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May and June 2009

In Brief

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

Patrons and libraries to participate in prelaunch testing of the digital talking-book system

First phase of digital system rollout

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, has entered the first phase of the rollout of digital talking books! This spring, NLS will administer a much-anticipated national prelaunch test of the digital talking-book system to make certain there are no unforeseen challenges before mass production begins. This prelaunch will enable NLS and network staff to evaluate players, book cartridges, and mailing containers in normal usage mode. Input from network libraries, machine-lending agencies, and patrons will help to ensure a smooth and successful digital transition.

Where will the testing occur?

Slated for April, the prelaunch testing will begin when NLS distributes 5,000 digital talking-book players to eight regional libraries across the country and to JBI International (formerly Jewish Braille Institute). The libraries will then send the machines to selected patrons for use in their homes.

The selected libraries will distribute the players and book cartridges to their most active readers. Patron and library staff participation in the prelaunch test will allow the players and books to be used in a wide variety of settings. This real-world use of the system will help further identify any serious latent problems.

All other regional and subregional libraries, four machine-lending agencies, and three consumer organizations will each receive one standard player and one advanced player for testing.

What type of books will be included?

The NLS Collection Development Section identified 54 digital talking-book (DB) titles—fiction and nonfiction—for patrons to read using the digital talking-book machines during the prelaunch test. Each of the eight libraries participating in the test will receive multiple copies of all 54 titles, and all other network libraries will receive one DB title, one blank cartridge, a patch cord for downloading books, and at a later point, two copies of each of the 54 titles. The prelaunch test will also allow NLS to evaluate the mailing containers and tracking systems, which will help ensure an effective distribution and collection process. The expanded NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) will also be tested during the final weeks of the prelaunch.

What is the process for reporting results?

Feedback from prelaunch testing will be handled by an independent expert consultant, who has developed a process for reporting and collecting data on any issues that may arise concerning the players, cartridges, or mailing containers. The consultant will analyze the data to identify any trends or patterns that should be investigated prior to mass production.

NLS will determine whether any modifications will be required before instructing Shinano Kenshi Corporation of Japan, the contractor hired to manufacture the digital talking-book players, to begin full production. The players will be produced at an initial rate of 26,000 players per month for four months and then 20,000 per month.

Network to receive training tools for digital system and Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

Recently the Library of Congress awarded SI International a contract to develop training techniques and materials to prepare NLS network libraries for acquainting patrons with the digital talking-book system. Currently SI International, in collaboration with the NLS Network Division, is developing an online training site, complete with instructional tools, for using the digital system for beta testing during the prelaunch evaluation. Feedback will be collected, analyzed, and incorporated before the training site is launched. The contractor is also preparing training materials for using BARD.

Prelaunch test participants:

Regional libraries
City Consumer groups

Newsstand

The following announcement may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The item mentioned, however, is not part of the NLS program, and its listing does not imply endorsement.

Free distance-education courses

Hadley School for the Blind offers more than one hundred free distance-education courses online. Students can enroll when they wish and receive personalized instruction from a Hadley teacher. Hadley offers a wide range of courses in adult continuing education, high school academic subjects, family education, and professional development studies on topics from braille to independent living. The school has partnered with the University of Utah to offer college-level courses for professionals who work with blind individuals. For more information visit the Hadley web site at http://www.hadley-school.org/ Link out

Books for Adults

Cassettes Nonfiction

Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial That Forged a Nation        RC 62651
by Paul VanDevelder
read by Ralph Lowenstein
4 cassettes
Traces the fight by the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes to protect their North Dakota lands that were flooded by the post-World War II construction of Garrison Dam. Highlights the work of Yale-educated attorney Raymond Cross, a tribal chairman's son, and his case before the U.S. Supreme Court. 2004.

End of the Spear: A True Story        RC 62833
by Steve Saint
read by Lewis Grenville
3 cassettes
Author's memoir of life among Ecuador's Waodani tribe, whose members murdered his missionary father in 1956. Recounts moving his family back to Ecuador in 1995 to help tribe members improve education and health care. Describes how these experiences and his faith helped him reconcile with his father's reformed killers. 2005.

Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally; First-Generation Women Reflect on Identity        RC 63191
edited by Angela Jane Fountas
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Twenty-one essays by women who either immigrated to the United States as children or whose parents immigrated. Works explore the writers' search for identity while coming of age biculturally. Some strong language. 2005.

Uh Huh! The Story of Ray Charles        RC 63349
by John Duggleby
read by Dave Corey
1 cassette
Chronicles the life of blind African American musician Ray Charles (1930–2004), who grew up impoverished in Florida. Discusses his childhood, education, and personal problems. Focuses on Charles's career, which culminated in eight posthumous Grammys for his last album. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2005.

Freedom: The Story of My Second Life        RC 64069
by Malika Oufkir
read by Yolande Bavan
2 cassettes
Moroccan woman continues her autobiography after recalling her family's twenty years in prison in Stolen Lives (RC 52093). Describes her years under house arrest following her release and her emigration to France and later the United States. Tells of coping with modern inventions and a culture of excess. 2006.

Wounded: Vietnam to Iraq        RC 64076
by Ronald J. Glasser
read by Dave Corey
1 cassette
Physician offers a concise critical analysis of combat casualties and the evolution of battlefield medical care from the Vietnam era to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Glasser criticizes the Bush administration's policies and examines the long-term physical, emotional, and financial challenges faced by wounded soldiers. 2006.

Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish        RC 64459
by Abigail Pogrebin
read by Barbara Rappaport
3 cassettes
Jewish freelance journalist's interviews with sixty-two prominent Jews on the subject of being famous and being Jewish, and how their heritage factors into their public lives. Interviewees include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Neil Simon, Beverly Sills, Joan Rivers, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nora Ephron, Barney Frank, Mike Wallace, and Larry King. 2005.

Collected Poems        RC 64566
by John Betjeman
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
2 cassettes
Verse that evokes traditional English village life and the Victorian era by British poet laureate John Betjeman (1906–1984). Includes "Summoned by Bells" (1960), Betjeman's classic verse autobiography. 1960.

The Improvisational Cook        RC 64594
by Sally Schneider
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
Columnist and former chef presents dozens of basic recipes intended to be built upon to bring spontaneity and creativity to the kitchen. Explains the fundamentals of flavor combinations and logic behind each dish that can be easily modified using on-hand ingredients. Offers scores of suggested adaptations. 2006.

The Saudi Royal Family        RC 64698
by Jennifer Bond Reed
read by Dan Bloom
1 cassette
Presents the history and leaders of the Al Sauds, the nomadic tribe that rules the Middle Eastern country of Saudi Arabia. Highlights the conflicts between the Islamic religion and oil money and discusses the role of the country in the war on terror. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Afraid of the Dark: What Whites and Blacks Need to Know about Each Other        RC 64834
by Jim Myers
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
Caucasian journalist explores the psychological issues of race relations between blacks and whites in America. Focuses on the attitudes and beliefs each group holds about the other. Describes cultural differences, dispels myths, and offers suggestions for improving communication. Foreword by Jesse Jackson. Some strong language. 2000.

Big Papi: My Story of Big Dreams and Big Hits        RC 64968
by David Ortiz
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Autobiography of baseball player David "Big Papi" Ortiz, who helped the Boston Red Sox break the "curse of the Bambino" by winning the 2004 World Series. Ortiz recalls his childhood in the Dominican Republic and discusses his career with the Seattle Mariners, the Minnesota Twins, and the Red Sox. 2007.

One Hundred Essential Modern Poems        RC 65015
compiled by Joseph Parisi
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Anthology arranged chronologically by the poets' dates of birth. Biographical sketches provide historical background and brief commentary. Includes selections from William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ogden Nash, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, and Rita Dove. For senior high and older readers. 2005.

The Story of World War II        RC 65116
by Donald L. Miller
read by Ray Foushee
5 cassettes
Historian offers an account of war through the firsthand experiences of soldiers, journalists, and civilians. Covers European and Pacific land, air, and sea campaigns. Updated and expanded from Henry Steele Commager's The Story of the Second World War (RC 42784). Violence and some strong language. 2001.

To the Castle and Back        RC 65134
by Václav Havel
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Czech statesman and writer Václav Havel, champion of democratic principles, recalls and reflects on pivotal experiences and concepts from his career. Discusses his personal battle with cancer, his marriages, and his thoughts about politics, America as a superpower, and the war in Iraq. 2006.

With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change        RC 65135
by Fred Pearce
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Journalist examines climate-related planet changes known as "tipping points" that, once reached, can abruptly and irreversibly accelerate global warming. Details scientists' research to explain the effects of greenhouse gases, ocean currents, solar pulses, and other environmental phenomena on Earth's interconnected systems. 2007.

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England        RC 65168
edited by Antonia Fraser
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Collection of short biographies of English monarchs by eight historians. Covers each ruler from William the Conqueror (1066) to Queen Elizabeth II. Introduction by Antonia Fraser. Revised and updated edition of 1975 publication. 1998.

A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad        RC 65183
edited by Don George and Anthony Sattin
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Twenty-six essays capturing the pleasures and pitfalls of finding a home in a foreign country. Chilean author Isabel Allende recounts falling for California's Marin County and the man who showed it to her. In an excerpt from Italian Neighbours (RC 35775), Tim Parks describes some curious acoustics of Italian dwellings. 2002.

The Great Divide: A Biography of the Rocky Mountains        RC 65190
by Gary Ferguson
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Naturalist and historian introduces readers to the Rocky Mountains by explaining the geology of the 300,000-square-mile mountain range. He describes the diverse men and women who have traversed the mountains through the years, including trappers, runaway slaves, artists, social misfits, Gold Rush miners, and Native Americans. 2004.

Make the Impossible Possible: One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary        RC 65197
by Bill Strickland
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
African American Grammy Award winner and recipient of the MacArthur genius award recalls his inner-city childhood in Pittsburgh and the inspiration of a high school teacher. Harvard-educated Strickland describes building training centers for children and adults to encourage and transform their lives. 2007.

Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch's Assault on America's Fundamental Rights        RC 65200
by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Political commentator Molly Ivins (1944–2007), who toured the country for fifteen years speaking in defense of constitutional freedoms, describes the like-minded individuals she met. Protests illegal wiretaps, unlawful imprisonment, undermining freedom of the press, and the Patriot Act. 2007.

Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)        RC 65201
by Cathie Black
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Female president of Hearst Magazines offers advice on achieving career success and personal contentment. Black highlights her rise in the media industry, including becoming the first woman publisher of a weekly magazine and building USA Today from an upstart to a widely read newspaper. 2007.

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain        RC 65202
by Oliver Sacks
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Neurologist and author of the bestselling Awakenings (RC 33438) investigates the way music affects the human brain by observing the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and ordinary people. Describes conditions such as musical seizures and hallucinations and musicogenic epilepsy. Also explores the calming effects of sound. 2007.

A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted        RC 65203
by Will Bowen
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Minister presents a plan for people to improve their mental attitudes based on the idea that good things will happen if they quit grumbling. Believes that by altering their words, people can change their thoughts and, thus, their lives. Posits that better health and relationships will follow. 2007.

Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog-and Your Life        RC 65205
by Cesar Millan
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Dog trainer and author of the bestselling Cesar's Way (RC 62405) gives tips and techniques for disciplining and training canines. Discusses different breeds and dog psychology. Explains the importance of owners developing the behavior of a leader. Makes suggestions for managing stress of both owner and pet. 2007.

Clapton: The Autobiography        RC 65207
by Eric Clapton
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Autobiography of rock musician Eric Clapton, who performed with the Yardbirds, Cream, and Blind Faith until going solo. Describes his childhood in rural England, rise to stardom, alcohol and drug addictions, affairs and marriages, and personal road to recovery. 2007.

Complete Poems and Selected Letters        RC 65223
by Hart Crane
read by Gary Tipton
6 cassettes
All the poetry—some previously unpublished—of American Hart Crane (1899–1932). Also contains selections from his correspondence with contemporaries Marianne Moore, e.e. cummings, William Carlos Williams, Katherine Anne Porter, and others and various essays and reviews. Includes his debut volume White Buildings (1926) and his homage to the Brooklyn Bridge. 2006.

Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World        RC 65228
by Bill Clinton
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Former American president provides examples of companies, organizations, and individuals who solve problems and save lives. Discusses "going green" and promoting fair wages and working conditions. Urges every citizen to help others through volunteer gifts of time, skills, resources, and ideas. Bestseller. 2007.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto        RC 65229
by Michael Pollan
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
The author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (RC 62557) asserts that food-industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists have distorted our notions of a balanced diet. Advocates eating a traditional diet and regionally grown food. 2008.

Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the Sixties and Today        RC 65419
by Tom Brokaw
read by Bob Moore
4 cassettes
Author of The Greatest Generation (BR 13580), television anchorman Tom Brokaw conducted dozens of personal interviews with baby boomers to document the decade of the 1960s. Includes reminiscences about the political, cultural, and socioeconomic meaning of the era and the changes that occurred. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America        RC 65432
by Gregory Rodriguez
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Mexican American columnist examines the history of Mexican immigration to the United States and its effect on U.S. culture, politics, and race. Posits that the sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of Mexico led to "mestizaje" —a racial and cultural synthesis. Analyzes the Chicano movement and changes in the attitudes of his people. 2007.

One Hundred Words to Make You Sound Smart        RC 65457
by American Heritage Dictionaries
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
A compilation of words, from "accolade" to "zealous," that can be used to enhance everyday conversation. Provides examples of incorporating each selection into daily dialog without sounding pompous or technical. Includes etymological information on changes in usage over time. 2006.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek        RC 65463
by Annie Dillard
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Author contemplates the metaphysics of nature in Virginia's Blue Ridge Valley during the seasons of a year. Combines meditations with scientific observations, philosophy, and introspection. Pulitzer Prize. 1974.

Balance: In Search of the Lost Sense        RC 65465
by Scott McCredie
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Journalist posits that balance is one of humankind's primary senses. Chronicles the evolution of equilibrium in humans, medical experiments isolating its importance, and case studies about people who have lost it. Offers techniques to slow a loss of balance due to age or physical illness. 2007.

America's Fighting Admirals        RC 65466
by William Tuohy
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and navy veteran describes U.S. naval action in World War II. Examines the skills and personalities of the American admirals who led the battles. Provides background information on the commanders and includes facts about the Naval War College. 2007.

Small Business, Big Life: Five Steps to Creating a Great Life with Your Own Small Business        RC 65474
by Louis Barajas
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Barajas, a successful financial planner who returned to his East Los Angeles roots to help the working class, presents his blueprint for creating a profitable small business without sacrificing family life and fun. He discusses the four values—truth, responsibility, awareness, and courage—he considers necessary to achieve this balance. 2007.

Blessings from the Other Side: Wisdom and Comfort from the Afterlife for This Life        RC 65478
by Sylvia Browne
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Psychic and author of Phenomenon: Everything You Need to Know about the Paranormal (RC 61243) offers advice on celebrating and appreciating life despite inevitable challenges. Discusses surviving grief, uncovering past lives, and contacting departed loved ones on the "other side." Includes suggestions for physical exercises and spiritual affirmations. 2000.

Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life        RC 65479
by James Blake
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Tennis pro focuses on events he endured in 2004: breaking his neck in a freak accident during practice, losing his father to stomach cancer, and suffering from a bout of face-paralyzing shingles. Describes the strength and perspective he gained during that challenging year and his subsequent professional successes. 2007.

Kinfolks: Falling off the Family Tree; the Search for My Melungeon Ancestors        RC 65489
by Lisa Alther
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Novelist of Original Sins (RC 22323) depicts her intensive genealogical search for her Melungeon—or multi-racial Appalachian—ancestors. Describes trekking across Europe, the Middle East, and the American Southwest while seeking clues about her family's origins. Discovers Pocahontas and colonialists from various countries are part of her family tree. 2007.

It's So Hard to Love You: Staying Sane When Your Loved One Is Manipulative, Needy, Dishonest, or Addicted        RC 65491
by Bill Klatte and Kate Thompson
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
A psychotherapist and his sister, a life-skills coach, provide tips and exercises for dealing with troubled loved ones. The authors stress the importance of creating firm boundaries and of taking care of oneself. They advise finding middle ground, rather than becoming too enmeshed or disconnecting completely. Some strong language. 2007.

The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944; Liberation Trilogy, Volume 2        RC 65493
by Rick Atkinson
read by Lewis Grenville
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Following the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn (RC 54939), the author turns to the European theater, concentrating on the invasion of Italy by Allied forces in 1943. Describes how hardened troops endured harsh climate and terrain and an entrenched enemy to liberate Rome. Violence. Bestseller. 2007.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X        RC 65510
by Malcolm X
read by L.J. Ganser
4 cassettes (Reissue)
The life of African American religious leader Malcolm X (1925–1965). The author describes his boyhood in Lansing, Michigan, street life in Harlem, conversion to the Black Muslim movement while imprisoned for robbery, and evolution into a high-profile spokesman for black dignity, power, and separatism. Foreword by Alex Haley. 1964.

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women        RC 65527
edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Eighty first-person essays on beliefs, culled from both the National Public Radio show This I Believe and the 1950s radio program of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. The essayists include average citizens as well as notables such as Helen Keller and Albert Einstein. Bestseller. 2006.

Journals: 1952-2000        RC 65529
by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
read by Fred Major
5 cassettes
Journals of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Schlesinger (1917–2007) continue his memoirs begun in A Life in the Twentieth Century (RC 51449). Offers an informal survey of political, social, intellectual, and historical events of the second half of the twentieth century. Highlights his work for and friendship with President Kennedy. Bestseller. 2007.

Letter Perfect: The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet from A to Z       RC 65532
by David Sacks
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Cultural history of the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet. Presents information on the origins of each letter's physical shape; its particular significance for modern readers, including use in meat grading and student ranking; and its role in literature and the media. Focuses on the evolution of written language. 2003.

America: The Last Best Hope; Volume 2, From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom, 1914-1989        RC 65535
by William J. Bennett
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Portrays the major events and leaders in U.S. history from World War I through Ronald Reagan's presidency. Sequel to America: The Last Best Hope; Volume 1, From the Age of Discovery to a World at War, 1492–1914 (RC 63365). For senior high and older readers. 2007.

State of the Heart: A Medical Tourist's True Story of Lifesaving Surgery in India        RC 65536
by Maggi Ann Grace
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
The author shares the experiences of her uninsured construction-worker boyfriend who, when he learned he could not afford surgery in the United States for his defective heart valve, traveled to India to have the procedure done in a private hospital for a fraction of the cost. 2007.

Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer        RC 65544
by Shannon Brownlee
read by Kerry Dukin
3 cassettes
Health and medical journalist Brownlee posits that less care may actually be better for patients. Uses case studies to illustrate the overuse of technology and drugs and the resulting deaths. Traces the legislation that led to economic inefficiency and offers reforms based on the Veterans Health Administration's practices. 2007.

Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer        RC 65549
by Patrick C. Walsh and Janet Farrar Worthington
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
World-renowned urologist Walsh and science writer Worthington detail the state of knowledge and treatment available at Johns Hopkins for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Explaining the uniqueness of every individual case, the authors outline tests and factors to consider when determining the best course of treatment. 2007.

The Victory Garden Companion: America's Most Popular Gardening Series Offers Expert Advice for Creating a Beautiful Landscape for Your Home        RC 65555
by Michael Weishan and Laurie Donnelly
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Weishan, host of a public television gardening show, provides a comprehensive guide to landscaping for all experience levels. Stresses the importance of planning and design in choosing appropriate plants and outdoor features. Includes step-by-step instructions for weekend projects and advice on soil preparation, maintenance, and common problems. 2006.

Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them        RC 65557
by John McCain
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
United States senator from Arizona profiles individuals who made courageous choices under difficult circumstances. Details the need for awareness, foresight, timing, confidence, humility, and inspiration. Includes Gerald Ford's pardoning of Richard Nixon, astronaut Neil Armstrong's landing on the moon, and Jackie Robinson's integration of baseball. Some strong language. 2007.

The One Hundred Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life        RC 65561
by Pam Grout
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Destinations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico offering opportunities to experience the arts, volunteer, learn something new, and focus on personal wellness. Activities include donating time at a national park, helping build homes for Habitat for Humanity, and getting pampered at a ski resort. Provides detailed travel information. 2007.

The Whispering Land        RC 65565
by Gerald Durrell
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Naturalist recounts his eight-month sojourn in Argentina, where he and his team obtained specimens for England's Jersey Zoo, first mentioned in A Zoo in My Luggage (RC 18117). Describes the Patagonian landscape and the setbacks and successes the team experienced as it collected penguins and other rare species. 1961.

Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941        RC 65641
by Ian Kershaw
read by Dennis Rooney
5 cassettes
British historian examines the decisions—made by world leaders Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, Mussolini, and Tojo—that determined the course of World War II. Includes Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union, Great Britain's refusal to negotiate after France fell, and Japan's seizure of European interests in Southeast Asia. 2007.

The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart        RC 65662
by Motohisa Yamakage
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
The author, former grand master of Yamakage Shinto, explains the fundamentals of the indigenous Japanese religion of Shinto, which emphasizes nature, place, and harmony. Discusses the origins of Shinto and provides instruction on Chinkon, a systematic practice for increasing spiritual awareness. 2006.

Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction        RC 65669
by Martin Gilbert
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
British historian Gilbert documents the "Night of Broken Glass"—November 9, 1938—during which a systematic Nazi-instigated anti-Jewish rampage across Germany left a path of destruction and arrests that ignited the Holocaust. Uses first-person accounts and archives to detail the terror, its aftermath, and the world's reaction. 2006.

Dancing in the Street: Confessions of a Motown Diva        RC 65670
by Martha Reeves and Mark Bego
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Autobiography of African American lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas, who recorded hit songs for Motown in the 1960s. Reeves recalls the inner workings of the Detroit record studio, reminisces about her fellow musicians, and discusses her rivalry with Diana Ross of the Supremes. Some strong language. 1994.

Friends: A Love Story        RC 65675
by Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance
read by Robin Miles
3 cassettes
Dual autobiography of acting couple—both graduates of the Yale School of Drama. The two recall their childhoods, travails on the road to success, and their courtship. Gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their performances, including Bassett's part in the film Waiting to Exhale. Some strong language. 2007.

Become a Better You: Seven Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day        RC 65690
by Joel Osteen
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Pastor of Houston's Lakewood Church and author of Your Best Life Now (RC 59330) offers advice on applying biblical principles to make positive changes in one's life. Advocates becoming more self-confident and developing better relationships and habits. Includes examples of transformation from his ministry. Bestseller. 2007.

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy        RC 65702
by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
read by Bill Wallace
5 cassettes
Political scientists posit that the pro-Israel lobby has pressured the U.S. government into Middle East policies—including the war with Iraq-that are strategically and morally unjustifiable and against the country's best interests. Traces anti-Americanism in the Arab world and outlines a new approach to addressing the lobby's power. 2007.

Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood        RC 65740
by Ibtisam Barakat
read by Yolande Bavan
1 cassette
Young woman from Ramallah describes her childhood memories from 1967 to 1971. Recalls Islamic traditions, visits to relatives, family celebrations, being detained by Israeli soldiers, the Six-Day War, and the fears that constantly stalked her as a Muslim living in Israel. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill)        RC 65751
by David Cay Johnston
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Perfectly Legal (RC 57892) asserts that federal subsidies and deregulation policies benefit large corporations and wealthy individuals while adversely affecting the middle class and the poor. Argues that the government gives handouts to Wal-Mart and free loans to billionaires like Warren Buffet. Bestseller. 2007.

The Wisdom of Zen        RC 65755
compiled by Roger England and Anne Bancroft
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Reflections on Zen Buddhism by pupils, teachers, and masters of the ancient Eastern tradition. Literary and scholarly excerpts explore with humor, wit, and wisdom the origins and art of Zen, clarity and emptiness, meditation, living a Zen life, nature, teachings, and Zen in the West. 2001.

Making It Work: Educating the Blind/Visually Impaired Student in the Regular School        RC 65756
by Carol Castellano
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
This practical guide offers techniques for making the public-school experience successful for blind and visually impaired children. Covers skills, tools, and principles for constructing an effective program in the classroom. 2005.

Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day        RC 65757
by Marc Spitz
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Journalist interviews the members of the punk rock band Green Day-guitarist and singer Billie Joe Armstrong, bass player Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool. Covers the band's emergence on the music scene, its downward spiral, and its resurgence. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday        RC 65761
by Paula Deen
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Television chef presents recipes for the Christmas holiday including ideas for giving gifts of food and for hosting an open house. Also covers baking traditional cookies and preparing breakfast and dinner on the special day. Shares her memories of celebrating the season with family and friends. Bestseller. 2007.

Rachael Ray: Just in Time! All-New Thirty-Minute Meals, Plus Super-Fast Fifteen-Minute Meals and Slow-It-Down Sixty-Minute Meals        RC 65762
by Rachael Ray
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Providing new recipes for her trademark quick and simple meals, television chef Ray also offers some dishes that are more complex. Both types cover a variety of categories including burgers, sandwiches, thick soups ("stoups"), stews, seafood, pasta, and entrees made of vegetables, meat, and poultry. Bestseller. 2007.

America's First Battles, 1776–1965        RC 65769
edited by Charles E. Heller and William A. Stofft
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Essays by military historians on the initial battles of each of the ten major U.S. wars or campaigns from the Revolutionary era to Vietnam. Posits that preparation in peacetime, mobilization, and adaptation to a new engagement affect outcome and loss of troops. Analyzes the prewar army's adjustment to conflict. 1986.

Creating Beds and Borders: Creative Ideas from America's Best Gardeners        RC 65770
by Fine Gardening Magazine staff
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
The authors explain that borders are planting areas viewed from one side, whereas beds are freestanding islands. They recommend design strategies, plants, and techniques to create both types of gardens. They instruct on planting in wet, shady spots, creating raised beds, developing all-season borders, and designing a warm-climate display. 2001.

Miracle in the Andes: Seventy-two Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home        RC 65781
by Nando Parrado
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
A Uruguayan rugby player recounts surviving the 1972 plane crash that is remembered for producing acts of heroism and cannibalism. Discusses the physical perils of subzero weather, the group's reaction upon hearing that the rescue operation was called off, and the author's hike over the mountains for help. 2006.

The Last Word: The Best Commentary and Controversy in American Education        RC 65782
selected by Mary-Ellen Phelps Deily and Veronika Herman Bromberg
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Essays on issues surrounding the U.S. elementary and secondary educational system from the opinion section of Education Week, a nonpartisan, independent newspaper. Educators, administrators, and other contributors discuss topics such as class size, teacher salaries, testing standards, curricula, technology in the classroom, and public versus charter and private schools. 2007.

Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Haven        RC 65783
by Susan Richards Shreve
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Novelist's account of her childhood with polio. Describes entering the Georgia Warm Springs Polio Foundation at age eleven in 1950, the care she received there, the personnel and patients she befriended, and getting kicked out two years later because of her preadolescent high jinks. 2007.

The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir        RC 65784
by Victoria Rowell
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Biracial ballerina-turned-actress, who was born a ward of the state of Maine, recounts being raised by several extraordinary foster mothers. Describes her various mentors, both black and white, including farm and city folk, professional dancers, and a suburban teacher and their extended families. Some strong language. 2007.

The Good Food Cookbook for Dogs: Fifty Home-Cooked Recipes for the Health and Happiness of Your Canine Companion        RC 65785
by Donna Twichell Roberts
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Wholesome human recipes adapted for dogs. Includes suggestions for stews, casseroles, treats, gravies and sauces, ethnic specialties, party and holiday food, and dishes for dogs with special needs such as kidney and heart disease or allergies. Provides basic nutrition information, feeding guidelines, and time-saving tips on food storage. 2004.

Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding        RC 65791
by Scott Weidensaul
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Living on the Wind (RC 62048) author surveys American birding from colonial times to the twenty-first century. Examines contributions of early naturalist William Bartram, ornithologist Alexander Wilson, artist John James Audubon, and field-guide author Roger Tory Peterson. Discusses the impact of conservationism and technology on birding. 2007.

The Bafut Beagles        RC 65833
by Gerald Durrell
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
British explorer and naturalist recalls his 1949 travels in the Cameroons, West Africa, where he mounted an expedition to collect animals and specimens. Relates the generosity of his host, the Fon of Bafut, who ensured his people's cooperation, and the supply of local beasts that far exceeded Durrell's expectations. 1954.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World        RC 65862
by Eric Weiner
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
National Public Radio foreign correspondent and self-proclaimed curmudgeon Weiner describes the places he visited during a yearlong hunt for the happiest people. Investigates conditions in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bhutan, Qatar, Iceland, Moldova, Thailand, Great Britain, India, and the United States. Bestseller. 2008.

PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line: Easy Access Vacations for Travelers with Extra Challenges        RC 65863
by Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma
read by Kerry Dukin
5 cassettes
Comprehensive guide to vacationing in Disney's Florida resorts or on Disney cruise ships for special-needs travelers with hearing or vision impairment, mobility issues, and other physical, mental, or dietary considerations. Provides information on finding accessible accommodations and eateries, getting around, and enjoying each theme park and attraction. Includes resources. 2007.

The Autoimmune Epidemic: Bodies Gone Haywire in a World out of Balance-and the Cutting-Edge Science That Promises Hope        RC 65865
by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
read by Kerry Dukin
3 cassettes
Journalist analyzes the growing prevalence of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Crohn's disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Posits that the environment—full of industrial chemicals, heavy metals, and toxins—has accelerated such illnesses. Reports patients' first-person accounts, evidence of cluster epidemics, and relevant medical research. 2008.

Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World        RC 65867
by Richard F. Mollica
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Harvard psychiatrist who spent decades caring for trauma survivors from Southeast Asia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and New York City proposes that self-healing is the key to recovery. Describes his field experiences and the techniques used by his patients—including storytelling, dream analysis, and spiritual practices—that helped them work through their crises. 2006.

Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR        RC 65880
by Neal Thompson
read by Alec Volz
3 cassettes
Journalist chronicles the origins of stock car racing. Highlights the Atlanta trio of Raymond Parks, Red Vogt, and Red Byron, who sold moonshine in the 1930s and 1940s and needed fast cars to outrun the law. Discusses the 1948 founding of NASCAR and its evolution. 2006.

Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons        RC 65884
by Gerald Durrell
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Durrell, a naturalist and zookeeper, recounts voyages to the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, once home to the now-extinct dodo bird. Describes the efforts of his team to collect endangered species and bring them to his Jersey sanctuary to ensure their survival. 1977.

The STDs Update        RC 65885
by Alvin Silverstein and Virginia Silverstein
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Explains the ways that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread and the dangers they present. Discusses symptoms, treatment, and prevention of syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, HIV and AIDS, and others. Includes personal accounts of young people suffering from STDs. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible        RC 65886
by A.J. Jacobs
read by Barry Bernson
3 cassettes
Jacobs, a non-practicing Jew, describes his efforts to follow the laws of the Bible for one year. He relates his attempts to stone adulterers, be fruitful and multiply, and leave the edges of his beard unshaven. Chronicles his travels, including pilgrimages to Pat Robertson's church and to Israel. 2007.

The Flip: Turn Your World Around!        RC 65889
by Jared Rosen and David Rippe
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Advice for teens on turning a world of stress, war, pollution, crime, and violence into one of calm, nurturing, health, and lightheartedness. Provides tips for making changes. Offers encouragement from notables in various fields, including Philippe Cousteau, Yolanda King, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and others. For senior high readers. 2006.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future        RC 65890
by Bill McKibben
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Author of Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age (RC 62090) contends that economic growth no longer brings wealth but instead generates inequality and insecurity. Addresses unsustainable production and negative effects such as environmental degradation and emotional dissatisfaction. Advocates restructuring local economies to be more self-sufficient and community oriented. 2007.

Letters from Nuremberg: My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice        RC 65897
by Christopher J. Dodd
read by Barry Bernson
3 cassettes
U.S. senator from Connecticut compiles letters written to his mother Grace by his father Thomas while the latter served as a prosecutor at the trial of Nazi war criminals from 1945 to 1946. The letters reveal Thomas Dodd's impressions of the proceedings and his encounters with defendants including Hermann Göring. 2007.

This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War        RC 65907
by James M. McPherson
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom (RC 27449) presents sixteen essays, three previously unpublished, on the Civil War. Explores military strategies of both the North and South, the effect of newspapers' battle coverage on soldier morale, Lincoln's expansion of presidential war powers, and other topics. 2007.

The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival        RC 66015
by Stanley N. Alpert
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
The author, a New York federal environmental prosecutor and Brooklyn native, describes being kidnapped at gunpoint on the eve of his thirty-eighth birthday, forced into a carload of thugs, and held captive for twenty-five hours. Explains how he later helped police track down his captors. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Are American Elections Fair?        RC 66057
edited by Stuart A. Kallen
read by Peter Johnson
1 cassette
Ten essays debate the U.S. election process. Includes arguments for and against the electoral college, electronic voting machines, felons' and illegal aliens' voting rights, and campaign finance reform. Discusses the disputed presidential election of 2000 and provides a list of relevant organizations. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

QuickFacts: Bone Metastasis; What You Need to Know—Now        RC 66146
by American Cancer Society
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Concise guide to metastatic cancer in bones-cancer that has spread from a primary site to the bones. Discusses the risk factors and causes for the disease as well as prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. 2008.

The Age of American Unreason        RC 66150
by Susan Jacoby
read by Kerry Dukin
3 cassettes
Social critic traces the history and consequences of American anti-intellectualism from the 1960s. Condemns mass media, fundamentalist religion, the educational system, and pseudoscience for the antirationalism she observes throughout society. Laments the public's lack of reading, debasement of public speech, and unwillingness to hear other viewpoints. Bestseller. 2008.

The Everything Home-Based Business Book: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run a Successful Home-Based Business        RC 66152
by Jack Savage
read by Lou Harpenau
2 cassettes
Owner of a home-based publishing company offers a guide to starting and maintaining a business out of one's residence. Discusses business plans, financing strategies, technology systems (including Internet use), legal and tax issues, marketing techniques, and more. 2000.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions        RC 66153
by Dan Ariely
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
MIT professor draws on scientific experiments, observations, and principles of behavioral economics to demonstrate ways everyday decisions involving activities such as eating and shopping are affected by emotions, social norms, expectations, and other intangible forces. Suggests changing behavior patterns to make better, more reasonable choices. Bestseller. 2008.

Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families        RC 66154
by William J. Weiner, Anthony E. Lang, and Lisa M. Shulman
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Neurologists update their book's first edition by addressing innovations such as deep brain stimulation, surgery, and medications to improve the quality of life for Parkinson's patients. They discuss their recipe for living well with the disorder through understanding neuroprotective therapies and the role of drug therapy. 2007.

Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson        RC 66246
by Alan Pell Crawford
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Uses primary sources to chronicle the postpresidential years (1809–1826) of Thomas Jefferson. Describes problems he had with a dysfunctional extended family, agricultural mismanagement, soaring debt, and deteriorating health. Highlights Jefferson's establishment of the secular University of Virginia and his correspondence with John Adams. 2008.

Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey through Iraq        RC 66247
by Tony Lagouranis and Allen Mikaelian
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Former interrogator Lagouranis chronicles his 2004 tour of duty in Iraq. Describes using sleep deprivation and other tactics to extract information from captives, often employing Fear Up Harsh, a technique to heighten fear. Reflects on his return home and the immorality of torture. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship between Adult Children and Their Parents        RC 66279
by Jane Isay
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Author conducts dozens of interviews to explore complicated, sometimes strained, relationships between parents and their grown children. Examines underlying desires—of children for independence and of parents for authority—and suggests ways to reconcile conflicts, set boundaries, and strengthen bonds. Addresses factors such as divorce and finances. 2007.

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Miracle on 10th Street and Other Christmas Writings         RC 63705

by Madeleine L'Engle
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Selections from forty years of the award-winning author's reflections on Christmas themes conveyed in stories, poems, essays, letters, and journal entries. Topics follow the Christmas season: Advent, Incarnation, Epiphany, Glorious Mystery, Redemption, and Celebration. The title piece recalls a past Christmas when L'Engle feared her daughter had leukemia. 1998.

I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This         RC 63709
by Jacqueline Woodson
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
1 cassette
Twelve-year old Marie, a popular eighth grader in a predominantly African American class, befriends newcomer Lena, a white girl. When Lena reveals that her father is molesting her, Marie tries to help Lena find a way out of the intolerable situation. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1994.

Born to Rock         RC 63711
by Gordon Korman
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Young Republican Leo Caraway loses his Harvard scholarship on a technicality and learns that his biological dad is a legend—former punk rocker "King Maggot." Hoping for college money, Leo joins King's comeback tour as a roadie and grows up along the way. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

That Summer         RC 63713
by Sarah Dessen
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Haven endures the weddings of both her father and her sister, her mother's new lifestyle, her growth spurt to almost six feet, and her boy-crazy best friend. Haven reunites with her sister's ex-boyfriend, who reminds her of happier times. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1996.

Horse Heaven Hill         RC 64072
by Zane Grey
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Washington. Nineteen-year-old Lark Burrell moves in with relatives near Horse Heaven Hill, where her cousin Ellery rounds up wild mustangs to sell for slaughter. Appalled, Lark enlists the help of Stanley, her cousin Marigold's fiancé, to foil Ellery's plans. But Lark ends up falling in love. 1959.

The Gods of Newport         RC 64499
by John Jakes
read by Conrad Feininger
2 cassettes
Late nineteenth century. Millionaire railroad baron Sam Driver returns to Newport, Rhode Island, to win a place among the social elite. While Sam contends with wealthy rivals determined to exclude him, his daughter Jenny falls in love with an impoverished local, threatening Sam's social ambitions. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Whiteoaks of Jalna: Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 8         RC 64506
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Eighteen-year-old Finch, the awkward, misunderstood musical genius of the Whiteoak clan, runs away to New York to stay with his wayward brother Eden's estranged wife Alayne. Finch, Eden, and Alayne eventually return to Jalna, where Finch's elderly grandmother dies and unexpectedly leaves him the family fortune. 1929.

The Woods         RC 64554
by Harlan Coben
read by Peter Berkrot
2 cassettes
A homicide forces widowed Newark, New Jersey, county prosecutor Paul Copeland to confront past tragedy. Twenty years ago, two teenagers were murdered at summer camp and two others, including Paul's sister, disappeared. Paul reconnects with a long-lost love to learn the truth. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Heroes         RC 64704
by Robert Cormier
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Soldier Francis Cassavant returns home from World War II so disfigured that no one recognizes him. His only goal is to kill his personal enemy Larry LaSalle for a crime Larry committed while on leave. Everyone mistakenly considers the two men war heroes. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Finn         RC 64736
by Jon Clinch
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
A novel about Huckleberry Finn's (RC 57349) ne'er-do-well, alcoholic father Finn. Finn lives in a shack along the Mississippi River with his mistress, ex-slave Mary, and their son Huck. Finn's ways eventually lead to murder and his own demise. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

Nada         RC 64743
by Carmen Laforet
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Barcelona, post-Spanish Civil War. Eighteen-year-old Andrea moves in with relatives on the Calle de Aribau to study in the city for a year. She begins to feel imprisoned in this house where hunger, squalor, and family secrets predominate. Includes 2006 introduction by Mario Vargas Llosa. 1945.

Helen of Troy         RC 64785
by Margaret George
read by Colleen Delany
6 cassettes
Beautiful Helen describes her reclusive life in Sparta after her parents hear the prophecy of a war she will cause. Tells of her passionless marriage to Menelaus before she falls in love with Trojan prince Paris, who spirits her away to his homeland and ignites a twenty-year-long conflict. 2006.

That Anvil of Our Souls: A Novel of the Monitor and the Merrimack         RC 64799
by David Poyer
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
1861–1862. New York engineer Theo Hubbard helps construct the Union's newly designed warship, the Monitor. Meanwhile in Richmond, Confederate Lieutenant H. Lomax Minter hunts a saboteur threatening the Merrimack. Their fates intertwine in the first ironclad naval battle. Sequel to A Country of Our Own (RC 64797). Some violence. 2005.

Arch of Triumph         RC 64964
by Erich Maria Remarque
read by Michael Kramer
4 cassettes
Paris, before World War II. Ravic, a German surgeon and refugee without papers, seeks vengeance for the death of his former mistress, who was murdered by Haake, a Gestapo agent. By the author of All Quiet on the Western Front (RC 54896). 1945.

Ghostwritten         RC 64983
by David Mitchell
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
A series of interconnected stories spanning the globe. Several main characters—among them a doomsday cultist in Japan, a British embezzler in Hong Kong, an art thief in Petersburg, and a scientist in Ireland—all move unaware toward their shared destinies. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1999.

Water Touching Stone: A Shan Tao Yun Novel         RC 64988
by Eliot Pattison
read by Steven Carpenter
4 cassettes
A teacher respected by oppressed Buddhists is murdered in Tibet along with several of her orphaned pupils. Disgraced former Beijing inspector Shan Tao Yun—unofficially released from prison and awaiting political asylum—risks personal freedom to find the child-killer. Some violence. 2001.

The Harlequin: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter         RC 64990
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
3 cassettes
St. Louis. Anita Blake's powerful alliance with master vamp Jean-Claude draws unwanted attention from the Harlequin—a secretive vampire organization of assassins and spies. For backup, Anita calls upon her preternatural friends and fellow vampire hunter and federal marshal Edward. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2007.

Icebones: Mammoth Trilogy, Book 3         RC 65070
by Stephen Baxter
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Silverhair's daughter Icebones awakens from sleep in another time. She finds the world changed and the Fireheads gone. Now the woolly mammoths must once again survive on their own. It is up to Icebones, with her accumulated knowledge of their history, to lead them. Sequel to Longtusk (RC 65057). 2001.

Beautiful Ghosts: A Shan Tao Yun Novel         RC 65071
by Eliot Pattison
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Tibet. Pursuing a case of international theft and murder, Chinese officials and the FBI recruit Shan Tao Yun, a disgraced Beijing inspector living among outlawed monks. In return Shan, from Water Touching Stone (RC 64988), is promised a visit from his long-lost son. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Bone Mountain: A Shan Tao Yun Novel         RC 65072
by Eliot Pattison
read by Steven Carpenter
4 cassettes
Tibet. Former Chinese political prisoner Shan Tao Yun and his monk friends escort a stolen artifact to its sacred resting place. Pursued by Chinese soldiers, they arrive at a remote valley where an oil speculator has died mysteriously. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2007         RC 65120
edited by Edward P. Jones
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winner presents eighteen southern short stories published in U.S. magazines in 2006. Features James Lee Burke's "A Season of Regret," Moira Crone's "The Ice Garden," and a hurricane tale by Allan Gurganus. Includes author biographies and commentary. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

Before I Wake         RC 65131
by Dee Henderson
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
Former FBI agent Rae Gabriella joins the private investigating firm of her ex-boyfriend Bruce Chapel in small-town Justice, Illinois, where female hotel guests have died under suspicious circumstances. Relying on God and their detective skills for answers, Rae, Bruce, and Sheriff Nathan Justice uncover illegal drug operations. Some violence. 2006.

High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories, 1966–2006         RC 65160
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Michele Schaeffer
5 cassettes
Thirty-six short stories by American author. In "The Tryst" a married man's affair with a proud young artist ends abruptly when he takes her to his home instead of a hotel. In "Golden Gloves" a former boxer compares his career to his wife's pregnancy. Violence and some strong language. 2006.

Brush Country: Two Texas Novels         RC 65164
by Elmer Kelton
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Two western tales from seven-time Spur Award winner. In Barbed Wire (1957) Doug Monahan finds his fencing company opposed by a former Confederate officer and his ruthless foreman. In Llano River (1966) a wealthy cattleman hires cowboy Dundee to discover who is rustling his stock. 1966.

The Stories of John Cheever         RC 65170
by John Cheever
read by Jack Fox
6 cassettes (Reissue)
Sixty-one tales about marriage, suburbia, the middle class, Manhattan, families, theology, and decency. Cheever's preface describes them as "stories of a long-lost world . . . when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store . . . when almost everybody wore a hat." Some strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 1947.

P.G. Wodehouse: Five Complete Novels; The Return of Jeeves, Bertie Wooster Sees It Through, Spring Fever, The Butler Did It, The Old Reliable         RC 65172
by P.G. Wodehouse
read by Fred Major
6 cassettes
British humorist pens five stories with servants as central characters. In The Return of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster Sees It Through the butler Jeeves advises young Bill Towcester on love and gambling. 1983.

Quicksilver and Shadow: Collected Early Stories, Volume 2; Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, and Science Fiction Stories         RC 65175
by Charles De Lint
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
This companion to A Handful of Coppers (RC 65171) contains more previously uncollected and unpublished tales. The science fiction section reveals de Lint's fascination with myths and folktales, especially "Raven Sings . . . ," a retelling of a traditional Blackfoot trickster tale. 2005.

The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh         RC 65180
by C.J. Cherryh
read by Madelyn Buzzard
6 cassettes
More than twenty-four short stories and novellas written between 1976 and 2004 depicting magical, alien, and future Earth worlds. Includes "Cassandra," the Hugo Award-winning tale of a woman cursed with prophetic madness, "Threads of Time," "The Last Tower," and more. 2003 introduction. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

The Great Stink         RC 65185
by Clare Clark
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
London, mid-1850s. Engineer William May, a psychologically unstable veteran of the Crimean War, joins the city sewer rebuilding project. May is framed for a murder involving corruption and is sent to an asylum and later prison. But scavenger Long Arm Tom sets out to exonerate him. Some violence. 2005.

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian         RC 65187
by Robert E. Howard
read by Mark Delgado
4 cassettes
Fourteen classic fantasy tales by Robert E. Howard (1906–1936) featuring Conan-barbarian hero and one-time thief, pirate, mercenary, warrior, and king. Includes the first Conan episode, "The Phoenix on the Sword," along with "The Tower of the Elephant," "Queen of the Black Coast," and "The Vale of Lost Women." Violence. 2003.

Viriconium         RC 65188
by M. John Harrison
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
Collection of fantasy classics set in Viriconium, an imagined, decadent English Roman city. Contains the novels The Pastel City, A Storm of Wings, and In Viriconium, published between 1971 and 1982, as well as "Viriconium Knights" and six other short stories. Includes 2005 introduction by Neil Gaiman. 2005.

The Story of Lucy Gault         RC 65189
by William Trevor
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Threatened by the mood of 1920s Ireland, the Gaults prepare to move to England. Desperate to remain in her beloved home, nine-year-old Lucy runs away. The act defines the rest of her life, affecting her parents and the community. 2002.

Cripple Creek         RC 65191
by James Sallis
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Tennessee. A youth arrested for reckless driving escapes from jail, wounding the town's acting sheriff. Ex-con-turned-deputy-sheriff Turner, from Cypress Grove (RC 59090), pursues the fugitive to nearby Memphis, where Turner confronts an organized crime ring, his estranged daughter, and his past. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Portrait of an Unknown Woman         RC 65192
by Vanora Bennett
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
England, 1527. Meg Giggs, the foster daughter of Sir Thomas More, is wooed by her former tutor John Clement and by Hans Holbein, commissioned to paint a group portrait. Meg finds herself and her adoptive family endangered by More's staunch Catholic opposition to Henry VIII's conversion to the Protestant Church. 2007.

Playing for Pizza         RC 65195
by John Grisham
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Third-string quarterback Rick Dockery of the Cleveland Browns disgraces himself in a championship game and is fired. Dockery insists that his agent Arnie find him another job. When Arnie comes through, Dockery heads to Parma, Italy, where he faces culture shock. Bestseller. 2007.

The Darkest Evening of the Year         RC 65227
by Dean Koontz
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Southern California. Amy Redwing's personal mission is to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers, including the rambunctious Nickie. Widower Brian McCarthy suspects that Amy is hiding something. Things turn uncanny when someone begins stalking Amy and her charges. Some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

Taken by Storm         RC 65234
by Tami Hoag
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Trauma nurse Julia McCarver rejects her former lover Storm Dalton when he returns suddenly after having abandoned her three times. Julia has since remade her life and is now happily engaged. But Storm is intent on winning her back. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1992.

Death Comes for the Fat Man: A Dalziel/Pascoe Mystery         RC 65297
by Reginald Hill
read by Julian Elfer
2 cassettes
Yorkshire. When an antiterrorist vigilante group's bomb leaves detective superintendent Andy Dalziel in a coma, inspector Peter Pascoe investigates. Pascoe joins a police task force but suspects someone on the force is informing the vigilantes. Meanwhile, the hospitalized Dalziel fights for his life. Strong language. 2007.

Up Close and Dangerous         RC 65308
by Linda Howard
read by Barbara Rappaport
2 cassettes
Seattle widow Bailey Wingate and her pilot Cam Justice struggle to survive a crash in the mountains after their plane is sabotaged. Six desperate days later the two have fallen in love, but Bailey suspects her grown stepchildren of foul play. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

A NASCAR Holiday         RC 65327
by Kimberly Raye, Debra Webb, and Roxanne St. Claire
read by Kate Kiley
2 cassettes
Three short stories involving romance and NASCAR drivers. In "Ladies, Start Your Engines . . . " Savannah wants to be a racecar mechanic. In "'Tis the Silly Season" Clay Slater hires Lisa Mahoney and her kids to be his family. In "Unbreakable" Dr. Maxine Gray studies drivers as athletes. Rita Award. 2006.

The Best American Mystery Stories, 2007         RC 65332
edited by Carl Hiaasen
read by Conrad Feininger
3 cassettes
Twenty tales of mystery, crime, and suspense. In Laura Lippman's "One True Love" a soccer mom who moonlights as a prostitute encounters an unsavory ex-client. Also features authors Lawrence Block, James Lee Burke, Louise Erdrich, and Joyce Carol Oates. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

Heartbreak Hotel         RC 65385
by Jill Marie Landis
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
California coast. Widowed mother Tracy Potter, broke, resurrects a derelict nineteenth-century oceanside inn, Heartbreak Hotel. Her first guest is Wade MacAllister, a mysterious loner who uncovers Tracy's late husband's secrets. But Wade hides a shocking past of his own. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

Rhett Butler's People         RC 65420
by Donald McCaig
read by Robert Sams
4 cassettes
Tale of Rhett Butler, from Gone with the Wind (RC 33082), and his clan. Rhett has a difficult relationship with his father Langston, loves his sister Rosemary and his wife Scarlett O'Hara, and trusts his childhood friend Tunis, a former slave. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

Fortress of Ice         RC 65425
by C.J. Cherryh
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Embattled king Cefwyn attempts to make peace between sons Aewyn, his legitimate heir, and Elfwyn, the product of his affair with the sorceress Tarien. Cefwyn's wizard friend Tristen aids his efforts, while sinister forces seek to destroy both Cefwyn's family and the kingdom. Sequel to Fortress of Dragons (RC 54148). 2006.

Comfort and Joy         RC 65427
by Fern Michaels, Cathy Lamb, Deborah J. Wolf, and Marie Bostwick read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
Four Christmas novellas. In the title story, romance blossoms when former rivals unite to save a department store owned by a New Jersey family. In A High-Kicking Christmas a Rockette retreats to Vermont with a broken ankle and finds unexpected love. Also includes Suzanna's Stockings and Family Blessings. Bestseller. 2007.

With Friends like These: Good Girlz, Book 3         RC 65428
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
An audition for a job as a television talk-show host starts a fierce competition among the members of the Good Girlz. Boyfriends also threaten their friendship until the girls realize that they need to stay loyal to one another. For senior high readers. 2007.

The Abstinence Teacher         RC 65430
by Tom Perrotta
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
An evangelical church's complaint forces high school sex-education teacher Ruth Ramsey to adopt an abstinence curriculum. Meanwhile, soccer coach and born-again Christian Tim Mason angers Ruth by leading her daughter's team in an impromptu prayer. Their differences create an uneasy acquaintanceship. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Home to Holly Springs: A Father Tim Novel, Book 1         RC 65431
by Jan Karon
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Nearly forty years after leaving his childhood home, retired Episcopalian priest Father Tim Kavanagh of Mitford, North Carolina, is beckoned back to Holly Springs, Mississippi. While reuniting with old friends and acquaintances, Father Tim uncovers family secrets and discovers who sent for him. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Race         RC 65434
by Richard North Patterson
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Republican senator Corey Grace enters the presidential nomination race against the Reverend Bob Christy and ruthless fellow senator Rob Marotta. Grace's liberal stance and African American girlfriend complicate issues. The campaign comes to a head during the South Carolina primary. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Blackout         RC 65437
by Annie Solomon
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Washington, D.C. Accused of murdering top spy Frank Temple, bookseller Margo Scott cannot remember the past month. Undercover federal agent Jake Wise, sent by Frank to watch Margo, tries to confirm her identity. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Rita Award. 2006.

Damsels in Distress: A Claire Malloy Mystery         RC 65438
by Joan Hess
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
When her teenage daughter Caron volunteers at the Renaissance fair, Arkansas bookseller Claire Malloy is drawn into the inner circle of festival participants. Claire worries more about her impending marriage to detective Peter Rosen than the fair itself-until she comes across a body charred beyond recognition. 2007.

Keeper         RC 65441
by Mal Peet
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
In an interview with a sportswriter just two days after winning the World Cup, South American soccer star El Gato (the Cat) describes his youth in the rain forest, where a mysterious mentor, the Keeper, taught him all of his game-playing strategies. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Power Play         RC 65442
by Joseph Finder
read by Joe Peck
2 cassettes
Hammond Aerospace junior executive Jake Landry joins top corporate officers—and CEO assistant Ali, his ex-girlfriend—on a retreat at a remote Canadian lodge. When armed men take the group hostage, Jake is the only one who can save them. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

Earth to Betsy         RC 65443
by Beth Pattillo
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Nashville. The Reverend Betsy Blessing, from Heavens to Betsy (RC 63801), faces some tough decisions. Her friend David unexpectedly proposes on their first romantic date, and a local real-estate developer wants to buy the dilapidated downtown church—a lucrative offer, but one that would force the congregation to move. 2006.

Tree of Smoke         RC 65444
by Denis Johnson
read by Steven Carpenter
4 cassettes
William "Skip" Sands joins the CIA and works for his uncle, the legendary "Colonel," in Vietnam. Bill and James Houston are American enlistees, widowed Canadian Kathy Jones nurses casualties, and Vietnamese Trung becomes a communist spy. War changes all of them. Violence and strong language. National Book Award. Bestseller. 2007.

The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep: An Evan Tanner Mystery         RC 65446
by Lawrence Block
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Wounded sixteen years ago in the Korean conflict, Evan Tanner has not been able to sleep since. When he learns about a lost fortune in Armenian gold, Tanner sets out to find it, landing himself in a Turkish prison, a Macedonian revolution, and CIA custody. Some strong language. 1966.

Rash         RC 65447
by Pete Hautman
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
United Safer States of America, 2070s. Sixteen-year-old Bo Marsten is locked up for unsociable behavior like fighting. At an Arctic work camp, he's recruited to play the illegal game of football until the disgruntled warden releases him into a wilderness full of polar bears. For senior high readers. National Book Award. 2006.

Devotion         RC 65448
by Howard Norman
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
1985–1986. David's indiscretion unravels his three-week marriage to Maggie and leads to injury for his father-in-law William, the swan keeper of a Nova Scotia estate. As David substitutes for a recuperating William, he realizes the depth of his mistake and tries to reconcile with Maggie. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Play Dead: An Andy Carpenter Novel         RC 65449
by David Rosenfelt
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Karen Evans recognizes New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter's newly adopted golden retriever Yogi as the dog that once belonged to her brother Richard. Richard was convicted of killing his fiancée, Stacy Harriman, during a boat trip five years ago. Yogi, a witness, helps Andy try to exonerate Richard. 2007.

A Darkling Plain: The Hungry City Chronicles, Book 4         RC 65450
by Philip Reeve
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
In this sequel to Infernal Devices (RC 64153)—and conclusion of the series—adventurous Tom Natsworthy and his daughter Wren, a budding aviatrix, hurry to the ruins of London to solve a mystery and deal with treachery from unexpected sources. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Some of Tim's Stories         RC 65451
by S.E. Hinton
read by Faith Potts
1 cassette
Fourteen intertwined stories about cousins Terry and Mike depict their happy childhood in Oklahoma and the chaotic paths their lives take after their fathers' untimely deaths. Also contains interviews with the author about her novel The Outsiders (RC 22433), movie adaptations, and writing. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Five Skies         RC 65452
by Ron Carlson
read by Mark Delgado
2 cassettes
Three men share their life stories while working on a construction project in Idaho. Carpenter Arthur Key, who left California after a betrayal, and Ronnie Panelli, charming but shiftless, are led by ranch foreman Darwin Gallegos—angry at man, God, and life. Strong language. 2007.

Extras         RC 65454
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
After Tally Youngblood's defeat of a strict regime in Specials (RC 62890), society becomes a popularity game. Fifteen-year-old "extra" Aya wants to be famous and joins a girl clique that courts death with dangerous stunts. But the "inhumans" kidnap the girls to protect a weapon. For senior high readers. 2007.

Notorious         RC 65460
by Virginia Henley
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
Plantagenet England, 1322. Brianna de Beauchamp falls in love with Wolf Mortimer, despite her engagement. Wolf, who has the gift of second sight, enlists Brianna in a plot to release his father, Queen Isabelle's lover, from the Tower of London. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Stoner         RC 65461
by John Williams
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
In the early twentieth century, William Stoner's father, a poor farmer, sends him to study agronomy at the University of Missouri. Instead, the younger Stoner embraces English literature and academe. A destructive marriage, undistinguished career, and doomed love affair with a younger woman send the professor into solitude. 1965.

Buried         RC 65471
by Robin Merrow MacCready
read by Mary Kane
1 cassette
Maine. After seventeen-year-old Claudine Carbonneau's alcoholic mother disappears, Claudine meticulously continues on with life, attending school and a self-help group—and telling everyone her mother is in rehab. But when Claudine's carefully constructed world begins to unravel, the truth is discovered. Some strong language. For senior high readers. Edgar Award. 2006.

Only the Cat Knows         RC 65475
by Marian Babson
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
England. Vanessa lies in a coma after a suspicious fall at the estate of her employer, businessman Everett Oversall. Nessa's twin brother Vance—a female impersonator—disguises himself as Nessa and tries to identify her attacker among a multitude of unsavory hangers-on. Nessa's devoted Angora cat Gloriana assists. Some strong language. 2007.

Holy Ghost Corner         RC 65477
by Michele Andrea Bowen
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Durham, North Carolina. Successful shopkeeper and churchwoman Theresa Hopson feels like a failure because she is in her forties and still single. When her assistant Queen Esther reintroduces her divorced nephew, low-income-housing developer Lamont Green, to Theresa, Lamont and Theresa gradually fall in love. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Other Side of the Bridge         RC 65480
by Mary Lawson
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Post-World War II Ontario. Farmer Arthur Dunn hires teenager Ian, unaware Ian is obsessed with Arthur's wife Laura. Jake, Arthur's errant brother, returns home after fifteen years, reigniting sibling rivalry. Ian misinterprets Laura and Jake's relationship, leading to tragedy. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2006.

Deadline         RC 65481
by Chris Crutcher
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Eighteen-year-old Ben Wolf hides his terminal illness from family and friends during his senior year of high school. Since he is now able to live without fearing consequences, Ben allows himself to fall in love, argue with a teacher, and play football. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell         RC 65482
by Samantha James
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
1848. On a rare trip to London, reclusive Simon Blackwell rescues a child and meets Lady Annabel McBride. Caught in a passionate kiss that compromises Anne's reputation, Simon and Anne reluctantly wed. Anne seeks her husband's love but Simon, haunted by his past, remains distant. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

A Real Basket Case         RC 65483
by Beth Groundwater
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Colorado. Unhappy gift-basket maker Claire Hanover contemplates an affair with her handsome aerobics instructor Enrique. When Enrique is shot dead, police arrest Claire's husband Roger, found holding the gun. Claire sets out to find the real killer, clear Roger's name, and save their marriage. Some violence. 2007.

The Outside Groove         RC 65486
by Erik E. Esckilsen
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Neglected high school senior Casey La Plante grew up surrounded by stock-car racing. Her older brother Wade hopes to make the national circuit this year. When Casey enlists her estranged uncle Harvey's help to become the first local female driver, she uncovers family secrets. For senior high readers. 2006.

Adiós to My Old Life         RC 65488
by Caridad Ferrer
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old Cuban American Ali Montero from Miami enters a Latin American singing contest and wins a chance to compete on television. Her father, a music professor, reluctantly allows her to continue. Ali learns about the business—and falls in love. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Rita Award. 2006.

The Golden Transcendence; or, the Last of the Masquerade: The Golden Age, Book 3         RC 65500
by John C. Wright
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Phaethon of Rhadamanth, the now-mortal exile from the utopian society of Golden Oecumene, battles for humanity in the starship Phoenix Exultant. Phaethon travels to the sun to thwart an attack he believes will occur during the Transcendence, when all minds merge. Sequel to The Phoenix Exultant (RC 64810). 2003.

Into Temptation: Lytton Family Saga, Book 3         RC 65502
by Penny Vincenzi
read by John Horton
5 cassettes
Post-World War II. Matriarch Celia Lytton announces she is retiring from the family's London publishing empire and marrying her old flame Lord Arden. Meanwhile in New York, Celia's adopted daughter Barty marries a man who could threaten the business. Sequel to Something Dangerous (RC 64815). Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Schism: Part One of Triad; Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 10         RC 65539
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old telepathic imperial heiress Sauscony Valdoria defies her father and enters an elite military academy, causing a rift that threatens to destroy the dynasty. The hostile traders plot to exploit the schism and conquer the Skolian Empire. Sequel to Skyfall (RC 58140). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

The Elves of Cintra: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 2         RC 65540
by Terry Brooks
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Knight of the Word Logan Tom protects a band of urchins who are destined to save survivors of plague-ridden America from the destructive minions of the Void. Meanwhile, knight Angel Perez seeks a legendary talisman in the realm of elves. Sequel to Armageddon's Children (RC 63948). Some strong language. 2007.

Duel in the Sun: A Novel of the Southwest         RC 65542
by Niven Busch
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Senator Jackson T. McCanles, owner of the Spanish Bit ranch, takes in beautiful eighteen-year-old Pearl Chavez, his wife's impoverished distant cousin. Pearl ignites conflict and lawlessness among family members and workers when she draws the attention of three men—Lewt, Sam, and Jesse—who strive to win her affections. 1944.

Fatal Revenant: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 2         RC 65545
by Stephen R. Donaldson
read by Gary Tipton
6 cassettes
Dr. Linden Avery returns to the realm called the Land, searching for her autistic son Jeremiah. She finds Jeremiah—and her presumed-dead love Thomas Covenant—alive but strangely changed. Thomas has a plan to save them, but will Linden help? Sequel to The Runes of the Earth (RC 60345). Some violence. 2007.

The Forbidden: The Last Gunfighter, Book 4         RC 65546
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Gunslinger Frank Morgan drifts into Heaven, Montana, looking for rest and relaxation but ends up in the middle of a range war between ranchers and farmers. When the dispute turns deadly, Frank helps protect the townspeople—including lovely widow Julie—from cattleman Colonel Trainor's hired thugs. Some violence. 2001.

The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street         RC 65547
by G.P. Taylor
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Having barely escaped evil Shadowmancer vicar Obadiah Demurral, Kate and Thomas set sail for London to make a fresh start. Meanwhile Raphah resurfaces and begins a terrifying journey to find his friends. Sequel to Shadowmancer (RC 58691). For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Love Kills: A Britt Montero Novel         RC 65548
by Edna Buchanan
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Pregnant Miami reporter Britt Montero, from The Ice Maiden (RC 57137), finds washed up on a beach a camera containing pictures of newlyweds who were recently lost at sea. When the groom is rescued, Britt, sympathetic at first, soon discovers holes in his story. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Vineyard Stalker: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery         RC 65550
by Philip R. Craig
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Island realtor Carole Cohen asks ex-cop J.W. Jackson to discover the identity of her brother Roland's stalker. Roland, a reclusive Vietnam-era army deserter, lives on valuable property owned by his cousin Sally Oliver—who desperately wants to sell. When vandalism escalates to murder, Roland becomes the prime suspect. Includes recipes. 2007.

What's So Funny? A Dortmunder Mystery         RC 65551
by Donald E. Westlake
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Retired cop Johnny Eppick blackmails burglar John Dortmunder into stealing a gold chess set while its ownership is being disputed. American soldiers stole the valuable item from Russia in 1920, and now Dortmunder and his gang have to lift it from a Manhattan bank vault. Strong language. 2007.

The Double Agents: Men at War, Volume 6         RC 65558
by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
1943. Allied forces prepare to invade Europe. Dick Canidy and his Office of Strategic Services colleagues work to fool Hitler into thinking the attack will occur anywhere but on the beaches of Nazi-occupied France. Sequel to The Saboteurs (RC 63374). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love         RC 65559
by Kieran Scott
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Annisa, last seen in Brunettes Strike Back (RC 63359), and her Florida cheerleading squad have just won the national championship when their sport becomes coed. At first Annisa is thrilled that her boyfriend Daniel is practicing with them, but soon rivalries and temptations threaten the team. For senior high readers. 2007.

Fourth Comings         RC 65563
by Megan McCafferty
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
After attending Columbia University in Charmed Thirds (RC 63079), Jessica Darling works for a magazine and sublets an apartment in Brooklyn. She is about to break up with longtime boyfriend Marcus Flutie when he proposes. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

When I Was Mortal         RC 65566
by Javier Marías
read by Fred Major
1 cassette
Twelve stories from award-winning Spanish author. In "The Night Doctor" a Spaniard in Paris witnesses a physician attending his unhappily married hostess and one of her friends and later realizes that they both became widows shortly afterward. In "Fewer Scruples" a woman auditions for a porno film. Strong language. 1996.

Something More         RC 65567
by Janet Dailey
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Wyoming. Rancher Luke McCallister unearths human remains purported to be those of treasure hunter Henry James Wilson, grandfather of history teacher Angie Sommers. Angie arrives to claim the body and, more important, locate long-lost outlaw gold. Angie enlists Luke's help, but they aren't the only ones seeking the fortune. 2007.

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection         RC 65584
edited by Ellen Datlow, Gavin J. Grant, and Kelly Link
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Some forty selections of short fiction and poetry by Terry Dowling, Stephen Gallagher, Glen Hirshberg, Joyce Carol Oates, Geoff Ryman, and others. Editors' yearly overview of the genre includes sections on comics and graphic novels, music, and the media. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

Divine         RC 65587
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Modern-day parable of Mary Magdalene. Thirty-year-old abuse survivor Mary Madison works to help women through her network of Washington, D.C., shelters. She tries to save young Emma Johnson, an unwed mother teetering on the brink of self-destruction, by sharing her own story and the teachings of Jesus. Some violence. 2006.

Road of the Patriarch: Forgotten Realms; the Sellswords, Book 3         RC 65607
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
King Gareth seeks to unify the Bloodstone Lands under his rule by defeating the remnants of the fallen witch-king's empire. When human assassin Artemis Entreri and dark elf Jarlaxle attempt to establish their own kingdoms, Gareth retaliates. Sequel to Promise of the Witch-King (RC 65602). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2006.

Confessor: The Sword of Truth, Book 11         RC 65636
by Terry Goodkind
read by Nick Sullivan
5 cassettes
While imprisoned by Emperor Jagang, Richard Rahl, leader of the D'Haran Empire, locates his amnesiac love Kahlan—the last living confessor. Richard plots her rescue, their escape, and the final battle over the power of the Orden. Sequel to Phantom (RC 62905). Violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Renny's Daughter: Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 14         RC 65640
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Renny Whiteoak's strong-willed daughter Adeline travels to Ireland and becomes involved in a frustrating romance. 1951.

A Simple Honorable Man         RC 65642
by Conrad Richter
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
Harry Donner leaves his grocery store to join the Lutheran ministry, serving parishioners in Unionville, Pennsylvania, and neighboring villages. Harry's son Johnny, from the National Book Award-winning The Waters of Kronos (RC 64827), initially rebels against the faith but comes to appreciate his father's calling and character. 1962.

The Christmas Angel: A Cape Light Novel, Book 6         RC 65644
by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Cape Light mayor Emily finds a baby girl abandoned in a nativity display. Emily, who once gave up her own newborn, assumes temporary custody while authorities seek the birth parents. Adoption would complicate her marriage and career, but Emily trusts in God. Sequel to A Christmas Promise (RC 64817). 2005.

The Quest: A Novel of Ancient Egypt, Book 4         RC 65645
by Wilbur Smith
read by John Haag
5 cassettes
Ancient Egypt. Eunuch warlock Taita, from Warlock (RC 53723), ventures into Africa at the behest of pharaoh Nefer Seti to uncover the reasons the Nile has turned to blood and flesh-eating toads have emerged from its waters. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2007.

First among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel         RC 65647
by Jasper Fforde
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
Swindon, England; 2002. Literary detective Thursday Next, from Something Rotten (RC 60197), juggles various catastrophes: reality book shows that threaten to replace the classics; ruthless Goliath corporation's attempts to turn BookWorld into a tourist mecca; and a lazy sixteen-year-old son who won't join the time police. Some strong language. 2007.

The Sanctuary         RC 65650
by Raymond Khoury
read by Susan McInerney
3 cassettes
Lebanon. Kidnappers take archaeology professor Evelyn Bishop after she becomes entangled in the deadly quest for an ancient codex containing the ingredients for an antiaging elixir. Evelyn's daughter Mia and embassy official Jim Corben search for Evelyn and become the target of killers. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Cat in a Red Hot Rage: A Midnight Louie Mystery         RC 65659
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by J.P. Linton
3 cassettes
Las Vegas. Electra Lark, freelance PR ace and Temple Barr's landlady, is suspected of strangling a former love rival at an over-fifty Red Hat Sisterhood convention. Temple poses as a pink lady (an under-fifty member) to find the real killer with help from feline sleuths Midnight Louie and Louise. 2007.

Blood at the Root: An Inspector Alan Banks Mystery         RC 65661
by Peter Robinson
read by Steven Crossley
2 cassettes
Jason Fox, a member of the racist, neo-Nazi Albion League, is beaten to death outside a pub, presumably by three Asian youths. North Yorkshire detective chief inspector Alan Banks uncovers evidence of organizational dissent and illegal drug connections. Meanwhile, Alan's career and marriage crumble. Strong language and some violence. 1998.

Wild Sweet Love         RC 65664
by Beverly Jenkins
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Philadelphia,1895. When part-black, part-Seminole train robber Teresa July is apprehended, she's paroled to wealthy African American socialite Molly Nance. Molly conspires to transform Teresa into a proper lady and match her with her gambler-turned-banker son Madison, who is wary of his mother's ward. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Saturnalia: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery         RC 65667
by Lindsey Davis
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
Rome, A.D. 76. The emperor orders informer Marcus Didius Falco to track down rebel German prophetess Veleda, who might have murdered a nobleman during her escape from house arrest. Falco begins his search during the weeklong festival of Saturnalia, while his married brother-in-law also searches for Veleda—his long-lost love. 2007.

Captive Innocence         RC 65678
by Fern Michaels
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Beautiful twenty-three-year-old widow Royall Banner leaves her sheltered life in New England for adventure in the jungles of Brazil. She meets plantation owner Sebastian Rivera, who awakens her passion within. But a secret from the past threatens their burgeoning love. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1981.

Bachelor's Puzzle: Patchwork Circle, Book 1         RC 65681
by Judith Pella
read by Colleen Delaney
2 cassettes
Oregon, 1882. Members of the Maintown church ladies society welcome their new bachelor preacher Zack Hartley with a quilt. The project ignites fierce competition as eligible women try to create the most beautiful block to win Hartley's affections. But the endearing pastor hides past secrets that could change everything. 2007.

The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: The Frontier Stories, Volume 5         RC 65683
by Louis L'Amour
read by Robert Sams
4 cassettes
Twenty-seven tales of drama, mystery, and suspense set on the American frontier. In "The Sixth Shotgun" the town of Canyon Gap prepares to hang outlaw Leo Carver for a murder many believe he didn't commit. Includes "The Ghost Maker," "No Man's Man," and Cactus Kid stories. Some violence. 2007.

Chow Down: A Melanie Travis Mystery         RC 65684
by Laurien Berenson
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Connecticut teacher Melanie Travis's poodle Faith is chosen as a finalist in Champions Dog Food Company's contest, the winner of which will be the spokesdog for its new line, Chow Down. Melanie investigates when the owner of a fellow finalist plunges down a stairwell to his death. 2006.

Wizard's Daughter: A Sherbrooke Bride Book         RC 65687
by Catherine Coulter
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
It is love at first sight for Ryder Sherbrooke's ward Rosalind and Nicholas Vail, the earl of Mountjoy. After finding a book written in a code that only Rosalind can translate, the couple marries and embarks on an adventure involving wizards. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Duma Key         RC 65691
by Stephen King
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes
An accident left self-made construction millionaire Edgar Freemantle brain damaged and missing an arm. When Edgar's rage results in divorce, his therapist suggests he spend a year painting in Florida. With his phantom arm's help, Edgar soon produces incredible, but dangerous, artwork. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

The Last Cattle Drive         RC 65696
by Robert Day
read by Guy Williams
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Mid-twentieth century. To avoid trucking charges, cattleman Spangler Tukle attempts to drive 250 steers over highways, parking lots, and cloverleafs to the Kansas City stockyards. Aiding him are his wife Opal, aging ranch hand Jed, schoolteacher Leo, and Leo's persistent girlfriend Heather. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1977.

The Crime Writer         RC 65704
by Gregg Hurwitz
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
L.A. crime novelist Drew Danner may have murdered his ex-fiancée, but he has no memory of it and knows only that he's had a brain tumor removed. Danner is acquitted of the crime but continues to investigate his involvement. And then a copycat killing occurs. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Off Armageddon Reef         RC 65705
by David Weber
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
5 cassettes
To save humanity from advancing hostile aliens, Earth launches Operation Ark. Refugees colonize a distant planet they call Safehold, where leaders impose an oppressive religion forbidding technology and innovation. Centuries later, lieutenant commander Nimue Alban awakens with an android body, preprogrammed to oppose the church and restore freedoms. 2007.

A Family Christmas         RC 65732
selected by Caroline Kennedy
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Anthology of Kennedy's holiday favorites. Encompasses poems, stories, scriptures, songs, and essays of the Christmas season. Includes her own 1962 letter to Santa as well as works by Irving Berlin, Robert Frost, George Washington, Langston Hughes, and other notables. Bestseller. 2007.

Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven Trilogy, Book 1         RC 65733
by Nora Roberts
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
Hawkins Hollow, Maryland; 1987. Ten-year-olds Caleb, Fox, and Gage awaken a demon that visits their hometown for a week every seven years. The townspeople forget their collective madness, but twenty-one years later the three return to confront the evil. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Code Name: Bikini         RC 65735
by Christina Skye
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Navy SEAL Trace O'Halloran—still recovering from an ambush in Afghanistan—goes undercover as a tourist onboard a cruise ship. When an assassin from Trace's past reappears, Trace and pastry chef Gina Ryan, who is slowly going blind, try to save the passengers. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2007.

Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief         RC 65736
by Dorothy Gilman
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
New Jersey grandmother and part-time CIA operative Emily Pollifax travels to Sicily to rescue former agent John Farrell, who was recently hired to authenticate a document purportedly signed by Julius Caesar. Mrs. Pollifax soon becomes embroiled in a dangerous scheme involving art forgery, arms dealing, and a professional assassin. 1993.

Centenary at Jalna: Whiteoak Chronicles, Book 16         RC 65737
by Mazo de la Roche
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes (Reissue)
The Whiteoaks celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of the building of their Canadian homestead, Jalna. Renny seeks to ensure Jalna's future by marrying off his beloved daughter Adeline to his half-brother's son Philip. Adeline reluctantly agrees, but wedding plans are disrupted by the return of her ex-fiancé Maitland Fitzturgis. 1958.

Masters of the Vortex         RC 65738
by E.E. "Doc" Smith
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Originally published as The Vortex Blaster. When nuclear fireballs suddenly appear, menacing planets in the galaxy, nucleonic scientist "Storm" Cloud sets out in his spaceship Vortex Blaster to destroy them. Set in the same universe as Chronicles of the Lensmen: Volume 1 (RC 64818) and Volume 2 (RC 65646). 1960.

Cold Day in Hell         RC 65739
by Richard Hawke
read by Peter Ganim
3 cassettes
New York. As TV star Marshall Fox stands trial for double murder, his former lover Robin Burrell is killed in similar fashion. PI Fritz Malone tries to determine whether Robin's death was a copycat crime—or whether they've arrested the wrong man. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Bangkok Haunts         RC 65741
by John Burdett
read by Robert Blumenfeld
2 cassettes
Buddhist Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, from Bangkok Tattoo (RC 60005), calls on FBI agent Kimberley Jones to solve the murder of his ex-lover, a prostitute killed while making a snuff film. Sonchai's corrupt boss forces him to blackmail the pornographers. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2007.

Singing in the Shrouds: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery         RC 65744
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
When a woman's body is discovered along the wharf, authorities suspect the culprit is on board the Cape Farewell bound for South Africa. Undercover, Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn searches for the killer among such passengers as a draper, a retired schoolmaster, a television celebrity, and a philatelist. 1958.

Sacred: A PI Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Novel         RC 65745
by Dennis Lehane
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Boston PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are still reeling from a tragic case when billionaire Trevor Stone convinces them to get back to work. Stone, who is dying of cancer, wants to find his grown daughter, who is missing. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Plum Lucky: A Stephanie Plum Novel         RC 65753
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Stephanie's grandmother finds a bag of money on Saint Patrick's Day and hightails it to Atlantic City. She is followed by a leprechaun-like thief and by Stephanie and her fellow bounty hunters, including mysterious Diesel. They must win the money back to save a ransomed horse. Some strong language. 2007.

High Noon         RC 65763
by Nora Roberts
read by Madelyn Buzzard
4 cassettes
Savannah, Georgia. Restaurant owner Duncan Swift romantically pursues hostage negotiator Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara after she assists his suicidal bartender. Phoebe's family problems and a vicious attack by an unknown stalker threaten the new romance. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Jubilee: American Anthem, Book 3         RC 65764
by B.J. Hoff
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
New York, 1876. Blind composer Michael Emmanuel works on a new piece for America's centennial celebration. Dr. Andrew Carmichael urges a minister to take responsibility for his illegitimate children. Irish immigrant Conn MacGovern needs God's help to relieve his wife's mourning. Sequel to Cadence (RC 59179). 2004.

Winterwood         RC 65766
by Patrick McCabe
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Irish journalist Redmond Hatch returns to his mountain hometown and interviews old fiddler Ned Strange. Hatch's marriage collapses, and he becomes plagued by memories of his encounters with the fiddler. Strange's death sends Hatch spiraling downward, exposing disturbing truths about their relationship. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

All I'll Ever Need: A Claire McCall Novel         RC 65767
by Harry Kraus
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
A series of events threatens to derail Dr. Claire McCall's medical career and her plans to marry fiancé John Cerelli: Tyler Crutchfield, who attempted to rape Claire, escapes custody; Claire faces charges of euthanizing a terminally ill patient; and John's flirtatious secretary accuses him of assault. 2007.

The Tenderness of Wolves         RC 65768
by Stef Penney
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Canadian wilderness, 1860s. The day her adopted seventeen-year-old son Francis disappears, Mrs. Ross discovers her neighbor's murdered corpse. The community suspects Francis of the crime. Mrs. Ross leaves her husband and sets out with half-Indian William Parker to find the teen. Some violence. Costa Book of the Year. 2006.

The Draco Tavern         RC 65771
by Larry Niven
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Twenty-seven short science fiction tales about an intergalactic pub in Siberia that serves alien and human patrons alike. In "Table Manners" Draco Tavern owner Rick joins a group of carnivorous extraterrestrials on a hunt. In "Losing Mars" Red Planet natives arrive to settle a territorial dispute. Some strong language. 2006.

Some Nerve         RC 65772
by Jane Heller
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Thirty-year-old Hollywood entertainment journalist Ann Roth gets fired after botching an interview with actor Malcolm Goddard. Ann regroups in her Missouri hometown, where coincidentally Malcolm is being treated incognito for a heart condition. Ann becomes a hospital volunteer to get the scoop—and falls in love. Some strong language. 2006.

Pandora's Daughter         RC 65773
by Iris Johansen
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
When fifteen-year-old Megan's mother is murdered, Megan's psychic powers disappear as well as her memory of them. Twelve years later, forgotten acquaintance Neal Grady restores Megan's ability to hear voices, tells her about her past, and requests her help. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler: The First Three Novels in the Popular Series         RC 65774
by Jennifer Chiaverini
read by Mitzi Friedlander
6 cassettes
Women forge friendships while sharing their needlecraft. In The Quilter's Apprentice Waterford, Pennsylvania, newcomer Sarah McClure takes quilting lessons from her crotchety employer Sylvia Compson. In Round Robin the quilters open an instructional camp. In The Cross-Country Quilters five new members join the group. 2001.

Highlander in Disguise: The Lockharts, Book 2         RC 65778
by Julia London
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
1817. Grif Lockhart passes himself off as a Scottish earl in London while secretly searching for a Lockhart family heirloom. But a woman sees through his disguise and strikes a bargain: for her silence, Grif must help her land a husband. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Never Lie to a Lady         RC 65780
by Liz Carlyle
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
London, 1828. During a rare foray into fashionable circles, roguish Lord Nash shares a passionate kiss with a mysteriously lady who then flees. Miss Xanthia Neville, a twenty-nine-year-old shipping heiress, wishes to forget the indiscretion, but Nash sets out to seduce her. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

A Version of the Truth         RC 65811
by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack
read by Colleen Delaney
2 cassettes
Topanga Canyon, California. Widowed, dyslexic high school dropout Cassie lies on her resumé to obtain a local university job assisting animal behavior professor Conner. Cassie, already a wildlife expert, discovers a different world of education, refinement, and love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Changing Tides         RC 65813
by Michael Thomas Ford
read by Mark Delgado
3 cassettes
Monterey, California. Ben Ransome is coping with his estranged sixteen-year-old daughter's arrival when he meets doctoral candidate Hudson Jones, who is researching a lost Steinbeck manuscript. Ben learns about fatherhood and love as he unexpectedly falls for the young man. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Summer of Light         RC 65814
by W. Dale Cramer
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Unemployed ironworker Mick Brannigan is forced to become a stay-at-home dad to his three children, including four-year-old Dylan, who shows signs of a developmental disorder. At first uncomfortable in his new role, Mick soon rediscovers himself, his relationship to his family, and his purpose in life. 2007.

My Mother the Cheerleader         RC 65816
by Robert Sharenow
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
New Orleans, 1960. Protesting desegregation, thirteen-year-old Louise's mother pulls her out of school and joins a group of hecklers who harass black pupils. When New Yorker Morgan Miller takes up residence in their boarding house, he changes the family's mindset. Some violence and some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

The Last Noel         RC 65817
by Heather Graham
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Craig Devon joins two crooks who abandon him, wounded, during a robbery gone wrong on Christmas Eve. When their car gets stuck in a blizzard, the robbers hold the O'Boyle family hostage. Kat O'Boyle escapes and encounters Craig, her ex-lover, before she hides. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Lethally Blond: A Bailey Weggins Mystery         RC 65820
by Kate White
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Celebrity crime reporter Bailey Weggins receives a request from her one-time fling Chris Wickersham, star of the upcoming television show Morgue, to help find missing actor Tom Fain. Bailey uncovers evidence of Tom's affair with the producer's girlfriend-then discovers a body. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Spring Cleaning Murders: An Ellie Haskell Mystery         RC 65823
by Dorothy Cannell
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Ellie Haskell, housewife extraordinaire, seeks a new maid after her beloved Roxie quits. But when Gertrude Large, a member of Roxie's local charwomen's association, is murdered, Ellie turns to sleuthing. Aided by her husband and various cleaning products, Ellie tackles Gertrude's former clients to tidy up—and snoop around—their homes. 1998.

The Stranger from Medina: West Texas Sunrise, Book 3         RC 65826
by Paul Bagdon
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
The congregation of the frontier church in Burnt Rock, West Texas, and especially lady rancher Lee Morgan, are impressed with the new preacher. But Marshal Ben Flood has his suspicions about the minister, and during a blizzard he learns the truth. Sequel to Long Road to LaRosa (RC 65492). 2003.

Raiders Night         RC 65847
by Robert Lipsyte
read by Mark Delgado
1 cassette
High school football star Matt faces a moral dilemma after witnessing a teammate's vicious assault on another player. His father, his coaches, and the police pressure Matt, while he copes with his steroid abuse. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

The Witch of Portobello         RC 65848
by Paulo Coelho
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
In this spiritual fable, friends and relatives recount their memories of Athena, a dead visionary known as the witch of Portobello Road. Their recollections cover her peripatetic life and the powers she learned to harness, especially under the guidance of Edda. 2006.

The Manning Sisters: The Manning Family, Book 1         RC 65861
by Debbie Macomber
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Cougar Point, Montana. In The Cowboy's Lady brokenhearted Taylor Manning, the new schoolteacher from Seattle, attracts the attention of chauvinistic rancher Russ Palmer. In The Sheriff Takes a Wife Taylor's engaged sister Christy visits to see Taylor's baby and falls for lawman Cody Franklin. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1990.

Quaking         RC 65866
by Kathryn Erskine
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
In a Pennsylvania town where antiwar sentiments are treated with contempt and violence, Matt, a fourteen-year-old girl, moves in with foster parents, a Quaker couple. Matt deals with the demons of her past as she battles bullies of the present. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Big Fat Manifesto         RC 65868
by Susan Vaught
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
High school senior Jamie, overweight but self-confident, writes in her school paper about her attitude toward her weight and her struggle to be taken seriously. Jamie is forced to face certain truths when her boyfriend transforms his body with bariatric surgery. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Final Key: Part Two of Triad; Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 11         RC 65870
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Personal conflict within the ruling dynasty and war with the hostile traders threaten to destroy the Skolian Empire. Hope rests with imperial heiress Sauscony Valdoria, a military cadet determined to avenge her family and save her empire. Sequel to Schism (RC 65539). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2005.

Sons of the Oak: Runelords, Book 5         RC 65872
by David Farland
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
With Earth King Gaborn's death, evildoers plot to control—or destroy—his young heirs Fallion and Jaz. The brothers flee to the Ends of the Earth, where Fallion confronts the demon Asgaroth and the evil Shadoath herself to claim his destiny. Sequel to Lair of Bones (RC 57378). Some violence. 2006.

The McKettrick Way: The McKettricks, Book 4         RC 65874
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Arizona. Divorced country music singer Brad O'Ballivan returns to Stone Creek, Arizona, to run his family's ranch. Brad reunites with his old flame and family rival Meg McKettrick, who longs for a child-but not a husband. Brad hopes to change her mind about marriage. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Imposter: The Last Gunfighter, Book 6         RC 65875
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Northern California. Gunfighter Frank Morgan is jailed after being mistaken for murderous outlaw Val Dooley—to whom Frank bears a striking resemblance. Before he can be hanged, Frank escapes and heads for the town of Chance, hoping to find Val, hand Val over to authorities, and clear his own name. 2002.

Now and Then: A Spenser Novel         RC 65876
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
1 cassette
FBI agent Dennis Doherty hires Boston PI Spenser to ascertain the fidelity of Doherty's wife Jordan Richmond. Spenser discovers the identity of Jordan's lover only to find husband and wife murdered days later. Spenser enlists the help of his cohorts to investigate. Violence and strong language. 2007.

The Careful Use of Compliments: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery         RC 65878
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Edinburgh. Philosopher Isabel Dalhousie, from The Right Attitude to Rain (RC 64006), investigates rumors of forgery surrounding artwork attributed to a deceased Scottish painter who may have been the victim of foul play. Meanwhile, Isabel continues to contemplate marriage to her lover Jamie, the father of her newborn son. 2007.

Faraway Blue         RC 65879
by Max Evans
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Fictionalized account of Sergeant Moses Williams, son of slaves, Civil War veteran, and Medal of Honor-winning Buffalo Soldier. In 1879 New Mexico, Moses and the men of the Ninth Cavalry battle Apache raiders. Moses pursues his nemesis—the warrior Nana—sustained by his love for the beautiful Sheela Jones. Some violence. 2005.

Mine till Midnight: The Hathaways         RC 65882
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
England, 1848. Wealthy half-gypsy Cam Rohan, last seen in Devil in Winter (RC 62266), helps orphaned Amelia Hathaway find her wastrel brother Lord Ramsay in London's gambling halls. The impoverished Hathaways retreat to Hampshire, where Cam, intrigued, pursues the staid Amelia. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

A Week from Sunday         RC 65887
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Kerry Dukin
2 cassettes
Louisiana, 1935. Lawyer Richard Pope controls Adrianna Moore's inheritance but will share it—if she marries him. Adrianna flees and crashes her car into Quinn Baxter's truck. She agrees to help Quinn with his disabled brother, then falls in love. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

A Lady of High Regard: Ladies of Liberty, Book 1         RC 65891
by Tracie Peterson
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Philadelphia, 1852. Matchmaking socialite and women's magazine writer Mia Stanley uncovers a heinous plot to extort the impoverished wives of absent seamen. The investigation puts her in grave danger. Meanwhile, Mia attempts to find a wife for her friend Garrett Wilson but can't deny her own affection for him. 2007.

Sierra's Homecoming: The McKettrick Brothers, Book 5         RC 65892
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Single mother Sierra McKettrick moves from Florida to her ancestral Arizona ranch where she meets horse trainer Travis Reid. Sierra's son Liam starts seeing ghosts and a teapot begins moving around—events that could be connected to Sierra's early-twentieth-century ancestor Hannah. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.

The Sea Lady: A Late Romance         RC 65894
by Margaret Drabble
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Sixtyish feminist scholar Ailsa Kelman returns to the North Sea town of Ornemouth for a ceremony that marine biologist and ex-husband Humphrey Clark will also be attending. Before Ailsa and Clark reunite for the first time in three decades, details of their past lives unfold. Some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Shadow Catcher         RC 65909
by Marianne Wiggins
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Fictionalized biography of photographer Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952) portrays a complicated man who stages pictures of Native Americans and abandons his family. Wiggins interweaves an imaginary account of herself researching Curtis's life as she seeks closure in her own. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Honor Thyself         RC 65913
by Danielle Steel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Fifty-year-old actress Carole Barber travels to Paris to do research for a book she is writing. After a terrorist attack, Carole suffers from amnesia. While her friends, grown children, and ex-husband try to help her remember, a former lover stirs memories and opens doors to the future. Bestseller. 2008.

Sizzle and Burn: An Arcane Society Novel         RC 65914
by Jayne Ann Krentz
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Raine Tallentyre's paranormal ability to hear voices leads her to her deceased aunt's basement. There she discovers a serial killer's latest victim-to-be. Raine falls for PI Zack Jones, who is using his mirror talent to investigate Raine's family. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Star Wars: The Old Republic; Darth Bane, Rule of Two         RC 65922
by Drew Karpyshyn
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Sith lord Darth Bane is on a quest to destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy. Meanwhile, Jedi Johun Othone sets out to avenge the death of his master General Hoth, and Bane's young apprentice Zannah begins to question her alliance with the Dark Side. 2008.

All through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas         RC 65925
by Suzanne Brockmann
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
FBI agent Jules Cassidy and his boyfriend, actor Robin Chadwick, decide to marry. But before they exchange vows, the men face trouble from all directions—Jules is sent to Afghanistan, a reporter starts nosing around, and a deranged stalker tries to eliminate the couple. Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2007.

The Face of Death         RC 65928
by Cody McFadyen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Still reeling from the murders of her family and friend in Shadow Man (RC 62153), FBI agent Smoky Barrett helps sixteen-year-old crime victim Sarah. The teen's life is made nightmarish by a man who keeps killing everyone she comes to love. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2007.

Reserved for the Cat: The Elemental Masters, Book 6         RC 65932
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
After being fired from the Paris Opera, young, penniless dancer Ninette Dupond encounters a telepathic cat named Thomas, who promises to make her rich. At Thomas's urging, Ninette flees to London, where she impersonates a Russian ballerina and enters the powerful and dangerous realm of the Elemental Masters. Some violence. 2007.

Strangers in Death: An Eve Dallas Mystery         RC 65950
by J.D. Robb
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
NYPD lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner detective Delia Peabody investigate the murder of sixty-one-year-old business tycoon Thomas Anders. Eve uncovers ties to two other murders and enlists her husband Roarke in the search for the culprit. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Storm Track: A Deborah Knott Mystery, Book 7         RC 66003
by Margaret Maron
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
2 cassettes
North Carolina judge Deborah Knott helps detective Dwight Bryant investigate the murder of a Colleton County attorney's promiscuous wife, who was found strangled in a room of a local motel. Meanwhile a second killer, Hurricane Fran, is threatening the coast. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2000.

Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking         RC 66009
by Aoibheann Sweeney
read by Aimee Jolson
2 cassettes
When Miranda Donnal graduates from high school, her father sends her from their isolated Maine island to New York City, where she works in a library he cofounded. As Miranda gets to know her father's former acquaintances, she learns the deepest secrets of his past. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Jumper: Griffin's Story         RC 66010
by Steven Gould
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Nine-year-old Griff O'Conner causes his parents' murders in San Diego when he teleports himself to avoid a bully. Griff hides with friends until, at sixteen, he is ready to confront the killers. Sequel to Jumper (RC 37465). Violence and strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

The Septembers of Shiraz         RC 66012
by Dalia Sofer
read by Robert Blumenfeld
2 cassettes
Iran, 1981. Revolutionary Guards arrest Jewish jeweler Isaac Amin on suspicion of spying for Israel. Isaac struggles to survive imprisonment while his family attempts to persevere in his absence. Isaac's wife searches for his whereabouts, his daughter undertakes illicit activities, and his son seeks happiness in America. Some violence. 2007.

Dressed for Death: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery         RC 66018
by Donna Leon
read by Peter Ganim
2 cassettes
Venetian detective Guido Brunetti investigates the beating death of a man whose corpse was found dressed in a red gown and high heels. Brunetti identifies the victim, bank director Leonardo Mascari, and uncovers a plot involving tax evasion, money laundering, and murder. Some strong language. 1994.

Enter a Murderer: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery         RC 66024
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette
During a performance at London's Unicorn Theatre, Felix Gardener fires a revolver supposedly loaded with duds, killing fellow actor Arthur Surbonadier, with whom he had previously feuded. For Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn (conveniently in attendance), the question is not who pulled the trigger—but who switched the bullets. 1935.

People of the Book         RC 66059
by Geraldine Brooks
read by Lisette Lecat
3 cassettes
Australian book conservator Hanna Heath analyzes a Hebrew manuscript created in medieval Spain and saved from destruction in 1990s Sarajevo. Hanna's discoveries-an insect wing, salt crystals, and wine and blood stains—reveal the codex's past and the lives of its guardians. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

7th Heaven: A Women's Murder Club Mystery         RC 66060
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
San Francisco. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her new partner Rich Conklin uncover a lead in the disappearance of a former governor's teenage son. The two also investigate a rash of house fires that have killed several wealthy couples. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Hard Row: A Deborah Knott Mystery, Book 13         RC 66061
by Margaret Maron
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
North Carolina judge Deborah Knott is adjusting to her new life as the wife of Major Dwight Bryant and stepmom to his eight-year-old son. After Dwight identifies a dismembered body as that of a commercial farmer, the plight of illegal immigrants comes to the forefront. Some strong language. 2007.

The Uncommon Reader         RC 66149
by Alan Bennett
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
England. When the royal dogs stray into a mobile library parked near the palace, the Queen feels obligated to borrow a book. She soon develops an obsession with reading that changes her worldviews, distracts her from official duties, and prompts her to write her own masterpiece-with surprising consequences. Bestseller. 2007.

Morning Light: The Harrigan Family, Book 1         RC 66235
by Catherine Anderson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Catholic clairvoyant Loni MacEwen moves to Crystal Falls, Oregon, and meets the cowboy of her dreams. Clint Harrigan doesn't believe Loni's visions of his son lost in the wilderness—especially since he doesn't have a son—until Loni's premonitions become reality. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Summer: Sunrise, Book 2         RC 66239
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Dayne and Katy agree to star in a TV reality show, but the publicity threatens their marriage. Dayne's sisters Kari and Ashley are both pregnant when Ashley learns that her baby has a birth defect and may not survive. The family gathers for the birth, praying for a miracle. 2007.

Cross My Heart         RC 66240
by Carly Phillips
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Ten years ago teenagers Ty and Hunter helped their friend Lilly fake her death to escape an abusive uncle. Now, when Ty locates Lilly to warn her that the uncle is claiming her inheritance, Ty's feelings for Lilly resurface. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Dance with a Vampire: Vampire Kisses, Book 4         RC 66241
by Ellen Schreiber
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Goth girl Raven Madison and her vampire boyfriend Alexander Sterling are busy preparing for the prom when the preteen brother of evil vampire twins Jagger and Luna arrives and targets Raven's younger brother Billy Boy. For senior high readers. 2007.

A Sister's Test: Sisters of Holmes County, Book 2         RC 66243
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
In this sequel to A Sister's Secret (RC 65578) set in Amish Holmes County, Ohio, it's Ruth Hostettler's turn to find love. But a series of escalating attacks on her family dampen Ruth's happiness over her whirlwind courtship with Martin. 2007.

Final Payment: A Posadas County Mystery         RC 66249
by Steven F. Havill
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman investigates the murders of three Latin Americans found shot to death on a private airstrip just before the first annual Posadas County, New Mexico, one-hundred-mile bicycle race. When a race competitor is murdered, Estelle uncovers links to corporate interests in Mexico and El Salvador. Some violence. 2007.

Tonight and Always         RC 66265
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Kristina Holbrook, the daughter of vampire Maeve Tremayne, has the gift, or curse, of immortality and astral projection. Now, over a hundred years old, Kristina falls in love again-this time to a widowed father of two children. Sequel to Time without End (RC 45479). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Fault Tree         RC 6647
by Louise Ure
8read by Mare Trevathan
2 cassettes
By the vehicle's unique sound, blind Tucson auto mechanic Cadence Moran can identify the getaway car used after a neighbor's murder. When the killers come for her too, Cadence tries to convince the police she's a reliable witness. Violence and strong language. 2007.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle         RC 66656
by David Wroblewski
read by Steven Carpenter
4 cassettes
Wisconsin, 1970s. Gar and Trudy Sawtelle raise an intuitive and intelligent dog breed on their farm. One dog, Almondine, can communicate with the Sawtelle's mute son Edgar. After Gar's brother arrives, Gar dies and fourteen-year-old Edgar flees into the forest with three of the dogs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

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Books for Children

Cassettes Nonfiction

Cinco de Mayo: A Mexican Holiday about Unity and Pride         RC 61994
by James Garcia
read by Neil Berman
1 cassette
Discusses the historical events of May 5, 1862, when Mexico defeated the powerful French at the Battle of Puebla, and the growing popularity of celebrating this date. Includes suggestions for planning a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Ladies First: Women Athletes Who Made a Difference         RC 63712
by Ken Rappoport
read by Peter Lavezzoli
1 cassette
Profiles twentieth-century female athletes whose courage, perseverance, and dedication took them to the top. Features Gertrude Ederle, first woman to swim the English Channel; Susan Butcher, champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; Althea Gibson, tennis star; and Nadia Comaneci, fourteen-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnist. For grades 5-8. 2005.

Outside and Inside Mummies         RC 64078
by Sandra Markle
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Markle shows what cutting-edge technology—CT scans, electron microscopes, and computer imaging—reveals about the lives of humans who died centuries ago. Explains how scientists determine age, gender, genetic makeup, and cause of death in mummies from Egypt as well as from South America and Europe. For grades 4-7. 2005.

The Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students         RC 64083
by Suzanne Jurmain
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Presents a historical account of the uproar that occurred when Prudence Crandall (1803–1890), a Quaker teacher, admitted Sarah Harris, the school's first African American student, to her class in Canterbury, Connecticut, before the Civil War. Some strong language. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together         RC 64087
by Herb Shoveller
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Recounts a Canadian first-grader's wish to give Africans clean drinking water and the subsequent creation of the Ryan's Well Foundation. Describes Ryan's trip to Agwego, Uganda, to celebrate the village's first well and to meet his pen pal Jimmy, who becomes his brother. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2006.

Amazing Whales!         RC 64915
by Sarah L. Thomson
read by Gracie Ragsdale-Miller
1 cassette
A look at different kinds of whales, including dolphins and porpoises. Discusses the shared physical characteristics of the animals of this species, as well as differences in their weights and sizes. Also describes hunting and feeding habits, methods of communication, and their endangered status. For grades K-3. 2005.

Amazing Sharks!         RC 64918
by Sarah L. Thomson
read by Neil Berman
1 cassette
Presents general facts about different kinds of sharks. Discusses reasons they are good hunters and their purpose in the ocean. Explains how and why scientists study sharks. For grades K-3. 2005.

Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales         RC 65073
retold by Julius Lester
read by Chuck Young
3 cassettes
Presents the trickster Brer Rabbit and his adventures with Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, and other creatures. Omnibus edition of four books by Lester retelling the African American folktales first published by Joel Chandler Harris (1848–1908). For grades 4-7 and older readers. 1999.

Classic Myths to Read Aloud         RC 65307
by William F. Russell
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Retellings of Greek and Roman myths with explanations of vocabulary and setting. Includes tales such as "Jason and the Golden Fleece," "The Riddle of the Sphinx," and "Baucis and Philemon," which is about an elderly couple who were favored by the gods for being hospitable. For grades 3-6. 1989.

Isaac Newton         RC 65435
by Kathleen Krull
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Biography of the British physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727). Discusses the contradictions in his nature: the scientific genius who invented calculus and the reflecting telescope and discovered the laws of motion and gravity versus the socially deficient loner who couldn't bear criticism. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Leonardo da Vinci         RC 65440
by Kathleen Krull
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Biography of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) explores his lifelong curiosity and desire to investigate everything he encountered, from music and painting to human bodies and war machines. Describes his notebooks of observations—written backwards—and his work as a scientist before the term was coined. For grades 4-7. 2005.

Emi and the Rhino Scientist         RC 65453
by Mary Kay Carson
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Explains the long struggle of endangered—species breeding expert Terri Roth to help a rare Sumatran rhino named Emi become a mother. Presents rhino characteristics (horns), behavior (relaxing in mud), and habitat. Discusses the importance of breeding rhinos in captivity to save the species. For grades 5-8. 2007.

May I Pet Your Dog? The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids)         RC 65462
by Stephanie Calmenson
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
A long-haired dachshund named Harry explains to a young boy the safe way to approach dogs on a leash with their owners. Includes advice about behavior around dogs and how to treat them considerately. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.

Africa: A Look Back         RC 65638
by James Haskins and Kathleen Benson
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Overview of early West African history before the transatlantic slave trade. Discusses prevailing religious and social customs of the African peoples who were captured and exported as slaves. Based on personal accounts of four slave authors born in West Africa between 1700 and 1824. For grades 5-8. 2007.

The Slave Trade and the Middle Passage         RC 65672
by S. Pearl Sharp
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Traces the history of transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the New World over the course of four centuries. Describes the brutality of the forced migration of millions of Africans, the cruelty of slavery, and the lingering effects reflected in modern society. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Who Was First? Discovering the Americas         RC 65680
by Russell Freedman
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Contends that Columbus was among the last foreign explorers to reach the Americas and was preceded by Chinese explorers, Vikings, and Irish monks. Examines archaeological and DNA evidence on the origins of Native Americans that challenges the Bering Strait land bridge theory. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

The House of a Million Pets         RC 65765
by Ann Hodgman
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Author describes the adventures, and messes, she experienced while sharing her family home with dogs and cats, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, rabbits, hamsters, pygmy mice, a cockatiel, visiting ducks, moths, sugar gliders, and more. Includes practical tips on raising animals in a household. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2007.

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming         RC 65775
by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Examines the science of climate change as shown by extreme weather patterns, glacier and polar ice-cap melting, and the threat of extinction of many plant and animal species. Explains reasons for global warming, ways it affects the planet, and measures to take to help stop it. For grades 4-7. 2007.

The Diabetes Update         RC 65777
by Alvin Silverstein and Virginia Silverstein
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
Explains the symptoms of diabetes, sometimes called the sugar disease. Discusses its history, management, and treatment—from diet and exercise to insulin therapy and organ transplants. Includes personal accounts describing strategies for coping with diabetes. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Should I Play the Trumpet?         RC 65792
by James Phillpotts
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Provides an overview of information about the trumpet—its history, the way the instrument works, what is involved in learning to play, famous trumpeters, and recommended recordings to listen to. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Who's Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?         RC 65831
by Jean Fritz
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Biography of thirteen-year-old orphan Thomas Savage, who arrived in the Virginia colony in 1608. Portrays his experiences with Captain John Smith, his time living with the Powhatans to learn their language, his friendship with Pocahontas, and his role as an interpreter for the colonists. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2007.

The Tuberculosis Update         RC 65893
by Alvin Silverstein and Virginia Silverstein
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Presents the history of tuberculosis (TB), which at the start of the twenty-first century remains one of the world's leading causes of death. Discusses the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this communicable disease. Personal accounts describe TB's effects on the body and suggest coping strategies. For grades 5-8. 2006.

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Cassettes Fiction

Dark Moon: The Firebringer Trilogy, Book 2         RC 62075
by Meredith Ann Pierce
read by Dave Corey
2 cassettes
Fulfilling another stage in his destiny, the young prince of the unicorns, Jan—whose full name means Dark Moon—is swept out to sea and arrives at the land of the two-foots who possess fire. Sequel to Birth of the Firebringer (RC 27813). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1993.

The Boxcar Children: A Boxcar Children Mystery, Book 1         RC 63706
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette (Reissue)
Four orphaned children—Jessie, Henry, Violet, and Benny Alden—run away and live in an abandoned boxcar until they are found by their grandfather, Henry James Alden, who turns out to be a kind man. Sixtieth-anniversary edition. For grades 3-6. 1942.

Death Mountain         RC 63708
by Sherry Shahan
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Thirteen-year-old Erin's bus trip to visit her estranged mother starts going wrong after Erin loses her ticket. Accepting a ride with teenaged siblings Mae and Levi turns into a survival nightmare in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where Erin and Mae get lost in a torrential storm. For grades 6-9. 2005.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Spin the Yarn         RC 63715
by Cynthia Rylant
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Mr. Putter kindly offers to fix tea for Mrs. Teaberry's knitting club, but his cat Tabby and her dog Zeke add unexpected excitement to the party. For grades K-3. 2006.

The Yellow House Mystery: A Boxcar Children Mystery, Book 3         RC 64082
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
The Alden children's grandfather tells them about a man who disappeared years ago from a run-down yellow house on Surprise Island. Not even the man's wife knew how or why. Now the children discover a long-lost letter that starts them tracking the clues. For grades 3-6. 1953.

Kit's Surprise-A Christmas Story: An American Girl, Book 3         RC 64461
by Valerie Tripp
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
Kit is not looking forward to Christmas when her family has so many money troubles. She even has a fight with her best friend Ruthie. But, un-expectedly, helping grouchy uncle Hendrick solves some of her problems. Sequel to Kit Learns a Lesson (RC 64079). For grades 3-6. 2000.

Happy Birthday, Kit! A Springtime Story: An American Girl, Book 4         RC 64462
by Valerie Tripp
read by Graci Ragsdale Miller
1 cassette
Aunt Millie's visit to Kit and her family in Cincinnati during the Great Depression cheers them up. She impresses Kit with her money-saving ideas until she invites Kit's class to celebrate Kit's birthday at a "penny-pincher party." Sequel to Kit's Surprise (RC 64461). For grades 3-6. 2001.

The Book of Everything         RC 64469
by Guus Kuijer
read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
1 cassette
Amsterdam, 1951. Nine-year-old Thomas wishes that he could defend his mother from his abusive, religious father. Thomas wants to be happy when he grows up. He receives encouragement from many sources, including an elderly neighbor and candid talks with Jesus. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.

The Pull of the Ocean         RC 64914
by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
read by Graci Ragsdale Miller
1 cassette
France. Late one stormy night, ten- year-old Yann Doutreleau, a toddler-sized mute, awakens his three sets of older twin brothers and convinces them that they all must flee from their parents. The brothers journey west towards the ocean. A modern retelling of Perrault's "Tom Thumb." For grades 6-9. Batchelder Award. 1999.

Meet the Austins         RC 65309
by Madeleine L'Engle
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette (Reissue)
The arrival of ten-year-old, spoiled, recently orphaned Maggy Hamilton disrupts the happy routines of the Austin family. Maggy annoys and exasperates siblings Vicky, Rob, Suzy, and John as they struggle to understand her. For grades 5-8. 1960.

River Secrets         RC 65335
by Shannon Hale
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Young soldier Razo and his friends Enna, the fire maker, and Finn, an excellent swordsman, are selected to escort the new ambassador from Bayern to his post in the enemy territory of Tira. Companion to Enna Burning (RC 60327) and The Goose Girl (RC 58713). For grades 6-9. 2006.

Lawn Boy         RC 65342
by Gary Paulsen
read by Michael Kramer
1 cassette
A twelve-year-old boy decides to put his unusual birthday gift—his late grandfather's riding mower—to use by cutting his neighbors' lawns for money. Soon business is booming and he has his own employees, his own stockbroker, and sponsorship of a prizefighter. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de' Medici         RC 65384
by Carolyn Meyer
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
When her wealthy family falls from power in Italy, young Catherine de' Medici endures years in a convent. Then in 1533, her uncle the pope arranges for fourteen-year-old Catherine to marry Prince Henri of France. Although Catherine becomes queen of France, a mistress rules Henri's heart. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story         RC 65386
by Mary Downing Hahn
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
When thirteen-year-old Ali finds an old photograph of her mother and aunt with a third girl torn out, she stumbles on a thirty-year-old family secret. Vacationing with her aunt and cousin at the family's cottage in Maine, Ali investigates the events of that long-ago summer. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Spells and Sleeping Bags         RC 65459
by Sarah Mlynowski
read by Victoria Gordon
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Frogs and French Kisses (RC 63846), Rachel is thrilled to finally have witch powers and to be going to the same camp as Raf, the boy she has a crush on. But a campmate threatens to spoil it all. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller         RC 65467
by Sarah Miller
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Alabama, 1887. Twenty-year-old Annie Sullivan, newly hired to teach a six-year-old deaf, blind, and thoroughly spoiled girl, Helen Keller, finds she must contend with Helen's indulgent parents as well. Sign language finally becomes communication when Helen makes her first breakthrough. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2007.

Red Moon at Sharpsburg         RC 65484
by Rosemary Wells
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Virginia, 1861. Twelve-year-old India Moody's world changes when the Civil War breaks out. After her ailing father returns to the front as the Union Army advances, India summons her courage and plunges into the tragic Battle of Sharpsburg to take him medicine. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Hidden Roots         RC 65485
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Upstate New York, 1954. Howard "Sonny" Camp's difficult home and school life are bearable only because of his loving uncle Louis and an encouraging librarian. Sonny learns his unhappy family's secret after his abusive father performs an act of heroism and self-sacrifice at work. For grades 6-9. 2004.

Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway         RC 65541
by Wendelin Van Draanen
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
After accidentally killing her teacher's bird, Sammy considers letting her archrival Heather take the blame. A bigger issue involves a city councilman's motives for evicting a friend of Sammy's grandmother. There is also the end-of-the-year school dance to worry about. For grades 5-8. 2005.

I Am Not Joey Pigza         RC 65562
by Jack Gantos
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
When Joey's mother welcomes his estranged father back after he wins the lottery, they beg Joey to join them in changing identities to become the successful diner-owning Heinzes. This threatens routines Joey developed to help his ADHD. Sequel to Joey Pigza Loses Control (RC 51237). For grades 5-8. 2007.

Soul Eater: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Book 3         RC 65671
by Michelle Paver
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Soul Eaters capture Torak's beloved companion Wolf while Torak and his friend Renn are hunting in the woods. The two thirteen-year-olds track the enemy into the wintry wilderness, testing the limits of their friendship and endurance, to rescue Wolf. Sequel to Spirit Walker (RC 62128). For grades 5-8. 2007.

Martin Bridge: Out of Orbit!         RC 65776
by Jessica Scott Kerrin
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
In "Crosswalk" Martin is so angry with Harper for making up stories and wearing an astronaut costume like his own that Martin almost tells a lie himself. In "Spyder" Martin pretends to be his cartoon hero Zip Rideout and rockets from his tree fort-on a pogo stick. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Horrible Harry Moves Up to Third Grade         RC 65779
by Suzy Kline
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Horrible Harry and his friends start off third grade in a new classroom and with a field trip to a scary old prison and a copper mine. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 1998.

The Clue in the Diary: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories         RC 65799
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
After finding a diary near a blazing mansion and seeing a stranger running away, Nancy becomes involved in an arson case. Investigators suspect Joe Swenson set the fire after the owner of the house swindled him, but Nancy thinks that Joe is innocent. For grades 4-7. 1932.

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos         RC 65845
by R.L. LaFevers
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
London, 1906. Eleven-year-old Theodosia (Theo) has a talent for detecting curses on ancient artifacts shipped to the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, where her parents work. When a sacred Egyptian amulet disappears, Theo's search leads to two secret societies and a battle between good and evil. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Meet Julie: An American Girl, 1974; Book 1         RC 65860
by Megan McDonald
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
San Francisco, 1974. After Julie's parents divorce, she moves to a different neighborhood. The new elementary school does not have a girls' basketball team, so Julie fights for the right to play on the boys' team. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Horrible Harry Cracks the Code         RC 65869
by Suzy Kline
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Harry sets out to solve the latest mystery at South School: a special mathematical code that Mrs. Funderburke uses to award lunch prizes. Can Harry crack the code and keep his reputation as a detective? Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2007.

The Last Knight: A Knight and Rogue Novel         RC 65883
by Hilari Bell
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Idealistic eighteen-year-old Sir Michael, the last knight errant, and his roguish seventeen-year-old squire Fisk recount in alternate chapters their misbegotten first attempt to right a wrong. Their rescue of a lady from a tower leads to their own arrest for freeing an accused murderess. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Sly the Sleuth and the Sports Mysteries         RC 65905
by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Sly uses her detective skills to help her friends solve three cases involving sports: Jack needs to get rid of the birds on the soccer field, Melody is missing her ballet slippers and her swim fins, and Sly's little neighbor Brian has the basketball blues. For grades 2-4. 2006.

Julie Tells Her Story: An American Girl, 1974; Book 2         RC 65906
by Megan McDonald
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
San Francisco, 1974. Fourth-grader Julie Albright's school project includes reporting on the worst thing that ever happened to her. She considers recounting the way she broke her finger but, because her family is so important to her, decides to tell the truth about her parents' divorce. For grades 3-6. 2007.

What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy         RC 65908
by Gregory Maguire
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Gage tells his young cousins a story to take their minds off a catastrophic storm stranding them alone, hungry, and without electricity. His tale concerns a lonely tooth fairy called What-the-Dickens, who accompanies another fairy named Pepper on a special tooth-retrieval mission. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Westward to Home: Joshua's Oregon Trail Diary, Book 1         RC 65926
by Patricia Hermes
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
1848. Nine-year-old Joshua Martin McCullough records the adventures and hardships of his family as they travel in a covered wagon from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Oregon. He tells of surviving heat, thirst, sore feet, and other dangers of the trail west. For grades 2-4. 2001.

Behind the Curtain: An Echo Falls Mystery         RC 65929
by Peter Abrahams
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
With mysterious happenings piling up in her hometown of Echo Falls, eighth-grader Ingrid Levin-Hill begins sleuthing around, Sherlock Holmes style. One Saturday morning on her way to MathFest, Ingrid is kidnapped and wakes up in the trunk of a car. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Sign of the Twisted Candles: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories         RC 65934
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Swindlers are trying to steal the fortune of Bess and George's great-granduncle, but when Nancy investigates, it nearly ruins her friendship with the girls. During her sleuthing, Nancy ends a family feud and discovers the identity of a sixteen-year-old foster daughter. For grades 4-7. 1933.

Celeste's Harlem Renaissance         RC 66011
by Eleanora E. Tate
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
1921. Thirteen-year-old Celeste leaves Raleigh, North Carolina, to live with her glamorous aunt Valentina in Harlem, New York. Although her aunt's life is not what Celeste expects, she discovers the vibrant Harlem Renaissance in full swing and sees her own opportunity to perform on the violin. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Call Me Henri         RC 66065
by Lorraine M. López
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
Enrique dreams of studying French but is stuck in English as a Second Language (ESL) class at Peralta Middle School. He copes with bullies, his stepfather's anger, and caring for his triplet baby brothers by himself. Joining the French club gives him hope. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Horrible Harry and the Dungeon         RC 66156
by Suzy Kline
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Harry wants to know what the scary-looking new teacher in charge of the suspension room, a.k.a. the dungeon, keeps in his big black bag. To find out, Harry takes the blame for something he did not do. Beginning chapter book. For grades 2-4. 1996.

Happy New Year, Julie: An American Girl, 1974; Book 3         RC 66160
by Megan McDonald
read by Kerry Dukin
1 cassette
San Francisco, 1974. Shuttling between their mother's and father's houses to celebrate Christmas is no fun for Julie and her sister Tracy. But Julie finds comfort in sharing the Chinese New Year traditions of her best friend Ivy Ling and in thinking about new beginnings. For grades 3-6. 2007.

The Clue of the Broken Locket: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories         RC 66276
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette (Reissue)
When Nancy meets Cecily Curtis at Misty Lake, two mysteries turn up. One concerns Cecily's fiancé, a singer who believes a record company is cheating him. The other involves a Curtis family treasure hidden during the Civil War, Cecily's only clue being half a gold locket. For grades 4-7. 1934.

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters         RC 66467
by Lesley M.M. Blume
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
New York City. Eleven-year-old Cornelia S. Engelhart, daughter of a famous pianist, is lonely until a new neighbor moves into the apartment next door. Friendship with glamorous writer and storyteller Virginia Somerset, her manservant Patel, and mischievous French bulldog Mister Kinyatta opens Cornelia's world. For grades 4-7. 2006.

The Clue of the Tapping Heels: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories         RC 66563
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette (Reissue)
Nancy investigates strange tapping sounds in the house of a retired actress and discovers that they are messages being sent in Morse code. But who is sending them and why? Meanwhile someone is stealing the actress's prized Persian cats. For grades 4-7. 1939.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

Historia de la Eternidad (History of Eternity)         RC 62973
por Jorge Luis Borges
leído por Juan Ramírez
1 cassette
El famoso autor argentino presenta sus ensayos sobre los conceptos culturales y literarios de la eternidad como se reflejan en la literatura y los escritos de los antiguos griegos, de los tempranos teólogos cristianos, y de los poetas medievales de Islandia. Incluye discusión de la doctrina de Nietzsche sobre el concepto de la historia recurrente, ilustra los condiciona- mientos culturales que se reflejan en las traducciones clásicas de Las 1001 Noches. (Essays by the famous Argentinean author on the literary, cultural, and philosophical concepts of eternity as reflected in classical Greek, early Christian, and medieval Icelandic writings. Discusses Nietzche's circular concept of history and the cultural conditioning reflected in translations of The 1001 Nights.) 1974.

Cómo Conseguir Su Visa: Sesenta Maneras (Legales) de Inmigrar a EE.UU. (How to Get Your Visa: Sixty Ways to Immigrate (Legally) to the U.S.)         RC 62988
por Debbie M. Schell y Kurt A. Wagner
leído por Juan Ramírez
1 cassette
Dos abogados de inmigración enseñan las maneras de obtener visas para entrar a los Estados Unidos. Describen visas de inmigrante y no inmigrante, visas para visitantes, visas de estudiante, visas de trabajo y visas por vínculos familiares. También presenta información sobre formularios de visas y dónde conseguirlos. (Two immigration lawyers set forth the procedures for obtaining visas to enter the United States. Covers immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visitor visas, student visas, work visas, and visas to bring family members to the United States. Also includes information on forms and where to get them.) 2006.

El Traje del Muerto (Heart-Shaped Box)         RC 62991
por Joe Hill
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
Judas Coyne es una estrella de rock ya retirada. Le divierte coleccionar objetos relacionados con lo sobrenatural. Compra en una subasta por Internet el traje de un hombre muerto. Así empieza la pesadilla. Resulta que el traje es de Craddock McDermott, el padrasto de una joven aficionada de Coyne que se suicidó. Ahora Coyne encuentra el fantasma de McDermott en todas partes-un fantasma clamando por venganza. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Middle-aged rock star Judas Coyne collects morbid curios. He buys a haunted suit online and discovers that it belonged to Craddock McDermott, the deceased stepfather of one of Coyne's groupies. Over time, both Coyne's own motives and those of McDermott's ghost are revealed. Violence and strong language.) 2006.

El Oro y la Paz (Gold and Peace)         RC 62994
por Juan Bosch
leído por Juan Ramírez
2 cassettes
Pedro Yasic ha venido a la selva amazónica de Bolivia para encontrar la paz, pero conoce a muchas personas que vienen en busca de tesoro. Los caracteres de esos personajes y el efecto que tienen sus pasiones entre sí, así como los obstáculos y las durezas de la selva que se les presentan, forman la acción de esta novela del más leído de los escritores dominicanos. (Pedro Yasic has come to the Amazon jungle of Bolivia to find peace, but he meets others who come in search of riches. The interplay of the different characters against the exotic background forms the action of this novel by the acclaimed Dominican writer.) 1976.

Shakespeare y Su Tiempo (Shakespeare and His Times)         RC 62996
por María Jesús Rodríguez Illán
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Biografía que repasa la vida y el tiempo del dramaturgo y poeta inglés que escribía obras de fama universal durante el reinado de Isabel I de Inglaterra. El autor enfatiza que Shakespeare es considerado el escritor más grande de todos los tiempos de la lengua inglesa, pero que al mismo tiempo se ignora mucho de la trayectoria y vida personal del gran dramaturgo. (Biography of the life, work, and times of the Elizabethan playwright and poet considered to be the greatest English-language writer of all time. Discusses the universal fame of Shakespeare's works, yet points out the mystery and doubt surrounding Shakespeare's personal life and authorship.) 2005.

Mahoma (Mohammed)         RC 62997
por Manuel Albaladejo Vivero
leído por Juan Ramírez
2 cassettes
Biografía del profeta que fundó la religión del Islam y expandió la influencia de los árabes en el siglo siete. Repasa la vida, los éxitos, y el legado de Mahoma según la historia y la leyenda, incluyendo datos sobre su vida temprana, la Revelación de Alá, y la trayectoría de Mahoma como jefe religioso, militar, y político de los árabes. (Biography of the seventh-century founder of Islam. Reviews  legends and facts surrounding the life, accomplishments, and legacy of the prophet. Includes information on his early years in Arabia, the Revelation of Allah, and Mohammed's ascendancy as the religious, military, and political leader of the Arabs.) 2005.

Las Mil y Una Noches (The Thousand and One Nights)         RC 65952
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
La joven Schehrazada se casa con el Rey Schahriar, aunque éste manda degollar inmediatamente a sus nuevas esposas para evitar que sean infieles. Pero Schehrazada cuenta historias que entretienen al rey, tanto que evita la muerte. Y durante las mil y una noches seguidas ella cuenta estas historias clásicas del folclore árabe, entre las cuales figuran las de Simbad el Marino, Aladino, y Alí Babá. (The maiden Sherezade agrees to marry King Shahryar although he executes his wives to prevent their infidelity. Sherezade tells the king enthralling stories for a thousand and one nights, thereby postponing her execution. Among her classic tales are those of Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin, and Ali Baba.) 2007.

Noventa Minutos en el Cielo: Una Historia Real de Vida y Muerte (Ninety Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life)         RC 65953
por Don Piper
leído por Juan Ramírez
2 cassettes
El autor es ministro bautista de Texas que en 1989 murió en un accidente de tránsito. Durante noventa minutos conoció las glorias del cielo, reuniéndose con familiares antes fallecidos. Entonces volvió milagrosamente a la vida mientras  otro ministro oraba por él. Y a partir de ese momento, se enfrentó con una penosa recuperación física, y habla de sus experiencias y su deseo inicial de regresar al paraiso. (Texas Baptist minister recounts his 1989 near-fatal car accident when he was declared dead at the scene. Describes experiencing heaven and reuniting with deceased loved ones, then regaining consciousness after being prayed over by a fellow preacher. Discusses his painful rehabilitation and initial desire to return to paradise.) 2006.

Rescate en el Tiempo, 1999-1357 (Timeline)         RC 65954
por Michael Crichton
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
En el siglo veintiuno, los avances de la tecnología cuántica permiten el viaje por el tiempo a épocas pasadas. Un grupo de historiadores viajan a la Francia del siglo catorce en busca  de un colega que está perdido en el tiempo. Saben que les falta poco tiempo para realizar su misión, y pronto aprenden los peligros inesperados de sobrevivr en una época regida por un feudalismo brutal. Violencia. (Quantum technology for teleportation enables a group of historians to travel back in time from 1999 America to fourteenth-century France. Seeking a stranded colleague and trying to return within a tight time frame, they find survival in a feudal society more difficult than anticipated. Violence.) 2000.

Muerte en las Nubes (Death in the Clouds)         RC 65956
por Agatha Christie
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
El detective Hercule Poirot toma un avión desde París hasta Inglaterra con otras catorce personas a bordo. Al aterrizar el avión, una pasajera, madame Giselle, aparece muerta. Resulta que los otros pasajeros conocían a madame Giselle y que todos tenían motivos para odiarla. El problema de Poirot es ¿quién la asesinó y cómo? (Detective Hercule Poirot takes an airplane from Paris to England with fourteen other passengers. One, Madame Giselle, is murdered during the flight. Poirot discovers that everyone aboard the plane knew and had reason to hate Madame Giselle. So who killed her and how?) 1935.

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