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Cassettes Nonfiction

The Girl Who Married a Lion and Other Tales from Africa    RC 60397
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Over thirty traditional folktales from Zimbabwe and Botswana retold by the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Includes stories of talking hyenas, a child made of wax, clever cannibals who get their comeuppance, and a wife who suspects her husband may be a lion in disguise. 1989.

Chinese Mythology: An Introduction    RC 60896
by Anne Birrell
read by Victoria Gordon
4 cassettes
English translations of some three hundred representative myths from more than one hundred classical Chinese texts. Selections are grouped thematically covering topics such as creation, gods, divine birth, love, heroes, the natural world, and immortality. Includes introduction and explanatory notes analyzing the context and significance of each narrative. 1993.

One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner    RC 61237
by Jay Parini
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
4 cassettes
Biographer of John Steinbeck (RC 41413) analyzes the life of Nobel Prize-winning southern novelist William Faulkner (1897–1962). Traces his childhood in Oxford, Mississippi, and emphasizes the integral roles of region and family background in Faulkner's literary masterpieces. Some strong language. 2004.

The Best American Sports Writing 2005    RC 61388
edited by Mike Lupica
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Twenty-nine articles from sports and general-interest periodicals. Diverse collection includes Steve Coll's Washington Post story about the death in Afghanistan of pro football player-turned-soldier Pat Tillman and Tom Verducci's celebration of Red Sox fans following Boston's World Series victory. Introduction by columnist and author Mike Lupica. Some strong language. 2005.

The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World    RC 61478
by Alan Downs
read by Bruce Nelson
1 cassette
Gay psychologist offers anecdotes from his practice and clinical research to help gay men cope with the shame they may feel because of their sexual orientation. Discusses typical childhood development, identity crises, and relationships. 2005.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson    RC 61494
by Geoffrey C. Ward
read by Chuck Young
4 cassettes
The author of Jazz (RC 52433) traces the life of Jack Johnson (1878–1946), the first African American heavyweight world boxing champion. Discusses, within the social context of the time, Johnson's individuality, three marriages to white women, competitions, and trouble with the law. Some strong language. 2004.

Laurence Olivier: A Biography    RC 61601
by Donald Spoto
read by John Lescault
3 cassettes
Author of Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman (RC 53248) chronicles the life of renowned actor and director Laurence Olivier (1907–1989). Through interviews with the Shakespearean's friends and colleagues on two continents, biographer Spoto reconstructs Olivier's sixty-year career and documents his marriages, personal upheavals, and final illness. 1992.

The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq    RC 61609
by John Crawford
read by Michael Kramer
1 cassette
The author relates his 2003 tour of duty in Iraq after being called up as a newlywed college senior and member of the Florida National Guard. Describes patrols in Baghdad, missions in the countryside, equipment problems, inadequate leadership, and the plight of an infantryman. Violence and strong language. 2005.

The Big Bands    RC 61651
by George T. Simon
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
Former editor-in-chief of Metronome magazine and the original drummer for the Glenn Miller orchestra tells insider accounts of bandleaders, vocalists, and instrumentalists of swing-era big bands. Profiles Count Basie, Les Brown, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, and others. Includes discography and a foreword by Frank Sinatra. 1967.

It's One o'Clock and Here Is Mary Margaret McBride: A Radio Biography    RC 61681
by Susan Ware
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
Biography of radio personality Mary Margaret McBride (1899–1976), who hosted a popular afternoon broadcast during the 1940s and 1950s. Traces the history and development of daytime radio during the twentieth century and the talk-show innovations introduced by McBride that became hallmarks of later call-in shows. 2005.

The Prentice Hall Anthology of African American Women's Literature    RC 61904
edited by Valerie Lee
read by Gail Nelson
8 cassettes in 2 containers
African American women's writings from 1746 to the twenty-first century encompass poetry, autobiography, slave narratives, letters, fiction, drama, and ballads. Themes range from growing up, poverty, and family issues to civil rights. Includes authors from Lucy Terry Prince and Phillis Wheatley to Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. Strong language. 2006.

The Best American Essays 2005    RC 61936
edited by Susan Orlean
read by Kimberly Schraf
3 cassettes
Wide-ranging works culled from the New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and other periodicals. In "Dog Trouble" Cathleen Schine reflects on her relationship with an impossible pooch. In other writings David Foster Wallace considers the morality of boiling a lobster and Ian Frazier ponders the pleasures of forgetting. 2005.

The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time    RC 61937
by Michael Craig
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Author of The Fifty Best (and Worst) Business Deals of All Time (RC 53243) chronicles a three-year poker game, begun at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas, that had more than fifteen million dollars on the table. Depicts some of the world's greatest poker players, including banker Andrew Beal. 2005.

From Kitchen to Market: Selling Your Gourmet Food Specialty    RC 61968
by Stephen F. Hall
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Industry consultant's guide to entering the gourmet food business. Provides advice on start-up costs, product development, packaging, marketing, order processing, and business management. Includes real-life scenarios, sample forms, and updated information on organic markets, government regulations, trade journals, associations, and resources. 2005.

A History of the Jews in the Modern World    RC 61983
by Howard M. Sachar
read by Suzanne Toren
9 cassettes in 2 containers
Professor Emeritus at George Washington University presents an extensive overview of Jewish history between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries. Discusses the era of pogroms, the Holocaust, political Zionism, Jewish life in America, and the rise of modern anti-Semitism. Updated edition of The Course of Modern Jewish History (RC 28088). 2005.

The Best American Poetry, 2005    RC 62016
edited by Paul Muldoon
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet presents seventy-five of the year's outstanding poems, many of which juxtapose the extraordinary with the mundane. Includes Stephen Dunn's "Five Roses in the Morning" and works by John Ashbery, Jane Hirshfield, Adrienne Rich, W.D. Snodgrass, Charles Wright, and others. 2005.

Tune in Tomorrow; or, How I Found the Right to Happiness with Our Gal Sunday, Stella Dallas, John's Other Wife, and Other Sudsy Radio Serials    RC 62039
by Mary Jane Higby
read by Nicola Daval
2 cassettes
A "daytime serial star" from the Golden Age of Radio reminisces about her career on several soap operas from 1932 in her hometown of Hollywood to her 1939 move to New York City. Details the history of the industry, including censorship, advertising, and program ratings. 1966.

Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer    RC 62040
by James L. Swanson
read by Don Hagen
3 cassettes
Chronicles the days after the April 14, 1865, assassination of Abraham Lincoln as Union cavalry searched the city and surrounding countryside for John Wilkes Booth. Covers the capture of Booth, the trial of the coconspirators, and the fight over the reward money. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason    RC 62053
by Sam Harris
read by Constance Crawford
3 cassettes
An analysis of the clash between reason and faith in the modern era of weapons of mass destruction. Argues organized religion is illogical, without proof, and therefore divisive and de-humanizing. Explains that respect for evidence and rational discourse promoting peaceful cooperation are paramount for survival. 2004.

Coming Home to Myself    RC 62059
by Wynonna Judd
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Autobiography of award-winning country singer. Recalls her impoverished childhood and her sudden success singing duets with her mom, Naomi, who wrote Love Can Build a Bridge (RC 37934). Wynonna describes her personal and professional life and her continuing efforts to improve mentally, spiritually, and physically. 2005.

Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports    RC 62092
by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Journalists from the San Francisco Chronicle highlight the role of the Bay Area Lab Cooperative (BALCO)—a nutritional supplement company—in supplying professional athletes with banned substances. Concentrates on owner Victor Conte's involvement with baseball player Barry Bonds and the 2003 investigation led by IRS agent Jeff Novitzky. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Modern Times    RC 62221
by Margaret K. Nydell
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Linguist at Georgetown University presents the fourth edition of her guide written for westerners to understand the culture of the Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Covers social interactions, etiquette, women's status, communication styles, anti-Americanism, and the rise of Islamism. Studies the differences between Arab countries. 2006.

Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager's Story    RC 62332
by Said Hyder Akbar and Susan Burton
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Provides an insider's view of the post-Taliban Afghanistan government. The author describes his father's return to Afghanistan in December 2001 as President Hamid Karzai's spokesman and later governor of Kunar province, and his own experiences while spending summers there beginning in 2002. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All Its Moods    RC 62333
by Michael Wex
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
A Yiddish-speaking professor and translator examines the features of Jewish life and faith that contributed to the development of Yiddish over the past thousand years. Covers subjects such as food, sex, death, kvetching (complaining), and humor to provide the context for understanding colorful Yiddish words, idioms, expressions, and metaphors. 2005.

Traveling Literary America: A Complete Guide to Literary Landmarks    RC 62438
by B.J. Welborn
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Two hundred sites where influential writers lived, worked, or are remembered. Locations, organized by region, include museums, memorials, homes such as the house where Margaret Mitchell penned Gone with the Wind, and inspirational spots such as Thoreau's Walden Pond. Provides biographical details, directions, contact information, and hours of operation. 2005.

Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction    RC 62440
by Eugenie C. Scott
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
Director of an evolution advocacy group surveys the evolution versus creation debate. Examines the scientific, religious, educational, political, historical, and legal aspects of the controversy through articles, essays, and court cases for and against each side. Highlights topics like the teaching of intelligent design and the transitional fossil record. 2004.

The Devil's Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America    RC 62455
by Barnet Schecter
read by Peter Johnson
4 cassettes
Recounts the July 1863 New York City riots begun by Irish Catholics in response to the first federal conscription, which exempted those who could pay three hundred dollars. Describes attacks on wealthy people and African Americans. Details the social and political issues behind the uprising. 2005.

Above Us Only Sky    RC 62545
by Marion Winik
read by Aimee Jolson
2 cassettes
Author Marion Winik, a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered, presents essays and articles on the struggle to find meaning from her life experiences. In the title piece, Winik recalls being twenty-two and infatuated with her best friend's boyfriend. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

The Uncommercial Traveller    RC 62550
by Charles Dickens
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
Thirty-seven essays by Charles Dickens published in the weekly journal All the Year Round between 1860 and 1869. Dickens records his observations of people and places in "Travelling Abroad," "Arcadian London," "The Italian Prisoner," "Bound for the Great Salt Lake," "In the French-Flemish Country," "Aboard Ship," and others. 1869.

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing) More than 160 Indoor Plants    RC 62554
by Barbara Pleasant
read by Catherine Byers
3 cassettes
Identification and care of 160 common flowering and foliage houseplants. Discusses feeding, cleaning, pruning, repotting, and watering, as well as soil, terrariums, bonsai, diseases, drainage, fungus, bugs, lighting, propagation, and more. 2005.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals    RC 62557
by Michael Pollan
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Author examines the industrial, organic, and hunter-gatherer stages of the modern human food chain, from field to table. Discusses the moral and psychological implications of supermarket shopping and fast-food consumption versus participating directly in obtaining meals from nature. Bestseller. 2006.

Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only Fifteen Minutes a Week!    RC 62559
by Phil Town
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
A river-rafting guide-turned-millionaire contends that consumers can get returns of 15 percent or more by following a primary investment rule: don't lose money. Urges consumers to avoid mutual funds, which can stagnate, and buy company shares by thinking like a business owner, not a stock investor. 2006.

Charlemagne's Tablecloth: A Piquant History of Feasting    RC 62573
by Nichola Fletcher
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
Food writer offers a collection of essays exploring what she deems "the ultimate transient art" of extravagant eating. Discusses Roman, medieval, Renaissance, Persian, English, Japanese, and Chinese feasting traditions encompassing meal hosts, participants, ingredients, and occasions. Details history's grandest banquets and oddities such as Emperor Charlemagne's rumored asbestos tablecloth. 2004.

Augustine: A New Biography    RC 62607
by James J. O'Donnell
read by George Holmes
4 cassettes
Professor of classics at Georgetown University reexamines the life of Augustine (354–430 C.E.), taking into account writings discovered in the late twentieth century. Rethinks Augustine's earlier works in light of letters and sermons he wrote while serving as priest and bishop in Hippo during his last years. 2005.

Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey—The Sweet Liquid Gold That Seduced the World    RC 62617
by Holley Bishop
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Explores the lore and natural history of bees and their delicious product. The author, a honey aficionado, interweaves a description of the culture of bees with a personal account of establishing her own hives. Discusses her three-year apprenticeship with commercial beekeeper Donald Smiley. Includes interviews with Bishop and Smiley. 2005.

Enrique's Journey    RC 62628
by Sonia Nazario
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist expands on her Los Angeles Times articles about immigrants traveling from Central America to the United States. Follows the harrowing journey of seventeen-year-old Honduran Enrique, who, feeling abandoned, tried to rejoin his mother, who had been in America for more than a decade. Violence. 2006.

The Hudson: A History    RC 62666
by Tom Lewis
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
An overview of the Hudson River region since its seventeenth-century discovery by Europeans and changes to the area over time. Details its geography from the Adirondacks to New York City. Discusses the waterway's importance in travel, commerce, industry, and war and as an inspiration to artists, writers, and environmentalists. 2005.

Fortitude: The D-Day Deception Campaign    RC 62677
by Roger Hesketh
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Official account of the World War II Allied operation to deceive the Nazis about the location of the planned D-Day invasion of Europe. Describes elaborate ruses, double agents, and leaks of misinformation that permitted a successful assault at Normandy in 1944. 2000.

The Gospel of Judas from Codex Tchacos    RC 62687
edited by Rodolphe Kasser and Marvin Meyer
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
National Geographic Society publication of a restored third- or fourth-century Gnostic, Coptic manuscript discovered in Egypt in the 1970s. Text translation portrays Judas Iscariot as a disciple who obeys Jesus's request to betray him. Essays explain the historical and religious context of the papyrus codex. Bestseller. 2006.

The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body    RC 62720
by Desmond Morris
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Zoologist presents the biological aspects of female anatomy—hair, eyes, mouth, breasts, legs, and feet. Discusses how human societies have sought to modify and embellish certain attributes using implants, tattoos, body piercing, cosmetics, false fingernails, and circumcision, among other ways. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Territorial Imperative: A Personal Inquiry into the Animal Origins of Property and Nations    RC 62742
by Robert Ardrey
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Playwright and anthropologist contends that humanity's tendency to claim an area of space is "a consequence not of human choice but of evolutionary inheritance." Demonstrates ways people display territorial behaviors similar to those of wild animals. Also discusses the impact of territoriality on family loyalties, morality, sex, and war. 1966.

Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore    RC 62743
by James T. Patterson
read by Peter Johnson
5 cassettes
Continues the narrative of American history, politics, society, and economics that ended with Richard Nixon's resignation in Grand Expectations (RC 43349). Concentrates on the subjects of race, "culture wars," and conservatism. Highlights the Reagan era and the Supreme Court case that determined the outcome of the 2000 presidential election. 2005.

Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny    RC 62749
by Hill Harper
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
1 cassette
The African American actor, a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, details his own upbringing and imparts inspirational advice to young men. Offers words of wisdom about family, education, money, sex, and relationships. Includes e-mails from fans. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

Dissonance: The Turbulent Days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run    RC 62752
by David Detzer
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
Chronicles the first one hundred days of the Civil War, beginning April 12, 1861, when Washington, D.C., itself was vulnerable to Confederate attack. Describes events as armies multiplied, states chose sides, Baltimore mobs rioted, slaves ran away, and Union forces blockaded Southern ports. Companion to Allegiance (RC 54746). 2006.

The Family of Adoption    RC 62781
by Joyce Maguire Pavao
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Advice to birth and adoptive parents and their children delves into the psychological and social dynamics of adoption. Stresses counseling and a commitment to the best interests of the child. Addresses the problems of these children as they mature. Includes information on international, transracial, and special-needs adoption. 1998.

Desperate Networks    RC 62794
by Bill Carter
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Examines major television networks-ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox—during a transitional period for prime-time shows and news reporting as familiar anchors retire. Discusses movers and shakers Katie Couric, Les Moonves, Simon Cowell, Dan Rather, Jeff Zucker, Teri Hatcher, Conan O'Brien, Donald Trump, and others. Bestseller. 2006.

My Father Is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud    RC 62810
by Janna Malamud Smith
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
The author offers a portrait of her beloved father, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Bernard Malamud (1914–1986). Draws on his private letters and journals and her own memories to explore her father's life and work, teaching career, and artistic dedication. She reminisces about her childhood that included both "pleasure and confusion." 2006.

On Intelligence    RC 62852
by Jeff Hawkins
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Computer designer of the PalmPilot explains in layman's terms how the human brain works. Details the function of the neocortex, memory formation, and the nature of human thought. Explains why computers aren't intelligent, but hypothesizes that intelligent machines can eventually be built. 2004.

Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes, and Trial of a "Desk Murderer"    RC 62868
by David Cesarani
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
British scholar explores long-unavailable sources to chronicle Nazi administrator Adolf Eichmann's evolution from bureaucrat to mass murderer. Traces Eichmann's middle-class Austrian childhood, advance through the SS ranks during the 1930s, capture in Argentina in 1960, 1961 trial in Jerusalem, and execution the following year. 2004.

The Best You Can Be: A Teen's Guide to Fitness and Nutrition    RC 62887
by Christopher Hovius
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Guide to attaining physical and mental health through proper diet and exercise. Discusses how body image affects self-esteem. Covers nutrition and exercise basics as well as supplements, eating disorders, the risks of fad dieting, and the importance of making informed lifestyle decisions. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Biohazards: Humanity's Battle with Infectious Disease    RC 62888
by Sean M. Grady and John Tabak
read by Mark Delgado
2 cassettes
Describes the nature, growth, transmission, societal effects, and treatments of potentially dangerous, disease-causing microorganisms called biohazards. Traces outbreaks through history such as the Black Death and polio, and modern threats such as anthrax, West Nile virus, and AIDS and their use in biological warfare. For senior high readers. 2006.

Gunstories: Life-Changing Experiences with Guns    RC 62897
by S. Beth Atkin
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Accounts of positive or negative encounters with guns at home, on the streets, and through organizations. Eighteen-year-old Todd Endsley describes learning to shoot at a 4-H club. Sixteen-year-old Adam Galvan recalls accidentally shooting himself in the face when he was twelve. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Drugs 101: An Overview for Teens    RC 62899
by Margaret O. Hyde and John F. Setaro
read by Barbara Pinolini
1 cassette
Examines physical, psychological, social, and legal effects of illicit drug use and discusses the legalization debate. Summarizes the characteristics of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, club drugs, prescription medications, inhalants, and other substances. Includes information and resources on prevention, treatment, and helping a friend cope. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir    RC 62900
by Wole Soyinka
read by David Cutler
5 cassettes
Nigerian continues his autobiography begun in Aké (RC 47295). Describes the period from the 1950s to 2005 when he was a political activist and playwright in postcolonial Africa. Covers his imprisonment, exile, and 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature. Describes the corruption and turmoil he witnessed in his beloved country. 2006.

Lightning out of Lebanon: Hezbollah Terrorists on American Soil    RC 62907
by Tom Diaz and Barbara Newman
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
Describes the origins of the terrorist group Hezbollah, founded in 1982 in Lebanon with backing from Iran and links to Al Qaeda. Profiles the activities of a sleeper cell in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2000 that was convicted of cigarette and drug smuggling to finance Hezbollah. Some strong language. 2005.

The Skills to Pay the Bills: The Story of the Beastie Boys    RC 62931
by Alan Light
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
Follows the career of New York rap musicians the Beastie Boys—white Jewish teenagers who formed their band in 1981. Interviews Adam Yauch, Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond, and colleagues to explain how they made rap popular on the mainstream music charts. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom    RC 62933
by Huston Smith
read by Lewis Grenville
2 cassettes
The author recounts his conversations with ten Native American religious leaders during the 1999 Parliament of World Religions in Cape Town, South Africa, who discuss protection of their right to practice their beliefs. Features Oglala Lakota Charlotte Black Elk, Navajo Frank Dayish Jr., Pawnee Walter Echo-Hawk, and others. 2006.

Hotel California: The True-Life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Mitchell, Taylor, Browne, Ronstadt, Geffen, the Eagles, and Their Many Friends     RC 62950
by Barney Hoskyns
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
British music journalist highlights the singer/songwriters who dominated Southern California in the mid 1960s to the late 1970s. Describes how former hippies became millionaire superstars with help from their producers. Strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Teen Spirit: One World, Many Paths; Your Guide to Spirituality and Religion     RC 63005
by Paul B. Raushenbush
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Pastor answers young peoples' questions about religion to help promote interfaith understanding. Focuses on the basic teachings and traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, discussing each religion's viewpoint on various topics such as tattooing, piercing, premarital sex, drugs, and alcohol. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith    RC 63012
by Andrew Wilson
read by Faith Potts
5 cassettes
Biography of critically acclaimed suspense author Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995), whose works include the psychopathic Tom Ripley character. Uses her private diaries and assorted interviews to portray the psychologically complex gay woman. Presents Highsmith as having an unpleasant personality and describes her creative process and family secrets. Edgar Award. 2003.

The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response    RC 63018
by Peter Balakian
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Black Dog of Fate (RC 46395) author presents a dual history: the Turkish massacres of Armenians from the 1890s through 1915 vis-à-vis the American effort to provide Armenia with humanitarian aid. Discusses the U.S. government's failure to intervene to stop the slaughter. Profiles human-rights leaders like Clara Barton. Some violence. 2003.

Mirror Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection    RC 63023
by Mark Pendergrast
read by Margaret Strom
4 cassettes
Historian who wrote For God, Country, and Coca-Cola (RC 37911) traces the significance of reflective surfaces from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Surveys the social, religious, artistic, and literary applications of mirrors and details their scientific use. 2003.

The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods: More than Two Hundred Recipes for Creating Old Favorites with New Flours    RC 63032
by Bette Hagman
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Author of a series of gluten-free cookbooks, who has lived with celiac disease for three decades, offers a full range of recipes using gluten-free flours such as amaranth, buckwheat, millet, montina, quinoa, sorghum, and teff. Includes appetizers, casseroles, pasta, meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, sandwiches, and desserts. 2004.

How Hollywood Invented the Wild West: Featuring the Real West, Campfire Melodies, Matinee Idols, Four-legged Friends, Cowgirls, and Lone Guns    RC 63035
by Holly George-Warren
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Chronicle of the American movie industry's version of the heroic cowboy —"the greatest myth America has ever known"—shows how that image transformed popular culture. Explores 1860s dime-novel westerns, turn-of-the-century movie milestones, 1950s television cowboys, and the 1990s resurgence of the western, among other topics. 2002.

Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F.B. Morse    RC 63038
by Kenneth Silverman
read by Faith Potts
4 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer relates the life and times of Massachusetts-born artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791–1872), dot-dash alphabet inventor and disputed creator of the electric telegraph. Describes Morse's early portrait-painting career, later political campaigns, personal life, and lifelong battle with anxiety and depression. 2003.

Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould    RC 63041
by Kevin Bazzana
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
Biography of acclaimed pianist Gould (1932–1982) by freelance writer with a doctorate in music. Using a decade of research and interviews with the musician's friends and colleagues, Bazzana aims to place Gould's performances and his opposition to convention within the context of his religious, upper middle-class Canadian childhood. 2004.

Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town    RC 63045
by Paul Theroux
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
Chronicle of intrepid traveler Theroux heading down the African continent from Cairo by local transportation. Describes revisiting forty-year-old friendships, observes everyday occurrences in detail, and notes political and social events in the countries he passes through. His trip concludes in South Africa. Some strong language. 2003.

Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield    RC 63046
by Kenneth D. Ackerman
read by Robert Sams
4 cassettes
Account of the 1880 Republican convention that unexpectedly nominated Ohio's Garfield for president, followed by his razor-thin election victory. Capitol Hill veteran details the period's prominent political players and intense party infighting. Describes the bitter patronage disputes that marked Garfield's short presidency and prompted his assassination by a job-seeking malcontent. 2003.

The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance    RC 63050
by Anthony Gottlieb
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
Using primary sources, the executive editor of the Economist interprets the evolution of Western philosophy for over a thousand years. Questioning the conventional wisdom of standard histories of philosophy, Gottlieb offers insights into various thinkers' themes, beliefs, and values, and draws attention to the cultural contexts of their work. 2000.

Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy    RC 63089
by Andro Linklater
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Explains how surveying land in colonial America determined the use of nonmetric measurements and standards still used today in the United States. Discusses Thomas Jefferson's proposals and why a British mathematician's twenty-two-yard surveying chain triumphed. 2002.

The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle    RC 63092
by Eric Lax
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Describes how in 1940 Oxford scientists Howard Florey, Ernst Chain, and Norman Heatley developed an antibiotic wonder drug from the mold discovered by Alexander Fleming twelve years earlier. Explains penicillin's lifesaving impact on treating infections, especially of World War II soldiers. Covers the controversy surrounding the 1945 Nobel Prize. 2004.

The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America     RC 63103
by Gus Russo
read by Jake Williams
5 cassettes
Chronicles the rise and fall of the Chicago underworld syndicate. This well-organized, tightly run cartel maintained a low profile in managing its criminal network, successfully exercising national control over a number of illicit activities for more than fifty years. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2001.

Wedgwood: The First Tycoon    RC 63139
by Brian Dolan
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
History professor details the life of Englishman Josiah Wedgwood (1730–1795) from apprentice to master potter, scientist, and business tycoon. Covers his creation of Wedgwood pottery, division-of-labor practices, use of an early time clock, marketing skills, and concern for and care of his employees. Some strong language. 2004.

Regaining Bladder Control: What Every Woman Needs to Know    RC 63140
by Rebecca G. Rogers, Shelley Kleinschmidt, and Janet Yagoda Shagam
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Comprehensive guide to coping with and improving urinary incontinence due to overactive bladder or physical stress. Discusses various causes; treatments such as pelvic floor exercises, dietary adjustments, physical therapy, pessaries, medication, and surgery; related problems; and useful absorbency products. Includes firsthand accounts, self-assessment worksheets, and frequently asked questions. 2006.

Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin     RC 63142
by Susan Nagel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Biography of Scottish heiress Mary Nisbet (1777–1855), who married the Earl of Elgin, ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. Describes how she commandeered a British ship to illegally transport ancient statues from the Parthenon. Discusses her social and political importance before an affair and divorce caused her downfall. 2004.

Itinerary: An Intellectual Journey    RC 63158
by Octavio Paz
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Final work of the Nobel laureate who died in 1998. These autobiographical essays on politics and history are influenced by such twentieth-century events as the Mexican and Cuban revolutions and the works of writers like Trotsky and Camus. They chart the development of Paz's political philosophy and the dynamism of historical change. 1999.

Eudora Welty: A Biography    RC 63162
by Suzanne Marrs
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
5 cassettes
English professor from Eudora Welty's hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, unveils the untold aspects of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's life (1909–2001) beyond Welty's autobiography One Writer's Beginnings (RC 20234). Uses correspondence and archives to reveal Welty's childhood, career, literary friends, and the loves of her life. 2005.

Living Well in a Nursing Home: Everything You and Your Folks Need to Know     RC 63186
by Lynn Dickinson and Xenia Vosen
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Guide for the elderly and their caregivers to evaluating long-term care options. Focuses on the positive aspects of assisted living. Offers strategies for selecting an appropriate facility and making the most of one's stay by managing conflicts, working with staff, and staying healthy and active. Includes resources. 2006.

Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century     RC 63196
by Lauren Slater
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Psychologist relates ten significant twentieth-century studies, including those of neo-behaviorist B.F. Skinner, social psychologist Stanley Milgram, and psychiatric experimentalist David Rosenhan. Describes researchers' personalities and investigative methods. Addresses issues such as free will, obedience to authority, mental illness, addiction, and the ethics of conducting tests on living beings. 2004.

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq    RC 63207
by Thomas E. Ricks
read by Peter Johnson
4 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist documents government and military leadership failures he says led to the 2003 postwar insurgency in Iraq. Discusses Defense Department officials, Democratic members of Congress, and senior military commanders-all of whom he claims contributed to mistakes that fostered Iraq's anti-American backlash. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man    RC 63219
by Abraham Joshua Heschel
read by Robert Blumenfeld
1 cassette
Rabbi Heschel discusses the nature and celebration of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. Heschel's thesis is that Judaism is a religion of time, not space, and that the Sabbath is a day for the "detachment from things and practical affairs, as well as of attachment to the spirit." 1951.

The Günter Grass Reader    RC 63231
by Günter Grass
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
A sampling in English of the twentieth-century German writer's essays, poems, short stories, and excerpts from novels. Includes Grass's lecture, "To Be Continued . . . ," delivered when he received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1999. Some strong language. 1993.

Treachery at Sharpnose Point: Unraveling the Mystery of the Caledonia's Final Voyage    RC 63270
by Jeremy Seal
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Travel writer Jeremy Seal investigates the final voyage of the Scottish ship Caledonia, wrecked off Cornwall in 1842. Research uncovers suspicious errors in historical records and some characters who may have profited from the disaster. Some strong language. 2001.

The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story    RC 63276
by Janet Gleeson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Traces the history and development of porcelain artistry in eighteenth-century Europe. Explains how an alchemist, whose gold-making experiments failed repeatedly, eventually made fine white ceramic from gray clay. Describes how the product became known as "white gold" and one of the most precious European commodities of its time. 1998.

Soul of Nowhere: Traversing Grace in a Rugged Land    RC 63294
by Craig Childs
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Nature writer and author of The Secret Knowledge of Water (RC 52722) relates his adventures and personal discoveries exploring the cliffs, canyons, and caves of Arizona, Utah, and Mexico. Through observing ancient archaeological sites and remains of vanished cultures, Childs becomes part of a land of constant change and its "inalienable, voracious presence." 2002.

Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire    RC 63297
by Elizabeth Speller
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Classicist reconstructs the life and reign of second-century Roman Emperor Hadrian, a passionate traveler and brilliant ruler, and his decline from excellence into tyranny. Speller highlights the events that marked Hadrian's final journey and examines his contradictory personality and his personal misfortunes-including his doomed relationship with a Greek youth. 2003.

Saving Lives: Poems    RC 63304
by Albert Goldbarth
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Poetry exploring the many ways people try to save others' lives and their own. One way, through reading, is celebrated in the opening poem, "Library"-an homage to the variety and uses of books. Some strong language. National Book Critics Circle Award. 2001.

Protect Your Sight: How to Save Your Vision in the Epidemic of Macular Degeneration     RC 63384
by James C. Folk and Mark E. Wilkinson
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Comprehensive guide to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Ophthalmologists Folk and Wilkinson describe the nature and symptoms of AMD, possible causes, and risk factors, including smoking and cardiovascular disease. They also discuss treatments and rehabilitation and recommend diet and lifestyle changes to help reduce chance and severity of onset. 2006.

The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook: Everything I Know about Love and Marriage (with Corrections by Mrs. Doocy)    RC 63394
by Steve Doocy
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Cohost of Fox and Friends news show pens a look at married life-with additional comments by his wife of twenty years. This "operator's manual for marriage, children, and family" offers commonsense stories to help negotiate the tricky aspects of family life such as holidays with relatives. Bestseller. 2006.

The Confident Woman: Start Today Living Boldly and without Fear    RC 63471
by Joyce Meyer
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
A Christian minister, the author of Look Great, Feel Great (RC 62579), encourages women to overcome their inner fears and live confident lives. Meyer interprets the Bible's view of women in ministry, highlights the characteristics of confident women, and proposes steps to independence. Bestseller. 2006.

Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny    RC 63496
by Suze Orman
read by Susan Denaker
2 cassettes
Financial guru, author of The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, and Broke (RC 60072), and host of her own financial television show focuses on women and their finances. Describes the basics of money management, the eight qualities of a wealthy woman, and her recommendations for financial security. Bestseller. 2007.

Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King    RC 63500
by Antonia Fraser
read by Rosalyn Landor
3 cassettes
Royal biographer, author of The Wives of Henry VIII (RC 36182), researches the life of French king Louis XIV (1638–1715). Highlights the influence of his pious mother, Anne of Austria; his official wife, first cousin Maria Teresa of Spain; and his mistresses, including the governess for his illegitimate children. 2006.

Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell    RC 63502
by Karen DeYoung
read by Coleen Marlo
4 cassettes
Washington Post reporter interviews retired general Colin Powell to chronicle his rise from a son of Jamaican immigrants to U.S. Secretary of State. Highlights his army life that culminated with his role as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and explains his decision not to run for president. 2006.

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination    RC 63503
by Neal Gabler
read by Arthur Morey
6 cassettes
Author of Winchell (RC 39317) researched Walt Disney Company archives to chronicle the personal and professional life of its founder. Describes how the Mickey Mouse cartoons and later feature films transformed the animation industry. Highlights Disney's expansion into production of documentaries, television shows, theme parks, books, and related merchandise. 2006.

Too Far from Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space    RC 63506
by Chris Jones
read by Erik Davies
2 cassettes
Describes the experiences of Americans Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox and Russian Nikolai Budarin, astronauts who became stranded on the International Space Station after the space shuttle Columbia exploded in 2003. Recounts the efforts of mission control in Houston and Moscow to rescue them using an old Soyuz rocket. 2007.

Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons    RC 63509
by Cullen Thomas
read by Dan Woren
3 cassettes
Author recounts his arrest for drug smuggling in Seoul, South Korea, where, at twenty-three, he had taken a job teaching English. Describes his three-and-a-half-year jail term in a prison where Confucian mores reigned, thus making it a relatively safe haven. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier    RC 63512
by Ishmael Beah
read by Dominic Hoffman
2 cassettes
The author recalls experiences as a war refugee and as a thirteen-year-old soldier forced to join the Sierra Leone army. Beah describes participation in mass slaughters, his rehabilitation, immigration to America, and involvement with UNICEF. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

No Regrets: And Other True Cases; Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume 11    RC 63564
by Ann Rule
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Seven West Coast crimes. "The Sea Captain" recounts the 1981 mysterious disappearance of eighty-year-old marine pilot Rolf Neslund from Lopez Island, Washington. In "A Very Bad Christmas" the bodies of a woman and a child are discovered in the Columbia River. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny RC 63575
by Bob Newhart
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Comedian intersperses his autobiography with anecdotes from his stand-up comedy routines. Newhart discusses growing up in Chicago, being drafted into the army in 1952, his first real job as an accountant, his marriage of forty-three years, and life on the road. Includes dirty little secrets about comedians. 2006.

Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign     RC 63678
by Stephan Talty
read by John H. Mayer
3 cassettes
Highlights the adventures of Welshman Henry Morgan, whose arrival in the Caribbean in 1655 shaped the New World. Describes Morgan's attacks on Spanish ships-at the behest of the British-from his base in Jamaica over the next thirty years. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground     RC 63681
by Jeff Shaara
read by Robertson Dean
2 cassettes
Novelist provides a guide to ten significant Civil War battlefields including Shiloh, Gettysburg, and Petersburg. Describes the background information and physical setting of each conflict. Details episodes, including the charge of the Twentieth Maine Regiment at Gettysburg and the machine-like mowing down of Union troops at Cold Harbor. Violence. 2006.

At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA    RC 63831
by George Tenet
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1997–2004 shares his experiences both before and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Discusses his declaration of war against Al Qaeda, CIA operations in Afghanistan, and the context of his "slam-dunk" comment. Speculates on the future of U.S. intelligence. Bestseller. 2007.

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Cassettes Fiction

Rosemary's Baby    RC 61169
by Ira Levin
read by Ray Hagen
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Ignoring the warnings of an old friend, Rosemary Woodhouse and her husband, Guy, move to an elegant, old Manhattan apartment that has been the scene of witchcraft, devil worship, cannibalism, and suicide. Rosemary becomes pregnant, then gives birth, under mysterious and frightening circumstances. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1967.

Elsewhere    RC 61391
by Gabrielle Zevin
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place called "Elsewhere" that is both like and unlike Earth. There she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live." For junior and senior high readers. 2005.

Moon over Water    RC 61392
by Debbie Macomber
read by Ann Hodapp
2 cassettes
Her mother's death is just one of several disturbing events Lorraine Dancy faces. She learns that the father she thought was dead is actually living in Mexico. Then, after being accused of stealing an ancient artifact, she falls in love with a former mercenary. Some descriptions of sex. 1998.

Son of a Witch    RC 61480
by Gregory Maguire
read by Celeste Lawson
3 cassettes
This sequel to Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (RC 55810) begins ten years after the death of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. An injured young man, Liir—rumored to be the witch's son—revives slowly under Candle's musical ministrations while recollections of his boyhood surface in his mind. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

Héloïse and Abélard    RC 61677
by George Moore
read by Laura Giannarelli
4 cassettes
Paris, early 1100s. Renowned theologian Peter Abélard is hired to tutor Héloïse, a brilliant teenager, at the home of her guardian, a church official. When their passionate love affair is discovered, vengeance is swift and cruel. Based on historical documents. Reprint of 1925 edition. 1921.

Guys and Dolls: The Stories of Damon Runyon    RC 61679
by Damon Runyon
read by Conrad Feininger
3 cassettes
Thirty-two tales of gangsters, chorus girls, hustlers, and cops by journalist and author Damon Runyan (1884–1946), that inspired the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. Includes "The Lemon Drop Kid," "Dream Street Rose," "So You Won't Talk!" and "All Horse Players Die Broke." Introduction by William Kennedy. 1992.

Other Voices, Other Rooms    RC 61680
by Truman Capote
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel. After his mother's death, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox goes to live with his invalid father in a dilapidated rural Southern mansion. He meets his morose stepmother, her eccentric cousin, and a little girl who offers him the love and approval he seeks. 2004 introduction by John Berendt. 1948.

Elmore Leonard's Western Roundup #1: The Bounty Hunters, Forty Lashes less One, Gunsights    RC 61682
by Elmore Leonard
read by Michael Kramer
4 cassettes
Three tales of courage, treachery, and redemption. In The Bounty Hunters a cavalry man-turned-scout pursues an Apache renegade. In Forty Lashes less One convicts track escaped prisoners. In Gunsights two friends fight on opposite sides of a land war. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1953.

Prince of Darkness: A Medieval Mystery    RC 61907
by Sharon Kay Penman
read by Kate Kiley
2 cassettes
London, 1194. Heeding a summons from his ex-lover Claudine, queen's agent Justin de Quincy hastens to Paris, where he learns Prince John is implicated in a plot to kill his brother, King Richard. John denies involvement and asks Justin for help. Sequel to Dragon's Lair (RC 60184). Some violence. 2005.

The Good Priest's Son    RC 61990
by Reynolds Price
read by Bruce Nelson
2 cassettes
Forced from Manhattan after the 2001 terrorist attacks, art conservator Mabry Kincaid visits North Carolina to see his minister father, Tasker. Aided by an old flame and Tasker's African American caregiver, Mabry and Tasker reconcile. Later Mabry confronts his relationship with his daughter and a possible multiple sclerosis diagnosis. 2005.

One Sunday Morning    RC 61992
by Amy Ephron
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
1920s. When four New York socialites see young Lizzie Carswell leaving the Gramercy Park Hotel early Sunday morning, still in evening clothes and with someone else's fiancé, they agree to keep the incident to themselves. Lizzie and her peers must deal with the consequences when one of them talks. 2005.

Tied Up in Tinsel: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery    RC 62033
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Artist Troy Alleyn visits Hilary Bill-Tasman's estate to paint Hilary's portrait. As Hilary prepares for a Christmas pageant, one of his eccentric guests disappears. Troy's husband, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, arrives from London to help unravel the mystery and to interrogate Hilary's staff members—all of whom are convicted murderers. 1972.

The Shaman Laughs: A Charlie Moon Mystery    RC 62194
by James D. Doss
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado. Someone is mutilating livestock and killing their owners. Tribal policeman Charlie Moon and Granite Creek police chief Scott Parris turn to Charlie's aunt, shaman Daisy Perika, for guidance. Violence and some strong language. 1995.

The Shaman's Game: A Charlie Moon Mystery    RC 62195
by James D. Doss
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Ute tribal policeman Charlie Moon investigates several unexplained deaths that occur during Sun Dances. He also has his hands full with two young women courting him, while his shaman aunt, Daisy, believes a witch is involved in the murders. Violence and some strong language. 1998.

Look Away, Beulah Land    RC 62198
by Lonnie Coleman
read by Bill Quinn
4 cassettes (Reissue)
In this sequel to Beulah Land (RC 62197), the Civil War leaves Georgia devastated. On the Kendrick plantation, Sarah copes with the help of the freed slaves and her grandson. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 1977.

Cat in a Kiwi Con: A Midnight Louie Mystery    RC 62324
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Former priest Matt Devine takes detective Carmen Molina's daughter to a science fiction convention, where murder strikes. Feline investigator Midnight Louie and his human sidekick Temple Barr investigate the bizarrely costumed participants for clues. 2000.

Killer Dolphin: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery    RC 62325
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The Dolphin, a newly restored dockside London theatre, opens with The Glove, a play inspired by the discovery of a genuine Shakespearean mitt. Inspector Roderick Alleyn supervises security precautions for the relic but is soon tracking a criminal when someone kills a caretaker and steals the glove. 1966.

Cat in a Leopard Spot: A Midnight Louie Mystery    RC 62326
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Feline investigator Midnight Louie and his human partner Temple Barr investigate the mauling death of resort owner Cyrus Van Burkleo. Cyrus ran a big-game ranch where hunters shoot captive wild animals. His widow finds a performing leopard at the crime scene and schedules the cat for destruction. 2001.

Honor of the Mountain Man    RC 62345
by William W. Johnstone
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Emilio Vasquez and his murderous gang attack Joey Wells's Mexico ranch, wounding Joey's wife and son. Joey tracks the bandits to Pueblo, Colorado, where they've been hired by crooked Jacob Murdock. When Joey saves Smoke Jensen's life, the gunslinger agrees to help Joey exact revenge. Violence and some strong language. 1998.

Heart of the Mountain Man    RC 62347
by William W. Johnstone
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Before becoming a sheriff, Monte Carson helped outlaw Big Jim Slaughter pilfer an army payroll. In exchange for a pardon, Monte returned his cut. Now Jim wants the money back—and has taken Monte's wife, Mary, hostage in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Smoke Jensen helps rescue Mary. Violence and some strong language. 2000.

Master of Dragons: The Dragonvarld Trilogy, Book 3    RC 62357
by Margaret Weis
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
The Parliament of Dragons fears extinction while renegade dragons plot to enslave humanity. Prince Marcus and his twin, Ven, prepare for war as they struggle to restore the balance of power and avenge their mother's death. Sequel to The Dragon's Son (RC 59383). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

Complete Short Stories    RC 62454
by Graham Greene
read by John Horton
4 cassettes
Short stories by British author Graham Greene (1904–1991), written throughout his career, that blend comedy with human frailty. In "When Greek Meets Greek" four con artists accidentally do business together. In "Cheap in August" a married woman looking for adventure travels alone to Jamaica. 2005.

Crown of Stars: Crown of Stars, Volume 7    RC 62507
by Kate Elliott
read by Anne Flosnik
5 cassettes
Concluding volume of the series finds Sanglant struggling to legitimize his rulership and his marriage to the sorceress Liath. Meanwhile Ashioi raiders attack the kingdom, Stronghand organizes an army, and Liath faces unexpected enemies on a quest for forbidden magic. Sequel to In the Ruins (RC 62166). Violence. 2006.

Captain Jack's Woman: A Bastion Club Novel, the Prequel    RC 62512
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
1811. Kit Cranmer returns to her grandfather's country estate after years in London. Disguised as a boy, she helps the locals smuggle goods from Napoleonic France. She falls in love with fellow crook Captain Jack—in reality a nobleman spy. Prequel to the Bastion Club novels. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Seeing    RC 62560
by José Saramago
read by Alexander Strain
2 cassettes
On election day in an unnamed capital city, 70 percent of the ballots are returned blank. Fearing a revolution, government officials declare a state of emergency and abandon the city, while investigators pursue tips implicating a doctor's wife in the conspiracy. Sequel to Blindness (RC 46904). Some violence. 2004.

Jerry Engels    RC 62569
by Thomas Rogers
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
1951. Jerry Engels, from At the Shores (RC 16614), is now a college student at Penn State enjoying a carefree existence as an uninhibited lothario. After Jerry woos dozens of girls and women, he has a serious affair with his divorced English professor, Elizabeth Grant. Some descriptions of sex. 2005.

The Love of a Stranger: Callister, Idaho, Book 2    RC 62584
by Anna Jeffrey
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Thirty-six-year-old L.A. real estate broker Alex McGregor catches former cop Doug Hawkins inadvertently trespassing at her Callister, Idaho, summer home. When Alex's ex-husband dies in a suspicious fire, Doug helps her fight off a logger who wants Alex and her land. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Shiver    RC 62591
by Lisa Jackson
read by Ray Childs
4 cassettes
A serial killer terrorizing New Orleans murders Abby Chastain's radio shock jock ex-husband, Luke. Police detective Reuben Montoya links the deaths to an abandoned psychiatric facility where Abby's mother plunged from a window to her death twenty years ago. Violence, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2006.

Dark End of the Street: A Nick Travers Mystery    RC 62596
by Ace Atkins
read by John Haag
2 cassettes
New Orleans football player-turned-professor Nick Travers seeks blues singer Clyde James, who vanished in the 1960s following the murders of his pregnant wife and a band member. Rescuing a kidnapped young woman, Nick uncovers links to the Dixie Mafia. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2002.

Dirty South: A Nick Travers Mystery    RC 62597
by Ace Atkins
read by John Haag
2 cassettes
New Orleans Saints football player-turned-professor Nick Travers is summoned by a former teammate, rap producer Teddy Paris, to help find $700,000—money Teddy borrowed to fund a new artist. Teddy has twenty-four hours to get the cash or face death. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

Killer Instinct    RC 62603
by Joseph Finder
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
Massachusetts electronics salesman Jason Steadman's career takes off after he helps ex-Special Forces soldier Kurt Semko get a job in the firm's security office. While Jason's ambitious wife, Kate, is happy about the newfound success, Jason worries that his colleagues' sudden misfortunes are not accidental. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Beast Master's Planet: A Beast Master Omnibus    RC 62613
by Andre Norton
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
The first two novels in Norton's Beast Master series. In The Beast Master (1959) Hosteen Storm, a Navajo who communicates telepathically with animals, relocates to the planet Arzor after aliens destroy Earth. In Lord of Thunder (1962) Storm confronts threats to the fragile peace between Arzor's colonists and aliens. 2005.

City    RC 62614
by Clifford D. Simak
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Eight tales told by dogs about the legendary creature man who was once dominant on Earth even after cities ceased to exist. Bruce Webster was the man who began altering dogs' traits, giving them speech and eyesight for reading, and leading eventually to dogs' supremacy. 1952.

Destiny's Daughters    RC 62621
by Donna Hill and Parry "EbonySatin" Brown
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
A teenager's newborn triplets are separated when she dies in childbirth. Jamilla is adopted, Leticia is placed in a group home, and Clarissa becomes a ward of the state. All grow up to be financially successful—and finally reunite at age thirty-three. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Portable Western Reader    RC 62673
edited by William Kittredge
read by Jim Zeiger
6 cassettes
Anthology of stories, poems, essays, and excerpts exploring the range and evolution of Western American literature including the Native American experience. Features selections by Louise Erdrich, Lewis and Clark, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Larry McMurtry, Raymond Carver, W.H. Auden, Ken Kesey, Barry Lopez, and others. 1997.

Mad River Road    RC 62693
by Joy Fielding
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
After his prison release Ralph Fisher plans to kill his ex-wife and reclaim their son. He woos naive Jamie Kellogg into accompanying him on a murderous spree to Ohio, where he discovers more than one woman hiding in the neighborhood. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

The Incredible Shrinking Man    RC 62726
by Richard Matheson
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Ten science fiction tales. In the title novella, spray from a mysterious mist causes Scott Carey to shrink. Includes "Duel," which became a film, and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," which was the basis for a Twilight Zone episode about an airplane passenger who spies someone outside his window. 1994.

Golfing with God    RC 62731
by Roland Merullo
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
2 cassettes
Golf teacher Herman "Hank" Fins-Winston enjoys his afterlife on heaven's 8,187 courses when God (sometimes He and sometimes She) recruits Hank to improve God's putting game. They return to Earth together, where Hank discovers he isn't teaching God but learning from God—about fear, failure, second chances, and life's connectedness. 2005.

England Made Me    RC 62733
by Graham Greene
read by Stephen Crossley
2 cassettes
London. Anthony Farrant's twin sister, Kate, gets him a job as bodyguard for her lover and boss, megalomaniac Swedish financier Erik Krogh. When Erik's orders conflict with Anthony's sense of decency, he leaks information to a shady journalist—an act that risks Anthony's job and his life. 1935.

Crackback    RC 62753
by John Coy
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
At the start of a promising high school football season, sixteen-year-old linebacker Miles Manning faces pressures from his coach, his highly critical father, and his friend Zach, who wants him to take performance-enhancing drugs. Miles also copes with first love and a family secret. For senior high readers. 2005.

Angels All over Town    RC 62779
by Luanne Rice
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes (Reissue)
As New England soap opera actress Una Cavan watches her younger sister Lily marry and middle sister Margo become engaged, she contemplates her own unknown romantic future—until she meets oceanographer Sam Chamberlain. But their love is tested when Una's career takes off. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1985.

God's Gift    RC 62783
by Dee Henderson
read by Don Feldheim
2 cassettes
Missionary James Graham returns home on medical leave with a debilitating illness and meets Rachel Ashcroft, the woman who sent him care packages in Africa. Rachel, a money manager and aspiring novelist, recently lost her fiancé. Before committing to love, James and Rachel must first confront their individual pain. 1998.

The Book of Hard Things    RC 62784
by Sue Halpern
read by Derald Breneman
2 cassettes
Recent high school grad Cuzzy Gage meets Michael "Tracy" Edwards, a thirtyish New York sophisticate who arrives in Cuzzy's small mountain town to compile the archive of a deceased friend. They forge an unlikely friendship that is cut short by violence. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Terrorist    RC 62791
by John Updike
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Fatherless eighteen-year-old Ahmad—half Irish, half Egyptian—has been under the influence of imam Shaikh Rashid since he was eleven. Ahmad's Jewish guidance counselor in his inner-city New Jersey high school offers help, but Ahmad agrees to commit violence for his religious beliefs. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

A Bride Most Begrudging    RC 62837
by Deeanne Gist
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
1643. Lady Constance Morrow is kidnapped, taken aboard a vessel sailing to the Virginia colony, and forced into a marriage of convenience with tobacco farmer Drew O'Connor. Educated and religious, Constance slowly learns the skills of a colonial housewife and falls in love with her husband and his family. Christy Award. 2005.

Oath of Swords: Bahzell Trilogy, Book 1    RC 62879
by David Weber
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Bahzell Bahnakson, a horse stealer of the rage-prone hradani people, severely injures the crown prince of a rival city-state, breaking a fragile truce. Bahzell flees and inadvertently enters the service of the war god Tomanak to recruit fighters against the Dark Gods. Violence and some strong language. 1995.

The Blood Knight: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 3    RC 62881
by Greg Keyes
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
Princess Anne attempts to claim her rightful title as the Queen of Crotheny and restore peace to a kingdom devastated by the Briar King's awakening. But first she must defeat her uncle Robert, a ruthless usurper. Sequel to The Charnel Prince (RC 58991). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Charwoman's Shadow    RC 62885
by Lord Dunsany
read by Mark Delgado
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Medieval Spain. Ramon Alonzo, apprenticed to a nefarious magician to learn transmutation, meets Anemone, an ugly old woman who claims she gave his master her shadow in return for immortality and instead became his servant. Ramon Alonzo vows to recover Anemone's shadow to restore her youth and beauty. 1926.

Requiem for a Nun    RC 62891
by William Faulkner
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Eight years after the events in Sanctuary (RC 49007), African American nursemaid Nancy is sentenced to death for the murder of Temple Drake's youngest child. In an attempt to gain a pardon for Nancy, Temple implicates herself in the crime. Strong language. 1950.

The Cyborg from Earth: A Jupiter Novel    RC 62903
by Charles Sheffield
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Transportation heir Jeff Kopal is accepted into the Space Navy despite low test scores. Assigned to the remote Messina Dust Cloud to squelch a cyborg rebellion, Jeff suspects his greedy relatives are plotting to eliminate him and sets out to uncover the truth. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Phantom: The Sword of Truth, Book 10    RC 62905
by Terry Goodkind
read by Nick Sullivan
5 cassettes
Lord Richard Rahl musters his forces against the invading army of the Imperial Order and continues his desperate search for his beloved wife, Kahlan, who, with no memory of her past, is being held captive by evil conjurers. Sequel to Chainfire (RC 59819). Violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

A Very Special Love    RC 62906
by Janice Sims, Kayla Perrin, and Courtni Wright
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
Three stories about mothers in love. In Janice Sims's "The Keys to My Heart" Kiana Everett is raising her orphaned four-year-old niece, Courtney, when she finds love with Courtney's long-absent legal guardian, Gabriel. Also includes Wright's "A Mother's Love" and Perrin's "Maternal Instincts." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

My Name Is Red    RC 62910
by Orhan Pamuk
read by John Horton
4 cassettes
Tale of conflict, conspiracy, murder, passion, and Islamic miniaturist art from the Ottoman Empire, set in sixteenth-century Istanbul. The human voices of a corpse and his murderer, among others, and the nonhuman ones of a dog, a tree, and a gold coin propel the intricate plot. Some strong language. 2001.

Blame It on Chocolate    RC 62924
by Jennifer Greene
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Botanist Lucy Fitzhenry experiments with a new breed of cacao at the Bernard Chocolates plant. Her concoction turns out to be an aphrodisiac that leads her to seduce her boss Nick and become pregnant. Now Lucy faces multiple dilemmas. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions    RC 62930
by Neil Gaiman
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Twenty-nine short fantasy and science fiction stories published between 1984 and 1998. In "Chivalry" a woman finds the Holy Grail in a secondhand shop. Also includes "Nicholas Was . . . ," "Troll Bridge," "Virus," "Vampire Sestina," "Babycakes," "Murder Mysteries," and an introduction. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1998.

The Moon by Night: Cheney and Shiloh; the Inheritance, Book 2    RC 62941
by Lynn Morris and Gilbert Morris
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
New York, 1869. Dr. Cheney Duvall and Shiloh Irons-Winslow resume their careers after returning from their honeymoon. Cheney works at the new St. Luke's Hospital, where suspicious mishaps indicate foul play. But Cheney's grueling schedule tests the couple's love and faith. Sequel to Where Two Seas Meet (RC 56607). 2004.

The Snow Walker    RC 63002
by Farley Mowat
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Short narratives depicting the experiences of Arctic inhabitants as they struggle to survive, raise families, and maintain their culture. Includes the title piece and "Walk Well, My Brother," an account of a downed pilot's unlikely rescue by his passenger, a native woman dying of tuberculosis. Some strong language. 1975.

The City and the Stars and The Sands of Mars    RC 63024
by Arthur C. Clarke
read by Vanessa Maroney
4 cassettes
Two works by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning British author. In The City and the Stars a young man undertakes a quest after learning he is unique among immortals. In The Sands of Mars, Clarke's first full-length novel, writer Martin Gibson visits a Red Planet research colony. Includes 2001 introduction. 1952.

Darkest Fear: A Myron Bolitar Mystery    RC 63030
by Harlan Coben
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Sports agent Myron Bolitar's ex-lover, Emily Downing, reveals that Myron is the father of her thirteen-year-old son, Jeremy, who is dying of childhood anemia. Jeremy needs a bone marrow transplant, but his anonymous donor has vanished. Myron's ensuing search uncovers a kidnapping mystery. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Bitter Grounds    RC 63036
by Sandra Benítez
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Saga of three generations of women in El Salvador spanning the years 1932 through 1977. The passions and conflicts of poverty-stricken coffee pickers and wealthy plantation owners are depicted against the harsh background of civil war and uncertainty. 1997.

Gathering the Bones: Original Stories from the World's Masters of Horror RC 63044
edited by Dennis Etchison, Jack Dann, and Ramsey Campbell
read by Colleen Delany
4 cassettes
Thirty-four tales of terror and dark fantasy from Great Britain, Australia, and the United States. The compilation is described as encompassing "the traditional and the avant-garde, the quiet and the vividly shocking." Authors include Ray Bradbury and others. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Impressionist    RC 63048
by Hari Kunzru
read by Alexander Strain
3 cassettes
Satirical, picaresque saga of an Anglo-Indian's continual self-reinvention on three continents in the 1920s. Pran Nath is cast out of his comfortable childhood home when his real British paternity is disclosed. He embarks on a wanderer's journey, surviving by his wits and chameleon-like transformations. Descriptions of sex and violence. 2002.

The Snow Fox    RC 63051
by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Feudal Japan. After Lord Norimasa orders beautiful Lady Utsu to kill her lover, he asks samurai Matsuhito to protect her—never suspecting that the two might fall in love. Utsu flees. Long separated by war and palace intrigues, the lovers eventually reunite as changed people. Some violence. 2004.

Party Princess: The Princess Diaries, Volume 7    RC 63067
by Meg Cabot
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Princess Mia, president of the student council, must find funds for the seniors' commencement. Mia's scheming grandmère convinces her to star in a musical to raise money. But Mia's boyfriend is not amused. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Tomb of the Golden Bird: An Amelia Peabody Mystery, Book 18    RC 63071
by Elizabeth Peters
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Egypt, 1922. As archaeologist Amelia Emerson watches her rivals dig for King Tutankhamon's tomb, villains lure her husband, Radcliffe, and son, Ramses, into a trap. The attack coincides with the arrival of Radcliffe's half brother, Sethos, an antiquities thief-turned-British intelligence agent, who conceals a document that may endanger everyone. 2006.

Alien Emergencies: A Sector General Omnibus, Volume 2    RC 63076
by James White
read by Jack Fox
4 cassettes
The second volume in the Sector General series: Ambulance Ship, Sector General, and Star Healer. Comprises stories and novelettes describing Dr. Conway's adventures in an interplanetary hospital. In Ambulance Ship Dr. Conway addresses medical emergencies throughout the galaxy aboard a rescue spaceship. Includes introduction by David Langford. 2002.

Dark Assassin: An Inspector William Monk Mystery    RC 63077
by Anne Perry
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
London, 1864. Thames River police inspector William Monk witnesses Toby Argyll and Mary Havilland plunge to their deaths. Mary had recently left Toby after the suspicious death of her father, an engineer who insisted the Argyll Company's sewer project was unsafe. To solve one case, William must solve the other. 2006.

The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth    RC 63133
by Joseph Roth
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Seventeen stories from Europe between World Wars I and II by an Austrian Jew nostalgic for the Austro-Hungarian empire. In "Stationmaster Fallmerayer" a dutiful civil servant and reliable husband falls in love at first sight when he offers assistance to a countess after a railway accident, then becomes romantically obsessed with her. Some descriptions of sex. 1992.

The Testament of Yves Gundron    RC 63150
by Emily Barton
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
On an island lost in time, in the village of Mandragora, yeoman farmer Yves Gundron initiates a cycle of change by inventing a harness for his horse. Shortly thereafter Ruth Blum, an anthropologist from Boston, hikes into their midst and stays on with the Gundron family. Some strong language. 2000.

The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln    RC 63156
by Barbara Hambly
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
5 cassettes
Fictional portrait of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln (1818–1882). In 1875, ten years after President Lincoln's death, Mary's surviving son petitions to have her declared insane. Fighting for her own emancipation, Mary relives her Kentucky childhood, her marriage to Abraham, and his assassination. Some violence and some strong language. 2005.

Full of Grace    RC 63167
by Dorothea Benton Frank
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Grace Russo moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to be near her parents, who live on Hilton Head. They are staunch Italian Catholics and do not approve of Michael, Grace's Irish, possibly atheist, live-in boyfriend. But with Grace anything is possible, even miracles. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Accidents of Nature    RC 63169
by Harriet McBryde Johnson
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
North Carolina, 1970. Seventeen-year-old Jean, who has cerebral palsy, attends Camp Courage, where for the first time she meets other teens with disabilities. Her radical new friend Sara directs an anti-telethon skit and changes Jean's perceptions of the normal world. Some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2006.

Almost Friends: A Harmony Novel    RC 63170
by Philip Gulley
read by Derald Breneman
2 cassettes
Quaker pastor Sam Gardner goes on sabbatical to care for his ailing father, leaving Harmony Friends Meeting in the hands of Krista Riley, an un-married seminary graduate. When evangelist Dale Hinshaw and other congregation members question Krista's leadership and sexual preference, Sam steps in to diffuse the controversy. 2006.

The Messenger    RC 63176
by Daniel Silva
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
A suspected Al Qaeda terrorist funded by a Saudi billionaire dies in London, leaving behind evidence of a planned attack on the Vatican. Israeli agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon, from Prince of Fire (RC 59822), travels to Rome, but papal circles have already been infiltrated. Some violence. Bestseller. 2006.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection    RC 63189
edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin J. Grant, and Kelly
read by Jim Zeiger
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Forty selections of short fiction and poetry by Isabel Allende, Jeffrey Ford, Chuck Palahniuk, Geoff Ryman, and others, published in 2005. Editors' yearly overview of the genre includes sections on graphic novels, anime and manga, music, and the media. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Mary Wakefield: Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 3    RC 63210
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Ernest Whiteoak hires a young Englishwoman as a governess for Philip's motherless children. When Philip falls in love with her, his mother does all she can to prevent the marriage. 1949.

Stonedial    RC 63212
by George Konrád
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Itinerant philosopher János Dragomán returns to his hometown of Kandor, in Hungary, and the memories acquired there, including those of the 1956 revolution. He visits old friends—a former lover who bore him a daughter, and his onetime professor whom he will inadvertently murder. Some strong language. 2000.

Lights Out Tonight    RC 63214
by Mary Jane Clark
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Television film critic Caroline Enright goes on assignment at a Berkshire Mountains summer theatre festival for a story on actress Belinda Winthrop's new play and to spend time with her new husband. But when bodies pile up and Belinda goes missing, Caroline uses her journalistic skills to solve the crimes. 2006.

The Whistling Season    RC 63216
by Ivan Doig
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
1957. Facing a decision regarding the fate of Montana's educational system, superintendent Paul Milliron recalls the year 1909, when his widowed father hired housekeeper Rose Llewellyn. Rose brought her brother, Morris, who became the teacher at thirteen-year-old Paul's one-room schoolhouse and imparted not only textbook but life lessons. 2006.

Bro    RC 63218
by Robert Newton Peck
read by Jeremy Gage
1 cassette
Florida, 1933. Witnessing his grandfather's brutality six years ago left Tug Dockery unable to speak. Now, after his parents' deaths, the nine-year-old must go live on the grandfather's cattle ranch. Tug's beloved brother, Broda, escapes imprisonment to try to rescue Tug. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

The Labyrinth Key    RC 63224
by Howard V. Hendrix
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
Hong Kong. Dr. Jaron Kwok, working to create a quantum computer to crack enemy codes, dies while deciphering long-hidden cryptologic information. His death places America and Asia on a collision course and uncovers secret societies fighting to shape the course of human evolution through nanotechnology. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.

West of the Moon: A Western Story    RC 63226
by Stephen Overholser
read by Gage Jeremy
2 cassettes
As a Union scout, Colorado rancher Roy Smith witnessed a clandestine meeting between a Confederate and a Union general. He nearly forgets the incident until he meets historian John Nichols, who believes the officers, Bowman and Hayes, were corrupt. When John disappears, Roy searches for the truth. Some violence. 2004.

Stonehenge    RC 63230
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
4 cassettes
Fictional account of the building of Stonehenge centers around three brothers who vie for leadership of the Ratharryn tribe. Lengar, the elder, is a fierce warrior; Camaban, a crippled sorcerer-priest, envisions the temple to the sun god; and Saban, the compassionate one, eventually sees the temple erected. Violence. 2000.

The Red Queen: A Transcultural Tragicomedy    RC 63232
by Margaret Drabble
read by Lisette Lecat
3 cassettes
Thoughts about an eighteenth-century Korean crown princess consume middle-aged Oxford academic Babs Halliwell after she receives anonymously and reads the princess's memoir. When Babs visits Seoul, uncanny similarities between herself and the historical figure force her to reexamine her life. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Hawkes Harbor    RC 63234
by S.E. Hinton
read by J.P. Linton
2 cassettes
Terrace View Asylum, 1967. Twenty-five-year-old orphan Jamie Sommers, Dr. McDevitt's new patient, has led an adventurous, dissolute life. But events that occurred at Hawkes Harbor, Delaware—and something Jamie will only refer to as "It"—caused his insanity and unspeakable terror. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Trail of the Tattered Star    RC 63236
by Cliff Farrell
read by Jeremy Gage
2 cassettes
During the Civil War a group of Confederate sympathizers plots to seize California for the South. Assigned to thwart the conspiracy, Union agent Mike McLish tracks the rebels across miles of Apache territory. 1961.

Family History    RC 63237
by Dani Shapiro
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Rachel Jensen's family unravels after her infant son is injured in the arms of her teenage daughter, Kate, who then enters an institution. When Kate becomes the center of a violent episode, Rachel and Ned, now separated, confront the truth behind their daughter's pain. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Star of the Sea    RC 63261
by Joseph O'Connor
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
In 1847, the Star of the Sea sets sail from Great Britain carrying hundreds of Irish refugees fleeing famine and injustice. Passengers' lives unfold during the wretched twenty-six-day voyage to New York, while Pius Mulvey plots to murder an aristocrat. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

The Last Canyon    RC 63262
by John Vernon
read by Don Feldheim
3 cassettes
Historical novel depicting John Wesley Powell's expedition through the Grand Canyon in the summer of 1869. Relates the adventures of the first Anglo-American team to explore the area. Concurrently a Shivwits Paiute family above the canyon searches for their daughter, lost to Mormon traders. Some strong language. 2001.

The City of Your Final Destination    RC 63281
by Peter Cameron
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
The executors of Jules Gund's estate deny authorization for doctoral student Omar Razaghi to write the deceased author's biography. To appeal, Omar travels to Uruguay to meet the eccentric group—wife, brother, and mistress—and learns more about their lives and the essence of love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. PEN/Faulkner finalist. 2002.

Into the Storm    RC 63288
by Suzanne Brockmann
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Navy SEALS and security experts from Troubleshooters Incorporated are competing in a training exercise in frozen New Hampshire when receptionist Tracy Shapiro disappears. Petty Officer Mark Jenkins and lover Lindsey Fontaine join forces to save Tracy from a serial killer. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

A Garden of Earthly Delights    RC 63316
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Judith Ann Gantly
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Depression-era Kentucky. Beautiful teen Clara's fate hinges on four key men: her father, Carleton; her mysterious lover, Lowry; her out-of-wedlock son, Swan; and wealthy Revere—her lover, then husband—who provides material security. Author's afterword to her rewrite of 1967 second novel. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

The Friendly Young Ladies    RC 63317
by Mary Renault
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes
Renault's sexually complex, semi-autobiographical novel set in 1930s England. Seventeen-year-old Elsie Lane runs away from her Cornwall home to find her novelist older sister, Leo, living on a houseboat with a lesbian lover. Elsie's arrival sparks a series of events that will turn their lives upside down. 1944.

Break No Bones: A Dr. Temperance Brennan Mystery    RC 63357
by Kathy Reichs
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
In South Carolina Dr. Tempe Brennan traces recent bones from a Native American burial ground to a medical clinic. When Tempe's estranged husband, Pete, moves back in town to research a missing person's case, Tempe suspects a connection between her investigation and his inquiry. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Pegasus Descending: A Dave Robicheaux Novel    RC 63358
by James Lee Burke
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
After the suicide of a college coed, Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux also investigates a hit-and-run homicide and the death of a gangster's son. When a murdered friend's daughter arrives in town for revenge, Dave's ex-partner helps tie the cases together. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

Brunettes Strike Back    RC 63359
by Kieran Scott
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Annisa, from I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader (RC 60840), is still the only brunette on her Florida cheerleading squad. When the group heads to a championship competition, cheerleaders from Annisa's former New Jersey high school arrive, making Annisa choose between fitting in or being herself. For senior high readers. 2006.

Proof Positive: An Amanda Jaffe Mystery    RC 63362
by Phillip Margolin
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Amanda Jaffe, from Wild Justice (RC 50857), joins fellow Portland attorney Doug Weaver in defending Jacob Cohen, a disturbed homeless man and convicted sex offender accused of murder. As the case unfolds, Amanda suspects forensic scientist Bernard Cashman is framing Jacob for his own crimes. Violence and strong language. 2006.

To Live and Die in Dixie: A Callahan Garrity Mystery    RC 63368
by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Callahan Garrity, an Atlanta PI with a house-cleaning service, finds a young woman's body in the mansion of antiques dealer and convicted murderer Elliot Littlefield. Though Elliot is the prime suspect, Callahan agrees to help him find a Civil War diary, presumably stolen by the real killer. Strong language. 1993.

Diary of an Ugly Duckling    RC 63370
by Karyn Langhorne
read by Megan Burnett
2 cassettes
African American corrections officer Audra Marks becomes a contestant on Ugly Duckling, a television makeover show, to win the affections of her handsome coworker Art Bradshaw. During the transformation, Audra improves physically but loses sight of what is truly important. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Scandal in Spring: The Wallflowers, Book 4    RC 63380
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
After three London seasons, Daisy Bowman has not found a husband. Her father gives her two months to choose someone before he forces her to marry his American employee Matthew Swift. At first Daisy is horrified, but she doesn't count on Matthew's charm. Explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

The Guy Not Taken: Stories    RC 63382
by Jennifer Weiner
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Eleven short stories about thirty-something women who struggle with their family lives. In the title piece a married housewife with a new baby discovers, via the Internet, that her former boyfriend is engaged. In "The Mother's Hour" a first-time mom is embarrassed about her toddler's tantrums. Bestseller. 2006.

Three Days to Never    RC 63389
by Tim Powers
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
After her great-grandmother dies, twelve-year-old Daphne Marrity steals a videotape that documents a hidden invention of her secret ancestor Albert Einstein. Soon the Mossad and gnostic occultists are after Daphne and her father, Frank, as are time-traveling poltergeists and a blind psychic assassin. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2006.

For One More Day    RC 63390
by Mitch Albom
read by Bob Moore
1 cassette
When his mother, Pauline, dies Charles "Chick" Benetto falls into alcoholism. Chick describes the loss of his job and family and his isolation and depression. After his suicide attempt Pauline's ghost takes Chick on a tour of her life as a single mother and heals his broken heart. Bestseller. 2006.

Confessions of a Hollywood Star    RC 63397
by Dyan Sheldon
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Lola, from Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (RC 49701), is determined to have a part in a movie being filmed in her New Jersey hometown. When her archenemy Carla succeeds in befriending the cast, Lola steps up her efforts. For senior high readers. 2005.

Sleeping with Fear: Fear Trilogy, Book 3    RC 63400
by Kay Hooper
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
While investigating occult activity on Opal Island, psychic FBI agent Riley Crane loses her memory and clairvoyant powers. Disoriented but determined, Riley probes a murder possibly linked to a previous case that involves Riley's lover, district attorney Ash Prescott. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2006.

A Visit from Sir Nicholas: Effington Family, Book 9    RC 63405
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
London, 1853. Ten years ago, Nicholas Collingsworth ruined Elizabeth Effington's Christmas by dismissing her affections and leaving for America. Elizabeth married another. Now Elizabeth is a widow, and Nicholas, a knight, has returned to England to oversee her finances and win her heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Veils of Silk    RC 63406
by Mary Jo Putney
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
India, 1840s. Neither Laura Stephenson nor Ian Cameron have any desire to wed. But as they become involved in foiling a plot to overthrow the British throne, they fall in love. Sequel to Silk and Secrets (RC 37972). Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1992.

Castles    RC 63407
by Julie Garwood
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Orphaned Princess Alesandra is faced with the prospect of marrying General Ivan, who hopes to gain control of her homeland. But Alesandra's guardian, the duke of Williamshire, wants to protect her by having her marry his son Colin—in name only. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1993.

Grief    RC 63408
by Andrew Holleran
read by Michael Scherer
1 cassette
Devastated when his elderly mother passes away, a middle-aged gay professor takes a temporary job in Washington, D.C. In the room he rents in a townhouse, he discovers the letters of the grieving Mary Todd Lincoln-and he mourns with his landlord the loss of friends to AIDS. 2006.

Promise Me Forever    RC 63409
by Lorraine Heath
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
London, 1880. American Lauren Fairfield never expected to see Tom Warner again after their youthful love affair in Texas ten years ago. But now the cowboy has returned to claim both his rightful title as the earl of Sachse—and Lauren's heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Secret    RC 63413
by Shirley Hailstock
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Adopted Dallas interior designer Stephanie Hunter wants answers from her biological mother, Devon Clayton. But Devon dies, leaving her adopted architect son, Owen, one final wish: to find long-lost Stephanie. Owen's search soon leads to Stephanie-and true love. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Sisters    RC 63495
by Danielle Steel
read by Sam Freed
2 cassettes
Four siblings pull together during a family crisis. After their mother is tragically killed and sister Annie, an artist, is blinded, supermodel Candy, television producer Tammy, and lawyer Sabrina move into a New York townhouse to grieve and cope. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Whitethorn Woods    RC 63497
by Maeve Binchy
read by various narrators
3 cassettes
When residents of Rossmore learn that a new highway will bypass their Irish town and cut through the woods, they argue about the possible effects. Father Flynn wants to preserve the mystical St. Ann's Well located at the edge of the forest but listens to all opinions. Bestseller. 2006.

The Alibi Man    RC 63498
by Tami Hoag
read by Beth McDonald
2 cassettes
When former narcotics detective Elena Estes, now a horse trainer, discovers the body of one of her friends dumped in a canal, her investigation leads her back to her previous Palm Beach, Florida, circles. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Machiavelli Covenant    RC 63499
by Allan Folsom
read by Paul Michael
4 cassettes
Former L.A. cop Nicholas Marten investigates a secret bioweapons program while U.S. president John Harris discovers a murderous political cabal. Harris joins Marten to expose a multinational clique—with origins back to Machiavelli—that plans to rule the world. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Testament    RC 63501
by Eric Van Lustbader
read by Don Leslie
4 cassettes
Medieval scholar Braverman "Bravo" Shaw discovers that his deceased father, Dexter, was a high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines and that he had appointed Bravo to guard a hidden documents cache. Others, however, covet the treasure. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

You Don't Love Me Yet    RC 63505
by Jonathan Lethem
read by Jonathan Lethem
2 cassettes
Denise, Matthew, Bedwin, and Lucinda belong to a struggling Los Angeles alternative rock band. When Lucinda cribs some lines from Carl, her lover and a professional phrase writer, he insists on joining the group as compensation. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

The Edge of Winter    RC 63507
by Luanne Rice
read by Kathe Mazur
3 cassettes
Neve Halloran and her teenaged daughter, Mickey, move to the windswept Rhode Island coast after leaving Mickey's unstable father. Neve falls in love with a man who has devoted his life to caring for a wildlife sanctuary, while Mickey meets a lonely boy. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Double Bind    RC 63508
by Chris Bohjalian
read by Susan Denaker
2 cassettes
Twenty-six-year-old Laurel Estabrook works at a Burlington, Vermont, homeless shelter since surviving a brutal attack six years ago. When resident Bobbie Crocker dies, Laurel finds his photographs of musical jazz greats and decides to investigate Bobbie's past. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

A Far Country    RC 63513
by Daniel Philippe Mason
read by Kate Reading
2 cassettes
Fourteen-year-old Isabel moves from her third-world village to the city. But Isabel, who has heightened senses of hearing and sight, arrives at her cousin's shantytown only to discover that her older brother Isaias is gone. Isabel encounters contemptuous wealthy people and bureaucrats in her search. 2007.

Family Tree    RC 63515
by Barbara Delinsky
read by Karen White
2 cassettes
After interior designer Dana Clarke and her husband, Hugh, a lawyer from a prominent New England dynasty, have a baby girl with African American features, Dana searches for the father she never knew. The couple uncovers long-held family secrets and prejudice. 2007.

The Alexandria Link    RC 63516
by Steve Berry
read by Scott Brick
3 cassettes
The son of Copenhagen rare-book-seller Cotton Malone, from The Templar Legacy (RC 61331), is abducted and Malone's store is destroyed. The kidnappers want the key to locating the remains of the vanished library of Alexandria, and only Malone knows its whereabouts. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Telegraph Days    RC 63521
by Larry McMurtry
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
1876, western territories. Nellie Courtright and her brother Jackson are all that is left of their migrating Virginia clan. Nellie becomes a telegraph operator, Jackson a deputy in Rita Blanca. Nellie writes about Jackson killing some outlaws, becomes Buffalo Bill's manager, and has romantic adventures. Some strong language. 2006.

Ribbon in the Sky    RC 63541
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Nebraska, mid-1900s. Letty, daughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher, falls in love with Mike, who, according to her father, is one of the wild, Catholic Dolans. Betrayal tears the couple apart, leaving Letty to raise their son alone, until fate intervenes. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1991.

Fool Me Once    RC 63545
by Fern Michaels
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Virginia pet photographer Olivia Lowell unexpectedly inherits the estate of her mother, Allison, who she thought had died during childbirth. With the help of her pooches and lawyer Jeff Bannerman, Olivia carries out Allison's requests and confronts the past. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

Second Wave: Acorna's Children, Book 2    RC 63565
by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Unicorn girl Khorii and her adopted android brother Elviiz join human survivors of the plague on the planet Paloduro in their search for a vaccine. Meanwhile, Khorii's parents, Aari and Acorna, discover that Khorii has a twin, Ariin. Sequel to First Warning (RC 61767). For senior high readers. 2006.

Mallets Aforethought: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery    RC 63568
by Sarah Graves
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Home-repairer Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree and her pregnant friend Ellie White discover a mummified corpse and the body of the Eastport, Maine, historical society president in a mansion they're renovating. Ellie's husband, George, is the prime suspect, so Jake scurries to find the real killer before their baby is born. 2004.

The Rules of Survival    RC 63569
by Nancy Werlin
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Boston. Teenaged Matthew and his two younger sisters struggle to protect themselves and one another from abuse by their mentally ill mother, Nikki. Nikki's sister, ex-husband, and boyfriends ignore her cruelty for years, until a crisis forces them to act. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2006.

A Woman in Jerusalem    RC 63570
by A.B. Yehoshua
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Outrage over an unclaimed body in a Jerusalem morgue after a terrorist attack provokes response from the owner of a bakery where the woman formerly worked. While attempting to resolve the Russian victim's burial, a human-resources manager investigates her past, encounters bureaucratic obstacles, and wrestles with personal issues. 2004.

The Crystal Game: A Western Trio    RC 63572
by Max Brand
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Three western tales. In "The Fugitive" (1926) a young woman conspires to steal an outlaw's beloved mare. In "Uncle Chris Turns North" (1923) a homesteader finds forbidden love with a ruthless land baron's niece. In "The Crystal Game" (1932) a loner claims to be able to see the future. 2005.

Unhinged: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery    RC 63579
by Sarah Graves
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
When Eastport, Maine, busybody Harriet Hollingsworth disappears, amateur sleuth Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, a do-it-yourself enthusiast and former New York finance guru, suspects foul play. Soon after, Jake's son is injured in a car crash—an incident that Harry Markle, a cop from Jake's past, believes is no accident. 2003.

Scrambled Eggs at Midnight    RC 63585
by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Calliope travels around the country with her nomadic, jewelry-making mother, while Eliot lives at a North Carolina Christian fat farm run by his born-again father. The two fifteen-year-olds meet and fall in love as they struggle to grow up. For senior high readers. 2006.

Wreck the Halls: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery    RC 63598
by Sarah Graves
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Just before the holidays Eastport, Maine, resident Faye Anne Carmody is accused of killing her abusive husband. Amateur sleuth Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, a former New York financial manager, sets aside her do-it-yourself home repairs to prove Faye Anne's innocence. Jake also deals with her ex-husband's antics. Some strong language. 2001.

I'm in No Mood for Love    RC 63603
by Rachel Gibson
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Boise, Idaho. After romance writer Clare Wingate catches her fiancé with the Maytag repairman, she has a one-night stand. The guy turns out to be her childhood nemesis Sebastian Vaughan. Now a journalist, Sebastian begins to appeal to Clare. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

The Refuge: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery    RC 63675
by Sue Henry
read by Lee Adams
2 cassettes
Sixty-something-year-old Maxie McNabb and her dachshund, Stretch, interrupt their Alaskan reverie after a friend calls in need. Maxie flies to Hawaii to help Karen Bailey pack up her house. When a prowler tries to break in, Maxie investigates. 2007.

The Secret Magdalene    RC 63676
by Ki Longfellow
read by Bernadette Dunne
4 cassettes
Jerusalem, first century A.D. Mariamne (Mary Magdalene), the daughter of a wealthy Jewish aristocrat, grows up hearing prophetic voices. Mariamne and her father's ward, Salome, run away to study in Alexandria. Later, when they meet John the Baptizer, Mariamne is drawn to Yeshu (Jesus), with whom she shares visions. 2005.

Obsession: An Alex Delaware Novel    RC 63677
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by John Rubinstein
3 cassettes
Teenager Tanya hires psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis to help after her aunt hints on her deathbed that she murdered someone in the past. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

A Handbook to Luck    RC 63679
by Cristina García
read by Staci Snell
2 cassettes
Enrique Florit immigrates to Las Vegas from Cuba and embraces gambling. He becomes involved with two women: wealthy Leila Rezvani, who left an arranged marriage in Tehran, and illegal immigrant Marta Claros, who fled war in El Salvador. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

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Books for Children

Cassettes Nonfiction

It Can't Be Done, Nellie Bly! A Reporter's Race around the World     RC 61631
by Nancy Butcher
read by Richard Magesis
1 cassette
Explains how young reporter Nellie Bly became a heroine in 1889 by racing around the world in fewer than eighty days, beating a competitor. Describes her exotic adventures and the people and customs she wrote about in articles posted to her New York newspaper. For grades 4–7. 2003.

The Hero Beowulf    RC 61727
retold by Eric A. Kimmel
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
A brief retelling of the ancient Anglo-Saxon epic about the heroic deeds of Beowulf. Recounts Beowulf's journey to the land of the Spear-Danes to combat the slimy-green, scaly monster Grendel. For grades 3–6. 2005.

Guys Write for Guys Read    RC 61908
edited by Jon Scieszka
read by Don Hagen
2 cassettes
A selection of writings by boys' favorite authors—Avi, Chris Crutcher, Dan Gutman, Stephen King, William Sleator—about being a boy. Scieszka, who took these pieces from his Guys Read web site, describes them as "funny, action-packed, sad, goofy, gross, touching, stupid, true, and all very short." For grades 6–9. 2005.

Cuba    RC 62818
by Sean Sheehan and Leslie Jermyn
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Profiles the geography, history, economy, environment, and culture of this Caribbean island. Discusses Fidel Castro's socialist government and the animosity of the United States government towards his regime. Covers lifestyle, religion, language, arts, leisure activities, food, and holidays. For grades 6–9. 2005.

Solomon and the Ant and Other Jewish Folktales    RC 62842
retold by Sheldon Oberman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
More than forty tales from oral tradition, with historical notes and commentary. In the title story an ant teaches the great king a lesson in humility. In "The Smell of Money" wise Solomon pays for the smell of bread—with the sound of coins. For grades 4–7 and older readers. 2006.

5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery    RC 62843
by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Recounts the daring escape in 1848 of two slaves-the woman posing as a white master and her husband as his slave—from Macon, Georgia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and eventually to England. Discusses their lifelong work as abolitionists, fighting for racial equality. Some strong language. For grades 6–9. 2006.

Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with Fifteen Fun and Funky Projects    RC 62882
by Shannon Okey
read by Barbara Pinolini
1 cassette
A beginner's complete knitting guide in straightforward language. Covers choosing yarns and needles and lessons on the basics: casting on, changing yarns, catching mistakes, and finishing techniques. Quick projects include wristlets, scarves, roll-brim hats, leg warmers, a messenger bag, and a headband. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 2005.

Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement    RC 62902
by Ann Bausum
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Recounts how John Lewis, a black seminarian who became a congressman, and Jim Zwerg, a white college student, rode buses with white and black passengers through the segregated South in 1961. Describes the violence and hatred they faced to promote racial equality. Some strong language. For grades 6–9. 2006.

The Fastest Dinosaurs    RC 62913
by Don Lessem
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
Explains the way scientists determine which dinosaurs ran the fastest by comparing their fossil remains with living animals. Discusses why speed mattered to dinosaurs and probable causes of their extinction. For grades 2–4. 2005.

Rescues!    RC 62920
by Sandra Markle
read by Jeremy Gage
1 cassette
Discusses eleven disasters affecting people, including trapped miners, a baby in a burning house, and those caught in tsunamis and hurricanes. Explains rescue strategies, technical assistance including mini-robots, and outcomes. In "Hasty to the Rescue" a trained dog quickly locates an avalanche victim, saving her life. For grades 4–7. 2006.

Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know about Fast Food    RC 62925
by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Covers the history and social impact of the fast-food industry. Argues that because people are what they eat, they should know the harsh truth about fast-food preparation, which includes slaughter houses, food additives, and artificial ingredients. Also discusses health risks and obesity. For grades 6–9. 2006.

A Medieval Knight    RC 62928
by James Barter
read by George Holmes
1 cassette
Explains the working life of knights in the Middle Ages, during war and peacetime. Details their training and responsibilities in battle, maintaining local order, and entertaining dignitaries. Discusses outfitting the knight and his horse in armor and the pageantry of a tournament. For grades 6–9. 2005.

American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen    RC 63010
by Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Advice for preteen boys on the physical and emotional changes experienced during puberty. Discusses body functions, shaving, acne, and relationships. Also addresses resisting peer pressure to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, use drugs, and become sexually active. Some descriptions of sex. For grades 5–8. 2006.

Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors    RC 63031
by Ron Miller
read by Robert Sams
1 cassette
Presents modern scientific opinion on the formation of the solar system, particularly asteroids, meteors, and comets. Relates how astronomers discover the existence and characteristics of these bodies, including their orbital paths and destructive collisions. For grades 6–9. 2006.

Dominican Republic    RC 63144
by Erin Foley and Leslie Jermyn
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
An overview of this Caribbean nation. Describes the geography and environment of the land as well as the culture, lifestyle, religion, arts, and food of its people. Chronicles the country's history and examines twenty-first-century government and economic practices and the challenges posed by racism and poverty. For grades 5–8. 2005.

Heroes of Baseball: The Men Who Made It America's Favorite Game    RC 63254
by Robert Lipsyte
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
Sportswriter presents baseball's greats and discusses the reasons they achieved legendary status. Explains that beyond hitting amazing home runs, pitching perfect games, making impossible catches, or stealing home, these players affected American culture and the history of the game. For grades 4–7. 2006.

Canterbury Tales    RC 63395
retold by Barbara Cohen
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Four of Geoffrey Chaucer's tales retold in modern English. The nun's priest recounts the barnyard adventures of prideful rooster Chauntecleer, the pardoner teaches a lesson about greed, the wife of Bath relates a baffled knight's dilemma, and the franklin celebrates courtly love. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 1988.

Built to Last: Building America's Amazing Bridges, Dams, Tunnels, and Skyscrapers     RC 63396
by George Sullivan
read by Barbara Pinolini
1 cassette
Traces the history of the design and construction of seventeen architectural and engineering feats in the United States in the past two hundred years. Features the U.S. Capitol, Brooklyn Bridge, Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge, the interstate highway system, and the Sears Tower, among others. For grades 5–8. 2005.

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon    RC 63398
by Catherine Thimmesh
read by Mark Delgado
1 cassette
Profiles the unsung heroes accountable for Apollo 11's launch, voyage, landing, and return, including engineers, computer technicians, and seamstresses who assembled the space suits. Discusses glitches that occurred and the quick thinking that resolved them. Conveys the team effort that made the mission a success. For grades 5–8. 2006.

Saving Manatees    RC 63404
by Stephen R. Swinburne
read by Michael Scherer
1 cassette
Discusses the characteristics and habits of the Florida manatee, a plant-eating marine mammal. Explains the reasons why the manatee is considered an endangered species and what is being done to help it survive. For grades 3–6. 2006.

John Muir: America's First Environmentalist    RC 63474
by Kathryn Lasky
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Biography of naturalist John Muir (1838–1914), whose love of the wilderness helped establish Yosemite National Park, the Sierra Club, and federal government protection of forests. Describes Muir's childhood in Scotland and Wisconsin, his inventions, and his explorations—begun during the Civil War era—of Canada, Florida, and California. For grades 3–6. 2006.

Up before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America    RC 63480
by Deborah Hopkinson
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
1 cassette
The history of cotton is told in the words of ordinary individuals from before and after the Civil War. Sharecroppers describe long days in the cotton fields, enslaved children recall collecting shoefuls of cotton seeds, and mill girls tell of pasting poems next to their looms. For grades 5–8. 2006.

Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Boy King    RC 63537
by Zahi Hawass
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Presents the background to archaeologist Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut's tomb. Discusses what Tutankhamun's mummy and the numerous objects found in his tomb have revealed about the young pharaoh's life and mysterious death. For grades 4–7. 2005.

The Calendar    RC 63593
by Patricia K. Kummer
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Discusses the origins and history of the calendar. Explains the concept of reckoning time in ancient civilizations, differences between lunar and solar calendars, the change from the Julian to the Gregorian system, and modern formats. For grades 5–8. 2005.

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Cassettes Fiction

The Penultimate Peril: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 12    RC 61167
by Lemony Snicket
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Advising that this volume is the next-to-last chronicle of the Baudelaire orphans, the author declares that it involves "a harpoon gun, a rooftop sunbathing salon, two mysterious initials, three unidentified triplets, a notorious villain, and an unsavory curry." Sequel to The Grim Grotto (RC 59697). For grades 4–7. 2005.

Each Little Bird That Sings    RC 61390
by Deborah Wiles
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in Snapfinger, Mississippi. But it affects her differently when her own relatives die and she has to make a life-and-death choice during a flash flood. For grades 4–7. 2005.

Lenny and Mel    RC 61393
by Erik P. Kraft
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
Twin brothers Lenny and Mel celebrate holidays in some unusual ways. After eating Thanksgiving turkey for a week, the boys put the remains under Mel's pillow for the Leftover Fairy to exchange for money. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2–4. 2002.

Ophie out of Oz    RC 61396
by Kathleen O'Dell
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Fourth-grader Ophelia Peeler has always felt like Dorothy in Oz, skipping and singing down the yellow brick road in her ruby slippers, until her family moves to Oregon. She misses her best friend, Lizzy, and is tired of starting over at a new school. For grades 3–6. 2004.

Fire in the Hole!    RC 61397
by Mary Cronk Farrell
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Idaho, 1899. Mick Shea wants to be a newspaperman rather than a miner like his father. When all the union miners are arrested, Mick must take over responsibility for the family and in doing so, gains new respect for his father. For grades 5–8. 2004.

Whisper in the Dark    RC 61487
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Nicola Daval
1 cassette
Usually Maddy likes scary stories, but an ancient Narragansett legend about a razor-clawed monster who whispers to his victims before attacking them becomes all too real. Maddy is frightened when she receives strange phone calls and her dog is lacerated. For grades 5–8. 2005.

Small Steps    RC 61629
by Louis Sachar
read by Peter Lavezzoli
1 cassette
Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit, from Holes (RC 47444), is turning his life around in Austin, Texas, with the encouragement of his ten-year-old neighbor, Ginny, who has cerebral palsy. Then he meets a celebrity teen singer. For grades 5–8. 2006.

Heroes Don't Run    RC 61630
by Harry Mazer
read by Dave Corey
1 cassette
1944. To honor his father, who died during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, seventeen-year-old Adam Pelko eagerly enlists in the Marine Corps. Adam goes through boot camp and faces combat on the tiny island Okinawa. Sequel to Boy No More (RC 59432). For grades 6–9. 2005.

A Letter to Santa Claus    RC 61726
by Brigitte Weninger
read by Neil Berman
1 cassette
Oliver has never had a Christmas present, so he sends Santa Claus a wish list attached to a balloon. The message lands in a grumpy old man's yard and touches his heart. For grades K–3. 2000.

Sea Glass: Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1970    RC 62322
by Laurence Yep
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
California, 1970. After leaving San Francisco for a small town, Craig, a Chinese American eighth-grader, finds it hard to fit in. He also has difficulty pleasing his father, who wants him to excel in sports. For grades 6–9. 1979.

Green Jasper: De Granville Trilogy, Book 2    RC 62583
by K.M. Grant
read by Stephen Crossley
2 cassettes
England, 1193. Crusaders Will and Gavin de Granville, from Blood Red Horse (RC 60526), face political turmoil at home. Gavin's wedding is interrupted by Constable de Scabious, who kidnaps Ellie, the bride. Will, his red horse Hosanna, and Kamil figure in Ellie's rescue. For grades 6–9 and older readers. 2006.

Charlie Bone and the Hidden King: Children of the Red King, Book 5    RC 62776
by Jenny Nimmo
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Strange things are happening at Bloor's Academy in this sequel to Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors (RC 61262). Charlie is in peril from an ancient enchantment-the shadow from the Red King's portrait has escaped and it does not want Charlie to find his father. For grades 5–8. 2006.

Monsterology: Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead     RC 62929
by Arthur Slade
read by Nick Sullivan
1 cassette
Humorous profiles of fifteen monsters, including Dracula, Medusa, Loki, Frankenstein's creature, Sasquatch, Baba Yaga, Quasimodo, and the Grim Reaper. Presents physical characteristics, likes and dislikes, "cool" facts that are sometimes gross, literary traditions, and short interviews. For grades 5–8. 2005.

The King of Mulberry Street    RC 62937
by Donna Jo Napoli
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes
New York City, 1892. A homesick nine-year-old stowaway from Naples, Italy, escapes Ellis Island without being sent to an orphanage. Dom figures out how to survive on the streets, how to earn money, and how to be a friend. For grades 4–7. 2005.

Wolf Wing: The Claidi Journals, Book 4    RC 62944
by Tanith Lee
read by Terry Donnelly
2 cassettes
In this conclusion to The Claidi Collection (RC 62463), Claidi and her beloved Argul are married when they learn that Argul's mother, Ustareth, is still alive. Their journey to Ustareth's utopia is full of adventures that hold the key to Claidi's destiny. For grades 6–9. 2002.

Sir Thursday: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 4    RC 63055
by Garth Nix
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Following Drowned Wednesday (RC 60387), Arthur cannot return home because a Spirit-eater, an evil copy of Arthur, assumes his identity. Leaf tries to banish Arthur's double on Earth, while Sir Thursday drafts Arthur into the Glorious Army. Arthur works to free Part Four of the Will. For grades 5–8. 2006.

The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories    RC 63091
by Rudyard Kipling
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Eight stories about the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves in a jungle in India. Presented in Kipling's preferred arrangement. Includes a ninth non-Mowgli tale, "Rikki-tikki-tavi," about a valiant mongoose. For grades 4–7 and older readers. 1894.

The Fighting Ground    RC 63253
by Avi
read by Peter Ganim
1 cassette
Early on April 3, 1778, thirteen-year-old Jonathan slips away from his New Jersey farm to answer a call to arms. That same afternoon, he loads a gun to fire on enemy Hessian mercenaries. Instead he becomes their prisoner and learns war's harsh lessons. For grades 5–8. Scott O'Dell Award. 1984.

The Empty Schoolhouse    RC 63257
by Natalie Savage Carlson
read by Judith Ann Gantly
1 cassette (Reissue)
Louisiana, 1960s. When St. Joseph's School is desegregated, ten-year-old Lullah is delighted to be able to attend. Prejudiced people stir up trouble, until Lullah is the only pupil still in attendance. For grades 3–6. 1965.

Wabi: A Hero's Tale    RC 63363
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Though Wabi was born a great horned owl, he falls in love with Dojihla, a young Abenaki Indian woman, and transforms himself into a human. Wabi has many trials and adventures while adapting to his new life and winning Dojihla's heart. For grades 6–9. 2006.

Among the Enemy: The Shadow Children    RC 63366
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Matthias, an illegal third-born child, surprises himself by saving the life of a Population Police officer, who rewards him with a job. Working with the enemy places Matthias in an awkward position. Sequel to Among the Brave (RC 59358). For grades 5–8. 2005.

Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover    RC 63372
by Cynthia Rylant
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Patrick invites Henry and his dog Mudge and lots of other boys and their dogs to a sleepover in Patrick's attic. The bouncy group enjoys pizza, monster movies, flashlight games, and a contest for best dog popcorn catcher. Beginning chapter book. For grades K–3. 2006.

Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters RC 63465
by Patricia C. McKissack
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Ten stories the author remembers from childhood summers spent listening on her grandparents' front porch in Tennessee. In "When Pete Bruce Came to Town" a slick-talking confidence man tricks a woman into giving him a coconut cream pie. For grades 5–8 and older readers. 2006.

The Last Holiday Concert    RC 63571
by Andrew Clements
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Sixth-grader Hart Evans finds out there is a big difference between popularity and leadership when Mr. Meinert, his music teacher, steps aside and Hart is elected by the chorus to be in charge of the holiday concert. For grades 4–7. 2004.

Bread and Roses, Too    RC 63573
by Katherine Paterson
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Lawrence, Massachusetts; 1912. Rosa worries when her mother and older sister Anna join the mill workers' strike. On the train to Vermont, where the workers' children are being sent for safety, Rosa befriends Jake, a ragamuffin boy with a terrible secret. For grades 5–8. 2006.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Entre Mundos: La Formación de una Vida Americana (Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life)    RC 61032
por Bill Richardson
leído por Juan Ramirez
3 cassettes
Autobiografía del político mexico-americano del Partido Demócrata cuya carrera incluye puestos como representante congresional, embajador a las Naciones Unidas, Secretaría de Energía y gobernador del estado de Nuevo México. Recuerda la niñez que pasó en la Ciudad de Mexico, y habla de su padre americano y madre mexicana. También, repasa su carrera política, apuntando sus esfuerzos diplomáticos como árbitro entre naciones en guerra. Sobre todo, comparte sus visiones para el futuro de América. (Autobiography of a Democratic politician from New Mexico who has served as a congressional representative, ambassador to the United Nations, Secretary of Energy, and governor of his state. Describes his childhood in Mexico City, U.S. government service, negotiations with warring nations, and vision for America.) 2005.

La Jornada: Cómo Vivir por Fe en un Mundo Incierto (The Journey: How to Live by Faith in an Uncertain World)    RC 61050
por Billy Graham
leído por Juan Ramirez
3 cassettes
El predicador Billy Graham nos habla de sus conocimientos sobre Dios, la Biblia, y el Espíritu Santo y explica cómo aprovecharse del poder religioso en la vida cotidiana. Describe las maneras de enfrentarse con desafíos y tentaciones y nos brinda consejos para vivir con fe fe y alegría. (The Reverend Billy Graham explains his understanding of the meaning and purpose of God, Jesus, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit and their role in daily life. Describes ways to deal with challenges and temptations and offers practical advice on living joyously.) 2006.

Historia del Rey Transparente (Story of the Translucent King)    RC 61053
por Rosa Montero
leído por María Pino
3 cassettes
En la Francia del turbulento siglo XII, Leola, campesina adolescente, desnuda a un guerrero muerto en un campo de batalla y se viste con sus ropas de hierro, para protegerse bajo un disfraz viril. Así comienza una vertiginosa y emocionante odisea que le transformará la vida. (After a battle in turbulent twelfth-century France, Leola, a young peasant girl, dresses up in the armor of a dead soldier to protect herself from many perils and, disguised as a nobleman, undertakes a personal odyssey that will transform her life.) 2005.

El Surgimiento: Nace el Anticristo antes de que Fueran Dejados Atrás; Cuenta Regresiva del Rapto, Libro 1 (The Rising: Antichrist Is Born before They Were Left Behind; Countdown to the Rapture, Book 1)    RC 61054
por Tim LaHaye y Jerry B. Jenkins
leído por Juan Ramirez
3 cassettes
Cuenta la historia de los días antes del rapto y antes de los "Dejados Atrás." Marilena Carpatia tiene el mayor anhelo de tener un hijo y recurre a cualquier medio, incluso al mismísimo Príncipe de las Tinieblas, para realizarlo. Y así da luz a Nicolás Carpatia, el anticristo. Por otro lado, el joven Raimundo Steele está determinado a realizar su gran ambición de hacerse piloto, evitando el tener que hacerse cargo del negocio de la familia. (A prequel to the Left Behind series relating events leading up to the Rapture. Nicolae Carpathia is born to a woman who allows herself to become a chosen vessel for the birth of evil. Rayford Steele avoids taking over the family business by becoming a pilot.) 2005.

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