a glossary and a list of helpful organizations and web sites. 2002.

DNA: The Secret of Life       RC 56089
by James D. Watson
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
History of genetics research and its applications during the fifty years since the 1953 discovery of the DNA double helix structure, for which the author shared a Nobel prize in 1962. Discusses the implications of genetic technology, including issues surrounding cloning, DNA analysis, and the human genome project. 2003.

How to Keep Your Teenager out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can't       RC 56090
by Neil I. Bernstein
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Psychologist details the skills parents need to successfully guide their child through the teen years. Explains how to set limits, communicate, instill morals, and deal with school and peer pressure. Gives examples from his practice and recommends when to seek professional help. 2001.

In the Hands of the Great Spirit: The 20,000-Year History of American Indians       RC 56097
by Jake Page
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Narrative overview of major events shaping the history of the Indian people in the lower forty-eight states. Discusses the arrival of "American Indians" on the North American continent some seventeen thousand years before Columbus landed. Explores their strife with European settlers and subsequent treatment by the U.S. government through the twentieth century. 2003.

Great Projects: The Epic Story of the Building of America, from the Taming of the Mississippi to the Invention of the Internet       RC 56098
by James Tobin
read by Tom Burch
3 cassettes
Presents the engineers who conceived and carried out the actual building of eight major enterprises: levees for Mississippi River flood control, the Hoover Dam, Edison's lighting system, the spread of electricity across the nation, the Croton Aqueduct, the bridges of New York City, Boston's street reconstruction, and the ever-evolving Internet. Companion to PBS series. 2001.

Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves       RC 56104
by Ira Berlin
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
In this sequel to Many Thousands Gone (RC 47971), Berlin continues relating the saga of American slavery from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to its abolition in the nineteenth. Discusses differences in the northern and southern parts of the country, westward migration, and eventual freedom. 2003.

The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century       RC 56105
edited by John Brockman
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Twenty-five essays by leading scientists discuss the future of science and technology. A theoretical biologist believes the mystery of life will be revealed. A psychiatrist foresees genetic research leading to individualized medication for disorders. Scientists also predict finally learning if humans are alone in the universe. 2002.

The Education of Lieutenant Kerrey       RC 56106
by Gregory L. Vistica
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Television news producer investigates former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey's role in the 1969 Navy SEAL raid on a Vietnam village that left approximately twenty-five women and children dead. Vistica examines Kerrey's life as a war hero and politician, scrutinizes conflicting stories about the mission, and evaluates his eventual public disclosure. Violence. 2003.

Don't Know Much about History: Everything You Need to Know about American History but Never Learned       RC 56126
by Kenneth C. Davis
read by Erik Synnestvedt
5 cassettes
Revised, updated, and expanded edition of 1990 reference guide to America's past and present (RC 33588). In question-and-answer format, Davis provides facts about important people and events in U.S. history, from the contested issue of America's discovery to President Bill Clinton's impeachment hearing and the controversial 2000 election. 2003.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microsoft Windows XP       RC 56157
by Shelley O'Hara
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Explains the fundamentals of Windows XP for the nontechnical user. Covers starting programs, sending e-mails, searching the Internet, downloading music, watching videos, printing reports, and performing other tasks. 2003.

Lives of the Saints: From Mary and Francis of Assisi to John XXIII and Mother Teresa       RC 56169
by Richard P. McBrien
read by Robert Blumenfeld
6 cassettes
Discusses the concept of sainthood and the canonization process. Profiles more than six hundred saints, blesseds, and holy people, arranged primarily according to liturgical calendars. 2001.

The Teen Health Book: A Parents' Guide to Adolescent Health and Well-Being       RC 56197
by Ralph I. López
read by Erin Jones
4 cassettes
Physician addresses parents using examples from his practice dealing with physical and emotional concerns of teenagers. Includes information on the onset of puberty, lifestyle and sexual issues, sports injuries, and potential disorders including substance abuse. 2002.

Portraits: 9/11/01; the Collected "Portraits of Grief" from the New York Times       RC 56200
read by Madelyn Buzzard
9 cassettes in 2 containers
A collection of New York Times daily feature articles, "Portraits of Grief," written in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. These brief profiles and personal remembrances celebrate the lives of 1,910 victims of the terrorist attack on New York City's World Trade Center. 2002.

The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust       RC 56237
by Martin Gilbert
read by Suzanne Toren
4 cassettes
British historian portrays non-Jews who saved Jewish lives during World War II. Drawing on his research, Gilbert honors the hundreds of courageous people throughout Europe who, often at great risk to themselves, deliberately chose to rescue fellow human beings from the evils of Nazism. 2003.

The Clinton Wars       RC 56243
by Sidney Blumenthal
read by Richard Hauenstein
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Firsthand account of Bill Clinton's presidency (1993-2001) by a former senior advisor. After recalling his first encounter with the Clintons in 1987 and the 1992 campaign, Blumenthal details the political conflicts and personal struggles that defined the Clinton White House. Provides perspective on the nature of the American presidency. Bestseller 2003.

An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963       RC 56246
by Robert Dallek
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
This portrait of the former president emphasizes the virtues and faults that made him "seem both exceptional and ordinary." Source materials shed light on JFK's lifelong health problems, family influences on his character, and his philandering as well as his navy service record, congressional terms, and presidential policies. Bestseller 2003.

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround       RC 56248
by Louis V. Gerstner
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
After recounting his life and career prior to joining IBM, Gerstner describes how he revived the corporate giant between 1993 and 2002. He discusses his decision to take the CEO position when IBM was close to collapse, his strategy for rebuilding a leadership team and restoring profitability, and the lessons he learned. Bestseller 2002.

Gettysburg       RC 56250
by Stephen W. Sears
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
The author of Chancellorsville (RC 45938) and other Civil War titles pens an assessment of the July 1863 battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He analyzes the personalities of the commanders on both sides and their decisions during the three days of armed combat. 2003.

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market       RC 56254
by Eric Schlosser
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
In three separate reports, the author of Fast Food Nation (RC 51561) describes the growth and impact of a vast underground economy in the United States. "Reefer Madness" examines the marijuana trade, "In the Strawberry Fields" discusses illegal migrant workers, and "An Empire of the Obscene" reviews the pornography industry. Bestseller 2003.

Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts       RC 56268
by Carol Channing
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Famous for her performances in Hello, Dolly! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Channing recounts her charmed life on and off Broadway. Features an all-star cast of celebrities and politicians and includes revealing backstage gossip and anecdotes. She also discusses her family background and her bout with cancer. Some strong language. 2002.

The African-American Teenagers Guide to Personal Growth, Health, Safety, Sex, and Survival: Living and Learning in the Twenty-first Century       RC 56274
by Debrah Harris-Johnson
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes
A guide to understanding the world and how to live in it successfully. Discusses safety, survival, sex, money, time, and responsibility. Describes a variety of skills useful to competent teens. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2001.

Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography       RC 56275
by John Dominic Crossan
read by Lou Harpenau
2 cassettes
Biblical scholar's reconstruction of the historical figure based on twenty-five years of research. Crossan examines the person of Jesus from the intersection of cross-cultural anthropology and Greco-Roman and Jewish history of his time, including textual studies dating from 30 to 60 C.E. 1994.

Child Abuse       RC 56276
by Henny H. Kim
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Presents different aspects of child abuse, including its definition, causes, prevention, and punishment. For senior high readers. 2000.

Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories       RC 56309
by H.C. Andersen
read by Jill Fox
8 cassettes in 2 containers
The entire collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, translated into modern English in 1974 by bilingual Danish author Erik Christian Haugaard. Follows the text and sequence of Andersen's original 1874 Danish edition. 1874.

The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890-1914       RC 56311
by Barbara W. Tuchman
read by Bruce Huntey
4 cassettes (Reissue)
An analysis of the social conditions in Western Europe, Britain, and the United States during the quarter century before the outbreak of World War I. Examines the consequences of far-reaching changes in science, political thought, and industrial arrangements. 1962.

The Golden Girls of MGM: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, and Others       RC 56320
by Jane Ellen Wayne
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Collective biography of female film stars who worked for Louis B. Mayer's Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio. Concentrates on the love lives of the major actresses and how they were held to a morals clause and needed Mayer's permission to wed. Some strong language. 2002.

The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the World-Wide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth       RC 56321
by Jeremy Rifkin
read by Tom Burch
2 cassettes
Bestselling author and social critic envisions a future fueled by hydrogen that will change the nature of economic, social, and political institutions worldwide. Rifkin emphasizes the inevitable depletion of harmful fossil fuels and explores new technology that uses hydrogen as a clean and renewable energy source. 2002.

"A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide       RC 56325
by Samantha Power
read by Kerry Cundiff
5 cassettes
Former war correspondent analyzes the U.S. response to major genocides of the twentieth century. Using the Armenian murders in 1915, the Holocaust, and Saddam Hussein's massacre of the Kurds in the 1980s as examples, Power demonstrates the failure of political leaders to intervene against global atrocities. Pulitzer Prize. 2002.

Mennonite Society       RC 56336
by Calvin Redekop
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
A sociologist who is also a Mennonite explains the contemporary community of North American Mennonites. He discusses the group's origins, religious beliefs, and identity. He also covers the dispersion of the movement and the differences among various branches. 1989.

The Wound of Dispossession: Telling the Palestinian Story       RC 56339
by Kathleen Christison
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Presents opinions of Palestinians living in the United States on Israel and the prospects for statehood. Discusses Palestinians' sense of powerlessness and exile. Based on interviews—the majority with Muslims—conducted mainly between 1987 and 1989 and in a few cases after the Gulf War. 2001.

The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever       RC 56341
by John Feinstein
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
NPR commentator recreates the near-fatal punch thrown by Kermit Washington at Rudy Tomjanovich during a 1977 Rockets-Lakers game. Feinstein examines their lives before and after the fight. He also discusses racial tension in the sport and subsequent league changes. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Hume       RC 56342
by Barry Stroud
read by Robert O'Keefe
3 cassettes
Overview and reevaluation of the work of eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher David Hume. Stroud intends to show that Hume's views on such fundamental issues as knowledge of the external world, identity, freedom and necessity, moral judgment, justice, and society are best understood as aspects of a unified project to develop a scientific approach to human nature. 1977.

A Desert Calling: Life in a Forbidding Landscape       RC 56344
by Michael A. Mares
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
An expert on desert rodents recounts his fieldwork in the American Southwest, Argentina, Egypt, and Iran. Describes the discomforts and the occasional danger of being a naturalist in the desert environment. Discusses his scientific motivation and his discoveries. 2002.

Blues All around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King       RC 56350
by B.B. King
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Acclaimed Grammy Award-winning bluesman, born in 1925 to Mississippi Delta sharecroppers, reminisces about his youth and family life, his career in the music business, and his relationships with other performers. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1996.

Young Person's Occupational Outlook Handbook       RC 56352
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Describes over 260 careers based on the U.S. Department of Labor's research. Explains the education needed, the duties and skills of the employee, subjects to study, earning potential, and future outlook for each given profession. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power       RC 56354
by Travis Hugh Culley
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Memoir of a bike messenger—a self-described "free thinker"—about his dangerous job negotiating the streets of Chicago. Describes the urban world he shares with his colleagues and makes a plea for better city planning and less reliance on automobiles. Strong language. 2001.

Pregnant! What Can I Do? A Guide for Teenagers       RC 56363
by Tania Heller
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Physician provides guidance for teenage women who become pregnant unintentionally. Offers suggestions for getting help, making the right decisions, and building a better future. Discusses pros and cons of parenthood, abortion, and adoption and presents interviews with teens who chose each option. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Dark Dreams: A Legendary FBI Profiler Examines Homicide and the Criminal Mind       RC 56427
by Roy Hazelwood
read by John Hammock
2 cassettes
Former agent in FBI's Behavioral Science Unit describes investigative techniques for profiling sexual criminals and cites some past cases. Concludes that aberrant deeds are on the increase due to a climate of tolerance. Violence, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2001.

Once upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier       RC 56443
by J. Randy Taraborrelli
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Portrays the marriage of American movie star Grace Kelly to European Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Describes how the classic 1950s beauty left her career to become a full-time wife and mother and the difficulties she faced with both these commitments. 2003.

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA       RC 56462
by Brenda Maddox
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
Award-winning biographer reconstructs the life and complicated personality of the woman who used X-ray imaging to study DNA. Explains how Franklin's unpublished but vital research in the 1950s led her male colleagues to discover the double-helix structure, earning them a Nobel prize in 1962, four years after her death at age thirty-seven. 2002.

Life and Breath: Preventing, Treating, and Reversing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease       RC 56465
by Neil Schachter
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Physician's guide to fighting the progressive lung diseases emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma with medical treatments and lifestyle changes. Schachter explains the causes and symptoms of COPD and offers practical advice on quitting smoking, improving indoor air quality, and using diet and exercise to promote respiratory health. 2003.

A Short History of the World       RC 56466
by Geoffrey Blainey
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Distinguished Australian historian traces human history in one volume, beginning two million years ago, before the first people migrated out of Africa to settle other continents. Blainey emphasizes the role of religion, geographical factors, and technological developments that helped shape the world we know. 2000.

Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music       RC 56467
by Mark Zwonitzer
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Life and times of country music's legendary Carter family, from the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Chronicles the commercial success of A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, and sister-in-law Maybelle during the 1930s and the subsequent careers of Maybelle and her daughters after the breakup of the original band. Some strong language. 2002.

Mayo Clinic on Managing Diabetes       RC 56478
edited by Maria Collazo-Clavell
read by Patricia McDermott
2 cassettes
Guide to managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes through diet, exercise, and medication. Discusses the nature of the disease, necessary testing, self-care, sexual issues, transplants, and other related matters. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Gather Together in My Name       RC 56481
by Maya Angelou
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A continuation of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (RC 24959), this memoir begins at the end of World War II. Angelou recalls being an unwed mother at seventeen and becoming a prostitute for an older man who deceived her. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1974.

Long Time, No See       RC 56482
by Beth Finke
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
NPR commentator's memoir of confronting blindness from diabetic retinopathy. Includes medical information pertinent to her personal experience as she discusses going blind as a twenty-six-year-old newlywed, having and caring for a multiply disabled child, using a talking-computer setup, and acquiring a guide dog to support her independence. Some strong language. 2003.

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas       RC 56485
by Elaine Pagels
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Religious historian reexamines the New Testament in light of other early Christian texts, including the Gospel of Thomas, discovered in 1945. Comparing the Gospels of John and Thomas, especially their different interpretations of Jesus, Pagels suggests that rejection of Thomas's teachings in the second through fourth centuries limited what became western Christianity. Bestseller 2003.

God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible       RC 56486
by Adam Nicolson
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
A chronicle of the efforts of some fifty anonymous scholars commissioned by James I of England in 1604 to create a new translation of the Bible for exclusive use throughout the country. Nicholson examines their work within the context of the cultural, religious, political, and historical influences of seventeenth-century England. Bestseller 2003.

A Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love       RC 56506
selected by Caroline Kennedy
read by Annie Wauters
5 cassettes
Anthology compiled by the bestselling editor of Profiles in Courage for Our Time (RC 54830) champions the enduring power of freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness: the ideals inspiring our country. Kennedy's "collage of America" is intended for families and arranged by themes, including the flag, war and peace, and opportunity. Bestseller 2003.

Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals       RC 56524
by Gary Jonathan Bass
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
Drawing on primary sources, archival research, and interviews, a Princeton professor explains the politics behind the prosecution of war criminals, describing the complex interaction of law and international affairs. Citing cases, including the Nuremberg Nazi war crimes trials, Bass examines the legal and diplomatic challenges in seeking to punish perpetrators of atrocities. 2000.

Vogue Knitting: Quick Knits       RC 56546
edited by Trisha Malcolm
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Anthology of over fifty projects—mostly for women's garments, but a few for men and boys. The term "fast and easy styles" refers to using chunky yarns and large needles since basic knitting skills and some experience are assumed. 2002.

The Rise of the New Woman: The Women's Movement in America, 1875-1930       RC 56579
by Jean V. Matthews
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
A social and political history of the suffrage movement in the critical years leading up to and after ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 that gave women the right to vote. Discusses the role of feminist pioneers in changing public attitudes and the ideas and values engendered by their debates. 2003.

The Parents' Guide to Cochlear Implants       RC 56580
by Patricia M. Chute and Mary Ellen Nevins
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Resource book detailing the process of cochlear implantation in children from evaluation and surgery to switch-on. Discusses strategies to develop auditory skills, educational and performance issues, parental responsibilities, and the role of implants in bridging the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds. 2002.

Auto Focus       RC 56582
by Robert Graysmith
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Account of the 1978 murder of actor Bob Crane—star of television's Hogan's Heroes—in Scottsdale, Arizona. Summarizes Crane's kinky lifestyle that may have contributed to his death, the subsequent police investigation, and the circumstantial evidence pointing to Crane's best friend. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1993.

The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today       RC 56583
by Stephen E. Ambrose and Douglas G. Brinkley
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Inspired by their 2,350-mile steamboat journey on the Mississippi, noted historians Ambrose and Brinkley present the watershed's regional history in a national context. Chronicling its exploration and settlement from the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, they discuss the river's influence on literary masters and jazz legends and its place in black history. 2002.

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Men's Health       RC 56586
by Harvey B. Simon
read by Gregory Gorton
5 cassettes
Physician analyzes data from three long-term Harvard clinical studies to synthesize the basics of good health care for men. Discusses common disorders and describes how simple modifications in diet, light to moderate alcohol consumption, stress control, exercise, vitamin intake, and communication with one's doctor can lead to improved health. 2002.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the MindBodySpirit Connection: Seven Steps for Living a Healthy Life with a Functional Bowel Disorder, Crohn's Disease, or Colitis       RC 56589
by William B. Salt and Neil F. Neimark
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Two physicians present their integrated mind/body/spirit treatment plan for dealing with intestinal problems. They discuss the multiple causes of functional digestive disorders and provide a practical step-by-step regimen for becoming well. 2002.

Aqua Fitness: The Low-Impact Total Body Fitness Workout       RC 56590
by Mimi Rodriguez Adami
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Advocates total body workout in deep and shallow water as well as at the beach to attain fitness and health. Describes exercises for specific muscles, suggests appropriate equipment, and recommends sports and relaxation programs. 2002.

Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past through Our Genes       RC 56591
by Steve Olson
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Former National Academy of Sciences writer traces human history using DNA technology. Looking at five global regions, Olson pieces together human migrations responsible for distinct physical differences today. Favoring a common ancestry thesis, he dispels the theory that race is a product of biology. 2002.

Bad Boy: The Murderous Life of Kenneth Allen McDuff       RC 56592
by Gary M. Lavergne
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Tale of a serial killer from Rosebud, Texas, who was first sentenced to death in 1966 for murder—only to be paroled in 1989. Chronicles the crimes he committed after his release from jail that exposed the failure of the criminal justice system. Violence and strong language. 1999.

Old Money       RC 56602
by Wendy Wasserstein
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
Satirical comedy of manners by the playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for The Heidi Chronicles (RC 54526) in 1989. Portrays wealthy New Yorkers in two different eras—the early and the late twentieth century—who encounter similar problems despite the decades that separate them. 2002.

Plato       RC 56604
by Bernard Williams
read by Ken Kliban
1 cassette
Philosophy professor presents the fundamentals of Plato's thought. Williams analyzes key concepts from his most important works, including the allegory of the cave from The Republic and the central themes of the major Socratic dialogues. He also gives a brief overview of Plato's philosophical development. 1999.

The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan       RC 56609
by Ivan Morris
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
Presents the cultural context of the eleventh-century literary masterpiece The Tale of Genji (RC 53582), whose central figure is known as the Shining Prince. Discusses the Heian era of aristocracy and civilization in ancient Japan from about 950 to 1050 CE. 1964.

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives       RC 56617
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Accounts of former slaves based on interviews conducted in the late 1930s by the U.S. government's Works Progress Administration for the Slave Narrative Collection of the Federal Writers' Project. Companion to 2003 documentary film produced by HBO. Foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson; the Fierce Battles over Money and Power That Transformed the Nation       RC 56622
by Steven R. Weisman
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Journalist chronicles six decades of the struggle to reach consensus on income tax in America. Beginning with the Civil War, Weisman details social, political, and legal opposition to government's attempts at wealth redistribution. He reconstructs Teddy Roosevelt's Progressive-Era efforts and concludes with the establishment of a progressive tax under Woodrow Wilson. 2002.

Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers       RC 56626
by Candy Harrington
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
A self-help guide on traveling for people with mobility disabilities. Discusses access rules and laws and what to expect on trips by plane, bus, train, or cruise ship. Explains the rights of a consumer and offers advice on what to do when things go wrong. 2001.

Coping with Macular Degeneration: A Guide for Patients and Families to Understanding and Living with Degenerative Vision Disorder       RC 56630
by Ira Marc Price and Linda Comac
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Discussion of age-related macular degeneration disorder by a low-vision specialist at the Helen Keller Services for the Blind in New York and by a visually impaired person's daughter. Describes diagnosis, treatment options, and methods for handling emotional problems. Includes a list of agencies, services, and support groups for persons with low vision. 2000.

Code Name Ginger: The Story behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to Invent a New World       RC 56634
by Steve Kemper
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Journalist chronicles the invention of the "world's first self-balancing human transporter," unveiled in December 2001. Kemper, granted access to the project by creator Dean Kamen, provides an insider's view of the development of the highly anticipated people mover, including setbacks, internal conflicts, and the engineers and financiers that made it happen. 2003.

The Poet and the Murderer: A True Story of Literary Crime and the Art of Forgery       RC 56689
by Simon Worrall
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
In 1997, after bringing in $21,000 at auction, the newly discovered Emily Dickinson poem proved to be a fake—the work of convicted killer and career counterfeit artist Mark Hofmann. With this introduction, Worrall explores Hofmann's life and crimes and the history, forensics, and art of literary forgery. Violence. 2002.

They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?       RC 56691
by Patrick F. McManus
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Tongue-in-cheek tales about a sportsman's life. McManus celebrates the hidden pleasures, and the opportunities for disaster, in the recreations of camping, hunting, and fishing. Includes amusing accounts of his dog Strange and an incorrigible old woodsman, Rancid Crabtree. 1981.

Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia       RC 56697
by Orlando Figes
read by Ken Kliban
5 cassettes
Explores three centuries of Russian history and culture, from the construction of St. Petersburg to life under Soviet rule. Discusses the impact of Asian and European influences, peasant traditions, and religion on Russian cultural development. Focuses on the role of writers, artists, and musicians in capturing the soul of Russia. 2002.

One Hundred Questions and Answers about Parkinson Disease       RC 56698
by Abraham Lieberman
read by Peter Johnson
2 cassettes
National medical director of the Parkinson Foundation addresses commonly asked questions about this chronic, progressive nervous disease. Explanations are grouped by topics including causes and symptoms, treatment options, social and psychological aspects, and quality-of-life issues. 2003.

The Middle East       RC 56699
edited by Auriana Ojeda
read by Yolande Bavan
2 cassettes
Offers different viewpoints on various conflicts in the Middle East. Discusses religious issues, the Arab-Israeli dispute, and natural resources. Also considers the effects of these problems elsewhere in the world and suggests possible solutions. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Not War but Murder: Cold Harbor 1864       RC 56711
by Ernest B. Furgurson
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Traces the 1864 Union overland campaign toward the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, that included a disastrous defeat at Cold Harbor on June 3. Scrutinizes the problems between General George Meade and overall commander Ulysses S. Grant. Analyzes Robert E. Lee's defense strategies. 2000.

Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal       RC 56712
by Cleo Hutton and Louis R. Caplan
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Forty-three-year-old nurse Cleo Hutton's diary of her recovery from a stroke is interwoven with Dr. Louis Caplan's clinical opinions and knowledge about the condition. Topics covered are symptoms, tests, rehabilitation, disabilities, and family issues. 2003.

The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Clinton       RC 56713
by Fred I. Greenstein
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Presidential scholar assesses American presidents from Franklin Delano Roosevelt through Bill Clinton using the elements of public communication, organizational capacity, political skill, vision, cognitive style, and emotional intelligence to analyze their effectiveness. 2000.

Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine: Over One Hundred Dishes with to-Die-for Taste Made with to-Live-for Recipes       RC 56714
by Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Patti LaBelle, a diabetic and Grammy Award-winning singer, offers sensible versions of popular dishes that can help fight heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and other health problems. Each recipe includes nutritional information, carbohydrate choices, and diabetic exchanges approved by the American Diabetes Association. 2003.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo       RC 56740
translated by J.R.R. Tolkien
read by Richard Hauenstein
1 cassette
Three medieval poems from the age of Arthurian legend, translated into modern English by the author of The Hobbit (RC 48978) and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 1975.

Rogue Warrior: The Real Team       RC 56747
by Richard Marcinko
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Navy veteran profiles ten members of SEAL Team SIX, the real-life models for his characters in the Rogue Warrior series. With an insider's view of special forces operations, Marcinko demonstrates how loyal servicemen become rogue warriors. Includes the men behind "Snake" and "Duck Foot Dewey." Some violence. 1999.

The Healing of Sorrow       RC 56750
by Norman Vincent Peale
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette (Reissue)
Collection of thoughts on love, death, and immortality designed to help people deal with the loss of a loved one. Includes selections from the Bible, hymns, and poetry. 1966.

For the Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy of a Mob Life       RC 56753
by Albert DeMeo
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Memoir by the son of Mafia hit man Roy DeMeo, who was murdered on his son's seventeenth birthday. Albert describes the gang tutelage he received under his father's affectionate care as well as his own breakdown from post-traumatic stress disorder. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Greek Gods and Heroes       RC 56754
retold by Robert Graves
read by Janis Gray
1 cassette (Reissue)
A retelling of familiar Greek myths including the legends of Orpheus, King Midas, Theseus, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and many others. 1960.

The Doctor's Guide to Weight Loss Surgery: How to Make the Decision That Could Save Your Life       RC 56761
by Louis Flancbaum and Erica Manfred
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Physician and former patients discuss weight loss, or bariatric, surgery to assist morbidly obese individuals regain health. Discusses types of operations available, complications and outcomes, and future life-style changes. Offers advice on choosing a doctor and obtaining insurance company approval. 2001.

General Ike: A Personal Reminiscence       RC 56762
by John S.D. Eisenhower
read by Lou Harpenau
2 cassettes
The son of General Dwight D. Eisenhower draws on his own observations and research as a military historian to describe his father's relationships with World War II associates. Essays portray Ike's interactions with George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, Charles de Gaulle, and Winston Churchill, among others. Some strong language. 2003.

Kate Remembered       RC 56771
by A. Scott Berg
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
Berg's memoir of his twenty-year personal dialog with Academy Award-winning actress Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003). He recalls her reminiscences about her family, her acting career, and her relationship with Spencer Tracy, along with his own memories of time spent with her. Bestseller 2003.

Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First       RC 56776
by Mona Charen
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Conservative commentator reproaches left-liberal public figures for pro-Communist apologetics during the Cold War and beyond. Cites instances of liberals' sympathies with discredited regimes in Vietnam, the Soviet Union, and Cuba and rejects leftist criticism of the American administration's handling of the Elian Gonzalez affair and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Bestseller 2003.

Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine       RC 56792
by Roy Porter
read by Rick Rohan
1 cassette
British professor, author of A Social History of Madness (RC 28067), studies Western medicine from ancient times to the 1990s. Includes the changing landscape of diseases, doctors, therapies, surgeries, hospitals, and laboratories. 2002.

Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones       RC 56793
by Greg Campbell
read by Terence Aselford
2 cassettes
Journalist reports atrocities committed in West Africa and claims they result when diamonds are smuggled out of Sierra Leone to finance terrorist activities around the world. Discusses the role of the gems in the country's history and the unscrupulous manipulation of market value. Violence and some strong language. 2002.

Butterflies Are Free       RC 56808
by Leonard Gershe
read by Nanette Savard
1 cassette (Reissue)
Play about twenty-year-old Don Baker, born blind, who moves into his own apartment in New York City. He begins a relationship with his carefree actress neighbor, nineteen-year-old divorcée Jill Tanner. When Don's overprotective mother arrives for a surprise visit, she immediately disapproves of his new friend. Some strong language. 1969.

Rider       RC 56813
by Mark Rudman
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Combining verse and lyrical prose, Rudman reflects on his own coming-of-age. In loose question-and-answer style, he explores relationships with his grandfather, father, stepfather, and son and memories painted against a background of Judaic tradition. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1994.

Everything You Need to Know about Yoga: An Introduction for Teens       RC 56821
by Stefanie Iris Weiss
read by Mary Kane
1 cassette
Describes the origins and benefits of yoga, whose practice is purported to lead to the union of body, mind, and soul. Provides instructions for performing basic body postures and breathing exercises for a forty-five minute session. For junior and senior high readers. 1999.

Carol Guber's Type 2 Diabetes Life Plan: Take Charge, Take Care, and Feel Better Than Ever       RC 56822
by Carol Guber
read by Nanette Savard
2 cassettes
Nutritionist combines facts and inspirational suggestions in a guide on how to live well with type 2 diabetes. Guber's integrated approach emphasizes controlling the disorder through diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices including stress management and meditation. Offers positive reinforcement, provides sample menus, and presents a list of helpful resources. 2002.

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert       RC 56831
by Terry Tempest Williams
read by Mary Kane
1 cassette
Stories, essays, and personal anecdotes intermingle to pay homage to the desert landscape and to plead for its preservation. Focuses on the wilderness of southern Utah and protests destructive incursions in the name of development. 2002.

The Americas: A Hemispheric History       RC 56832
by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
read by Terence Aselford
2 cassettes
Oxford historian describes the Western Hemisphere from prehistoric times to the present. Topics include indigenous peoples, the slave trade, politics, and commerce. Also discusses the vast contrasts between north and south and the increasing preeminence of the United States beginning in the late eighteenth century with independence, unity, and industrialization. 2003.

The Essential Fifty-Five: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child       RC 56872
by Ron Clark
read by John Richardson
1 cassette
A dedicated teacher makes recommendations for encouraging politeness, discipline, respect, and generosity to help children become better individuals as well as better students. He recounts his own classroom experiences supporting the suggested rules. Bestseller 2003.

Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude       RC 56879
by Robert Baer
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Former CIA employee and author of See No Evil (RC 53770) documents the misrule of the Al Sa'ud family of Saudi Arabia, their support of terrorists, and the American government's complicity in the pursuit of cheap oil. Also investigates the "root causes of violence" in the Middle East. Some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Every Second Counts       RC 56920
by Lance Armstrong
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes
Following his athletic comeback and defeat of cancer recounted in It's Not about the Bike (RC 50265), cyclist Lance Armstrong describes a new appreciation for everyday family life, including the addition of twins. Details the training and effort needed to win his fifth Tour de France in 2003. Some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11       RC 56938
by Gerald Posner
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Posner examines factors that facilitated the attacks of September 11, 2001. He points to suppression of information by other governments, infighting between the CIA and FBI, missed terrorist signals, and failure to take seriously the initial World Trade Center bombing and other warnings. Some violence. Bestseller 2003.

Lies (and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right       RC 56939
by Al Franken
read by Peter Johnson
3 cassettes
Author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (RC 41786) satirically condemns conservative politicians, including those in the George W. Bush administration, and their supporters. Attacks right-wing policies and accusations of liberal bias in the mainstream media. Some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth       RC 56940
by Joe Conason
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Reporter analyses and disputes ten theories held by conservatives concerning liberal viewpoints on patriotism, the media, compassionate conservatism, crime, morality, and economics. Bestseller 2003.

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry like Christmas       RC 56941
by Maya Angelou
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes (Reissue)
In this third volume of her memoirs, Angelou covers her twenties. Describes her first relationships with the white world, early motherhood, and her show business career that began when she was a dancer in a San Francisco club. 1976.

Who's Looking Out for You?       RC 57006
by Bill O'Reilly
read by Tom Burch
2 cassettes
Television commentator advises people to become problem solvers by developing "the ability to recognize who really cares about you as a person—and who does not." Contends that the government, media, church hierarchy, and big business are not looking out for ordinary Americans and hence are failing them. Some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

After Life: Answers from the Other Side       RC 57007
by John Edward
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Edward, an internationally acclaimed psychic medium, frequent guest on "Larry King Live," and subject of the HBO documentary "Life after Life," sets forth, with examples, the premise that the learning process and exchange of energy and love continue in the afterlife. Bestseller 2003.

Shut Up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the U.N. Are Subverting America       RC 57013
by Laura Ingraham
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
Political commentator and radio talk-show host decries self-styled "elite" groups who believe themselves superior to those with traditional American values. Singles out mainstream media, academic intellectuals, and showbiz celebrities as well as the United Nations and antireligious and pro-immigration supporters. Bestseller 2003.

After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life after Treatment       RC 57017
by Hester Hill Schnipper
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Oncology social worker and breast cancer survivor discusses the emotional and physical concerns of women after they complete medical treatment and are considered "well." Covers topics such as fears of recurrence, hormonal and alternative therapies, hair loss, weight problems, sexuality, relationships with family and friends, professional issues, and finances. 2003.

Cassettes Fiction

The Hammer Strikes Again: Five Complete Mike Hammer Novels: One Lonely Night, The Snake, The Twisted Thing, The Body Lovers, Survival...Zero!       RC 54801
by Mickey Spillane
read by Conrad Feininger
5 cassettes
Private investigator Mike Hammer takes on cases involving murder and mayhem, kidnapping, communism, suicide, and a bacterial plague. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1970.

The Further Chronicles of Conan: Conan the Magnificent, Conan the Triumphant, Conan the Victorious       RC 55205
by Robert Jordan
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
Three full-length Conan the Barbarian adventures. In Conan the Magnificent, young Conan steals precious jewels. In Conan the Triumphant, an older Conan battles Karela, his former rival and lover. In Conan the Victorious, Conan flees Turan after murdering an officer of the City Guards. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Conan the Destroyer       RC 55206
by Robert Jordan
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Conan the Cimmerian is hired by the seductive Princess Taramis to steal a magical jewel, the Heart of Ahriman. Conan, allied with the beautiful Lady Jehnna, battles fierce villains and demonic beasts on his quest. Some descriptions of sex. 1984.

Assassin's Quest: The Farseer, Book 3       RC 55272
by Robin Hobb
read by Erik Sandvold
8 cassettes in 2 containers
In this sequel to Royal Assassin (RC 55271), Regal is responsible for the death of his father, King Shrewd, and everyone believes that Fitz is dead too. But Fitz comes back from the grave through beast magic to undertake a quest—to kill Regal. 1997.

Free Radical       RC 55605
by Claire Rudolf Murphy
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Luke of Fairbanks, Alaska, is preparing for a baseball tournament when his mother shocks him. She's been wanted by the FBI for thirty-one years for setting off a bomb that killed someone during a Vietnam War protest. And she's going to turn herself in. For senior high readers. 2002.

Engaged to Die: A Death on Demand Mystery       RC 55739
by Carolyn Hart
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Bookstore owner Annie Darling and her husband, Max, attend an art gallery gala where widowed heiress Virginia Neville will announce her engagement to Jake O'Neill, a much-younger artist of dubious character. When Jake is murdered, Max is deputized, and Annie launches her own investigation to vindicate the prime suspect. 2003.

The Way of Light: Magravandias Chronicles, Book 3       RC 55746
by Storm Constantine
read by MaryBeth Wise
4 cassettes
The Magravandian empire is plunged into chaos when Emperor Leonid dies suddenly. Rival groups battle for control of Magravandia, and Valraven's twins summon ancient magic to open the Way of Light and place the True King on the throne. Sequel to The Crown of Silence (RC 55745). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

Lost Light       RC 55764
by Michael Connelly
read by Len Cariou
2 cassettes
Following his retirement after the particularly brutal case in City of Bones (RC 54156), L.A. detective Harry Bosch revisits a cold case when a paralyzed former cop asks for help. Bosch ends up running afoul of an FBI terrorist investigation. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Grayfox: A Companion Reader to the Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister       RC 55846
by Michael Phillips
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
July 1860. After an argument with his father, twenty-one-year-old Zack Hollister hightailed it from his California home to ride for the Pony Express. He recounts his adventures on those dangerous trails that eventually led him to manhood. Companion to the Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister. Some violence. 1993.

Savage Run       RC 55849
by C.J. Box
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, last seen in Open Season (RC 53008), uncovers a plan by ranchers to assassinate high-profile environmentalists, using bizarre methods. So far, an eco-terrorist, a congressman, a lawyer, an author, and a wolf-reintroduction advocate have been victims. Pickett becomes their next target. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Ice Princess: The Wells Fargo Trail, Book 8       RC 55850
by Jim Walker
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Zac Cobb of Wells Fargo returns to California to find that his fiancée, Jenny Hays, has left to search for her long-lost sister Naomi and uncle Ian in Alaska. A worried Zac travels there and discovers that someone is out to kill the wealthy Ian. Sequel to The Warriors (RC 45942). 1998.

Downriver: A Barnaby Skye Novel       RC 55854
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
In 1838, trapper Barnaby Skye and his Crow Indian wife, called Victoria, journey from Wyoming down the Missouri river towards St. Louis. Skye is headed to interview for a job as a post trader in Crow country. Skye's treacherous rival for the position is also on board. 2001.

Vixens       RC 55861
by Bertrice Small
read by Sharon Murray
3 cassettes
The behavior of three cousins—all great-great granddaughters of Skye O'Malley (RC 18031)—has branded them vixens. Fancy Devers becomes a mistress to King Charles II, Lady Diana Leslie falls in love with twins, and Lady Cynara Stuart wants her husband to be a plaything. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Lake House       RC 56044
by James Patterson
read by Hope Davis
2 cassettes
Six bioengineered children from When the Wind Blows (RC 47042) are living with their biological parents when they are again threatened by manipulative scientists. They flee to their original protectors—Kit and Frannie—at their Colorado cabin. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition       RC 56081
by Stephen King
read by Bruce Huntey
8 cassettes in 2 containers
An experimental virus called superflu hits the world—rapidly wiping out the whole of civilization except for the few who are immune. Expansion of novel originally published in 1978. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1990.

Sport       RC 56099
by Mick Cochrane
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Eighth-grader Harlan's passion is collecting baseball cards, rooting for the Minnesota Twins, and playing ball. His family disintegrates when his alcoholic father moves out and his mother's multiple sclerosis worsens. But Harlan is optimistic as he copes with the help of his coach. Strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Madame Serpent       RC 56103
by Jean Plaidy
read by Terry Hayes Sales
3 cassettes (Reissue)
In 1533 Italian heiress Catherine de Medici becomes the reluctant bride of Henry of Orléans, the second son of the king of France. After thirty years of marriage, during which she becomes the queen, Catherine has grown embittered. After Henry's death she becomes regent for her young son. 1951.

Kindred Crimes       RC 56112
by Janet Dawson
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
California private investigator Jeri Howard looks for a young wife who abandoned her family. Renee Foster disappeared after her brother was released from prison for killing their parents. Jeri uncovers family secrets that include child abuse, adultery, and blackmail. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1990.

Rogue Warrior: Option Delta       RC 56113
by Richard Marcinko and John Weisman
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Rogue Warrior: SEAL Force Alpha (RC 46901), Richard Marcinko and his team of Navy SEALs are sent to Germany's Rhine Valley to recover a pair of U.S. ADMs—atomic demolition munitions. Tensions are high as Rogue Warrior takes matters into his own hands. Violence and strong language. 1999.

London's Perfect Scoundrel       RC 56121
by Suzanne Enoch
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Lady Evelyn Ruddick wants to aid the children of the Heart of Hope Orphanage and thus needs the help of the marquis of St. Aubyn, who sits on their board of trustees. But trying to teach the marquis a lesson in compassion leads to a lesson in love for both. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Enemy Lines II, Rebel Stand       RC 56131
by Aaron Allston
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Luke Skywalker's mission to prevent the overthrow of the New Republic is in danger. A discovery by Luke and his wife is halting plans and endangering their lives, while the Solos are at risk of being turned over to the Yuuzhan Vong. Sequel to Enemy Lines I, Rebel Dream (RC 56160). 2002.

The October Horse       RC 56136
by Colleen McCullough
read by Chuck Benson
7 cassettes in 2 containers
In this sequel to Caesar: Let the Dice Fly (RC 45492), the Roman emperor travels to Egypt to gather allies and supplies—and fathers a son with Cleopatra. Meanwhile his enemies, including Brutus, plot to regain the luster of the republic by killing Caesar. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

They Shall See God       RC 56153
by Athol Dickson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Twenty-five years ago, testimony from two little girls—one Jewish, one Christian—sent a Jewish man to prison for murdering an evangelist. Now he is free, having served his sentence, and a series of bizarre crimes has terrified the community. Ruth and Kate must try to overcome religious intolerance and restore order. Violence. 2002.

Star Wars: Tatooine Ghost       RC 56236
by Troy Denning
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
A lost Alderaanian painting that survived the planet's destruction is offered at auction on Tatooine. However, it hides the code key to a secret rebel communications network. Leia, Han, Chewbacca, and C-3PO are sent on a recovery mission to infiltrate the auction, but Imperial forces have already arrived. 2003.

Elvenblood: The Halfblood Chronicles, Book 2       RC 56239
by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
After a token victory in The Elvenbane (RC 56238), Shana and her band of wizard halfbloods and dragons ally with an ancient tribe of wild humans—the Iron People. The runaway daughter of an oppressive elven lord and her half-brother join the group as a third Wizard War looms. Some violence. 1995.

Elvenborn: The Halfblood Chronicles, Book 3       RC 56240
by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
The Wizard Wars of Elvenblood (RC 56239) and the Young Lords' Rebellion have strained the Elvenlords. Lord Kyrtian is appointed commanding general to stifle the rebellion and any wizard influence. While leading the army, he also continues his father's search for the Great Portal. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel       RC 56247
by Jeffery Deaver
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his assistant, Amelia Sachs, pursue a diabolical serial killer who is trained as a magician and mysteriously vanishes after each crime. They turn to Kara, an aspiring practitioner of magic, to help them figure out the murderer's tricks. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Love with a Scandalous Lord       RC 56249
by Lorraine Heath
read by Coleen Delany
2 cassettes
London, 1879. Texan Lydia Westland arrives in England dreaming of marrying an English lord. She first encounters Rhys, marquis of Blackhurst, her stepfather's half-brother of tarnished reputation. It would be improper for Lydia to see him—but they soon learn that society's rules can be broken. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood       RC 56256
by Ann Brashares
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
In this sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (RC 53252), four lifelong friends—Bridget, Lena, Tibby, and Carmen—continue to share a pair of magic blue jeans over the summer vacation. Although miles apart, they all experience family problems, romance, friendship, and betrayal. For senior high readers. 2003.

Manslaughter: A Stanley Hastings Mystery       RC 56261
by Parnell Hall
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Private detective Stanley Hastings is hired by ex-convict Joe Balfour to stop a blackmailer who threatens to expose Joe's past. When the blackmail suspect is later murdered and Joe is accused, Hastings works to find the true culprit. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Miss Julia Hits the Road       RC 56262
by Ann B. Ross
read by Terry Hayes Sales
2 cassettes
When elderly widow Julia Springer learns that her housekeeper Lillian and other tenants are being evicted by slum landlord Clarence Gibbs, she organizes a fund-raising motorcycle race to save the neighborhood. Sequel to Miss Julia Throws a Wedding (RC 54718). 2003.

Queen Jezebel       RC 56263
by Jean Plaidy
read by Terry Hayes Sales
3 cassettes
Sixteenth-century France. In this sequel to The Italian Woman (RC 28647), Catherine de'Medici, mother of the mad King Charles, plots to massacre all the Huguenots of Paris on the Eve of Saint Bartholomew. Some violence. 1953.

The Pearl of Kuwait       RC 56266
by Tom Paine
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Private Cody Carmichael and his Marine buddy Tommy Trang go AWOL during the Gulf War to rescue sixteen-year-old Kuwaiti princess Lulu. Trang had earlier fallen in love at first sight when he rescued her as she attempted suicide to avoid an arranged marriage. Strong language. 2003.

The Education of Mrs. Bemis       RC 56272
by John Sedgwick
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
When psychiatrist Alice Matthews discovers Madeline Bemis having a breakdown in a Boston department store, she becomes the elderly woman's doctor. They grow ever closer, knowing the only hope for Mrs. Bemis's recovery is to unlock the secrets of her heartbreaking past. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

A Cold Day in Hell: The Spring Creek Encounters, the Cedar Creek Fight with Sitting Bull's Sioux, and the Dull Knife Battle, November 25, 1876; the Plainsmen, Book 11       RC 56310
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
In the autumn of 1876, scout Seamus Donegan leaves behind his wife and newborn son to embark on a winter campaign with Colonel Mackenzie's cavalry. Sequel to Trumpet on the Land (RC 55628). Some violence and some strong language. 1996.

From Here to Eternity       RC 56319
by James Jones
read by Roy Avers
7 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Army life in Hawaii before World War II, centering on the conflict and bond between two men: Pfc. Prewitt, a bugler and unwilling ex-boxer, and First Sergeant Warden, who risks his career for an affair with his commanding officer's wife. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. National Book Award. 1951.

The Haversham Legacy       RC 56326
by Daoma Winston
read by Sharon Murray
4 cassettes (Reissue)
In post-Civil War Washington, D.C., poor relation Miranda Jervis experiences the curse of the sumptuous Haversham Square mansion when a relative commits murder for her love. Even after she marries, Miranda's happiness is marred by a series of tragedies. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1974.

Two by Francis: Forfeit and Slayride       RC 56327
by Dick Francis
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
In Forfeit, sports writer James Tyrone, struggling to support his polio-stricken wife, becomes involved in a death, a racing scandal, and a romance. In Slayride, David Cleveland, an official investigator for the British Jockey Club, is sent to Norway to look into the disappearance of a jockey. 1969.

Cries from the Earth: The Outbreak of the Nez Perce War and the Battle of White Bird Canyon—June 17, 1877; the Plainsmen, Book 14       RC 56329
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
Focuses on the problems in the Northwest in mid-1877, as American Indians are being forced on to reservations. Serious misunderstandings occur between white settlers arriving in the area and the Indians trying to hold on to their homeland. Sequel to Ashes of Heaven (RC 56323). Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

Lay the Mountains Low: The Flight of the Nez Perce from Idaho and the Battle of the Big Hole, August 9-10, 1877; the Plainsmen, Book 15       RC 56330
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
5 cassettes
Continues the tale of the Nez Perce begun in Cries from the Earth (RC 56329). Incorporates historical documents, such as newspaper articles and personal letters, to chronicle events and reactions in this fictionalized account of the battle of the Big Hole. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Turn the Stars Upside Down: The Last Days and Tragic Death of Crazy Horse; the Plainsmen, Book 16       RC 56331
by Terry C. Johnston
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
In the spring of 1877, Seamus Donegan, his wife, and their son migrate north to Fort Robinson where they are center stage for the surrender, betrayal, and murder of Sioux chief Crazy Horse. Sequel to Lay the Mountains Low (RC56330). Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

Ties That Bind       RC 56333
by Phillip Margolin
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Portland, Oregon, attorney Amanda Jaffe is still recovering emotionally from the violent criminal case in Wild Justice (RC 50857) when she agrees to represent pimp Jon Dupre—accused of killing a U.S. senator. Dupre claims he was framed by a cabal of corrupt businessmen. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Eternity's End       RC 56338
by Jeffrey A. Carver
read by David Richardson
5 cassettes
Renwald Legroeder, escaped prisoner and star rigger pilot, has seen what the government doesn't want anyone to see. Accused of collaboration and treason, Legroeder accepts a perilous mission to recover the starship Impris, a vessel lost in the timelessness of Flux space. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Invisible Man       RC 56346
by Ralph Ellison
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Classic novel of a young black man's search for identity. Follows the unnamed protagonist from his youth in a Southern town through the depression years in Harlem, where he examines and rejects the values thrust on him by both whites and blacks. Some strong language. National Book Award 1953. 1947.

Chesapeake       RC 56347
by James A. Michener
read by Frank Coffee
8 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Fictionalized chronicle of the Chesapeake Bay region of North America and the struggles of four centuries of settlers and natives. Tells the stories of strong-minded hunters, farmers, and fishermen who came here beginning in the late sixteenth century and celebrates the wildlife that thrives along the mid-Atlantic shore. 1978.

Ties That Bind       RC 56349
by Brenda Jackson
read by Robin Miles
3 cassettes
1960s. Howard University students Randolph Fuller and Jenna Haywood know they are meant for each other, but love is not easy as the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement rage on. Obligations to conniving family members further complicate their romance. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest       RC 56351
by Ken Kesey
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Chief Bromden, a long-term inmate of a mental institution, relates the story of a struggle for control of the ward, centering around the hateful, authoritarian Nurse Ratched and a new patient, the fiercely independent Randle Patrick McMurphy. Fortieth anniversary edition with an introduction by the author. Some strong language. 1962.

The Queen's Necklace       RC 56355
by Alexandre Dumas
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
France, 1784. The comtesse de la Motte perpetrates a swindle using Marie Antoinette's name to obtain an expensive diamond necklace from a jeweler. Scandal ensues when the duplicity becomes known. Written by the author of The Three Musketeers (RC 20185) and originally published in French in 1850. 1902.

Exile       RC 56400
by Denise Mina
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Maureen O'Donnell, volunteering at a Glasgow battered women's shelter, investigates the London killing of a shelter resident. She also contends with the return of her incestuous father, memories of her murdered lover, and threats from her former psychiatrist. Sequel to Garnethill (RC 56401). Violence and strong language. 2001.

Magician: Master; Riftwar Saga, Volume 2       RC 56403
by Raymond E. Feist
read by Gary Telles
4 cassettes
For four years Pug has been enslaved on Tsurani. Once his captors discover his power, they train him to become the magician Milamber. When war breaks out, Pug flees with his family back to his own world. Sequel to Magician: Apprentice (RC 56402). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1992.

Silverthorn; Riftwar Saga, Volume 3       RC 56404
by Raymond E. Feist
read by Gary Telles
3 cassettes
On the day of her wedding to Prince Arutha of Krondor, Princess Anita is struck down by a poisoned bolt. Arutha battles the dark powers threatening Midkemia on his quest to find Anita's only hope for a cure, the mystic herb Silverthorn. Sequel to Magician: Master (RC 56403). Some violence. 1985.

The Man Who Invented Florida       RC 56412
by Randy Wayne White
read by Michael Russoto
3 cassettes
Marine biologist Doc Ford of Sanibel Island helps his eccentric Uncle Tuck and his uncle's Native American friend when they are accused in the disappearance of three men. Somehow the crimes are tied to Uncle Tuck's discovery of the fountain of youth. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1993.

The Onion Girl       RC 56422
by Charles De Lint
read by Mary Kane
4 cassettes
Newford, 1990s. When a hit-and-run accident leaves mystical artist Jilly Coppercorn partially paralyzed, her only hope for recovery lies in the surreal "dreamlands." In this other world, she confronts painful secrets from her past that prevent her from healing. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

Die in Plain Sight       RC 56441
by Elizabeth Lowell
read by Barbara Pinolini
3 cassettes
When Lacey Quinn reveals to the public her late grandfather's outstanding works of art, someone threatens to destroy her and the paintings. Security specialist Ian Lapstrake assists in protecting Lacey while they hunt for the culprit and fall in love. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Girl in a Cage       RC 56457
by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
1306. As English armies invade Scotland, spunky eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie, the daughter of King Robert the Bruce, is captured and put on public display, locked in an iron cage. Marjorie describes her imprisonment and tells how she overcame her ordeal. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Mistress of Justice       RC 56460
by Jeffery Deaver
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Paralegal Taylor Lockwood is asked by attorney Mitchell Reece to help him recover a stolen promissory note worth millions. As Taylor delves into what goes on at the Wall Street law firm, she uncovers deceit, fraud, suicide, drugs, and finally murder. Strong language and some violence. 1992.

Desirable Daughters       RC 56464
by Bharati Mukherjee
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
In San Francisco, Tara, youngest daughter of a Calcutta Brahmin family, defies tradition by divorcing her entrepreneur husband. Then a stranger insinuates himself into her house, claiming to be her oldest sister's illegitimate son and forcing Tara to confront a menacing cultural backlash. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Children of Cain: Cain Trilogy, Book 3       RC 56470
by Miriam Grace Monfredo
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Brothers of Cain (RC 54655), U.S. Treasury agent Bronwen Llyr struggles to uncover a plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Her sister, Kathryn, tries to improve the lot of Union nurses. Meanwhile, their aunt, Glynis Tryon, leaves Seneca Falls to join them in Virginia. 2002.

Slightly Married       RC 56471
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
In 1814 Colonel Aidan Bedwyn promised dying Captain Percy Morris that he would protect Percy's sister Eve—no matter what. But Aidan didn't expect that would mean marrying Eve so she could retain her family estate in Oxfordshire. Their "business marriage" is soon transformed. Sequel to A Summer to Remember (RC 54986). Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Dirty Girls Social Club       RC 56472
by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Since graduating from Boston University, "las sucias"—Lauren, Elizabeth, Sara, Rebecca, Usnavys, and Amber—reunite twice a year. The Latina women, as varied as the culture they represent, meet in a restaurant to share their perspectives on relationships, complications, and triumphs in their lives. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Chase       RC 56473
by Brenda Joyce
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
San Francisco, 2001. Claire Hayden's husband is murdered, thrusting Claire into a web of intrigue dating from World War II. She turns for help to Ian Marshall, an expert on war criminals and the Holocaust, placing her own life in danger. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Cassini Division       RC 56475
by Ken MacLeod
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
As an agent of the elite Cassini Division of the utopian Solar Union, Ellen May Ngwethu devises a means to eradicate the posthuman society on Jupiter that threatens mankind in the twenty-fourth century. High tech space battles ensue. Some strong language. Nebula Award nominee. 1998.

Revelation Space       RC 56476
by Alastair Reynolds
read by Fred Major
5 cassettes
Resurgam, Delta Pavonis system; 2551. Dr. Daniel Sylveste discovers the puzzling remains of a civilization annihilated nine hundred thousand years earlier. Believing that the truth will save humanity, he seeks answers aboard a starship despite its dangerous cyborg crew. Prequel to Chasm City (RC 56477). Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Chasm City       RC 56477
by Alastair Reynolds
read by Fred Major
5 cassettes
The trail of a killer leads security operative Tanner Mirabel to once-utopian Chasm City, mutated by a nano-virus that infects both humans and machines. Mirabel, tormented by memories that are not his own, struggles with his identity. Sequel to Revelation Space (RC 56476). Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2001.

Flirting with Pete       RC 56487
by Barbara Delinsky
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
When Casey Ellis, a thirty-four-year-old psychotherapist, inherits a Boston townhouse from her psychologist father, who never acknowledged her, she begins sifting through papers he left behind. Her discovery of a story about a young woman abused by her father sets Casey on a path to family and love. 2003.

Naked Empire: The Sword of Truth, Book 8       RC 56503
by Terry Goodkind
read by Nick Sullivan
5 cassettes
Continuing the saga from The Pillars of Creation (RC 53660), Lord Richard Rahl, his wife Kahlan, and his newly found half-sister Jennsen journey through a barren land. They are tracked by huge birds of prey, harbingers of peril. Violence. 2003.

A Place of Hiding       RC 56504
by Elizabeth George
read by Mitzi Friedlander
5 cassettes
Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley's colleague, forensic scientist Simon St. James, comes to the aid of his wife's American friend China River. China is accused of murdering millionaire Guy Brouard on the island of Guernsey after she and her half-brother deliver a package of blueprints to him there. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Mortals       RC 56505
by Norman Rush
read by John Horton
5 cassettes
Ray Finch, a CIA agent in Botswana, is obsessed with his sexy wife and suspects almost every move she makes. When Ray intuits an affair between her and her holistic doctor, he loses perspective on his emotions and consequently on his mission. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

White Death: A Novel from the NUMA Files       RC 56507
by Clive Cussler
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
Partners Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) rescue survivors inside a Danish ship sunk by environmentalists. During the ensuing investigation they encounter the Oceanus Corporation, which aims to control the seas by using biologically modified fish. Violence and strong language. Bestseller 2003.

The Sea-Hawk       RC 56510
by Rafael Sabatini
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Escapade from the author of Captain Blood (RC 56172) that sends Sir Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman and commander of one of her majesty's ships, on an odyssey of piracy, passion, and plunder from the shores of England to the Arabian coast. 2002 introduction by Bernard Cornwell. Some violence. 1915.

HMS Unseen       RC 56512
by Patrick Robinson
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
Iraqi terrorist Benjamin Adnam offers his services to Iran after being betrayed by Saddam Hussein. Adnam and his crew steal a British submarine and shoot down American airplanes. Admiral Arnold Morgan, the U.S. national security advisor, begins searching for Adnam—believing he is behind these events. Violence and strong language. 1999.

Crabwalk       RC 56519
by GŁnter Grass
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Journalist Paul Pokriefke's life is forever linked to the 1945 sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff—a former cruise ship carrying nearly ten-thousand German refugees—by a Russian submarine. Pokriefke's mother survived and gave birth to him that night. Now fifty years later, Paul confronts the tragedy. Some violence. 2002.

Compromising Positions       RC 56520
by Susan Isaacs
read by Norma Lana
2 cassettes (Reissue)
When a lecherous Long Island dentist is murdered in his office, his last patient, Marilyn Tuccio, is suspected. Judith Singer, a wisecracking housewife and Marilyn's neighbor, cannot resist playing detective. She also finds police lieutenant Nelson Sharpe more appealing than her stodgy husband. Prequel to Long Time No See (RC 53058). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1978.

Crime School       RC 56543
by Carol O'Connell
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Special Crimes Unit policewoman Kathy Mallory relives her past when a middle-aged prostitute she knew is left near death by a serial killer. Mallory, once a New York City street child, and her partners trace the copycat killer to a twenty-year-old crime. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Golden Angel: The House of Winslow, Book 26       RC 56544
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Erin Winslow's rescue of a downed pilot in Africa leads to flying lessons and love in the early 1920s. A broken heart sends her fleeing to her grandparents in America. There she finds happiness as a café owner, a stunt pilot, and a Christian. Sequel to Amazon Quest (RC 53782). 2001.

Edge of Honor       RC 56545
by Richard Herman
read by Carol Dines
4 cassettes
U.S. president Madeline Turner faces an Eastern European crisis when Germany and Russia target Poland, threatening war. As the Russian mafia mobilizes, she puts reelection plans and an infatuation with fighter pilot Matt Pontowski aside. Sequel to Power Curve (RC 45121). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1999.

Air Battle Force       RC 56547
by Dale Brown
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
At an underground air base, Major General Patrick McLanahan and his team develop a mobile air combat unit. The team may soon test the project's advanced sensor capabilities and precision weaponry against Taliban forces invading Turkmenistan, Afghanistan's oil-rich neighbor. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

A Place Called Rainwater       RC 56550
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Justine Jill Jones comes to Rainwater, Oklahoma, in 1929 to aid her ailing Aunt Justine in running her hotel. Jill's protective friend Thad helps her handle a gruesome murderer and Aunt Justine's spiteful son. Companion to The Edge of Town (RC 52852). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Pirate Round: The Brethren of the Coast, Book 3       RC 56551
by James L. Nelson
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Virginia colonies, 1706. Following The Blackbirder (RC 53881) pirate-turned-landowner Thomas Marlowe faces economic ruin. With his wife, Elizabeth, he decides to smuggle tobacco into England and then loot a mogul's ship in the Indian Ocean. The result is disastrous. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Dark Lord: The Oath of Empire, Book 4       RC 56554
by Thomas Harlan
read by Fred Major
6 cassettes
In this sequel to The Storm of Heaven (RC 54686), the Emperor Galen attempts to save the Romans from evil Persian sorcerer Dahak. Galen's brother, wizard Maxian, aids him, and Queen ZoŽ of Palmyra and Lord Mohammed are additional allies against Dahak's evil. Some violence. 2002.

Nicola and the Viscount       RC 56557
by Meg Cabot
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
London, 1810. Sixteen-year-old orphan Nicola Sparks becomes engaged during her debutante season. When she discovers she's wanted only for her inherited land, she turns to Nathaniel Sheridan, the brother of her best friend, for guidance. For senior high readers. 2002.

The Walking       RC 56564
by Bentley Little
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
They are Walkers—the walking dead—and investigator Miles Huerdeen's father is among them. As these restless reanimated corpses approach their final destination, Miles follows after on a terrifying journey to learn the secret of their origin. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2000.

The Autograph Man       RC 56565
by Zadie Smith
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Alex-Li Tandem is a half-Chinese, half-Jewish London autograph dealer. Obsessed with pop culture, he cannot cope with real-life issues such as religion or his father's death. He searches for the signature of his favorite 1950s actress to satisfy his celebrity fixation. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Longest Way Home       RC 56573
by Robert Silverberg
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Great Houses of the Mother World are under attack. Fifteen-year-old Joseph, heir to the House Keilloran, is far from home during the rebel uprising. Now he journeys home alone, but is there anything left? A coming-of-age tale. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

The Cave       RC 56575
by José Saramago
read by Peter Gil
3 cassettes
A commercial center no longer needs the pottery jugs of elderly widower Cipriano Algor, so instead he creates clay figurines. His daughter, a new love, and a stray dog help him cope with imminent retirement until a haunting discovery under the urban complex changes them all forever. By the winner of 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. 2000.

Family Matters       RC 56576
by Rohinton Mistry
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Bombay, 1990s. Retired professor Nariman Vakeel suffers from Parkinson disease. When an injury leaves him bedridden, his stepchildren send him to recuperate with his daughter and her family. Relations and resources become strained as Nariman revisits his past and an unresolved love affair. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Fifteen Streets       RC 56581
by Catherine Cookson
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
John O'Brien, an impoverished young dock worker from the Tyneside slums called the Fifteen Streets, falls in love with Mary Llewellyn, a well-bred schoolteacher. John works to defy the cycle of poverty, alcohol, and violence, but class differences—and tragedy—threaten to tear them apart. Some violence and some strong language. 1952.

Code of the West       RC 56584
by Aaron Latham
read by Michael Russoto
4 cassettes
1860s. Comanche-raised Jimmy Goodnight is a misfit in white society but at home in a remote canyon. His best friend, Jack Loving, is Jimmy's opposite in most ways. But they both love the same woman. Arthurian legend transposed to Old West. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2001.

Mother of the Bride       RC 56585
by Lynn Michaels
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Thirty-two-year-old Cydney Parrish plans her nineteen-year-old niece Bebe's marriage to the nephew of reclusive mystery writer Angus Munroe. But Angus disapproves of Bebe's eccentric family and places obstacles in the way—until he falls in love with Cydney. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Back to the Moon       RC 56593
by Homer H. Hickam
read by Michael Russoto
3 cassettes
Lamenting the end of the space program, renegade scientist Jack Medaris hijacks a space shuttle and pilots it to the moon, where he hopes to find a cheap source of fusion power. Unknown to Jack, someone else is also aboard the shuttle. 1999.

Joe College       RC 56594
by Tom Perrotta
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
Danny, a blue-collar guy from New Jersey, feels out of place attending Yale University in the 1980s. During the summer he drives his father's "roach coach" lunch van, dates a secretary, and lusts after a coed who sleeps with their professor. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Tricky Business       RC 56595
by Dave Barry
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
A Florida gambling ship loaded with passengers—two runaway senior citizens, a stoned house band, a single-mother cocktail waitress, and some mafiosi—heads out into a tropical storm. And shady owner Bobby Kemp picks this night to rob the Mafia of illegal drug money. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Murder Most Royal       RC 56597
by Jean Plaidy
read by Jill Ferris
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Fictional portraits of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard from childhood to their marriages as second and fifth wives of England's Henry VIII (1491-1547) and their ultimate beheadings at his behest. Sequel to The King's Secret Matter (RC 46442). 1949.

Beyond the Aegean       RC 56598
by Elia Kazan
read by John Horton
4 cassettes
Completes the story of Stavros Topouzoglou begun in America, America (RC 45261) and The Anatolian (RC 45268). In 1919, Stavros returns to Greece to help reclaim Anatolia from the Turks. He also wants to marry young Thomna, who has her own agenda. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1994.

Carpe Jugulum: A Discworld Novel, Book 23       RC 56600
by Terry Pratchett
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
To celebrate the birth of his daughter, well-meaning but misguided King Verence of Lancre invites the undead of Uberwald to a party. Soon after the modern vampire family arrives, the royal host and his subjects begin to regret their hospitality. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1998.

Jerusalem's Hope: Zion Legacy, Book 6       RC 56603
by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Jerusalem, 1948. In this sequel to Stones of Jerusalem (RC 54879), Moshe Sachar remains hidden in the tunnels below the city studying the sacred scrolls. He is reading about three orphaned boys who delivered a vital message to the shepherd Zadok in Bethlehem and then traveled with Zadok to Jerusalem at Passover. 2002.

City of the Beasts       RC 56606
by Isabel Allende
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his journalist grandmother on an expedition to search for the legendary Yeti of the Amazon, known as "The Beast." Alexander and his new friend Nadia begin a magical adventure in the mysterious, impenetrable jungle. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Where Two Seas Met: Cheney and Shiloh; the Inheritance, Book 1       RC 56607
by Lynn Morris and Gilbert Morris
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
Now married, Cheney Duvall and Shiloh Irons-Winslow are honeymooning on their ship in the West Indies. Their faith helps them live through a storm, seek refuge on a small island, prevent a contagious disease from spreading, and face their old nemesis, Bain Winslow. 2001.

Coastliners       RC 56608
by Joanne Harris
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Madeleine returns to her former home, a tiny French island threatened by floods and ancient rivalries, and to her troubled father. She strives to rebuild her life and the town she loves with the help of a mysterious beachcomber. From the bestselling author of Chocolat (RC 49086). Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Good Morning, Killer       RC 56612
by April Smith
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
FBI agent Ana Grey, from North of Montana (RC 38878), is searching for a kidnapper who preys on teenage girls. But after Ana is arrested for shooting her lover, police detective Andrew Berringer, she follows the case behind the scenes. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Tom Clancy's Net Force: State of War       RC 56613
by Steve Perry and Larry Segriff
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
2013. FBI's Net Force is reeling from a lawsuit filed by the virtual country introduced in Tom Clancy's Net Force: CyberNation (RC 54415). Meanwhile, a CyberNation agent plots to distract the security force with computer viruses—an attack that could have global repercussions. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Force Heretic I, Remnant       RC 56615
by Sean Williams and Shane Dix
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
A fledgling Galactic Alliance forms after the Yuuzhan Vong destroys the New Republic but needs to consolidate before fighting back. In preparation for ultimately defeating the invaders, Luke Skywalker leads a Jedi mission to remote regions of the galaxy to unite the remaining imperial forces—and find the mythical planet Zonama Sekot. 2003.

The Staggerford Flood       RC 56631
by Jon Hassler
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
As elderly retired schoolteacher Agatha McGee, from Dear James (RC 41830), begins to grow bored with her life, Staggerford is overcome by a flood. Refuting public rumors of her failing health, Agatha regains her vitality and looks past her own troubles to help neighbors and friends in need. 2002.

The Two-Shoot Gun       RC 56633
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
When Easterner Alexander Burdick arrives in Santa Clara, New Mexico Territory, to open a photography business, he carries a double-barreled, breech-loading shotgun in his wagon and soon finds himself involved in a local feud. Some strong language. 1960.

Lynching at Broken Butte and Sunblade       RC 56695
by Lewis B. Patten
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Traveling to pick up a prisoner, U.S. Marshal August Cragg overnights at Broken Butte, where someone tries to kill him, and Cragg intends to find out who. In Sunblade, in the 1870s a greedy rancher, who has more enemies than friends, winds up dead. Some violence and some strong language. 1952.

The Sky-liners       RC 56696
by Louis L'Amour
read by Chuck Benson
1 cassette (Reissue)
The two Sackett brothers, Flagan and Galloway, run into Black Fetchen's gang in town, and a feud develops among them. The Sacketts are good fighters, but they must contend with the best gunslingers in the country. Some violence and some strong language. 1967.

Bad Company       RC 56701
by Jack Higgins
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Hitler's diary threatens to expose shocking details of a U.S.-German plot to destroy the Soviet Union—secret WWII meetings that involved President Jake Cazalet's father. White House operative Blake Johnson and his British counterpart, Sean Dillon, want to keep the manuscript out of enemy hands. Sequel to Midnight Runner (RC 54599). Some violence. 2003.

The Return: Star Trek; Odyssey, Book 2       RC 56702
by William Shatner
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
On Veridian III, where the USS Enterprise lies in ruins, a team prepares to recover the remains of James T. Kirk. But the grave is empty; the Romulans and Borg have joined forces to bring Starfleet's honored hero to life and use him against the Federation. Sequel to The Ashes of Eden (RC 45690). 1996.

The Butcher's Boy       RC 56703
by Thomas Perry
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
After assassinating a Colorado senator, the hit man known as "the butcher's boy" discovers somebody wants him dead. He flees shadowy employers as Justice Department analyst Elizabeth Waring picks up the trail. Prequel to Sleeping Dogs (RC 56732). Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1982.

Cape Light: Cape Light Novel, Book 1       RC 56704
by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
First in a series of novels by the well-known landscape painter and his coauthor set in a Massachusetts community where everyone knows and cares deeply for one another. Introduces Jessica, recently returned; her sister, Emily, the mayor; the owners of the local eatery; and Reverend Ben, who counsels and consoles the residents. Followed by Home Song (RC 56726). 2002.

I, Richard       RC 56705
by Elizabeth George
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Five short stories of mystery and suspense. In "The Surprise of His Life," a wealthy middle-aged man decides to murder his trophy wife. In the title piece, a schoolteacher hopes to clear King Richard III's name by stealing a medieval letter from his friend's estate. Some strong language. 2002.

Sharpe's Triumph: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803       RC 56710
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
India, 1803. Sergeant Richard Sharpe battles traitorous Major William Dodd, who stole ammunition from the East India Company to sell to the rebel Mahratta Confederation. Sharpe, under the command of General Sir Arthur Wellesley, joins the attack on the larger Mahratta force at Assaye. Some violence and some strong language. 1998.

Home Song: A Cape Light Novel, Book 2       RC 56726
by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Cape Light (RC 56704), Mayor Emily faces a challenger in the next election. Sister Jessica plans her wedding and hopes their mother will finally accept her fiancé. Sara must decide whether to reveal her parentage, and newcomer Luke sets up a halfway house for troubled teens. 2002.

Mine Work       RC 56730
by Jim Davidson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
After his brother's suicide, Markus Cottin sets out to uncover the family's past, trekking to visit his father, now a hermit living in a mountain shack. Later, at his grandfather's place in Colorado, Markus learns about past involvement with Navajo neighbors. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Spur Award. 1999.

Sleeping Dogs       RC 56732
by Thomas Perry
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Michael Schaeffer is an American businessman living comfortably in England until somebody uncovers his decade-old secret. Once again The Butcher's Boy (RC 56703), he returns to the United States to take care of unfinished business. This time he finds agent Elizabeth Waring Hart before she finds him. Strong language and some violence. 1992.

The Precipice: Asteroid Wars, Book 1       RC 56733
by Ben Bova
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Earth is plunging into environmental chaos. Dan Randolph, head of Astro Manufacturing, knows salvation rests in harvesting raw materials from asteroids. Hindered by regressive leaders and financial woes, Randolph risks a deceptive business partnership and untried technology to save the planet. Precedes Rock Rats (RC 56767). 2001.

Primary Inversion: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 1       RC 56734
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Bioengineered fighter pilot and psychic Sauscony Valdoria, heiress apparent of the Skolian Empire, falls in love with the heir to the throne of the enemy Trader Empire. War looms as the lovers strive to avert disaster. Prequel to Catch the Lightning (RC 56739). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1995.

The Heavenly Fugitive: The House of Winslow, Book 27       RC 56735
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Amelia Winslow and her brother, Phillip, live in New York during the exciting and dangerous 1920s. Amelia jeopardizes her life when she becomes a nightclub singer. Phil becomes a district attorney, but falls in love with a gangster's daughter. Sequel to Golden Angel (RC 56544). 2002.

After       RC 56738
by Francine Prose
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Following a nearby school shooting, a newly-hired grief and crisis counselor replaces the principal of a western Massachusetts high school and adopts increasingly harsh methods to control behavior. Tom Bishop and his friends become suspicious when rebellious students and teachers begin disappearing. For senior high readers. 2003.

Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out       RC 56741
by Harry Kemelman
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Barnard's Crossing chief of police turns to Rabbi David Small for assistance in solving the murder of a much feared anti-Semitic millionaire. The rabbi applies all of his Talmudic skills and training, including the help of his charming wife, Miriam, to the case. Some strong language. 1978.

Long Lost       RC 56742
by David Morrell
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Denver architect Brad Denning is haunted by his younger brother Petey's disappearance twenty-five years ago. When a man shows up claiming to be his brother, Brad welcomes him. But "Petey" attempts to kill Brad and kidnaps his wife and son. Brad survives and follows. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Last Hawk: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 3       RC 56744
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
A.D. 2258. Kelricson Valdoria, fighter pilot and heir to the Skolian throne, crashes on Coba, a planet ruled by women. He becomes an honored concubine and interplanetary pawn, gaining value and power by learning Coba's ways. Sequel to Catch the Lightning (RC 56739). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1997.

Irish Stew! A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel       RC 56748
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Nuala Anne McGrail and her husband, Dermot Michael Coyne, contend with a premature baby, difficult research on the 1886 Chicago Haymarket riot, and attempted murder of a shady lawyer. Fey Nuala "sees" the mark of death on Seamus Costelloe and struggles to save him. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Callaghen       RC 56749
by Louis L'Amour
read by Bruce Huntey
1 cassette (Reissue)
The patrol's lieutenant is killed by Mohave Indians. But private Callaghen's leadership and desert survival skills save the rest of the men. After discovering a treasure map in the dead officer's belongings, Callaghen changes his plans and tests his mettle. 1972.

The Radiant Seas: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 4       RC 56751
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
4 cassettes
Twenty-third century. Sauscony Valdoria and Jaibriol Qox, newlywed heirs to rival empires, begin their life together in exile. The marriage is tested when their disappearance disrupts the balance of power and brings civilization to the brink of interstellar destruction. Sequel to The Last Hawk (RC 56744). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1999.

First Claim       RC 56755
by Luke Short
read by Richard Hauenstein
1 cassette
Giff Ballew risks his life to take back the land he believes was stolen from his family following the Civil War. But Ballew's enemy has more guns, more money, and the town on his payroll. 1960.

Ascendant Sun: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 5       RC 56756
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
After eighteen years, Kelric escapes from Coba and returns home. Facing danger as the Skolian Empire's only heir to survive the Radiance War, he conceals his identity and heads for Trader territory. Sequel to The Radiant Seas (RC 56751). Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2000.

Eat Cake       RC 56758
by Jeanne Ray
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Beleaguered housewife Ruth Hopson is suddenly saddled with an unemployed husband, estranged parents who both need temporary refuge, and a sullen teenage daughter. Her solution is to bake. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 2003.

Dream Weaver       RC 56759
by Penina Keen Spinka
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Picture Maker (RC 54509) dies instructing her daughter Ingrid to value her own dreams. Upon Ingrid and her family's return to reclaim their Greenland home, facing both plague and a now-Christian community forces them to change course—to where Ingrid's destiny as Dream Weaver waits. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

The Fiery Ring: The House of Winslow, Book 28       RC 56760
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Virginia, 1925. Siblings Joy and Travis Winslow are anticipating their family's return when tragedy strikes. Left to the mercy of greedy relatives, they escape, but get separated. They cling to the faith of their parents, survive, and—once reunited—strive to recover their rightful inheritance. Sequel to The Heavenly Fugitive (RC 56735). 2002.

The Quantum Rose: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 6       RC 56766
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
To save her impoverished people, Kamoj Argali, young governor of Argali Province, marries Havyrl Lionstar, a powerful, dark, and mysterious stranger. When a rejected suitor fights to get her back, she discovers her husband's true identity. Sequel to Ascendant Sun (RC 56756). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Nebula Award. 2000.

China Run       RC 56773
by David Ball
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Allison Turk, accompanied by her nine-year-old stepson, Tyler, is in China to adopt a baby girl. When the orphanage suddenly demands return of the infants, Allison and two other families decide—with their translator's help—to flee across China to the nearest American consulate. Violence. 2002.

Flight of the Swan       RC 56785
by Rosario Ferré
read by Jacinda Bronaugh
2 cassettes
In 1917 a touring Russian ballet troupe is stranded in Puerto Rico as a result of the Russian Revolution. When the leader of the troupe, "Madame" to her younger ballerinas, falls in love with a revolutionary half her age, everyone's life is radically transformed. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Picture of Dorian Gray       RC 56794
by Oscar Wilde
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes (Reissue)
First published in the late nineteenth century. A beautiful youth has his portrait painted by an artist with a flair for the morbid. The portrait becomes the mirror of its innocent-appearing subject's inner life. Introduction by Edmund White. 1999.

The Return of Tarzan       RC 56841
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Tarzan of the Apes (RC 50056), Tarzan leaves civilization and Jane to return to the African jungle where he grew up. Although he discovers Opar, the city of gold, he is not content. When Jane arrives, he asks for her hand in marriage. Some violence. 1915.

The Beasts of Tarzan       RC 56842
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Tarzan, now called Lord Greystoke, becomes the target of greedy men. When his wife and son are kidnapped, he manages to escape his desert island. With the help of his animal friends, he sets out on the trail of the kidnappers. Sequel to The Return of Tarzan (RC 56841). Some violence. 1916.

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar       RC 56844
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Learning that through some dishonest manipulations he has lost everything, Tarzan returns to Opar to retrieve more gold. But when he is struck down in Opar's vaults during an earthquake, he is left with no memory of his wife or home. Sequel to The Son of Tarzan (RC 56843). Some violence. 1918.

Jungle Tales of Tarzan       RC 56845
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Collection of short stories recounting Tarzan's early years in the jungle when he taught himself to read and applied the knowledge gained to the world around him. Sequel to Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (RC 56844). Some violence. 1919.

Trading Up       RC 56866
by Candace Bushnell
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes
Social-climbing Janey Wilcox, last seen in Four Blondes (RC 51128), becomes a successful New York model. She marries a millionaire movie mogul and lives in the fast lane but can't escape her sordid past or really love anyone. So she moves to Hollywood. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

A Man to Call My Own       RC 56874
by Johanna Lindsey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Amanda and Marian Laton are identical twins with different personalities. Marian has always hidden her beauty for fear that spoiled Amanda would try to destroy anyone interested in Marian. After their father dies and they are sent Texas to live with their aunt, Marian finally reveals her true nature. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

Street Dreams: Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Mystery       RC 56876
by Faye Kellerman
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
LAPD officer Cindy Decker discovers a newborn in a dumpster and takes her to a hospital. There Cindy meets Ethiopian nurse Koby Kutiel, and they begin an affair. With Koby's and her detective father's help, Cindy finds the infant's mother—a mentally disabled teen who may have witnessed a murder. Some strong language. Bestseller 2003.

Maigret and the Tavern by the Seine       RC 56995
by Georges Simenon
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
A condemned man tells Inspector Maigret of a murder he witnessed six years before. Maigret's subsequent investigation leads him to a world of adultery, blackmail, loan sharks, and a group of drinking buddies. Some violence. 1932.

Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses and Maigret Has Scruples       RC 56996
by Georges Simenon
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Two mysteries featuring French Chief Inspector Maigret. In Maigret and the Reluctant Witnesses, the scion of an old family is murdered and his death is blamed on a burglar. In Maigret Has Scruples, a man walks into the police station to say that his wife is trying to kill him. 1958.

The Devil's Banker       RC 57008
by Christopher Reich
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
British intelligence and the CIA battle a terrorist organization by following its money trail. After four colleagues are murdered, English accountant Adam Chapel and agent Sarah Churchill track the enemy to Saudi Arabia and finally to America. But Adam begins to mistrust Sarah's allegiance. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Perfect Summer       RC 57009
by Luanne Rice
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
The lives of Bay McCabe and her three children are torn apart by the disappearance of her husband, local banker Sean, who has embezzled money. When Sean is later found murdered Bay turns to former schoolmate and widower Danny Connolly for support. Bestseller 2003.

Diary       RC 57011
by Chuck Palahniuk
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
As her husband lies comatose following a suicide attempt on Waytansea Island, former art student Misty Wilmot suffers mysterious ailments alleviated only by painting. Her mother-in-law and doctor suspiciously pressure her to resume her artwork despite the illness. Seemingly spirit-possessed, Misty is destined to comply. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2003.

Home before Dark       RC 57014
by Susan Wiggs
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
With her eyesight failing, photojournalist Jessie Ryder wants to see the daughter she gave up for adoption to her sister sixteen years earlier. Returning to her Texas hometown, Jessie confronts her sister and daughter—and meets a man. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Last Juror       RC 57381
by John Grisham
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
Clanton, Mississippi; 1970. Twenty-three-year-old Willie Traynor buys the bankrupt county paper and begins building circulation. He inflames readers with his reporting of a young widow's rape and murder by Danny Padgitt, who threatens his jury with revenge if they convict him. Years later Padgitt returns for retribution. Some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

Books for Children

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Cassettes Nonfiction

The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler       RC 56034
by James Giblin
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Biography of the German political leader whose racial prejudice and personal ambition shaped World War II. Traces Hitler's life and career from his birth in Austria in 1889 to his death in Berlin in 1945. Briefly discusses this tyrant's legacy. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Siebert Award. 2002.

The Making of America: The History of the United States from 1492 to the Present       RC 56140
by Robert D. Johnston
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Historical overview of the guiding principles that shaped our nation. Highlights political debates, examines social issues, and profiles several people who defended their beliefs. Includes the text of a few major historical documents. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2002.

Hana's Suitcase       RC 56454
by Karen Levine
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
The life story of a young Czechoslovakian girl killed in the Holocaust in 1944 as gradually unraveled by a museum director and her students in 1998 Tokyo. Their efforts to learn about Hana began when they acquired the suitcase and a few personal belongings the girl had carried to Auschwitz. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Who Is Baseball's Greatest Pitcher?       RC 56549
by Jeff Kisseloff
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Kisseloff compares statistics for thirty-three of baseball's greatest starting pitchers and invites the reader to decide who is the best. Companion to Who Is Baseball's Greatest Hitter? (RC 50693). For grades 5-8. 2003.

Jokelopedia: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever       RC 56555
compiled by Ilana Weitzman and others
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Collection of over 1,500 riddles, puns, tongue twisters, and long and short jokes for everyone who enjoys zany humor. Also contains facts on humor history, favorite comedians, sitcoms, and tips on delivery style. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

This Our Dark Country: The American Settlers of Liberia       RC 56559
by Catherine Reef
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Examines the history of this West African nation from its founding in 1822 by the American Colonization Society through the turmoil of political upheavals in the late twentieth century. Discusses the difficulties faced by former American slaves settling in the African rain forest and the consequences. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Oman       RC 56566
by Calvin H. Allen
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
History of the country of Oman, including its role in the Middle East and its struggle to become a modern state. Also discusses Ibadism—the form of Islam followed by the Omani people—and its influence on government affairs. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

Empires of Mesopotamia       RC 56574
by Don Nardo
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Describes the first civilizations—including the Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians—that developed in the plains area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers that is now part of modern Iraq. Includes descriptions of the archaeological studies that revealed the history of Mesopotamia. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2001.

Crocheting       RC 56577
by Gwen Blakley Kinsler and Jackie Young
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Easy-to-follow instructions for learning the basic stitches—the chain and single crochet—to make a flower daisy chain, scarf, bookmark, hair band, purse, belt, beaded scrunchee, or "lapghan" (small afghan). Explains the techniques of fringing, beading, and sewing squares and rectangles together for these projects. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Syria       RC 56578
by John Morrison
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
A history of the Middle Eastern country of Syria, focusing on its role in the political climate of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

Mesopotamia       RC 56588
by Pamela F. Service
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Discusses the history, social order, religion, and accomplishments of the Middle East area between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers that is now part of Iraq. Known as the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia was famed for its rich culture which spread throughout the world and still has some influence even today. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Muhammad       RC 56638
by Demi
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
A short biography of the prophet Muhammad (who died in A.D. 632)—a major figure in the Islamic religion. Discusses Muhammad's role as a messenger of God, his revelations from the angel Gabriel that became the Koran, and the observances faithful Muslims should practice in their daily routine. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Freedom Roads: Searching for the Underground Railroad       RC 56736
by Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Explains the difficulty of finding factual evidence about secret activities conducted more than a hundred years ago to help runaway slaves escape to freedom. Discusses research at several archaeological sites and written records in legal codes and household accounts to trace the history of the Underground Railroad. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Cooking Up Fun for Kids with Diabetes       RC 56757
by Patti B. Geil and Tami A. Ross
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Discusses healthy eating and nutrition for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Includes kitchen safety tips and advice for grownup helpers. Provides recipes for main dishes, snacks, and desserts. Published by the American Diabetes Association. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2003.

Killer Superbugs: The Story of Drug-Resistant Diseases       RC 56765
by Nancy Day
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Day discusses the history of antibiotics and shows how overprescription makes them less effective, leading to disease strains that cannot be treated by standard drugs. Explores some possible solutions to this problem. For grades 6-9. 2001.

A Life like Mine       RC 56768
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Discusses basic rights of children and examines the situation of specific young people in various countries around the world. Covers such essentials as water, food, home, health, schooling, play time, safe environment, and equal opportunity. Produced in association with UNICEF. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Polio       RC 56770
by Alvin Silverstein and others
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Discusses the various types of polio, ranging from mild childhood disease to paralysis, and the development of vaccines to stop the virus. Covers the history of this crippling illness, famous patients like President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and researchers Dr. Albert Sabin and Dr. Jonas Salk. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Bedouin of the Middle East       RC 56784
by Elizabeth Losleben
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Describes the Arab nomads who have lived for centuries in desert regions of many Middle Eastern and North African countries. Discusses the plants and wildlife of their desert home, their history and culture, and their social customs and traditions. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Sojourner Truth       RC 56798
by Peter Roop and Connie Roop
read by Nanette Savard
1 cassette
Biography of a woman who was born a slave in 1797 and struggled through many heartaches to become a free human being. Known as Belle until she changed her name to Sojourner Truth, she endured years of cruel treatment before running away to freedom. For grades 3-6. 2002.

Ten Kings and the Worlds They Ruled       RC 56814
by Milton Meltzer
read by Vanessa Maroney
1 cassette
Biographical sketches of ten powerful monarchs who reigned in past centuries—beginning with Hammurabi of Mesopotamia, who was famous for his code of laws, and ending with Peter the Great of Russia who wanted to modernize his country. Discusses how they used and abused power. Companion to Ten Queens: Portraits of Power (RC 46941). For grades 6-9. 2002.

Do Tornadoes Really Twist? Questions and Answers about Tornadoes and Hurricanes       RC 56828
by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Provides answers to a variety of questions about these violent storms—causes, effects, and when and where they occur. Includes information on safety measures to take when these weather conditions are predicted. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters       RC 56830
compiled by Harold Holzer
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
A collection of Lincoln's writings including some early poems, private letters at significant moments in his life, public speeches, and pieces related to issues in his presidency. Each is prefaced by a brief note to provide historical context. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.

Béisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends       RC 56837
by Jonah Winter
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Brief sketches of fourteen Latin American baseball players who were active in the sport from 1900 to 1960 and who pioneered the game in their own countries and in the United States. Includes profiles of José Méndez, Luis Tiant, Bobby Avila, Minnie Miñoso, Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal, and Felipe Alou. For grades 3-6. 2001.

Cassettes Fiction

The War Within: A Novel of the Civil War       RC 53795
by Carol Matas
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
December, 1862. Thirteen-year-old Hannah Green and her pro-Confederate Jewish family are shopkeepers in Holly Springs, Mississippi, which is occupied by Union troops. When General Grant orders the evacuation of Jews from the area, Hannah's views on slavery and the war begin to change. For grades 5-8. 2001.

Meet Kaya: An American Girl       RC 55342
by Janet Shaw
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
The Pacific Northwest, 1764. When Kaya and her family join other members of the Nez Perce tribe to fish for red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can lead to trouble. Includes historical notes on the Nez Perce Indians. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Nim's Island       RC 55604
by Wendy Orr
read by Graci Ragsdale Miller
1 cassette
Nim loves living on a remote island with her scientist father. When he's temporarily missing at sea, Nim has emergencies requiring more than her pet sea lion and iguana's company. Her new e-mail pal comes to rescue Nim and winds up being rescued herself. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Stage Fright on a Summer Night: Magic Tree House, Book 25       RC 55609
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
When the magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to London in 1600, they meet William Shakespeare. He needs two boys to be actors in his play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Jack is chosen, but has a bad case of stage fright. For grades 2-4. 2002.

Night of the Living Gerbil       RC 55795
by Elizabeth Levy
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Sam is sorry that he teased his younger brother, Robert, about his sick pet gerbil, named Exterminator, after its death. So Sam has the gerbil stuffed by a taxidermist to cheer Robert up. But his plan does not work out the way he hopes. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Hannah of Fairfield       RC 55797
by Jean Van Leeuwen
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
In 1777, Hannah Perley of Fairfield, Connecticut, faces new challenges—from saving the life of a baby lamb to helping the family prepare her fifteen-year-old brother Ben to join the colonial army during the American Revolutionary War. For grades 2-4. 1999.

Henry and Mudge in the Green Time: The Third Book of Their Adventures       RC 55802
by Cynthia Rylant
read by Graci Ragsdale Miller
1 cassette
It's summer—time for Henry and his big dog, Mudge, to go on a picnic, for Henry to give Mudge a bath with the garden hose, and for Henry to be king of the green hill where Mudge is a dragon. For grades K-3. 1987.

Henry and Mudge in the Family Trees: The Fifteenth Book of Their Adventures       RC 55803
by Cynthia Rylant
read by Richard Magesis
1 cassette
Henry and his 180-pound dog, Mudge, go to their first family reunion. At his cousin Annie's house, Henry's relatives have fun together and make Mudge welcome. For grades K-3. 1997.

A Corner of the Universe       RC 55807
by Ann M. Martin
read by Simone Siekaly
1 cassette
Twelve-year-old Hattie experiences a tragic summer in 1960 when her young, mentally ill uncle Adam comes to stay with her grandparents. Hattie befriends him, but no one knows how to handle his moods, least of all Adam himself. For grades 6-9. 2002.

The Healer's Keep       RC 56150
by Victoria Hanley
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
When the Healer's Keep is attacked by dark forces, Princess Sara—daughter of Queen Torina of The Seer and the Sword (RC 56128)—and the foreigner Dorjan join forces with the runaway slave girl Maeve and freeman Jasper to defend it. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

Daughter of Madrugada       RC 56264
by Frances M. Wood
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
After the United States wins the war with Mexico in 1848, the de Haro family faces many changes on their California ranch. Thirteen-year-old Cesa must choose between her grandfather who wants to remain Mexican and her father and brothers who embrace modern ways and become Americans. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Refugee Boy       RC 56269
by Benjamin Zephaniah
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Fourteen-year-old Alem Kelo is half Ethiopian and half Eritrean. When war breaks out between Ethiopia and Eritrea in the 1990s, Alem's father takes him to England to keep him safe. He abandons Alem in London and returns to Africa to work for peace. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2001.

Abarat       RC 56273
by Clive Barker
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Boredom leads Candy Quackenbush out of school and into the vast prairie outside Chickentown, Minnesota, where she begins a fantastic adventure to the Abarat. Strange creatures greet, guide, and frighten her on the journey through the islands of the magical realm. Some strong language. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2002.

Rowan and the Zebak       RC 56294
by Emily Rodda
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
When Rowan's younger sister Annad is abducted by the Zebak tribe, an ancient enemy of Rin, Rowan sets out to rescue her. As in Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal (RC 56293), the youth must use his wits to solve the rhyming riddle and accomplish his dangerous mission. For grades 3-6. 1999.

Missing since Monday       RC 56360
by Ann M. Martin
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Maggie and her older brother Mike are left to care for their half sister Courtenay while their father and stepmother take a long-awaited vacation. Courtenay is declared a missing child when she fails to return home from preschool. Life becomes a nightmare for the family. For grades 5-8. 1986.

The Merlin Conspiracy       RC 56442
by Diana Wynne Jones
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
Roddy and her dyslexic friend Grundo, a younger brother figure, suspect that Merlin's sudden death was murder. When another teenager, Nick, appears from an alternate British world, the three combine their emerging magical talents to investigate, unaware of the dangers they will confront. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

Book of Greek Myths       RC 56456
by Ingri D'Aulaire and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette (Reissue)
Humorous, earthy retellings of the adventures of the gods, goddesses, and legendary figures of ancient Greece. For grades 4-7. 1962.

Alexandra's Scroll: The Story of the First Hanukkah       RC 56463
by Miriam Chaikin
read by Vanessa Maroney
1 cassette
Alexandra is unusual because she can read and write in the Jerusalem of some two thousand years ago. She tells the story of the dangers facing Jews and the events of 165 B.C.E. that are commemorated in the holiday of Hanukkah. For grades 4-7. 2002.

The Ghost Belonged to Me       RC 56479
by Richard Peck
read by Bruce Huntey
1 cassette (Reissue)
The comic adventures of Alexander, Blossom Culp, and their friends set in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, in 1913. Story includes exploding steamboats, a prophetic ghost, and an "exorcism." Precedes Ghosts I Have Been (RC 56480). For grades 5-8. 1975.

Ghosts I Have Been       RC 56480
by Richard Peck
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette (Reissue)
Bluff City, 1914. Blossom Culp develops extraordinary psychic powers, but they unexpectedly misfire on her. Sequel to The Ghost Belonged to Me (RC 56479). For grades 5-8. 1977.

Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants       RC 56509
by Barbara Park
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Copying a classmate's homework one day gets Junie B. in trouble with her teacher, who explains about cheating. The next day Junie B.'s friend Herbert helps her on a spelling test—sharing answers isn't cheating, is it? For grades K-3. 2003.

The Boy Who Saved Baseball       RC 56513
by John H. Ritter
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
The fate of a small California town rests on one baseball game. The local team must win to prevent land from being sold to developers. Twelve-year-old Tom Gallagher hopes to achieve victory using the hitting secrets of a disgraced professional baseball player and a mysterious stranger. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime       RC 56525
by Barbara Park
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Junie B. is delighted to receive a mushy, gushy "valentime"—as she calls it—from a secret admirer. When she finds out who he is, she is surprised. For grades K-3. 1999.

The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: The Lewis and Clark Expedition       RC 56552
by Kathryn Lasky
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
After fourteen-year-old Gus runs away from his stepfather, he keeps a journal of his adventures with the Corps of Discovery in 1804 and 1805—as they head up the Missouri River. Gus's good handwriting and familiarity with the Indian language make him useful to Lewis and Clark. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Dork on the Run       RC 56553
by Carol Gorman
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Jerry Flack has been trying to change his image since Dork in Disguise (RC 50111) and reluctantly agrees to run for sixth-grade class president. Unfortunately Jerry finds his opponent, Gabe Marshall, playing dirty tricks on him. For grades 4-7. 2002.

The Checkmate Hero       RC 56571
by T. Simon Lee
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Seventh-grader Bryan, a computer genius, hesitates at first when his ex-best friend Jake asks him to catch a spy ring using a computerized chess program to steal military secrets. Because a cute classmate is involved in the mystery, Bryan and his buddies in the "Brainiac" club help the FBI snag the culprits. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Mickey and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure       RC 56599
by Dan Gutman
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old Joe Stoshack plans to travel back in time to the 1951 World Series, using his Mickey Mantle baseball card. Instead, he goes back to 1944 and meets the Milwaukee Chicks, one of the few all-female professional baseball teams in the history of the game. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold       RC 56601
by Cynthia Rylant
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Mr. Putter's cat, Tabby, can't comfort him when he catches a cold. Then their neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, has the good idea to use her dog, Zeke, for some special deliveries. Easy chapter book. For grades K-3. 2002.

Heir Apparent       RC 56628
by Vivian Vande Velde
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
While playing a total immersion virtual reality game full of medieval kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators protesting such pastimes have damaged the equipment she's connected to. She must win the game quickly or face brain damage. For grades 6-9. 2002.

Keeper of the Doves       RC 56632
by Betsy Byars
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
In the late 1890s, Amen McBee enjoys learning words and making poems. She is wary of Mr. Tominski, a mysterious man who tends doves on her family's property, but it is the animosity of her twin sisters, the Bellas, that provokes a tragedy. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Spike It!       RC 56635
by Paul Mantell
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Unhappy at having to share bedroom space, friends, and family with her new stepsister Michaela when her widower father remarries, thirteen-year-old Jamie is further dismayed when Michaela joins her school volleyball team and becomes a star player. For grades 4-7. 1998.

Time Pieces: The Book of Times       RC 56690
by Virginia Hamilton
read by Gail Nelson
1 cassette
Valena interweaves reports of summer events such as seeing the aurora borealis, surviving a tornado, and going to an amazing circus with family stories about her ancestor's travel on the Underground Railroad and the cruelties of long ago. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Betrayed: Jennie McGrady Mystery, Book 7       RC 56693
by Patricia H. Rushford
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Jennie McGrady travels to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana to help her aunt whose husband, Native American Jeff White Cloud, has been injured in an explosion. At her relatives' dude ranch, Jennie discovers enemies and a surly cousin. Sequel to Dying to Win (RC 56688). For grades 6-9. 1996.

Valley of Death       RC 56707
by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson
read by J.P. Linton
1 cassette
Eleven-year-old Ashley is kidnapped while the Landons are in Death Valley National Park. While searching for her, her brother Jack finds a missile testing site as well as the key to what's killing the desert's bighorn sheep. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Once upon a Marigold       RC 56708
by Jean Ferris
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
When Christian was six, he ran away to live with a troll in a cave where he was happy inventing things. Eleven years later he meets Princess Marigold, whom he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father. For grades 5-8. 2002.

The Wee Free Men       RC 56709
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
In this tale set in Discworld, a young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her kidnapped baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

Sahara Special       RC 56774
by Esmé Raji Codell
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Sahara is failing fifth grade, but her mother knows she doesn't belong in special education. Instead, Sahara repeats the regular class, this time with a new teacher, Madame Poitier, who believes that rules should be positive, like "yes, listen," not negative, like "no talking." Some strong language. For grades 4-7. 2003.

Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West       RC 56791
edited by Marianne Carus
read by Rick Rohan
1 cassette
Fifteen stories about dragons. "The Fourth Question: A Chinese Legend," tells about dragons of long ago and far away. "The Last of the Dragons" by E. Nesbit is set in the modern days of cars, buses, and gasoline. For grades 3-6. 2002.

The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung: A Chinese Miner       RC 56804
by Laurence Yep
read by Rick Rohan
1 cassette
A Chinese boy nicknamed Runt is twelve when his parents send him to California by ship in 1852. He keeps a journal about joining his uncle and other Chinese miners in the gold fields, finding a job, and having adventures in a new world. For grades 5-8. 2000.

Hidden Talents       RC 56815
by David Lubar
read by Rick Rohan
1 cassette
After being expelled from three schools, eighth-grader Martin Anderson is sent to a boarding facility for misfits and problem students. He realizes his new pals Torchie, Cheater, Flinch, Lucky, and Trash have psychic abilities causing their problems, and he discovers something surprising about himself too. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Kensuke's Kingdom       RC 56829
by Michael Morpurgo
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
After eleven-year-old Michael and his dog Stella are washed overboard from his parents' sailboat near Australia, they wake up on an apparently deserted island. But Michael's signal fire brings an angry, elderly man—Kensuke—out of the forest. As they gradually learn to trust each other, Kensuke teaches Michael survival skills. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Foreign Language Books

The following cassette titles are available in the languages designated.

Spanish

Redención: Escenas de la Vida de San Francisco de Asís (Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis)       RC 54984
por Valerie Martin
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Presenta una série de viñetas biográficas sobre San Francisco de Asís, comenzando con su muerte en 1226 y pasando atrás para enfocarse en las etapas seminales de la vida del santo. El autor pinta a San Francisco como un hombre de su época y cultura en vez de una figura mística y religiosa. (A series of biographical sketches of St. Francis of Assisi, beginning with his death in 1226 and working backwards to cover the crucial stages of his life. The author portrays St. Francis as a man of his time and culture rather than a mystical, religious figure.) 2002.

Pan y Vino para el Camino: Relatos de Abnegación y Valerosas Acciones que Suscitaron un Cambio de Vida (Stone Soup for the World: Life Changing Stories of Kindness and Courageous Acts of Service)       RC 56951
recopilado por Marianne Larned
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
La directora de una organización sin motivos de lucro, presenta una colección de cien relatos recopilados de treinta paises que delinean los esfuerzos de personas quienes por sus acciones de benevolenica se dedican a la ayuda de sus vecinos y al mejoro de sus comunidades. La autora también ofrece consejos para inscribirse en programas voluntarios para el bién de la comunidad. (Anthology of one hundred stories from thirty countries about dedicated individuals working with their neighbors to help build better communities and futures through simple acts of goodwill. Larned, the director of a national nonprofit education organization, also offers information on how to join volunteer efforts.) 1998.

Guía Médica de Remedios Caseros: Miles de Sugerencias y Técnicas que Usted Puede Utilizar para Resolver Cualquier Problema Cotidiano de Salud (Home Remedy Medical Guide: Thousands of Suggestions and Techniques You Can Use to Cure any Common Health Problem)       RC 56952
por Editores de Prevention Magazine
leído por Juan Ramírez
7 cassettes en 2 envases
Compendio de remedios caseros para curar más de 138 enfermedades y malestares comunes, desde la acedía a las verrugas. Está arreglado alfabeticamente por queja y los remedios están basados en los consejos de más de 500 médicos y especialistas. (Alphabetically arranged compendium of home cures for 138 common diseases and complaints, ranging from acid reflux to varicose veins, and based on advice provided by more than 500 doctors and specialists.) 1992.

Manual del Guerrero de la Luz (Warrior of the Light: A Manual)       RC 56953
por Paulo Coelho
leído por Juan Ramírez
1 cassette
Presenta una colección de breves ensayos filosóficos que siguen el prólogo de un hombre que regresa a la playa de su niñez. Allí se le inspira escribir acera del "Guerrero"—el que sabe comprender el milagro de la vida. Acompaña a El Alquimista (RC 46982). [A collection of philosophical sketches prefaced by the brief parable of a grown man returning to the beach of his childhood. There he is inspired to write about the "Warrior"—one who is "capable of understanding the miracle of life." Inspirational companion to El Alquimista (RC 46982).] 1998.

La Secta del Dragón Bicéfalo (The Sect of the Two-Headed Dragon)       RC 56954
por Ralph Barby
leído por Juan Ramírez
1 cassette
Moses Pacific Savage, fundador de la Universidad Liberty Gardens de Artes Marciales, enseña a sus estudiantes preparándoles para carreras policiales por todo el mundo. Pero la mercenaria Secta del Dragón Bicéfalo, fundada por déspotas y corporaciones siniestros, intenta destruir a Savage y con él, su escuela de artes marciales. (Moses Pacific Savage, founder of the Liberty Garden Martial Arts Academy, prepares students for careers in law enforcement all over the world. But the mercenary sect of the Two-Headed Dragon, funded by unscrupulous governments and corporations, is determined to wipe out both him and his school.) 1977.

Yo Compré un Castillo (I Bought a Castle)       RC 56955
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
La viuda Joan Wood compre un baúl siniestro en una subasta londinense. Adentro encuentra un castillo en miniatura que no falta detalle alguno. Pronto descubre que hay un espíritu malo que habita el pequeño castillo y que amenaza a todos que se acerquen. (Widow Joan Wood buys a sinister-looking chest at a London auction, and inside she finds a miniature model castle, perfect in every detail. She quickly finds that an evil associated with the castle threatens all who come into contact with it.) 1976.

En la Espuma del Mar (Amid the Froth of the Sea)       RC 56959
por Rafael Bardom
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Isis, una joven hermosa y vibrante, pasa el veraneo en la playa con sus padres. Pasa los días nadando, bronceándose, y saliendo con sus amigos. Pero las cosas cambian para Isis cuando aparece su atractiva tía Marga acompañada por su novio—un joven hombre guapo y afable. (Young, beautiful, vibrant teenager Isis spends the summer with her parents at the beach. She enjoys swimming, sunbathing, and going out with her friends. But her life is turned upside down when her youthful aunt Marga turns up with a young fiancé in tow.) 1984.

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