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November and December 2009

In Brief

What’s new in Talking Book Topics

Digital talking books are now available on cartridges. NLS has altered the format of Talking Book Topics (TBT) to accommodate the announcement of digital books on cartridges. The changes are as follows:

1.   Books for Adults, Books for Children, and Foreign Language Books

Since a title that is available as both a digital book (DB) and a recorded cassette (RC) will have the same book number, the prefix DB/RC will be  used with the book number. The length of reading time will follow the book number; the line informing readers of the number of cassettes has been eliminated.

Example:
DB/RC 12345 1 hour 18 minutes

If the book is available only in one medium, then the relevant prefix will appear. This change will occur in all versions of TBT (large print, recorded cassette, diskette, and online).

2.   Order Forms

Book numbers will be listed and check boxes will be provided next to each available medium on the order forms.

Example:
Number      Media      Type
54757        □DB       □RC

NLS has eliminated the OCR numbers that were listed under the heading “For Office Use Only.” This change will occur in the large-print and recorded cassette versions of TBT.

3.   Index

For both the title and author listings in the index, the prefix DB/RC will appear before the book number for each title available in both media. This change will occur only in the large-print version.

With the exception of the changes outlined above, Talking Book Topics will retain its existing format.

What’s new in Braille Book Review

Minor changes will occur in the format of Braille Book Review (BBR) to accommodate the announcement of digital talking books on cartridges. The changes are as follows:

1.   Order Forms

a.   Braille

The braille order form will have four columns to allow patrons to select the medium of their choice. Since a title that is available as both a digital book (DB) and a recorded cassette (RC) will have the same book number, the braille order form for audiobooks will list the prefixes DB and RC in separate columns. The book number will be in the third column and the title in the fourth. Books are only available in the media listed on the order form.

Example:
__ DB        __RC 12345 Book Title A
     __RC 12346 Book Title B

In the example above the book number 12346 is only available as a recorded cassette.

b.   Large Print

NLS has eliminated the OCR numbers that were listed under the heading “For Office Use Only.”

With the exception of the changes outlined above, Braille Book Review will retain its existing format.

Newsstand

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

Flash September 2009, volume 5, issue 2

Prelaunch testing complete; NLS begins rollout of digital talking-book system

After two decades of research and planning, design and production, testing and modifications, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, is ready to begin mass distribution of its digital talking-book system.

A prelaunch test was successfully completed in July 2009. NLS delivered 5,000 digital talking-book players and nearly 18,000 copies of 54 digital talking-book titles to 8 participating libraries across the country and to JBI International of New York City. These libraries then distributed the players and books to a select group of their most active patrons. Only six of the talking-book players were returned because of operational issues during the ten-week test. Other problems identified with the system included ink on the book-cartridge labels that sometimes smeared with handling, mailing container cards that fell from their slots, and two battery-operated players that turned themselves on after being turned off. These problems have been addressed.

“The prelaunch verified that the materials developed for the digital transition have been appropriately designed, thoroughly tested, and are being properly produced,” said Michael Katzmann, chief of the NLS Materials Development Division.

Digital talking-book players

As of August 1, 2009, Shinano-Kenshi Co., the manufacturer of the digital talking-book player, began shipping 14,400 machines from its plant in Ueda City, Japan, to its Nexus Distribution Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which houses Shinano-Kenshi’s acceptance facility. Nexus employees, under the guidance of NLS and Shinano-Kenshi staff, inspect the players before preparing them for distribution. NLS has sent two staff members from its Quality Assurance Section to Allentown on a weekly basis to oversee this process. Shipment was initiated on August 14.

Shinano-Kenshi air shipped the initial batch of 14,400 players from Japan to ensure the rollout of the digital talking-book system is kept on schedule. Remaining players will be sent by ship from Japan through the Panama Canal to the United States.

Audiobook cartridges

The Dongguan, China, manufacturing plant of California-based Northstar Systems Inc. will have, as of August 26, 2009, manufactured and shipped 730,000 flash-memory cartridges to NLS audio producers and 45,900 cartridges to NLS network libraries that will use them to record audiobooks.

Mailing containers

LC Industries, based in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, is the contractor for the blue plastic containers that are used to mail digital talking books to patrons. The nonprofit organization, affiliated with the National Industries for the Blind, has been shipping 30,000 containers a week to NLS producers since mid-July.

Digital talking-book titles

Digital talking books are also being shipped across the country. NLS selected 650 new titles for distribution on cartridges in digital format in 2008. The projected number of new “born digital” titles for 2009 through 2013 is 2,000 per year, with the number of copies per titles increasing each year until 2012, at which time it will level off to 925 copies per title, or 1.8 million digital talking books per year.

In addition to the new titles produced, since 2004 approximately 10,000 titles from the analog collection were selected for conversion to digital format. In total, roughly 13,000 retrospective titles are projected to be available in digital format for 2009 and 15,000 will be by 2010. Retrospective titles are listed on the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). Reissues of selected retrospective titles will continue to be offered on cartridges (on a limited basis), along with all of the new titles.

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Books for Adults

Nonfiction

The Flying Circus of Physics       RC 64310
35 hours 31 minutes
by Jearl Walker
read by Ted Stoddard
A compilation of questions and answers that explores the curious physics of the everyday world. Explains whether a human voice can shatter a wineglass, why popcorn pops, why plastic food wrap stays in place, why ducks stay dry when swimming, and other phenomena. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald       RC 64708
24 hours 42 minutes
by Matthew J. Bruccoli
read by Peter Berkrot
Biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), the author of Jazz Age novels The Great Gatsby (RC 55714) and Tender Is the Night (RC 18133). Separates the facts from the myths surrounding Fitzgerald’s professional career as a writer, his marriage to Zelda Sayre, and their self-destructive behavior. 2002.

Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices about Sex       RC 64734
4 hours 0 minutes
by Bronwen Pardes
read by Peter Berkrot
The author, a sex education teacher, explains puberty and reproductive anatomy and provides information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), birth control, sexual abuse, and gender identity issues. Includes resources, definitions, and a question-and-answer section. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . : Understanding Philosophy through Jokes       RC 64932
5 hours 23 minutes
by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
read by Ray Childs
Authors present dialogs, one-liners, and limericks to illuminate key concepts of Western philosophy. Cathcart and Klein show how humor often contains philosophy and exposes hidden truths about life. Topics include ethics, epistemology, existentialism, logic, metaphilosophy, metaphysics, and relativity, as well as theories of language, politics, society, and religion. Bestseller. 2007.

Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral       RC 65127
5 hours 8 minutes
by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays
read by Faith Potts
Hostesses’ suggestions for arranging an authentic Southern funeral that both respects the dead and flatters the survivors. Answers such questions as “Can you be properly buried without tomato aspic?” Includes dozens of recipes as well as tips on music and flower selection. 2005.

Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt       RC 65237
9 hours 27 minutes
by Nina Burleigh
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Chronicles Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt and the scientific research conducted there from 1798 to 1800 on his behalf. Discusses experts’ investigations of ancient pyramids, plants, minerals, wildlife, medicine, and the Rosetta Stone. Highlights one of the earliest large-scale interactions between Western civilians and Islam in the modern era. 2007.

E.E. Cummings       RC 65804
4 hours 15 minutes
by Catherine Reef
read by Jill Fox
Portrait of the experimental American poet e.e. cummings (1894–1962). Discusses his life chronologically, emphasizing his feelings about war and fatherhood. Examines verse excerpts that demonstrate his inventive use of written language. Places his work in the cultural context of his times. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness: The Process of Responding to Life’s Demands     DB/ RC 66055
13 hours 35 minutes
by Dean W. Tuttle and Naomi R. Tuttle
read by Lou Harpenau
Third edition of a manual written for professionals who work with blind and low-vision individuals. Topics include an overview of blindness and its meaning for the individual. Describes the adjustment to the condition, psychological implications, and issues of self-esteem. Includes case studies. 2004.

The Art of Power     DB/ RC 66111
6 hours 23 minutes
by Thích Nhát Hanh
read by Ted Stoddard
Zen Buddhist monk, born in 1926 in Vietnam and exiled because of his wartime activism for peace, explains his belief that power comes from within. Posits that the daily struggle for control prevents people from achieving true happiness. Uses anecdotes to illustrate ways to obtain freedom and happiness. Bestseller. 2007.

Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science       RC 66137
6 hours 38 minutes
by David Lindley
read by Steven Carpenter
Astrophysicist chronicles the evolution of the uncertainty principle, a quantum-mechanics theory announced by physicist Werner Heisenberg in 1927 that stated that it is impossible to know both a particle’s position and its momentum. Relates that the theory undermined the very foundations of science and pitted Heisenberg against Albert Einstein. 2007.

The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951–1993       RC 66380
17 hours 4 minutes
by Charles Bukowski
read by Christopher Hurt
Poems by Los Angeles counterculture icon Charles Bukowski (1920–1994), edited by his friend and publisher John Martin. Includes Bukowski’s previously uncollected works. “Girl on the Escalator” reflects both the poet’s dyspeptic viewpoint and his lifelong interest in young women. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

Children of Jihad: A Young American’s Travels among the Youth of the Middle East       RC 66405
12 hours 4 minutes
by Jared Cohen
read by Peter Ganim
Account of Jewish American Rhodes scholar’s 2004–2005 travels throughout the Middle East. Details author’s attempts to befriend members of Hezbollah in Lebanon, college students in Iran, Palestinian refugees, and Kurds to ascertain their political attitudes and identify technology’s role in shaping their worldviews. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Hurricane Katrina       RC 66413
3 hours 12 minutes
edited by William Dudley
read by John Haag
Collection of articles by journalists, professors, politicians, and others. Presents contrasting views on the 2005 hurricane that devastated the Gulf Coast. Covers FEMA’s response, racism, global warming, and tidal wetlands. Discusses whether New Orleans should be rebuilt and if so, who is responsible. For senior high and older readers. 2006.

When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided by Race       RC 66420
14 hours 10 minutes
by Judith Stone
read by Lisette Lecat
Documents the life of South African Sandra Laing who in 1966 at age ten was expelled from a white school after being reclassified as “colored” due to her appearance. Recounts how, at fourteen, Sandra ran away with an African boyfriend and endured a lifetime of poverty. Some strong language. 2007.

Lives of the Planets: A Natural History of the Solar System       RC 66469
10 hours 7 minutes
by Richard Corfield
read by Jake Williams
A survey of the solar system from the Sun to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Chronicles the technological developments, space missions, and discoveries—particularly in the last half of the twentieth century—that deepened human understanding of each planet’s unique surface chemistry, atmospheric conditions, and 4.5-billion-year natural history. 2007.

The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History through DNA       RC 66508
7 hours 53 minutes
by Edward Ball
read by Gregory Gorton
National Book Award winner for Slaves in the Family (RC 46018) uses forensic science to analyze the hair of nine of his nineteenth-century relatives. Includes his reaction upon receiving reports of African and Native American ancestry from one DNA lab, results later challenged by other labs. 2007.

China Ghosts: My Daughter’s Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood       RC 66515
8 hours 16 minutes
by Jeff Gammage
read by Robert Sams
Reporter recalls the emotional experience he and his wife shared when they adopted two girls from China. Describes meeting their first daughter, Jin Yu, in Changsha and their initial anxiety over her health. Examines his mixed emotions toward the parents who abandoned Jin Yu and the orphanage that housed her. 2007.

Seven Fires: The Urban Infernos That Reshaped America       RC 66521
15 hours 20 minutes
by Peter Charles Hoffer
read by Bob Moore
Chronicles city fires that changed American social, economic, and political structure from the colonial 1760 Boston blaze to the September 11, 2001, conflagration in Manhattan. Reconstructs tragedies in 1845 Pittsburgh, 1871 Chicago, 1904 Baltimore, 1967 Detroit, and 1991 Oakland Hills, California. Includes a primer on fire and urban renewal. 2006.

Selected Poems       RC 66526
8 hours 51 minutes
by Derek Walcott
read by Joe Peck
Poems that span fifty years of the Nobel laureate’s works, from his first published book In a Green Night: Poems 1948–1960 to his most recent The Prodigal (2004). Many reflect on Walcott’s Caribbean heritage and grapple with his conflicted love of home. Introduction by Edward Baugh. 2007.

Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford       RC 66566
15 hours 23 minutes
by Julia Fox
read by Suzanne Toren
Recounts the life of Jane Parker, the sister-in-law of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. Describes Jane’s marriage to Anne’s brother George and her loyalty to the Boleyn clan. Discusses her life in the royal court after George and Anne were executed—and Jane’s own beheading years later. 2007.

Folktales of Ireland       RC 66584
14 hours 46 minutes
edited by Sean O’Sullivan
read by Terry Donnelly
An English-language compilation of Gaelic lore featuring animals, kings and warriors, saints and sinners, fairies, magicians, and historical characters. In “The Fairy Frog” a girl’s idle wish leads to a strange visit to a fairy palace, with unforeseen consequences. 1966.

Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws That Changed America       RC 66592
23 hours 11 minutes
by Nick Kotz
read by Peter Johnson
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist details the partnership between Johnson and King that enabled the passing of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, 1965, and 1968. Stresses that the men’s common values, love of the South, and belief in American democracy fostered their success despite their disagreements over the Vietnam War. 2005.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting       RC 66600
35 hours 25 minutes
by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
read by Kerry Dukin
Fourth edition of the classic month-by-month childbirth primer. Details the physical and emotional symptoms, medical tests, and procedures women are likely to experience before, during, and after pregnancy. Includes updated information on postpartum depression, breastfeeding, alternative birthing methods, diet, and chronic health conditions. Offers advice for expectant fathers. Bestseller. 2008.

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation     DB/ RC 66603
17 hours 43 minutes
by Cokie Roberts
read by Kerry Dukin
News analyst Roberts portrays influential American women who lived between the 1797 inauguration of  John Adams and that of his son John Quincy in 1825. Highlights accomplishments of first ladies, reformers, educators, writers, and explorers, including Abigail Adams and Sacagawea. Companion to Founding Mothers (RC 58361). Bestseller. 2008.

Popular Mechanics When Duct Tape Just Isn’t Enough: Quick Fixes for Everyday Disasters     DB/ RC 66635
3 hours 45 minutes
by C.J. Petersen
read by Lou Harpenau
Tips for dealing with home plumbing, electrical, gardening, cleaning, and structural problems, as well as issues with tools, furniture, and appliances. Topics include handling noisy sinks and radiators, freeing jammed garbage disposal blades, deodorizing microwaves, watering plants while you are on vacation, and collecting a basic set of tools. 2007.

The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills     DB/ RC 66636
10 hours 2 minutes
by Alan E. Kazdin
read by Jack Fox
Director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic details his method of identifying a child’s defiant behavior, determining a positive opposite, and using a temporary reward system to mark a child’s progress toward that goal. Discusses touch and tone of voice and provides instructions for various ages. 2008.

The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be       RC 66639
11 hours 8 minutes
by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash
read by Butch Hoover
Month-by-month guide to emotional, financial, and physical changes men may experience during the course of their partner’s pregnancy. Offers advice on understanding prenatal testing, strengthening one’s relationship with the mother-to-be, providing support during labor and delivery, preparing for life with a new baby, and even starting a college fund. 2001.

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink     DB/ RC 66647
26 hours 18 minutes
edited by David Remnick
read by Roy Avers
Essays, poems, short stories, and memoirs about regional and ethnic cooking gathered from the New Yorker. Includes commentary from gastronomes such as Calvin Trillin, Adam Gopnik, and Jane Kramer. Features M.F.K. Fisher’s homage to “cookery witches” and Roald Dahl’s tale “Taste” about a wine snob’s comeuppance. 2007.

Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace     DB/ RC 66657
5 hours 23 minutes
by Kurt Vonnegut
read by Gregory Gorton
Twelve nonfiction and fiction pieces representing Vonnegut’s views on violence and war and his desire for world peace. Contains both a 1945 letter to his family summarizing his prisoner-of-war experience in Germany and his last speech, written in 2007. Introduction by his son Mark Vonnegut. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization     DB/ RC 66663
14 hours 39 minutes
by Nicholson Baker
read by Robert Sams
Bestselling author selected political and social commentary from newspaper articles, diaries, memos, memoirs, and public proclamations, most from 1938 through 1941, to reconsider whether World War II was a “good” war and whether waging it helped those who needed rescue. Bestseller. 2008.

Girls like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation     DB/ RC 66664
23 hours 49 minutes
by Sheila Weller
read by Mary Kane
Intertwined biographies of singer-songwriters of the sixties and seventies. Discusses King’s 1971 Grammy sweep for Tapestry, Simon’s number-one hit “You’re So Vain,” and Mitchell’s self-proclaimed pure opera of the soul in Blue. James Taylor figures as Mitchell’s lover, Simon’s husband, and collaborator for all three. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father       RC 66665
6 hours 30 minutes
by Augusten Burroughs
read by Michael Scherer
Author of Running with Scissors (RC 54817) and Magical Thinking (RC 59479) reexamines his relationship with his father John, an emotionally distant, alcoholic professor. Recalls early childhood attempts to win John’s affections and lifelong fear of becoming like him. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Stori Telling       RC 66666
7 hours 45 minutes
by Tori Spelling
read by Victoria Gordon
Daughter of producer Aaron Spelling describes her affluent upbringing, acting in Beverly Hills, 90210, leaving her brand-new husband for a married costar, and poking fun at her tabloid image in reality television shows. She discusses her father’s death, her estrangement from her mother, and living a simpler life. Bestseller. 2008.

The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War       RC 66705
17 hours 58 minutes
by Graham Robb
read by David Cutler
The author traveled fourteen thousand miles by bicycle throughout France to study the isolated villages that coalesced into one European entity. Discusses mapmakers, who often risked death at the hands of superstitious provincials during their cartographic expeditions. Traces the roles of traders, migratory animals, and tourists in forming the nation. 2007.

Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Creature       RC 66755
8 hours 48 minutes
by Tim Flannery
read by Bill Wallace
Author of The Weather Makers (RC 63586) blends memoir, travelog, and natural history to portray the evolutionary origins of Australia’s distinctive marsupial. Traces the development of modern-day kangaroos from ancestors including tiny, possum-like creatures and now-extinct ice age species. Discusses fossil discoveries, Australia’s unique environment, and other facts. Strong language. 2004.

Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss       RC 66823
5 hours 27 minutes
by Peggy R. Wolfe
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Author offers ideas and strategies for living with declining vision and provides examples from her own experience. Suggests ways to organize one’s home and deal with financial and legal affairs. Encourages others to embrace technology to enjoy reading, writing, and using computers. Lists useful organizations and companies. 2008.

Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944–1945       RC 66833
28 hours 23 minutes
by Max Hastings
read by Lou Harpenau
In this companion to Armageddon: The Battle for Germany (RC 59750), the author documents the last year of World War II in Asia that ended with Japan’s devastation. Follows key figures on both sides in the struggle for control of the continent using archival material and interviews with veterans. Violence. 2007.

It’s a Boy: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age Eighteen     DB/ RC 66844
20 hours 41 minutes
by Michael Thompson and Teresa H. Barker
read by Gary Tipton
A clinical psychologist and a journalist, who collaborated on Raising Cain (RC 50309), address concerns of boys—and their parents—during each stage of childhood and the teen years. The authors discuss physical, social, academic, moral, and cognitive development. They also cover parental attachment, emotional self-regulation, and identity issues. 2008.

Sink Reflections       RC 66849
6 hours 47 minutes
by Marla Cilley
read by Carol Dines
Web-based housecleaning authority Cilley, www.FlyLady.net, offers suggestions for making housework fun and organized. Begins with “shiny sink 101” and provides steps for a “five-minute room rescue” and a “before bed routine.” Mandates family cooperation and a touch of spirituality. Includes testimonials from online readers. 2002.

Who’s Your City? How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life       RC 66854
13 hours 53 minutes
by Richard Florida
read by Butch Hoover
Author posits that where you live affects every aspect of your life. Focuses on various types of communities—gay, straight, affluent, low-income, and others—and on the different life stages, such as single, married with children, and empty nester, of community residents. Discusses the “geography of happiness.” 2008.

Feeding the Healthy Vegetarian Family       RC 66856
13 hours 5 minutes
by Ken Haedrich
read by Gary Tipton
Food writer and father of four offers recipes and advice for vegetarian families. Offers a wide variety of dishes that are quick to prepare and contain easy-to-find ingredients. The selections allow families to explore different styles of vegetarianism—including vegan and lacto-ovo diets. 1998.

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts     DB/ RC 66868
10 hours 41 minutes
by Tom Farley
read by Alec Volz
Biography coauthored by the brother of the comic actor Chris Farley, who died in 1997 at the age of thirty-three. Family members, friends, and colleagues discuss Farley’s personal life, which was marked by substance abuse, and his career, including various roles in the television series Saturday Night Live. Strong language. 2008.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens: The Ultimate Teenage Success Guide     DB/ RC 66870
8 hours 35 minutes
by Sean Covey
read by Jack Fox
The author of The Six Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens (RC 65095) analyzes behavior that leads to happiness. Claims good habits lead to improved self-image, friendships, control over life, goal achievement, and peace with parents. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1998.

President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman       RC 66880
21 hours 34 minutes
by William Lee Miller
read by Butch Hoover
The author of Lincoln’s Virtues (RC 57259) continues his examination of the sixteenth president’s moral and intellectual life—this time covering Lincoln’s time in the White House. Discusses his determination to preserve the Union and to avoid armed conflict. Describes the ethical challenge of slavery. 2008.

Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World     DB/ RC 66888
15 hours 58 minutes
by Patrick J. Buchanan
read by Ted Stoddard
Political analyst asserts that World War I and World War II were avoidable conflicts caused by the failures of British statesmen. Highlights the blunders of twentieth-century diplomacy that he believes led to armed conflicts, the Holocaust, communist regimes, and the decline of Western civilization. Some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend, and Improve Your Life     DB/ RC 66890
8 hours 19 minutes
by Nancy Snyderman
read by Mary Kane
Physician and NBC News chief medical editor dispels seven common myths regarding health, medical care, and longevity. Covers the three leading causes of death—cancer, heart disease, stroke—and the importance of adult vaccinations and annual checkups. Includes medical truths and tips, such as laughing is good for your heart. 2008.

Too Close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton       RC 66911
12 hours 49 minutes
by Sara Wheeler
read by Corrie James
Biography of the English big-game hunter and bush pilot who, after his accidental death in 1931, was immortalized by his lover Karen Blixen (a.k.a. Isak Dinesen) in her book Out of Africa (RC 23011) and also by Beryl Markham in her memoir West with the Night (RC 23744). 2006.

The Growth of Southern Civilization, 1790–1860       RC 66926
14 hours 56 minutes
by Clement Eaton
read by Robert Sams
Antebellum history of the American South uses original sources to portray its broad variety of geographic, ethnic, and economic cultures, consisting of rice planters, tobacco farmers, poor whites, Creoles, slaves, a middle class, and city folk. Editors’ introduction by Henry Steele Commager and Richard Brandon Morris. 1961.

Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City       RC 66934
13 hours 58 minutes
by Craig Havighurst
read by Robert Sams
Chronicles the rise of Nashville radio station WSM, established in 1925, which popularized country music including the Grand Ole Opry performances. Discusses the station’s importance to the city. Profiles the businessmen and entertainers who influenced the station’s popularity and protested the 2002 proposed format change. 2007.

Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life       RC 66938
17 hours 24 minutes
by Joseph E. Persico
read by Ted Stoddard
Examines the relationships between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the important women in his life: his mother Sara, his wife Eleanor, Mrs. Winthrop Rutherfurd (née Lucy Mercer), his secretary Missy LeHand, and his distant cousin Daisy Suckley. 2008.

Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History       RC 67000
22 hours 21 minutes
by Ted Sorensen
read by Bill Wallace
Nebraska-born Sorensen, advisor and speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy from 1953 to 1963, highlights his role in writing Profiles in Courage (RC 58855) and in the events that engulfed the nation during Kennedy’s term, including the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Sorensen also discusses his later political and legal career. Bestseller. 2008.

Lincoln and the Court       RC 67025
15 hours 21 minutes
by Brian McGinty
read by Jake Williams
Attorney reviews President Lincoln’s relationship with the Supreme Court and the role it played in resolving legal issues of the Civil War, including slavery and secession. Examines the major debates over suspension of habeas corpus and the blocking of Confederate ports. Profiles the Court justices. 2008.

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World     DB/ RC 67047
16 hours 53 minutes
by Tony Horwitz
read by Gordon Gould
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Blue Latitudes (RC 55707) examines European explorations of America that occurred before the Pilgrims’ landing in 1620. Recounts the journeys of Leif Eiriksson and the Vikings, Coronado and the Spanish conquistadors, and Ribault and the French Huguenots—and his own adventures tracing their footsteps. 2008.

Life Laid Bare: The Survivors in Rwanda Speak       RC 67066
7 hours 51 minutes
by Jean Hatzfeld
read by Lisette Lecat
The author of Machete Season (RC 61987) presents fourteen Tutsi survivors’ descriptions of the devastation that took place in their villages of Nyamata and N’tarama during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. A teenager recounts watching Hutus, including a pastor’s son, cut off her mother’s limbs. Violence. 2000.

The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality     DB/ RC 67073
11 hours 43 minutes
by Jerome R. Corsi
read by Mark Ashby
Corsi, coauthor of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out against John Kerry (RC 58936), began tracing Illinois senator Barack Obama’s political and personal background in 2004. Posits that an Obama administration and far left agenda will leave the United States “militarily weakened and economically diminished.” Bestseller. 2008.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey     DB/ RC 67075
5 hours 46 minutes
by Jill Bolte Taylor
read by Erin Jones
Neuroanatomist chronicles a severe brain hemorrhage she had when she was in her mid-thirties and the following eight-year recovery period. She describes the joy of the present moment she felt when she was operating solely with her brain’s right hemisphere and explains ways the experience changed her. Bestseller. 2008.

Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness     DB/ RC 67076
8 hours 17 minutes
by Kathy Freston
read by Jill Fox
Believing wellness to involve the body, mind, and spirit, Freston teaches ways to become aware of the state of all three areas and uses a cross-training approach to address any concerns. Tools include meditation, visualization, conscious eating, exercise, self-work, spiritual practice, and service. Includes recipes. Bestseller. 2008.

Always by My Side: A Father’s Grace and a Sports Journey unlike Any Other     DB/ RC 67078
8 hours 48 minutes
by Jim Nantz
read by John Polk
CBS sportscaster Nantz recounts his career, which has included calling the play-by-plays at the Super Bowl, the Final Four, and the Masters. Offers anecdotes about the athletes and coworkers he’s befriended over the years and memories of his beloved father—his mentor until Alzheimer’s took its toll. Bestseller. 2008.

Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World     DB/ RC 67081
9 hours 43 minutes
by Lisa Lillien
read by Madelyn Buzzard
A cookbook that evolved from a daily e-mail service about guilt-free eating. The author describes her recipes as simple, fun, and easy meals made using packaged foods and shortcuts. Provides nutritional information and tips on foods to avoid. Includes guides for surviving parties, movies, restaurants, and convenience stores. Bestseller. 2008.

Living with Diabetes     DB/ RC 67083
7 hours 36 minutes
by Katrina Parker
read by Carol Dines
Explains diabetes types 1 and 2 for teens. Emphasizes the role of diet, exercise, and medication—including insulin pumps. Highlights the effects of drugs, alcohol, and eating disorders on the condition and discusses students’ rights; insurance issues; and driving, travel, and participation in sports. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism       RC 67094
19 hours 47 minutes
read by John Polk
Fourth edition of the basic 1939 text of Alcoholics Anonymous, the “big book.” Describes the recovery program and includes personal histories of recovering members. Highlights founder Bill’s story, the self-help group’s twelve traditions, plus medical and religious views of the organization. 2001.

Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most       RC 67113
10 hours 58 minutes
by Ciji Ware
read by Carol Dines
Aiming her advice primarily at mid-lifers who are relocating, Ware describes ways to deal with the practical and emotional aspects of winnowing possessions to fit a new lifestyle and a smaller living space. Includes seven steps to accomplish rightsizing, tips on maintaining the changes, and a resource directory. 2007.

The Bride Who Argued with God: Tales from the Treasury of Jewish Folklore       RC 67116
9 hours 52 minutes
retold by Hava Ben-Zvi
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Anthology of Jewish tales from immigrants in Israel, focusing on women and their relationships with men in courtship, marriage, business, and family. In the title story a bride successfully argues with the angel of death, who comes to claim her groom at their wedding feast. 2006.

Isn’t It Their Turn to Pick Up the Check? Dealing with All of the Trickiest Money Problems between Family and Friends—from Serial Borrowers to Serious Cheapskates       RC 67124
6 hours 12 minutes
by Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz
read by Carol Dines
Money magazine contributors explain etiquette and ethics for everyday financial situations. They provide advice on interactions that involve loaning, borrowing, and inheriting money. Authors also describe fiscal problems that arise over moral flaws, irresponsibility, and obligations and suggest ways to resolve such difficulties. 2008.

The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL       RC 67157
7 hours 42 minutes
by Mark Bowden
read by Joe Wilson
A play-by-play account of the December 28, 1958, NFL championship game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts, the first-ever overtime game to be broadcast on national television. Highlights players such as Frank Gifford and Johnny Unitas and describes the game’s effect on football’s popularity. Some strong language. 2008.

A Leader Born: The Life of Admiral John Sidney McCain, Pacific Carrier Commander       RC 67168
10 hours 14 minutes
by Alton Keith Gilbert
read by Jake Williams
Biography of career sailor John “Slew” McCain, who graduated from Annapolis in 1906. Describes his World War I service on an armored cruiser and aviation expertise that led him to command aircraft in World War II under William “Bull” Halsey. Introduction by his grandson, Arizona senator John McCain III. 2006.

Blue Skies, Black Wings: African American Pioneers of Aviation       RC 67179
10 hours 9 minutes
by Samuel L. Broadnax
read by Jake Williams
Black journalist relates his flying experiences after enlisting in the Army Air Corps at age seventeen and graduating as a fighter pilot from the Tuskegee Institute in 1945. Recounts his and other African American pilots’ military careers and their struggles with racism and segregation. Also discusses historical black aviators. 2007.

One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life       RC 67182
8 hours 30 minutes
by Kerry Shook and Chris Shook
read by Bill Wallace
Pastor and life coach Kerry Shook and his wife Chris, founders of Fellowship of the Woodlands church in Texas, offer advice on living a full life. They advocate asking and granting forgiveness, arranging priorities, and leaving a lasting legacy for one’s family. Foreword by Rick Warren. 2008.

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything     DB/RC 67190
12 hours 50 minutes
by Stephen M.R. Covey
read by Bob Moore
Defining trust as confidence, the author explores the concept as it contributes to personal and professional success. Examines the ways trust improves the effectiveness of interactions. Uses anecdotes to illustrate the effect of integrity and competence on credibility and provides tips for inspiring confidence and increasing trust. Bestseller. 2006.

Fleeced: How Barack Obama, Media Mockery of Terrorist Threats, Liberals Who Want to Kill Talk Radio, the Do-Nothing Congress, Companies That Help Iran, and Washington Lobbyists for Foreign Governments Are Scamming Us—and What to Do about It     DB/ RC 67191
11 hours 43 minutes
by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
read by Bob Moore
Political analysts allege that the actions of lobbyists, credit-card companies, subprime real-estate loan providers, Chinese toy manufacturers, and others waste taxpayers’ money. Bestseller. 2008.

Once upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA       RC 67199
9 hours 17 minutes
by Julia Alvarez
read by Annie Wauters
The author of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent (RC 34544) researches the “sweet fifteen” birthday celebration that heralds a Latin girl’s entrance into womanhood. Reminisces about her own coming of age and discusses the trends she observes in American quinceañeras. Also advocates for a support system for Hispanic teens. 2007.

The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom, and Wanderings       RC 67205
4 hours 40 minutes
edited by Jim Joyce
read by Steven Carpenter
A collection of articles, essays, and poetry that Joyce deems “a celebration of the bicycle by people who ride.” Includes Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Hylton’s editorial about cycling-friendly communities, an interview with Lance Armstrong’s coach Chris Carmichael, joyful accounts of cycling adventures, and travel and mechanical advice. 2007.

Can’t Remember What I Forgot: The Good News from the Front Lines of Memory Research       RC 67214
8 hours 58 minutes
by Sue Halpern
read by Faith Potts
Science writer Halpern recounts her three-year investigation into medical research on Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Describes studies involving food, herbal supplements, and game playing. Reports her findings that age-related memory loss is normal and that regular physical exercise boosts memory recall. 2008.

Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe       RC 67218
3 hours 54 minutes
by James R. Arnold and Roberta Wiener
read by Bob Moore
Discusses the South African country formerly known as Rhodesia. Describes the 1980 overthrow of colonial powers through nationalist Robert Mugabe’s use of guerrilla warfare. Details Mugabe’s establishment of a dictatorship that led to economic decline and poor health-care and educational systems. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East       RC 67222
11 hours 35 minutes
by Juan Cole
read by Mark Ashby
Middle East specialist uses primary sources to chronicle twenty-eight-year-old French general Napoleon Bonaparte’s 1798 invasion of Egypt. Discusses Bonaparte’s goals and the first eight months of the brutal occupation that produced an Islamic insurgency. Covers the long-term cultural and political consequences. Violence. 2007.

Forever on the Mountain: The Truth behind One of Mountaineering’s Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters       RC 67223
16 hours 28 minutes
by James M. Tabor
read by Patrick Downer
The author uses diaries, letters, personal interviews with survivors, and government documents to investigate the disappearance of seven men in July 1967 when a storm hit as they attempted to scale Alaska’s Mt. McKinley. Discusses allegations of in- competence and a cover-up. 2007.

Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas       RC 67224
10 hours 10 minutes
by Moira A. Gunn
read by Mary Kane
Science journalist and radio host explores biotechnology and its implications. Blends anecdotes from her career with reports on developments in the field. Discusses genetically modified food, tumor-killing viruses, obesity genes, and industrial enzymes. 2007.

Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class       RC 67264
13 hours 54 minutes
by Jan Whitaker
read by Kristin Allison
Social and cultural history of large, independently owned, downtown department stores from their 1870s beginnings to their post-WWII decline following the proliferation of chain and discount retailers. Examines their impact on fashion, gender roles, urban development, and consumerism. Discusses the redefinition of middle-class living standards to include material expression. 2006.

Life with My Sister Madonna       RC 67297
11 hours 14 minutes
by Christopher Ciccone
read by Alec Volz
A gay younger brother relates his view of the superstar singer. Ciccone describes growing up with Madonna and their six siblings, secretly taking ballet lessons with her, working and touring with her for twenty years, and dealing with their estrangement after her marriage to Guy Ritchie. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

America’s Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans and Families     DB/ RC 67324
18 hours 23 minutes
by Allen W. Nyhuis and Jon Wassner
read by Butch Hoover
Zoo enthusiasts profile sixty of the top U.S. zoological parks. The guide, which is organized geographically by region, describes each destination’s featured exhibits, educational programs, live shows, and special attractions for children. Provides information on admissions and fees, hours of operation, driving directions from major highways, and viewing tips. 2008.

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals     DB/ RC 67341
14 hours 57 minutes
by Jane Mayer
read by Steven Carpenter
Author of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas (RC 39587) investigates America’s use of forceful interrogation techniques to obtain information from radical Islamists after the September 11, 2001, attacks and the 2001 anthrax mailings. Details battles within the Justice Department over constraints on the treatment of detainees. Bestseller. 2008.

What the Gospels Meant       RC 67346
6 hours 4 minutes
by Garry Wills
read by Bob Moore
Pulitzer Prize winner and author of What Jesus Meant (RC 62385) and What Paul Meant (RC 63893) examines the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; explains their methods and styles; and interprets their goals. Suggests that each Gospel is a meditation on the meaning of Jesus. 2008.

Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong       RC 67360
12 hours 0 minutes
by Joseph Lanza
read by Steven Carpenter
Surveys the twentieth-century development of background music—a subdued, unobtrusive genre such as that used in elevators, hotels, and restaurants. Chronicles the history of the Muzak corporation from the 1920s and the parallel growth of easy-listening instrumentals, while discussing prominent musicians, various applications, and cultural prejudice. Includes a discography. 2004.

Books: A Memoir       RC 67371
5 hours 41 minutes
by Larry McMurtry
read by Robert Sams
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove (RC 22959) writes about his passion for books—as a reader, author, and bookstore owner. Recounts anecdotes involving amazing people he has met, makes observations about authors he has known, and comments on literary works. 2008.

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love       RC 67429
9 hours 6 minutes
by Sue Johnson
read by Sandra Burr
Clinical psychologist explains her “emotionally focused therapy,” which views a love relationship as an attachment bond. Uses case studies and exercises to teach couples ways to save and enrich a relationship. Commercial audiobook. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Ten Green Bottles: The True Story of One Family’s Journey from War-Torn Austria to the Ghettos of Shanghai       RC 67434
11 hours 56 minutes
by Vivian Jeanette Kaplan
read by Suzanne Toren
Memoir of a family’s 1939 escape from the Nazis and ten-year struggle to survive in China. Daughter Nini describes marrying her Polish friend Poldi, enduring the Japanese occupation and communist takeover, and emigrating to Canada with her own daughter, the author. Compares life to fragile green bottles. Some violence. 2002.

The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World’s Most Dangerous Secrets . . . and How We Could Have Stopped Him       RC 67441
17 hours 4 minutes
by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins
read by Bob Craig
Married journalist couple investigates the sale of European nuclear secrets through a global black market to Iran, North Korea, and Libya by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the Pakistani “father of the Islamic bomb.” They posit that the information was known to U.S. intelligence since 1975. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography       RC 67443
28 hours 2 minutes
by David Michaelis
read by John Polk
Biography of Charles Schulz, the creator of the comic strip Peanuts, which he drew from 1950 until his death in 2000. Describes his childhood, the realization of his long-held desire to be a cartoonist, his family life, his two marriages, and the autobiographical aspects of his characters. 2007.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It     DB/ RC 67444
5 hours 18 minutes
by Al Gore
read by Jack Fox
Companion volume to the Academy Award-winning documentary feature film presents the former U.S. vice president’s personal assessment of the dangers facing our physical world due to the climate crisis. Gore discusses symptoms of change—greenhouse gases, glacier and polar melt, bleaching of coral—and profiles scientists investigating these issues. 2006.

The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild       RC 67492
12 hours 27 minutes
by Craig Childs
read by Guy Williams
Childs, a naturalist and NPR contributor, recounts his personal experiences with wild animals, birds, and sea creatures. Describes swimming with sharks, rescuing a trapped raccoon, and observing an errant praying mantis, among other adventures. Reflects on his encounters and provides facts about each species. 2007.

Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs       RC 67498
8 hours 40 minutes
by Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre
read by Kristin Allison
Benford, a physicist and Nebula Award-winning novelist, and Malartre, a noted biologist and environmentalist, examine technological developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and human modification. They speculate on future roles of robots at home, in the workplace, and in battle and discuss social and cultural implications of bionics. 2007.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism     DB/ RC 67530
7 hours 4 minutes
by Andrew J. Bacevich
read by Joe Peck
Professor and retired army colonel alleges that American citizens are complicit in the twenty-first-century economic, political, and military crises facing the country. Decries the United States as a nation of debtors led by an incompetent Congress, engaged in multiple wars, and dependent on foreign oil. Bestseller. 2008.

The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life     DB/ RC 67531
9 hours 29 minutes
by Jim Tressel
read by Patrick Downer
The head coach of the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team presents a revised version of the manual he gives his players. Wanting to encourage and motivate people, Tressel discusses planning, dreams, goals, attitude, discipline, excellence, faith, work, love, responsibility, teamwork, hope, and handling adversity and success. Bestseller. 2008.

Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen: Recipes from My Family to Yours     DB/ RC 67657
5 hours 45 minutes
by Trisha Yearwood
read by Kerry Dukin
Grammy Award-winning country and western singer Trisha Yearwood with her mother and sister compiles her family’s Georgia recipes. Trisha, who is married to fellow entertainer Garth Brooks and lives in Oklahoma, shares personal anecdotes along with ideas for the beginning cook. Includes simple steps and supermarket shortcuts. Bestseller. 2008.

Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency     DB/ RC 67659
16 hours 4 minutes
by Barton Gellman
read by Butch Hoover
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman details the inner workings of Vice President Dick Cheney’s office through interviews with Cheney’s colleagues and critics. Discusses the war in Iraq, the interrogation of prisoners, domestic espionage, and Cheney’s beliefs supporting a strong commander in chief. Bestseller. 2008.

Real Life: Preparing for the Seven Most Challenging Days of Your Life     DB/ RC 67660
12 hours 9 minutes
by Phil McGraw
read by John Polk
Dr. Phil discusses ways to cope when facing—or helping someone face—seven types of devastating events. They include losing someone, becoming physically or mentally ill, falling prey to addiction, having an existential crisis, becoming overwhelmed by demands and responsibilities, and realizing you’ve lost your purpose in life. Bestseller. 2008.

Letter to My Daughter       RC 67662
2 hours 27 minutes
by Maya Angelou
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (RC 57200) shares life lessons in the form of reminiscences, poems, and short essays with her thousands of young daughters all over the world. In “Senegal” Angelou commits a social faux pas that her hostess graciously ignores. Bestseller. 2008.

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating     DB/ RC 67688
18 hours 2 minutes
by Walter C. Willett
read by Gary Tipton
Harvard Medical School professor challenges the USDA food pyramid while explaining his and other scientists’ research on the long-term effects of diet on health. Whole grains, healthy oils, fruits, vegetables, good sources of protein, and a multivitamin are among his recommendations. Stresses weight control and exercise. Includes recipes. 2001.

Label It! Braille and Audio Strategies for Identifying Items at Home and Work     DB/ RC 67704
2 hours 30 minutes
by Judith M. Dixon
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Advocates investing time and energy to label items to organize one’s environment and make daily life more manageable. Offers tips on methods, tools, and materials for creating labels for apparel, medications, food containers, appliances, and miscellaneous items. 2008.

The Foreclosure Survival Guide: Keep Your House or Walk Away with Money in Your Pocket     DB/ RC 67751
7 hours 57 minutes
by Stephen Elias
read by Lou Harpenau
Bankruptcy attorney discusses legal options available to homeowners facing foreclosure, including negotiating with the lender to keep the house, filing for bankruptcy, obtaining a reverse mortgage, or fighting a foreclosure in court. Explains the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and provides a summary of each state’s laws. 2008.

Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan     DB/ RC 67859
7 hours 51 minutes
by Suze Orman
read by Mary Kane
Financial advisor offers practical steps for dealing with difficult economic times. Gives a breakdown of the conditions that led to the 2008 global credit crisis and posits that consumers must take action to avoid further financial problems. Covers savings, retirement investing, homeownership, college funds, credit, and unemployment. Bestseller. 2008.

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief     DB/ RC 67863
10 hours 2 minutes
by James M. McPherson
read by Butch Hoover
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian highlights the role President Abraham Lincoln played as the head of the U.S. military during the Civil War. Stresses Lincoln’s study and application of war strategies and his development of a political and national policy that focused on preserving the Union. Bestseller. 2008.

The Wounded Warrior Handbook: A Resource Guide for Returning Veterans     DB/ RC 68275
20 hours 2 minutes
by Don Philpott and Janelle Hill
read by Kerry Dukin
Guide for injured U.S. military veterans and their families provides information on medical treatment, rehabilitation, mental-health counseling, family support, and transitioning to civilian life. Details benefits, taxes, and legal issues and discusses bereavement. Includes resources and success stories. 2009.

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Restitution     RC 64541
11 hours 14 minutes
by Lee Vance
read by Jim Zeiger
Wall Street businessman Peter Tyler becomes the main suspect after his wife is murdered during a home robbery. Tyler flees and searches for his friend, Russian business tycoon Andrei Zhilina, who might help Tyler clear his name. Strong language. 2007.

Wolf River     RC 64707
9 hours 2 minutes
by Jill Gregory
read by Kristin Allison
Author Erinn Winters’s search for her estranged sister Devon leads to Wolf River, Montana. Erinn rents a cabin from Jase Fortune, a cowboy trying to discover who is killing his cattle. Erinn works to restore her relationship with Devon while building one with Jase. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Sleeping Doll     RC 64945
19 hours 20 minutes
by Jeffery Deaver
read by Ray Childs
California cop and kinesics expert Kathryn Dance, from The Cold Moon (RC 62636), hunts for Daniel Pell, the escaped serial killer and cult leader who massacred the Croyton family. Dance enlists the help of three of Pell’s former female followers to track Pell’s movements. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Seventeen and In-Between     RC 64949
3 hours 19 minutes
by Barthe DeClements
read by Kristin Allison
Washington state. While seventeen-year-old Elsie contends with her divorced parents, younger sister, and long-distance boyfriend Craddoc, she corresponds with her friend Jack. Although Jack is logging trees after having dropped out of school, he is psychologically more comforting to Elsie than Craddoc and his demands. For senior high readers. 1984.

Dreamsongs: Short Works, Book 1     RC 65230
32 hours 32 minutes
by George R.R. Martin
read by Erik Sandvold
This selection of short fantasy tales from Martin’s early career includes Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Award winners and the original novella The Ice Dragon. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

John’s Story: The Last Eyewitness; the Jesus Chronicles, Book 1     RC 65464
12 hours 45 minutes
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
read by Gregory Gorton
Elderly and ailing, John, the last surviving apostle, records his memories of Jesus Christ. As heretics attempt to mislead followers, John composes his gospel, recalling Jesus’s life and teachings as well as his own persecution, betrayal, torture, and exile. From the authors of the Left Behind series. 2006.

The Book of Air and Shadows     RC 65470
18 hours 28 minutes
by Michael Gruber
read by Gregory Gorton
A fire at an antiquarian bookstore reveals several seventeenth-century letters hinting at the existence of a previously unknown autographed Shakespearean manuscript. Lawyer Jake Mishkin and aspiring filmmaker Albert Crosetti race to find it but face competition from unknown enemies. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007.

Renegades: The Last Gunfighter, Book 12     RC 65643
10 hours 40 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
Texas-Mexico border. Gunslinger Frank Morgan is caught between rival ranchers who have one thing in common—they are both being terrorized by the outlaw called Black Scorpion. Rangers attempt to establish order, but it may take Frank’s Colt .45 to end the bloodshed. Violence and some strong language. 2005.

A Million Open Doors     RC 65694
11 hours 54 minutes
by John Barnes
read by Jeremy Gage
A new invention called the springer enables instantaneous interstellar travel between two isolated, disparate worlds—the romantic, swashbuckling Nou Occitan and the capitalistic, materialistic Caledony. Giraut, an Occitan troubadour, finds himself part of a diplomatic mission to Caledony, where he experiences a clash of cultures. Some descriptions of sex. 1992.

A Version of the Truth     DB/RC 65811
8 hours 52 minutes
by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack
read by Colleen Delaney
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.

Fell     RC 65824
14 hours 39 minutes
by David Clement-Davies
read by Anne Flosnik
Continues the legend of The Sight (RC 55656) among the wolves of Transylvania during the Middle Ages.  Fell, a lone wolf who sees into minds, learns that his destiny is linked to that of fifteen-year-old Alina, considered a changeling. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth     RC 65877
25 hours 28 minutes
by J.R.R. Tolkien
read by Erin Jones
Posthumous collection further exploring the lore of Middle-earth. Includes accounts of Túrin, Galadriel, and the Black Riders’ hunt for the Ring, as well as other events from The Silmarillion (RC 60367) and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Edited with an introduction and commentary by Christopher Tolkien. 1980.

The Far Pavilions     RC 66098
56 hours 25 minutes
by M.M. Kaye
read by Yolande Bavan
Nineteenth-century British India. Ashton Hilary Akbar Pelham-Martyn is raised as a Hindu at the foot of the Himalayas, the “Far Pavilions.” As a child, he falls in love with princess Anjuli. Years later Ash, now an English officer, unexpectedly reunites with Juli, but she is betrothed to another. 1978.

Change of Heart     DB/RC 66106
13 hours 22 minutes
by Jodi Picoult
read by Annie Wauters
Death row inmate Shay Bourne offers to donate his heart to the sister of the child he murdered. Bourne’s ability to heal his fellow inmates leads priest Father Michael and attorney Maggie Bloom to question his verdict, while the child’s mother, June Nealon, is stunned. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Lady Killer: Rosato and Associates     DB/RC 66109
11 hours 57 minutes
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Kimberly Schraf
Philadelphia attorney Mary DiNunzio receives a visit from former high school bully Trish Gambone. Trish wants help escaping her abusive, mob-connected boyfriend Bobby Mancuso—not knowing Mary used to date him. After refusing Mary’s suggestions, Trish disappears, and Mary fears she’s dead. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Tom Clancy’s Endwar     DB/RC 66115
9 hours 2 minutes
by David Michaels
read by Gregory Gorton
Russia plots to take control of the world’s largest oil reserves, located in northern Canada. Despite mutual mistrust, Europe and America race to stop them. U.S. special forces capture Russian colonel Pavel Doletskaya, who may hold the key to uncovering Russia’s plans. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

L.A. Outlaws     DB/RC 66125
11 hours 5 minutes
by T. Jefferson Parker
read by Colleen Delany
Schoolteacher and mother Suzanne Jones is also the infamous thief Allison Murietta—stealing cars, holding up fast-food joints, yet donating to charity. After she snatches diamonds in the wake of a gang fight, Suzanne needs the help of an infatuated cop. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery     RC 66295
9 hours 41 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Mark Delgado
Sweden, 1991. Provincial inspector Kurt Wallander, despondent over his divorce, investigates the deaths of two men whose bodies washed up on the Swedish coastline in a Yugoslavian dinghy. Wallander’s search leads him to Riga, Latvia, where corrupt government officials impede his inquiry. Originally written in Swedish in 1992. Violence. 2001.

Back to Bologna: An Aurelio Zen Mystery     RC 66320
6 hours 43 minutes
by Michael Dibdin
read by Ted Stoddard
Italian police inspector Aurelio Zen, anxious to take a break from his girlfriend, heads to Bologna to investigate the murder of Lorenzo Curti, shady businessman and owner of the local soccer team. The case soon encompasses a bizarre rivalry between a celebrity chef and an egomaniacal professor. Strong language. 2005.

Revealed: Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 2     RC 66384
13 hours 1 minute
by Tamera Alexander
read by Catherine Byers
Willow Springs, Colorado Territory; 1870. Former prostitute Annabelle Grayson’s husband Jonathan dies on their way to his Idaho land, leaving her alone and pregnant. Jonathan’s half-brother Matthew Taylor, who despises Annabelle, reluctantly agrees to escort her to the homestead. Unexpectedly, the two fall in love. Rita Award. 2006.

Dragonhaven     RC 66391
14 hours 37 minutes
by Robin McKinley
read by J.P. Linton
On Jake’s first solo overnight in Smokehill National Park, he finds a dying dragon, a dead poacher, and a living newborn dragonlet. He hasn’t a clue how to save it, but even though it’s illegal, he’s determined to try. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

The New Centurions     RC 66399
15 hours 19 minutes
by Joseph Wambaugh
read by Richard Davidson
In the tumultuous 1960s, three Los Angeles police rookies—Chicano ex-marine Serge Duran, insecure Augustus Plebesly, and racist Roy Fehler—fight crime while coping with money and women troubles. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1970.

The Saturday Wife     RC 66408
11 hours 55 minutes
by Naomi Ragen
read by Gabra Zackman
After a scandalous affair with a Torah scholar’s son, New Yorker Delilah Goldgrab impulsively marries orthodox rabbinical student Chaim Levi. Delilah convinces Chaim to take a position at a synagogue in the wealthy Connecticut suburbs, where her foray into high society brings socially disastrous consequences. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Senator’s Wife     DB/RC 66483
11 hours 14 minutes
by Sue Miller
read by Mary Kane
Newly pregnant Meri and her professor husband move next door to Delia and her husband, a philandering retired senator. Their parallel lives eventually collide as the older couple contends with a complex relationship and Meri struggles with childhood memories of neglect. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Every Which Way but Dead: A Hollows Novel     RC 66496
20 hours 12 minutes
by Kim Harrison
read by Margaret Strom
Cincinnati. Bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan, from The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (RC 66287), agrees to share her aura with demon Algaliarept if he will testify against kingpin Piscary. Piscary’s former scion attracts Rachel amid growing threats from Algaliarept. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2005.

Marigold     RC 66517
7 hours 41 minutes
by Grace Livingston Hill
read by Annie Wauters
Schoolteacher Marigold Brooke, the daughter of a deceased minister, is tempted by the worldly goods of a wealthy boyfriend. On a trip to visit her aunt, Marigold meets Ethan Bevan, a devout Christian. As they fall in love, she realizes that she needs to return to her faith. 1938.

The Gravedigger’s Daughter     RC 66520
19 hours 46 minutes
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Annie Wauters
Rebecca Schwart’s family escaped Nazi Germany in 1936 and settled in upstate New York, where the only job available to her father was that of gravedigger. Years later, Rebecca and her son Zach, a musical prodigy, flee from her abusive husband Niles Tignor. Some strong language. 2007.

Light of the Moon     RC 66531
12 hours 33 minutes
by Luanne Rice
read by Faith Potts
Anthropologist Susannah Connolly travels to France to conduct research and fulfill a promise to her late mother to visit a statue sacred to the Romany people. Ian, Susannah’s former lover who still wants to marry her, follows her—but Susannah meets someone else. 2008.

Someone Knows My Name     RC 66532
18 hours 29 minutes
by Lawrence Hill
read by Colleen Delany
Fictionalized account of literate slave Aminata Diallo who, on a trip to New York City, runs away and helps the British compile The Book of Negroes, a list of black Loyalists. After the American Revolution, Diallo relocates to Nova Scotia and later to Sierra Leone. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2007.

Dreamsongs: Short Works, Book 2     RC 66562
32 hours 43 minutes
by George R.R. Martin
read by Erik Sandvold
Tales of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Includes “The Hedge Knight,” a prequel to the Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga, and the Nebula Award-winning “Portraits of His Children,” about a selfish writer. Sequel to Dreamsongs, Book 1 (RC 65230).    Violence and strong language. 2003.

Soul Catcher     RC 66583
15 hours 54 minutes
by Michael White
read by L.J. Ganser
To clear a gambling debt, slave catcher Augustus Cain agrees to track two runaway slaves—one being beautiful Rosetta, whom he apprehends in Boston. While pursued by sinister men, Augustus and Rosetta forge a bond that makes Augustus reconsider his mission. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

Friend of the Devil: An Inspector Alan Banks Mystery     RC 66588
12 hours 34 minutes
by Peter Robinson
read by Graeme Malcolm
Chief Inspector Alan Banks investigates the death of a college girl while Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, on loan to another police district, probes the murder of a female quadriplegic. The two cases become intertwined with past serial killings. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Careless in Red     DB/RC 66607
25 hours 42 minutes
by Elizabeth George
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Grief-stricken over the murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley has been walking the coast for weeks on end when he comes upon the body of a teenager. Sequel to What Came before He Shot Her (RC 63865). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Oil!     DB/RC 66623
21 hours 32 minutes
by Upton Sinclair
read by Ray Foushee
In early twentieth-century Southern California, oilman J. Arnold Ross teaches his son “Bunny” about the business while trying to stay independent of the big monopolies. Bunny befriends Paul Watkins, a rancher’s son, who returns from World War I and becomes a communist union organizer in the oil fields. 1927.

Victory Conditions: Vatta’s War, Book 5     RC 66645
13 hours 8 minutes
by Elizabeth Moon
read by Erin Jones
Interstellar shipping scion Ky Vatta continues her quest to free star systems from tyrannical space pirate Gammis Turek and avenge the destruction of her family and the merchant empire. Ky marshals a fleet of ships but faces enemy spies and a galaxy-wide conspiracy. Sequel to Command Decision (RC 64013). 2008.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle     DB/RC 66656
17 hours 47 minutes
by David Wroblewski
read by Steven Carpenter
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.

The Whole Truth     DB/RC 66658
12 hours 39 minutes
by David Baldacci
read by Joe Peck
Online footage of a murdered Russian’s last moments alive increases fear of global conflict. Nicolas Creel, head of the world’s largest defense conglomerate, exploits the situation, while Shaw, a secretive international law-enforcement agent, risks his life to maintain peace. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Owning It: Stories about Teens with Disabilities     DB/RC 66659
8 hours 19 minutes
edited by Donald R. Gallo
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Ten tales of teens dealing with school, teachers, parents, friends, the opposite sex—and a physical or mental disability. In “See You” two legally blind classmates are bullied. “Brainiac” portrays a girl’s return to college after a brain-damaging accident. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories     DB/RC 66662
12 hours 13 minutes
by Tobias Wolff
read by Steven Carpenter
Thirty-one tales about everyday people—husbands and wives, military men and women, rich kids, poor kids, parents and offspring, academics, and businessmen—at moments of moral reckoning. Includes Wolff’s masterpieces “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” and “Soldier’s Joy.” Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Causing Havoc     RC 66689
10 hours 58 minutes
by Lori Foster
read by Mark Delgado
Extreme fighter Dean “Havoc” Conor returns home to Harmony, Kentucky, to visit his estranged sisters Camille and Jacki. There he befriends saucy event coordinator Eve Lavon, becomes the target of a killer, and tries to stop Camille from marrying a sleazy businessman. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2007.

A Fistful of Charms: A Hollows Novel     RC 66695
22 hours 27 minutes
by Kim Harrison
read by Margaret Strom
Bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan, from Every Which Way but Dead (RC 66496), travels to Michigan to rescue pixy Jenks’s son Jax and her errant ex-lover-turned-thief Nick, who have run afoul of a pack of werewolves. Jenks lends assistance. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

The Interview Room     RC 66703
9 hours 41 minutes
by Roderick Anscombe
read by Patrick Downer
Forensic psychiatrist Paul Lucas evaluates Craig Cavanaugh, a wealthy Harvard student accused of harassing a teaching assistant. Soon Paul suspects Craig of stalking Paul’s wife Abby and of killing a police officer. With his marriage, career—and life—in jeopardy, Paul takes drastic measures. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

Guilty     RC 66706
12 hours 9 minutes
by Karen Robards
read by Colleen Delany
Philadelphia. Single-mom prosecutor Kate White is held hostage until one of the captors—a figure from Kate’s troubled youth—recognizes her and releases her under threat of blackmail. To protect her past, Kate lies to investigator Tom Braga despite their mutual attraction. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and some strong language. 2008.

Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana     RC 66745
8 hours 51 minutes
by Anne Rice
read by Erik Sandvold
In this sequel to Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (RC 60914), young carpenter Yeshua (Jesus) resists pleasures of the flesh, accepts his destiny, and is baptized. He reveals who He is, gathers disciples, spreads the word, and performs miracles. He is also tempted by the devil. Bestseller. 2008.

Mistress of the Art of Death     RC 66765
11 hours 7 minutes
by Ariana Franklin
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Cambridge, England; 1171. King Henry II sends a plea to the king of Sicily for a crime investigator after four Christian children are murdered—supposedly by Jews. Adelia Aguilar, a medical student with forensic knowledge, arrives with Muslim bodyguard Mansur and Jewish colleague Simon. Violence and some strong language. 2007.

Hand of Evil: An Ali Reynolds Mystery     RC 66767
12 hours 12 minutes
by J.A. Jance
read by Kristin Allison
Former anchorwoman Ali Reynolds, from Web of Evil (RC 64483), is drawn into two crises in her Sedona, Arizona, hometown: an elderly woman’s harassment by her nephew and a detective’s discovery of the secret life his adolescent daughter is living. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

The Hollow: Sign of Seven Trilogy, Book 2     RC 66786
12 hours 10 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Richard Davidson
Hawkins Hollow, Maryland. Following the events in Blood Brothers (RC 65733), friends Caleb, Fox, and Gage are determined to break the power of the demon that haunts their town every seven years. Joining them are Layla, Quinn, and Cybil. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

The Secret Hangman: A Peter Diamond Mystery     RC 66794
9 hours 19 minutes
by Peter Lovesey
read by Julian Elfer
Widowed detective superintendent Peter Diamond of Bath, England, investigates the hanging deaths of a waitress and her ex-husband, which appear to be a murder-suicide. A secret admirer sends Diamond letters, and he begins to suspect that a serial killer is loose. Some strong language. 2007.

A Peculiar Grace     RC 66799
16 hours 19 minutes
by Jeffrey Lent
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Vermont. Reclusive blacksmith Hewitt Pearce’s solitude is shattered when his long-lost love Emily resurfaces and Jessica, a troubled young woman with mysterious connections to Hewitt’s family, arrives. Hewitt attempts to uncover Jessica’s past while confronting his own. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Assassin’s Song     RC 66802
12 hours 26 minutes
by M.G. Vassanji
read by Robert Blumenfeld
Karsan Dargawalla—destined to become the head of a Sufi shrine in rural India—rejects his spiritual inheritance and finds happiness as a professor and family man in America. He returns to India three decades later to reclaim his legacy and confront the religious militancy that has destroyed the shrine. 2007.

A Person of Interest     RC 66805
16 hours 17 minutes
by Susan Choi
read by John Haag
When a mail bomb explodes at his university, socially maladroit math professor Dr. Lee comes under suspicion by colleagues, the media, and the FBI. The ensuing investigation alienates Lee and brings to his mind painful memories of failed marriages and an affair with a friend’s wife. Some strong language. 2008.

Death in the Garden     RC 66808
11 hours 26 minutes
by Elizabeth Ironside
read by Lisette Lecat
London attorney Helena discovers upon the death of her great-aunt Diana that the woman had been suspected but acquitted of her first husband’s murder back in 1925. Helena becomes obsessed with finding the real killer even as she begins questioning her own affair with a married politician. 1995.

Knife Edge: The Royal Marines Saga, Book 5     RC 66815
10 hours 31 minutes
by Douglas Reeman
read by Steven Crossley
1970s–1980s. After his father’s murder, Royal Marine lieutenant Ross Blackwood heads to Asia on a top-secret mission. Ross then travels to Northern Ireland to deal with the violent fallout from Britain’s postcolonial politics. Sequel to Dust on the Sea  (RC 66792). Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

The Merchants of Souls     RC 66816
13 hours 30 minutes
by John Barnes
read by Jeremy Gage
Debate rages over the use of deceased people’s personality recordings for virtual entertainment. Giraut, a divorced Council of Humanity agent, tries to stop the commercialization. Complicating matters, Giraut’s brain hosts the consciousness of a long-dead friend. Sequel to Earth Made of Glass (RC 66791). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Phantom Prey     RC 66825
10 hours 23 minutes
by John Sandford
read by Barry Bernson
At his wife’s request, detective Lucas Davenport agrees to look into the unsolved murder of her wealthy, widowed friend’s daughter Frances Austin, who was a Goth. Now other Goths are being murdered. But a series of unusual bank transactions causes confusion. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Mystery     RC 66835
14 hours 0 minutes
by Anne Perry
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Victorian England. A prostitute’s naked body is found in Buckingham Palace, where the Prince of Wales is hosting a gathering of businessmen—and their wives—to discuss plans for a railroad across Africa. Detective Thomas Pitt’s maid Gracie goes undercover as a palace employee to find the culprit among the guests. 2008.

Secrets     RC 66866
8 hours 59 minutes
by Jude Deveraux
read by Erin Jones
Cassie Madden works as a nanny for widower Jeff Ames—a man Cassie has had a crush on since she was twelve. When Jeff begins dating spoiled Skylar, heartbroken Cassie befriends a retired actress and accidentally uncovers a long-forgotten mystery and secrets involving Jeff. 2008.

Once upon a Time (She Said)     RC 66867
15 hours 36 minutes
by Jane Yolen
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Fantasy writer presents a collection of short stories, poems, and essays. In the tale “Sans Soleil,” meaning sunless, a prince is raised in darkness in keeping with a dire prophecy. In “Ride Me like a Wave” a fisherman finds a mermaid in distress. Some descriptions of sex. 2005.

Passage: The Sharing Knife, Volume 3     RC 66875
14 hours 52 minutes
by Lois McMaster Bujold
read by Jill Fox
Having met with disapproval and bigotry from both their communities, newlyweds Dag, a Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer, and Fawn, a farmer’s daughter, set out to mend the rift between their peoples. The journey tests both their loyalty and their talents, including Dag’s growing magical abilities. Sequel to Legacy (RC 65034). 2008.

Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel     DB/RC 66882
13 hours 40 minutes
by Lee Child
read by Ted Stoddard
Hitchhiking through Colorado, ex-military cop Jack Reacher comes upon the unfriendly town of Despair. After being told to leave, Reacher, with the help of a female cop from neighboring Hope, sneaks back in repeatedly to investigate a mysterious factory and missing young men. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Plague Ship: The Oregon Files     DB/RC 66883
14 hours 38 minutes
by Clive Cussler
read by Mark Ashby
Captain Juan Cabrillo of the spy vessel Oregon discovers a cruise ship with all but one of its passengers dead from a virus. The ship was chartered by a self-help group, the Responsivists, who advocate population control. Cabrillo investigates. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel     DB/RC 66885
6 hours 52 minutes
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s latest skip is single mom Loretta Rizzi, a distant cousin of Stephanie’s cop boyfriend Joe Morelli. Stephanie reluctantly agrees to watch Loretta’s son, but then Loretta is kidnapped, people die, and everyone starts looking for a hidden stash of nine million dollars. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

The Plague of Doves     DB/RC 66886
10 hours 39 minutes
by Louise Erdrich
read by Annie Wauters
The long-ago murder of a white family and subsequent mob lynching of innocent Native Americans still haunt the town of Pluto, North Dakota, and the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Evelina, her grandfather Mooshum, Judge Coutts, and Doctor Lochran, whose lives intertwine, are unknowingly affected by the past. Some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

The Madonnas of Leningrad     DB/RC 66887
6 hours 12 minutes
by Debra Dean
read by Annie Wauters
Decades after surviving World War II in the basement of the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, Marina—now in Seattle—no longer experiences the present. Marina’s mind retreats to 1941, when only the love of her future husband and memorizing the paintings kept her alive. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Cliff Hanger: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery     RC 66896
8 hours 11 minutes
by Philip R. Craig
read by Michael Russotto
After three close calls ex-cop J.W. Jackson realizes that someone wants him dead. But when he figures out that his attacker may have mistaken him for unassuming college professor John Skye, J.W. travels to Colorado to find the vacationing academic and warn him before the would-be killer strikes again. 1993.

Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery     RC 66897
13 hours 20 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Mark Delgado
Sweden, 1994. Shortly before inspector Kurt Wallander begins his vacation, a girl immolates herself and a former minister of justice is murdered. Wallander believes the cases are connected. Other killings follow, each committed by someone who escapes on a moped. Originally written in Swedish in 1995. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

On My Terms: The Claytons, Book 4     RC 66908
9 hours 5 minutes
by Shirley Hailstock
read by Colleen Delany
When Theresa Ramsey arrives at her late parents’ New York estate, she is dismayed to find the house still occupied by a film crew that rented the location for a movie. After the appealing director convinces Theresa to let them stay, sparks fly. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Deception: A Detective Ollie Chandler Mystery, Book 3     RC 66920
22 hours 20 minutes
by Randy Alcorn
read by Patrick Downer
Widowed Portland homicide detective Ollie Chandler teams up with journalist Clarence Abernathy, from Dominion (RC 66708), and Jake Woods, from Deadline (RC 66492), to investigate a professor’s murder. As the convoluted case leads Ollie to suspect police involvement, he becomes the target of escalating attacks. Some violence. 2007.

Virgin Lies     RC 66922
9 hours 7 minutes
by Roderick Anscombe
read by Patrick Downer
Psychiatrist Paul Lucas, from The Interview Room (RC 66703), searches for eight-year-old Danielle, who disappeared while fetching coffee for Paul’s wife Abby. A homeless schizophrenic identifies two likely suspects, but as time runs out, Abby pressures Paul to manipulate a vulnerable patient for clues. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Chat: A Joe Gunther Mystery     RC 66924
9 hours 33 minutes
by Archer Mayor
read by Gregory Gorton
Vermont Bureau of Investigation detective Joe Gunther suspects that the car accident his mother and brother are involved in is payback for an arrest he made. Meanwhile Joe’s team has two middle-aged male corpses, but no motive and no suspect. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

The Case of the Missing Brontë: A Perry Trethowan Mystery     RC 66927
6 hours 3 minutes
by Robert Barnard
read by David Cutler
In a Yorkshire pub, Inspector Perry Trethowan of Scotland Yard encounters retired schoolteacher Edith Wing, who possesses what appears to be a previously undiscovered Emily Brontë manuscript. When Edith is attacked, Perry tries to figure out who else may want the priceless work. 1983.

Losing You     RC 66986
8 hours 22 minutes
by Nicci French
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Sandling Island, England. Forty-year-old, divorced Nina Landry is preparing for a Florida vacation with the kids and her boyfriend when her fifteen-year-old daughter Charlie fails to return from a slumber party. The subsequent twenty-four hours and bureaucratic police investigation threaten Nina’s well-being. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Good People     RC 66993
9 hours 2 minutes
by Marcus Sakey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Chicagoans Tom and Anna Reed, in debt from unsuccessful fertility treatments, discover $400,000 in their deceased tenant’s apartment. The Reeds keep the money—not knowing that it came from drug dealing—and now have various criminals and the police on their backs. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

People of the Weeping Eye: The First North Americans, Book 15     RC 67005
20 hours 43 minutes
by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear
read by Jim Zeiger
Old White, also known as the Seeker, journeys with Two Petals, a young woman with visions, and the Trader, a traveling merchant, to the Mississippi region, where subjugated tribes are beginning to rebel. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

The God of Animals     RC 67017
11 hours 9 minutes
by Aryn Kyle
read by Mare Trevathan
Colorado. When her older sister elopes, sixth-grader Alice Winston helps care for her mother, who is bedridden by depression, and assists her father in running the family’s struggling horse farm. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some  violence. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2007.

No Choice but Seduction: A Malory Family Novel     RC 67020
8 hours 56 minutes
by Johanna Lindsey
read by Kristin Allison
1826. Shipowner Boyd Anderson falls for passenger Katey Tyler and is heartbroken that she is married. But after Katey rescues Anthony Malory’s daughter from kidnappers, Boyd discovers Katey lied about being married and he begins to seduce her. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Little Lady Agency and the Prince     RC 67024
13 hours 59 minutes
by Hester Browne
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
While planning her wedding and move to Paris, Melissa Romney-Jones helps her grandmother remake playboy prince Nicolas of Hollenberg into a respectable royal. But American fiancé Jonathan Riley has turned into a control freak, and Melissa’s sister Emery has a baby and rehires their detested childhood nanny. 2008.

A Proper Pursuit     RC 67039
14 hours 52 minutes
by Lynn Austin
read by Barbara Caruso
Chicago, 1893. Twenty-year-old Violet Hayes leaves her hometown for her grandmother’s house with goals of finding her long-lost mother, stopping her father’s upcoming wedding, and learning God’s purpose for her. Violet attends the World’s Fair and finally falls in love after three uninspiring marriage proposals. 2007.

Together: A Novel of Shared Vision     RC 67040
6 hours 4 minutes
by Tom Sullivan
read by Kevin Collins
Colorado. Twenty-five-year-old Brenden McCarthy is a first-year medical resident and an avid mountain climber until a climbing accident blinds him. Now Brenden’s widowed mother wants to care for him and his fiancée considers leaving him, while Brenden enters rehabilitation and gets a guide dog—a thrice-rejected black Labrador named Nelson. 2008.

Fireships     RC 67050
12 hours 45 minutes
by David Drake
read by J.P. Linton
Intergalactic trader Sarah “Sal” Blythe narrowly escapes an attack on her vessel by Earth’s North American Federation. Determined to retaliate, Sal allies with warrior Stephen Gregg, commander Piet Ricimer, and Venusian rebels in a raid against the federation. Sequel to Through the Breach (RC 46309). Some violence. 1996.

Rumpole Misbehaves: A Rumpole Mystery     RC 67057
3 hours 0 minutes
by John Mortimer
read by John Horton
Barrister Rumpole’s latest courtroom arguments concern a twelve-year-old charged under an antisocial behavior order for playing street ball and a civil servant arrested for the murder of a Russian prostitute. The two cases become intertwined while Rumpole himself is accused of illegally drinking and smoking in his office. 2007.

Barefoot     DB/RC 67080
15 hours 50 minutes
by Elin Hilderbrand
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Connecticut housewife Vicki takes her young sons, sister Brenda, and pregnant friend Melanie to Nantucket. Vicki battles late-stage lung cancer, Brenda was recently fired, and Melanie has a cheating husband. College student Josh babysits while the women ponder their dilemmas. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel     DB/RC 67085
13 hours 23 minutes
by James Lee Burke
read by Jack Fox
Sheriff deputy Dave Robicheaux of New Iberia, Louisiana, his wife Molly, and ex-partner Clete Purcel head to western Montana on vacation. The men assist in a search for the murderer of two college students, while an escaped convict arrives looking for his ex-girlfriend. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Someday Soon     DB/RC 67086
8 hours 10 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Erin Jones
San Francisco. Widow Linette Collins meets Cain McClellan, a childhood friend of her brother-in-law, at her sister’s Christmas party. Linette discovers that Cain owns a company of mercenaries who rescue kidnapping victims. When they fall in love, Linette becomes a target. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1995.

The Bloody Tower: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery     DB/RC 67092
8 hours 54 minutes
by Carola Dunn
read by Madelyn Buzzard
England, 1925. Daisy, now the mother of two-month-old twins, resumes her journalistic career with a story on the Tower of London—a notorious prison compound encompassing the Bloody Tower. When Daisy finds the body of the murdered chief yeoman warder, she helps her husband, Scotland Yard detective chief inspector Alec Fletcher, investigate. 2007.

A Dream to Follow: Return to Red River, Book 1     RC 67095
10 hours 13 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Mitzi Friedlander
North Dakota, 1893. In this continuation of the Red River saga, seventeen-year-old aspiring journalist Thorliff Bjorklund applies to college. But once accepted Thorliff faces a dilemma—follow his dreams or stay and help his family on the farm. He turns to God for help. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-fifth Annual Collection     DB/RC 67101
46 hours 7 minutes
edited by Gardner Dozois
read by John Polk
Thirty-two tales and a review of 2007 works. In Greg Egan’s “Glory” interstellar scientists investigate a mystery someone doesn’t want solved. Authors include John Barnes, Stephen Baxter, Ted Chiang, Nancy Kress, Ian McDonald, Alastair Reynolds, Robert Silverberg, and Michael Swanwick. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Traitor to the Blood: The Noble Dead, Book 4     RC 67104
13 hours 58 minutes
by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Dhampir Magiere and half-elf Leesil, once an enslaved assassin to Lord Darmouth, return to Leesil’s ancestral Warlands to investigate the fate of his parents. They find that the evil lord now needs Magiere’s vampire-fighting abilities—and that they are being followed. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2006.

Married Lovers     RC 67105
11 hours 26 minutes
by Jackie Collins
read by Erin Jones
Fitness trainer Cameron Paradise, having fled her abusive husband, works at an exclusive L.A. studio. She falls in love with producer Ryan Richards, who is married to a Hollywood princess. The two resist each other until tragedy intervenes. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Stern Men     DB/RC 67106
11 hours 43 minutes
by Elizabeth Gilbert
read by Jill Fox
The author of Eat, Pray, Love (RC 61789) pens a novel about two neighboring Maine islands and their feuding residents in the 1970s. Ruth Thomas returns from boarding school and hangs out with the locals. Romance blooms amid the fight over lobster territory. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë     RC 67111
12 hours 33 minutes
by Laura Joh Rowland
read by Erin Jones
Charlotte Brontë and her sister Anne travel to London in 1848 to meet with Charlotte’s publisher. On the train they meet Isabel White, a mysterious young woman who is later murdered. Drawn into the intrigue, Charlotte attempts to solve the crime. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Wild Nights! Stories about the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway     DB/RC 67112
6 hours 48 minutes
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Jill Fox
Stories by National Book Award winner explore the lives of five great writers nearing the end of life. “Papa at Ketchum, 1961” centers on Hemingway’s suicide plans. “Poe Posthumous: Or, the Light-House” imagines Poe as a lighthouse keeper in the South Pacific. Some strong language. 2008.

Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery     RC 67114
11 hours 6 minutes
by Jacqueline Winspear
read by Jill Fox
England, 1930s. Artist and WWI veteran Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death from a scaffold while preparing for his gallery opening. Nick’s twin sister Georgina hires Maisie Dobbs to prove he was murdered. Maisie discovers that Nick’s masterpiece is missing and searches for clues among her client’s relatives. 2006.

Believing the Dream: Return to Red River, Book 2     RC 67115
12 hours 22 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1890s. Thorliff Bjorklund, an aspiring journalist at college in Minnesota, confronts his failing relationship with his childhood sweetheart Anji, whom he left behind in North Dakota. Meanwhile, Thorliff’s friend Elizabeth Rogers inadvertently causes heartbreak in pursuit of her medical career. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Child 44     RC 67117
15 hours 22 minutes
by Tom Rob Smith
read by Roy Avers
Stalinist Russia, 1953. Detective Leo Demidov is exiled to a remote village as a prison guard after his wife is accused of espionage. Demidov suspects a killer is preying on children along the Trans-Siberian Railway, but his investigation makes him an enemy of the state. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Blame It on Cupid     RC 67118
12 hours 14 minutes
by Jennifer Greene
read by Carol Dines
Eleven years ago Merry promised her friend Charlie that if anything happened to him, she would take care of his daughter. Now that Charlie has died, his daughter and Merry’s neighbor Jack, a divorced father, have doubts about Merry’s parenting skills. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

More than a Dream: Return to Red River, Book 3     RC 67125
12 hours 3 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1890s. Thorliff Bjorklund, an aspiring journalist attending college in Minnesota, begins thinking of future doctor Elizabeth Rogers as more than a friend. But when tragedy strikes his family in North Dakota, Thorliff returns home to help. Meanwhile, Elizabeth works in a Chicago hospital. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

The Dawn Patrol     DB/RC 67154
11 hours 13 minutes
by Don Winslow
read by Jim Zeiger
PI Boone Daniels, an ex-cop, is an avid Pacific Beach surfer. As he and his buddies—the dawn patrol—eagerly await the arrival of an enormous swell of waves, attorney Petra Hall hires Boone to find a missing arson witness, exotic dancer Tamara Roddick. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

To Catch a Highlander: MacLean Family, Book 3     RC 67160
7 hours 45 minutes
by Karen Hawkins
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
After her gambling father Red MacFarlane loses their Scottish home to Lord Dougal MacLean, Sophia aims to win it back in a card game. When Dougal arrives to inspect his property, Sophia uses her wits to seduce him, unaware that Dougal has overheard her plan. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Song Yet Sung     RC 67170
9 hours 38 minutes
by James McBride
read by Mare Trevathan
Chesapeake Bay area, Maryland; 1850. Wounded and imprisoned by slave hunter Patty Cannon, runaway slave Liz Spocott dreams of the future of her people. Liz escapes and helps fourteen other slaves to flee but is pursued by waterman Denwood Long. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Daughter of York     RC 67176
23 hours 28 minutes
by Anne Easter Smith
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Fifteenth-century England. Margaret of York, sister of King Richard III, from A Rose for the Crown (RC 62146), watches her brother Edward seize the throne from King Henry. Margaret marries Charles, the duke of Burgundy, despite her love for another man. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

This Is My Funniest, Book 2: Leading Science Fiction Writers Present Their Funniest Stories Ever     RC 67177
14 hours 49 minutes
edited by Mike Resnick
read by Erik Sandvold
Thirty short science fiction stories. Includes “Aliens Ate My Pickup” by Mercedes Lackey, “Invasion of the Jack Benny Snatchers” by John Gregory Betancourt, and “The Santa Claus Planet” by Frank M. Robinson. Companion to This Is My Funniest (RC 65600). Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Netherland     DB/RC 67189
7 hours 55 minutes
by Joseph O’Neill
read by Robert Sams
New York City. After the 2001 terrorist attacks, Dutch-born Hans van den Broek’s British wife Rachel returns to London with their son Jake. Lonely Hans joins a local cricket league and befriends Trinidadian Chuck Ramkissoon, who is a shady businessman but a great pal. Strong language. Pen/Faulkner Award. Bestseller. 2008.

Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel     DB/RC 67192
8 hours 16 minutes
by Robert Crais
read by Gregory Gorton
Lionel Byrd’s corpse is found with photos of seven murdered women. When Byrd was arrested for one of the killings three years ago, PI Elvis Cole provided proof of his innocence. Now Cole suspects that someone framed Byrd for the murders and killed him. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Stalked     RC 67194
11 hours 42 minutes
by Brian Freeman
read by Michael Scherer
In this sequel to Stripped (RC 64161), Duluth detective Jonathan Stride attempts to prove his partner Maggie Bei did not kill her husband. Meanwhile Jonathan’s lover, private investigator Serena Dial, agrees to help a politician deal with a blackmailer. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter     RC 67195
9 hours 9 minutes
by Nancy Atherton
read by Kimberly Schraf
Cotswolds, England. Overprotective mother Lori Shepherd is alarmed when her twins Will and Rob see a vampire while riding horses near Aldercot Hall. Lori seeks out the locals to learn the truth behind the sighting. With the help of Aunt Dimity, Lori’s actions ignite two romances. 2008.

The Necropolis Railway: A Jim Stringer Mystery     RC 67201
7 hours 25 minutes
by Andrew Martin
read by David Cutler
London, 1903. Railway man Jim Stringer signs on to be a cleaner for a funeral train and discovers that his predecessor, nineteen-year-old Henry Taylor, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While battling hostile coworkers and unsavory working conditions, Jim investigates Henry’s fate. Jim’s alluring landlady lends assistance. 2002.

A Modern Treasury of Great Detective and Murder Mysteries     RC 67202
16 hours 54 minutes
edited by Ed Gorman
read by Annie Wauters
Anthology of twenty-five short mysteries published between 1954 and 1991 by Lawrence Block, Loren D. Estleman, Tony Hillerman, Ed McBain, Sharyn McCrumb, Sara Paretsky, and others. In Marcia Muller’s “The Broken Men,” a PI seeks a killer at a clown convention. Also includes a Nameless Detective tale by Bill Pronzini. 1994.

Duchess by Night: Desperate Duchesses, Book 3     RC 67207
10 hours 43 minutes
by Eloisa James
read by Corrie James
England, 1784. Seeking adventure, Isidore, the duchess of Cosway, and Harriet, the duchess of Berrow, visit the house of the infamous Lord Strange. Harriet, who dresses like a young man to protect her reputation, falls in love with their eccentric host—who discovers her secret. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

City of Thieves     RC 67228
7 hours 51 minutes
by David Benioff
read by Steven Carpenter
Leningrad, 1942. Seventeen-year-old Lev Beniov, a looter, and his cellmate Kolya, a deserter, are reprieved by a Soviet colonel who needs eggs for his daughter’s wedding cake. The two leave the besieged city and cross enemy lines, where they encounter death squads and partisans. Violence and strong language. 2008.

All We Know of Heaven     RC 67235
7 hours 5 minutes
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
read by Mary Kane
Two families are devastated when their sixteen-year-old daughters are involved in a car accident and one dies. Maureen and Bridget—similar-looking best friends—are, at first, misidentified at the hospital. Later, while Bridget’s family realizes its loss, Maureen’s rejoices in a miracle. But Maureen has brain damage. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Dreaming Void: The Void Trilogy, Book 1     RC 67257
21 hours 11 minutes
by Peter F. Hamilton
read by Kristin Allison
The Void, an impenetrable micro-universe that is steadily expanding, threatens to consume the entire galaxy. Telepath Inigo’s revelatory dreams of humans living in worlds within the Void spark a mass pilgrimage that some believe could trigger the apocalypse. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2007.

Collision     RC 67269
11 hours 52 minutes
by Jeff Abbott
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Military consultant Ben Forsberg’s wife is shot dead while they are honeymooning. Two years later an assassin is murdered—and Ben’s card is found in the victim’s pocket. As Ben tries to convince Homeland Security agents he’s being framed, a deep-cover government agent violently rescues him. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Moscow Rules     DB/RC 67299
13 hours 18 minutes
by Daniel Silva
read by John Polk
Two Russian journalists die after learning that former KGB employee Ivan Kharkov plans to sell missiles to Al Qaeda. Art restorer Gabriel Allon, an Israeli agent, and CIA operative Sarah Crawford use Kharkov’s wife Elena, an avid art collector, to learn more. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

America America     DB/RC 67300
14 hours 15 minutes
by Ethan Canin
read by Fred Major
Upstate New York, 1970s. Corey Sifter, a plumber’s son, befriends members of the influential Metarey family, who eventually send him to prep school. Sifter observes the presidential campaign of Metarey protégé senator Henry Bonwiller—and its self-destruction caused by scandals and corruption. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Beyond the Bedroom Wall: A Family Album     DB/RC 67314
22 hours 12 minutes
by Larry Woiwode
read by Barry Bernson
The Neumiller family copes with life, love, and loss in small-town North Dakota and Illinois from the 1800s to the 1970s. Their experiences unfold from various perspectives, including those of loving father Martin, his wife Alpha, and their five children. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1975.

The Turnaround     DB/RC 67338
8 hours 39 minutes
by George Pelecanos
read by Gregory Gorton
Alex Pappas was involved in a racial incident in a Washington, D.C., suburb in 1972 that left one person dead and Alex physically scarred for life. Three decades later, Alex runs into Raymond Monroe, one of the black victims, at Walter Reed army hospital. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Tribute     DB/RC 67339
14 hours 49 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Annie Wauters
Cilla purchases the neglected Virginia farm where her grandmother Janet, a famous actress, committed suicide. As Cilla works on the house, she meets her intriguing graphic-novelist neighbor, discovers Janet’s mysterious love letters—and becomes the target of threatening vandalism. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

The Girl with No Shadow     RC 67345
16 hours 26 minutes
by Joanne Harris
read by Laura Giannarelli
Chocolate maker Vianne Rocher, from Chocolat (RC 49086), now resides quietly in Paris under the name Yanne Charbonneau with her daughters, high-strung preadolescent Annie (Anouk) and unusual four-year-old Rosette. A dazzling new friend, Zozie de l’Alba, insinuates herself into their lives—but can she be trusted? 2008.

Dead Time: An Alan Gregory Novel     RC 67348
12 hours 54 minutes
by Stephen White
read by Gregory Gorton
Psychologist Alan Gregory helps his ex-wife Merideth search for missing Lisa, a surrogate mother carrying the child of Merideth and her fiancé Eric. Clues lead to a Grand Canyon trip Eric and Lisa took long ago—and to another missing woman. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2008.

Deadly Deceptions: A Mojo Sheepshanks Novel     RC 67351
8 hours 10 minutes
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Annie Wauters
When the ghost of a deaf-mute girl appears to Mojo, the new private investigator begins looking for her murderer. Mojo’s boyfriend Tucker, who is now working for the Cave Creek sheriff’s department, is on the same case. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2008.

David Golder, The Ball, Snow in Autumn, The Courilof Affair     RC 67355
14 hours 59 minutes
by Irène Némirovsky
read by Ted Stoddard
Four novellas by Russian Jewish émigré Irène Némirovsky (1903–1942), author of bestseller Suite Française (RC 62505). In The Courilof Affair a Russian revolutionary recalls his first assassination. In David Golder an aging Russian Jewish businessman suffers a breakdown in 1920s France. Translated from French by Sandra Smith. 1929.

Stranger from the Tonto     RC 67359
6 hours 33 minutes
by Zane Grey
read by Robert Sams
Dying prospector Bill Elway confesses to cowboy Kent Wingfield that he was once an outlaw in a notorious gang and implores Kent to settle an old score. A fortune in gold awaits—but first Kent must slay the prospector’s former nemesis and rescue a beautiful woman. 1956.

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched     RC 67362
8 hours 25 minutes
by Meg Cabot
read by Annie Wauters
Manhattan wedding-dress restorer Lizzie Nichols, from Queen of Babble in the Big City (RC 65854), is finally engaged to her boyfriend Luke, who moves to France for the summer. But Lizzie has feelings for Luke’s friend Chaz and, in between meetings with celebrity clients, experiences marriage doubts. Strong language. 2008.

Killer Year: Stories to Die For—from the Hottest New Crime Writers     RC 67368
9 hours 35 minutes
edited by Lee Child
read by Gregory Gorton
Sixteen short stories from crime fiction writers, thirteen of them newcomers who published their first books in 2007. Also includes entries by established writers Duane Swierczynski and Ken Bruen—contributors to Dublin Noir (RC 64135)—and Allison Brennan. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye     RC 67370
9 hours 36 minutes
by Deb Caletti
read by Colleen Delany
Seattle. The life of eighteen-year-old high school senior and part-time waitress Indigo Skye changes dramatically when a customer leaves her millions of dollars as a tip. Indigo’s familial relationships and personal values are tested by her newfound wealth. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Unexpected     RC 67374
9 hours 10 minutes
by Lori Foster
read by Colleen Delany
Wealthy Eli Connors hires mercenary Ray Vereker to rescue Eli’s brother from the Central American jungle. Eli is shocked to learn Ray is a female, but her skills impress him. When Ray reluctantly lets Eli accompany her, mutual attraction builds. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2003.

Eureka     RC 67375
7 hours 12 minutes
by Jim Lehrer
read by Gregory Gorton
Eureka, Kansas. Fifty-nine-year-old CEO Otis Halstead experiences a personal crisis after making some nostalgic purchases. Determined to start a new life, Otis sets out on his classic Cushman motor scooter (with his Red Ryder BB gun) and heads west—but his adventure does not go as planned. Some strong language. 2007.

The Whiskey Rebels     RC 67427
18 hours 38 minutes
by David Liss
read by Christopher Lane
1790s. Disgraced ex-spy Ethan Saunders agrees to help his former fiancée Cynthia Pearson locate her husband Jacob, a successful Philadelphia entrepreneur. On the western Pennsylvania frontier Ethan uncovers a conspiracy centered on bringing down treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton. Commercial audiobook. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

A Lady of the West     RC 67428
13 hours 22 minutes
by Linda Howard
read by Natalie Ross
New Mexico, post-Civil War. Impoverished Southerner Victoria Waverly marries Frank McLain, a rancher with a secret murderous past. Jake and Ben Sarratt come to seek revenge on Frank and his new bride—until Jake falls in love with Victoria. Commercial audiobook. Explicit descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. 1997.

Faces of Fear     RC 67430
9 hours 39 minutes
by John Saul
read by Laural Merlington
When teenager Alison Shaw moves to Hollywood after her mother Risa marries plastic surgeon Conrad Dunn, the doctor persuades Alison to have a breast enhancement. Meanwhile a serial killer who keeps his victims’ body parts is scaring L.A. residents. Commercial audiobook. Violence and some strong language. 2008.

The Blood of Flowers     RC 67438
17 hours 4 minutes
by Anita Amirrezvani
read by various narrators
Persia, 1620s. After her father’s death, a young girl and her mother become the servants of a relative in Isfahan. There the maiden develops carpet-making skills but, without a dowry, is forced to sign a sigheh—a temporary marriage contract—with a wealthy man. Commercial audiobook. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Wheel of Darkness: A Pendergast Mystery     RC 67439
13 hours 1 minute
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
read by Rene Auberjonois
FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast and his ward Constance Greene are studying at a Tibetan monastery when Pendergast is asked to recover a stolen relic that could wipe out mankind. His search leads to a luxury cruise ship where a murderer awaits. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Robert Ludlum’s the Arctic Event: A Covert-One Novel     RC 67440
14 hours 16 minutes
by James Cobb
read by Jeff Woodman
Deadly anthrax is discovered on an Arctic island—cargo left over from a decades-old crash of a Soviet bomber. Lieutenant Colonel Jon Smith leads a Covert-One team dispatched to secure the biohazard—but an arms dealer and the Russians also arrive. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Katherine     RC 67486
25 hours 19 minutes
by Anya Seton
read by Erin Jones
Fourteenth-century England. Novel about Katherine Swynford, sister-in-law of Geoffrey Chaucer and wife of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster. As John fights for power, he falls in love with Katherine, a married woman. Their romance lasts through decades of war, adultery, and murder. Includes 2004 foreword by Philippa Gregory. 1954.

It Only Takes a Moment     RC 67487
6 hours 55 minutes
by Mary Jane Clark
read by Erin Jones
Popular television morning-show host Eliza Blake, from Do You Want to Know a Secret (RC 47977), is a widow raising her seven-year-old daughter Janie with the help of housekeeper Mrs. Garcia. Eliza’s world falls apart when Mrs. Garcia and Janie are kidnapped. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

The Strong Shall Live     RC 67489
5 hours 40 minutes
by Louis L’Amour
read by Roy Avers
Ten short westerns. In the title story, Cavagan, a black Irishman, is left for dead in the desert along the Colorado River by his enemy John Sutton. Cavagan fights for survival with one wish—to live to see Sutton die. Includes “One Night Stand” and “The Romance of Piute Bill.” 1980.

Sweet Love     RC 67490
9 hours 3 minutes
by Sarah Strohmeyer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The mother of Boston reporter and single parent Julie Mueller tries to reunite Julie with former crush Michael Slayton at a pastry class. But Julie and Michael are still feuding over a story Julie broke years ago. Besides, Julie’s too busy to fall in love. Some strong language. 2008.

My Revolutions     RC 67491
10 hours 53 minutes
by Hari Kunzru
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Fifty-year-old former British radical Michael Frame, a.k.a. Chris Carver, is jolted from his suburban life when a man from his past appears and threatens him. Frame’s participation in 1960s bombings and other subversive activities will be exposed unless he reveals that a politician was once a comrade. Strong language. 2007.

Brida     DB/RC 67527
5 hours 34 minutes
by Paulo Coelho
read by Mary Kane
Brida, a young Irishwoman, discovers she has occult powers and seeks out two masters—a magician and a witch—to guide her on a mystical and spiritual journey to enlightenment. Meanwhile, Brida faces a choice between two men in her personal life. Translated from Portuguese. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Off Season     DB/RC 67528
10 hours 49 minutes
by Anne Rivers Siddons
read by Mary Kane
After her beloved husband Cam dies, Lilly takes his ashes to her family’s beach cottage in Maine. Comforted by conversations with ghosts, Lilly thinks back over her marriage, her relationship with her parents, and long-ago tragedies—and learns about something that Cam kept from her. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Smoke Screen     DB/RC 67529
13 hours 8 minutes
by Sandra Brown
read by Mary Kane
Charleston newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up beside the corpse of cop Jay Burgess—with no memory of getting into bed with him. Britt insists she was drugged. Firefighter Raley Gannon, who five years ago was framed in a similar incident, believes her. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

The Book of Lies     DB/RC 67532
11 hours 2 minutes
by Brad Meltzer
read by Patrick Downer
While helping homeless people, Cal Harper suddenly finds his long-lost father, who has just been shot. Father and son are soon running from a killer who seeks a mysterious relic linked to the creator of Superman—and to Cain and Abel. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Silks     DB/RC 67533
9 hours 18 minutes
by Dick Francis and Felix Francis
read by Alexander Strain
London barrister Geoffrey Mason, an amateur steeplechase rider, defends   an acquaintance, professional jockey Steve Mitchell, against the charge that he murdered a competitor, Scot Barlow. One of Mason’s former clients muddies up the case with threats. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

The Lucky One     RC 67541
10 hours 54 minutes
by Nicholas Sparks
read by Guy Williams
While serving in Iraq, Logan Thibault finds a photo of a blonde woman wearing a “lucky lady” T-shirt. Oddly, the picture brings him luck—first with cards and then in battle. Still mystified about her five years later, Logan tracks down the lady—a single mom. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Killer View     DB/RC 67550
10 hours 32 minutes
by Ridley Pearson
read by Jim Zeiger
Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming and his veterinarian friends, brothers Mark and Randy Aker, are searching for a missing skier when Randy is killed. Then Mark disappears. Meanwhile Mark’s assistant is assaulted and sheep are dying. Sequel to Killer Weekend (RC 65288). Violence and strong language. 2008.

Heat Lightning     DB/RC 67560
10 hours 28 minutes
by John Sandford
read by Gregory Gorton
Minnesota investigator Virgil Flowers, from Dark of the Moon (RC 65421), puzzles over corpses left on veterans’ memorials. The victims have lemons in their mouths—a tactic used in Vietnam War executions. Flowers pursues an elusive acquaintance of the victims. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

American Wife     DB/RC 67561
22 hours 56 minutes
by Curtis Sittenfeld
read by Faith Potts
Baby boomer Alice Lindgren grows up in Wisconsin experiencing her share of dreams and tragedies. Her life as a school librarian changes when she is thirty-one and weds Charlie Blackwell, a hard-drinking member of a prestigious family. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Death’s Half Acre: A Deborah Knott Mystery, Book 14     DB/RC 67634
8 hours 57 minutes
by Margaret Maron
read by Suzanne Toren
North Carolina. Colleton County commissioner Candace Bradshaw, who was rumored to have had inappropriate ties to developers, is murdered amid a housing boom that threatens to destroy local farms. The investigation reveals corruption, murder, and the true reason behind Deborah Knott’s judicial appointment. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

The Other Queen     DB/RC 67661
13 hours 16 minutes
by Philippa Gregory
read by Erin Jones
A secret decree by her cousin Queen Elizabeth places Mary Queen of Scots under house arrest at the English estate of George Talbot, the earl of Shrewsbury, and his wife Bess. Bess balks at the extra expense, but George begins to have feelings for his captive. Bestseller. 2008.

Tempting Fortune: The Malloren Family, Book 2     DB/RC 67680
12 hours 57 minutes
by Jo Beverley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
England, 1761. Portia St. Claire, impoverished by her gambling half brother, attempts to ask a family friend, the earl of Walgrave, for a loan. She instead meets Lord Bryght Malloren, who falls in love. But Portia needs to rescue her sibling before considering romance. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Monsters of Templeton     DB/RC 67683
13 hours 34 minutes
by Lauren Groff
read by Jill Fox
Archaeology student Willie, who is pregnant by her married professor, returns home to Templeton, New York. After she hears clues from her mother about the father she never knew, Willie researches her family tree to discover his identity. Monsters past and present are soon revealed. Strong language. 2008.

Hit and Run: Keller’s Greatest Hits     DB/RC 67692
8 hours 48 minutes
by Lawrence Block
read by Roy Avers
Falsely accused of assassinating the governor of Ohio, hit man John Keller sneaks home to New York only to discover that his stamp collection is missing. Keller flees to New Orleans and rescues a rape victim, who helps him start over. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Sick of Shadows: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel     DB/RC 67698
7 hours 32 minutes
by Sharyn McCrumb
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Elizabeth MacPherson is a bridesmaid at her cousin Eileen Chandler’s wedding, held on their family’s Georgia estate. But all is not well: Elizabeth discovers Eileen has an unstable mental history and an intense dislike for the groom. Things get worse when Eileen turns up dead. Some strong language. 1984.

Exiles     DB/RC 67735
7 hours 13 minutes
by Ron Hansen
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Wales, December 1875. In this historical novel, accounts of poet/seminarian Gerard Manley Hopkins learning and writing about the shipwreck of the Deutschland near the River Thames intertwine with those of the five young German nuns who perished. Includes full text of Hopkins’s poem “The Wreck of the Deutschland.” 2008.

Irish Lace: A Nuala Anne McGrail Novel     DB/RC 67806
9 hours 8 minutes
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Jack Fox
Chicago. Irish accountant Nuala Anne McGrail vacations with her writer beau Dermot’s family on lakeside property that was once the site of a Civil War prison camp. Nuala and Dermot use Nuala’s psychic powers to investigate a decades-old conspiracy while searching for a long-lost letter written by Abraham Lincoln. 1996.

Death Walked In: A Death on Demand Mystery     DB/RC 67809
9 hours 16 minutes
by Carolyn Hart
read by Mitzi Friedlander
A woman alerts PI Max Darling that she has hidden something in the Franklin house, an antebellum mansion Max and his wife Annie are restoring. Annie contacts the woman, finds her dying, and searches for clues—especially since a heist of gold coins has occurred recently. 2008.

Faefever: The Chronicles of Mac O’Connor, Book 3     DB/RC 67812
9 hours 36 minutes
by Karen Marie Moning
read by Erin Jones
Ireland. Sidhe-seer MacKayla “Mac” Lane seeks the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient black-magic book. The search forces Mac into a dangerous alliance with Jericho Barrons and sexy fae prince V’lane, who are also pursuing the book. Sequel to Bloodfever (RC 66611). Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Total Control: A NASCAR Novel     DB/RC 67813
6 hours 52 minutes
by Pamela Britton
read by Erin Jones
Indi Wilcox works for an organization that grants wishes to ill children. She dislikes race-car driver Todd Peters for twice standing up her small client. She also does not trust professional athletes after dating a quarterback, but Todd proves her wrong. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

One Fifth Avenue     DB/RC 67911
15 hours 47 minutes
by Candace Bushnell
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Social-climbing and famous tenants have trouble coexisting in a coveted Greenwich Village art-deco apartment building. As novelist Philip Oakland begins an affair with his new research assistant, famed actress and his former lover Schiffer Diamond returns home. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Suite 606     DB/RC 68075
11 hours 42 minutes
by J.D. Robb and others read by Gabra Zackman
Four romantic tales featuring the supernatural. “Ritual in Death” finds New York policewoman Eve Dallas and her husband investigating a murder with an amnesiac witness. In Mary Blayney’s “Love Endures” a couple reunites after the dead husband becomes a ghost. Descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. 2008.

Peace     DB/RC 68090
4 hours 30 minutes
by Richard Bausch
read by Christopher Hurt
Italy, World War II. Three American soldiers undertake a dangerous assignment to locate retreating Germans. Corporal Robert Marson hires an elderly local to lead them over rough terrain, but as the men succumb to fear, they grow increasingly uncertain of their mission—and their guide. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

The White Tiger     DB/RC 68163
7 hours 41 minutes
by Aravind Adiga
read by John Horton
Bangalore, India. Over the course of seven days, Balram Halwai, a rickshaw-puller’s son, writes to visiting Chinese premier Jiabao about his transformation from chauffeur to entrepreneur. Balram—sought for police questioning about a brutal murder—embodies the tumultuousness of modern India. Some violence and some strong language. Man Booker Prize. Bestseller. 2008.

Just Take My Heart     DB/RC 68279
8 hours 22 minutes
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by Annie Wauters
Broadway actress Natalie Raines is murdered after discovering who killed her former roommate. Two years later, police arrest Natalie’s estranged husband Gregg Aldrich for the crime. New Jersey assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace, a heart-transplant survivor, is assigned the case but develops doubts about Gregg’s guilt during the trial. Bestseller. 2009.

Chains     DB/RC 68396
7 hours 42 minutes
by Laurie Halse Anderson
read by Madisun Leigh
American Revolution. Teenage slave Isabel and her younger sister are taken from Rhode Island and sold to an abusive Loyalist couple in New York City, where Isabel spies on the British to win her freedom. Some violence and some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

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Books for Children

Nonfiction

Pocket Babies: And Other Amazing Marsupials     RC 66418
2 hours 38 minutes
by Sneed B. Collard
read by Ken Kliban
Discusses general characteristics, behavior, habitat, history, and conservation of the some three hundred   marsupial species found mainly in Australia, New Guinea, and South America. Features opossums, kangaroos, koalas, wombats, bandicoots,  bilbies, numbats, moles, Tasmanian devils, quolls, and more. For grades 4-7. 2007.

Mercury     RC 66848
0 hours 31 minutes
by Elaine Landau
read by Erin Jones
Presents facts about the planet closest to the Sun—Mercury. Describes its speed around the Sun, the temperature on its surface, and ways Mercury is different from Earth. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Beyond Pluto: The Final Frontier in Space     RC 66858
0 hours 33 minutes
by Elaine Landau
read by Erin Jones
Discusses astronomers’ 1992 discovery of the Kuiper Belt and presents facts they have learned about this area of space near Pluto. Explains the role of unmanned space probes such as the Hubble Space Telescope and New Horizons in exploring the outer edge of our solar system. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Saturn     RC 66859
0 hours 31 minutes
by Elaine Landau
read by Erin Jones
Presents facts about the ringed planet, which is sixth from the Sun. Explains conditions on the surface of Saturn, the discovery and makeup of its rings, and its fifty-six moons. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Pluto: From Planet to Dwarf     RC 66871
0 hours 34 minutes
by Elaine Landau
read by Erin Jones
Discusses astronomers’ decision in August 2006 that Pluto is not a planet but belongs in a group called dwarf planets. Covers the discovery of Pluto and details its composition, orbit, and moon. Explains the change in Pluto’s designation. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry     RC 66930
1 hour 31 minutes
by Scott Reynolds Nelson
read by Bob Moore
Historian describes his search to determine if the song about John Henry was based on an actual man. Discusses tracing historical clues, learning about railroad construction in the late 1800s, and decoding the secret message of the song. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2008.

Ray Charles: “I Was Born with Music inside Me”     RC 67059
2 hours 18 minutes
by Carin T. Ford
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
Biography of musical legend Ray Charles (1930–2004), who became blind at age seven. Chronicles his education at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and his career. Describes his love of music and his struggles with racial prejudice, marriage difficulties, drug abuse, and legal problems. For grades 6-9. 2008.

The Sun     RC 67097
0 hours 30 minutes
by Elaine Landau
read by Erin Jones
Presents facts about the largest star in the sky—the Sun. Explains its role in the solar system. Details the way it generates energy and helps Earth. Also covers the methods astronomers use to study the Sun. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Uranus     RC 67098
0 hours 35 minutes
by Elaine Landau
read by Erin Jones
Presents facts about the seventh planet from the sun, Uranus, from its 1781 discovery by telescope to the information sent by the unmanned space probe Voyager 2 in 1986. Discusses its weather, moons, and rings, among other physical conditions. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali     RC 67173
1 hour 23 minutes
by Charles R. Smith
read by Bill Quinn
Rap-inspired verse celebrates the life of American boxing champion Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in 1942. Covers Ali’s 1960 Olympic gold medal, his conversion to Islam, objections to the war in Vietnam, attitudes toward racism, and battle with Parkinson’s disease. For grades 5-8. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 2007.

Robot Explorers     RC 67188
2 hours 51 minutes
by Ron Miller
read by Kristin Allison
Discusses the use of mechanical robots to explore our solar system. Covers missions to the Moon and Mars, the Pioneer and Voyager programs, the Galileo and Cassini-Huygens probes that supplied information and images of the planets, the Stardust probe that collected comet material, and future possibilities. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Sigmund Freud     RC 67211
3 hours 6 minutes
by Kathleen Krull
read by Faith Potts
Biography of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939). Discusses his medical studies, scientific interest in the brain and psychology, development of talk therapy, and pursuit of fame. Explains the reactions of the intellectual community in Vienna, Austria, to Freud’s new approach to treating mental illnesses. For grades 5-8. 2006.

The Whale Scientists: Solving the Mystery of Whale Strandings     RC 67366
0 hours 18 minutes
by Fran Hodgkins
read by Mark Ashby
Traces whale evolution, the relationship between whales and humans, and the protection of endangered species. Introduces theories—including hearing damage, difficulties with echolocation, and weather conditions—about why whales strand themselves on shore. Discusses rescue efforts and the ways scientists study beached whales to learn what happened. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Gwendolyn Brooks: “Poetry Is Life Distilled”     RC 67437
2 hours 54 minutes
by Christine M. Hill
read by Gail Nelson
Biography of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000), the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry (1950). Discusses her experiences with racism and civil rights, her family and career, becoming the Library of Congress consultant in poetry in 1985, and her influence on the literary world. For grades 6-9. 2005.

What the World Eats     DB/RC 67687
6 hours 34 minutes
by Faith D’Aluisio
read by Kerry Dukin
Author’s record of what twenty-five families in twenty-one countries ate in one week. Compares expenses and categories such as dairy, meat and eggs, fruits and vegetables, snacks, fast food, and beverages. Features favorite family recipes. Countries range from Australia and China to France and Chad. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Ferris Wheel! George Ferris and His Amazing Invention     DB/RC 67830
1 hour 27 minutes
by Dani Sneed
read by Carol Dines
Biography of George Ferris (1859–1896), the American engineer who built a gigantic passenger-carrying wheel for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Describes his education and work experience prior to dreaming up the first Ferris wheel. Discusses construction difficulties, the ride’s popularity, and Ferris’s financial collapse. For grades 3-6. 2008.

How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming     DB/RC 67837
2 hours 42 minutes
by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch
read by Leslie Stewart
Reviews the scientific evidence for worldwide warming by examining data related to changes in bird habitats, blooming seasons, butterfly ranges, tree rings, sizes of ice caps and glaciers, and coastlines. Discusses scientists’ recommendations and ways students can conserve energy and reduce their climate footprint. For grades 4-7. 2008.

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Fiction

Halfway to the Sky     RC 64936
3 hours 59 minutes
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
read by Kristin Allison
Twelve-year-old Dani runs away from her mother after the death of her brother Springer and her parents’ divorce. Dani plans to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine on her own, but is unexpectedly joined by her mother. For grades 5-8. 2002.

Standing against the Wind     RC 64961
3 hours 29 minutes
by Traci L. Jones
read by Kristin Allison
Inner-city Chicago. Shy, studious eighth-grader Patrice Williams hopes to win a scholarship to a boarding school in Mississippi. When classmate Monty Freeman defends her from some harassing boys, Patrice finds an unexpected ally. For grades 6-9. John Steptoe New Talent Award. 2006.

The Best Eid Ever     RC 66928
0 hours 21 minutes
by Asma Mobin-Uddin
read by Corrie James
Aneesa’s grandmother surprises her with three new outfits and prepares her favorite foods for the Eid feast at the end of Ramadan. But when Aneesa meets two sisters at the prayer hall who are war refugees, she and her grandmother know the best thing to do. For grades K-3. 2007.

The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll     RC 67038
0 hours 21 minutes
by Patricia C. McKissack
read by Judith Ann Gantly
In a house where there is little money, the youngest sister Nella wants a Baby Betty doll. On Christmas Day, their father presents the longed-for doll to his three daughters. Nella fights for sole possession but soon realizes that sharing the doll is more fun. For grades K-3. 2007.

When the Black Girl Sings     RC 67052
6 hours 43 minutes
by Bil Wright
read by Gail Nelson
The only black girl in an all-white prep school, eighth-grader Lahni Schuler contends with her white adoptive parents’ separation as she prepares for a singing competition. Going to church with her mother inspires Lahni to join a gospel choir, which gives her new self-confidence. For grades 6-9. 2008.

The Secret of Robber’s Cave: Cabin Creek Mysteries, Book 1     RC 67099
1 hour 54 minutes
by Kristiana Gregory
read by Jack Fox
On David’s tenth birthday, he and his twelve-year-old brother Jeff paddle their canoe to Lost Island to look for clues to a legend involving a robber, a cave, a sheriff, and stolen treasure. When the boys’ nine-year-old cousin Claire joins in, they piece together the truth. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Black Storm Comin’     RC 67107
9 hours 46 minutes
by Diane Lee Wilson
read by Andy Pyle
Utah Territory, 1860. Biracial twelve- year-old Colton joins the Pony Express in a fit of desperate determination after his white father abandons the family on their California-bound wagon train. He carries his aunt’s freedom papers to deliver in Sacramento—if he survives the mountain blizzards. For grades 5-8. 2005.

North     RC 67167
7 hours 48 minutes
by Donna Jo Napoli
read by Erik Sandvold
Rebelling against his overly protective mother, twelve-year-old Alvin runs away from Washington, D.C., and heads for the Arctic, where his hero, African American Matthew Henson, was an explorer. Alvin gains self-confidence as he travels north by passenger train, freight car, and dogsled. For grades 4-7. 2004.

A Bridge to the Stars     RC 67210
4 hours 6 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Steven Carpenter
Sweden, 1956. Eleven-year-old Joel Gustafson and his father Samuel, a logger who was once a sailor, live alone with their secrets. Joel sneaks out at night to find a lonely dog he saw. But his father’s secret involves a woman. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1990.

The Seer of Shadows     RC 67358
4 hours 43 minutes
by Avi
read by Patrick Downer
New York City, 1872. Apprenticed to photographer Enoch Middleditch, fourteen-year-old Horace Carpetine becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs. But when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of an abused dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sleeping Dog     RC 67363
1 hour 7 minutes
by Donald J. Sobol
read by Mark Ashby
Match wits with fifth-grader Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown to solve ten short mysteries. In the title piece, a beagle named Elmo falls asleep during tryouts for a job as a pet-food taster. Encyclopedia Brown figures out who put knockout powder in Elmo’s food bowl—can you? Solutions included. For grades 3-6. 1968.

Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues     RC 67364
1 hour 15 minutes
by Donald J. Sobol
read by Mark Ashby
Idaville’s detective in sneakers solves ten baffling cases, from recovering a client’s prized tooth collection to catching a sneaky thief by following a trail of paint. For grades 3-6. 1966.

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch     RC 67365
1 hour 14 minutes
by Donald J. Sobol
read by Mark Ashby
Ten-year-old Encyclopedia Brown solves ten puzzling cases. In “The Case of the Secret Pitch” Bugs Meany tries to swindle Speedy Flanagan out of his baseball bat, but Encyclopedia spots a mistake that proves Bugs lied. For grades 3-6. 1965.

Nick of Time     DB/RC 67682
12 hours 41 minutes
by Ted Bell
read by Alec Volz
Twelve-year-old intrepid sailor Nick McIver and his younger sister Katie help their father spy on Nazi submarines in 1939 England. Nick’s discovery of an old sea chest that contains a time-travel device attracts menacing pirates and takes Nick to 1805 Napoleonic naval battles. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2008.

The Legend of Skull Cliff: Cabin Creek Mysteries, Book 3     DB/RC 67691
1 hour 24 minutes
by Kristiana Gregory
read by Jack Fox
When a camper disappears from Skull Cliff, ten-year-old David, his older brother Jeff, and their cousin Claire join the search. A counselor discovers a ransom note, so everyone is looking for a kidnapper—but the clues don’t add up. Could the town curse be at work? For grades 3-6. 2008.

Paddington Here and Now     DB/RC 68099
10 hours 11 minutes
by Michael Bond
read by Graeme Malcolm
Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru, has a new set of London adventures: his shopping basket on wheels disappears from outside of the grocer’s shop, he goes trick-or-treating on Halloween, and he has a visitor who gives him a Christmas surprise. For grades 3-6. 2008.

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Foreign Language Books

Spanish

El Testamento (The Testament)     RC 65962
20 horas 47 minutos
por John Grisham
leído por Juan Ramírez
El billonario Troy Phelan sorprende a sus herederos legales cuando deja toda su herencia a Rachel Lane, su hija ilegítima. Pero ella es misionera que vive en una región remota por la frontera entre Brasil y Bolivia. Y la meta primordial del abogado Nate O’Riley es encontrarla y informarla de la herencia. Lenguaje injurioso. (Billionaire Troy Phelan surprises his children and ex-wives by leaving his entire estate to his illegitimate daughter Rachel Lane, a missionary living somewhere on the Brazil-Bolivia border. Alcoholic lawyer Nate O’Riley is tasked with finding Rachel to inform her of the inheritance. Some strong language.) 1999.

Qué Sé Yo del Universo: Todo lo que Necesitas Saber acerca del Espacio (Don’t Know Much about the Universe: Everything You Need to Know about the Cosmos but Never Learned)     RC 65964
16 horas 48 minutos
por Kenneth C. Davis
leído por Juan Ramírez
Con el formato de preguntas y respuestas, el autor presenta una historia de la astronomía y los astrónomos y pone de relieve lo que sabemos en la actualidad sobre las maravillas del universo—incluso el sistema solar, las estrellas, la Vía Láctea, otras galaxias, y el más allá. (Using a question-and-answer format, the author presents a history of astronomy and astronomers and sets forth what is known about the wonders of the universe—including our solar system, the stars, the Milky Way, other galaxies, and the great beyond.) 2006.

Luna de Miel (Honeymoon)     RC 65967
10 horas 2 minutos
por James Patterson y Howard Roughan
leído por Juan Ramírez
Mientras investiga el movimiento de fondos entre organizaciones terroristas, el agente de FBI John O’Hara descubre a una mujer hermosa que envía dinero blanqueado a las Islas Caimán. Resulta que la mujer es Nora Sinclair quien amasa dinero asesinado a maridos y novios ricos. Y ahora O’Hara está dispuesto a hacer todo lo que pueda para reunir las pruebas que permitan detenir a la escalofriante viuda negra. Lenguaje injurioso y algunas descripciones de violencia y de índole sexual. (While tracing terrorist funding, FBI agent John O’Hara accidentally discovers that Nora Sinclair is diverting laundered money to the Cayman Islands. Sinclair murders her fiancé and several husbands to amass millions, but O’Hara is determined to stop her. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence.) 2005.

El Afgano (The Afghan)     RC 65969
12 horas 18 minutos
por Frederick Forsyth
leído por María Pino
El coronel inglés retirado, Mike Martin, se hace pasar por Izmat Jan, un colega de días anteriores que ahora es un guerrero talibán encarcelado en Guantánamo, Cuba. Martin es poligloto y su misión es suplantar a Jan, viajar a Afganistan e infiltrarse   en un complot de al-Qaida antes de que pueden desplegarlo a América. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Retired British army colonel Mike Martin impersonates a former colleague, Taliban fighter Izmat Khan, who is locked up in Guantanamo, Cuba. Multilingual Martin tries to unravel an Al Qaeda plot in Afghanistan before they deploy in America. Violence and strong language.) 2006.

Nieve en la Habana: Confesiones de   un Cubanito (Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy)     RC 65974
22 horas 17 minutos
por Carlos Eire
leído por Juan Ramírez
El autor, historiador doctorado de Yale, recuerda su niñez privilegiada en Cuba donde su padre ecéntrico era juez en La Habana. Rememora su vida durante la revolución de Fidel Castro, el perder todas sus pertenencias y la fuga con su hermano al exilio en Miami en 1962. Algunas descripciones  de violencia y de lenguaje injurioso. Premio Nacional del Libro. (A Yale historian recalls his privileged childhood in Cuba, where his eccentric father was a Havana judge. Describes living through the revolution, losing everything, and escaping with his brother in 1962 to exile in Miami. Some violence and some strong language. National Book Award.) 2007.

El Caballero del Jubón Amarillo (The Man in the Yellow Doublet)     RC 65979
10 horas 56 minutos
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte
leído por Juan Ramírez
Madrid, años 1620. El Capitán Alatriste se enfrenta con peligros y aventuras amorosas en el mundo de los corrales de comedias de Madrid del Siglo de Oro. Al conocer a María del Castro, la aristocrática y bellísima actriz, Alatriste se entera de caballeros poderosos, incluso el mismo Rey, que la cortejan. Acción e intrigas culminan con una peligrosa conspiración en la corte de Felipe IV. (Madrid, 1620s. Captain Alatriste becomes involved in an aristocratic love affair with María del Castro, the beautiful actress of Spain’s Golden Age theater. But powerful men, including King Philip himself, also court her. Alatriste faces action, danger, and intrigue culminating in a palace conspiracy.) 2003.

María Antonieta (Marie Antoinette)     RC 65980
8 horas 39 minutos
por Francisca María Muñoz Muñoz
leído por María Pino
Biografía de la última reina de Francia traza la niñez y adolescencia de María Antonieta (1755–1793), como hija de la Emperatriz María Teresa de Austria, repasa su matrimonio y vida con Luis XVI, y describe su término trágico como víctima de la Revolución francesa. (Biography of the last queen of France covers the childhood of   Marie Antoinette (1755–1793), the daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Discusses her marriage to and life with Louis XVI and her demise as a victim of the French Revolution.) 2005.

El Club de la Buena Estrella (The Joy Luck Club)     RC 65996
11 horas 23 minutos
por Amy Tan
leído por María Pino
En 1949 cuatro mujeres chinas recientemente llegadas a San Francisco, inician una serie de reuniones para comer, hablar, y jugar al mah-jong. Se hacen llamar El Club de la Buena Estrella. Cuarenta años más tarde una de ellas muere y su hija toma su lugar. Entonces se revela un secreto profundo que afecta a todas. (In 1949 four Chinese women in San Francisco founded the Joy Luck Club and met to play mah-jongg and tell stories. Now, forty years later, one of the founders dies. Her daughter takes her place at the club and a secret is revealed that affects all of the women.) 1990.

Nacido en un Día Azul: Un Viaje por el Interior de la Mente y la Vida de un Genio Autista (Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant)     RC 65997
9 horas 57 minutos
por Daniel Tammet
leído por Juan Ramírez
La autobiografía de Daniel Tammet, un genio inglés de veintiséis años. Aunque sufre del síndrome de Asperger y de sinestesia, es capaz de realizar complicadas operaciones aritméticas con la velocidad del rayo, memorizar vastos datos de números y aprender un idioma en tan sólo unos días. Aquí habla de su vida desde su infancia de pobreza con ocho hermanos hasta su educación y vida actual como cristiano y homosexual. (Autobiography of Daniel Tammet, a twenty-six-year-old British savant with Asperger’s syndrome and synesthesia, who can perform rapid memorization and mathematical calculations and learn an unfamiliar language in days. Describes his mainstream education, impoverished childhood with eight siblings, and adult life as a gay Christian.) 2007.

Maridos (Husbands)     RC 65999
7 horas 44 minutos
por Angeles Mastretta
leído por María Pino
Después de años de no verlo, Julia Corzas le abre la puerta a su tercer marido. Mientras hablan, ella le cuenta historias de amor y desamor que pintan un cuadro de encantos sobre el amor, aun cuando el amor se pierde, se olvida o traciona. Una colección de más de cuarenta historias por la autora mexicana. (Julia Corzas answers her door to find her third husband, whom she hasn’t seen for years. They reminisce, and she tells him more than forty stories that illustrate the many enchantments of love, even love that is lost, betrayed, or forgotten.) 2007.

El Fantasma (The Ghost)     RC 66000
11 horas 33 minutos
por Danielle Steel
leído por María Pino
La vida de Charles Waterston, un prestigioso arquitecto de Londres, se desmorona por completo cuando su matrimonio de diez años termina. Se muda a Nueva York, entonces decide pasar una temporada esquiando en Vermont. Pero viajando por Massachusetts, una fuerte nevada le deja parado en un pueblecito, donde encuentra alojamiento en una casa  particular, y donde también encuentra una historia antigua que le cambiará la vida para siempre. (Architect Charlie Waterston is devastated after his ten-year marriage ends. He moves from London to New York but, still unable to work, decides to go skiing in Vermont. A snowstorm leaves him stranded in Massachusetts, where a stay at a bed-and-breakfast changes his life forever.) 1999.

En Ausencia de Blanca (In Her Absence)     RC 67951
2 horas 36 minutos
por Antonio Muñoz Molina
leído por María Pino
Mario, un joven funcionario, vive dedicado a su esposa, Blanca. Él encarna la sencillez, la paz del hogar y la fortaleza; ella, en cambio, es exquisita, extrovertida y algo inestable. Mario vive intranquilo, percibiendo que algo inquietante amenaza su unión, algo que quizá tenga relación con el oscuro pasado de Blanca. (Mario, a young bureaucrat, is dedicated to his wife Blanca. He is solid, upstanding, and dependable, while she is exquisite, lively, and somewhat unstable. Mario constantly worries that their marriage will be threatened—perhaps by something from Blanca’s obscure past.) 1999.

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