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January and February 2007

In Brief

The following information is reprinted from two issues of NLS Flash, a newsletter created to bring current information on NLS progress in digital technology to patrons, library staff, and other interested individuals.

Flash, October 2006, volume 2, issue 11

Functional prototype usability tests successful

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, has completed initial usability testing on functional prototypes for the digital talking-book player and flash memory cartridge. In September, twenty-six patrons from the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, conducted hands-on examinations of the functional prototypes. The tests were designed to evaluate how well the machine meets patron requirements. All participants were pleased with machine performance, providing NLS clearance to advance to the next stage of development.

"Our patrons’ positive evaluation is an encouraging validation of the design at this stage. The feedback received from these tests will keep development of the digital player moving in the right direction," says Frank Kurt Cylke, NLS director.

Both blind and physically impaired patrons of various ages and abilities participated in the usability tests. To collect useful and accurate data about machine performance, the testing took place in real-life settings where reading would typically occur. Users evaluated the machine in diverse environments, including their homes, retirement centers, and at the library. Patrons with physical challenges evaluated the machines at the Trace Research and Development Center in Madison, Wisconsin, where they subjected players to tests similar to those conducted by blind users.

"Children, teens, adults, and seniors with both advanced and basic skills were all accounted for during testing. Some patrons evaluated functional prototypes for basic players, while others examined the more intricate features of the advanced machine," notes Connecticut regional librarian Carol Taylor, who recruited participants for the usability tests.

Functional design

A product’s functionality and its ease-of-use are often affected by its design. To assess how functional the prototype’s design was, participants evaluated a range of player features. The player’s obvious navigation features—for example, the longer you hold the fast-forward button the further you move ahead in the book—added to ease-of-use, as did the tactile buttons and color-coding design features.

As patrons usually read on their own, NLS was interested in how easy the players were to operate without outside assistance. For that reason, participants received only braille and large-print instruction cards. If they encountered challenges, users could access audible help through the player’s key identifier function, which narrates the actions of each button as it is pressed. Overall patrons encountered no major problems operating the machine on their own.

According to Jeff Witt, the National Federation of the Blind’s program manager for accessibility issues, who directed this round of tests, patrons were ultimately pleased with the functional prototype’s performance and were confident that the machine met their needs.

Moving ahead

Armed with important patron feedback, NLS will make any necessary refinements to the functional prototype before conducting a second round of usability tests in February 2007. Once NLS is satisfied with the prototype, it will develop a preproduction prototype that will resemble the final digital talking-book machine. Following further tests and refinement to the preproduction prototype, the digital talking-book player and cartridge will head to the final stage of the process—production.

Praise profile

NLS continues to receive positive, unsolicited feedback on the digital talking-book player and cartridge from both patrons and regional libraries. Here is the latest noteworthy comment NLS would like to share: “The high contrast of the machine and the cartridge and the bright colors of the buttons will be an instant hit with our seniors. We finally have a design that appears to be simple, practical, and easy to use, with all the necessary options but without the confusing complexity created by the options and layout of the C-1” (John D. Hall, Director, Arkansas Regional Library for the Blind).

Digital Talking Book (DTB) Milestones

Completed
Start 1/12/04 - Finish 10/1/08

The following ongoing projects, set to conclude in 2008, are shown with start dates in parentheses.

For information on the NLS digital project contact:

Jean M. Moss
Digital Projects Coordinator
jemo@loc.gov
Fax: (202) 707-1690

To view the Strategic Business Plan on the Web visit: www.loc.gov/nls/businessplan2006.html

To view the Flash newsletters on the Web, visit: www.loc.gov/nls/newsletters/flash/archive.html

Collection Development Advisory Group seeks advice

The members of the Collection Development Advisory Group wish to thank fellow patrons and librarians for their input concerning the NLS program last year. Ideas and suggestions from readers are key components in the success of the program and are thoroughly discussed in the committee’s deliberations.

Please continue to assist NLS by contacting committee members or your cooperating braille or talking-book library with your suggestions. The group will meet again at NLS May 23–25, 2007.

Representatives from consumer organizations:

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Otis Stephens
University of Tennessee
College of Law
1505 West Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
ostephen@utk.edu
Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
Peter Davis
615 South Adams Street
Arlington, VA 22204
lottie.pete@verizon.net
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Anil Lewis
315 West Ponce De Leon Avenue,
Suite 603
Decatur, GA 30030
alewis@nfbga.org
Readers-at-large representatives:
Midlands Region--includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
Teresa Haifley
414 South 3rd Avenue
Washington, IA 52353-1502
teresahaifley@iowatelecom.net
Northern Region--includes: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
David Stewart
4000 Tunlaw Road NW, # 525
Washington, DC 20007
or
P.O. Box 469
Middleburg, VA 20118
wendywolff@msn.com
Southern Region--includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Virgin Islands.
Chet Avery
16 East Linden Street
Alexandria, VA 22301
csavery@verizon.net
Western Region--includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Fred Riggers
Springs of Royal Oaks
1800 North Cole Road, Apt. 1208
Boise, ID 83702-1312
or
Sue Walker
Idaho State Library
sue.walker@libaries.idaho.gov
Librarians:
Midlands
Sharon Ruda
Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service
401 East Washington Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1207
(217) 782-9435; fax (217) 558-4723
sruda@ilsos.net
Northern
Catherine Rubin
Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
415 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201-3603
(410) 230-2424; fax (410) 333-2095
crubin@lbph.lib.md.us
Southern
Patricia Schubert
Manatee Talking Book Library
6081 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207
Tel: (941) 742-5914; fax (941) 751-7098
patricia.schubert@co.manatee.fl.us
Western
Scott Scholz
Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille Service
The Atrium
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Tel: (402) 471-6553
sscholz@nlc.state.ne.us
Children's and Young Adult Librarian:
Sharon Rawlins
New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped
P.O. Box 501
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0501
Tel: (609) 530-3251; fax (609) 530-6384
srawlins@njstatelib.org

Magazine of the Month selections for 2007

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

Magazine of the Month
Alternates:

Air and Space; Bed and Breakfast America; Dog World: Active Dogs, Active People; Eating Well; Houseplant Magazine; In-Fisherman: The Journal of Freshwater Fishing; Massage; MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Outside; People en Español; Pink; and Sojourners Magazine.

Young Adult Magazine of the Month
Alternates:

Girl's Life, Guitar, In Knitters, Lost Official Magazine, Metal Maniacs, SG: Surf Snow Skate Girl, Slam, Source, Star Trek Magazine, Swimming World Magazine, and Teen Style

Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

Discipline the Brazelton Way    RC 57871
by T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Pediatrician Brazelton, author of The Irreducible Needs of Children (RC 52543), and child psychiatrist Sparrow advise parents on setting firm, loving boundaries for children up to age six using discipline as a teaching tool, not punishment. Offers solutions for common behavior problems like biting, cheating, lying, swearing, talking back, and more. 2003.

The Man Who Found Time: James Hutton and the Discovery of the Earth’s Antiquity     RC 58844
by Jack Repcheck
read by Gillian Green
2 cassettes
Historian examines the life and scientific contributions of Scottish natural philosopher James Hutton (1726–1797), whose theory of geologic evolution proved Earth to be incalculably old, a conclusion that conflicted with church teachings. Looks at Hutton’s role in the Scottish Enlightenment and his influence on nineteenth-century scientists Lyell and Darwin. 2003.

Chronicles, Volume 1     RC 59429
by Bob Dylan
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
First of a three-volume memoir by music legend Bob Dylan. Describes his intellectual development, folk songs and blues he listened to in the 1960s, and the growth of his artistic conscience. Recalls early days in Greenwich Village, transient loves, lasting friendships, and experiences in New Orleans and Woodstock. Bestseller. 2004.

Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America     RC 59653
by David A. Neiwert read by Derald Breneman
3 cassettes
Award-winning journalist explores the history of hate crimes in America through a fatal July 2000 Washington state incident. Details an Asian American’s criminal trial. Argues that the proliferation of intolerance and harassment results from police under investigation and lack of education, and that prosecution is a justifiable deterrent. Some violence. 2004.

The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 3: 1955–1991     RC 59889
by Norman Sherry
read by Dan Bloom
7 cassettes in 2 containers
This sequel to The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 2: 1939–1955 (RC 41053) covers the distinguished author’s productive career and the final years of his tumultuous life. Sherry discusses Greene’s private relationships and explores the people, places, and events that inspired his writing. 2004.

Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America—and What We Must Do to Stop It     RC 60037
by Francine Ratner Kaufman
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Pediatric endocrinologist and past president of the American Diabetes Association addresses the rise of diabetes, especially in children, and its impact on individuals, families, and society. Kaufman discusses obesity as a trigger, effects of diabetes on the body, and ways to reduce the risk of developing the disease. 2005.

John Jay: Founding Father     RC 60042
by Walter Stahr
read by Dan Bloom
4 cassettes
Biography of American diplomat and coauthor of The Federalist Papers (RC 26691). Chronicles Jay’s personal and political life that included stints as president of the Continental Congress, chief justice of the Supreme Court, secretary for foreign affairs, governor of New York, and president of the American Bible Society. 2005.

Shattered Love: A Memoir     RC 60046
by Richard Chamberlain
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Stage and screen actor’s autobiography centers on "the spiritual themes of God, love, and forgiveness." Addresses his childhood with an alcoholic parent, his sexual orientation, and his drift into acting during college. Discusses his 1960s breakout role as Dr. Kildare and professional relationships with other actors. Some strong language. 2003.

De Kooning: An American Master     RC 60110
by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
read by Annie Wauters
6 cassettes
Biography of Dutch-born artist Willem de Kooning (1904–1997), who became a major figure in the mid-twentieth- century New York abstract expressionism scene. Explores de Kooning’s bohemian habits, friendship with Gorky, financial backing from Hirshhorn and Fourcade, marriage, and passion for painting. Pulitzer Prize. 2004.

Controlling Your Drinking: Tools to Make Moderation Work for You     RC 60169
by William R. Miller and
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
Psychologists’ techniques for alcohol abusers to change harmful patterns and learn to imbibe in moderation. They explain the use of self-monitoring by keeping track, taking charge, and slowing down, and offer practical advice on handling social situations and substituting other behaviors for drinking. 2005.

One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for People with Cancer, Survivors, and Their Caregivers     RC 60170
by Rebecca Katz
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Chef and founder of a culinary business that focuses on healthy food presents more than eighty-five appetite- pleasing and immune-boosting recipes. Includes broths and soups, vegetables, protein-building foods, side dishes such as potatoes and pasta, desserts, and portable foods suitable for anytime meals. 2004.

The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict between Iran and America     RC 60252
by Kenneth M. Pollack
read by Bill Wallace
5 cassettes
Author of The Threatening Storm (RC 54856) chronicles the history of Persia (Iran) including its uneasy relationship with the United States since World War II. Pollack, formerly with the CIA, cautions that although Iran’s fundamentalist Islamic government is pursuing nuclear options, American intervention would be a mistake. 2004.

Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution     RC 60295
by Laurent Dubois
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Professor analyzes the 1791–1803 revolution in the French Caribbean country of Haiti. Traces the history of Hispaniola and describes how slaves from Africa under Toussaint Louverture defeated France, Britain, and Spain and achieved emancipation at great economic and human cost. Violence. 2004.

Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life and Times of Benny Goodman     RC 60340
by Ross Firestone
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Biography of jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman (1909–1986) recounts his career as a child prodigy in Chicago, early gigs during the depression era, and success with the "big band" sound. Relates Goodman’s role in breaking down racial barriers and describes his relationships with other musicians. 1993.

Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century     RC 60341
by Dennis Showalter
read by Fred Major
4 cassettes
Military historian offers a dual biography of American general George Patton (1885–1945) and German general Erwin Rommel (1891–1944), the "Desert Fox." Chronicles the lives, careers, and military campaigns of the World War II leaders, depicting their complex personalities within the contexts of their respective national and military cultures. 2005.

They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine; Two Centuries of Innovators     RC 60342
by Harold Evans
read by Barry Bernson
7 cassettes in 2 containers
The author of The American Century (RC 47580) profiles seventy American innovators who turned their ideas into commercial realities that benefited the public. Includes such well-known figures as Eli Whitney and Thomas Edison as well as individuals like Ida Rosenthal, who invented the Maiden-form bra. 2004.

Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress: For Congress, the Nation, and the World     RC 60351
edited by John Y. Cole and Jane Aikin
read by Kerry Cundiff
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Essays and articles documenting the growth of the Library of Congress from its beginning in 1800 until 2004. Includes information on the Library’s various collections and services, and reviews American librarianship in general. 2004.

When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes     RC 60365
by Jay Feldman
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Chronicles a series of catastrophic earthquakes in the Mississippi River Valley from 1811 to 1812 that devastated the New Madrid frontier settlement and temporarily reversed the Mississippi’s flow. Links the seismologic activity to the Indian Wars, a slave murder committed by Thomas Jefferson’s nephews, and the War of 1812. 2005.

All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming     RC 60423
by Gene Logsdon
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Author of Low-Maintenance House (RC 28227) argues against the grain feeding of livestock and contends grass farming is the solution to economic, environmental, sustainability, and food safety concerns posed by commercial factory agriculture. Offers practical advice on pasturing various animals, selecting and rotating crops, fencing, watering, and more. 2004.

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen     RC 60425
by Harold McGee
read by Kerry Cundiff
10 cassettes in 2 containers
The 1984 kitchen classic expanded and updated to broaden the range of ingredients and preparations. Explains the nature, composition, and origins of foods and what happens to them when cooked by various methods. Discusses what gives foods their flavor, and offers tips for selecting the best ingredients. 2004.

Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey     RC 60427
by Linda Greenhouse
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter uses personal papers, correspondence, and case files to trace the life and career of Supreme Court justice Harry A. Blackmun (1908–1999). Chronicles Blackmun’s early years in Minnesota, twenty-four-year tenure on the Supreme Court, childhood friendship with Warren Burger, and prominent cases including Roe v. Wade. 2005.

Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall     RC 60428
by Joseph Horowitz
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
American music historian and artistic adviser to several orchestras presents a social history of classical music in the United States. Chronicles the rise of the Boston, New York, and Philadelphia orchestras. Horowitz contends that the post-WWI performance-centered approach of American conductors and performers has been disadvantageous to native-born composers. 2005.

Honor Killing: How the Infamous "Massie Affair" Transformed Hawai’i     RC 60430
by David E. Stannard
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
Professor chronicles two well-publicized criminal trials in Hawaii in 1931 and 1932: the first of naval officer’s wife Thalia Massie, who falsely accused five nonwhite islanders of rape; the second of Thalia’s mother and husband, who arranged the abduction and murder of one of the suspects. Some strong language. 2005.

Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers; Who They Were, Why They Did It     RC 60438
by Terry McDermott
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Prize-winning journalist examines the lives and beliefs of the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Profiles leader Mohamed Atta and the eighteen other airline hijackers. Describes them as young men, mostly from Saudi Arabia, who were recruited to the cause of radical Islam by their hometown clerics. 2005.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era     RC 60439
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
read by Madelyn Buzzard
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Updated version of Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century (RC 47117). Discusses all aspects of women’s health and well-being including nutrition and exercise, sex and relationships, reproduction, and aging. Covers the rearranged food pyramid and provides information on negotiating the complicated health care system. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus: The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth     RC 60442
by Marvin Meyer
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Scholar on gnosticism provides translations of all known Gnostic gospels and related texts that were discovered in 1945 in Egypt. Also contains concise introductions and suggested readings for further study. Includes the gospels of Thomas, Mary, and Philip; "The Secret Book of John"; and "The Dialogue of the Savior." 2005.

The Flooring Handbook: The Complete Guide to Choosing and Installing Floors     RC 60444
by Dennis Jeffries
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Industry insider with forty years’ experience offers step-by-step instructions for laying ceramic, clay, terracotta, concrete, marble, brick, slate, mosaic, vinyl, linoleum, wood, carpet, and more. Helps readers select appropriate flooring materials based on usage, cost, and maintenance considerations. Provides information on necessary tools and materials, preparation, and subflooring. 2004.

How to Organize Just about Everything: More than Five Hundred Step-by-Step Instructions for Everything from Organizing Your Closets to Planning a Wedding to Creating a Flawless Filing System     RC 60459
by Peter Walsh
read by Gary Tipton
6 cassettes
Anti-clutter expert and host of television’s Clean Sweep offers advice on organizing your entire life from education and career to social life and family affairs. Includes solutions for preparing for the unexpected, simplifying your life, and achieving dreams. 2004.

Greece: The Modern Sequel, from 1821 to the Present     RC 60464
by John S. Koliopoulos and Thanos M. Veremis
read by Butch Hoover
4 cassettes
Thematic, rather than chronological, exploration of the origins and development of modern Greece. The authors, both professors at Greek universities, discuss the country’s institutions, politics, economy, society, ideology, foreign policy, and geography beginning with the 1820s War of Independence from Ottoman rule. 2002.

Knit Wit: Thirty Easy and Hip Projects; a Hands-Free Step-by-Step Guide     RC 60467
by Amy R. Singer
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Knitting web site editor offers a variety of patterns for skirts, sweaters, funky hats and scarves, an ice cream pint cozy, a laptop cover, a yoga mat bag, a water bottle sling, and more, arranged by order of difficulty. Provides information for beginners on equipment, materials, and basic techniques. 2004.

Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap around America with NASCAR     RC 60477
by Jeff MacGregor
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Journalist and his wife follow the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup circuit in a motor home, covering hundreds of races in thirty-five states to document the fastest-growing sport in America. Highlights the drivers, fans, and history of stock-car racing. Investigates the cultural and economic forces behind the phenomenon. Strong language. 2005.

Objection! How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System     RC 60520
by Nancy Grace
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Legal commentator on Court TV, a former prosecutor, criticizes the criminal justice system including defense attorneys, judges, and juries. Comments on controversial cases involving Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and Scott Peterson and suggests ways to reform the legal process to help victims of crime rather than criminals. Bestseller. 2005.

A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America     RC 60533
by Peter Steinfels
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
New York Times columnist analyzes the major institutional challenges facing American Catholicism in the twenty- first century. Focuses on Church leadership, priest sex-abuse scandals, contrasting visions, and gender issues. Maintains the Church is at a crossroads, poised "on the verge of . . . irreversible decline . . . or a transformation" and offers recommendations for action. 2003.

Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class     RC 60540
by Ross Gregory Douthat
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
A 2002 graduate of Harvard revisits his college years, revealing a life very different from what he had expected. Author claims the school "was not a refuge of genius and a sanctuary of intellect," but a place rampant with grade inflation, sleepless nights, sex, and status-seeking. Some strong language. 2005.

The First World War     RC 60542
by Hew Strachan
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
British historian analyzes the impact of World War I in Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific, and eastern Europe in addition to the familiar western European arena. Discusses the political backgrounds of the combatant nations, the social consequences of the conflagration, and the roots of twenty-first-century wars. 2003.

Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger     RC 60543
by Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
New York-based naturalists recount their quest to find a living Tasmanian tiger, a presumed-extinct carnivorous marsupial with a dog-like body and zebra-like stripes, once native to Tasmania, an island off Australia’s coast. They describe their wilderness misadventures down under and their run-ins with unusual creatures—and humans. Some strong language. 2005.

A Modest Proposal and Other Satires     RC 60552
by Jonathan Swift
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Letters, tales, and essays by English satirist Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) assailing such vices and abuses as political corruption, religious intolerance, and England’s oppression of Ireland. Includes "A Tale of a Tub" and the title work, which suggests eating children to combat poverty. Introduction by George R. Levine. 1995.

Acquainted with the Night: Excursions through the World after Dark     RC 60553
by Christopher Dewdney
read by Lewis Grenville
3 cassettes
Prize-winning poet’s compendium of the nocturnal realm blending science, art, and literature. Twelve chapters, each corresponding to an hour of darkness from dusk to dawn, explore night’s central themes—sunsets, children’s bedtime stories, sleep and dreams, evening creatures, festivals, stargazing, and more. 2004.

Stradivari’s Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection     RC 60554
by Toby Faber
read by Dennis Rooney
2 cassettes
Provides a brief biography of Italian stringed-instrument-maker Antonio Stradivari (1644–1737). Recounts the history of five surviving violins and one cello from their creation among more than one thousand to modern ownership by such well-known musicians as Paganini, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma. 2004.

No Place like Home: Staying In, Kicking Back, and Living It Up     RC 60557
by Michelle Kehm
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Journalist’s cost-conscious, domestic-arts guide for women looking to make the most of their personal space, be it apartment or house. Offers tips on cleaning and furnishing, growing an indoor herb garden, scrapbooking, starting a book club, hosting parties, indulging in a do-it-yourself spa, and more. 2005.

Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography     RC 60559
by Bruce Chilton
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Religion professor and priest examines Jesus within the social and cultural context of his time. Using literary and archaeological evidence accumulated since World War II, Chilton presents Jesus as "a witty philosopher" and "Mediterranean peasant-savant" of Greco-Roman heritage who did everything "as a Jew, for Jews, and about Jews." 2000.

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves     RC 60562
by Adam Hochschild
read by Constance Crawford
4 cassettes
The author of King Leopold’s Ghost (RC 48452) chronicles the five-decade campaign that formally ended slavery in the British empire in 1838 and provided a framework for American abolitionists. Recounts the movement launched in 1787 and its personalities, economics, and moral philosophy. Violence. 2005.

Songs of Life and Hope/Cantos de Vida y Esperanza     RC 60594
by Rubén Darío
read by Peter Gil
2 cassettes
The major works of the Nicaraguan poet considered to be a founder of the Spanish modernist movement. Includes an in-depth introduction to the life and work of Darío in English and his poems in the original Spanish with English translations. (Edición bilingüe de la poesía más importante del famoso poeta nicaragüense, fundador del modernismo español. Incluye una introducción en inglés sobre la vida y obra de Darío tanto como los poemas en español con traducción en inglés.) 2004.

The Oregon Trail: An American Saga     RC 60598
by David Dary
read by Michael Russotto
4 cassettes
Author of The Santa Fe Trail (RC 53106) chronicles the history of the 2,000-mile route linking Missouri to Oregon used primarily from the 1840s to 1869, when the trans-continental railroad was completed. Recreates experiences of explorers, Indians, fur traders, immigrants, missionaries, mountain men, and pioneers who traversed the trail. 2004.

Stalin: A Biography     RC 60602
by Robert Service
read by Mark Ashby
5 cassettes
Russian scholar and author of Lenin (RC 52071) uses archival material to unveil the life and regime of Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin (1879–1953). Exposes the contradictory characteristics of the ruler’s personality and his involvement in the Communist Party, the October Revolution, World War II, and the Great Terror. 2004.

De Niro: A Biography     RC 60610
by John Baxter
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Movie critic analyzes the various film roles of actor Robert De Niro, born in 1943. Describes his Greenwich Village childhood with a gay father and an artistic mother. Traces the artist’s career from his 1976 breakout role in Taxi Driver to later business ventures. Some strong language. 2002.

Skin Health Information for Teens: Health Tips about Dermatological Concerns and Skin Cancer Risks; Including Facts about Acne, Warts, Hives, and Other Conditions and Lifestyle Choices, Such as Tanning, Tattooing, and Piercing, That Affect the Skin, Nails, Scalp, and Hair     RC 60625
edited by Robert Aquinas McNally
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Skin care advice for teens includes information about acne, cancer, and other disorders. For senior high readers. 2003.

Apple’s America: The Discriminating Traveler’s Guide to Forty Great Cities in the United States and Canada     RC 60635
by R.W. Apple Jr.
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Well-traveled journalist offers background information on forty North American cities. Highlights architecture, museums, ballparks, performing arts centers, and other cultural points of interest. Briefly mentions hotels and restaurants. 2005.

Oh the Glory of It All     RC 60643
by Sean Wilsey
read by Erik Sandvold
5 cassettes
Editor of McSweeney’s quarterly relates growing up in San Francisco with dysfunctional, wealthy parents who divorced and "destroyed" his childhood. Describes his cruel stepmother, the Italian reform school he attended, and the drugs he took while his mother sought world peace. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2005.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose     RC 60650
by Eckhart Tolle
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
The author of The Power of Now (RC 55646) implores people to reject a prevailing ego-based state of consciousness and shift to a higher plane to create a more loving world. 2005.

Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate     RC 60680
by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Practical advice on controlling your own and others’ emotions to achieve better results during negotiations conducted in the home and office. Authors discuss five core concerns to consider during interactions, and they analyze specific situations to illustrate the constructive rather than confrontational use of feelings. 2005.

You: The Owner’s Manual; an Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger     RC 60685
by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
Layperson’s guide to the human body describes the major systems and common diseases. Authors state that "knowing your body gives you the power to change it, maintain it, decorate it, and strengthen it." Includes nutrition advice and recipes. Bestseller. 2005.

Pope Benedict XVI: A Biography of Joseph Ratzinger     RC 60689
by John L. Allen Jr.
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
Biography of the German pope, born Joseph Ratzinger in 1927. Journalist for the National Catholic Reporter traces Ratzinger’s rise to prominence as a cardinal during the Second Vatican Council. Uses documents to outline the pope’s conservative theological views on controversial subjects. First published as Cardinal Ratzinger. 2000.

Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook: Slow Cooker Favorites—to Include Everyone!     RC 60692
by Phyllis Pellman Good
read by Gary Tipton
5 cassettes
Joined by the American Diabetes Association, Good presents healthy, easy-to-prepare meals not only for diabetics, but for all those watching their intake of carbs, sugars, calories, sodium, and fat. Recipes include main dishes, soups, desserts, appetizers, breakfast, and more. Provides exchange and nutritional values and menus for a week. 2005.

The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf     RC 60698
by William C. Davis
read by Butch Hoover
4 cassettes
Account of Pierre and brother Jean Laffite, who fled revolutionary France for the New World. Traces their business and privateer enterprises along the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, their exploits assisting American forces during the War of 1812, and their changing allegiance when they later spied for Spain. 2005.

Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew     RC 60699
by Brian Hicks
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Coauthor of Raising the Hunley (RC 54755) explores the fate of a merchant ship found drifting in 1872 without trace of the captain, his wife and daughter, or seven crewmembers and with no damage or indication of struggle. Chronicles the boat’s history and offers possible explanations. 2004.

A Furnace Afloat: The Wreck of the Hornet and the Harrowing 4,300-Mile Voyage of Its Survivors     RC 60700
by Joe Jackson
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
Recounts the 1866 burning and sinking of an American clipper sailing from New York to San Francisco that left thirty-one men adrift in the Pacific for forty-three days. Describes storms and starvation endured and threats of mutiny and cannibalism. Sources include journals and then-journalist Samuel Langhorne Clemens’s unpublished notes. 2003.

Rebel with a Cause     RC 60715
by Franklin Graham
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Franklin Graham (born 1952) recalls growing up in North Carolina as the first son of the Reverend Billy Graham and his wife Ruth. Franklin relates his early "sinful" life, acceptance of Christ, missionary experiences, crusade ministry, and leadership of Samaritan’s Purse—an evangelical relief organization. Afterword by his parents. 1995.

The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism     RC 60723
by Megan Marshall
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
5 cassettes
Draws on personal letters to depict the first four decades of three New England sisters’ lives in the nineteenth-century. Describes how the Peabodys’ intellectual pursuits inspired the Transcendentalist movement. Relates the marriage of artist Sophia to writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and teacher Mary to educator Horace Mann—men Elizabeth also loved. 2005.

A Brush with Darkness: Learning to Paint after Losing My Sight     RC 60724
by Lisa Fittipaldi
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Author discusses her life after being diagnosed with vasculitis in her forties. Describes her feelings of despair during her first two years of blindness. Relates that a gift from her husband—a child’s watercolor set—became the catalyst for her new career as a renowned painter, and for her new outlook. 2004.

You Can Do the Math: Overcome Your Math Phobia and Make Better Financial Decisions     RC 60800
by Ron Lipsman
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Professor offers an introduction to the mathematics of personal finance. Covers buying or leasing a car, owning or renting a home, insurance, credit cards, college and retirement funds, taxes and inflation, stock market investments, compound interest, and more. Companion web site link gives calculations. 2004.

The New American Plate Cookbook: Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life     RC 60801
by American Institute for Cancer Research
read by Dan Willems
3 cassettes
Team of experts from the American Institute for Cancer Research provides guidelines for healthy meal planning, recommending that each meal contain approximately two-thirds vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans and one-third animal protein. Includes hundreds of recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, stews, entrées, vegetables, breads, and desserts. 2005.

Wrestling Strength: Dare to Excel     RC 60803
by Matt Brzycki
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Professional athletic trainer explains basic training for wrestlers including the order of exercise, free weights, weight machines, the number of sets, and recovery time. Discusses nutrition, diets, and fads. Includes resources. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance     RC 60808
by Richard J. Ellis
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Professor of politics looks at the history of the Pledge of Allegiance from its inception in 1892 through the 2004 Supreme Court decision regarding the words "under God." Ellis argues that five anxieties affected the creation, propagation, and amending of the Pledge: immigration, materialism, freedom, radicalism, and Communism. 2005.

Surviving PC Disasters, Mishaps, and Blunders     RC 60809
by Jesse M. Torres and Peter Sideris
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
An information technology consultant and a systems engineer offer a wide-ranging guide to solving various personal computer problems using real-world scenarios. Provides instructions for handling hardware, software, and network glitches, safeguarding personal information, protecting against identity theft, avoiding Internet hazards, preventing hard drive crashes, recovering lost data, and more. 2005.

Living Through Breast Cancer: What a Harvard Doctor and Survivor Wants You to Know about Getting the Best Care while Preserving Your Self-Image     RC 60811
by Carolyn M. Kaelin
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Addresses medical and emotional aspects of coping with breast cancer. Covers understanding your diagnosis, treatment options with surgery and/or drugs, maintaining your physical appearance, and managing menopause. Provides guidance on after-treatment issues, fertility, diet and exercise, and resources. 2005.

Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo’s Death     RC 60820
by Mark Fuhrman
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes
Former LAPD detective investigates the life and death of Terri Schiavo (1963–2005), a Florida woman who spent fifteen years in a coma and passed away when her husband withheld life support. Explores the possibility that domestic abuse led to Terri’s collapse and vegetative state. 2005.

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin     RC 60821
by Gordon S. Wood
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Radicalism of the American Revolution (RC 36630) traces Benjamin Franklin’s conversion from fervent British loyalist to American patriot. Highlights Franklin’s decades of living abroad, role as a diplomat, shift in allegiance, and efforts to shed his humble beginnings. 2004.

The Raging Sea: The Powerful Account of the Worst Tsunami in U.S. History     RC 60836
by Dennis M. Powers
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
Professor describes the tragedy of Good Friday, March 27, 1964, when four waves spawned by an Alaskan earthquake hit Crescent City, California, and devastated the town. Interviews survivors and reveals tales of heroism and grief as eleven people lost their lives and the area was ravaged. 2005.

Artie Shaw: A Musical Biography and Discography     RC 60847
by Vladimir Simosko
read by Bob Moore
5 cassettes
Music librarian pens a biographical essay about Swing Era clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw. Chronicles each phase of Shaw’s career from 1924 to 1954, places the musician in the context of the times, and concludes with an extensive discography. Foreword by Artie Shaw. 2000.

Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human     RC 60850
by Michael Chorost
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Science writer recounts his decision to get a cochlear implant, or computer surgically imbedded in the skull, to artificially restore hearing after he became totally deaf in 2001. Describes his physical and mental changes and reflects on the implications of technological advances for the deaf community and for humanity. 2005.

The Happiest Corpse I’ve Ever Seen: The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical     RC 60863
by Ethan Mordden
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Author continues his chronicle of the Broadway musical that began with the 1920s (RC 50756) with this self-described "rant" on the condition of musical theatre, which he asserts has been "hijacked" by pop culture. Unsparing critique looks at productions from 1978 to 2003, including The Producers (2001). 2004.

The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right     RC 60865
by Daniel Levitas
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Expert on white supremacist and neo-Nazi activities chronicles racist and anti-Semitic right-wing militia groups. Traces evolution of the paramilitary group Posse Comitatus, founded by William Gale in 1971, from its 1950s precursors to the 1990s. Claims constitutional fundamentalism enabled Gale’s ideologies to infiltrate mainstream America. Some strong language. 2002.

Rising ’44: The Battle for Warsaw     RC 60875
by Norman Davies
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
Uses archives and interviews to chronicle the two-month rebellion by Polish Resistance against German occupation. Describes the nearby Soviet army’s refusal to help and diplomatic disagreements among Poland’s western Allies that led to the Poles’ failure and Warsaw’s destruction. Violence. 2003.

Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions     RC 60876
by Charles Gallenkamp
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Biography of the adventurous American who pioneered explorations of the Mongolian Gobi Desert between 1922 and 1930. Discusses the expeditions’ hardships as they traveled by automobile and camel across barren areas, "hampered by war, politics, and bandits." Describes the amazing fossils discovered by Andrews’s team and the celebrity he subsequently enjoyed. 2001.

Anthony Blunt: His Lives     RC 60877
by Miranda Carter
read by George Holmes
4 cassettes
A biography of British art historian Anthony Blunt (1907–1983) who joined the Cambridge spy ring in the 1930s and worked for both British Intelligence and the Soviet Union during World War II. Carter relates Blunt’s evolution from student to traitor, homosexual affairs, and eventual public exposure by Margaret Thatcher in 1979. 2001.

New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer     RC 61077
by Bill Maher
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Television humorist pokes fun at modern culture, politics, and fads as he did in When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden (RC 55341). Targets include advertising, cell phones, Starbucks, homeland security, and the movies. Strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

One Hundred People Who Are Screwing Up America (and Al Franken Is Number Thirty-seven)     RC 61078
by Bernard Goldberg
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Emmy Award-winning correspondent and author of Bias (RC 53649) identifies celebrities, journalists, radicals, and intellectuals whom he criticizes for denigrating the United States. Examines the erosion of American culture that occurs when selfishness, cynicism, and vulgarity replace old-fashioned civility, respect, and decency. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

One Hundred Words Every Word Lover Should Know     RC 61079
by American Heritage Dictionaries
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
A compilation of words from "aesthetic" to "zenith" that have interesting histories, origins, and meanings. Gives examples of how the words were used by well-known English writers. Provides etymological information on changes in usage over time. 2005.

Vietnam Today: A Guide to a Nation at a Crossroads     RC 61081
by Mark A. Ashwill
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Overview of the southeast Asian country for businessmen and travelers. Explores defining issues in the nation’s economy, culture, politics, and history. Highlights the Vietnamese view of Westerners, long history of foreign occupation, and emphasis on maintaining harmony. Offers practical tips for conducting business and developing long-term relationships. 2005.

Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help—and the Rest of Us     RC 61085
by Mona Charen
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Columnist and author of Useful Idiots (RC 56776) contends that liberals from the 1960s countercultural movements have led the country astray. Discusses ways the four decades of left-wing political programs aimed at helping the underclass have instead created crime, racial hatred, and homelessness, and have eroded patriotism. Strong language. 2004.

Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South     RC 61088
by Mark Kemp
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Former journalist for Rolling Stone outlines the history of white southern rock music and the influence on his generation of the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Charlie Daniels. Interviews musicians and fans to illustrate the changes brought by integration and the emergence of a distinctive musical style. Strong language. 2004.

Two Hundred Fifty Tips for Making Life with Arthritis Easier     RC 61090
by Shelley Peterman Schwarz
read by Ted Stoddard
1 cassette
Practical advice, tips, and techniques on simplifying home lifestyle by organizing, streamlining, and consolidating everyday tasks. Discusses alternating periods of activity and rest, planning ahead, and taking advantage of readily available labor-saving devices. An official publication of the Arthritis Foundation. 1997.

ATV Projects: Get the Most out of Your All-Terrain Vehicle     RC 61091
edited by ATV Magazine and ATV Sport
read by Ted Stoddard
1 cassette
Articles from ATV Magazine and ATV Sport describe the proper use and maintenance of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) stressing safety factors. Includes choosing motors, changing tires, plowing soil and snow, loading and towing, adding accessories, and going ice fishing, among other topics. 2004.

If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat     RC 61094
by John Ortberg
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Pastor uses the New Testament story of Matthew 14 to help individuals reach their potential outside their comfort zone. Outlines the necessary steps: answering the call, conquering fear, accepting God’s reassurance, and making the decision to try—all of which will lead to a changed life. 2001.

War Stories II: Heroism in the Pacific     RC 61098
by Oliver L. North
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Former marine Oliver North, author of War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom (RC 57762), presents first-person accounts of heroism during World War II in the Pacific theater. Veterans describe to North their ordeals at Pearl Harbor, on the Bataan Death March, in the Flying Tigers, and during countless battles. Violence. 2004.

Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder: Savage Solutions     RC 61104
by Michael Savage
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Conservative radio talk-show host and author of The Enemy Within (RC 57750) and The Savage Nation (RC 55527) suggests practical ways to reclaim what he calls American social, political, and cultural integrity from the extreme left wing. Discusses the war in Iraq, illegal immigration, Islam, and the ACLU. Bestseller. 2005.

A Concise History of China     RC 61113
by J.A.G. Roberts
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
British historian summarizes the history of China from ancient times through 1997. Describes key issues by dynastic period including economic, religious, intellectual, and political movements. Includes China’s communist rule since 1949. 1999.

Holy War on the Home Front: The Secret Islamic Terror Network in the United States     RC 61117
by Harvey Kushner
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Terrorism expert contends Americans are no safer today than in the first years following the September 11, 2001, attacks because of government agencies’ failure to stop domestic terror suspects. Alleges Muslim extremist infiltration of universities, mosques, and the media by using charities and drug trafficking to fund their operations. 2004.

An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature     RC 61120
by Craig E. Colten
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Louisiana geography professor describes engineering modifications made to New Orleans from the 1800s to 2002 to transform the swampland at the gateway of the Mississippi River into an inhabitable city. Also studies the social consequences of the environmental manipulation, which he asserts led to adverse consequences for minorities. 2005.

Doubt: A Parable     RC 61127
by John Patrick Shanley
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Drama set in Bronx, New York, in 1964. Sister James suspects Father Flynn of misconduct with their Catholic school’s first African American student, a twelve-year-old altar boy. She confides her suspicions to Sister Aloysius, who chooses to deal with the matter personally. Pulitzer Prize. 2005.

Full Throttle: The Life and Fast Times of NASCAR Legend Curtis Turner     RC 61129
by Robert Edelstein
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Sportswriter recounts Curtis Turner’s stock car racing career in the 1950s and 1960s. Traces the Virginian’s life from his teen moonshining days to later success as a timber baron and builder of the Charlotte Motor Speedway before his early death in 1970. Some strong language. 2005.

The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic     RC 61132
by William Harris
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Professor investigates the history of the region of the eastern Mediterranean littoral (coastal region) comprising Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestinian Arabs, and northern Turkey. Analyzes the geopolitics of the Levant from ancient times to the year 2002, with insight into its possible future. 2003.

Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children     RC 61135
by Dorie McCullough Lawson
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Presents parental messages of advice, wisdom, humor, and affection from authors, explorers, presidents, inventors, and soldiers. Includes Carl Sandburg, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, George Patton, Woody Guthrie, Abigail Adams, and Eleanor Roosevelt among others. Grouped by general theme, the selections span four centuries and are introduced with contextual commentary. 2004.

California: A History     RC 61161
by Kevin Starr
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Portrait of California from its sixteenth-century colonization by Spain through 2005. USC historian Starr describes the megastate’s growth and eventual distinction as "the fifth- ranked economy on the planet." Relates the role of California’s entertainment industry and natural beauty in defining the state’s image as a utopia. Bestseller. 2005.

Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide     RC 61165
by Maureen Dowd
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter comments on the state of women’s liberation four decades after the sexual revolution. Contends that the sexes are still in combat, women are more focused than ever on their looks, and feminist principles have backfired. Bestseller. 2005.

Lance Armstrong’s War: One Man’s Battle against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France     RC 61196
by Daniel Coyle
read by Jonathan Davis
3 cassettes
Journalist chronicles living in cyclist Lance Armstrong’s training camp in Spain for months before Armstrong’s sixth Tour de France win in 2004. Describes the intense physical schedule and managerial skills employed to orchestrate a victory in biking’s major sporting event. Strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus     RC 61198
by Charles C. Mann
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
Offers conclusions from anthropological and archaeological research about the western hemisphere before European exploration. Examines the evidence of a large indigenous population and the ecological impact the people had on the environment through crop modification, landscaping, and farming the rainforest. Discusses the rise and fall of Indian empires. Bestseller. 2005.

From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens     RC 61202
by 50 Cent
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Rap star describes the ghetto environment he was brought up in and his experience of dealing drugs when he was eleven. Details his life on the streets of 1980s Queens before hard work and determination helped him achieve fame and money. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Against Depression     RC 61205
by Peter D. Kramer
read by Peter Johnson
3 cassettes
Author of Listening to Prozac (RC 37014) argues "that depression is a disease, one that we would do well to oppose wholeheartedly." Describes Western culture’s long history of romanticizing and trivializing the disorder. Discusses the need to accept depression as a pathology and to find an effective treatment. 2005.

Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man?     RC 61213
by Charles Barkley
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Former NBA star and author of I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It (RC 55571) interviews thirteen prominent Americans about the subject of race. Includes insights and reform suggestions from Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Tiger Woods, Barack Obama, and others. Introduction by Michael Wilbon. Strong language. 2005.

Somerset Maugham: A Life     RC 61215
by Jeffrey Meyers
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes
Prolific biographer documents the life of a bestselling twentieth-century British writer, author of Of Human Bondage (RC 24363). Recounts Maugham’s lonely childhood with a debilitating stammer, lifelong exile, and literary successes and friendships. Also chronicles his medical education, work as a secret agent, only marriage, and bisexuality. 2004.

When Will I Stop Hurting? Teens, Loss, and Grief     RC 61216
by Edward Myers
read by Judith Gantly
1 cassette
An overview of coping with the death of a loved one and handling the bereavement process. Combines personal accounts from teens with practical advice. Describes warning signs of psychological complications and suggests other sources of information. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion     RC 61223
by Douglas Brinkley
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
The author contends that when President Reagan honored the fortieth anniversary of D-Day—the Normandy invasion of Europe—on June 6, 1984, he energized the nation and inspired a "New Patriotism." Recalls the way army Rangers scaled the French cliffs to defeat the Nazis and discusses Reagan’s American legacy. 2005.

What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers     RC 61233
by Richard Nelson Bolles
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Revised and updated edition of the popular guide for determining job objectives and career goals. This 2005 version assesses the impact of global outsourcing on job growth as compared to actual job vacancies, which are the product of constant employment turnover. Offers advice for finding a niche. Includes resources. 2005.

What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love     RC 61248
by Carole Radziwill
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
ABC reporter recounts meeting and marrying coworker Anthony Radziwill, the nephew of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Carole describes the relationship and friendship she and her husband had with Anthony’s cousin John Kennedy, Jr. Relates the heartbreak of Anthony’s recurring cancer and the 1999 accidental death of John. Strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Teacher Man: A Memoir     RC 61267
by Frank McCourt
read by Alexander Strain
2 cassettes
Author of Angela’s Ashes (RC 42805) recalls thirty years working in New York City high schools. Relates his experiences as an Irishman teaching English to Americans and beguiling students with stories from his past. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

The Good, the Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage     RC 61356
by Eli Wallach
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Acclaimed Tony Award-winning actor of stage and screen recounts his childhood in Brooklyn, college days in Texas, long marriage, and varied career. Discusses his experiences with Method acting, the Actors Studio, directors, and fellow performers. Some strong language. 2005.

American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman—and the Shoot-Out That Stopped It     RC 61362
by Stephen Hunter and John Bainbridge Jr.
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Reconstructs the 1950 assassination attempt on President Harry Truman’s life by two Puerto Rican nationalists. Describes how Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola opened fire on Truman on a Washington, D.C., street, shooting two guards before being stopped. Analyzes Puerto Rico’s home rule movement and its relevance to this crime. 2005.

High School’s Not Forever     RC 61364
by Jane Bluestein and Eric Katz
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Bluestein, of Creating Emotionally Safe Schools (RC 53731), and Katz offer advice to adolescents on navigating through school. Includes anecdotes from thousands of interviews with students about their senior high experience. Discusses race, religion, cliques, dating, violence, body image, and ways to achieve success. For senior high readers. 2005.

Chasing the Rodeo: On Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man’s Search for the West     RC 61369
by W.K. Stratton
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Journalist follows the 2003 season of professional rodeo and bull riding tours. Reminisces over boyhood experiences with this quintessential western pastime as he explores rodeo’s disputed history, the culture of cowboys and cowgirls, animals and audiences, and the event’s growing popularity. Strong language. 2005.

Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero     RC 61380
by Ashley Smith
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Author recounts her seven-hour ordeal in 2005 with armed fugitive Brian Nichols, who held her captive in her apartment following his escape from an Atlanta courthouse. She describes convincing Nichols to surrender by telling him about her husband’s murder, her trouble with drugs, her five-year-old daughter, and finding God. 2005.

Can You Stand to Be Blessed?     RC 61385
by T.D. Jakes
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Bishop Jakes offers biblical insight into understanding God’s plan. Expresses belief that through prayer individuals can survive the peaks and valleys of life and gain the patience needed to be prepared to serve God. 1994.

The Truth (with Jokes)     RC 61420
by Al Franken
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Political satirist and author of Lies: and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (RC 56939) continues to condemn conservative politicians. Criticizes President George W. Bush and his administration on matters such as the 2004 election, Social Security, and Iraq. Proposes solutions to America’s problems. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Seven Hundred Sundays     RC 61437
by Billy Crystal
read by Derald Breneman
1 cassette
Comedian’s autobiography—the basis of a Broadway play—describes his happy Long Island childhood. Reminisces about his hardworking father, Jack, who could spend only Sundays with his family. Celebrates his mother’s courage after Jack’s early death from a heart attack. Strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

The Education of a Coach     RC 61496
by David Halberstam
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning author scrutinizes New England Patriots’ football coach Bill Belichick. Credits Bill’s Super Bowl success to advice from his father, Steve, who was a U.S. Naval Academy coach and scout for thirty- three years. Traces the Belichick family’s immigrant journey from steel mill to gridiron. Strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Billy Joel: The Life and Times of an Angry Young Man     RC 61511
by Hank Bordowitz
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Music journalist traces the life and career of Grammy Award-winning songwriter/pianist Billy Joel (born 1949). Highlights Joel’s coming-of-age in Long Island after his father abandoned the family, and Joel’s three marriages, alcohol problems, and adversarial relationship with the press. Analyzes the artist’s long-lasting career and versatility. Strong language. 2005.

Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story     RC 61527
by Timothy B. Tyson
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Author returns to Oxford, North Carolina, where he lived in 1970. Chronicles the social unrest that followed after African American Henry Marrow was murdered there by three white men who were later acquitted. Examines the consequences for the people involved, including Tyson’s minister father. Violence and strong language. 2004.

No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life     RC 61528
by Kyle Maynard
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Autobiography of a wrestler born without the lower portions of his arms and legs. Recalls his childhood, his illustrious high school athletic career culminating with the Georgia state tournament, and the support of his family and coach that helped him succeed. Includes his diet and exercise regimen. 2005.

Staying Safe: A Teen’s Guide to Sexually Transmitted Diseases     RC 61530
by Miranda Hunter and William Hunter
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Describes the characteristics of the major sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, and HIV/AIDS, with brief information on a few others. Includes accounts of teenagers who engaged in unsafe sexual practices. Features advice on the prevention of STDs and corrects misconceptions. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog     RC 61561
by John Grogan
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
A columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer reminisces about the untrainable Labrador retriever that he and his wife acquired as Florida newlyweds. Recalls Marley’s hilarious escapades and his capacity for love as the Grogans become the parents of three kids. Bestseller. 2005.

A Guide to High School Success for Students with Disabilities     RC 61627
edited by Cynthia Ann Bowman and Paul T. Jaeger
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Essays and personal narratives provide guidance and encouragement to students with special needs on achieving a positive high school experience. Highlights self-advocacy, main- streaming, dating, extracurricular activities, and life after graduation. Includes resources about adaptive technology. Foreword by Chris Crutcher. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2004.

Cassettes Fiction

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories     RC 58223
by Truman Capote
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette (Reissue)
The popular tale of Holly Golightly, the former Texas child bride whose intoxicating personality takes the story’s narrator and Manhattan itself by storm. Also includes short stories "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory." Some strong language. 1950.

The Au Pairs     RC 59221
by Melissa de la Cruz
read by Victoria Wei Gordon
2 cassettes
The Hamptons. Three teenagers baby-sit for a wealthy family and enjoy the summer social scene. Mara falls for the family’s eldest son; Brazilian Jacqui hopes to reunite with her American crush; Eliza finds romance with a gardener. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Masqueraders     RC 59222
by Georgette Heyer
read by Jennifer Mendenhall
2 cassettes
Temporarily abandoned by their reckless father, Prudence and her brother Robin each disguise themselves as the opposite sex to avoid capture by their political enemies. Dangerous entanglements develop when Prue falls in love with Sir Anthony and Robin is smitten by a lovely heiress. Foreword by Anne Stuart. 1928.

Ida B.     RC 59223
by Karen E. Quinones Miller
read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
2 cassettes
Brenda, Rosa, and Sharif met as children when they moved into Harlem’s Ida B. Wells-Barnett Tower apartments. Twenty years later, as a local mother commits suicide and her child is murdered, the neighbors band together to find the killer. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

Black Hornet: A Lew Griffin Novel     RC 59326
by James Sallis
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
New Orleans, 1960s. Freelance African American investigator Lew Griffin met white newspaper columnist Esmé Dupuy just before she was gunned down by a racially motivated sniper. Lew hunts for the shooter with help from his lover LaVerne and an aging mercenary. Strong language and some violence. 1994.

Murder Runs in the Family: A Southern Sisters Mystery     RC 59449
by Anne George
read by Cyn Delafield
2 cassettes
Amateur-sleuth sisters Patricia Anne and Mary Alice attend a family wedding where genealogist Meg Bryan is also a guest, on the groom’s side. Within days Meg is dead, an apparent suicide. But the sisters suspect foul play when they learn the subject of Meg’s research. 1997.

Sugar Cookie Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery     RC 59854
by Joanne Fluke
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen compiles a local holiday cookbook for the townspeople of Lake Eden, Minnesota. After the community Christmas party, someone uses Hannah’s mother’s prized cake knife to murder Martin Dubinski’s new wife, a Las Vegas showgirl. Hannah helps detective Mike Kingston investigate. Includes recipes. 2004.

Beyond Infinity     RC 60038
by Gregory Benford
read by Gabra Zackman
3 cassettes
Ur-human Cley, an Original among Supras, realizes that the destiny of human life depends on her actions. Transdimensional lifeforms obliterate her worksite, the Library of Life, so she and procyon Seeker set off to confront the world-demolishing entity known as the Malign. Descriptions of sex. 2004.

Wolves Eat Dogs: An Arkady Renko Mystery     RC 60199
by Martin Cruz Smith
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Russian detective Arkady Renko investigates the death of billionaire businessman Pasha Ivanov, who jumped—or was pushed—from his balcony. When Ivanov’s successor is murdered in radioactive Chernobyl, Renko visits the "Zone." There he meets the strange residents of the deadly, contaminated site. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Paths of Darkness: The Silent Blade, The Spine of the World, Servant of the Shard, Sea of Swords; Forgotten Realms, Paths of Darkness     RC 60200
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Erik Sandvold
10 cassettes in 2 containers
Complete books of the author’s Forgotten Realms, Paths of Darkness series. In The Silent Blade, elf Drizzt Do’Urden, human woman Catti-brie, halfling Regis, and dwarf Bruenor cope with the aftermath of their barbarian friend Wulfgar’s rescue from the demon Errtu. Some violence. 2004.

Beautiful as the Moon, Radiant as the Stars: Jewish Women in Yiddish Stories; an Anthology     RC 60207
edited by Sandra Bark
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
Twenty-two short stories about Jewish heroines in Europe, Israel, and the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The compilation portrays both very ordinary and also utterly exceptional women. Includes works by Dvora Baron, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sholom Aleichem, and David Bergelson. Introduction by Francine Prose. 2003.

Villages     RC 60264
by John Updike
read by Michael Kramer
2 cassettes
Owen Mackenzie, seventy, remembers the past—the three small northeastern towns he has called home and the women in his life, especially his mother and his two wives. Owen recalls many love affairs and his successes throughout fifty years in the computer industry. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Sachem: The White Indian Series, Book 4     RC 60363
by Donald Clayton Porter
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
1702. White Seneca Renno is elected war sachem. Meanwhile father Ghonka and wife Betsy journey to England to plead the Indian cause. In their absence Renno faces challenges as enemy French and Spanish, with traitorous native allies, plot against his people. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1981.

Drama City     RC 60407
by George Pelecanos
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
Lorenzo Brown, having served time for a drug conviction, now works at the D.C. Humane Society investigating animal abuse. His parole officer, alcoholic Rachel Lopez, tries to keep her offenders straight. Both end up in a drug dealers’ feud. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2005     RC 60424
edited by Shannon Ravenel
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Twentieth annual collection of southern short stories. Features Dennis Lehane’s "Until Gwen," Robert Olen Butler’s "Severance," as well as work by Elizabeth Spencer, Allan Gurganus, James Lee Burke, and others. Includes author biographies and a preface by Jill McCorkle. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

The Captain’s Vengeance: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure     RC 60432
by Dewey Lambdin
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Bemoaning the disappearance of a prize French ship and six crewmates, Captain Alan Lewrie of HMS Proteus undertakes a dangerous new mission: infiltrate New Orleans in Spanish-controlled Louisiana and spy on pirate revolutionaries. Sequel to Havoc’s Sword (RC 58385). Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection     RC 60435
edited by Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Ten tales about dragons, faeries, historical and urban fantasy, and war culled from books and magazines published in 2004 plus a ghost story, "They," written by Rudyard Kipling in 1904. Includes Garth Nix’s "Endings," Delia Sherman’s "CATNYP," and recommendations for similar works. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Extraordinary Powers     RC 60449
by Joseph Finder
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
CIA director Harrison Sinclair dies in a car accident. His son-in-law, lawyer Ben Ellison—a former Agency operative—hears rumors of Sinclair’s involvement with the KGB and a missing Soviet fortune. Ellison reenters the clandestine world, becomes a mind reader, and heads to Europe for answers. Strong language and some violence. 1993.

Hissy Fit     RC 60470
by Mary Kay Andrews
read by Sharon Murray
3 cassettes
When interior designer Keeley Murdock discovers her fiancé embracing her maid of honor at the rehearsal dinner, she throws a tantrum and calls off the wedding. That same night she meets Will Mahoney, a newcomer in town who needs a decorator. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Termination Dust: An Alaska Mystery     RC 60472
by Sue Henry
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Alaska-Canada border. Exploring Yukon gold-rush territory, canoeist Jim Hampton discovers a prospector’s bones and diary from the 1800s. Meanwhile Alaska state trooper Alex Jensen and his Canadian counterpart investigate a robbery and murder that lead straight to Jim, but Alex doubts he’s guilty. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

Assault and Pepper: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes     RC 60494
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Members of the Beechy Grove Mennonite Church are sitting down to their annual chili cook-off meal when the Reverend Mr. Schrock topples face- forward into a pot of chili and dies. Naturally Magdalena Yoder investigates and discovers that the minister, not liked by everyone, had a checkered past. 2005.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Force Heretic III, Reunion     RC 60496
by Sean Williams and Shane Dix
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Sequel to Force Heretic II, Refugee (RC 60227). Han and Leia Solo and daughter Jaina nurse comatose Jedi knight Tahiri, whose internal struggles drain her life force. Meanwhile Luke and Mara Skywalker and Jacen Solo reach the sentient planet Zonama Sekot, but it refuses to join the Alliance. 2003.

The Interruption of Everything     RC 60512
by Terry McMillan
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Bored African American forty-something Marilyn Grimes deals with a husband’s midlife crisis, kids in college, a live-in mother-in-law, and her own mother showing signs of dementia. Marilyn, with the help and support of her friends, faces decisions about her future, including a possible pregnancy. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Signs and Wonders: A Harmony Novel     RC 60560
by Philip Gulley
read by Derald Breneman
2 cassettes
In the quiet town of Harmony, Quaker pastor Sam Gardner’s wife, Barbara, wins a trip to the Caribbean and debates going without him. The women’s circle gives matchmaking help to attractive, single Deena Morrison, and Dale Hinshaw hatches an implausible scheme to save sinners. 2003.

When She’s Bad     RC 60613
by Leanne Banks
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
Houston spa director Delilah Montague promised her late benefactor she would look after his grown daughter, Lilly, but she never expected to be blackmailed or saddled with his infant son. Delilah seeks help from neighboring attorney Benjamin Huntington III, while Lilly pursues Benjamin’s brother. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Out of Season: A Posadas County Mystery     RC 60614
by Steven F. Havill
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
New Mexico. Sheriff Martin Holman and his brother-in-law, pilot Philip Camp, are killed when their plane crashes near the Mexican border. When Undersheriff Bill Gastner learns Philip was shot, he and Detective Estelle Reyes-Guzman investigate clues left on a roll of film. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

Blood on the Vine: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery     RC 60615
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Maine mystery writer Jessica Fletcher visits California’s Napa Valley wine country, where a waiter at a vineyard owned by ex-Hollywood producer William Ladington has been murdered. Ladington, a notorious carouser and womanizer, is questioned, then dies. Jessica and her friend, Scotland Yard detective George Sutherland, investigate further. 2001.

Finding Miracles     RC 60632
by Julia Alvarez
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Milly befriends a new classmate, Pablo, a political refugee from the same Latin American country from which Milly herself was adopted. Inspired to track down her birth family, Milly accompanies Pablo to his homeland, where she finds clues to her heritage. For senior high readers. 2004.

Predator: A Dr. Kay Scarpetta Mystery     RC 60637
by Patricia Cornwell
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Dr. Kay Scarpetta, last seen in Trace (RC 59172), now freelances for Florida’s National Forensic Academy. In this case she enlists the help of Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli to track a killer up and down the East Coast. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Me and Emma     RC 60639
by Elizabeth Flock
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Eight-year-old Carrie and her younger sister Emma live in North Carolina with their mother and drunken, abusive stepfather, the exact opposite of their beloved dead father. Carrie makes plans to run away with Emma. But when the plan unravels, a shocking truth is revealed. 2004.

Nightmare in Shining Armor: A Den of Antiquity Mystery     RC 60648
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
After a fire disrupts her costume party, Charlotte, North Carolina, antiques shop owner Abigail Timberlake shoos away the guests. The next morning she discovers her ex-husband’s current wife dead in a suit of armor under the bed. Abigail and her policeman fiancé investigate. Some strong language. 2001.

The Widow of the South     RC 60662
by Robert Hicks
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
1864. Carrie McGavock’s Tennessee plantation becomes a Confederate hospital. Caring for wounded sergeant Zachariah Cashwell rejuvenates Carrie, who is mourning her children’s deaths. Decades later, before 1,500 graves can be plowed for farmland, Carrie has the soldiers reburied in her backyard—then Zachariah returns. Some strong language. 2005.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation     RC 60668
by Lauren Willig
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
London. Eloise Kelly conducts research for her dissertation on the true identity of a British spy in Napoleonic France. But after elderly Arabella Selwick-Alderly opens her family archives, her nephew Colin Selwick objects. Eloise prevails and learns of a 1803 love story between spies. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Wild Baron: The Baron Novels, Book 1     RC 60670
by Catherine Coulter
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
London, 1811. Baron Rohan Carrington marries his late brother George’s widow, Susannah. George, a cartographer, hid a treasure map that could endanger Susannah and her young daughter. The newlyweds gradually fall in love while investigating George’s secret past. Some descriptions of sex. 1997.

Tooth and Claw     RC 60674
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Fourteen short stories explore natural instincts and the tension between civilization and wildness. In the title piece, a guy wins an African wildcat in a barroom bet, making both cat and man miserable in his confining, crummy apartment. Strong language. 2005.

Cross Bones: A Dr. Temperance Brennan Mystery     RC 60684
by Kathy Reichs
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
During an Orthodox Jewish businessman’s autopsy in Quebec, Dr. Temperance Brennan receives a photograph of an ancient skeleton. She soon heads to Israel with her detective/lover Andrew Ryan and biblical archaeologist Dr. Jacob Drum to find the connection—and ends up at Masada. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Sanctuary: Dragon Jousters, Book 3     RC 60690
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Dragon tamer Kiron has retreated to the hidden desert city of Sanctuary to elude the evil Magi who are draining the magic of others. As refugees from rival regions Alta and Tia pour in, Kiron and the dragon jousters prepare to battle the Magi. Sequel to Alta (RC 58428). 2005.

Prophecy and Change: Star Trek; Deep Space Nine     RC 60696
edited by Marco Palmieri
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Anthology of stories based on the popular television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine featuring the familiar characters Commander Sisko, Major Kira, Doctor Bashir, Quark, Jake, Nog, and Odo aboard the intergalactic space station. Contributing authors are Christopher L. Bennett, Terri Osborne, Jeffrey Lang, Andrew J. Robinson, and others. 2003.

Hot Target     RC 60709
by Suzanne Brockmann
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
4 cassettes
Hollywood producer Jane Chadwick has received death threats in connection with her film about homosexual WWII soldiers. Navy SEAL chief Cosmo Richter, working for Troubleshooters Incorporated, arrives to protect Jane. Meanwhile, gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy falls for Jane’s half brother. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Historian     RC 60713
by Elizabeth Kostova
read by Anne Hancock
5 cassettes
1972. A young American woman living with her father in Amsterdam discovers an ancient book and a cache of faded letters in his library. Pursuing family mysteries leads her to seek the truth behind the Dracula legend of Vlad the Impaler. Some violence. Bestseller. 2005.

Eleven Minutes     RC 60714
by Paulo Coelho
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Disappointed by a first love, Maria moves from Brazil to Geneva, Switzerland, and begins a sexual odyssey working as a prostitute. A chance encounter with a young painter leads her to the discovery of the sacred nature of sex in the context of a loving relationship. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Devil’s Corner     RC 60717
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Philadelphia. A routine meeting with an informant turns deadly when gunmen open fire. Assistant U.S. Attorney Vicki Allegretti escapes, but her partner dies. The search for the killers leads to a rough neighborhood, called Devil’s Corner—and an unlikely ally. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

The Assassini     RC 60720
by Thomas Gifford
read by John Haag
5 cassettes
Eight people close to the Church are killed—among them outspoken Sister Valentine. Val’s brother, Ben Driskill, a lawyer and one-time Jesuit seminarian, investigates her murder and uncovers secrets about the Church, World War II, and an ages-old brotherhood of killers called the assassini. Some violence and some strong language. 1990.

Polar Shift: A Novel from the NUMA Files     RC 60747
by Clive Cussler
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Sixty years after an eccentric Hungarian scientist discovered how to artificially disrupt the planet and cause earthquakes and volcanoes, an anti- globalization outfit learns about his method and plans to try it. Kurt Austin and his team at NUMA work frantically to prevent a polar shift. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

A Sterkarm Kiss     RC 60774
by Susan Price
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Andrea Mitchell from The Sterkarm Handshake (RC 51934) returns to sixteenth-century Great Britain in the Time Tube. Her lover Per marries into a rival clan, rekindling a civil war. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Trace Evidence: An Evelyn James Mystery     RC 60782
by Elizabeth Becka
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Cleveland forensic scientist Evelyn James links the murder of the mayor’s child to that of another teenage girl. Detective David Milaski takes over the case while Evelyn worries about her own daughter, Angel. Suspects include a male nurse, a mobster, and a friend of the mayor. Some strong language. 2005.

Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: War of Eagles     RC 60783
by Jeff Rovin
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Op-Center director Paul Hood is removed from office after a freighter carrying illegal Chinese workers explodes in Charleston harbor. As other explosions occur worldwide, Paul’s replacement, female three-star army general Morgan Carrie, attributes the crises to warring factions in the Chinese government. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Seneca: The White Indian Series, Book 9     RC 60797
by Donald Clayton Porter
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
1770s. As the American Revolution begins, war chief Ghonkaba, grandson of white Indian Renno, breaks the Seneca alliance with the English and joins General Washington’s troops. Ghonkaba helps orchestrate a daring plan to cross the Delaware and attack at Trenton, New Jersey. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1984.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection     RC 60810
edited by Gardner Dozois
read by Madelyn Buzzard
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Reviews the science fiction genre in 2004 and presents twenty-eight of the year’s best tales. Includes Stephen Baxter’s "Mayflower II," Nancy Kress’s "Shiva in Shadow," and work by Vernor Vinge, Peter F. Hamilton, Robert Reed, and others. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Locus Award. 2005.

Hannah Massey     RC 60816
by Catherine Cookson
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Twenty-three-year-old Rosie Massey moves home from London to her family, which includes nine brothers, a spiteful niece, and her overbearing mother, Hannah, who’s desperate to join high society. Hiding a painful secret, Rosie finds support and affection with childhood friend Hughie, a cobbler—a match Hannah vehemently opposes. 1964.

The Way West     RC 60818
by A.B. Guthrie Jr.
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes (Reissue)
1840s. Dick Summers has been to Oregon before, but now that his wife has died he decides to return. He will guide a group of men and women from Missouri on the difficult journey along the Oregon Trail. Sequel to The Big Sky (RC 37502). Pulitzer Prize. 1949.

Cherokee: The White Indian Series, Book 10     RC 60822
by Donald Clayton Porter
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
1780s. As punishment for breaking the Seneca alliance with the British and fighting for the colonists, Ghonkaba, grandson of white Indian Renno, is banished. Leading his family to Cherokee territory, Ghonkaba also conducts a special mission to stop a ruthless secret agent. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1984.

Southern Fire     RC 60843
by Juliet E. McKenna
read by Corrie James
4 cassettes
Terrorized islanders from the southernmost reaches of the Aldabreshin Archipelago flee the magic of unknown invaders. Warlord Daish Kheda— reader of portents, giver of laws, healer, and protector of his domain— sets sail to defend his realm and stop the spread of evil. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Easter Parade     RC 60853
by Richard Yates
read by Megan Burnett
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Sisters Emily and Sarah Grimes, children of divorced parents, take quite different paths in moving from childhood to middle age. Sarah settles into an abusive marriage quite early and starts a family, while Emily divorces and keeps searching for success and the right man. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1976.

World Enough and Time: A Romantic Novel     RC 60856
by Robert Penn Warren
read by Barry Bernson
4 cassettes (Reissue)
1826. Reconstructs a famous nineteenth-century murder case, the Kentucky Tragedy. Brilliant young lawyer Jeremiah Beaumont stands trial for the murder of his benefactor, politician Cassius Fort, after Fort wrongs Rachel Jordan, the object of Beaumont’s passion. 1950.

Westerns of the 40’s: Classics from the Great Pulps     RC 60857
edited by Damon Knight
read by John Polk
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Compilation of sixteen short western stories from magazines of the 1940s. Includes works by John D. MacDonald, Tom Roan, Roy M. O’Mara, James Shaffer, Cliff Farrell, and others. Contains tales of revenge, range wars, roving saddle bums, and ladies of the night. Some violence. 1977.

The Short Novels of Jack Schaefer     RC 60858
by Jack Schaefer
read by Jack Fox
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Five works depicting life on the western frontier from the Civil War to the twentieth century. Homesteaders, Native Americans, and drifters find courage, tragedy, and romance in First Blood, The Canyon,Company of Cowards, The Kean Land, and the classic Shane. Introduction by Dorothy M. Johnson. 1949.

The West of Owen Wister: Selected Short Stories     RC 60860
by Owen Wister
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Six stories by author of The Virginian (RC 36421) depicting cowboys, soldiers, Indians, and priests in various geographic settings. Includes Wister’s first published western, "Hank’s Woman" (1892), as well as "Little Big Horn Medicine," "The Second Missouri Compromise," and "Padre Ignazio." 1972 introduction by Robert L. Hough. 1892.

Conan the Liberator     RC 60861
by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Aquilonia, once the proudest kingdom of the Hyborian world, suffers under the tyrannical rule of mad King Numedides. Conan the barbarian, commander of a rebel army determined to liberate the people, soon discovers that their greatest foe is not Numedides but Thulandra Thuu, the evil sorcerer. Violence. 1979.

Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration     RC 60862
by Allen M. Steele
read by Alec Volz
3 cassettes
Earth, 2070. Just before the Alabama launches, Captain Robert E. Lee hijacks the spaceship with over one hundred men, women, and children aboard. After 230 years in biostasis, passengers and crew awaken at a distant moon named Coyote and start a new colony. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Portrait     RC 60866
by Iain Pears
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Small island near Brittany, early 1900s. When famous British art critic William Naysmith visits Scottish artist Henry MacAlpine to sit for a portrait, he becomes captive to the artist’s diatribe. The artist indicts the critic’s ruthless use of power and gradually reveals a plan of vengeance. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2005.

My Cousin Rachel     RC 60867
by Daphne Du Maurier
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes (Reissue)
After his uncle Ambrose’s death, Philip Ashley travels to the funeral in Italy and meets Ambrose’s alluring widow, Rachel. She later joins the young heir in England, where their budding passionate relationship is tainted by Philip’s suspicion that Rachel may have played a role in Ambrose’s demise. 1951.

Stand on Zanzibar     RC 60870
by John Brunner
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Manhattan, 2010. Roommates Norman House and Donald Hogan must find their way in an overpopulated world of megabrain computers, mass-market psychedelics, and eugenics. One is a junior vice president, the other a mild-mannered student and programmed assassin. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Hugo Award. 1968.

Two-Dollar Bill: A Stone Barrington Mystery     RC 60871
by Stuart Woods
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Stone Barrington, from Reckless Abandon (RC 57959), accepts a large retainer from new client Billy Bob Barnstormer. When a dead prostitute is discovered in Stone’s house and Billy Bob takes off, Stone investigates with the help of colleagues. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2005.

The Innocent     RC 60873
by Harlan Coben
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Paralegal Matt Hunter, who served time for manslaughter, receives a video of his pregnant wife in a hotel with another man. Meanwhile New Jersey homicide investigator Loren Muse finds evidence tying Matt to the murder of a nun. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Every Breath You Take     RC 60932
by Judith McNaught
read by Susan Denaker
3 cassettes
Chicago. When wealthy eighty-year-old Cecil Wyatt’s grandson William disappears, suspicion falls on William’s older half-brother Mitchell. As the suspect net widens, police also investigate Kate Donovan, who had a romantic tryst with Mitchell on a tropical vacation. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2005.

Always Time to Die     RC 61082
by Elizabeth Lowell
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
New Mexico. Senator Quintrell, father of presidential hopeful Governor Josh Quintrell, is murdered. Genealogist Carolina "Carly" May is hired to research the family’s history. Aided by the senator’s illegitimate son Daniel Duran, Carly uncovers blackmail, incest, and murder. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

The Queen’s Fool     RC 61084
by Philippa Gregory
read by Corrie James
4 cassettes
London, 1550s. When young lord Robert Dudley discovers that thirteen- year-old Hannah Green, a Jewish escapee from the Spanish Inquisition, foresees the future, he enlists her as a royal fool. Hannah becomes infatuated with Lord Robert while Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth become bitter rivals. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Open and Shut: An Andy Carpenter Mystery     RC 61089
by David Rosenfelt
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes
New York City defense attorney Andy Carpenter undertakes the appeal of a convicted killer whom his father prosecuted. When his father unexpectedly dies, Andy discovers the estate is worth twenty-two million. Andy searches for connections, while coping with a love triangle. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Demon Rumm     RC 61099
by Sandra Brown
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
Kirsten Rumm is writing a book about her late aeronautical daredevil husband, Demon. Rylan North, set to star in the film version, moves into Kirsten’s house to absorb Demon’s lifestyle. As Rylan falls for Kirsten, he discovers she is holding back part of the story. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1987.

Annie, between the States     RC 61102
by L.M. Elliott
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
When the Civil War comes to Virginia, teenager Annie finds herself nursing soldiers, hiding valuables, and running the family farm as battles rage around her. While tending to a wounded Union officer, Annie sees both sides of the conflict and falls in love. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

A Stroke of Midnight     RC 61106
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Princess Meredith, Los Angeles PI and heir to the faerie court, finds bodies of a fey and a reporter during a press conference. She convinces Queen Andais to allow humans to investigate. Sequel to Seduced by Moonlight (RC 59265). Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

A Deadly Judgment: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery     RC 61107
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher travels to Boston to act as jury consultant for her eccentric lawyer friend, Malcolm McLoon. McLoon is defending baked bean tycoon Billy Brannigan against charges of murdering his own brother. When Billy’s girlfriend—his only alibi—turns up dead, Jessica investigates. 1996.

Slow Kill: A Kevin Kerney Novel     RC 61112
by Michael McGarrity
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Visiting a California horse ranch, Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney discovers hotel magnate Clifford Spalding dead. When Kerney is suspected, he launches an investigation that leads to Spalding’s ex-wife, who believes her son, a soldier killed in Vietnam, still alive. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

To Catch an Heiress     RC 61126
by Julia Quinn
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
England, 1814. Agent Blake Ravens- croft apprehends heiress Caroline Trent, mistaking her for Carlotta De Leon, one of Napoleon’s spies. Caroline, who is avoiding her conniving guardian until she turns twenty-one and can collect her inheritance, plays along. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1998.

Ramage’s Signal: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 11     RC 61131
by Dudley Pope
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
The Calypso and her captain, Lord Nicholas Ramage, venture farther into the Mediterranean’s French-dominated waters on a mission to sink, burn, and destroy enemy ships. Ramage and his men soon find themselves isolated and outnumbered as they face Napoleon’s fleet. Sequel to The Ramage Touch (RC 61149). Some violence. 1980.

The Judgment of Caesar: A Roma Sub Rosa Mystery     RC 61137
by Steven Saylor
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
48 B.C. Gordianus the Finder of Rome brings his sick wife to her native Alexandria for a Nile cure. Caesar has vanquished Pompey at sea, and Ptolemy and his sister Cleopatra are vying for the Egyptian throne. Now Gordianus’s adopted son is accused of murder. 2004.

Dragonsblood: The Dragonriders of Pern     RC 61138
by Todd McCaffrey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Telepathic dragonrider Lorana seeks a cure for the dragon illness that could bring down Pern’s defense against the coming Threadfall. Lorana finds clues in a 450-year-old song’s lyrics and reaches back in time, where another woman confronts the same mysterious plague. Sequel to Dragon’s Kin (RC 57368). 2005.

The Ides of March     RC 61139
by Thornton Wilder
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright’s epistolary novel set in the months preceding Julius Caesar’s assassination. Reconstructs the key figures and events of the waning Roman Republic entirely through invented documents—private letters, journal entries, and reports of Caesar’s secret police. 2003 foreword by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1948.

The Beauty Bride: The Jewels of Kinfairlie, Book 1     RC 61140
by Claire Delacroix
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Scotland, 1421. Alexander, now the Laird of Kinfairlie, is responsible for his younger sisters. To save the family estates, Alexander decides to marry off Madeline, the oldest "jewel." He arranges an auction where the high bidder unfortunately is Rhys FitzHenry, a notorious outlaw. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Real Mother     RC 61141
by Judith Michael
read by Jill Ferris
4 cassettes
Sara Elliott gives up her education to care for her half-siblings after their mother has a stroke. Working as Chicago "city greeter" Sara gradually falls in love with one of her clients. Then a dangerous family member returns. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2005.

Lyon’s Gate: A Sherbrooke Bride Book     RC 61146
by Catherine Coulter
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
England, 1835. Jason, from The Sherbrooke Twins (RC 57945), returns home after five years of self-imposed exile in Maryland. He decides to start a stud farm near Northcliffe Hall. Unfortunately feisty Miss Hallie Carrick also wants to buy the estate to raise horses. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Ramage Touch: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 10     RC 61149
by Dudley Pope
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Prowling the Tuscan coast, Captain Ramage and his crew encounter a daunting French invasion fleet. Far from English aid, Ramage must decide how to thwart the French with only his frigate Calypso and a clumsy pair of bomb ketches. Sequel to Ramage and the Rebels (RC 60777). 1979.

Hate Crime: A Ben Kincaid Mystery     RC 61154
by William Bernhardt
read by Paul Boehmer
3 cassettes
Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid hesitates to defend bigoted frat boy Johnny Christensen, who stands accused of murdering a gay man. Instead Kincaid’s partner Christina McCall travels to Chicago to take on the case. Complications arise involving Kincaid’s past. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2004.

50 Harbor Street: Cedar Cove, Book 5     RC 61163
by Debbie Macomber
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Cedar Cove, Washington. Following 44 Cranberry Point (RC 59237), the mystery behind the anonymous postcards being sent to private investigator Roy McAfee is solved. Cliff Harding renews his relationship with Grace Sherman, several residents become pregnant, and an arsonist strikes. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Back to the Bedroom     RC 61164
by Janet Evanovich
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Washington, D.C., neighbors Kate and Dave unexpectedly fall in love. Kate’s a professional musician while Dave, a former photographer, lives off his lottery winnings. They contend with major household mishaps, disapproving parents, and a hostage-taker before marrying. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 1989.

Blue Smoke     RC 61166
by Nora Roberts
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Baltimore arson investigator Reena Hale has finally found love with carpenter Bowen Goodnight when her past comes back to haunt her. A pyro- maniac stalker out for revenge taunts her with chilling phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2005.

Otherwise Engaged     RC 61185
by Eileen Goudge
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Thirty-five-year-old Manhattan freelance journalist Jessie Holland has an idea for a feature story: swap lives with her married friend, Erin D’Amico, an innkeeper in their small Arizona hometown. With both their romances at a crossroads, the women explore newfound options. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

The Space Merchants     RC 61192
by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Satirical science fiction about the future of consumerism and corporate America. Advertising executive Mitch Courtenay’s most recent project is to convince people to emigrate to inhospitable Venus. Mitch faces dangerous opposition from a colleague, underground conservationists, and his wife, who plans to leave him. Some strong language. 1952.

Conan the Rebel     RC 61193
by Poul Anderson
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Conan the barbarian and his beautiful lover, Bêlit, corsair queen of the Black Coast, lead a band of savage pirates to free Bêlit’s brother Jehanan and her people from an evil reptile god and its cruel minions. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 1980.

The Princess of Cleves     RC 61194
by Madame de Lafayette
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Classic seventeenth-century romance set in the court of King Henry II of France. The Duc de Nemours and the Princess of Cleves fall in love, but she is married to Nemours’s good friend and wants to remain virtuous. Lost letters and rumors contribute to misunderstandings. 1951 translation and introduction by Nancy Mitford. 1678.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores     RC 61195
by Gabriel García Márquez
read by Lewis Grenville
1 cassette
A confirmed bachelor requests a teenaged virgin from a brothel owner to celebrate his ninetieth birthday but winds up watching her sleep. As he reflects on past loveless encounters and his years as a journalist, he falls desperately in love with the young girl. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

On Beauty     RC 61204
by Zadie Smith
read by Frank Coffee
4 cassettes
Philandering liberal Englishman Howard Belsey teaches art at a New England college. When Howard’s bi-acial son Jerome falls in love with the daughter of the conservative Trinidadian Monty Kipps, Howard is dismayed. But Howard’s and Monty’s wives become friends. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2005.

Acqua Alta: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery     RC 61206
by Donna Leon
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes
During the annual Venetian winter flooding, detective Guido Brunetti investigates the beating of gay American art historian Brett Lynch in the villa she shares with diva Flavia Petrelli. After a museum curator is murdered, Brunetti and Lynch discover that Chinese antiques have been faked. Some violence. 1996.

Mourn Not Your Dead: A Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Mystery     RC 61211
by Deborah Crombie
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
Police division commander Alastair Gilbert is found bludgeoned to death in his kitchen. As Scotland Yard’s superintendent Duncan Kincaid and sergeant Gemma James investigate, the list of suspects lengthens—especially in light of Gilbert’s arrogance and social enmity—and the Kincaid/James relationship intensifies. 1996.

Can I Get an Amen     RC 61218
by Janice Sims and Nathasha Brooks-Harris
read by Melissa Maxwell
3 cassettes
Four stories in which Mother Maybelle helps the women at Red Oaks Christian Fellowship understand love. In "A Love Supreme," a sworn bachelor falls for his landscaper. In "Love under New Management," a gifted singer finds the courage to sing and to love again. 2005.

Whose Body? A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery     RC 61221
by Dorothy L. Sayers
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette (Reissue)
Lord Peter Wimsey derives considerable amusement from outwitting Scotland Yard. When a nude corpse, wearing only a golden pince-nez, is found in a timid architect’s bathtub, Lord Peter cleverly untangles the mystery with the help of a friend. 1923.

Interview with the Vampire     RC 61222
by Anne Rice
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Frightening world of vampires as told to a young boy who tapes the story on cassette. Follows the fortunes of Louis, a gentle vampire; Lestat, a vengeful and bloodthirsty vampire; and Claudia, a little demon with the face of a doll. 1976.

The Bell     RC 61230
by Iris Murdoch
read by Lisette Lecat
3 cassettes
An oddly assorted group explores religious and secular concepts at a lay community near an abbey in the English countryside. An unfaithful wife returns to her sanctimonious, scholarly husband; a homosexual man faces a former lover; and an abbess tries to guide her enclosed order of nuns. 1958.

Some People, Some Other Place     RC 61231
by J. California Cooper
read by Gail Nelson
3 cassettes
Multigenerational tale of residents of Dream Street in a town called Place. During the Depression, fifteen-year-old African American Eula heads for Chicago but after being raped is taken in by a brothel owner and brought to Dream Street. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Plain Brown Wrapper: An Alex Powell Novel     RC 61235
by Karen Grigsby Bates
read by Lizan Mitchell
3 cassettes
African American reporter Alex Powell investigates the murder of prominent black publisher Everett Carson during a national conference. Alex uncovers Everett’s sordid personal life and his professional rivals. At the same time she falls in love with fellow journalist Paul Butler. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

It’s in His Kiss: A Bridgerton Novel     RC 61236
by Julia Quinn
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
England, 1825. Gareth St. Clair receives an old family diary found among his late brother’s belongings, but it’s written in Italian. Gareth’s grandmother, Lady Danbury, reintroduces him to Hyacinth Bridgerton, who can translate. Together they discover past secrets and the key to their future. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Slow Burn     RC 61245
by Julie Garwood
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
After surviving an explosion, fragrance company owner Kate MacKenna has a one-night stand with her girlfriend’s brother Dylan. Kate weathers another mishap that Dylan believes is coincidental—until he learns about Kate’s inheritance and the people who want her dead. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Final Scream     RC 61247
by Lisa Jackson
read by Constance Crawford
3 cassettes
Two decades after a mill fire kills pregnant, teenaged Angie Buchanan, another family business is set ablaze. Reporter Cassidy Buchanan McKenzie’s husband Chase and another man are injured. Cassidy fears that Brig McKenzie, her first love, might be the culprit. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Gabriel’s Angel     RC 61250
by Nora Roberts
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Laura Malone is pregnant and on the run. Gabriel Bradley is hiding in a Colorado cabin to think, to work, and to heal. When Gabe rescues Laura in a snowstorm, the two begin to share their secrets and their passion. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 1989.

Statue of Limitations: A Den of Antiquity Mystery     RC 61263
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Charleston antiques dealer Abigail Timberlake Washburn helps her friend Wynnell Crawford when Wynnell is accused of murdering a client who owned a bed-and-breakfast. Suspects include the happy widower and guests at the inn. Some strong language. 2004.

Gone: An Alex Delaware Novel     RC 61319
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by John Rubinstein
3 cassettes
An investigation reveals the abduction of two art students to be a fake, but the murder that follows requires the police to seek the assistance of psychologist Alex Delaware. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Skin Gods     RC 61322
by Richard Montanari
read by Scott Brick
3 cassettes
Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano return from the case of The Rosary Girls (RC 59662) to catch a serial killer who splices recordings of his crimes onto rental videos. While worrying about their daughters, the cops investigate a filmmaker and the porn industry. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The House     RC 61324
by Danielle Steel
read by Erik Singer
2 cassettes
San Francisco. A client has left workaholic lawyer Sarah Anderson an unexpected inheritance with the caveat to have fun with the money. Sarah decides to renovate a mansion and becomes absorbed in its history. Soon she finds herself falling in love with architect Jeff Parker. Descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

The Alchemist’s Daughter     RC 61329
by Katharine McMahon
read by various narrators
3 cassettes
Early eighteenth century in Buckinghamshire. Secluded in his manor house, John Selden raises his motherless daughter Emilie to aid him in his scientific experiments. When Emilie is eighteen, two visitors interrupt the Seldens’ work, and first love overwhelms Emilie with far-reaching consequences. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Queen of the Underworld     RC 61341
by Gail Godwin
read by Carrington MacDuffie
3 cassettes
Miami, 1959. North Carolinian Emma Gant moves to Florida to work as a reporter and to be close to her married lover Paul. Emma’s new neighbors include Cuban exiles, who fled Fidel Castro’s regime, and Ginevra Brown, a former madame with ties to the mob. Descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga, Book 2     RC 61342
by Edward Rutherfurd
read by Richard Matthews
6 cassettes
Sixteenth to twentieth centuries. Continues the saga begun in The Princes of Ireland (RC 58000). Follows several families through the French aggression, the potato famine, migration to the United States, and the golden age of Irish literature. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2006.

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits     RC 61348
by Ayelet Waldman
read by Susan Denaker
2 cassettes
Attorney Emelia mourns the death of her infant daughter and barely copes with her husband Jack’s five-year-old son William. William’s mother Carolyn aggravates Emelia’s life, increasing tension in the awkward family dynamics. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

Ramage and the Renegades: The Lord Ramage Novels, Book 12     RC 61350
by Dudley Pope
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
As England and France formulate a tentative peace, Lord Ramage receives secret orders to claim Trinidade, a small island off the Brazilian coast, for England. There Ramage and his crew battle to free captive merchant ships— and a beautiful woman—from blood-thirsty pirates. Sequel to Ramage’s Signal (RC 61131). Some violence. 1981.

Under a Wild Sky: Wild Series, Book 1     RC 61352
by Sasha Lord
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Ronin McTaver, lone survivor of an assault on his family, flees into the forbidding Loch Nidean forest with a sacred tapestry. When forest dwellers attack him, Ronin takes a young boy hostage, unaware that the boy is actually a woman. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Hancock Park: A Kate Delafield Mystery     RC 61353
by Katherine V. Forrest
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Gay L.A. police detective Kate Delafield investigates the murder of Victoria Talbot. Although the victim’s abusive ex-husband is the main suspect, Kate believes there are other forces in play. Meanwhile, Kate’s lover leaves and her transgender niece runs away. Strong language. 2004.

Immortal in Death: An Eve Dallas Mystery     RC 61354
by J.D. Robb
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New York City, 2058. Homicide detective lieutenant Eve Dallas’s friend Mavis introduces Eve to her new fashion designer lover, Leonardo. Leonardo, however, is also involved with model Pandora, later found dead. Eve investigates the murder to clear Mavis’s name. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1996.

The Solace of Leaving Early     RC 61359
by Haven Kimmel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Langston Braverman abruptly abandons her PhD. program and returns to her Indiana hometown. Shortly after Langston’s arrival, her childhood friend Alice Baker-Maloney dies tragically, leaving behind two young daughters. Langston and disillusioned pastor Amos Townsend, who counseled Alice, become the girls’ caretakers and gradually fall in love. 2002.

Everyone Worth Knowing     RC 61368
by Lauren Weisberger
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Twenty-seven-year-old New Yorker Bette Robinson impulsively quits her banking job and goes to work at a celebrity PR firm. Style-challenged and naive Bette is drawn into partying and dating until she realizes it’s not for her and falls for a decent guy. Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2005.

The World Below     RC 61370
by Sue Miller
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
San Francisco schoolteacher and twice-divorced mother-of-three Catherine Hubbard inherits her late grandmother Georgia’s Vermont home. While searching through the attic, Cath finds Georgia’s diaries, which reveal her stay in a sanatorium to recover from tuberculosis and a doomed romance. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

Sleeping Bones: A Kate Delafield Mystery     RC 61371
by Katherine V. Forrest
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
LAPD detective Kate Delafield investigates the La Brea Tar Pits murder of Herman Layton, an ex-marine who tried to save ancient human remains during World War II. Coincidentally, Herman’s sexy paleoanthropologist daughter, Peri, visits and a mysterious fossil surfaces. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1999.

Murder at the Washington Tribune: A Capital Crimes Mystery     RC 61374
by Margaret Truman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Washington Tribune crime reporter Joe Wilcox is pressured to compete with TV and tabloid news counterparts, including his daughter Roberta, a broadcast journalist. After a reporter is murdered in the newsroom, Joe investigates and Roberta hunts for a suspect. Meanwhile Joe’s ex-con brother returns to town. Some strong language. 2005.

This Dame for Hire: A Faye Quick Mystery     RC 61376
by Sandra Scoppettone
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Manhattan, 1943. Twenty-six-year-old feisty secretary Faye Quick takes over her boss Woody Mason’s detective agency when he’s drafted. After finding the body of a missing student, Faye is hired by the victim’s parents to find the killer. Faye uses a psychic and police officers for help. Some strong language. 2005.

Vampire Kisses: Vampire Kisses, Book 1     RC 61381
by Ellen Schreiber
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Outcast goth teen Raven copes with her hippie-turned-corporate parents, nerdy brother, and the school bully in small town Dullsville. Then she falls in love with the new boy, Alexander, who moves into the town’s haunted mansion and is rumored to be a real vampire. For senior high readers. 2003.

My Life as Emperor     RC 61384
by Su Tong
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Fourteen-year-old Chinese prince Duanbai assumes the throne after his father’s death. Amid assassination attempts, military campaigns, and court intrigues, Duanbai subjects officials and servants to his cruel whims until a half brother’s ambition brings about Duanbai’s downfall. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 1992.

Vengeance Valley     RC 61386
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Colorado. Will "Hard Luck" Yancey discovers telluride gold under a hospital managed by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. When a ruthless syndicate run by Alfred Noble—the same man who swindled Yancey out of his own mining fortune—plots to steal the sisters’ claim, Yancey vows to help. Spur Award. 2004.

Eyeless in Gaza     RC 61400
by Aldous Huxley
read by George Holmes
4 cassettes
The author of Brave New World (RC 47108) depicts thirty years in the life of Englishman Anthony Beavis. At school Beavis befriends Brian Foxe; Hugh Ledwidge, whose wife, Helen, becomes Beavis’s lover; and Mark Staithes, a Marxist with whom Beavis goes to Mexico to fight in a revolution. 1936.

Good Hair     RC 61402
by Benilde Little
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
African American Manhattan reporter Alice Andrews meets Jack, a handsome doctor, at the airport and begins to fall in love. Their relationship is tested, however, by differing values, Alice’s increasing disillusionment, and a family tragedy that reveals Alice’s painful secret. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Colorado Kid     RC 61403
by Stephen King
read by Jeremy Gage
1 cassette
Vince Teague and Dave Bowie, elderly editors of a small Maine island’s newspaper, relate a twenty-five-year-old murder case to their young intern Stephanie McCann. It is 1980; a man discovered dead on the local beach remains unknown until the men track his identity back to Colorado. Some strong language. 2005.

South Beach Sizzle     RC 61411
by Suzanne Weyn and Diana Gonzalez
read by Gabra Zackman
1 cassette
Lula Cruz and her best friend Jeff Terrio leave New York City for Miami the summer before Lula starts college there. Unable to stay with relatives as planned, Lula and Jeff find restaurant jobs and a place to live, and Lula falls in love. For senior high readers. 2005.

Rituals of the Season: A Deborah Knott Mystery     RC 61424
by Margaret Maron
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Judge Deborah Knott and her fiancé, deputy sheriff Dwight Bryant, investigate the murder of assistant DA Tracy Johnson. Deborah also looks into the conviction of a female death-row prisoner and uncovers corruption in Colleton County, North Carolina. Meanwhile Deborah’s family finishes the Christmas wedding plans. Some strong language. 2005.

Baroque and Desperate: A Den of Antiquity Mystery     RC 61500
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
After Abigail Timberlake’s antique store in Charlotte, North Carolina, is robbed, she agrees to help Tradd Burton identify the most valuable item in his family’s mansion and split the proceeds. The rest of the family is hostile to Abigail—especially when someone murders the Burtons’ maid. Some strong language. 1999.

Kissing Coffins: Vampire Kisses, Book 2     RC 61506
by Ellen Schreiber
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old goth Raven searches for her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, from Vampire Kisses (RC 61381), after he disappears from their small town of Dullsville. For senior high readers. 2005.

Racing Fear     RC 61515
by Jacqueline Guest
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
The friendship of Trent and Adam, two eighteen-year-old auto racing buddies, changes after Adam causes an accident that leaves Trent disfigured. When Adam discovers that Trent has been selling his ADHD medicine, Adam helps steer Trent back on the right path. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. For senior high readers. 2004.

Monet Talks: A Den of Antiquity Mystery     RC 61526
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Charleston antiques dealer Abigail Timberlake Washburn acquires a jeweled birdcage with an annoying talking bird that her customers like. When the bird is taken and a ransom demanded, Abigail ignores the thieves—until her mother becomes the next kidnapping victim. Some strong language. 2005.

The Trouble with Valentine’s Day     RC 61559
by Rachel Gibson
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
En route to visit her grandfather in Gospel, Idaho, ex-PI Kate Hamilton overnights at a ski lodge where she unsuccessfully propositions a handsome stranger. Humiliated, Kate arrives in Gospel only to be formally introduced to her rejecter, ex-hockey player Rob Sutter. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Beautiful Lies     RC 61604
by Lisa Unger
read by Ann Marie Lee
3 cassettes
New York freelance journalist Ridley Jones receives a photo that makes her doubt her parentage. New neighbor Jake joins Ridley in a search for the truth and helps reveal tangled family deceptions. Meanwhile, the couple falls in love. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2006.

Black Swan Green     RC 61605
by David Mitchell
read by Kirby Heyborne
3 cassettes
In a backwater English town in 1982, thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor endures bullying at school because of his stammer. At home he copes with his parents’ bickering and his nasty older sister but still manages to have adventures. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Cage of Stars     RC 61732
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
read by Kathe Mazur
2 cassettes
Scott Early murders Veronica Swan’s two younger sisters when she is twelve. Although her Mormon parents forgive Scott, Veronica is not so compassionate. Years later she disguises herself and seeks revenge. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

The Husband     RC 61736
by Dean Koontz
read by Holter Graham
2 cassettes
When Mitchell Rafferty’s wife is kidnapped, he must come up with two million dollars in ransom money in order to get her back. Mitchell, an ordinary working stiff, is frantic and will do anything to obtain the sum. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2006.

Two Little Girls in Blue     RC 61910
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by Isabel Keating
2 cassettes
A kidnapper takes three-year-old identical twins Kelly and Kathy Frawley from their Connecticut home. After a ransom payment, only one child returns, with a note claiming the other is dead. But Kelly telepathically hears her sister calling her and gives their parents hope that Kathy is still alive. Bestseller. 2006.

Books for Children

Cassettes Nonfiction

Using the Internet Safely     RC 57860
by Donna Loughran
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Describes the Internet and how to use it correctly. Covers e-mail and provides useful sites. Warns of potential dangers from strangers. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Flying over the USA: Airplanes in American Life     RC 58847
by Martin W. Sandler
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Chronicles the development of aeronautics in the United States from eighteenth-century experiments to the Wright brothers’ first manned flight in 1903. Discusses other major uses and achievements of airplanes as well as security concerns after September 11, 2001. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Little Hands Create! Art and Activities for Kids Ages Three to Six     RC 61046
by Mary Doerfler Dall
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Kindergarten teacher outlines instructions for dozens of crafts designed to encourage children’s creativity. Projects such as grocery mesh-bag stitch- ery, egg carton boat, and newspaper sit-upon mat recycle on-hand materials. Others, including tissue twists and shapes, soap sculpture, and cotton-ball critters, make use of common household supplies. For preschool-grade 2. 2004.

Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury/Un Tesoro de Rimas Infantiles     RC 60627
by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy
read by Jacinda Bronaugh
1 cassette
A sampler of traditional Spanish lullabies, finger plays, nursery and jump-rope rhymes, riddles, and songs. Includes an introduction in English and the poems in Spanish and English. For preschool-grade 2. (Presentan canciones, nanas, juegos con los dedos, advinanzas y otros versos para niños. Incluye una introducción en inglés y los versos en español e inglés. Para niños preescolares hasta segundo grado.) 2004.

Meet Mindy: A Native Girl from the Southwest     RC 60719
by Susan Secakuku
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Fourteen-year-old Mindy describes her relatives and the Hopi and Tewa customs that she and her family still follow in Arizona as part of daily life. Blending traditional ceremonies and modern schooling, Mindy calls herself "a regular American kid." For grades 6-9. 2003.

Remember D-Day: The Plan, the Invasion, Survivor Stories     RC 60729
by Ronald J. Drez
read by Frank Coffee
1 cassette
Overview of the Allied strategy for military operations on the beaches of Normandy in France on June 6, 1944, known as D-Day. Describes the largest amphibious invasion ever, Operation Doublecross, the tremendous loss of life, and the day’s historical significance. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Wild about Weather: Fifty Wet, Windy, and Wonderful Activities     RC 60799
by Ed Brotak
read by Sharon Murray
1 cassette
Dr. Ed discusses Earth’s atmosphere, the seasons, wind, humidity, clouds, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, weather forecasting, and the history of weather observation. Includes activities to explore these topics, step-by- step experiments, and projects such as making a barometer, thermometer, wind vane, or weather log. For grades 4-7. 2004.

The Kids’ Building Workshop: Fifteen Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together     RC 60805
by J. Craig Robertson and Barbara Robertson
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Provides information and tips for using basic carpentry tools—hammer, handsaw, drill, block plane, and measuring devices. Offers complete step-by-step instructions for simple items like a checkerboard and string art or a more complex house-shaped bookcase and puppet theater. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow     RC 60814
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
read by Megan Burnett
1 cassette
Traces the Hitler Youth movement’s development during the period 1926 to 1945, when it indoctrinated German children and teens in Nazi ideology and loyalty to Hitler. Features personal accounts of members such as Elisabeth Vetter, who betrayed her own parents for objecting to Hitler. Violence. For grades 6-9. 2005.

A Look at Mars     RC 61095
by Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Discusses the history of human ideas about Mars, its geology and moons, missions to the red planet, and the possibility of life there. For grades 5-8. 2000.

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights     RC 61096
by Geraldine McCaughrean
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
In a desert kingdom King Shahryar, accustomed to killing a new bride every day, marries the storyteller Shahrazad. Each night she tells the king about Sinbad the Sailor or Ali Baba, and he postpones her execution to hear another tale the next evening. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1982.

Nature’s Art Box: From T-Shirts to Twig Baskets, Sixty-Five Cool Projects for Crafty Kids to Make with Natural Materials You Can Find Anywhere     RC 61103
by Laura C. Martin
read by Barbara Pinolini
1 cassette
Sixty-five craft projects are grouped by the materials for making them: vines, twigs, cones, and moss; gourds, pods, husks, and seeds; clay, stones, sand, and shells; flowers and leaves. Includes collecting tips and instructions for making dyes, potato stamps, paste, glue, and clay. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2003.

Sholom’s Treasure: How Sholom Aleichem Became a Writer     RC 61118
by Erica Silverman
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Describes events from the childhood of Sholom Aleichem (1859–1916) showing his love for his father and his desire from an early age to write stories and make people laugh. For grades 2-4. 2005.

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success     RC 61182
by Sampson Davis and Rameck Hunt
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
Personal accounts of three childhood friends in Newark, New Jersey, who made a pact to finish high school, go to college, and attend medical school. Describes the power of their mutual support to help them overcome poverty and community violence and become role models for others. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Understanding the Holy Land: Answering Questions about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict     RC 61214
by Mitch Frank
read by Ken Kliban
1 cassette
Examines both sides of this long- standing conflict. Reviews competing historical claims to the same land as well as ethnic and religious aspects of the dispute. Discusses the PLO, intifada, the Oslo peace process, world reactions to Arab-Israeli problems, and reasons peace is so hard to achieve. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Walking the Bible: An Illustrated Journey for Kids through the Greatest Stories Ever Told     RC 61225
by Bruce Feiler
read by Lewis Grenville
1 cassette
In this children’s version of his bestselling book, the author takes the reader to locations mentioned in the Old Testament. As he tours the Middle East, Bruce Feiler recalls biblical stories relevant to each place visited. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.

Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine     RC 61255
by Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Ten case studies of "guinea pig scientists," people who have experimented on their own bodies to contribute to scientific knowledge. Describes their research conducted in a superheated room, in a lonely cave, inside a pressure chamber, and on a rocket-propelled sled. Discusses the experiments’ significance. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Before Columbus: The Leif Eriksson Expedition     RC 61261
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
read by Don Feldheim
1 cassette
Biography of Leif Eriksson, son of Norseman Erik the Red. Describes his boyhood in Greenland, his year in King Olaf’s court in Norway, and his expedition—five hundred years before Christopher Columbus’s famous journey—during which he led a group of Vikings to the shores of North America. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Life under the Taliban     RC 61398
by Gail B. Stewart
read by Ken Kliban
1 cassette
Describes Afghanistan’s history, the late-1980s post-Soviet rise of the Taliban—a student group trained in military arts and rigid Islamic fundamentalism—and conditions under its rule. Examines U.S. retaliation against the Taliban for harboring masterminds of the September 11, 2001, terrorism, and the regime’s fall. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2005.

Rain     RC 61474
by Marion Dane Bauer
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
Explains water’s cloud-to-rain-to- cloud cycle and the use of rain by birds, plants, and people. Features a list of facts about rain. For grades K-3. 2004.

Once upon a Poem: Favorite Poems That Tell Stories     RC 61689
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
Fifteen story-poems including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s "Paul Revere’s Ride," Lewis Carroll’s "Jabberwocky," Alfred Noyes’s "The Highwayman," Roald Dahl’s "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and Robert Service’s "The Cremation of Sam McGee." Features biographical notes on the poets and the writers who introduce them. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.

Mitzvah Magic: What Kids Can Do to Change the World     RC 61698
by Danny Siegel
read by Lewis Grenville
1 cassette
Accounts of young people whose good deeds improved life for someone else, their community, and the world. Each chapter ends with suggested projects that can make similar differences. Based on the traditional Jewish concept of "mitzvah," performing personal acts of kindness. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2002.

Cassettes Fiction

The Warriors     RC 58848
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Jake Forrest reluctantly leaves an Iroquois reservation to join his mother in Maryland. He attends a boys’ prep school where he excels in lacrosse but feels like an outsider until a tragedy enables him to teach the spirituality behind the sport. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2003.

Dragon Rider     RC 59464
by Cornelia Funke
read by Steve Douglas-Craig
2 cassettes
Brave young dragon Firedrake, his brownie companion Sorrel, and human boy Ben are on a quest to find the Rim of the World, where magical creatures live peacefully and safely. Their journey toward the Himalayas abounds with adventures as an enemy pursues them. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Millions     RC 60063
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Anthony yearns to be rich. When his brother, Damian, finds a big bag stuffed with money, Anthony wants to spend it before England switches currency. Damian, enamored with Catholic saints, prefers to give it to the poor. Neither realizes robbers are pursuing the loot. For grades 4-7. 2004.

No Time like Show Time: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure     RC 60261
by Michael Hoeye
read by Bruce Nelson
2 cassettes
Watchmaker mouse Hermux Tantamoq enters the exciting and somewhat shady world of show business to investigate a mysterious blackmailer at the Varmint Theater. Sequel to The Sands of Time (RC 56171). For grades 6-9. 2004.

Sister to the Wolf     RC 60448
by Maxine Trottier
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Québec, 1700s. Teenager Cécile’s fate becomes linked to Lesharo’s when she purchases the Pawnee slave to offer him freedom. Their bond strengthens as they travel west with her woodsman father to Fort Détroit, where Cécile risks her own life to rescue Lesharo. For grades 6-9. 2004.

Bound     RC 60565
by Donna Jo Napoli
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
Since her father’s death, Xing Xing is treated like a servant by her stepmother and pitiable half sister, who undergoes painful foot binding to be more marriageable. Xing Xing’s trip to help her sister changes her own fate. Based on Chinese Cinderella stories. For grades 6-9. 2004.

A Week in the Woods     RC 60652
by Andrew Clements
read by Nick Sullivan
1 cassette
Fifth-grader Mark Robert Chelmsley, a spoiled rich kid, is not interested in fitting in at his new school in New Hampshire. When the science class camping trip to a national park with antagonistic teacher Mr. Maxwell takes a bad turn, all of Mark’s survival skills are tested. For grades 4-7. 2002.

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid     RC 60667
by Megan McDonald
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
The second-grade class is preparing to celebrate Presidents’ Day. The smallest boy in the room, James Moody, learns all about the shortest United States president, James Madison. James Moody, known as Stink, is also the brother of Judy Moody (RC 59948). For grades 2-4. 2005.

The Scarecrow and His Servant     RC 60731
by Philip Pullman
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
A brought-to-life scarecrow and his boy servant Jack set off to stake a claim to valuable Spring Valley. On their pilgrimage they confront actors, brigands, soldiers, birds, a broom, and a mystic as they try to outwit the crooked Buffaloni family. For grades 5-8. 2004.

A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray     RC 60787
by Ann M. Martin
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story. After being orphaned, she and her brother Bone faced humans both gentle and brutal, other animals, changing seasons, and busy highways. Now separated from Bone, Squirrel must fend for herself. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Book without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic     RC 60813
by Avi
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
England, 1046. The Book without Words appears to have blank pages, but to a green-eyed reader it reveals dark magic of alchemy and immortality. When a green-eyed eighty-six-year-old man dies trying out the formulas, the fates of his thirteen-year-old servant girl and talking raven change dramatically. For grades 5-8. 2005.

When the Circus Came to Town     RC 60844
by Laurence Yep
read by Victoria Gordon
1 cassette
Montana stagecoach station, about 1900. Ten-year-old Ursula catches smallpox that leaves her face so badly scarred she hides away. Ah Sam, the cook, and a Chinese New Year celebration help Ursula to regain her confidence. For grades 3-6. 2002.

The Game of Silence     RC 61109
by Louise Erdrich
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
In this continuation of Omakayas’s story from The Birchbark House (RC 48991), she is nine years old. The rhythms of her Ojibwe life are interrupted when the white people insist that the Ojibwe leave their Lake Superior island home and move west. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Marvelous Land of Oz     RC 61110
by L. Frank Baum
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
In this sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (RC 51047), the Scarecrow is driven from the throne of Oz. Glinda the Good Witch reveals that the true heir to the throne is Princess Ozma, now under the spell of the evil sorceress, Mombi. For grades 4-7. 1904.

The Big Nothing     RC 61111
by Adrian Fogelin
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Justin Riggs feels abandoned by his friends, his parents, and his older brother Duane. He also struggles with his weight. At the height of his discouragement, Justin discovers the piano and his dream girl Jemmie teaches him to read music. Companion to Crossing Jordan (RC 54577). For grades 5-8. 2004.

The Artsy Smartsy Club: A Hoboken Chicken Story     RC 61114
by Daniel Pinkwater
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
While taking a walk one summer day in Hoboken, three bored friends toss marshmallows to their giant chicken, Henrietta. A colorful chalk drawing of Henrietta they see on the sidewalk inspires them to discover the art world. Sequel to Looking for Bobowicz (RC 59252). For grades 3-6. 2005.

Gentle’s Holler     RC 61144
by Kerry Madden
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina; 1960s. Livy Two worries that love and music cannot feed a family of ten, especially since her father has no steady job, her sister Gentle is probably blind, and her mother keeps having babies. Then her bossy grandmother pays a visit. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Our Secret, Siri Aang     RC 61145
by Cristina Kessler
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
While gathering wood for her Maasai family, Namelok observes a black rhinoceros giving birth and names the baby Siri Aang—Our Secret. Protecting the rhinos from poachers takes priority for Namelok over her coming-of-age ceremony and leads to a confrontation with her father. For grades 6-9. 2004.

The Vacation     RC 61172
by Polly Horvath
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
When his parents go to Africa to work as missionaries, twelve-year-old Henry spends the summer with his eccentric aunts. They embark on a car trip with no fixed destination but plenty of haphazard adventures that change Henry’s perception of life. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Permanent Rose     RC 61209
by Hilary McKay
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
At the end of a steamy English summer, Rose, the youngest member of the artistic Casson family, still longs to locate her American friend Tom. Other problems—Caddy’s half-hearted engagement and David’s new friendliness—vie for her attention. Sequel to Indigo’s Star (RC 59536). For grades 4-7. 2005.

Wizard’s Holiday     RC 61210
by Diane Duane
read by Barbara Caruso
3 cassettes
Hoping for a vacation, teenage wizards Nita and Kit travel to a distant planet on an exchange program. They encounter their nemesis, the evil unpredictable Lone Power. Meanwhile Nita’s sister and their father host three young alien wizards on Earth. Sequel to Wizard Alone (RC 56616). For grades 5-8. 2003.

Meet the Gecko: Shredderman, Book 3     RC 61239
by Wendelin Van Draanen
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
On Nolan Byrd’s eleventh birthday, his father takes him to meet his favorite young television star Chase Morton, the Gecko. Nolan helps his new friend by using his Shredderman web site to expose a sleazy photographer who makes Chase’s life miserable. For grades 3-6. 2005.

Gooney Bird and the Room Mother     RC 61256
by Lois Lowry
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
In November, Gooney Bird’s second-grade class begins work on their Thanksgiving pageant, but they still don’t have a room mother to provide refreshments. Sequel to Gooney Bird Greene (RC 60725). For grades 2-4. 2005.

Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors: Children of the Red King, Book 4     RC 61262
by Jenny Nimmo
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Following Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy (RC 59425) Charlie and his friends and enemies return to Bloor’s Academy, where many students and teachers have magical abilities. An evil couple adopts Billy Raven, so Charlie tries to save Billy while searching for his own father. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Molly Moon Stops the World     RC 61292
by Georgia Byng
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Believing that they are going to Los Angeles to stop an evil plot by billionaire Primo Cell, Molly Moon and her friend Rocky, orphans with unusual hypnotic powers, find themselves in danger from an unsuspected source. Sequel to Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism (RC 60584). For grades 4-7. 2003.

After the Rain: Virginia’s Civil War Diary, Book 2     RC 61351
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Ten-year-old Virginia writes in her diary about her family’s experiences while they live in Washington, D.C., from 1864 to 1865. During this time the Civil War ends and President Lincoln is assassinated. For grades 3-6. 2001.

Shadows on the Sea     RC 61358
by Joan Hiatt Harlow
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Fourteen-year-old Jill Winters spends the summer of 1942 with her grandmother on the coast of Maine. Rumors and gossip abound in their small town and Jill doesn’t know whom to trust. She discovers that World War II is closer than she thought. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Hoggee     RC 61365
by Anna Myers
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
New York State, 1800s. Teenager Howard Gardner is a hoggee, or mule-driver, on the Erie Canal, but he wants to be more. When he helps a deaf girl learn sign language and teaches her sister to read, he renews his own determination to obtain more schooling. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery     RC 61373
by Peter Abrahams
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Going to soccer practice, thirteen-year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill encounters local oddball "Cracked-Up Katie." Later that evening someone kills Katie. Observing details, just as Ingrid’s hero Sherlock Holmes does, helps her investigate the murder case in her hometown of Echo Falls. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Abner and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure     RC 61382
by Dan Gutman
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Joe uses baseball cards to travel through time. To ask Abner Doubleday whether he invented baseball, Joe and his mother go back to 1863. They find themselves in the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg, helping out in a field hospital. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2005.

No Small Thing     RC 61383
by Natale Ghent
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
An ad for a free pony brightens prospects for twelve-year-old Nat, his fourteen-year-old sister Cid, and eight-year-old Queenie. The joy they take in caring for Smokey helps the children cope with the hardships they and their mother have faced since their father abandoned them. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Wolf Brother: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Book 1     RC 61419
by Michelle Paver
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Six thousand years ago, twelve-year-old Torak and his guide, a wolf cub, go on a dangerous journey to fulfill an oath the boy made to his dying father—to travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit and destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans. For grades 5-8. 2004.

A Time to Dance: Virginia’s Civil War Diary, Book 3     RC 61501
by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
1865. Virginia records daily events in her family’s new life in New York City after the Civil War. She describes her musician father’s difficulty in finding a job and her own happiness in discovering the theater world. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Whittington     RC 61516
by Alan Armstrong
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
In this tale of talking barnyard animals, a feline descendent of Dick Whittington’s cat relates his ancestor’s legend. He further endears himself to the group by ridding the barn of rats. Meanwhile the animals encourage Abby to teach her dyslexic brother, Ben, to read. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Liberation of Gabriel King     RC 61537
by K.L. Going
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Georgia, 1976. Gabe is afraid of everything, especially moving up to fifth grade with middle school bullies Duke and Frankie. His best friend Frita’s summer plan is to list and conquer fears—her biggest one is the Ku Klux Klan—but they’ll start with spiders. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Cantos de Viday Esperanza/Songs of Life and Hope     RC 60594
por Rubén Darío
leído por Peter Gil
2 cassettes
Edición bilingüe de la poesía más importante del famoso poeta nicaragüen se, fundador del modernismo español. Incluye una introducción en inglés sobre la vida y obra de Darío tanto como los poemas en español con traducción en inglés. (The major works of the Nicaraguan poet considered to be a founder of the Spanish modernist move-ment. Includes an in-depth introduction to the life and work of Darío in English and his poems in the original Spanish with English translations.) 2004.

Un Tesoro de Rimas Infantiles/Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury     RC 60627
por Alma Flor Ada y F. Isabel Campoy
leído por Jacinda Bronaugh
1 cassette
Presentan canciones, nanas, juegos con los dedos, advinanzas y otros versos para niños. Incluye una introducción en inglés y los versos en español e inglés. Para niños preescolares hasta segundo grado. (A sampler of traditional Spanish lullabies, finger plays, nursery and jump-rope rhymes, riddles, and songs. For preschool-grade 2.) 2004.

Historia Viva (Living History)     RC 60983
por Hillary Rodham Clinton
leído por Maria Pino
6 cassettes
La primera dama de la Casa Blanca durante la presidencia de Bill Clinton, presenta sus memorias de esos ochos años. Admite que esa epoca era para ella una prueba para sus creencias, para su matrimonio, y para la nación. Habla de cómo ella y su esposo tenían que disputar la oposición política, soportar los reclamos legales, sufrir tragedias personales, y al fin enfrentarse con los escándalos que culminaron en el caso de Monica Lewinsky. (Former first lady’s memoir of eight years in the White House that, she says, "tested my faith and political beliefs, my marriage and our nation’s Constitution." Discusses how she and President Clinton faced political opposition, legal challenges, personal tragedies, and the scandal of the Monica Lewinsky case.). 2003.

Los Años con Laura Díaz (The Years with Laura Díaz)     RC 60987
por Carlos Fuentes
leído por Luis Alfonso Omana
5 cassettes
Nacida en 1898, Laura crece con el nuevo siglo, mezclándose su vida personal con la historia turbulento de México. Entre sus amigos se cuentan Frida Kahlo y el famoso muralista Diego Rivera quien retrata la imagen de Laura como símbolo de la historia mexicana del siglo XX. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de índole sexual. (Born in 1898, Laura grows up with the new century, her personal story intermingled with the turbulent history of Mexico. Among her friends she numbers Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, who paints her image into one of his murals. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.) 1999.

La Amigdalitis de Tarzán (Tarzan’s Tonsilitis)     RC 60989
por Alfredo Bryce Echenique
leído por Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Los amantes Juan Manuel y Fernanda María se encuentran separados por los avatares de la vida. Pero, através de los océanos y continentes que los separan, desarrollan un amor intenso por las cartas que se escriben durante muchos años. Hasta que, un día, Fernanda pierda todas las cartas de Juan. Contiene lenguaje injurioso. (Circumstances conspire to keep Juan Manuel and Fernanda María apart across oceans and continents, but the two lovers develop an intense relationship through the letters they write to each other over many years. Then one day Fernanda loses all of Juan’s letters. Some strong language.). 1999.

Pedro Páramo y El Llano en Llamas (Pedro Páramo and The Burning Plains)     RC 60990
por Juan Rulfo
leído por Peter Pereya
2 cassettes
Presenta la obra fundamental del famoso autor mexicano. Incluye Pedro Páramo, novela surealista acerca de Comala, un pueblo atormentado por los espíritus de los muertos, y El Llano en Llamas, una colección de diecisiete cuentos que pintan el mundo violento y primitivo del campesino mexicano. (The classic fiction of the Mexican author. Includes Pedro Páramo, a sur- realistic novella about a town populated by tormented spirits of the dead, and El Llano en Llamas, a collection of seventeen short stories set in the stark, primitive world of the Mexican peasant.) 1953.

Desesperada (Unsettling)     RC 60991
por Lynda Sandoval
leído por Maria Pino
3 cassettes
Por fin, Lucy Olivera se casa. Pero queda muy preocupada por la superstición familiar que predice que su matrimonio está predestinado a fracasar. Sus tres amigas están decididas que Lucy llegue al altar y disfrute de un matrimonio duradero, pero lo que encuentran todas no es lo que se esperaban. (At last Denver drug cop Lucy Olivera is getting married. But she fears the family curse that dooms her marriage to end in divorce. Her three closest friends are determined to help her find marital bliss, but they all get more than they bargained for.) 2005.

Esperanza (The House on Hope Street)     RC 61000
por Danielle Steel
leído por Maria Pino
2 cassettes
Liz y Jack Sutherland gozan de bastante éxito como abogados de divorcio y viven cerca de San Francisco en un hogar feliz con cinco hijos. Pero Jack es asesinado por el marido despechado de una clienta en proceso de divorcio. Y poco a poco la familia Sutherland aprende a soportar la trágica pérdida, hasta que un día un accidente casi fatal trae a otro hombre en la vida de la familia. Algunas descripciones de violencia. (California divorce lawyers Liz and Jack Sutherland have five children and an idyllic marriage. But after Jack is killed by the deranged husband of a client, the family gradually learns to cope without him. Then an accident brings a new person into their lives. Some strong language.) 2005.

Diana o la Cazadora Solitaria (Diana: The Goddess Who Hunts Alone)     RC 61004
por Carlos Fuentes
leído por Juan Ramirez
2 cassettes
Novela que se basa en el amor entre una actriz norteamericana y un escritor mexicano que vivían la pasión e idealismo de la nueva generación de los años sesenta. Pero es una época de trastornos políticos y sociales, y al fin el amor entre los dos acaba trágicamente cuando el gobierno ataca la fama de la mujer. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de índole sexual. (A fictionalized account of a Mexican writer’s love affair with an American film actress in 1970, a time of social and political turmoil. Their passionate interlude ends tragically with the woman’s suicide when her reputation is ruined by government slander. Descriptions of sex and strong language.) 1994.

La Caverna (The Cave)     RC 61005
por José Saramago
leído por Maria Pino
3 cassettes
Un gran centro comercial ya no necesita las ollas de una pequeña alfarería, y ahora el viejo alfarero, Cipriano Algor, trata de vender figurinas cerámicas. Aunque le soportan su hija, un nuevo amor, y un perro vagabundo, Cipriano ve la inminente extinción de su modo de vivir—hasta que descubren una caverna debajo del centro comercial que les transformará la vida. El autor es ganador del Premio Nobel de 1998. (A commercial center no longer needs the pottery jugs of elderly widower Cipri- ano Algor, who now creates figurines instead. His daughter, a new love, and a stray dog help him cope with imminent retirement—until a haunting underground discovery is made. By winner of 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.) 2000.

El Capitán Alatriste: Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste, Volumen 1 (Captain Alatriste: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, Volume 1)     RC 61006
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte y Carlota Pérez-Reverte
leído por Peter Gil
2 cassettes
Madrid, España; la segunda década del siglo XVII. El espadachín a sueldo Diego Alatriste es empleado para robar a dos viajeros ingleses a medianoche. Pero ahora el Padre Bocanegra de la Inquisición le manda a Alatriste que mate a los dos. Sin embargo, los viajeros son hidalgos importantes y Alatriste se halla enredado en una peligrosa intriga política. Lenguaje injurioso y algunas descripciones de violencia. (Madrid, Spain; 1620s. Swordsman Diego Alatriste is hired to stage a midnight robbery of two Englishmen. But Father Bocanegra of the Spanish Inquisition tells him to kill the gentlemen. Because these aren’t ordinary travelers, Alatriste becomes involved in a maze of intrigue. Strong language and some violence.) 1996.

Cabo Trafalgar: Un Relato Naval (Cape Trafalgar: A Naval Story)     RC 61007
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte
leído por Maria Pino
2 cassettes
Novela histórica de la famosa batalla naval que se libró a principios del siglo XIX. Sigue la acción desde el punto de vista de los marineros franceses y españoles que lucharon contra la flota británica de Lord Nelson. Basada minuciosamente en los incidentes reales, pinta la sangrienta orden de batalla y la relación de los barcos y los hombres que lucharon. Contiene lenguaje injurioso. (Historical novel of the early-nineteenth-century naval battle of Trafalgar from the point of view of the French and Spanish sailors who fought against Lord Nelson’s British fleet. Depicts the bloody order of battle and the ships and men involved. Strong language.) 2004.

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