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January and February 2008

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, August/September 2007, volume 3, issue 8

Production of digital cartridge approaches

Step by step, each piece of the digital system is coming to fruition for patrons. One area of major progress is the cartridge, which will house the digital book. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, has finalized the cartridge design and is currently preparing to contract for production. To some, designing a cartridge is a seemingly mundane manufacturing process. But designing a cartridge for blind and physically handicapped patrons is no easy task, as it requires truly unique design and testing methods. In fact, products for NLS patrons typically undergo more rigorous usability testing than most commercial consumer products.

The production plan

Cartridge production is a multiphase process. Developers approach each stage of production with a strong dedication to meeting patron’s needs for the cartridge. The first step is to finalize its interior design. While the cartridge’s functional requirements have been determined, some internal components—such as circuitry and software—will be defined by the manufacturer. Once the internal components are designed, the manufacturer will build cartridge prototypes. The prototypes will then undergo testing to ensure they meet NLS specifications and that they function properly. Next the manufacturer will develop production line tooling—the metal mold that plastic is poured into to form the cartridge’s casing.

Before full production begins, the manufacturer will conduct verification tests on prototypes. These tests will evaluate whether the cartridge meets requirements for mechanical tolerance, electrical specifications, and the Federal Communication Commission’s requirements for electromagnetic compatibility. These evaluations ensure that each aspect of the device performs optimally for patrons that will use it. Testing will also assess whether books can be recorded to the cartridge at a predetermined speed, which will be evaluated again while titles are actually duplicated onto cartridges. This helps assure that the books read properly. Additionally the cartridge must be able to rerecord a minimum number of times and meet durability requirements, which specify the number of times it should withstand insertion into the player. These steps will help ensure that the cartridge meets patrons’ needs.

Full production of the cartridge is slated to begin in the spring of 2008. NLS anticipates producing 17,500 cartridges in the initial run and between one to two million cartridges each year into the future. Libraries within the NLS network, as well as other organizations, will be able to buy blank cartridges to record local or specialty books for their readers. Blank cartridges will be available once full production starts.

Benefits for patrons

A lot of care went into designing a cartridge that would be fully accessible to patrons. The cartridge was designed to be easily inserted into the player, especially for readers with reduced dexterity. It has beveled edges as well as a large finger hole in the corner which will make it easier to grip and load into the player. Its wedge design allows it to be inserted into the player in only one direction. It was also important to NLS that all users found the cartridge’s label readable. For that reason, the label includes both braille and large-print characters.

The cartridge has many other benefits that will enhance patrons’ reading experience. It will deliver crisper, clearer audio quality. One cartridge will hold most titles, which adds extra convenience to the reading experience. The cartridge also plays through on one side; there’s no need to flip the cartridge like one would with a cassette tape. Readers will also enjoy the cartridge’s improved navigation features. Once inserted into an advanced player, the cartridge has markers that will track exactly where patrons are in the book, allowing the patron to pick up right where he or she left off.

The cartridge’s compact design also offers users greater portability. Unlike bulky cassettes, the cartridge is about the size of a credit card. The device will also be more reliable, since it has no moving parts to risk breaking and repairing. Unlike cassettes, it also has no tapes to tangle.

Patrons will find the cartridge to be extremely durable. To ensure the cartridges hold up to patron use and transit, they were subjected to intense durability testing. Cartridges were exposed to extreme temperatures to confirm they would not melt, freeze, crack, or become unusable. They were also dropped from varying heights onto different surfaces to verify they would not break, chip, or scratch.

The cartridge will also serve patrons longer. Since flash memory is rewritable, the cartridge can be reused many times to load new books onto it. This capability makes it very cost efficient for libraries as well.

Patrons will enjoy the flexibility the digital book has to offer. Using a USB flash drive, users will be able to download books onto their personal computers. They can essentially build a library of their favorite titles.

All of the digital system’s features will empower patrons and take their reading experience to the next level. Patrons will ultimately get more out of the talking-book program than ever before.

A look back

The journey to produce a cartridge beneficial to all users was a long one, but essential in delivering an optimal result. Considerable time was spent to systematically design, develop, and test all the cartridge’s features. The process started with a series of user-needs tests to reveal the qualities and features patrons desired most in a digital talking-book medium. User-needs tests were followed by a series of usability tests to refine cartridge models and prototypes and to test the functionality of the device. Most notably, the preliminary design review conducted in June 2006 tested the cartridge’s usability, portability, and durability. The design review team examined the ease of handling and inserting the cartridge. It also reviewed the adequacy of its large-print and braille labeling.

The next stage in the development process was to produce functional prototypes. These also went through usability testing in September 2006. Patrons validated the cartridge’s design through numerous tests under real-world reading scenarios in homes, libraries, and retirement centers. Further usability testing was conducted in February 2007. This past spring, the cartridge’s technical specifications were finalized during engineering design review and critical design review.

While the digital transition has been a lengthy process, patrons can be sure that the product will be worth the wait.

Flash, October 2007, volume 3, issue 9

Library of Congress expands digital download pilot

The digital download project, launched in October 2006, has evolved well beyond the hopes of its architects. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, recently expanded the download project’s scope, allowing more patrons to participate in downloading and reading digital talking books and offering those patrons improved services. The project has also shifted its focus from testing the usability of digital audiobooks to now concentrating on optimizing the functionality of the download web site. As the download project improves, so too will the capabilities offered by the download project when it officially launches in late 2008.

This effort is the second stage in a three-phase process to implement a digital system. The first stage involves replicating the current program with mail order digital books. This is followed by finalizing the digital download project, which is a new feature of the NLS program. The third stage is focused on duplication-on-demand, whereby digital titles are produced when requested by users. Cartridges are recycled during this process, making it a very cost efficient mode.

"More patrons now have a voice in shaping the digital download program. We will utilize patron comments and the lessons learned during this experimental effort to build a robust download program," said NLS research and development officer Neil Bernstein.

Patron comments are essential to improving the download program, which is why NLS recently relaxed the pilot’s enrollment requirements. To date six hundred patrons participate. Patrons enrolling in the program must be active readers in good standing, have access to a commercially available digital player compatible with NLS materials, have an e-mail address, and have access to a high-speed Internet connection.

Interested eligible patrons must fill out an online application at www.nlstalkingbooks.org/dtb. Once NLS confirms their eligibility, patrons may set up a username and password and learn how to download digital books. The player’s manufacturer will also be notified to provide the patrons with the authorization key to activate their players. When these steps are completed, patrons will be able to download a title from NLS’s download site to their computers, and from their computers to commercial flash cards, which can then be inserted into the players for reading.

Pilot improvements

The download program offers patrons instant access to more titles than ever before. The download collection has grown to more than seven thousand books and thirteen magazines and includes children’s titles and Spanish-language books. NLS recently added books converted from analog tape masters, whereas before the site only featured materials originally recorded in digital format. Larger books are also offered.

On August 31, NLS revamped the existing download web site. The robust new venue offers patrons more features to improve their digital download experience. Users can set their preferences, such as e-mail addresses or passwords, password recovery features, and the number of search results displayed. An intelligent web site, it automatically recognizes newly posted materials and makes these available to patrons. It also offers technical support.

The web site embodies various administrative functions used by NLS staff who manage the project. These functions are not accessible to patrons. For example, the web site will generate and e-mail circulation statistics to libraries on a monthly basis. The statistics, specific to each library, will include the monthly total of patrons who are using the download program as well as a breakdown of the numbers of downloaded books and magazines. Libraries may also access download circulation figures.

The site shares information among libraries, NLS, and third-party hardware vendors.
NLS employees, with the help of this interactive web site, process applications, send authorization e-mails to new enrollees, and notify the network when they are approved to participate. NLS also notifies the digital player distributor to activate the patron’s player.

While the web site has improved, it is still a work in progress. It will be enhanced continually until the final web site is launched in late 2008. Patron input is crucial at this stage. The first improvement will be to add page numbers to each page of search listings. Rather than listing search results in one continuous page, patrons will jump from page to page. Users will also have the option of receiving automatic daily or weekly notifications of new titles added to the site. Eventually the site will offer access to all NLS digital resources, such as Web-Braille.

Patrons enjoy independence

Participant input on the digital download project is overwhelmingly positive. Though patrons are no longer required to complete a survey for each title they read, they continue to be very vocal on the web site’s message board and in e-mails to NLS. Because the digital project is no longer focused on evaluating the usability of digital books and players, input now relates to the operation and content of the download web site.

Patrons praise both the download concept as well as its web site. They enjoy the instant access to titles, and find downloading titles more convenient than mail order. The scope and range of choice is also significant: one participant remarked, "I feel as though I am in a library for the first time in my life."

Other participants praised the detail and care that went into developing an accessible web site: "My compliments to all of you involved in this project. The site is well organized and easy to use. Obviously thought has been given to the bandwidth required for a site of this nature. This project will be a great boon to many of us."

Patrons also value the sense of independence and connection afforded by downloadable reading. One participant considers the downloadable book to be "a revolutionary opportunity… to those of us wanting to be current on the news, needing the same extensive level of information to live life independently and successfully as sighted folks do."

According to Bernstein, one of the greatest benefits of the talking-book program, and especially the download initiative, is empowerment. "That’s what we do at NLS, we promote patrons’ ability to serve themselves," said Bernstein.

Digital Talking Book (DTB) Milestones

Completed
In process

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

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. 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 us by contacting committee members or your cooperating braille or talking-book library with your suggestions. The group will meet again at NLS on May 21–23, 2008.

Representatives from consumer organizations:
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Cindy Van Winkle
6686 Capricorn Lane, N.E.
Bremerton, WA 98311
cindy.vw@msn.com
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.
Randy Pierce
109 E. Glenwood Street
Nashua, NH 03060
alaric02@sprynet.com
Southern Region--includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Virgin Islands.
Lula M. Brooks
723 Egret Bluff Lane
Jacksonville, FL 32211
jerryr@coj.net
(Write "For Lula Brooks" in subject line.)
Western Region--includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Donna Ryan
1237 W. Granite Street
Butte, MT 59701
cliffhouse@in-tch.com
Librarians:
Midlands
René Perrance
Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
388 SE 6th Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021-6340
(507) 333-4828; fax (507) 333-4832
rene.perrance@state.mn.us
Northern
Carol A. Taylor
Connecticut State Library
Library for the Blind and Handicapped
198 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 721-2020; fax (860) 721-2056
lbph@cslib.org
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/Young Adult
Rachel Gould
Braille and Talking Book Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472-2790
(617) 972-7240; fax (617) 972-7363
rachel.gould@perkins.org

Magazine of the Month selections for 2008

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:

Backwoodsman, Blue & Gray Magazine: For Those Who Still Hear the Guns, Body & Soul, Dirty Linen, Dissent, Essence, Harper’s, Naval History, Runner’s World, Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason, Smart Money, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Young Adult Magazine of the Month
Alternates:

American Songwriter, Cosmo Girl, E: The Environmental Magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Grit: American Life and Traditions, Gumbo: A Magazine of the Arts, Horse & Rider, Latina Style: A National Magazine for the Contemporary Hispanic Woman, Motor Trend, Predator Xtreme, Teen Ink, Vibe

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Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

Reflections: The Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Post-Revolutionary France      RC 57874
by Thérèse-Adèle Husson
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Essay written in 1825 by twenty-two-year-old woman hoping to gain admittance to a Paris hospital that provided aid to blind people. Addressed to the institution’s director, Husson’s personal account affords insight into blind people’s lives and reveals growing solidarity in their advocacy for education and independence. 2001.

Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, One Hundred Years of Music, Machines, and Money      RC 58582
by Mark Coleman
read by Eric Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
New York City journalist examines the recording industry from the start in the 1900s to 2004. Describes its growth, personalities, and intrigues as it evolved from Edison’s cylinder to twenty-first-century technology and musical format. Explores the quagmire of computer-based advancements that have prompted numerous legal battles. 2003.

The Power of a Positive Teen      RC 60940
by Grace Ladd, Joy Ladd, and Karol Ladd
read by Miriam Wagner
2 cassettes
A Christian mother and her two daughters turn to the Scriptures for guidance on growing up. Focusing on principles of confidence, responsibility, relationships, faith, attitude, courage, and integrity they demonstrate ways teens can make positive choices in their lives. Includes Bible passages. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Lone Star Literature: From the Red River to the Rio Grande      RC 61228
edited by Don Graham
read by L.J. Ganser
5 cassettes
Anthology of short pieces representing the diversity, scope, and complexity of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Texas. Includes over sixty essays, stories, excerpts, and memoirs by writers such as Elmer Kelton, Molly Ivins, and O. Henry. Foreword by Lonesome Dove (RC 22959) author Larry McMurtry. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape      RC 61426
by Peirce F. Lewis
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Study in historical geography surveys New Orleans, Louisiana, from its origins as a 1700s European town to its evolution as a modern metropolis. Includes both the first, 1976 edition, which discusses the city’s unique environmental challenges, and a 2003 revision, which chronicles later transformations in culture, architecture, and politics. 2003.

Patches of Godlight: Father Tim’s Favorite Quotes      RC 61575
compiled by Jan Karon
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Collection of favorite quotes and passages that have a special meaning for fictional Father Tim. They are drawn from the works of poets, humorists, clerics, philosophers, and others. Companion to A Continual Feast (RC 62403). 2001.

Helen Keller: Selected Writings      RC 61696
edited by Kim E. Nielsen
read by Isabel Keating
3 cassettes
Collection of letters, articles, speeches, and book excerpts written throughout Keller’s life. Arranged chronologically, the writings express Keller’s love for the written word, explain her book writing process, and demonstrate her interest in social, political, and theological issues. Companion to The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (RC 57987). 2005.

The Sword of the Prophet: Islam; History, Theology, Impact on the World      RC 61980
by Serge Trifkovic
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Journalist contends Islam is not "a religion of peace" but one of "violence and cruelty." Analyzes Islamic theology and practice set forth by teachings of the prophet Muhammad (born circa 570) and the Koran to demonstrate the historical roots of jihad and Islamic militancy. Foreword by Ambassador James Bissett. 2002.

The Three-Hour Diet: How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Thin      RC 62004
by Jorge Cruise
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Author of Eight Minutes in the Morning (RC 55750) tells how to lose up to two pounds per week without counting calories or sacrificing carbohydrates. Explains the theory of the body’s "starvation protection mechanism" and ways to defeat it. Includes exercise tips, recipes, and testimonials. 2005.

Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990–2003; Americans and the California Dream      RC 62009
by Kevin Starr
read by Jeremy Gage
6 cassettes
University of Southern California professor continues his series on California’s history, chronicling the trends of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Discusses gangs, urban growth, budget crises, gay culture, environmental disasters, immigration, and the dot-com phenomenon. 2004.

A Hungry Heart: A Memoir      RC 62034
by Gordon Parks
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes
African-American artist Parks (1912–2006) continues reminiscing about his life since Voices in the Mirror (RC 33413). Chronicles his career path that includes work as a fashion photographer, photojournalist, author, film director, and composer. Discusses his several marriages and numerous children. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions      RC 62036
by Rick Moody
read by Lewis Grenville
3 cassettes
Award-winning author of Garden State (RC 38568) and Demonology (RC 52304) recalls his descent into clinical depression. He explores his paternal heritage, seeking genetic clues to the origins of his illness and traces of a troubled presumptive ancestor said to have inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "The Minister’s Black Veil." Some strong language. 2002.

Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin      RC 62047
by John Hope Franklin
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes
African American historian and professor (born 1915) recounts his life—his childhood in segregated Oklahoma, education at Fisk and Harvard, numerous positions in government service, and work in civil rights for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Some strong language. Hurston/Wright Legacy award. 2005.

New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City      RC 62097
by Andrei Codrescu
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Essays from a Romanian-born National Public Radio commentator about his adopted city of New Orleans. Includes some pieces written after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Describes the Big Easy and its inhabitants, food, cemeteries, eccentrics, neighborhoods, Mardi Gras, and crime. 2006.

The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America      RC 62119
by Gary B. Nash
read by Ralph Lowenstein
5 cassettes
Professor from UCLA contends that the American Revolution was actually a chaotic civil war and portrays the conflict through the eyes of common folk—immigrants, slaves, farmers, women, and natives. Depicts George Washington’s efforts to defeat the British-allied Iroquois and discusses the post-war plight of African Americans. 2005.

The Rosary: Prayer Comes Round      RC 62121
by Garry Wills
read by Peter Johnson
1 cassette
The author of Why I Am a Catholic (RC 54804) traces the history of the rosary as prayer beads and analyzes each of its elements including the four prayers and the mysteries associated with it. Discusses the biblical scriptures behind the rosary and the human need for contemplation. 2005.

Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England      RC 62232
by Alison Weir
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
British historian recounts the life of Isabella of France (1292–1358), who wed homosexual King Edward II of England when she was twelve. Chronicles how, after bearing four children, Isabella escaped to France, became the lover of exiled traitor Roger Mortimer, and successfully invaded England to overthrow her husband. 2005.

Mamaji      RC 62312
by Ved Mehta
read by Yolande Bavan
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Biographical portrait of the blind author’s high-caste Hindu mother and her circle of family, friends, and neighbors. Discusses the contrast between her background and that of the debonair, English-educated doctor she married, who loved her while regarding her religious practices as superstitions. Companion to Daddyji (RC 31252). 1979.

Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix      RC 62315
by Charles R. Cross
read by L.J. Ganser
3 cassettes
The author uses primary sources to depict the life of guitarist Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970). Describes his poverty-stricken childhood in Seattle, years on the "Chitlin’ Circuit," emergence on England’s music scene, success at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and death at age twenty-seven. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

A War like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War      RC 62318
by Victor Davis Hanson
read by George Holmes
4 cassettes
The author of Ripples of Battle (RC 58695) analyzes the twenty-seven-year-long Greek civil war that ended with Athens’s loss to Sparta in 404 B.C. Chronicles the conflict’s roots and its legacy, comparing it to twentieth-century wars. Details the savage battles, plague, famine, and sieges. 2005.

Good Poems for Hard Times      RC 62393
selected by Garrison Keillor
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Anthology of 185 poems by American and British poets from John Donne and William Blake to Carl Sandburg and Charles Simic. Selected by Keillor from works he recited on the public radio show The Writer’s Almanac. Companion to Good Poems (RC 57059). 2005.

A Continual Feast: Words of Comfort and Celebration, Collected by Father Tim      RC 62403
compiled by Jan Karon
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Words of wisdom, faith, and encouragement, as well as lively ideas, humor, commonsense advice, and more, that fictional Father Tim of Mitford has collected over the years from writers, philosophers, and the Bible. Companion to Patches of Godlight (RC 61575). 2005.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel      RC 62472
by Jane Smiley
read by Robert Blumenfeld
5 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning author examines the nature of the novel. Probes psychological, artistic, and moral aspects of writing, offers a novelist’s primer, and critiques one hundred books including Anna Karenina (RC 49499), Don Quixote (RC 57711), The Great Gatsby (RC 55714), and The Tale of Genji (RC 53582). 2005.

Blood on the Sea: American Destroyers Lost in World War II      RC 62488
by Robert Sinclair Parkin
read by Peter Ganim
4 cassettes
Descriptions of the seventy-one U.S. destroyers that were lost in World War II with eyewitness accounts of their final hours. Relates the ships’ launchings and namings, their tours of duty, and the causes of their destruction. 1995.

The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast      RC 62506
by Douglas Brinkley
read by Ted Stoddard
5 cassettes
Tulane history professor details a week in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Mississippi-Alabama Gulf coast. Highlights individual tales of heroism and rescues, describes the man-made faults that led to breached levees, and criticizes local and federal governments for failing to protect their citizens. Bestseller. 2006.

Mark Twain: A Life      RC 62510
by Ron Powers
read by Robert Sams
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Biography of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910), the writer from Missouri whose pen name was Mark Twain. Discusses his life on the Mississippi River during the golden age of steamboats and his newspaper career, courtship of Olivia Langdon, financial plights, novels and letters, and tours as a literary celebrity. 2005.

The Cold War: A New History      RC 62511
by John Lewis Gaddis
read by Alexander Strain
2 cassettes
Yale historian analyzes the power struggle that occurred between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1991 and its effect on world events. Uses archives from Eastern Europe, Russia, and China to describe the tension of nuclear armament and the leaders behind the weapons. 2005.

Financial Strategies for Today’s Widow: Coping with the Economic Challenges of Losing a Spouse      RC 62516
by David W. Latko
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Financial counselor’s guide to developing a lifelong security plan for widowed women of all ages. Provides matter-of-fact, reassuring advice on selling a home, establishing credit, handling taxes, choosing insurance, accessing assets, managing day-to-day expenses, avoiding scams, and more. 2003.

The Best American Recipes 2005–2006      RC 62553
edited by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Two cookbook editors along with a celebrity chef select more than one hundred recipes from a wide range of food writers and illustrious cooks. Choosing dishes for being tasty, intriguing, and easy to make, they include starters, soups, salads, brunches, main dishes, breads, desserts, and drinks. Recipes provide test kitchen notes. 2005.

Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different      RC 62558
by Gordon S. Wood
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Character studies of America’s founding fathers, including Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Radicalism of the American Revolution (RC 36630) contends that a generation of that caliber will never be replicated. Discusses the concept of "character" that defined these men. 2006.

Beyond Cholesterol: Seven Life-Saving Heart Disease Tests That Your Doctor May Not Give You      RC 62564
by Julius Torelli
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
A cardiologist, who has had a heart attack and who runs a clinic that offers conventional and holistic medicine, explains the condition of heart disease, its predictors, and seven tests that reveal problems. Includes information on medications and lifestyle changes to consider after learning test results. 2005.

ReadyMade: How to Make (Almost) Everything; a Do-It-Yourself Primer      RC 62571
by Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
ReadyMade magazine founders provide step-by-step instructions for more than thirty projects using recycled wood, paper, plastic, metal, glass, and fabric. Includes directions for a shopping bag rug, clothespin doormat, water bottle planter, hubcap fountain, coat hanger wine rack, and more. Lists necessary tools and estimated completion times. 2005.

Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?      RC 62585
by Michael Eric Dyson
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Professor rebuts Bill Cosby’s 2004 NAACP speech criticizing indigent African Americans. Dyson discusses racism, crime, family, education, self-identity, and other factors that may contribute to the actions of the poor and defends the culture of the lower classes. Some strong language. 2005.

Truth and Beauty: A Friendship      RC 62610
by Ann Patchett
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Author reminisces about her long-term friendship with Lucy Grealy, whom she met in college at Sarah Lawrence and who wrote Autobiography of a Face (RC 40052) describing her battle with facial cancer. Patchett describes their relationship until Grealy’s 2002 death from a heroin overdose. 2004.

The Woman at the Washington Zoo: Writings on Politics, Family, and Fate      RC 62649
by Marjorie Williams
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Posthumous essays from the Washington Post and Vanity Fair columnist Marjorie Williams (1958–2005). Contains observations of the powerful social and political movers and shakers of Washington, D.C. Includes a memoir of her cancer diagnosis. Introduction by her husband Timothy Noah. 2005.

President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination      RC 62702
by Richard Reeves
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
The author of President Nixon (RC 55252) and President Kennedy (RC 37423) uses archives and anecdotes to portray Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Covers the 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan’s life and his meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. Discusses Reagan’s management style and achievements, highlighting his determination and negotiation skills. 2005.

The One Percent Doctrine: Deep inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies since 9/11      RC 62715
by Ron Suskind
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Price of Loyalty (RC 57591) interviews former officials to describe U.S. counterterrorism efforts at the CIA, FBI, and NSA. Criticizes the George W. Bush administration’s policy of treating even the smallest threat as a reason for attack. Bestseller. 2006.

Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons      RC 62716
by Tim Russert
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Collection of letters Russert received after publication of a memoir about his father, Big Russ and Me (RC 58298). Includes correspondence from Americans recounting relationships with their fathers, along with Russert’s interviews and memories. Recalls generational differences and relates ways fathers have passed on wisdom to their children. Bestseller. 2006.

Raw Food Made Easy for One or Two People      RC 62722
by Jennifer Cornbleet
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Dozens of no-cook recipes using all-natural, unprocessed ingredients such as vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, and seeds to save time and maximize nutritional value. Offers suggestions for beverages, cereals, soups, sauces, entrées, desserts, and more. Includes raw food basics, sample menus, and tips on avoiding bad carbohydrates and fats. 2005.

Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences      RC 62729
by Susan Blackmore
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
Psychologist examines psychological, biological, and medical aspects of death and dying. Evaluates two theories behind near-death experiences (NDEs): the afterlife hypothesis, which contends NDEs are the soul’s glimpse of the afterlife, and the dying brain hypothesis, which posits that NDEs are chemical and physiological in origin. 1993.

Danica—Crossing the Line      RC 62730
by Danica Patrick
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Autobiography of a young woman who competes in the male-oriented sport of car racing. Patrick describes driving go-karts as a child, the ups and downs of her professional racecar career, and being named the 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. Foreword by Bobby Rahal. 2006.

Cooking with Convection      RC 62732
by Beatrice Ojakangas
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Recipes for convection ovens, which use a fan to circulate hot air around food to cook more evenly and in less time at lower temperatures than conventional ovens. Includes general cooking guidelines, useful tips, and more than 150 suggestions for appetizers, pizza, meat, poultry, shellfish, vegetables, breads, and desserts. 2005.

Women Who Risk: Profiles of Women in Extreme Sports      RC 62750
by Marilyn Olsen
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Eleven exceptional female athletes share sports experiences including inspirations, obstacles, and achievements. Provides practical information on training, expenses, and equipment. Profiles triathlete Heather Hedrick, surfer Jodie Nelson, and women in wakeboarding, auto racing, rock climbing, dogsledding, skydiving, mountain biking, and more. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru      RC 62751
by Michael E. Moseley
read by Lewis Grenville
3 cassettes
A general introduction to the history and civilization of the Incan Empire, based on archaeological evidence and research. Discusses the cultural practices of ancient Peru: mummification of the dead and other burial customs, Andean agriculture, Nazca line drawings, architecture, weaving, and ceramics. 2001.

The Places In Between      RC 62788
by Rory Stewart
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Afghanistan, 2002. Scotsman Rory Stewart recounts his solitary walk from Herat to Kabul, straight through the central mountains, after the fall of the Taliban. He recalls strangers’ hospitality, a dog’s companionship, and his adventures on the road. Comments on local history and customs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville      RC 62806
by Bernard-Henri Lévy
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
A French journalist, philosopher, and filmmaker relates a year spent exploring, observing, and analyzing the United States in the spirit of Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1835 journey described in Democracy in America (RC 61828). Lévy describes encounters with ordinary and illustrious citizens and visits to prisons, an Amish town, and other diverse places. 2006.

God Wants You to Roll: The $21 Million "Miracle Cars" Scam—How Two Boys Fleeced America’s Churchgoers      RC 62807
by John Phillips III
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Recounts the scheme of nineteen-year-old California security guards Robert Gomez and James Nichols, con artists who claimed to be heirs to millions and sold nonexistent automobiles to church congregations. Describes how they laundered money through casinos and led investors on for years until their 2003 conviction. Strong language. 2005.

Pressure Perfect: Two-Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker      RC 62809
by Lorna Sass
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Instructional guide and cookbook for using safe, modern pressure cookers. Highlights techniques for tenderizing meat and cooking different foods simultaneously. Offers more than two hundred recipes for soups, meat, poultry, fish, rice, risotto, pasta, beans, vegetables, desserts, and more. Includes timing charts, mail order sources, and a troubleshooting section. 2004.

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut      RC 62819
by Mike Mullane
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Autobiography of one of the first space shuttle astronauts. Mullane, a West Point graduate, aeronautical engineer, and Vietnam veteran, describes with humor and candor his selection process, training program, and space flight experiences. Recounts three missions and discusses NASA’s role in the 1986 Challenger disaster. Some strong language. 2006.

Hunger: An Unnatural History      RC 62824
by Sharman Apt Russell
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Examines the biological, psycho-emotional, political, and cultural aspects of hunger. Describes the experience of going without food for eighteen to thirty-six hours and for a week and longer. Discusses the differences between fasting, famine, and starvation. Considers ways to end world hunger. 2005.

1968: The Year That Rocked the World      RC 62834
by Mark Kurlansky
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
The author highlights the pivotal year of 1968, during which seminal events—including the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy—occurred. Describes the civil rights movement and student protests. Examines the impact of same-day television broadcasting on public opinion. Strong language. 2004.

Alzheimer’s Essentials: Practical Skills for Caregivers      RC 62835
by Bretten C. Gordeau and Jeffrey Hillier
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
Concise, comprehensive guide for caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other cognitive impairments. Discusses handling patients’ daily needs, coping with behavioral changes, and assuring proper nutrition. Also covers financial, safety, and end-of-life issues. Does not provide medical advice. Includes resources. 2005.

A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church      RC 62836
by Frank Bruni and Elinor Burkett
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Award-winning journalists analyze the breadth and implications of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests and the Church’s response. Documents scores of cases and addresses possible root causes, including the Church’s secretive, hierarchical structure and institutional celibacy. Updated edition of investigation first published in 1993. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez      RC 62844
by Philip Carlo
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
The background, crimes, capture, and trial of the serial rapist and murderer dubbed "Night Stalker," who terrorized Los Angeles in 1985. Original 1996 edition with supplemental transcript of a 2005 death-row interview in which Ramirez discusses his groupies—one of whom he married. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1996.

Into the Water: The Story of Serial Killer Richard Marc Evonitz      RC 62848
by Diane Fanning
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Account of Navy veteran Richard Marc Evonitz, who stalked and killed young girls in Virginia in the 1990s, including sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk. Describes his 2002 capture when, after returning to live in his home state of South Carolina, Evonitz abducted a fifteen-year-old who escaped and alerted authorities. 2004.

Cockeyed: A Memoir      RC 62851
by Ryan Knighton
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Canadian professor’s account of going blind in adolescence from retinitis pigmentosa. Describes attending college in the early 1990s, living with a deaf girl, and teaching English to children in South Korea. Offers his assessment of others’ perceptions of his disability. Strong language. 2006.

The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art      RC 62853
by Matthew Hart
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Journalist author of Diamond (RC 55703) examines the 1986 heist at Ireland’s Russborough House during which Dubliner Martin Cahill stole eighteen paintings including Vermeer’s Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid. Chronicles Scotland Yard’s investigations and the sting that uncovered illicit drug connections and a stunning art discovery. 2004.

Coping with Vision Disorders      RC 62855
by Debbie Stanley
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Provides a brief overview of eye conditions that can cause vision impairment or blindness, such as retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, papilledema, macular degeneration, and traumatic injury. Discusses treatment options, physical and emotional impact, and ways to accommodate vision disorders. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Crisis in the Middle East      RC 62901
by Ali M. Ansari
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
British professor analyzes the historical relationship between Iran and the United States. Focuses on 1953 to 2005 and the failure of American administrations to implement a coherent policy toward the Islamic republic of Iran. Offers solutions to overcome the conflict of cultures and avoid a nuclear standoff. 2006.

Robert E. Lee: Virginian Soldier, American Citizen      RC 62915
by James I. Robertson Jr.
read by Frank Coffee
1 cassette
In-depth biography of Confederate Civil War general. Chronicles Lee’s family life, studies at West Point, military service in the Mexican War, and leadership of the Southern forces. Analyzes his decision to join Virginia’s secession from the Union and describes his life after the war. For senior high readers. 2005.

The Holocaust Lady      RC 62947
by Ruth Minsky Sender
read by Suzanne Toren
1 cassette
Author of previous memoirs The Cage (RC 29061) and To Life (RC 29574), Holocaust survivor Ruth Minsky Sender recalls coming to America in 1950 burdened with nightmares and becoming a teacher of Jewish history to keep the truth alive. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1992.

Taking Care of Your Smile: A Teen’s Guide to Dental Care      RC 63001
by Autumn Libal and Christopher Hovius
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Explains the physical and emotional importance of dental hygiene. Includes techniques for caring for your teeth and combating decay and stains by brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Examines the history of dentistry and provides information on orthodontic work like braces, porcelain veneers, and crowns. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

What Do I Have to Lose? A Teen’s Guide to Weight Management      RC 63003
by Elizabeth Bauchner
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Explains ways to determine one’s ideal weight according to height, body type, gender, and age. Describes the body’s method of processing food and the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. Offers information on obesity health risks, eating disorders, and workout schedules. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Right on Schedule: A Teen’s Guide to Growth and Development      RC 63004
by Jean Ford
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Examines the physical, emotional, and social changes associated with adolescence in girls and boys. Describes what to expect during puberty, such as hair growth and acne. Explains the importance of maintaining proper hygiene. Also covers dating and sex, self-esteem issues, and peer pressure. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Dying for Acceptance: A Teen’s Guide to Drug- and Alcohol-Related Health Issues      RC 63008
by Joan Esherick
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Explains why teens choose to use drugs and alcohol recreationally and how these chemicals affect the brain. Describes health risks and consequences associated with abusing substances such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, prescription and over-the-counter medications, steroids, heroin, and club drugs like Ecstasy. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

The Path: A One-Mile Walk through the Universe      RC 63013
by Chet Raymo
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Author of An Intimate Look at the Night Sky (RC 57521) describes his daily stroll to the Massachusetts college where he teaches physics and astronomy. Raymo’s enlightening commute, which illuminates the landscape’s multifaceted history and nature, becomes not just a walk but "a thread that ties one human life and the universe together." 2003.

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind      RC 63017
by David Quammen
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Quammen explores myths, symbols, and traditions surrounding humans’ natural enemies: lions, tigers, bears, and crocodiles. Predicts their extinction, except in captivity, by 2150 because of habitat destruction. Suggests that their disappearance from the ecosystem will cause mankind to lose a certain perspective on its own place in the universe. Some strong language. 2003.

April Blood: Florence and the Plot against the Medici      RC 63022
by Lauro Martines
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Florence, 1478. Reconstruction of the political and social feuds in Renaissance Italy that led to the assassination of Giuliano de’ Medici and wounding of his brother Lorenzo the Magnificent. Describes the machinations of the Pazzi and de’ Medici families, as well as those of the papacy and other powerful state rulers. Some violence. 2003.

Plundering Paradise: The Hand of Man on the Galápagos Islands      RC 63025
by Michael D’Orso
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Journalist’s multifaceted portrait of the human inhabitants of the isolated Pacific island ecosystem immortalized by Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theories. D’Orso, author of Like Judgment Day (RC 46947), relates to Galápagos history his observations of modern economic, political, and ecological challenges faced by natives and assorted immigrants. 2002.

Sex the Measure of All Things: A Life of Alfred C. Kinsey      RC 63033
by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy
read by Michele Schaeffer
4 cassettes
Analyzes the study of human sexuality conducted by bisexual entomologist Alfred Kinsey at Indiana University beginning in the 1930s. Discusses Kinsey’s personal and scientific background and his publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (RC 16493) and a later female study (RC 16503). Explicit descriptions of sex. 1998.

Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left      RC 63039
by Susan Braudy
read by Mary Kane
4 cassettes
Portrait of political activist Kathy Boudin who, as a member of the Weather Underground and one of the FBI’s ten most wanted, pled guilty to a 1981 armored-truck robbery and murder. Braudy attributes her college associate Boudin’s radicalism to a turbulent relationship with her father, a noted civil-rights lawyer. Some strong language. 2003.

Daily Readings from Your Best Life Now: Ninety Devotions for Living at Your Full Potential      RC 63057
by Joel Osteen
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Christian pastor offers a devotional as a companion to his bestselling Your Best Life Now (RC 59330). Presents ninety days of motivational and inspirational messages and scripture intended to strengthen belief in God. 2005.

Happy Days: 1880–1892      RC 63090
by H.L. Mencken
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Lighthearted autobiographical account of the muckraking journalist’s happy boyhood in 1880s Baltimore, covering his introduction to music, genesis as a bookworm, adventures as an athlete, and first steps in theology. 1936.

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More      RC 63130
by Chris Anderson
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Editor in chief of Wired magazine examines the fragmentation of the media and entertainment industries due to the virtually limitless inventory offered by Internet retailers. Discusses the impact of online sellers like Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and eBay on the traditional marketplace and consumer culture. Bestseller. 2006.

Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics; the History of the Explosive That Changed the World      RC 63136
by Jack Kelly
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Chronicles the evolution and cultural impact of the ancient propellant made from a volatile mixture of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulfur. Traces gunpowder’s nine-hundred-year history from its tenth-century invention in China to its peak military use in Europe and America and its eventual replacement by modern synthetic explosives. 2004.

The Eldercare Handbook: Difficult Choices, Compassionate Solutions      RC 63152
by Stella Mora Henry
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Long-term care specialist’s advice on navigating the emotional and logistical aspects of caring for aging loved ones. Covers recognizing and managing dementia, coping with denial and changing family roles, avoiding caregiver burnout, transitioning to an assisted living facility, and handling legal and financial matters such as Medicare and Medicaid. 2006.

A Death in Belmont      RC 63160
by Sebastian Junger
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Examines the 1963 arrest, trial, and conviction of African American Roy Smith for the murder of Boston-area resident Bessie Goldberg. Describes how Smith’s case was later called into question by the dubious confession of the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Man of Letters: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Literary Impresario Rupert Hart-Davis      RC 63163
by Philip Ziegler
read by Constance Crawford
3 cassettes
Biography of British editor and publisher Rupert Hart-Davis (1907–1999). Relates his upper-class childhood, his initial attempt at a career in the theater, and his success in the world of manuscripts that led to a knighthood in 1967. 2004.

Conservatives without Conscience      RC 63177
by John W. Dean
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
John Dean, former counsel to President Richard Nixon and author of Worse than Watergate (RC 58240), criticizes the Republican party and Christian fundamentalists. Posits that leaders with ruthless authoritarian personalities have taken over the conservative movement and illustrates his premise with research studies. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

To Save the Wild Bison: Life on the Edge in Yellowstone      RC 63179
by Mary Ann Franke
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
National Park Service volunteer examines the debate over the management of Yellowstone’s buffalo herds. Critiques federal and state policies attempting to balance human needs with wildlife autonomy and the competing interests of Native Americans, environmentalists, ranchers, and landowners. Contends domestication, not extinction, poses the largest threat to wild bison. 2005.

Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express      RC 63187
by Christopher Corbett
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Journalist’s revisionist history of the Wild West mail service (1860–1861) that ended with the onset of the Civil War and the invention of the telegraph. Corbett attempts to discern fact from fabrication by piecing together events and examining individuals like Buffalo Bill, who later embellished the riders’ experiences. 2003.

The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration; an Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed      RC 63206
by Daniel L. Roberts
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Visually impaired educator and musician offers a month-by-month guide to coping with this progressive retinal disease and related conditions. Discusses causes and characteristics, strategies for slowing its progression, and treatment options. Covers lifestyle issues such as traveling, staying healthy, combating boredom and depression, and navigating daily tasks. Includes resources. 2006.

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West      RC 63264
by Rebecca Solnit
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Biography of eccentric landscape photographer and father of the modern motion picture industry Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904), who invented high-speed motion photography. Depicting post-Civil War California society, recounts his work during the 1873 Modoc Indian war and his trial for the murder of his wife’s lover. National Book Critics Circle Award. 2003.

The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution      RC 63302
by Richard Dawkins
read by Lou Harpenau
5 cassettes
Patterned after Chaucer’s tales, Dawkins’s chronicle of human evolution describes ancestor "pilgrims" in Earth’s four-billion-year continuum of organic life. Journeying backward in time and meeting at specified rendezvous points are Neanderthals, marsupials, amphibians, fungi, and dozens more. Covers genetics, heredity, sexual selection, biochemistry, and evolutionary theory and research. 2004.

Uphill Both Ways      RC 63610
by Seth C. Macon
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
North Carolina businessman Seth Craven Macon (born 1919) reminisces about his life, from his Depression-era boyhood to his successful forty-four-year career in insurance. Recalls his marriage to his college sweetheart, service in World War II, and religious devotion. Describes overcoming hardships and the joys of family love. 2005.

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Cassettes Fiction

That Summer      RC 59017
by Joan Wolf
read by Mary Beth Wise
2 cassettes
Veterinarian Anne Foster, home for her father’s funeral, reunites with her childhood crush, Liam, a thoroughbred farm manager. Anne hopes for love despite a decade-old crime, recently unearthed, of which Liam is still suspected. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Complete Stories of Truman Capote      RC 59446
by Truman Capote
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
Short fiction written between 1943 and 1982 by the author of In Cold Blood (RC 22726) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (RC 58223). Includes the early classics "A Tree of Night" and "House of Flowers" as well as the later "Mojave." Introduction by novelist Reynolds Price. 2004.

The House by the Medlar Tree      RC 60511
by Giovanni Verga
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Italian classic by a student of Balzac, Flaubert, and Zola portrays the Malavoglia family, community, and house, which symbolizes tradition and unity. Grandfather buys cargo on credit, setting off a chain of catastrophic deaths and property losses, while the grandson pursues a journey of alienation. 1881.

The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm      RC 60897
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
read by Nicola Daval
3 cassettes
Anthology of short stories by fantasy writers including Delia Sherman, Holly Black, and Neil Gaiman. In "Screaming for Faeries" a girl reluctantly accepts the faeries’ advice to communicate truthfully with her boyfriend. In "Elvenbrood" a teenager seeks an explanation for his odd new home. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2004.

In a Lonely Place      RC 60948
by Dorothy B. Hughes
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Classic mystery views life through the eyes of a serial murderer who preys on young women in post-World War II Los Angeles. Veteran Dix Steele falls for sexy neighbor Laurel Gray while on his killing spree. Basis for the 1950 Humphrey Bogart film noir. Some strong language. 1947.

Magic Street      RC 61713
by Orson Scott Card
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes
Los Angeles. Thirteen-year-old African American Mack Street slips through a secret house into Fairyland, where time and reality are skewed. Struggling to understand himself and his special powers, Mack engages in a battle between good and evil. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

Rebels of Babylon: An Abel Jones Mystery, Book 6      RC 61860
by Owen Parry
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
During the Civil War, federal special agent Abel Jones journeys to occupied New Orleans to investigate the murder of wealthy abolitionist Susan Peabody. Jones races through the sinful city, surviving multiple attempts on his life with the help of Mr. Barnaby. Violence and strong language. 2005.

Acts of Faith      RC 61893
by Philip Caputo
read by John Horton
5 cassettes
American Douglas Braithwaite, a former mercenary, starts a charter airline in Africa with partner Wesley Dare. Braithwaite and his multiracial operations manager, Fitzhugh Martin, become involved in gunrunning during the civil war in Sudan. Meanwhile, missionary Quinette Hardin marries a rebel commander. Violence and strong language. 2005.

The Best American Short Stories, 2005: Selected from U.S. and Canadian Magazines      RC 62003
selected by Michael Chabon
read by Ken Kliban
4 cassettes
Twenty stories from the New Yorker and other periodicals. In Tom Perrotta’s "The Smile on Happy Chang’s Face" a Little League umpire copes with regret in life and indecision on the field. Includes works by Joyce Carol Oates, Charles D’Ambrosio, and others. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

Code Name: Princess      RC 62027
by Christina Skye
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Undercover hotel investigator Jess Mulcahey bribes an employee so she can move to a room occupied by Navy SEAL Hawk Mackenzie. Jess and Hawk attempt to recover a kidnapped koala bear, Princess. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

The Avenging Chance and Other Mysteries from Roger Sheringham’s Casebook      RC 62057
by Anthony Berkeley
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
Nine short stories by Anthony Berkeley, pen name of Anthony Berkeley Cox (1893–1971), a founder of London’s Detection Club during the golden age of mystery writing. Includes the classic "The Avenging Chance," in which clues to a murder lead amateur criminologist Roger Sheringham and Scotland Yard to multiple possibilities. 2004.

The Legacy: A Joseph Antonelli Novel      RC 62069
by D.W. Buffa
read by John Haag
3 cassettes
San Francisco. Police accuse African American premed student Jamaal Washington of killing U.S. senator and presidential hopeful Jeremy Fullerton. Portland, Oregon, defense attorney Joseph Antonelli flies in to defend Jamaal and pursues rumors that Jeremy was linked to the Russian KGB. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Somewhere in Time      RC 62109
by Richard Matheson
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
California, 1971. Richard Collier, a young writer with a brain tumor, becomes obsessed with nineteenth-century actress Elise McKenna and travels back in time to woo her. Originally published as Bid Time Return. Basis for the film starring Christopher Reeve. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1980.

Dunkirk Crescendo: Zion Covenant, Volume 9      RC 62122
by Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
1940. Associated Press journalist Josie Marlow undertakes a dangerous mission that could save the lives of many children. And her friend French colonel Andre Chardon receives a coded message that no one believes. Sequel to Paris Encore (RC 61934). 1994.

Fifty Degrees Below      RC 62127
by Kim Stanley Robinson
read by Catherine Byers
4 cassettes
Fresh water from the melting polar ice cap has stalled the Gulf Stream, threatening to trigger another ice age. National Science Foundation sociobiologist Frank Vanderwal races to prevent an ecological catastrophe. Sequel to Forty Signs of Rain (RC 61935). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2005.

Son of a Wanted Man      RC 62134
by Louis L’Amour
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Ben Curry wants to turn over his outlaw kingdom to his adopted son, Mike Bastian. As treachery emerges among Ben’s riders, a pair of lawmen—Borden Chantry and Tyrel Sackett—close in on the gang, and Mike must choose between his loyalty to Ben and his yearning for a different life. 1984.

Transgressions      RC 62174
edited by Ed McBain
read by Annie Wauters
6 cassettes
Ten novellas of mystery and suspense by bestselling authors Donald E. Westlake, Anne Perry, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Sharyn McCrumb, Ed McBain, Stephen King, John Farris, Jeffery Deaver, and Lawrence Block. Some strong language. 2005.

Dead Soul: A Charlie Moon Mystery      RC 62196
by James D. Doss
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Ute elder Oscar Sweetwater asks former policeman Charlie Moon to investigate the unsolved murder of fellow tribesman Billy Smoke, killed during an attack that left Billy’s boss, Colorado senator Patch Davidson, severely injured. Meanwhile, Charlie’s shaman aunt encounters a young woman in trouble and urges Charlie to help her. 2003.

The Light of Western Stars: A Romance      RC 62310
by Zane Grey
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
New York socialite Madeline Hammond’s western adventures begin with her late night arrival at the train station in El Cajon, New Mexico, where a drunken cowboy tries to marry her. Frontier life and cattlemen appeal to her more than effete Easterners, so she buys a ranch. 1914.

Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt: A Midnight Louie Mystery      RC 62323
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Las Vegas. Midnight Louie, cat detective, and his human owner Temple Barr investigate the murder of a small-time con artist who was Matt Devine’s evil stepfather. Matt’s rival, magician Max Kinsella, also joins the search, while Midnight Louie becomes infatuated with a feline performer. 1998.

Ambush of the Mountain Man      RC 62343
by William W. Johnstone
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Colorado. Vowing revenge for his son’s death, Angus MacDougal sends out a posse to apprehend gunslinger Smoke Jensen. Angus’s daughter Sarah eager to avenge her brother, lures Smoke into a trap. Once Sarah learns that Smoke isn’t a cold-blooded killer, she helps him escape. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Justice of the Mountain Man      RC 62344
by William W. Johnstone
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Gunfighter Smoke Jensen heads to Fort Worth, Texas, to negotiate a cattle deal. While Smoke argues with outlaw James Slade, a.k.a. the Durango Kid, outside a saloon, someone shoots the Kid. Marshal Bill Tilghman arrests Smoke but Smoke escapes to track the real killer. Violence and some strong language. 2000.

Pride of the Mountain Man      RC 62346
by William W. Johnstone
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Gunslinger Smoke Jensen and his hands Cal and Pearlie drive a herd of steers to Dodge City, Kansas, hoping to sell them to eastern cattle buyers. When bandit "Bloody Bill" Anderson robs the town’s two banks, Smoke helps marshal Wyatt Earp recover the money. Violence and some strong language. 1998.

Vineyard Prey: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery      RC 62353
by Philip R. Craig
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Retired cop J.W. Jackson and his family are spending a quiet winter on Martha’s Vineyard when former Vietnam War buddy Joe Begay seeks help. An unknown terrorist called the Easter Bunny is killing members of Joe’s government undercover team that includes Kate MacLeod. J.W.’s family becomes vulnerable. 2005.

Watchdog: A Melanie Travis Mystery      RC 62362
by Laurien Berenson
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Sleuthy single mom Melanie Travis wants nothing to do with her brother Frank’s latest money-making scheme to convert an old store into a coffee bar. When Frank’s partner, wealthy developer Marcus Rattigan, turns up dead, Melanie draws on her dog show connections to clear Frank’s name. Some strong language. 1998.

A Detective in Love: A Harriet Martens Mystery      RC 62369
by H.R.F. Keating
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens a.k.a., the "Hard Detective," investigates the fatal stabbing of nine-teen-year-old tennis star Bubbles Xingara. While tracking suspects including a French gangster, Harriet falls for a subordinate officer and considers an affair that could jeopardize the case—and her marriage. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

’Salem’s Lot      RC 62402
by Stephen King
read by Steven Carpenter
4 cassettes
Updated edition of King’s 1975 novel about Jerusalem’s Lot, a small Maine town where the residents turn into vampires. Features previously unpublished material including deleted and alternate scenes, two short stories, and an introduction by the author. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

Chasing Destiny      RC 62450
by Eric Jerome Dickey
read by Melissa Maxwell
3 cassettes
Pregnant Billie’s lover Keith returns to his wife Carmen for the sake of his fifteen-year-old daughter, Destiny. But Destiny rebels, falls in with the wrong crowd, and is raped. Ashamed, Destiny runs away while the three adults search for her. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Vanished      RC 62482
by Karen Robards
read by Gabra Zackman
3 cassettes
South Carolina. Assistant District Attorney Sarah Mason rescues nine-year-old Angie during a convenience-store robbery. Later Sarah receives disturbing phone calls about her daughter, Lexie, who vanished seven years ago. While PI Jake Hogan races to find connections—and Lexie—Angie disappears. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Cold Case: A Carlotta Carlyle Mystery      RC 62503
by Linda Barnes
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Adam Mayhew hires Boston cop-turned-private investigator Carlotta Carlyle to find out whether teen prodigy Thea Janis, who presumably committed suicide twenty-four years ago, could have written a new manuscript. While researching Thea’s disappearance, Carlotta uncovers Adam’s true identity and the dark secrets of Thea’s prominent family. Some strong language. 1997.

Suite Française      RC 62505
by Irène Némirovsky
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
When the Germans invade France in 1940, Parisians flee to the countryside amid chaos. The following year, the Nazis occupy a provincial village, where a woman—who is hiding another villager wanted for the murder of an enemy soldier—falls in love with a German officer. Published posthumously in 2006. Bestseller. 1942.

The Lone Star Ranger      RC 62538
by Zane Grey
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Buck Duane becomes a fugitive after killing a man in self-defense. Texas Ranger Captain MacNelly, skeptical of Buck’s criminal reputation, offers him a pardon. In exchange, Buck must join the Rangers and go undercover to help eliminate outlaw bands along the Rio Grande—beginning with the notorious rustler Cheseldine. 1915.

Black and White      RC 62540
by Paul Volponi
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Long Island. Black Marcus Brown and white Eddie Russo, best friends and high school basketball stars, stick up people for easy money. When a holdup leads to an accidental shooting, the two find unequal justice in a biased system. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2005.

Sapphire      RC 62542
by Rosemary Rogers
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
1830s. West Indian beauty Sapphire Fabergine arrives in London to claim her inheritance as the earl of Wessex’s daughter. But the earl’s title has passed to distant cousin Blake Thixton. Blake whisks Sapphire to America and offers a choice—become his mistress or his maid. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Death Is Forever      RC 62548
by Elizabeth Lowell
read by Gabra Zackman
3 cassettes
Erin Windsor inherits an Australian diamond mine with cryptic clues to the claim’s location. To find it, Erin must trust ex-marine Cole Blackburn, a prospector hired by her CIA father, and another more sinister party. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1992.

The Phantom Bandit: Western Stories      RC 62549
by Frank Bonham
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
Eight short tales published in the 1940s and 1950s. In "Wanted!" a former army officer convicted of embezzling escapes custody and pursues the real culprit. Also includes "Hell in Dakota" and the title piece, a fictionalized account of safe-robber and would-be poet Black Bart. Foreword by Bill Pronzini. 2005.

The Witch’s Tongue: A Charlie Moon Mystery      RC 62561
by James D. Doss
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Ute tribal policeman Charlie Moon investigates a break-in at a local museum, the wounding of an antiques merchant, and the murder of an Apache. He also becomes interested in FBI agent Lila Mae McTeague, who arrives to assist him. Violence and some strong language. 2004.

Nothing but Trouble: A Kevin Kerney Novel      RC 62562
by Michael McGarrity
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
His retirement pending, Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney takes a working vacation to serve as technical advisor for a western movie. He also helps U.S. Customs agents investigate immigrant smuggling and cares for his three-year-old son while his career-army wife, Sara, travels overseas on special assignment. Strong language. 2005.

Comanche Crossing: The Trailsman      RC 62565
by Jon Sharpe
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Texas, 1860. Frontiersman Skye Fargo rescues three beautiful French nuns from Mexican federales and Moroccan Arabs. Skye agrees to escort them to Cowtown, but when Comanche warriors join the pursuit he begins to doubt the women’s true mission. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1990.

Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea      RC 62567
by Nancy Atherton
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
England. Lori Shepherd’s attorney husband, Bill, receives death threats, presumably from a vengeful former client. While Bill stays in London to help Scotland Yard, Lori and her twin sons seek refuge at a remote Scottish island estate, where she relies on Aunt Dimity’s supernatural help to investigate mysterious occurrences. 2006.

Regeneration: Species Imperative, Book 3      RC 62570
by Julie E. Czerneda
read by Mary Kane
4 cassettes
Biologist Mackenzie "Mac" Connor believes the alien Ro are using the extraterrestrial Dhryn race to eradicate life throughout the universe. Mac travels offworld to prove the Ro are the true enemy while her colleague Emily Mamani searches for legendary survivors of the interstellar assault. Sequel to Migration (RC 61083). 2006.

Wedding Ring: Shenandoah Album, Book 1      RC 62580
by Emilie Richards
read by Lindsay Ellison
3 cassettes
High school English teacher Tessa MacRae helps her mother and grandmother clean out the family homestead in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. While restoring a tattered heirloom wedding ring quilt, Tessa mends generational bonds, contemplates her failing marriage, and confronts her grief over her daughter’s death. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Endless Chain: Shenandoah Album, Book 2      RC 62582
by Emilie Richards
read by Lindsay Ellison
3 cassettes
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Minister Sam Kinkade hires Elisa Martinez as church sexton to help run a Hispanic outreach program. Though Sam is engaged and Elisa hides her true identity as a Guatemalan political refugee, they fall in love—jeopardizing Sam’s career and their safety. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Island      RC 62587
by Heather Graham
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Florida. While camping on Calliope Key, Beth Anderson finds a skull that may be linked to some missing boaters. Her investigation draws warnings from diver Keith Henson and threats from a stalker who appears at a yacht-club party. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

The Defense: A Joseph Antonelli Novel      RC 62589
by D.W. Buffa
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Oregon. At Judge Leopold Rifkin’s request, attorney Joseph Antonelli defends Johnny Morel, who is accused of raping his own stepdaughter. Johnny is acquitted, but years later is killed. His wife, Denise, is convicted for his murder and then found dead—in Rifkin’s study. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Witness      RC 62590
by Dee Henderson
read by Don Feldheim
3 cassettes
For years Amanda Griffin has been on the run from her dead bookie boyfriend’s former client, Richard Wise. When Amanda’s sisters Marie and Tracey—who think Amanda is dead— unexpectedly become millionaires, police chief Luke Granger fears for all three women’s lives and races to find Amanda before Richard does. 2006.

The Christmas Scrapbook: A Harmony Novel      RC 62595
by Philip Gulley
read by Derald Breneman
1 cassette
Pastor Sam Gardner, determined to give his wife, Barbara, a special Christmas gift, enrolls in a scrap-booking class. Barbara becomes suspicious of his "men’s meeting" every Wednesday night and fears he is either cheating on her or secretly getting medical treatment. Suddenly all of Harmony believes Sam is dying. 2005.

Dead Watch      RC 62600
by John Sandford
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
After someone murders Lincoln Bowe, a former Republican U.S. senator from Virginia, the White House asks operative Jake Winter to investigate. Lincoln’s wife, Madison, suspects rival Democratic governor Arlo Goodman and his henchmen. Jake uncovers backroom political conspiracies as he falls for Madison. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Cover Your Assets: A Tucker Sinclair Mystery      RC 62612
by Patricia Smiley
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
After her experiences in False Profits (RC 62129), financial consultant Tucker Sinclair operates her own firm from the beachfront bungalow she shares with her mother and dog. When her ex-boyfriend is murdered, Tucker reluctantly agrees to help Cissy, his accused wife and her former best friend. Some strong language. 2005.

Holy Skirts      RC 62616
by René Steinke
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
A fictional account of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, who describes her many lovers as her career progresses from cabaret performing in 1904 Berlin to film acting with Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray in Greenwich Village. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. National Book Award finalist. 2005.

Purity of Blood: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, Book 2      RC 62618
by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Madrid, 1623. A desperate father hires swordsman Diego Alatriste to rescue his daughter from a convent run by a lascivious priest threatening to expose the girl’s Jewish heritage. When the mission fails and the Inquisition captures Qñigo, Alatriste’s thirteen-year-old ward, Alatriste must save the boy from execution. Some violence. 1997.

The Huntsman      RC 62622
by Whitney Terrell
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes
Kansas City. When the body of white debutante Clarissa Sayers is fished from the Missouri River, police suspect her lover, African American ex-con Booker Short. A former army commander seeking to right a wrong helps expose the true killer. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2001.

Last Call for Blackford Oakes: A Blackford Oakes Novel      RC 62623
by William F. Buckley Jr.
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
U.S. president Ronald Reagan sends veteran CIA agent Blackford Oakes to Moscow to investigate a rumored assassination plot against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Oakes falls for Soviet urologist Ursina Chadinov and engages in a deadly struggle with British diplomat-turned-communist agent Kim Philby. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

The Gilded Chamber: A Novel of Queen Esther      RC 62624
by Rebecca Kohn
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Fictionalized portrait of biblical Esther, who, orphaned, goes to live with her cousin Mordechai, an official in the Persian Empire. Concealing her Jewish heritage, she becomes King Xerxes’ concubine, then queen. When Xerxes decrees that Jews be slaughtered, Esther courageously intervenes. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

The Dream Life of Sukhanov      RC 62629
by Olga Grushin
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Russia, 1985. The wealthy family life and secure position of art critic Anatoly Pavlovich Sukhanov begin to unravel as bizarre events occur. Memories and dreams assail him, reminding him of the youthful artistic ambitions he gave up for the Soviet Party, as his hold on the present slips. 2005.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story      RC 62633
by Ned Vizzini
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
A tongue-in-cheek account of what leads high-achieving New York teenager Craig Gilner to check himself into a psychiatric hospital and how he comes to terms with depression while staying in the adult ward. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime      RC 62658
by Jasper Fforde
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Detective Inspector Jack Spratt of the Reading Police Department Nursery Crime Division investigates the untimely demise of Humpty Dumpty—ex-con, womanizer, alcoholic, and philanthropist—found shattered to death. When the pieces add up to foul play, Jack and his partner, Mary Mary, sort through Humpty’s secret, sordid past. Some strong language. 2005.

Thieves of Mercy: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea      RC 62659
by James L. Nelson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Mississippi River, 1862. Confederate naval lieutenant Samuel Bowater heads to Memphis to command the ironclad Tennessee—which, to his dismay, remains under construction. Meanwhile, his sweetheart Wendy Atkins attempts to escape Norfolk. Sequel to Glory in the Name (RC 61521). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

The Hard Way: A Jack Reacher Novel      RC 62686
by Lee Child
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Former military cop Jack Reacher is hired by mercenary Edward Lane to find his kidnapped wife and stepdaughter. Reacher hooks up with ex-FBI agent Lauren Pauling, who investigated Lane’s first wife’s disappearance. Together they uncover the truth about Lane’s past and his family’s whereabouts. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

A Burnt-Out Case      RC 62690
by Graham Greene
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
Colonial-era Belgian Congo. Querry, a European architect with a lurid background, retires to an African leper colony run by clergy and an atheist doctor. He develops a saintly reputation by using his expertise to improve facilities until the arrival of an unscrupulous journalist threatens to expose his past. 1960.

Any Rich Man Will Do      RC 62691
by Francis Ray
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Divorced and disgraced, Jana Franklin wanders into Olivia Sanders’s Dallas boutique. Olivia offers Jana a job and a home against her brother Tyler’s advice. Jana eventually wins Tyler’s trust—and love—by confronting past mistakes. Companion to Like the First Time (RC 62376). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

The Ruins of California      RC 62694
by Martha Sherrill
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
1970s. Inez Garcia Ruin divides her childhood between her mother’s second generation Hispanic world in L.A. and her bohemian father’s society circles in San Francisco. In this permissive lifestyle, Inez and her half-brother grow up too fast, until Inez chooses to change. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Wrong Hostage      RC 62704
by Elizabeth Lowell
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Federal judge Grace Silva’s fifteen-year-old son, Lane, is kidnapped in Mexico by drug kingpin Hector Osuna. Apparently Grace’s ex-husband, Ted Franklin—whereabouts unknown—owes Hector money. Grace contacts onetime lover Joe Faroe, a former DEA agent, for help. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Water for Elephants      RC 62718
by Sara Gruen
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
1931. Veterinary student Jacob Jankowski’s world comes crashing down when his parents die in a car accident. Broke, Jacob joins the circus, falls for Marlena, a married circus star, and cares for animals like Rosie the elephant. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Piece of My Heart: An Inspector Alan Banks Mystery      RC 62719
by Peter Robinson
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes
An English rock band, the Mad Hatters, is the link between two murders committed decades apart. In 2005, Detective Alan Banks investigates the death of a music journalist researching the group. In 1969, Detective Stanley Chadwick investigates a killing at a music festival featuring the band. Some strong language. 2006.

The Man from Stone Creek      RC 62721
by Linda Lael Miller
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
1903. Ranger Sam O’Ballivan has come to Haven, Arizona, to catch a band of rustlers. Posing as the new schoolteacher, he will have a bunch of unruly kids to put in order, including the brother of the charming postmistress, Maddie Chancelor. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

The Building of Jalna: Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 1      RC 62723
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes (Reissue)
1850s. Philip Whiteoak, an English army officer stationed in India, yearns for the freedom of the New World. He and his Irish wife, Adeline, and infant daughter, Augusta, emigrate to Canada where, after an eventful voyage, they construct a homestead in the Ontario wilderness, calling it Jalna. 1944.

I Know I’ve Been Changed      RC 62724
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Melissa Maxwell
2 cassettes
Houston news anchor and talk-show host Rae Rollins is enjoying her hard-earned success and new husband, city councilman Myles Jacobs, when her dysfunctional Arkansas family arrives in town for a reunion. Reluctant to confront painful memories, Rae avoids relatives until Myles’s unexpected betrayal prompts reconciliation with them. 2006.

The Bluebird and the Sparrow: Women of the West      RC 62727
by Janette Oke
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
When Berta Berdette’s baby sister Glenna arrives, Berta’s entire world is upset. As the girls grow into young women, Berta resents the lovely Glenna and vows to be her complete opposite. Berta drives a wedge between herself, her family, and her God until a family tragedy changes her attitude. 1995.

A Bit on the Side      RC 62728
by William Trevor
read by Terry Donnelly
2 cassettes
Twelve short stories by an Irish writer that deal with personal struggles. In the title piece a married man ends an affair to maintain his lover’s reputation. In "Sitting with the Dead" two sisters who do charity work listen to a widow lament her marriage to a nasty husband. 2004.

Through a Glass, Darkly: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery      RC 62738
by Donna Leon
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes
Venetian detective Guido Brunetti investigates threats being made at a Murano Island glass factory. Soon after, the factory’s night watchman Giorgio Tassini—who blamed the factory’s toxic chemicals for his daughter’s birth defects—is found dead. Tassini’s annotated copy of Dante’s Inferno may hold clues to his demise. 2006.

Rachel’s Holiday      RC 62739
by Marian Keyes
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
4 cassettes
Twenty-seven-year-old drug addict Rachel Walsh is in denial. She returns home to Ireland and checks into an upscale treatment center. Through self-examination and group therapy Rachel confronts her addiction and memories of her ex-boyfriend, beginning the road to recovery—and perhaps new love. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1998.

Greatest Indian Stories      RC 62740
by Zane Grey
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Four tales, "Siena Waits," "The Haunted Spring," "Daughter of the Moon," and "Nophaie’s Redemption," that speak out for Native Americans. They range historically from pre-Columbian North America to World War I. Includes the frontier story about the legendary Indian hunter Lewis Wetzel, called the Wind of Death. 1975.

Inspector Queen’s Own Case: November Song; an Inner Sanctum Mystery      RC 62747
by Ellery Queen
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Vacationing at a Connecticut beach house, retired NYPD inspector Richard Queen investigates the attempted kidnapping of the wealthy Humffrey family’s infant son Michael, whom they adopted under dubious circumstances. The Humffrey’s nursemaid, Jessie Sherwood, later discovers Michael dead. Richard tracks the killer while protecting Jessie—a potential romantic interest. 1956.

We Are All Welcome Here      RC 62748
by Elizabeth Berg
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Tupelo, Mississippi; 1964. Thirteen-year-old Diana, raised by her quadriplegic mother and their African American caregiver Peacie, yearns for freedom. Life changes for all three that summer when a social worker investigates and Peacie’s boyfriend becomes involved in civil rights. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Shades of Gray      RC 62754
by Jacquelin Thomas
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
African American Sela Barnes loses her Caucasian husband of twenty years to illness. Her relationship with his parents deteriorates as they try to gain custody of Sela’s six children. Sela renews her faith in God and with the help of her pastor finds the strength to forgive. 2006.

Morning at Jalna: Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 2      RC 62755
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
2 cassettes (Reissue)
South Carolina planter Curtis Sinclair, his wife Lucy, and their slaves seek refuge from the Civil War at Jalna, the Canadian home of Philip and Adeline Whiteoak. But the Whiteoaks don’t know that their guests are secretly members of a Confederate resistance movement looking to further the Southern cause. 1960.

The Taming of the Duke: Essex Sisters, Book 3      RC 62757
by Eloisa James
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
England, 1817. Imogen, the widowed Lady Maitland, returns to the country estate of her former guardian Rafe, the duke of Holbrook. She fancies having an affair with the duke’s illegitimate half-brother Gabe, but is distracted by helping Rafe become sober. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Between, Georgia      RC 62771
by Joshilyn Jackson
read by Joshilyn Jackson
2 cassettes
Sign-language interpreter Nonny was born to a teenaged Crabtree girl but raised by a deaf/blind Frett woman in a small Georgia town. A family feud brings Nonny home, where she makes peace with her family and changes her lifestyle. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Cover of Night      RC 62774
by Linda Howard
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Gunmen raid widow Cate Nightingale’s Idaho bed-and-breakfast seeking a guest who mysteriously vanished. Ex-marine handyman Calvin Harris repels the invaders, but they return and take the whole town hostage. Cate, Cal, and Cal’s former comrades plan a rescue operation. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Murder at the Nightwood Bar: A Kate Delafield Mystery      RC 62777
by Katherine V. Forrest
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Los Angeles police detective Kate Delafield investigates the killing of nineteen-year-old Dory Quillin outside the Nightwood Bar, a lesbian hangout. Seeking answers, Kate interviews potential witnesses like enigmatic bar patron Andrea Ross, for whom she develops a powerful attraction. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1987.

Bloodstone      RC 62812
by Nate Kenyon
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Compelled by nightmares, ex-con Billy Smith kidnaps Angel, a prostitute with similar visions, and heads to White Falls, Maine—a town beset by a shadowy terror. A murderer’s son obtains an amulet that could hold the key to the evil. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Just Rewards: Emma Harte Saga, Book 6      RC 62813
by Barbara Taylor Bradford
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Four of Emma Harte’s great grandchildren carry on the family traditions. Linnet, just married, begins taking the helm of the Harte empire, while Tessa, India, and Evan plan their weddings. Into their midst comes the Hartes’ archenemy Jonathan Ainsley. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

The Little Lady Agency      RC 62840
by Hester Browne
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Twenty-seven-year-old Londoner Melissa Romney-Jones opens Little Lady Agency, a consulting firm dedicated to helping bachelors navigate their personal and social lives. Melissa dons a wig and assumes the professional identity of "Honey," but when sparks fly with American client Jonathan Riley, Melissa wonders whether he loves her or Honey. 2005.

Without Mercy: Sean Dillon Series      RC 62860
by Jack Higgins
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Following the death of Russian oil czar Josef Belov in Dark Justice (RC 58861), British agents Sean Dillon and Charles Ferguson are shocked when wounded colleague Hannah Bernstein is murdered. They vow revenge and complete the mission of keeping the world’s oil out of Russian hands. Some violence. 2005.

Nail Biter: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery      RC 62862
by Sarah Graves
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Eastport, Maine. Do-it-yourself enthusiast Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, a former Manhattan finance expert, answers a tenant repair call and discovers the corpse of local derelict Eugene Dibble on her waterfront bungalow property. The renters, a coven of witches, deny involvement but turn to Jake when one of their own disappears. 2006.

Witches Abroad: A Discworld Novel      RC 62864
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Fairy godmother Desiderata dies, leaving her charge in the hands of manipulative Lilith, who is determined to marry the girl to a prince. Reluctant witch foster godmothers Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick must stop Lilith before her "happy ending" destroys the kingdom. For senior high and older readers. 1991.

Twelve Sharp: A Stephanie Plum Novel      RC 62872
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
New Jersey. A woman claiming to be a bond enforcement agent’s wife stalks bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. When someone kills the stalker, Stephanie helps the agent, known as Ranger, to locate his kidnapped daughter—and finds herself attracted to him. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

Danse Macabre: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter      RC 62873
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
4 cassettes
Federal marshal and vampire executioner Anita Blake fears she may be pregnant. Anita continues her amorous escapades while trying to figure out which of her several preternatural lovers could be the father—among them werewolf Richard and master vampire Jean-Claude. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

The Seduction of His Wife: The Loggers, Book 1      RC 62874
by Janet Chapman
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
In Maine, Alex Knight’s father turns to his housekeeper Sarah Banks for help after Alex is presumed murdered in Brazil. Sarah marries Alex by proxy in order to adopt his children, but then Alex returns and complications arise. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2006.

The Englisher: Annie’s People, Book 2      RC 62875
by Beverly Lewis
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Annie, from The Preacher’s Daughter (RC 62283), promised her father she would give up her forbidden art for six months and join the Amish church, but she falls in love with outsider Ben Martin. Meanwhile, Annie’s pen pal Louisa decides to go home, and an Amish mother chooses excommunication. 2006.

Cat in a Quicksilver Caper: A Midnight Louie Mystery      RC 62883
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
Las Vegas’s New Millennium Hotel hires Temple Barr to handle public relations for an exhibition of Russian artifacts including Czar Alexander’s scepter. When two acrobats die during an accompanying aerial magic show and the scepter vanishes, feline sleuth Midnight Louie identifies possible suspects, one intimately close to Temple. 2006.

Specials      RC 62890
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Tally, from Pretties (RC 62180), her boyfriend Zane, and their boss Shay have been reconstructed into super-strong paramilitary "specials." When they are sent to capture rebels who want to return to an unaltered state of mind, part of Tally wants to resist her programming. For senior high readers. 2006.

Angels Fall      RC 62893
by Nora Roberts
read by Margaret Strom
4 cassettes
Traumatized by a shooting in Boston, Reece Gilmore flees across the country. She stops in Angel’s Fist, Wyoming, and takes a job as a fast-order cook. When she witnesses a murder, only reporter-turned-author Brody believes her. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

One False Move: A Myron Bolitar Mystery      RC 62894
by Harlan Coben
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Sports agent Myron Bolitar’s first duty for his new client, African American pro basketball player Brenda Slaughter, is to find her missing father. While trying to protect Brenda, Myron uncovers connections to the mob and a decades-old scandal involving gubernatorial candidate Arthur Bradford. Strong language and some violence. 1998.

A Hole in Juan: An Amanda Pepper Mystery      RC 62895
by Gillian Roberts
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Halloween pranks at Philly Prep turn sinister when science teacher Juan Reyes is seriously injured in a chemistry lab explosion shortly after complaining of being harassed by his students. To find the culprit, English teacher Amanda Pepper enlists the aid of her new PI husband, C.K. Mackenzie. 2006.

Dead in Vineyard Sand: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery      RC 62896
by Philip R. Craig
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Ex-cop J.W. Jackson and his golfing buddies discover a corpse in a fourth-hole sand trap. It’s the body of Henry Highsmith, a pro cyclist and environmentalist with whom J.W. has feuded. Accused of murder, J.W. investigates Henry’s enemies and relatives as well as an island drowning. Includes recipes. 2006.

Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel      RC 62904
by James Rollins
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
Painter Crowe and Grayson Pierce of Sigma Force investigate strange, simultaneous occurrences—a plague in Nepal, a killer beast preying in South Africa, and the purchase of Darwin’s Bible in Denmark. They uncover a Nazi experiment involving evolution, quantum physics, and a lost baby. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Under Pressure      RC 62914
by Frank Herbert
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
The United States secretly steals oil from underwater deposits in enemy territory. But the last twenty missions have all been lost, and command suspects a traitor. Ensign John Ramsey goes undercover aboard a four-man subtug to find the saboteur. Formerly titled The Dragon in the Sea. Some strong language. 1955.

Death of a Dreamer: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery      RC 62923
by M.C. Beaton
read by Steven Crossley
2 cassettes
Scottish Highlands constable Hamish Macbeth investigates the suicide of artist Effie Garrard. Effie claimed to be engaged to painter Jock Fleming, who denies their relationship and involvement in her death. When an American tourist is murdered, Hamish tracks the killer but becomes distracted by personal affairs—including his ex-fiancée’s arrival. 2006.

Terror Town: An Abe Lieberman Mystery      RC 62943
by Stuart M. Kaminsky
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
Jewish detective Abe Lieberman connects three diverse cases: extortion committed by a religious maniac, the beating of a former Cubs player, and the murder of a young mother in the south Chicago neighborhood called Terror Town. Meanwhile, someone stalks the family of Abe’s partner. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

At Risk      RC 62949
by Patricia Cornwell
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Massachusetts district attorney Monique Lamont sends state police investigator Winston Garano to Knoxville, Tennessee, to learn the latest in crime scene investigation. He’s also ordered to solve a twenty-year-old murder that took place there. But another crime occurs back in Cambridge. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Dark Voyage of the Mittie Stephens: A Western Story      RC 63016
by Johnny D. Boggs
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Post-Civil War Louisiana. Professional gambler Bobby Randow, suffering from transient amnesia, meets belle- on-the-run Laura Kelley aboard the Mittie Stephens bound for Jefferson, Texas. Unbeknownst to most passengers, the ship carries ex-confederate thieves from Bobby’s past, who seek the vessel’s concealed gold payroll, and enforcement officers in pursuit of Laura. 2004.

The Work of Wolves      RC 63021
by Kent Meyers
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
South Dakota. Cruel landowner Magnus Yarborough hires Carson Fielding to train the Yarborough horses and teach his wife, Rebecca, to ride. But Magnus, suspecting infidelity, takes his anger out on Rebecca’s horses. Carson and friends plot to free the animals by stealing them. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Angels Watching Over Me: Shenandoah Sisters, Book 1      RC 63027
by Michael Phillips
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Shenandoah County, North Carolina; 1860s. When Confederate soldiers murder her family, fifteen-year-old slave Mayme Jukes seeks refuge at Rosewood plantation. She befriends the white owner’s daughter Katie, orphaned by a similar attack. The girls vow to protect each other and Rosewood. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes      RC 63029
by Caleb Carr
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate two deaths at the royal palace in Edinburgh, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots. Holmes’s brother, Mycroft, fears these killings are part of an assassination plot while Sherlock links them to the three-centuries-old murder of Mary’s confidante, Italian secretary David Rizzio. 2005.

Hit on the House: A Detective Sergeant Mulheisen Mystery      RC 63060
by Jon A. Jackson
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Detective Sergeant Mulheisen investigates the slaying of several mobsters around Detroit. He discovers that millions of dollars in drug money are missing. He also runs into high school heartbreaker Bonny Wheeler, who’s married to a computer geek with ties to the mob. Violence and strong language. 1993.

Man with an Axe: A Detective Sergeant Mulheisen Mystery      RC 63061
by Jon A. Jackson
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Detroit cop Fang Mulheisen finds the notebooks of his late partner Grootka. The story he reads leads him to investigate Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance as well as that of black jazz saxophonist Tyrone Addison, who helped Hoffa avoid an assassination attempt. Violence and strong language. 1998.

Miss Julia Stands Her Ground      RC 63070
by Ann B. Ross
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Miss Julia is happily residing with her new spouse Sam, her late husband’s son Little Lloyd, and his mother Hazel Marie. When Hazel Marie’s busybody uncle Brother Vernon Puckett doubts Little Lloyd’s paternity, Miss Julia sets about gathering DNA evidence to prove it. 2006.

Beginning Operations: A Sector General Omnibus, Volume 1      RC 63073
by James White
read by Jack Fox
4 cassettes
Contains the first three volumes in the Sector General series written between 1957 and 1971: Hospital Station (comprising five stories), Star Surgeon (one novelette and one novella), and Major Operation (five novelettes). Follows young Dr. Conway’s adventures as he treats alien patients aboard the galaxy’s largest multienvironment, interplanetary hospital. 2001.

Pet Peeve: Xanth      RC 63074
by Piers Anthony
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
While searching for an appropriate abode for an obnoxious bird (the Pet Peeve), Goody Goblin encounters a horde of robots invading Xanth. To repel the intruders, Goody rallies dragons, zombies, centaurs, demons, and elves, among others, and finds an unexpected ally, Gwenny Goblin. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Sleeping Lady: An Alaska Mystery      RC 63075
by Sue Henry
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
After the Alaskan spring thaw, Rochelle Lewis hurries to the site of her missing husband’s small plane, where bullet holes and a woman’s beaten corpse are discovered. State trooper Alex Jensen investigates the mishap while someone begins stalking Rochelle. Some violence and some strong language. 1996.

Malpractice in Maggody: An Arly Hanks Mystery      RC 63078
by Joan Hess
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
A California cosmetic surgeon transforms the Maggody, Arkansas, retirement home into a celebrity rehab clinic. When a receptionist and a doctor are found dead, police chief Arly Hanks questions eccentric patients, uncooperative staff members, and local citizens who may have something to hide. Some strong language. 2006.

War Drums: The White Indian Series, Book 13      RC 63083
by Donald Clayton Porter
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Seneca warrior Renno, descendant of the legendary White Indian, joins Captain Andrew Jackson against the Chickasaw and Spanish in a battle that could decide the fate of frontier America. Meanwhile Renno’s wife Emily, after giving birth, finds the Indian lifestyle challenging. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1986.

The Bartered Bride: Bride Trilogy, Book 3      RC 63084
by Mary Jo Putney
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
East Indies, 1834. When young widow Alexandra’s ship is captured en route to England, Alexandra is condemned to a life of servitude. A rescue by Gavin Elliott changes both their lives. Sequel to The China Bride (RC 52269). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Ready or Not: An All-American Girl Novel      RC 63085
by Meg Cabot
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Now a high school junior, Samantha Madison tries to decide whether she is ready to have sex with her boyfriend, David, who happens to be the U.S. president’s son. Sequel to All-American Girl (RC 55299). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

A Covington Christmas: Ladies of Covington      RC 63087
by Joan Medlicott
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
The new pastor in Covington, North Carolina, discovers that his predecessor was never ordained—leaving five older couples’ marriages in limbo. With the church building in need of repair, friends Grace, Hannah, and Amelia take charge and organize a joint wedding in time for the holidays. Includes recipes and discussion questions. 2005.

Capitol Threat: A Ben Kincaid Mystery      RC 63110
by William Bernhardt
read by Stephen Hoye
3 cassettes
Following Capitol Murder (RC 61327), Oklahoma attorney Ben Kincaid takes on another case in Washington, D.C. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Prisoner of Guantánamo      RC 63134
by Dan Fesperman
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Guantánamo, Cuba. FBI interrogator Revere Falk is gaining the confidence of Yemeni teenager Adnan al-Hamdi. After an American soldier is washed ashore on Cuban soil, Adnan is taken away by the CIA. Falk is caught in a cat-and-mouse game of espionage that exposes his own secret past. Strong language. 2006.

Tattoo for a Slave      RC 63138
by Hortense Calisher
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Fictional family history spanning two centuries. Author of Sunday Jews (RC 56942) portrays the eccentric interplay of a Jewish woman’s gentlemanly Virginia father, German-immigrant mother, and array of relatives. She broods about the probability that ancestors owned slaves. Evokes the era of the father’s late-nineteenth-century relocation to New York. 2004.

Monkey Beach      RC 63141
by Eden Robinson
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
The tragedy of losing her brother Jimmy at sea prompts memories of Lisa’s childhood in British Columbia. She remembers haunting visions from the Haisla spirit world and the sorrow she felt at the deaths of her Native American activist uncle, her teenage boyfriend, and her tradition-loving grandmother. Some strong language. 2000.

Sourcery: A Novel of Discworld      RC 63143
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
As the eighth son of a wizard, young Coin is a sourcerer—a source of magic. Coin claims the title of Unseen University Archchancellor, the official leader of all wizards. The situation threatens to destroy Discworld and only honorary assistant librarian Rincewind can help. For senior high and older readers. 1988.

Dead Wrong: A Joanna Brady Mystery      RC 63146
by J.A. Jance
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Pregnant Cochise County, Arizona, sheriff Joanna Brady handles two tough cases. A border patrol officer finds the mutilated body of Brad Evans, an ex-con convicted of killing his wife, whose remains were never found. Also, an animal control officer is brutally beaten while on stakeout. Some strong language. 2006.

Death of an Ordinary Man      RC 63148
by Glen Duncan
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Recently deceased British teacher Nathan Clark rejoins the ongoing lives of his family as an omniscient observer. As he uncovers the circumstances of his passing, Nathan confronts his wife’s affair and his daughter’s violent death, intimately connected with his own. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2004.

Dirty White Boys      RC 63159
by Stephen Hunter
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Lamar Pye breaks out of an Oklahoma prison with his retarded cousin Odell and artist Richard, pursued by highway patrolman Bud Pewtie. The convicts hide out on the farm of disturbed Ruta Beth Tull and raise havoc until they are cornered. Violence and strong language. 1994.

Chéri and The Last of Chéri      RC 63165
by Colette
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Two novels concerning a love affair between a successful but aging courtesan, Léa de Lonval, and her spoiled young lover called Chéri. The intensity of their feelings is revealed when Chéri marries eighteen-year-old Edmée. Originally published in 1920 and 1926; 2001 introduction by Judith Thurman. 1951.

The Retreat      RC 63166
by Patrick Rambaud
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
June 1812. The French army enters Russia expecting a quick victory but soon discovers a desolate and abandoned Moscow. With winter approaching, Napoleon orders his frozen and starving forces to retreat, suffering thousands of casualties. Sequel to The Battle (RC 56662). Violence. 2000.

The New Woman: A Staggerford Novel      RC 63168
by Jon Hassler
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Eighty-seven-year-old retired teacher Agatha McGee grudgingly moves into the Sunset Senior Apartments and becomes embroiled in intrigue. She searches for valuables mistakenly buried in a coffin and babysits a kidnapped five-year-old girl. Agatha also starts a mental health support group that swells to include many citizens of Staggerford, Minnesota. 2005.

Talk Talk      RC 63173
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
When thirty-three-year-old Dana Halter runs a stop sign, she’s arrested for crimes committed by a man using her name. Dana’s plight is complicated by her deafness. Then Dana and her boyfriend, Bridger, begin a cross-country manhunt for the identity thief. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Man of War      RC 63188
by Alexander Kent
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
1817. Captain Adam Bolitho, the late Sir Richard Bolitho’s nephew, joins Vice-Admiral Bethune’s command as flag captain of the seventy-four-gun Athena. Bolitho voyages to the West Indies, encountering slave traders and a Portuguese renegade seeking Brazilian independence. Meanwhile, Bolitho’s sweetheart awaits his return in England. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Soul Music: A Novel of Discworld      RC 63194
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
When Death goes missing, his sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Susan, reluctantly leaves school to run the family business. Meanwhile in Ankh-Morpork, aspiring musician Imp—unaware of his scheduled termination—finds some success with a magical guitar. Susan hears his music and decides, problematically, to spare him. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

Ricochet      RC 63205
by Sandra Brown
read by Frank Coffee
3 cassettes
Detectives Duncan Hatcher and DeeDee Bowen are determined to bring crime lord Robert Savich to justice, even though judge Cato Laird lets him go. They become suspicious of the judge after being called to Laird’s home when his wife shoots an intruder. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Smitten      RC 63208
by Janet Evanovich
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
Desperate for work (and the know-how to fix up her home), divorced single mother Lizabeth Kane applies to be a carpenter for builder Matt Hallahan. Though skeptical of Lizabeth’s technical skills, Matt hires her and begins to fall for his new, albeit unlikely, employee. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1990.

Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do      RC 63215
by Pearl Cleage
read by Melissa Maxwell
2 cassettes
Just out of rehab and broke, Regina Burns leaves Washington, D.C., for Atlanta, where her late fiancé’s mother, motivational speaker Beth Davis, offers her a consulting job. Regina becomes involved with community activist Blue Hamilton and uncovers Davis family secrets while struggling to regain control of her life. 2003.

Aphrodite      RC 63260
by Russell Andrews
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
While investigating a journalist’s murder, Long Island detective Justin Westwood finds links to the victim’s last story, an obituary of a little-known actor. Encountering lies, more homicides, and suspicious FBI agents, Westwood uncovers a secret fountain-of-youth project run by a sinister cabal. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Fluke; or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings      RC 63266
by Christopher Moore
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
While studying humpbacks off Maui’s coast, biologist Nathan Quinn spots the words "bite me" on a whale’s tail fluke. Afterwards, Nate’s office is ransacked and his research destroyed. Nate and crew—including a flirtatious assistant, a stoned teenage surfer, and Nate’s lesbian ex-wife—begin searching for clues above and below the ocean. Strong language. 2003.

The Ecstatic; or, Homunculus      RC 63269
by Victor LaValle
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Anthony, a twenty-three-year-old, 315-pound college dropout suffering from dementia, returns home to live with his dysfunctional family in Queens, New York. He experiences surreal adventures involving his housecleaning job, correspondence with a militant Japanese convict, and an unrelenting pack of vicious dogs. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Mammoth Cheese      RC 63272
by Sheri Holman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Three Chimneys, Virginia, recently gained national attention for an eleven-infant multiple birth that ended sadly. Now in the limelight is Margaret Prickett, a near-bankrupt local cheesemaker. By sending a 1,235-pound cheese wheel to Washington, D.C., to support a pro-farm candidate the citizens regain their pride and unity. Strong language. 2003.

The Proud and the Free      RC 63274
by Howard Fast
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Elderly veteran Jamie Stuart relates his adventures as a twenty-two-year-old sergeant in the Continental Army’s Pennsylvania Line during the revolt of 1781, when his brigade of European immigrants rose up against the officer gentry. Stuart also reflects on his love for Molly Bracken and the sobering realities of life and war. 1950.

Swan      RC 63275
by Frances Mayes
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Swan, Georgia; July 1975. Archaeologist Ginger Mason and her reclusive brother, J.J., reunite when their mother’s body is mysteriously exhumed nearly twenty years after her apparent suicide. New investigations unearth long-buried family secrets as the siblings confront tragic childhood memories. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

The Night Gardener      RC 63285
by George Pelecanos
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
A teenage boy’s body is discovered in a community garden in Washington, D.C., recalling similar murders of twenty years ago. Retired detective T.C. Cook, disgraced ex-cop Dan "Doc" Holiday, and working detective Gus Ramone join forces to investigate. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

Twice Kissed      RC 63296
by Lisa Jackson
read by Anne Hancock
3 cassettes
Maggie McCrae reluctantly agrees to help her ex-brother-in-law, rancher Thane Walker, search for her missing twin sister, Denver television personality Marquise. Maggie is suspicious of Thane, especially since they were once lovers, but she falls for him anyway. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 1998.

First Impressions      RC 63381
by Nora Roberts
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
Sharpsburg, Maryland. Wealthy Vance Banning retreats to the countryside for peace and quiet and anonymity while neighbor Shane Abbot transforms her grandmother’s house into an antique shop. Vance resists his physical attraction to Shane and her cheerful optimism as long as he can. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1984.

Blind Spot      RC 63510
by Terri Persons
read by Coleen Marlo
2 cassettes
FBI agent Bernadette Saint Clare’s unusual gift enables her to see a crime scene through the killer’s eyes. On Bernadette’s latest assignment in St. Paul, Minnesota, colleague Tony Garcia questions her skills while her neighbor offers a clue to a murder. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

No Safe Place      RC 63511
by JoAnn Ross
read by Susan Denaker
2 cassettes
Chicago homicide detective Kate Delaney begins her own investigation into the death of her estranged sister in New Orleans after the local cops fail to pursue the truth. She enlists the help of a private investigator, ex-cop Nick Broussard. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

I Heard That Song Before      RC 63795
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Twenty-eight-year-old Englewood, New Jersey, librarian Kay Lansing and wealthy businessman Peter Carrington fall in love and marry after Kay approaches him about a fundraiser. Later Peter is arrested for the murder of a teenaged neighbor that took place twenty-two years ago. Kay believes Peter is innocent and investigates. Bestseller. 2007.

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Cassettes Nonfiction

Women of Adventure      RC 57695
by Jacqueline McLean
read by Peg Sylvester
1 cassette
Profiles seven courageous women of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Includes Mary Kingsley, a Victorian woman who traveled alone in Africa; Alexandra David-Neel, who risked prison to explore remote regions of Tibet; and Marguerite Baker Harrison, a journalist turned spy, who went on missions to Germany and Russia. For grades 6-9. 2003.

People with Mental Illness      RC 57879
by Gail B. Stewart
read by Carolyn Hecker
1 cassette
Presents the personal stories of four people with different mental illnesses and discusses how they handle the daily demands of family, social life, and medical treatments. Describes the effects of their conditions on their families and friends. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

You Must Be Joking! Lots of Cool Jokes      RC 58214
compiled by Paul Brewer
read by Russ Weinstein
1 cassette
Not only a collection of over two hundred jokes and riddles but also tips on writing, memorizing, and telling them. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Magic Hoofbeats: Horse Tales from Many Lands      RC 60393
retold by Josepha Sherman
read by Nicola Daval
1 cassette
Eight folktales about magical horses with special powers to help their riders triumph, gathered from North America, India, Russia, Iran, and Europe. Includes information about the different breeds of horses that live in these places. For grades 3-6. 2004.

George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides      RC 60394
by Rosalyn Schanzer
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Explores the character and beliefs of King George III of Great Britain and George Washington, commander-in-chief of the colonial army. Discusses the reasons they went to war and why there are no kings of the United States. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Endangered Plants      RC 60941
by D.M. Souza
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Discusses the role of plants in the ecosystem and the importance of their survival. Describes species threatened with extinction in the United States and outlines efforts to protect them. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Why Are People Refugees?      RC 62120
by Cath Senker
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
Explains the distinctions between a refugee and an internally displaced person or economic migrant as defined by the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention. Discusses war, persecution, economic hardship, and natural disasters as reasons people leave their homelands. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America      RC 62136
by Karen Blumenthal
read by Gabra Zackman
1 cassette
History and future of the Title IX law passed in 1972 that bans gender discrimination in U.S. schools receiving federal funding. Profiles female athletes and legislators. Follows the women’s movement and depicts political support and opposition for Title IX over three decades. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Outrageous Women of the Renaissance      RC 62474
by Vicki León
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
1 cassette
Profiles of fifteen outstanding European women from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries who broke barriers and achieved remarkable feats. Begins with Joan of Arc (1412–1431), a French peasant girl who led an army, and features queens, artists, rebels, and scientists. For grades 5-8. 1999.

Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit      RC 62515
by Eric L. Haney
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
A retired command sergeant major recounts his experiences as a founding member of a specialized army unit. Discusses the unit’s rigorous selection process and strenuous physical and mental training. Expresses his pride in serving with his fellow soldiers in Delta Force. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Knights, Castles, and Warfare in the Middle Ages      RC 62850
by Fiona Macdonald
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Explains who became knights and what their duties to the king were. Covers training, armor, horses, weapons, battle tactics, jousts, and tournaments. Discusses the design and construction of castles and the changes that occurred between A.D. 500 and 1500, the long period called the Middle Ages. For grades 5-8. 2006.

How Dinosaurs Took Flight: The Fossils, the Science, What We Think We Know, and the Mysteries Yet Unsolved      RC 62880
by Christopher Sloan
read by Robert Sams
1 cassette
Discusses the discovery in eastern China of the fossils of dinosaurs with feathers and wings. Focuses on the scientific investigations that led to the hypothesis that birds are descendants of ancient dinosaurs. Covers the evolution of feathers, flight, and birds. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Whale Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife      RC 62898
by Erich Hoyt
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Discusses different varieties of whales, explaining their habitats, behavior, and habits. Surveys the history of whaling, the threat of extinction, and the work of conservationists. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Friendly Four      RC 63006
by Eloise Greenfield
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Drummond, called Drum, worries that he’ll have a bummer summer, but then a new girl, Dorene, moves in down the street. The two meet Louis and the three meet Rae. Now the four friends share vacation fun. A story in free-verse poetry. For grades K-3. 2006.

American Medical Association Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen      RC 63009
by Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Advice for preteen girls on the physical and emotional changes experienced during puberty. Discusses acne, menstrual cramps, health, exercise, and weight issues. Also addresses resisting peer pressure to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, use drugs, and become sexually active. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Haiti      RC 63099
by Roseline NgCheong-Lum and Leslie Jermyn
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
An overview of the Caribbean island nation of Haiti, the world’s first black independent republic. Describes geography, environment, language, culture, heritage, lifestyle, religion, and food. Chronicles Haiti’s turbulent history and examines the twentieth-century economic and political situation, including challenges posed by poverty and internal strife. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles      RC 63200
by Kathryn Lasky
read by Dan Bloom
1 cassette
Follows volunteers in Massachusetts, Florida, and Mexico as they rescue endangered sea turtles, known as Kemp’s ridley turtles. Tells about finding stranded turtles on a cold beach, emergency treatment by veterinarians, and returning survivors to the ocean. For grades 3-6. ASPCA Award. 2001.

When the Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Soviet Communism      RC 63217
by Serge Schmemann
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
Covers German history leading to the creation and later dismantling of the Berlin Wall, symbol of the division between Communist and Western ideologies. Presents the author’s eyewitness account of the wall’s 1989 opening and subsequent events, with corresponding articles from the New York Times archives. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Switched On, Flushed Down, Tossed Out: Investigating the Hidden Workings of Your Home      RC 63301
by Trudee Romanek
read by Megan Burnett
1 cassette
Explains everyday household systems for electricity, water, waste, and heat. Presents facts, questions, and discussion about clean water supply, hot water, drainpipes, garbage and recycling, electric power lines, television, telephones, furnaces, air-conditioning, and saving energy. For grades 3-6. 2005.

The Founders: The Thirty-nine Stories behind the U.S. Constitution      RC 63361
by Dennis Brindell Fradin
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Biographical sketches of the thirty-nine men who wrote and signed the Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787. Biographies are arranged by the twelve states represented. Includes the full text of the Constitution. Companion to The Signers: The Fifty-six Stories behind the Declaration of Independence (RC 56435). For grades 5-8. 2005.

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Cassettes Fiction

Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog      RC 57582
by Graham McNamee
read by Don Hagen
1 cassette
Shy and the only white kid in his fourth grade class, Keath is an easy target for bullies. His friendship with classmate Lynda and her three-legged dog, Leftovers, helps Keath cope with visiting his beloved stroke-victim grandmother and stand up to his major tormentor in school. For grades 3-6. 2000.

Hear the Wind Blow      RC 57694
by Mary Downing Hahn
read by Bruce Nelson
2 cassettes
A compassionate act by thirteen-year-old Haswell Magruder toward a wounded Confederate soldier provokes the fury of the Yankees, who burn his family home, leaving Haswell and his seven-year-old sister, Rachel, to find refuge in wintry, war-torn Virginia. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2003.

Saving Lilly      RC 58216
by Peg Kehret
read by Peggy Gilleland
1 cassette
Sixth-graders Erin and David have researched the topic of circus animal abuse, so when their teacher schedules a field trip to the Glitter Tent Circus they refuse to go. Instead they raise money to send a mistreated elephant, Lilly, to an animal sanctuary. For grades 3-6. 2001.

The Journal of Sean Sullivan: A Transcontinental Railroad Worker      RC 59434
by William Durbin
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
In 1867 fifteen-year-old Sean Sullivan experiences both hardship and satisfaction when he joins his father in Omaha, Nebraska, to work on the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. For two years they toil under harrowing conditions until the country’s two coasts are connected by rail. For grades 4-7. 1999.

Nutcracker      RC 59454
retold by Susanne Koppe
read by Nicola Daval
1 cassette
Godfather Drosselmeier gives young Marie a nutcracker for Christmas. When Marie finds herself in a magical realm, she saves a boy from an evil curse. A retelling of the 1816 German story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Ida B . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World      RC 59693
by Katherine Hannigan
read by Grace Ragsdale
1 cassette
Ida B enjoys home-schooling and playing in her family’s apple orchard, so she feels frustrated and angry when her mother’s illness changes things. Ida B rebels against the sale of family land and attending public school until she learns the power of an apology. For grades 4-7. 2004.

The Journal of Jedediah Barstow: An Emigrant on the Oregon Trail; My Name Is America      RC 60054
by Ellen Levine
read by Richard Magesis
1 cassette
1845. Thirteen-year-old orphan Jedediah describes in his diary his wagon train journey to Oregon. He travels across rivers and sandy plains and confronts bears, rattlesnakes, and the challenges of living with the other settlers. For grades 4-7. 2002.

The Comic Book Mystery: A Boxcar Children Mystery      RC 60056
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny find a strange note inside a Captain Fantastic comic book. When the note is stolen, the children meet with the comic’s creator, Sid, and learn that someone is selling fake copies. Sid hires them to help find the counterfeiter. For grades 3-6. 2003.

The Tattletale Mystery: A Boxcar Children Mystery      RC 60061
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Someone called the Tattletale sends the Alden children strange notes hinting at an art-related mystery. When the Greenfield art gallery hosts its annual contest, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny connect the letters to a talented new painter who could be an imposter. For grades 3-6. 2003.

A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm      RC 60392
by Jon Koons
read by Barbara Rappaport
1 cassette
When the rabbi is out of town as the time for celebrating Hanukkah approaches, the villagers of Chelm don’t remember what to do. So Yossel travels down the road and returns with a new version of the Festival of Lights. For grades K-3. 2004.

The Last of the Roundup Boys      RC 60396
by Debra Seely
read by Neil Berman
1 cassette
Following Grasslands (RC 56393), Thomas Hunter, now seventeen, hires on as a cowboy on a cattle ranch in Kansas. He learns the challenges of herding work and begins a forbidden romance with the owner’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Evie. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2004.

Avram’s Gift      RC 60942
by Margie Blumberg
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
Mark doesn’t like the photograph of his stern looking great-great-grandfather Avram that is a family heirloom. But he changes his mind at Rosh Hashanah when his Grandpa Morris tells stories about this beloved ancestor and the gift Avram gave Morris when he departed Russia. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Criss Cross      RC 61389
by Lynne Rae Perkins
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Debbie—first met in All Alone in the Universe (RC 49604)—wishes something good would happen to her. She and other young teens in her hometown experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, and connect and disconnect as they search for meaning in life and love. For grades 6-9. Newbery Medal. 2005.

My Guardian Angel      RC 61395
by Sylvie Weil
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Eleventh-century France. Elvina, the twelve-year-old granddaughter of renowned Jewish rabbi Solomon ben Isaac, recounts what happens when she risks helping a runaway Crusader, one of the enemy. Relying on her guardian angel to protect her, Elvina proves to be self-reliant and an independent thinker nonetheless. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Pearl of the Soul of the World: The Darkangel Trilogy, Volume 3      RC 61862
by Meredith Ann Pierce
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
With the aid of a shimmering pearl, Aeriel battles the White Witch, reunites briefly with her husband Irrylath, and discovers her true destiny. Sequel to A Gathering of Gargoyles (RC 26582). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1990.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie      RC 62064
by David Lubar
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
In Scott’s first year of high school, he longs for more sleep, writes a journal for his sibling who will soon be born, and joins many school activities to attract freshman goddess Julia. Along the way, Scott loses old friends and makes unlikely new ones. For grades 6-9. 2005.

The Claidi Collection: Book 1, Wolf Tower; Book 2, Wolf Star; Book 3, Wolf Queen      RC 62463
by Tanith Lee
read by Terry Donnelly
4 cassettes
Sixteen-year-old Claidi confides in a journal her thoughts about being a slave and maid to Lady Jade Leaf. When she escapes with a captive prince, her adventures begin, unlocking secrets of her past and leading to the love of her life. For grades 6-9. 1998.

Alice on Her Way      RC 62502
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
While Alice is adjusting to her new stepmother and changes at home, she and her girlfriends manage an unchaperoned night out on a school trip to New York City. Sequel to Including Alice (RC 58564). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Wizards at War      RC 62556
by Diane Duane
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
3 cassettes
Nita and Kit team up when a strange darkness of the mind and heart overcomes the older wizards, stealing away their power and thereby forcing the younger wizards into a war to save the world. Sequel to Wizard’s Holiday (RC 61210). For grades 5-8. 2005.

The Traitor: Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1885      RC 62592
by Laurence Yep
read by Derald Breneman
2 cassettes
Wyoming Territory, 1885. Chinese American Joseph Young makes friends with town outcast Michael Purdy, despite the prejudices and racial tensions in their coal-mining community of Rock Springs. The Westerners’ resentment toward the Chinese explodes, testing the unlikely friendship between Michael and Joseph. For grades 6-9. 2003.

A Bear Named Trouble      RC 62598
by Marion Dane Bauer
read by Walter Dixon
1 cassette
Ten-year-old Jonathan likes to imagine himself as various animals in the Alaska zoo where his father works. But when a wild brown bear kills his favorite white goose, Jonathan reports the incident to the media without thinking of the consequences to the bear. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane      RC 62599
by Kate DiCamillo
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
A proud toy rabbit named Edward, presented to Abilene Tulane on her seventh birthday, does not appreciate Abilene’s love until he is lost at sea. As he passes from one owner to the next, he begins to open his heart and learns to love. For grades 3-6. 2006.

Nicholas      RC 62698
by René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
The escapades of a French schoolboy, Nicholas, who turns ordinary events into disasters. Clean, combed boys become fist-fighting ruffians before the class photograph is taken, players bicker on the soccer field, and Nicholas entices home a dog that is not a stray. For grades 4-7. Batchelder Honor Book. 1959.

Web of Lies      RC 62700
by Beverley Naidoo
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
In this continuation of The Other Side of Truth (RC 54378), Sade’s twelve-year-old brother, Femi, becomes involved with a criminal gang at their school in London. When Femi is arrested on possible murder charges, the Nigerian family’s refugee status is again in jeopardy. For grades 5-8. 2004.

The Only One Club      RC 62701
by Jane Naliboff
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Jennifer is the only one in her class making decorations for Hanukah instead of Christmas. So she starts the "Only One Club" with a glitzy badge. When her friends want to join, Jennifer realizes that they are all "only one" in different ways. For grades K-3. 2004.

A Ring of Endless Light      RC 62741
by Madeleine L’Engle
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Sixteen-year-old Vicky Austin confronts her feelings about death when she and her family spend the summer with her seriously ill grandfather on an island off the New England coast. Three young men vie for her attentions, and one introduces her to a pod of dolphins. For grades 6-9. Newbery Honor Book. 1980.

Gossamer      RC 62745
by Lois Lowry
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette
A young dream-giver with a gossamer touch tries to save an eight-year-old boy whose anger at his abusive parents is made worse by a Sinisteed, an inflicter of nightmares. The dream-giver also bestows dreams on the lonely woman who provides a foster home to the boy. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride: Mercy Watson, Book 2      RC 62778
by Kate DiCamillo
read by Anne Hancock
1 cassette
On Saturdays Mr. Watson likes to go for a drive in his convertible with his pig, Mercy. But one Saturday Mercy jumps onto Mr. Watson’s lap, takes over the steering wheel, and surprises a policeman. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2006.

I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials      RC 62878
by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Twelve-year-old Deliverance Trembley writes in her diary about the fears and doubts that arise concerning the witch hunt and trials in Salem Village, Massachusetts, during the winter of 1691–1692. She is deeply affected when her pious friend, Goody Corey, is condemned as a witch. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Figgs and Phantoms      RC 62884
by Ellen Raskin
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Chronicles the fantastic adventures of the Figg family after they leave show business and settle in the town of Pineapple. Young Mona’s favorite relative is her Uncle Florence, a book dealer who is leaving soon for mysterious Capri. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1974.

The Prophet of Yonwood      RC 62892
by Jeanne DuPrau
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Yonwood, North Carolina. Eleven-year-old Nickie figures out how to identify both good and evil when she witnesses the townspeople’s reactions to the apocalyptic visions of their neighbor, Althea Tower. Prequel to City of Ember (RC 59907) and People of Sparks (RC 60098). For grades 5-8. 2006.

The Patch      RC 62922
by Justina Chen Headley
read by Barbara Caruso
1 cassette
Five-year-old Becca, a budding ballerina, comes to school wearing glasses, a patch to correct her lazy eye, and her brother’s pirate costume. She has such creative answers to questions about her eye patch that all her classmates want eye patches, too. For grades K-3. 2006.

Archer’s Quest      RC 63007
by Linda Sue Park
read by Robert Sams
1 cassette
Dorchester, New York. Kevin is home alone doing homework when an arrow pins his baseball cap to the wall. The stranger in his bedroom introduces himself as Koh Chu-mong—a famous archer from first-century-B.C. Korea. Kevin must help the archer return to his own time. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Princess Academy      RC 63020
by Shannon Hale
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
When it is decreed that Prince Steffan of Danland will choose a bride from remote Mount Eskel, Miri and all the village girls—including newly arrived Britta—attend a princess academy to prepare them for the potential honor. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 2005.

The Will of the Empress      RC 63054
by Tamora Pierce
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
On a visit to her devious cousin Empress Berenene, sixteen-year-old Sandry relies on her former friends and fellow mages, Daja, Tris, and Briar, to protect her from the Empress’s plot to keep her in Namorn. Companion to the Circle of Magic quartet (RC 49333–RC 49336). For grades 6-9. 2005.

Boys Rock!      RC 63069
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by John Polk
1 cassette
The Hatford brothers write a historical town newspaper for their summer project. Joining forces with the Malloy sisters leads to the usual rivalry plus ghost rumors, a news scoop, fact-checking mistakes, and a surprising historical find. Sequel to Girls Rule! (RC 60175). For grades 3-6. 2005.

Only You Can Save Mankind: The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, Book 1      RC 63153
by Terry Pratchett
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
England, early 1990s. Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell plays a computer war game called Only You Can Save Mankind while his television displays the ongoing Gulf War. To Johnny, the two wars blend together as he becomes involved in the plight of the alien ScreeWee. For grades 5-8. 1992.

On the Other Side of the Hill: The Rose Years, Book 4      RC 63178
by Roger Lea MacBride
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
In the early 1900s, young Rose Wilder and her pioneer family struggle with a series of natural disasters, including a cyclone, on their farm in Missouri. Sequel to In the Land of the Big Red Apple (RC 42000). For grades 4-7. 1995.

Zahrah the Windseeker      RC 63190
by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Ooni Kingdom. Although born with the special sign of vines in her hair, Zahrah feels like a normal thirteen-year-old girl until her best friend Dari is bitten by a snake. Searching the Forbidden Greeny Jungle for an antidote, Zahrah finds courage, knowledge, and hidden powers. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Alice in the Know      RC 63360
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Alice fills the summer before her junior year of high school with a job at the mall. She’s also coping with a friend who has cancer, her brother’s romantic breakup, and staying true to herself when some of her friends make bad choices. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.

Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff!      RC 63371
by Jessica Scott Kerrin
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Three stories about Martin at home and at school. "Riddles" is about school bus drivers, "Faster Blaster" concerns telling lies, and "Smithereens" tells about exploding friendships and rockets. A beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2005.

Martin Bridge: On the Lookout!      RC 63459
by Jessica Scott Kerrin
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Three of Martin’s adventures. In "Yesterday’s Party" Laila mistakenly arrives a day late for Martin’s birthday party. In "Field Trip" Martin forgets his permission slip for the class outing to a dinosaur exhibit. In "Polly" he accidentally lets the class parakeet escape. A beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2005.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Leonardo da Vinci      RC 61057
por Sara Cuadrado
leído por Maria Pino
1 cassette
Biografía del famoso pintor y genio del Renacimiento, conocido por su obra "La Ultima Cena" y otras pinturas así como por sus investigaciones científicas que anticiparon los descubrimientos e inventos modernos. Traza la vida de Leonardo da Vinci desde su nacimiento en 1452 hasta su muerte en 1519. (Biography of the famous painter and genius of the Renaissance best known for "The Last Supper" and other artworks, as well as for scientific investigations that reflect reasoning far ahead of its time. Covers da Vinci’s life from his birth in 1452 to his death in 1519.) 2005.

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