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Books for Adults


Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940–1941    DB/RC 65641
28 hours 49 minutes
by Ian Kershaw
read by Dennis Rooney
British historian examines the decisions—made by world leaders Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, Mussolini, and Tojo—that determined the course of World War II. Includes Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, Great Britain’s refusal to negotiate after France fell, and Japan’s seizure of European interests in Southeast Asia. 2007.

Going down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign     DB/RC 66008
24 hours 11 minutes
by Michael K. Honey
read by Frank Coffee
Chronicles the dramatic events in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968 beginning with the sanitation workers’ strike that led to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Assesses the strikers’ impact on the civil rights movement. Includes oral histories of participants. 2007.

Joni: An Unforgettable Story     DB/RC 66076
6 hours 43 minutes
by Joni Eareckson Tada
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Tada, paralyzed from the neck down by a diving accident in 1967, shares her struggle—what she calls an “incredible adventure”—to adjust to her disability. Describes overcoming, through faith in God, her physical and emotional challenges and even becoming a skillful artist by using her mouth to guide her pen. 1976.

A Life of Picasso: Volume 3, 1917–1932; the Triumphant Years    DB/RC 66274
25 hours 40 minutes
by John Richardson
read by Frank Coffee
Covers Picasso’s diverse artistic enterprises before age fifty, from his adventures with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and marriage to ballerina Olga Khokhlova to his welded sculptures and Surrealism. Describes Picasso’s interactions with other artists and affair with young Marie-Thérèse. Sequel to A Life of Picasso: Volume 2, 1907–1917 (RC 44599). 2007.

Lives of the Planets: A Natural History of the Solar System     DB/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.

Music Is My Mistress     DB/RC 66574
17 hours 54 minutes
by Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
Autobiography of bandleader, composer, and jazz musician Duke Ellington (1899–1974). Describes Ellington’s childhood in Washington, D.C., his fellow artists, his 1923 arrival in New York City, subsequent worldwide tours, and his philosophy of life. 1973.

Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father     DB/RC 66716
19 hours 24 minutes
by John Matteson
read by Don Hagen
Portrait of nineteenth-century author of Little Women (RC 58830) and her father Bronson Alcott, a noted New England educator and friend of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne. Describes the influence of Bronson’s penury and emotional fragility on Louisa, who assisted the family financially despite her Civil War-contracted illness. Pulitzer Prize. 2007.

Feeding the Healthy Vegetarian Family     DB/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 Americano: Fighting with Castro for Cuba’s Freedom     DB/RC 66860
9 hours 14 minutes
by Aran Shetterly
read by Ray Foushee
Journalist recounts the life of William Morgan, an Ohioan who joined Cuba’s revolutionary movement in the late 1950s to bring freedom and democracy to the island nation. Describes Castro’s adoption of a communist platform and Morgan’s subsequent anti-Castro and counterrevolutionary activities, which led to his 1961 arrest and execution. 2007.

Apollo’s Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination     DB/RC 66861
7 hours 56 minutes
by Michael Sims
read by Jack Fox
Describes events in a distilled, ideal day as the line of demarcation between darkness and light creeps around the globe. Sims draws on both natural and cultural history to examine such topics as dawn cloud shows, circadian rhythms, high noon, changing shadows, and the three kinds of twilight. 2007.

Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited     DB/RC 66863
8 hours 36 minutes
by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein
read by Erin Jones
Authors describe learning in their mid-thirties that they are identical twins who as infants were separated by a New York adoption agency. They recount their experiences before and after being reunited and discuss their birth mother and the nature versus nurture study that separated them. Some strong language. 2007.

Sit, Ubu, Sit: How I Went from Brooklyn to Hollywood with the Same Woman, the Same Dog, and a Lot Less Hair     DB/RC 66864
6 hours 52 minutes
by Gary David Goldberg
read by Barry Bernson
Award-winning sitcom writer and producer details his personal and professional life before and after he was “discovered” in a writing class in the 1970s. Goldberg describes his work on Family Ties and Spin City and recounts his friendships with celebrities such as actor Michael J. Fox. Some strong language. 2008.

Yum-o! The Family Cookbook     DB/RC 66865
5 hours 34 minutes
by Rachael Ray
read by Erin Jones
The Food Network host suggests ways to make healthful eating easier, more affordable, and fun for families. Offers recipes designed to encourage children to help prepare meals. Provides ideas for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners, including rollover suppers that make use of leftovers. 2008.

President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman     DB/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 term in the White House. Discusses his determination to preserve the Union and to avoid armed conflict. Describes the ethical challenge of slavery. 2008.

Up till Now: The Autobiography     DB/RC 67034
15 hours 41 minutes
by William Shatner
read by Richard Davidson
Shatner reminisces about his life and acting career, poking fun at his own experiences. Describes playing Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series and starring in shows such as Boston Legal. Details his personal successes and tragedies, including the accidental death of his wife Narine. Some strong language. 2008.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames     DB/RC 67035
9 hours 55 minutes
by David Sedaris
read by Nick Sullivan
Humor essayist recounts his experiences at home and abroad, including his encounter with dingoes in Australia, purchase of a skeleton in France, and attempt to quit smoking in Tokyo. The book title comes from a safety brochure Sedaris found in Hiroshima. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

The Revolution: A Manifesto     DB/RC 67036
5 hours 35 minutes
by Ron Paul
read by Frank Coffee
Libertarian congressman from Texas calls for a return to what he considers the American principles endorsed by the Founding Fathers: “liberty, self-government, the Constitution, and a noninterventionist foreign policy.” Also discusses personal freedom and money issues and offers suggestions for change. Bestseller. 2008.

William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner     DB/RC 67041
26 hours 23 minutes
by William Hague
read by George Holmes
Biography of British parliamentarian William Wilberforce (1759–1833), who passed the 1807 Slave Trade Abolition Bill and legislation to reform the morality of England. Details the military and political wars of Wilberforce’s era, his ties to colleague William Pitt the Younger, and his 1785 conversion to Christian evangelicalism. 2007.

Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend     DB/RC 67056
14 hours 6 minutes
by Barbara Oakley
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Prompted by her sister’s lifelong malevolent behavior, Oakley explores biological roots of deceitful, manipulative, and otherwise Machiavellian traits. Draws on psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience to examine ways people with such personalities function—and often succeed. Case studies include Adolf Hitler, Slobodan Milosevic, Mao Tse-tung, and Enron leaders. Some strong language. 2007.

The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa     DB/RC 67060
8 hours 47 minutes
by Josh Swiller
read by Kevin Collins
Swiller, who lost his hearing during childhood, describes joining the Peace Corps at age twenty-three “to find a place,” he says, “past deafness.” Recounts his two-year stint and his attempts to improve conditions in a remote Zambian village plagued by poverty, disease, and violence. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Life Laid Bare: The Survivors in Rwanda Speak     DB/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.

Unbowed: A Memoir     DB/RC 67068
13 hours 44 minutes
by Wangari Muta Maathai
read by Lisette Lecat
Memoir of Nobel Peace Prize winner, environmentalist, and political activist. Maathai, raised in colonial Africa, describes her return to the newly independent Kenya in 1966 after studying abroad. Discusses her founding of the Green Belt Movement and mobilizing women to reforest the land and become educated. Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. 2006.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism     DB/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 and the group’s twelve traditions, plus medical and religious views of A.A. 2001.

McMafia: A Journey through the Global Criminal Underworld     DB/RC 67165
17 hours 47 minutes
by Misha Glenny
read by Bill Wallace
Former BBC world correspondent examines the globalization of organized crime. Asserts that the Russian mafia, Colombian drug cartels, Chinese labor smugglers, and other sources of illegal trade fueled by Western demand exploit new technology and the poverty of developing nations. Discusses links between global crime and terrorism. Some strong language. 2008.

Once upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA     DB/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.

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior     DB/RC 67217
5 hours 11 minutes
by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman
read by Margaret Strom
Organizational expert Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, explore the psychological forces that undermine rational thinking. They use real-life examples to demonstrate that the desire to avoid loss and the inclination to remain committed to initial assessments can influence one’s decision-making process—sometimes with detrimental effects. 2008.

The Librettist of Venice: The Remarkable Life of Lorenzo Da Ponte—Mozart’s Poet, Casanova’s Friend, and Italian Opera’s Impresario in America     DB/RC 67265
16 hours 15 minutes
by Rodney Bolt
read by Frank Coffee
Chronicles the life and career of Italian Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749–1838), from priest to poet and librettist. Covers Da Ponte’s working relationship with Mozart, immigration to America in 1805, and role in establishing the first New York City opera house. 2006.

George Washington’s Secret Navy: How the American Revolution Went to Sea     DB/RC 67398
16 hours 55 minutes
by James L. Nelson
read by Ray Childs
Award-winning author examines the establishment of an American navy during the Revolutionary War. Discusses the roles of the Continental Congress and George Washington in the October 1775 authorization for the first ships. Details the skirmishes between Washington’s armed schooners and the British fleet. 2008.

The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In     DB/RC 67462
19 hours 17 minutes
by Hugh Kennedy
read by Peter Ganim
Chronicles Arab Muslim conquests in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe that occurred from 632 C.E., following the death of the prophet Muhammad, to 750 C.E. Interprets early Arabic accounts of the events to describe the battles, settlements, and conversion of the lands and peoples. 2007.

The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West     DB/RC 67481
13 hours 0 minutes
by Edward Lucas
read by Bill Wallace
Former Moscow bureau chief for the Economist alleges that Russia under Vladimir Putin is a growing threat to the West. Lucas cites human rights abuses, crackdowns on the media and dissidents, widespread fraud, intimidation of former Soviet satellite nations, and the danger Russia poses as a major energy supplier. 2008.

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger     DB/RC 67484
14 hours 22 minutes
by Marc Levinson
read by Butch Hoover
Economist traces the development of the shipping container as a cheap means to transport goods, beginning in the 1950s. Explains its effects on the economic landscape, such as eliminating longshoremen’s jobs and changing port communities. Features Malcom McLean, a trucking company owner, as the major force in this dynamic. 2006.

Moondog: The Viking of Sixth Avenue; the Authorized Biography     DB/RC 67495
12 hours 55 minutes
by Robert Scotto
read by Jim Zeiger
Biography of musician Moondog, Louis Thomas Hardin Jr. (1916–1999), who was blinded at age sixteen. Discusses his rise from being a Viking-garbed, homeless street musician in New York City in the 1960s to becoming a Columbia Records pop-music sensation and master composer for European orchestras. 2007.

Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba—and Then Lost It to the Revolution     DB/RC 67536
14 hours 34 minutes
by T.J. English
read by Bill Wallace
Author documents from primary sources the late-1940s and early-1950s dominance of Havana’s entertainment industries by American organized crime—all beyond the U.S. government’s reach. Describes Meyer Lansky’s and Lucky Luciano’s ties to Cuban dictator Batista’s regime before Castro’s 1959 takeover. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Oil     DB/RC 67563
3 hours 35 minutes
by James Laxer
read by Robert Sams
Canadian professor provides an overview of the modern oil industry from its nineteenth-century origins in North America and Russia to its twenty-first-century challenges. Describes the development of the world’s major petroleum companies and the environmental impact of fuel consumption. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

The Unnatural History of the Sea     DB/RC 67600
16 hours 20 minutes
by Callum Roberts
read by Ted Stoddard
Professor traces the history of commercial and sport fishing and the decline of once-abundant ocean species. Draws on firsthand accounts of early sailors as well as catch records to document the collapse of stocks of fish like Atlantic cod. Calls for increased regulation and the establishment of marine reserves. 2007.

Black Crescent: The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas     DB/RC 67652
21 hours 40 minutes
by Michael A. Gomez
read by Robin Miles
Social history of African Muslims in the Western Hemisphere, beginning with fifteenth-century Latin America. Describes revolts in Brazil, “slave-ocracy” in the Caribbean, and Islamic societies in the United States. Discusses the influence of Noble Drew Ali, Malcolm X, and the Nation of Islam. ALA Black Caucus Award. 2005.

The Years of Extermination, 1939–1945: Nazi Germany and the Jews, Volume 2     DB/RC 67655
34 hours 29 minutes
by Saul Friedländer
read by Robert Blumenfeld
Second volume of historian’s account of the Holocaust focuses on ideological and cultural factors behind Germany’s extermination policies. Discusses the effect of Nazi institutional dynamics and World War II. Describes experiences of Jews and the passivity of occupied Europe. Sequel to The Years of Persecution (RC 67615). Pulitzer Prize. 2007.

The Elements: What You Really Want to Know     DB/RC 67668
5 hours 7 minutes
by Ron Miller
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses the discovery of atoms and the history of the periodic table. Explains the naming of chemical elements and their uses in daily life. Features biographies of major figures in chemistry and basic data on each of the known elements. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Happiness Now! Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good Fast     DB/RC 67679
8 hours 41 minutes
by Robert Holden
read by Gary Tipton
Psychologist uses case studies from his Stress Busters Clinic to illustrate his formula for achieving loving relationships and self-acceptance. Posits that an individual’s happiness is determined by his or her own perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs. Offers suggestions for loving unconditionally and living well in the present. 2007.

Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea     DB/RC 67744
26 hours 43 minutes
by Noah Andre Trudeau
read by Jake Williams
The author of Gettysburg (RC 54927) uses primary documents to analyze William T. Sherman’s march through Confederate Georgia in the autumn of 1864. Disputes the notion of total war and argues that Sherman’s main objective was to persuade Southerners to rejoin the Union. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Pieces of My Heart: A Life     DB/RC 67757
10 hours 42 minutes
by Robert J. Wagner
read by Joe Peck
Autobiography of actor Robert Wagner—born in 1930 and known for his starring roles in movies and television series It Takes a Thief and Hart to Hart. Reminisces about his career, children, and well-publicized relationships, including two marriages to Natalie Wood. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

American Medical Association Complete Guide to Prevention and Wellness: What You Need to Know about Preventing Illness, Staying Healthy, and Living Longer     DB/RC 67870
20 hours 51 minutes
by American Medical Association Staff
read by Lou Harpenau
Discusses the importance of proper nutrition, weight, and exercise. Outlines preventive measures for various health problems and ways to keep specific body parts fit, including the reproductive system. Covers the needs of children and adolescents and issues such as premature aging. 2008.

Travels in a Blue Chair: Alaska to Zambia, Ushuaia to Uluru; a Series of Short Stories     DB/RC 67926
14 hours 9 minutes
by Walt Balenovich
read by Guy Williams
Balenovich, who had polio in childhood, recounts adventures in his blue wheelchair—a device he believes does not confine him, but gives him the freedom to travel and meet new friends. Describes exploring Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, celebrating Chinese New Year in Thailand, and breaking a knee in Zambia. 2007.

Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution     DB/RC 68001
10 hours 7 minutes
by Robert H. Patton
read by Jake Williams
Details America’s maritime conflicts with the British during the Revolutionary War that consisted primarily of commissioned private American vessels attacking enemy ships. Describes the huge profits the privateer owners made from their wartime activities and discusses the ways their newfound wealth propelled the nation’s entrepreneurialism. 2008.

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House     DB/RC 68010
21 hours 28 minutes
by Jon Meacham
read by Robert Sams
Newsweek editor and author of Franklin and Winston (RC 57644) describes the expansion of the power of the American president begun in 1829 by Andrew Jackson. Highlights Jackson’s belief in the will of the common man and discusses the development of the Democratic Party under his leadership. Pulitzer Prize. Bestseller. 2008.

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Call Me Ted     DB/RC 68012
14 hours 29 minutes
by Ted Turner
read by Patrick Downer
Autobiography of entrepreneur who founded CNN. Turner describes inheriting the family billboard company after his father’s suicide and building an international media empire. Discusses his multiple marriages, sports interests, and philanthropic endeavors. Includes testimonials from friends and rivals. Bestseller. 2008.

William Cullen Bryant: Author of America     DB/RC 68030
15 hours 48 minutes
by Gilbert H. Muller
read by Ted Stoddard
Biography of William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878) from his impoverished New England childhood to his prominence as one of America’s foremost poets. Chronicles Bryant’s 1825 arrival in Manhattan as a lawyer and his half century as the politically and socially influential editor of the New York Evening Post. 2008.

First Stop in the New World: Mexico City, the Capital of the Twenty-first Century     DB/RC 68032
10 hours 35 minutes
by David Lida
read by Mark Ashby
Resident journalist offers an insider’s social chronicle of the largest metropolis—twenty million people—in the Western Hemisphere. Describes wealthy citizens and street vendors; gracious old colonial and modern, densely packed neighborhoods; the sex district and the arts and entertainment scene; and the enjoyment he finds living there. Descriptions of sex. 2008.

What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope     DB/RC 68039
11 hours 37 minutes
edited by Julie K. Silver
read by Mary Kane
Breast cancer survivor and medical doctor uses her experience and the comments of other cancer survivors and specialists to explore aspects of fighting the disease. Discusses the need for adequate sleep, proper nutrition, and exercise. Covers spirituality, intimacy, and the importance of seeking help and balancing work and family. 2008.

Buyology: Truth and Lies about Why We Buy     DB/RC 68128
7 hours 52 minutes
by Martin Lindstrom
read by Jim Zeiger
Marketing expert explains “buyology,” his term for the subconscious thoughts, feelings, and desires that drive consumer decisions. Discusses findings from a three-year, multimillion-dollar neuromarketing experiment that gauged responses to products and advertisements and tried to determine the ways sex, religion, subliminal messages, and bodily senses influence purchasing. 2008.

The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge     DB/RC 68151
8 hours 28 minutes
by Jamie James
read by Steven Carpenter
Details the life and career of American herpetologist Joe Slowinski. Describes the thirty-eight-year-old expedition leader being bitten by a deadly many-banded krait in a remote part of Myanmar on September 11, 2001, and the hours his colleagues spent trying to keep him alive. Some strong language. 2008.

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World     DB/RC 68162
13 hours 2 minutes
by Niall Ferguson
read by Ralph Lowenstein
Harvard professor and author of Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (RC 61407) pens an international history of money and finance. Discusses topics such as banks, bonds, stocks, real estate, and insurance, as well as the concepts of inflation and recessions. Companion to PBS special. Bestseller. 2008.

The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power     DB/RC 68169
12 hours 37 minutes
by Tariq Ali
read by Dennis Rooney
Lahore-born journalist surveys the history of his native land, which became independent Pakistan in 1947. Focuses on the country’s relations with the West and the conflict between Pakistan’s ordinary citizens and its U.S.-backed military and political elite. Discusses the rule of Pervez Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in 2007. 2008.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage for Dummies     DB/RC 68185
18 hours 18 minutes
by Patricia Barry
read by Kerry Dukin
AARP editor examines Medicare and its Part D prescription-drug options from a consumer’s point of view. Discusses choosing or switching to an appropriate plan, avoiding a coverage gap and marketing scams, and filing grievances. Suggests ways family members can help loved ones with the paperwork. 2008.

The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam during the Kennedy Era     DB/RC 68194
9 hours 59 minutes
by David Halberstam
read by Barry Bernson
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter’s firsthand account of the Vietnam War before President Johnson’s escalation of American involvement. Analyzes foreign policy failures of U.S. military and political leaders and the downfall of South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. Revised edition includes an introduction by Daniel J. Singal. First published in 1965. 2008.

Careers in Renewable Energy: Get a Green Energy Job     DB/RC 68195
7 hours 9 minutes
by Gregory McNamee
read by Gary Tipton
An overview of various forms of renewable energy—solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, hydrogen, and bioenergy—and the career opportunities in this growing field. Discusses “green” jobs in building, management, and transportation. Details salaries, required education, and other employment criteria. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Career Chronicles: An Insider’s Guide to What Jobs Are Really Like; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Over Seven Hundred Fifty Professionals     DB/RC 68211
8 hours 12 minutes
by Michael Gregory
read by Jack Fox
A former lawyer offers college students and young adults an overview of various professions. Discusses opportunities and includes comments from practitioners in medical, legal, financial, computer, sales, and media fields, among others. 2008.

Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, of Course, Surfing     DB/RC 68228
5 hours 23 minutes
by Laird Hamilton
read by Erik Sandvold
Surfer Hamilton outlines strategies and philosophies that have contributed to his successful career. Details his exercise and nutrition regimens, discusses the importance of family and nature, and describes his various surfboards. Provides comments from other sports and fitness experts, including his wife, former professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece. Bestseller. 2008.

Narrow Dog to Carcassonne     DB/RC 68254
11 hours 1 minute
by Terry Darlington
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Retiree Darlington describes the odyssey he and his wife Monica undertook with a problematic canal narrowboat named Phyllis May and their dog, a boat-hating whippet called Jim. Against advice, they all traveled across the English Channel and down the Rhone River to the south of France. Some strong language. 2005.

Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis     DB/RC 68256
9 hours 37 minutes
by Jeffrey N. Gingold
read by Bill Wallace
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) and health-care professionals describe techniques for coping with the cognitive obstacles of the disease. They offer practical methods for remaining mentally active and include case studies and interviews. 2009.

Knee Surgery: The Essential Guide to Total Knee Recovery     DB/RC 68259
5 hours 58 minutes
by Daniel Fulham O’Neill
read by Joe Wilson
Renowned knee surgeon and sports psychologist discusses mental and physical effects of knee surgeries such as knee arthroscopy, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, and total knee replacement. Details a three-pronged recovery program including multilevel exercises, movement patterns for work and sports, and aerobic training. Also addresses frequently asked questions. 2008.

The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging     DB/RC 68264
6 hours 41 minutes
edited by the Huffington Post
read by Kristin Allison
Editors of Arianna Huffington’s influential Internet site give pointers on creating a successful blog, a regularly updated account of events on a web site. Includes notable HuffPost entries and sidebars by many of its contributors. Recommends other web sites and blogs. Some strong language. 2008.

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow     DB/RC 68282
12 hours 15 minutes
by Elizabeth Lesser
read by Faith Potts
Cofounder of the spiritual retreat Omega Institute uses her personal experiences and those of retreat participants to describe what she calls the Phoenix process. She urges those who are frozen by a difficult relationship, job, or loss to use these low periods to create a new life. Bestseller. 2004.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life     DB/RC 68285
42 hours 1 minute
by Alice Schroeder
read by Michael Scherer
Top Wall Street analyst offers a portrait of American businessman, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffett (born 1930). Using Buffett’s personal files and interviews with friends and associates, the author highlights financial and life lessons to be learned from the billionaire. Bestseller. 2008.

The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008     DB/RC 68287
6 hours 53 minutes
by Paul Krugman
read by Patrick Downer
Nobel Prize-winning economist updates his 1999 book The Return of Depression Economics (RC 50206) to reevaluate the 1990s Asian financial crisis and explain the 2008 American credit meltdown. Contends that regulations failed to keep pace with an out-of-control financial system. Offers suggestions for recovery and preventing a recurrence. Bestseller. 2009.

Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J.E.B. Stuart     DB/RC 68313
17 hours 29 minutes
by Jeffry D. Wert
read by Robert Sams
The author of The Sword of Lincoln (RC 60605) pens a biography of Confederate general James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart (1833–1864). Uses archives and first-person accounts to trace Stuart’s family history. Discusses his education, pre-Civil War military service, battle tactics, comrades-in-arms, and controversial decision during the Battle of Gettysburg. 2008.

Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai     DB/RC 68314
9 hours 58 minutes
by Ben Mezrich
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Biography of an Italian American from Brooklyn who graduated from Harvard Business School and worked at the Mercantile Exchange trading in oil in 2002. Describes his responsibilities establishing a similar oil-exchange market in Dubai. Strong language. 2007.

Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen     DB/RC 68329
19 hours 37 minutes
by Philip Dray
read by Bob Moore
Author of At the Hands of Persons Unknown (RC 55259) portrays post-Civil War African Americans who were elected to Congress. Discusses Hiram Revels, Benjamin Turner, Jefferson Long, Richard Cain, Joseph H. Rainey, and others and the social and political issues of their time. 2008.

Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings     DB/RC 68341
17 hours 9 minutes
by Jonathan Fast
read by Bob Moore
Professor researches thirteen cases of school rampage shootings from 1974 to 1999 to explore psychological theories about the murderers’ motives. Profiles lone female killer Brenda Spencer and the Columbine attack by two assailants. Outlines prevention, intervention, and crisis-response strategies for educators, parents, and students. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process     DB/RC 68344
5 hours 19 minutes
by Irene M. Pepperberg
read by Annie Wauters
Researcher describes her thirty-year relationship with the African Grey parrot Alex and relates the personality of and emotional connections made by the bird, who told her “You be good. I love you” each night. Expands on observations of Alex’s groundbreaking cognitive achievements detailed in The Alex Studies (RC 51983). 2008.

Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey     DB/RC 68364
18 hours 17 minutes
by William Least Heat-Moon
read by Jack Fox
Another journey on the back roads of America from the author of Blue Highways (RC 18700). This time Heat-Moon and his wife Q pursue the enigmatic “quoz”—anything strange, incongruous, or peculiar with connections to the cosmos. Their meandering starts with the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. 2008.

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times     DB/RC 68366
15 hours 28 minutes
by Steve Solomon
read by Butch Hoover
Longtime gardener and past proponent of the intensive-gardening trend has switched to espousing the benefits of extensive vegetable gardening—spacing seedlings far apart to yield larger plants that use less water, fertilizer, and labor. Also discusses tools, compost, and pests. 2005.

After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival     DB/RC 68376
6 hours 31 minutes
by Robin Gaby Fisher
read by Alec Volz
Chronicles the recovery of two burn victims, roommates Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, who survived the January 2000 fire that was deliberately set in a dorm at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Traces the investigation into the blaze that killed three students and injured dozens. 2008.

Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs     DB/RC 68382
13 hours 44 minutes
by Buddy Levy
read by Bruce Huntey
Freelance journalist chronicles the Spanish conquest of Mexico that began with the 1519 arrival of Hernán Cortés from Cuba. Details Cortés’s incursion into the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán, where he confined Montezuma and witnessed human sacrifice. Discusses the violent clash and lack of comprehension between the two cultures. Violence. 2008.

A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade     DB/RC 68387
9 hours 35 minutes
by Christopher Benfey
read by Alec Volz
Examines the imagery and symbolism of the hummingbird that captivated four American artists and writers, whose association reached an apex in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1882. Explores the themes of nature, religion, and sexuality in each individual’s work. 2008.

American Prince: A Memoir     DB/RC 68389
10 hours 24 minutes
by Tony Curtis
read by Jack Fox
Movie star Tony Curtis (born 1925) describes working with noted actors and directors in films such as Some Like It Hot and The Rat Race. He discusses his personal life, struggle with drugs, five marriages, six children— including actress Jamie Lee Curtis—and his side career as a painter. Some strong language. 2008.

A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution     DB/RC 68393
11 hours 43 minutes
by David A. Nichols
read by Lou Harpenau
Details President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s post-World War II contribution to the civil rights movement. Primary documents trace his administration’s initiatives, including desegregating the nation’s armed services, capital city, and public schools; appointing progressive federal judges; and passing legislation that led to the 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts. 2007.

The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy     DB/RC 68411
10 hours 32 minutes
by David M. Smick
read by Jim Bond
Founder of International Economy refutes theories presented by Thomas L. Friedman in The World Is Flat (RC 60317). Contends that global financial markets have created an uncertain, “curved” world with unpredictable events and consequences. Asserts that deregulation and entrepreneurship can solve America’s economic crisis. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Wishful Drinking     DB/RC 68419
2 hours 52 minutes
by Carrie Fisher
read by Susan McInerney
The novelist and actress—daughter of stars Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher—describes her tangled Hollywood family in this memoir. Discusses her marriage to musician Paul Simon, her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, and her addictions and manic depression. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

No Limits: The Will to Succeed     DB/RC 68428
7 hours 47 minutes
by Michael Phelps
read by Mark Ashby
Autobiography of American swimmer Michael Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China. Describes his Maryland upbringing with two older sisters who were champion swimmers, the diagnosis of his attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and his training routine. Maintains that hard work, confidence, and perseverance are necessary for success. 2008.

Soldiers and Sled Dogs: A History of Military Dog Mushing     DB/RC 68435
3 hours 53 minutes
by Charles L. Dean
read by Mark Ashby
Arctic expert and former army officer chronicles the use of sled dogs in military operations, from 1900s Alaska and World Wars I and II to modern-day sledge patrols. Describes the bonds between soldiers and dogs and canine roles in search-and-rescue missions and parachute drops. Also covers sled types. 2005.

Ten Degrees of Reckoning: The True Story of a Family’s Love and the Will to Survive     DB/RC 68440
7 hours 51 minutes
by Hester Rumberg
read by Margaret Strom
Rumberg describes the 1993 ordeal of her friends the Sleavin family, whose around-the-world voyage ended violently when a ship rammed their small sailing boat. Details Judith Sleavin’s rescue after her husband and two young children died, and recounts the beginning of her healing process. 2009.

Izzy and Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me     DB/RC 68441
5 hours 23 minutes
by Jon Katz
read by Mark Ashby
Author recounts the addition of Izzy, an emotionally damaged border collie, and Lenore, a spirited black Lab puppy, to his upstate New York farm. Describes Izzy’s acute sensitivity, which inspired Katz to do hospice volunteering, and Lenore’s affection, which helped Katz cope with his own painful past. 2008.

Best African American Essays: 2009     DB/RC 68449
11 hours 22 minutes
edited by Gerald Early and Debra J. Dickerson
read by Bob Moore
Essays explore the African American experience. Topics include family, sports, the arts, technology, education, politics, and homosexuality. In “Fired” Emily Bernard ponders a friendship’s inexplicable end. Features Brian Palmer’s “Last Thoughts of an Iraq ‘Embed’” and works by Jamaica Kincaid, Walter Mosley, and Barack Obama. Some strong language. 2009.

The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes     DB/RC 68452
20 hours 39 minutes
by Bryan Burrough
read by Robert Sams
Multigenerational history of four wealthy Texas oil families. Covers Roy Cullen, H.L. Hunt, Clint Murchison, and Sid Richardson, beginning with their wildcatting adventures in the early twentieth century. Discloses the families’ fierce competition, feuds, booms, bankruptcies, and eccentricities before their fall from prominence in the 1980s. 2009.

A Dance with the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath     DB/RC 68464
11 hours 36 minutes
by Barbara Bentley
read by Annie Wauters
A California-based advocate for victims reveals details about her marriage to a man who impersonated an admiral. Discloses the emotional and financial abuse she suffered prior to his attempt to murder her in 1991. Offers warning signs that suggest someone is a psychopath. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home     DB/RC 68466
7 hours 34 minutes
by Randy Owen
read by Bob Moore
Randy Owen, lead singer for the award-winning country band Alabama, describes his family’s southern heritage, the band’s rise to fame and fortune in the 1980s, and the faith and values that have sustained him personally and in his career. 2008.

Island World: A History of Hawai’i and the United States     DB/RC 68477
9 hours 28 minutes
by Gary Y. Okihiro
read by Mark Ashby
Asian American professor uses primary sources to present a native’s view of the social and cultural history of the Hawaiian Islands and their relationship to the United States. Discusses the people’s diaspora, education, geology, music, myths, literature, and wars. Describes the influence of New England Christian missionaries. 2008.

The Numerati     DB/RC 68479
7 hours 27 minutes
by Stephen Baker
read by Mark Ashby
BusinessWeek journalist explains data mining and analysis, a field that has greatly expanded with Internet use. Interviews the “numerati”—the people who gather and interpret the data on activities such as voting, shopping, blogging, dating, and terrorism. Discusses research on using data sensors in the home for personal health monitoring. 2008.

Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back     DB/RC 68489
7 hours 28 minutes
by Josh Hamilton
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Autobiography of an All-Star outfielder for the Texas Rangers. Hamilton describes being first pick in the 1999 baseball draft as a high school senior. Details his time in the minor leagues and discusses the cocaine addiction that jeopardized his life until a spiritual redemption in 2005 saved him. 2008.

The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life     DB/RC 68508
12 hours 52 minutes
by Ben Sherwood
read by Butch Hoover
Award-winning journalist explores psychological, scientific, and genetic aspects of survival against odds. Describes tactics and strategies that could enable one to live through car accidents, plane crashes, violent crimes, illness, and other life-and-death situations. Analyzes case studies and discusses the interplay of luck, faith, and fear. Bestseller. 2009.

Flat Belly Diet! A Flat Belly Is about Food and Attitude. Period. (Not a Single Crunch Required)     DB/RC 68510
10 hours 25 minutes
by Liz Vaccariello
read by Kerry Dukin
Editor of Prevention magazine joins with its nutrition director to outline ways to eliminate excess abdominal fat. They describe a four-day anti-bloat jump-start program and a four-week diet; recommend including monounsaturated fats such as dark chocolate, olives, or nuts with each meal; and provide recipes and optional exercises. Bestseller. 2008.

A Lifetime of Wisdom: Embracing the Way God Heals You     DB/RC 68513
8 hours 24 minutes
by Joni Eareckson Tada
read by Mitzi Friedlander
The founder of a Christian disability advocacy organization, herself quadriplegic, uses biblical scripture to explain the contradictions between misfortune and God’s goodness. Describes her response to her own teenage accident and her state of mind forty years later. Advocates living in the “now” and discusses reasons for suffering. 2009.

Ernie: The Autobiography     DB/RC 68766
9 hours 0 minutes
by Ernest Borgnine
read by Joe Wilson
The actor (born 1917) describes his ongoing career, which has included almost thirty onscreen deaths. His roles include the Academy Award-winning title portrayal in Marty, the commander in the television series McHale’s Navy, and Frank Sinatra’s murderer Fatso in From Here to Eternity. Some strong language. 2008.

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World     DB/RC 68809
20 hours 57 minutes
by Liaquat Ahamed
read by Ralph Lowenstein
Details the financial history of the United States and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. Chronicles events that led to the Great Depression and examines the central-bank decisions that influenced the world’s economic meltdown, including the stock-market crash, banking panics, and post-World War I war debts. 2009.

Searching for Schindler: A Memoir     DB/RC 68817
8 hours 7 minutes
by Thomas Keneally
read by Gordon Gould
Author of Schindler’s List (RC 20835) describes his novel-writing process. Recalls his 1980 chance encounter with Holocaust survivor Leopold Pfefferberg in Beverly Hills, which led to Keneally’s writing about Oskar Schindler, a Nazi who saved hundreds of Jews from death camps. Some strong language. 2007.

Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future     DB/RC 68872
8 hours 11 minutes
by Greg Melville
read by Jim Zeiger
Freelance journalist recounts his road trip from Vermont to California in a converted 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon that ran on recycled french-fry grease. Describes visits to eco-friendly places of interest such as Google’s solar-powered headquarters, Fort Knox’s geothermal energy system, an environmentally responsible Wal-Mart, and a wind farm. 2008.

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species     DB/RC 69357
9 hours 40 minutes
by Sean B. Carroll
read by Jim Bond
Molecular biologist evaluates natural history scientists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on their studies of evolution, paleontology, and DNA. Discusses research involving dinosaurs and early man and outlines the theories of Charles Darwin, Louis Leakey, Linus Pauling, Allan Wilson, and others. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life     DB/RC 69369
7 hours 51 minutes
by Winifred Gallagher
read by Laural Merlington
Describes different types and styles of attention. Explores the important cognitive role attentiveness plays in culture, relationships, creativity, work, and health. Tracks the link between neuroscience and psychology and suggests eliminating self-defeating habits and cultivating the ability to become engrossed by the positive. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

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The Far Pavilions     DB/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.

Battlecruiser     DB/RC 66181
12 hours 32 minutes
by Douglas Reeman
read by John Polk
1943. Thirty-nine-year-old captain Guy Sherbrooke, still scarred by the sinking of his former ship, takes command of the legendary battle cruiser HMS Reliant. Guy and his crew join the Allied war effort as Britain prepares to invade occupied Europe. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

The New Centurions     DB/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 violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1970.

Death in Kashmir: A Mystery     DB/RC 66407
9 hours 55 minutes
by M.M. Kaye
read by Graeme Malcolm
1947. In the Kashmir mountains of India, young Sarah Parrish unwittingly becomes entangled in a treacherous plot that threatens global security. When two women are killed in separate ski accidents, Sarah investigates. She discovers important evidence, places her own life in jeopardy, and finds love. 1984.

The Saturday Wife     DB/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.

A Daring Passion     DB/RC 66419
16 hours 11 minutes
by Rosemary Rogers
read by Terry Donnelly
Raine Wimbourne masquerades as the Knave of Knightsbridge, champion of the poor, to dupe authorities and protect her father—the real knave. Philippe Gautier kidnaps Raine, intending to make her his mistress and use her to thwart enemies, but love complicates his plans. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Diary of a Bad Year     DB/RC 66425
6 hours 47 minutes
by J.M. Coetzee
read by John Lescault
Australia. Aging South African writer JC is penning essays for a forthcoming book in which he and others expound on various contentious subjects. JC hires Anya, his beautiful neighbor who calls him Señor C, as his secretary. Anya’s lover Alan grows increasingly jealous and schemes to defraud JC. 2007.

Killer Market: A Deborah Knott Mystery, Book 5     DB/RC 66575
7 hours 43 minutes
by Margaret Maron
read by Catherine Byers
North Carolina district court judge Deborah Knott fills in for a colleague in High Point, which is hosting the International Home Furnishings Market. Frantically seeking lodging, Deborah encounters onetime love Chandler Nolan, now a furniture executive. When he turns up dead with Deborah’s purse nearby, Deborah becomes a suspect. 1997.

Them     DB/RC 66591
11 hours 34 minutes
by Nathan McCall
read by Bill Quinn
African American Barlowe Reed lives in a historically black Atlanta neighborhood where gentrification is bringing unwelcome changes for longtime residents. When young white marrieds Sean and Sandy Gilmore move next door to Barlowe, they forge an awkward, complex friendship amid rising tensions. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Gods Behaving Badly     DB/RC 66599
9 hours 13 minutes
by Marie Phillips
read by Michael Russotto
The Greek gods and goddesses, their powers fading, live in twenty-first-century London. Forced to work, Artemis is a dog walker, Apollo a TV psychic, Aphrodite a phone-sex operator, and Dionysus a DJ. Quarreling, the gods catch mortals in their crossfire. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Yellow Flag     DB/RC 66770
4 hours 16 minutes
by Robert Lipsyte
read by Gary Roan
Seventeen-year-old Kyle comes from a family of NASCAR drivers. He prefers playing the trumpet in a brass quintet, but when his racer brother Kris is injured, Kyle steps in. While helping his kin, Kyle becomes torn between racing and music—and two potential girlfriends. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

Bitter Sweets     DB/RC 66855
9 hours 9 minutes
by Roopa Farooki
read by Erin Jones
Bengali shopkeeper Nadim Rub dupes Ricky-Rashid Karim into marrying his lazy, illiterate thirteen-year-old daughter Henna, beginning a series of deceptions that plague succeeding genera- tions. Ricky and Henna’s daughter Shona eventually confronts her own lies to save her sons. Some descriptions of sex. Orange Award nominee. 2007.

The Elephanta Suite     DB/RC 66862
8 hours 37 minutes
by Paul Theroux
read by Jack Fox
Three tales of American travelers in India. In “The Gateway of India” a divorced lawyer finds succor in Mumbai’s slums. In “The Elephant God” a woman is stalked by a student from her call-center English class. Also includes “Monkey Hill.” Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Once upon a Time (She Said)     DB/RC 66867
15 hours 36 minutes
by Jane Yolen
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Fantasy writer presents a collection of poems, essays, and short stories. In the tale “Sans Soleil” 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     DB/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.

The Bad Girl     DB/RC 66877
12 hours 6 minutes
by Mario Vargas Llosa
read by Fred Major
Ricardo Somocurcio recounts his romance with the mysterious woman who captivates him for three decades. He first encounters the metamorphic “bad girl” as teenage Lily in 1950s Peru and is later ensnared by her in the guises of “Comrade Arlette” and “Madame Arnoux.” Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Hidden World     DB/RC 66878
12 hours 29 minutes
by Paul Park
read by Jill Fox
Miranda, a Roumanian princess who can shape-shift into the White Tyger, faces the spirit-world enemies evil baroness Nicola Ceausescu unlocked before her death. Meanwhile, Miranda’s love, army captain Peter, struggles to survive as he battles a Turkish offensive. Sequel to The White Tyger (RC 64407). For senior high readers. 2008.

Ice Trap: A Novel of Suspense     DB/RC 66932
11 hours 28 minutes
by Kitty Sewell
read by Alexander Strain
A thirteen-year-old girl from the Canadian wilderness writes to half-Welsh doctor Dafydd Woodruff claiming he is her and her twin brother’s father. Dafydd worked in Canada fourteen years ago but, despite a damning DNA test result, never slept with their mother, an antagonistic nurse. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

At First Sight: A Novel of Obsession     DB/RC 66979
8 hours 37 minutes
by Stephen J. Cannell
read by Scott Brick
While on vacation in Hawaii, middle-aged married California businessman Chick Best falls madly in love with newlywed Paige Ellis. Chick befriends Paige and her wealthy North Carolinian husband Chandler but, once home, Chick commits murder to possess Paige. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Together: A Novel of Shared Vision     DB/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 he is blinded in an accident. 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.

The Girl of His Dreams: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery     DB/RC 67064
9 hours 34 minutes
by Donna Leon
read by Peter Ganim
Venetian detective Guido Brunetti is haunted by the death of Ariana Rocich, an eleven-year-old Gypsy girl found floating in a canal with stolen jewelry on her person. His investigation meets resistance from Ariana’s insular community—who train their children to commit petty crimes—and from his boss Patta. 2008.

River of Heaven     DB/RC 67070
8 hours 39 minutes
by Lee Martin
read by Gordon Gould
Sam Brady, an aging gay man in a small Illinois town, is jolted from his solitary life first by his widowed neighbor Arthur Pope, who wants to be friends, and then by the arrival of his estranged brother Cal, with whom he shares a long-buried secret. Some strong language. 2008.

Air Apparent: Xanth     DB/RC 67089
13 hours 4 minutes
by Piers Anthony
read by John Polk
When the Good Magician’s son Hugo disappears and a dead body is discovered in his place, Hugo’s blind wife Wira attempts to find him. Accompanying her is young Debra, who’s trying to free herself from a curse, and storm spirits Happy and Fray. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Almost Alice     DB/RC 67093
6 hours 1 minute
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
read by Kerry Dukin
As her junior year winds down, Alice’s ex-boyfriend Patrick surprises her with an invitation to the prom. Meanwhile there is an unexpected turn of events with Alice’s school newspaper job, and one of her close friends makes a shocking discovery. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

The Genius     DB/RC 67169
13 hours 34 minutes
by Jesse Kellerman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Reclusive artist Victor Cracke disappears, leaving behind a cache of disturbing drawings. When Manhattan art dealer Ethan Muller exhibits the sketches, he begins to receive cryptic, vaguely threatening letters and discovers that the portraits may be evidence of long-ago murders. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Deep in the Heart of Trouble     DB/RC 67172
10 hours 19 minutes
by Deeanne Gist
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1898. Texas bicycle enthusiast Essie Spreckelmeyer, who was reconciled to spinsterhood in Courting Trouble (RC 66255), now runs her father’s oil company. After Tony Morgan is disinherited, he goes to work for Essie. The two fall in love and hope that past mistakes do not jeopardize their future. 2008.

Death Angel     DB/RC 67180
10 hours 22 minutes
by Linda Howard
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Drea Rousseau steals millions from her lover, drug lord Rafael Salinas, and escapes, but Salinas’s assassin catches up with her. Sent back from the afterlife to redeem herself, Rousseau seeks out the FBI to bring Salinas down—and falls in love. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Obsidian Butterfly: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter     DB/RC 67196
20 hours 24 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
A six-months-celibate Anita travels to New Mexico to help her bounty-hunter friend Edward investigate a series of brutal mutilation crimes reminiscent of Aztec ritual killings. They seek answers from female master vampire Itzpapalotl, owner of the Obsidian Butterfly nightclub. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2000.

Last Kiss     DB/RC 67391
10 hours 28 minutes
by Luanne Rice
read by Mare Trevathan
Hubbard’s Point, Connecticut. Singer-songwriter Sheridan Rosslare mourns her son Charlie’s death in New York City. Charlie’s girlfriend Nell hires PI Gavin Dawson to investigate Charlie’s murder. Gavin, once Sheridan’s lover, hopes to win her back after he solves the case. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Sweethearts     DB/RC 67425
5 hours 17 minutes
by Sara Zarr
read by Mare Trevathan
Salt Lake City. Non-Mormons Jennifer and Cameron are each other’s only friend in elementary school. Cameron moves away and “Jenna” is told that he died. But eight years later Cameron reappears, and their past interferes with Jenna’s new life as a thin and popular senior. For senior high readers. 2008.

Hot Mahogany: A Stone Barrington Mystery     DB/RC 67542
7 hours 30 minutes
by Stuart Woods
read by David Hartley-Margolin
CIA employee Lance Cabot asks Stone Barrington to help Lance’s brother Barton, who suffers from amnesia after being robbed. Antiques restorer Barton has a checkered past from his service in the Vietnam War—and may also own a desk worth millions. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Die for Love: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery     DB/RC 67555
8 hours 40 minutes
by Elizabeth Peters
read by Kristin Allison
Jacqueline Kirby, a librarian at Coldwater College in Nebraska, attends the New York convention of the Historical Romance Writers of the World. When a muckraking columnist drops dead at a cocktail party while surrounded by enemies, Jacqueline believes it’s murder. The police are skeptical, but Jacqueline stalks the killer. 1984.

A Good Story and Other Stories     DB/RC 67592
8 hours 37 minutes
by Donald E. Westlake
read by Margaret Strom
Eighteen short mysteries with surprising twists. In the title piece a man’s infatuation with a beautiful blonde leads to his demise. In “The Mother of Invention Is Worth a Pound of Cure” a woman tries to get her lover to murder her husband. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed     DB/RC 67609
12 hours 15 minutes
by Sean Williams
read by J.P. Linton
The Republic has been shattered and the Jedi Council decimated. Darth Vader orders his apprentice, known as Starkiller, on a secret mission to destroy surviving Jedi Rahm Kota. But as he befriends Kota and a beautiful imperial pilot, Starkiller begins to remember his former life and question his allegiance. Bestseller. 2008.

Some Like It Wicked     DB/RC 67630
8 hours 41 minutes
by Teresa Medeiros
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
England, 1810. Twenty-year-old Scotswoman Catriona Kincaid has lived with her uncle’s family since her parents were killed trying to defend their land against the English. Catriona makes a shocking offer to disgraced war hero Sir Simon Wescott—marriage in exchange for help returning to Scotland. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Anathem     DB/RC 67760
30 hours 52 minutes
by Neal Stephenson
read by Steven Carpenter
In the thirty-seventh century, mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers are cloistered in sanctuaries to nurture and safeguard knowledge from the corrupting forces of the secular realm. When catastrophe looms, young scholar Erasmas and his highly intelligent friends are called upon to save their world. Bestseller. 2008.

Hot Number     DB/RC 67765
8 hours 28 minutes
by Carly Phillips
read by Colleen Delany
Micki Jordan, self-described tomboy and publicist for the Hot Zone sports agency, cannot forget her steamy New Year’s Eve kiss with playboy center fielder Damian Fuller. Micki’s two sisters help with her makeover as she attempts to win Damian’s heart. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

An Irish Country Doctor     DB/RC 67767
10 hours 43 minutes
by Patrick Taylor
read by David Cutler
Newly graduated doctor Barry Laverty accepts his first job as assistant to Dr. O’Reilly in the Northern Ireland town of Ballybucklebo. Barry is puzzled by the village eccentrics and O’Reilly’s bedside manner and falls in love with engineering student Patricia Spence. Includes recipes. 2004.

July and August     DB/RC 67768
14 hours 1 minute
by Nancy Clark
read by Faith Potts
In this sequel to A Way from Home (RC 62192), Lily’s relatives arrive to spend another summer at her Towne, Massachusetts, home. They are buzzing about Julie’s mysterious fiancé, who is supposed to return from Siberia for their end-of-the-summer wedding. Julie’s mother even plans to come from Libya. 2008.

The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square     DB/RC 67776
14 hours 43 minutes
by Rosina Lippi
read by Margaret Strom
Forty-year-old John Dodge moves to Lamb’s Corner, South Carolina, to purchase a new business. On Lambert Square he meets linen-shop owner Julia Darrow, whose staff wears pajamas to sell their wares. John becomes immersed in small-town living and begins an affair with the quirky Julia. 2008.

A Place of Execution     DB/RC 67779
14 hours 49 minutes
by Val McDermid
read by Alexander Strain
Scardale, England; late 1963. Thirteen-year-old Alison Carter disappears while walking her dog. New detective inspector George Bennett heads the investigation and deals with closed-mouthed neighbors in the rural community and Alison’s arrogant stepfather, the village squire. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Calling     DB/RC 67782
10 hours 42 minutes
by Inger Ash Wolfe
read by Mary Kane
Detective inspector Hazel Micallef faces few murders in her small Ontario hometown. But someone slashed an elderly, terminally ill resident’s throat, and it appears to be the work of a serial killer. More puzzling, the killer’s victims seem to be complicit in their own deaths. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Island of Lost Girls     DB/RC 67786
7 hours 52 minutes
by Jennifer McMahon
read by Margaret Strom
After Rhonda Farr witnesses the kidnapping of a girl by someone wearing a bunny costume, suspicion falls on residents of Rhonda’s Vermont town. The crime triggers Rhonda’s memories of her childhood friend Lizzy’s disappearance and exposes long-kept secrets about adultery, incest, and murder. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

Cold Hearted     DB/RC 67790
12 hours 23 minutes
by Beverly Barton
read by Colleen Delany
Even though Senator Dan Price’s death is ruled a suicide, his brother hires PI Rick Carson to investigate. Rick fights his attraction to the senator’s wife Jordan, who has a string of suspicious deaths in her past. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Hot Item     DB/RC 67801
9 hours 34 minutes
by Carly Phillips
read by Colleen Delany
Gay sports agent Spencer Atkins flees New York after being publicly outed. Spencer’s son, NFL quarterback Riley Nash, fears the scandal will hurt his football career. Riley hires Hot Zone publicist Sophie Jordan for damage control and to find Spencer before the media do. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Assassin     DB/RC 67908
11 hours 59 minutes
by Stephen Coonts
read by Fred Major
After wealthy Huntington Winchester’s son is killed in Iraq, Winchester and his friends hire contract assassins to go after terrorist mastermind Abu Qasim. CIA agents Tommy Carmellini and Jake Grafton also set a trap for Qasim. Sequel to The Traitor (RC 67880). Violence and strong language. 2008.

The Hour I First Believed     DB/RC 68011
25 hours 17 minutes
by Wally Lamb
read by Mark Ashby
While teacher Caelum Quirk visits his recently deceased aunt’s Connecticut farm, his school-nurse wife Maureen witnesses the Columbine high school rampage at home in Colorado—and falls apart. Starting their lives over back East, Caelum learns life-altering family secrets. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Cross Country: An Alex Cross Mystery     DB/RC 68014
7 hours 0 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Mark Delgado
Washington, D.C., police detective Alex Cross, from Double Cross (RC 66654), investigates the murder of his former girlfriend by an African gang. Alex pursues the killers to Nigeria, where he is at the mercy of corrupt officials—and his quarry. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Midnight: A Gangster Love Story     DB/RC 68016
17 hours 13 minutes
by Sister Souljah
read by Bob Moore
Midnight, from The Coldest Winter Ever (RC 57412), arrives in Brooklyn with his pregnant mother Umma. As a refugee from war-torn Sudan, Midnight struggles to maintain Muslim traditions and keep his family safe. Eventually, Midnight falls in love and prospers. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

The Man Must Marry     DB/RC 68021
7 hours 49 minutes
by Janet Chapman
read by Colleen Delany
The three Sinclair brothers are shocked when their grandfather Abram brings unsophisticated Willamina Kent from Maine to Manhattan to decide who will lead their family’s corporation. Sam suspects that Abram wants one of the bachelors to marry the coffin maker. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7     DB/RC 68025
14 hours 50 minutes
by Jim Butcher
read by Gregory Gorton
Murderous vampire Mavra threatens to frame police detective Karrin Murphy for murder unless Karrin’s friend, wizard PI Harry Dresden, recovers the Word of Kemmler. While Harry tries to find it (and learn what it is), necromancers descend on Chicago. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

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Intent to Kill     DB/RC 68029
9 hours 37 minutes
by James Grippando
read by Annie Wauters
Boston. After his wife Chelsea died in a car crash, Ryan James quit baseball and became a radio talk-show host. Now, three years later, prosecutor Emma Carlisle receives a cryptic letter linking the accident to Chelsea’s brother Babes, who has Asperger’s syndrome. Then Babes disappears. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Catch of the Day     DB/RC 68034
11 hours 35 minutes
by Kristan Higgins
read by Margaret Strom
Maine. Thirty-two-year-old Maggie Beaumont, who has been single since her high school boyfriend dumped her, keeps busy by running a diner, volunteering, and helping her twin sister’s family. Maggie doesn’t notice her brother’s colleague, lobsterman Malone, although Malone is acutely aware of her. Some strong language. Rita Award. 2007.

My Husband’s Sweethearts     DB/RC 68044
8 hours 41 minutes
by Bridget Asher
read by Margaret Strom
At her older, ailing husband Artie’s suggestion, Lucy Shoreman calls his many lovers to visit him before he dies. Elspa, a tattooed young woman, arrives to help, as does Artie’s illegitimate son John. While playing hostess, Lucy works hard to fight off her attraction to John. Some strong language. 2008.

Bridesmaids Revisited: An Ellie Haskell Mystery     DB/RC 68059
9 hours 2 minutes
by Dorothy Cannell
read by Corrie James
England. Ellie Haskell receives a letter from her grandmother Sophia’s friends Rosemary, Thora, and Jane—collectively called the bridesmaids—informing her that Sophia would like to make contact. But Sophia has been dead for years. Ellie travels to Cambridgeshire for an adventure involving séances, a hidden diary, and a long-ago murder. 2000.

The Longing: The Courtship of Nellie Fisher, Book 3     DB/RC 68131
8 hours 55 minutes
by Beverly Lewis
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Nellie Mae Fisher has stopped seeing Caleb Yoder because of her family’s conversion to the New Order Amish church, but Caleb still hopes for a reconciliation. Meanwhile, Nellie is courted by her late sister’s Mennonite friend, and her older sister wants to enter the Englischer world. 2008.

The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror     DB/RC 68133
6 hours 48 minutes
by Christopher Moore
read by Erik Sandvold
Pine Cove, California. Seven-year-old Josh Barker sees Lena Marquez murder her ex-husband Dale Pearson, the “evil developer,” as he returns home from playing Santa Claus. Meanwhile dimwitted archangel Raziel, who is sent to Earth to grant a child’s Christmas wish, discovers that Josh wants to resurrect Santa. Strong language. 2004.

Dark Summer     DB/RC 68137
10 hours 24 minutes
by Iris Johansen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
While veterinarian Devon Brady assists with a search-and-rescue mission, Jude Marrok brings in his black Lab with a gunshot wound. Devon discovers that Jude raises special dogs gifted in healing. But her life is in jeopardy as she falls in love. Violence, explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2008.

The Decadent Duke     DB/RC 68147
12 hours 52 minutes
by Virginia Henley
read by Colleen Delany
After marrying off her four oldest daughters, Lady Georgina Gordon’s mother arranges a marriage for Georgina with Francis Russell, the duke of Bedford. But Georgina is in love with Francis’s brother John and won’t accept a passionless union. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Pagan Stone: Sign of Seven Trilogy, Book 3     DB/RC 68165
13 hours 28 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Richard Davidson
Maryland. Friends Cal, Fox, and Gage, from The Hollow (RC 66786), and their love interests once again attempt to break the power of a demon first awakened at the Pagan Stone. But to do so someone may have to die. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Star Wars: Millennium Falcon     DB/RC 68168
10 hours 55 minutes
by James Luceno
read by Christopher Hurt
Force-sensitive Allana Solo—daughter of the late Jacen Solo, brutal sith lord Darth Caedus—discovers an alien device aboard her grandfather Han’s beloved starship, the Millennium Falcon. To unravel the mystery, Allana convinces Han and Leia to retrace the Falcon’s checkered history on what turns out to be another momentous voyage. 2008.

Foundation: The Collegium Chronicles, Volume 1     DB/RC 68175
11 hours 7 minutes
by Mercedes Lackey
read by L.J. Ganser
Orphan Mags escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen to be trained as a Herald of Valdemar. Mags and his magical companion horse Dallen travel to Haven, where Mags witnesses the founding of a new Collegium, discovers latent talents, and uncovers a conspiracy. 2008.

Double Contact: A Sector General Novel     DB/RC 68188
8 hours 54 minutes
by James White
read by Jack Fox
Senior physician Prilicla leads an expedition aboard the ambulance spaceship Rhabwar in response to three separate distress beacons. The team encounters two alien species—one of which has been nearly annihilated by the other—and evidence of botched first contact. Prilicla tries to set things right. 1999.

The Treasure     DB/RC 68189
12 hours 14 minutes
by Iris Johansen
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1196. Ex-assassin Kadar Ben Arnaud is called from Scotland to steal a religious relic in Tuscany. Kadar’s true love Lady Selene, a former child slave in the Holy Land, is also summoned in order to ensure Kadar’s cooperation. Sequel to Lion’s Bride (RC 41864). Descriptions of sex. 2008.

Leaving Whiskey Bend     DB/RC 68197
9 hours 34 minutes
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Colorado, 1890. Hallie and Pearl rescue their friend Mary from an assault by her stepbrother Chester. The three flee for safety, but a storm leaves them stranded at Eli Morgan’s tumbledown family ranch—where they find love. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Soul Thief: Corban Loosestrife, Book 1     DB/RC 68201
9 hours 42 minutes
by Cecelia Holland
read by Jack Fox
Corban witnesses the destruction of his family and their Irish farmstead and bondsmen by Vikings. He tracks his enslaved twin sister Mav to a sorceress, the Lady of Hedeby. Finding Mav raped and pregnant by Eric Bloodaxe, the man who murdered their people, Corban seeks revenge. Violence. 2002.

The Forgery of Venus     DB/RC 68206
11 hours 26 minutes
by Michael Gruber
read by Jon Huffman
Commissioned to restore an Italian palazzo, struggling American painter Chaz Wilmot attracts the attention of shady art dealer Werner Krebs. Art that Wilmot creates during his past-life hallucinations as painter Diego Velázquez prompts Krebs to concoct a one-million-dollar art-forgery scheme. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Gift of Rain     DB/RC 68207
17 hours 59 minutes
by Tan Twan Eng
read by Alec Volz
Philip Hutton, son of a prosperous British trader and his Chinese second wife, is sixteen when he first meets Japanese diplomat Hayato Endo in 1939 Penang. Philip’s relationship with Endo, his beloved aikido sensei, changes when the Japanese occupy Malaya during World War II. Booker Prize nominee. 2008.

Make Room! Make Room!     DB/RC 68208
8 hours 28 minutes
by Harry Harrison
read by Alec Volz
As Earth becomes overpopulated, New York City swells to a metropolis of thirty-five million people and food riots erupt. In the midst of demonstrations, detective Andrew Rusch hunts for mobster Mike O’Brien’s killer. Basis for the 1973 movie Soylent Green. Some violence and some strong language. 1966.

Walk of the Spirits     DB/RC 68209
9 hours 11 minutes
by Richie Tankersley Cusick
read by Madelyn Buzzard
After losing everything in a Florida hurricane, Miranda and her mother move back to the mother’s family home in St. Yvette, Louisiana. Miranda joins a school project involving the town’s history and discovers that she, like her grandfather, can speak to spirits from the past. For senior high readers. 2008.

City at the End of Time     DB/RC 68210
19 hours 44 minutes
by Greg Bear
read by Gary Tipton
Fate-shifters Ginny, Jack, and Daniel—whose consciousness can move through time and inhabit other bodies—undertake a dangerous quest to save the last vestiges of intelligent life in the future city Kalpa. Salvation rests with the mysterious ancient artifacts safeguarded by the trio but sought after by powerful rival forces. 2008.

Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses, 2009     DB/RC 68212
24 hours 6 minutes
edited by Bill Henderson
read by Erin Jones
Sixty-three stories, essays, and poems from literary magazines, online and print journals, and small presses. In Wells Tower’s “Retreat” a music therapist visits his scheming, antagonistic real-estate-developer brother in Maine. Includes works by Katie Chase, Anthony Doerr, and Louise Glück. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Pirate King: Forgotten Realms; Transitions, Book 2     DB/RC 68231
15 hours 33 minutes
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Erik Sandvold
The Sword Coast city of Luskan has been seized by pirates and the Arcane Brotherhood, a cabal of powerful wizards. Captain Deudermont plots to retake the city, and his friend Drizzt Do’Urden, although plagued by internal conflict, joins the battle. Sequel to The Orc King (RC 65569). Some violence. 2008.

Third Strike: A Charlie Fox Thriller     DB/RC 68238
11 hours 57 minutes
by Zoë Sharp
read by Mare Trevathan
Now based in Manhattan and recovering from being wounded in Second Shot (RC 68123), bodyguard Charlie is shocked to see her British physician father commit professional suicide on the local news. Despite estrangement from her disapproving parents, Charlie soon protects both of them. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Sharpe’s Rifles: Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809     DB/RC 68247
12 hours 11 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
British forces retreat as French dragoons sweep across Spain. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe attempts to lead the mutinous 95th Rifles to safety, but to do so he must ally with Major Blas Vivar, who is safeguarding a mysterious strongbox that could affect the war’s outcome. Violence and some strong language. 1988.

The Good Thief     DB/RC 68250
10 hours 35 minutes
by Hannah Tinti
read by Jim Zeiger
New England, 1800s. Ren, a twelve-year-old one-handed orphan with no memory of his past, is adopted by Benjamin Nab, a con man claiming to be Ren’s long-lost brother. As Benjamin introduces Ren to a dark, surreal world of grave robbers and petty thieves, Ren discovers his true parentage. Some violence. 2008.

Dead in the Water: A Kate Shugak Mystery     DB/RC 68262
5 hours 52 minutes
by Dana Stabenow
read by Mare Trevathan
At the Anchorage District Attorney’s request, Kate Shugak goes undercover aboard the crab boat Avilda in the Bering Sea to learn the fate of two missing deckhands. Kate endures grueling labor and a dubious, well-connected skipper, who claims the men went ashore and never came back. Some strong language. 1993.

Sharpe’s Company: The Siege of Badajoz     DB/RC 68267
10 hours 46 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
1812. Captain Richard Sharpe attempts to capture the fortress Badajoz to protect Portugal and move British forces into Spain. The campaign reunites him with his beloved Teresa—a guerrilla fighter who reveals they have a daughter—and with Obadiah Hakeswill, a sergeant Richard vowed to kill. Violence and some strong language. 1982.

Eclipse     DB/RC 68270
14 hours 19 minutes
by Richard North Patterson
read by Ted Stoddard
California attorney Damon Pierce heads to Luandia, Africa, to assist former flame Marissa Brand Okari and her husband, writer/activist Bobby, who has been arrested in the murder of three oil workers. As he defends Bobby against the charges, Damon encounters genocide, pollution, and corruption. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

Envy the Night     DB/RC 68272
10 hours 59 minutes
by Michael Koryta
read by Ted Stoddard
Frank Temple III hunts Devin Matteson, the mobster who persuaded Frank’s late father, a U.S. marshal, to become an assassin and then turned him in to the FBI. Along the way, a car wreck leads to shootouts, kidnappings, and surprising revelations. Violence and strong language. 2008.

The Eleventh Man     DB/RC 68274
12 hours 24 minutes
by Ivan Doig
read by Mark Delgado
Eleven starters of a Montana college football team enlist during World War II. The military propaganda arm selects one of them, Lieutenant Ben Reinking, to chronicle the combat experiences of his friends, who are dying one by one. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Black Ops: A Presidential Agent Novel     DB/RC 68284
18 hours 43 minutes
by W.E.B. Griffin
read by Mark Ashby
U.S. Army special forces lieutenant colonel Carlos Castillo is assigned to investigate the assassinations of American agents—and he may be the next target. Russian defectors also come to Castillo seeking asylum in exchange for divulging the location of weapons of mass destruction in Africa. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Ratking: An Aurelio Zen Mystery     DB/RC 68289
10 hours 35 minutes
by Michael Dibdin
read by Ted Stoddard
Italian police commissioner Aurelio Zen investigates the kidnapping of powerful Perugian businessman Ruggiero Miletti. Zen must deal with uncooperative local authorities and Miletti’s unscrupulous family members, including his four grown children, none of whom seem to want Zen to succeed in solving the crime. Strong language. 1989.

Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10     DB/RC 68290
14 hours 43 minutes
by Jim Butcher
read by Gregory Gorton
Chicago. The Winter Queen of the Sidhe Court calls in a long-overdue favor from professional wizard Harry Dresden, coercing him to search for missing crime lord Gentleman Johnnie Marcone. Only by finding Johnnie and saving his life can Harry preserve his own. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

England’s Perfect Hero: Lessons in Love, Book 3     DB/RC 68291
11 hours 29 minutes
by Suzanne Enoch
read by Corrie James
Early-nineteenth-century England. Like her two girlfriends, Lucinda Barrett vows to turn a rake into a gentleman and potential husband. She picks Lord Geoffrey, knowing her father, a general, would approve. But her friend Georgiana’s war-damaged brother-in-law Robert enters Lucinda’s life and shatters her plans. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Show No Fear: A Nina Reilly Mystery     DB/RC 68292
10 hours 14 minutes
by Perri O’Shaughnessy
read by Mary Kane
In this prequel to the Nina Reilly Mystery series, Nina is a paralegal and law student in Carmel-by-the-Sea. When her ex-boyfriend and her mother are both murdered, Nina enlists the help of lawyer Jack McIntyre and detective Paul van Wagoner. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Death and the Princess: A Perry Trethowan Mystery     DB/RC 68296
6 hours 3 minutes
by Robert Barnard
read by David Cutler
Scotland Yard superintendent Perry Trethowan becomes Princess Helena’s personal bodyguard after her ex-boyfriend Bill Tredgold, a reporter working on a secretive story, dies under suspicious circumstances. Perry contends with the lovely young woman’s reckless ways while he tries to stop a killer and prevent a national scandal. 1982.

Before the Scandal: The Notorious Gentlemen     DB/RC 68300
9 hours 7 minutes
by Suzanne Enoch
read by Alexander Strain
Lieutenant Colonel Phineas Bromley returns to his family estate from the Napoleonic wars upon hearing of his elder brother’s illness. He finds the property in near ruin after a series of suspicious events. But Phineas also rediscovers his beautiful neighbor Alyse Donnelly. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Three Sisters: A Charlie Moon Mystery     DB/RC 68305
12 hours 47 minutes
by James D. Doss
read by Gregory Gorton
Colorado. Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon, from Stone Butterfly (RC 64768), examines the death of newlywed Astrid Spencer-Turner, who was mauled by a bear in her bedroom. While Astrid’s surviving sisters— Beatrice and Cassandra, a TV psychic—vie for the hand of Astrid’s widower, Charlie tracks a killer. 2007.

The Bell at Sealey Head     DB/RC 68306
7 hours 30 minutes
by Patricia A. McKillip
read by Mary Kane
In the seaside village Sealey Head’s enchanted Aislinn House, where opened doors lead to another realm of knights and princesses, matron Lady Eglantyne lies dying. The arrival of her heir unlocks the mysteries of the mansion and of the unseen bell that tolls each day at twilight. 2008.

The Grub-and-Stakers Move a Mountain     DB/RC 68316
6 hours 50 minutes
by Alisa Craig
read by Margaret Strom
Canada. As Dittany Henbit confronts water department employee Ben Frankland, who is about to bulldoze a wildflower preserve, the two of them narrowly escape an errant arrow. Minutes later they discover the skewered body of Ben’s boss. Dittany and fellow members of the Grub-and-Stake Gardening and Roving Club investigate. 1981.

Executive Privilege     DB/RC 68322
10 hours 3 minutes
by Phillip Margolin
read by Annie Wauters
PI Dana Cutler is hired to tail Washington, D.C., college student Charlotte Walsh, who turns up dead after a secret meeting with President Christopher Farrington. Now Dana’s own life is in danger. Meanwhile, Oregon attorney Brad Miller investigates another death connected to Farrington. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Cabal: An Aurelio Zen Mystery     DB/RC 68337
8 hours 53 minutes
by Michael Dibdin
read by Ted Stoddard
Rome police detective Aurelio Zen investigates an apparent suicide inside the Vatican by Ludovico Ruspanti, a nobleman whose reputation is tainted with financial scandal. But when Zen notices evidence of murder, his inquiries reveal Ruspanti family squabbles and shady business dealings. Strong language and some violence. 1992.

Tallgrass     DB/RC 68342
9 hours 47 minutes
by Sandra Dallas
read by Faith Potts
Colorado, 1942. The U.S. government opens Tallgrass, a Japanese internment camp, in thirteen-year-old Rennie Stroud’s town. Rennie’s father hires internees to work on his farm, but when a local girl is murdered, suspicion falls on the newcomers. Rennie and her family stand up for what is right. Spur Award. 2007.

Doggie Day Care Murder: A Melanie Travis Mystery     DB/RC 68343
8 hours 15 minutes
by Laurien Berenson
read by Margaret Strom
Connecticut. Poodle owner and amateur sleuth Melanie Travis scouts out the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center on behalf of a friend who may leave her golden retriever there while she works. When the center’s charming co-owner Steve Pine is shot to death, Melanie goes undercover to catch the killer. 2008.

The Witches’ Kitchen: Corban Loosestrife, Book 2     DB/RC 68346
11 hours 22 minutes
by Cecelia Holland
read by Jack Fox
Corban sails for Denmark with his son Conn and nephew Raef to answer a summons, leaving his wife Benna and sister Mav on the remote island they all call home. Entangled in the intrigues of kingship successors, Conn swears allegiance to Sweyn, but Raef himself has royal blood. Violence. 2004.

Tsar: An Alex Hawke Thriller     DB/RC 68347
16 hours 56 minutes
by Ted Bell
read by Barry Bernson
Diabolical Russian count Ivan Korsakov plots to restore Russian imperialism by reclaiming former Soviet territories and conquering Europe. Only British agent Alex Hawke, from Spy (RC 63869), can stop him, but Hawke falls in love with Korsakov’s daughter Anastasia. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

A Dangerous Climate: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain     DB/RC 68348
13 hours 42 minutes
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
read by Fred Major
1700s. Benevolent vampire Saint-Germain assumes the identity of a missing Hungarian diplomat and accompanies the man’s wife to Russia, where they join Peter the Great’s court. While spying for Poland and concealing his true nature, Saint-Germain aids the czar’s efforts to modernize St. Petersburg. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Something Wicked: The Malloren Family, Book 3     DB/RC 68351
12 hours 42 minutes
by Jo Beverley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
London, 1762. Intent on having fun, Lady Elfled Malloren, a spinster at twenty-five, attends the Vauxhall Midsummer Night’s masquerade disguised as a French woman. She encounters her family’s enemy, the earl of Walgrave, and falls in love amid treason and danger. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Judas Goat: A Spenser Novel     DB/RC 68352
5 hours 25 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
Hugh Dixon hires Boston PI Spenser to track down the terrorists who randomly wounded him and killed his family in London. While on assignment Spenser encounters the “Liberty” group, whose members include a troubled young woman. Spenser calls on Hawk for backup. Violence and strong language. 1978.

The Quilter’s Kitchen: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel with Recipes     DB/RC 68353
4 hours 41 minutes
by Jennifer Chiaverini
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Anna, now the chef of Elm Creek Manor, and Sylvia remodel the inn’s kitchen and plan a cookbook. They also use fabric scraps and old aprons to create a new quilt. Includes dozens of recipes. 2008.

Jimmy the Kid: A Dortmunder Mystery     DB/RC 68357
5 hours 9 minutes
by Donald E. Westlake
read by Barry Bernson
Dortmunder goes along with a plot hatched by his zany accomplices to use a crime novel as a blueprint for a kidnapping. But Jimmy Harrington, the precocious twelve-year-old victim, is not covered in the book. When the FBI gets involved, Dortmunder loses all hope of ransom. Some strong language. 1974.

Seduce Me at Sunrise: The Hathaways     DB/RC 68361
9 hours 5 minutes
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Erin Jones
England, 1851. Kev Merripen, a gypsy taken in by the Hathaway family as a boy, always loved their daughter Winnifred. Even after Win is sent abroad to recover from an illness and later returns, Kev still cannot act on the yearnings of his heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

How to Be Single     DB/RC 68368
12 hours 58 minutes
by Liz Tuccillo
read by Erin Jones
When Georgia’s husband leaves her, she demands that her friend Julie take her and her other thirtysomething single friends out to meet men. Depressed with all of their lifestyles, Julie decides to interview women worldwide for a book about being single. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

A Tale out of Luck     DB/RC 68372
8 hours 35 minutes
by Willie Nelson
read by Roy Avers
A cattle rustler’s murder stirs up the past for retired Texas Ranger Hank Tomlinson, who runs the Broken Arrow ranch and founded the local frontier town of Luck, Texas. The investigation involves Comanche Indians, Hank’s son Jay Blue, and Flora Barlow, a tavern owner who enjoys detective work. 2008.

Geek Magnet: A Novel in Five Acts     DB/RC 68373
7 hours 49 minutes
by Kieran Scott
read by Jill Fox
Junior KJ Miller suddenly becomes popular when she’s appointed stage manager for the annual high school musical. KJ abandons her nerdy friends, attends parties, and dates an athlete. But a family emergency causes KJ to reevaluate her new social status. For senior high readers. 2008.

What Was Lost     DB/RC 68374
7 hours 15 minutes
by Catherine O’Flynn
read by Jill Fox
In 1984 England, young Kate, accompanied by her monkey toy, spends hours conducting surveillance on suspicious-looking characters. One day she disappears. Two decades later, after a mall security guard sees still-young Kate on his monitor, he remembers noticing her that fateful day. Then her monkey shows up. Strong language. 2007.

Where Evil Sleeps: A Tamara Hayle Mystery     DB/RC 68375
6 hours 40 minutes
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
PI Tamara Hayle is vacationing in Jamaica when she meets Lilah Love, also from New Jersey. Tamara reluctantly agrees to go clubbing with Lilah and her obnoxious husband. When the husband is stabbed at the bar, Lilah flees with Tamara’s passport. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Forever Princess: The Princess Diaries, Book 10     DB/RC 68378
10 hours 7 minutes
by Meg Cabot
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Graduation is on the minds of Mia’s classmates, yet she avoids telling the truth about her four-hundred-page senior project and college acceptance letters. Then her ex-boyfriend Michael returns from Japan and she begins to evade questions relating to prom and love. Some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2009.

Looking for Rachel Wallace: A Spenser Novel     DB/RC 68379
5 hours 24 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
Rachel Wallace, a feminist author whose latest book targets “people in high places” who discriminate against gay women, hires Boston PI Spenser as a bodyguard. But Wallace is kidnapped on Spenser’s watch and he frantically tries to find her. Violence and strong language. 1980.

Road to Nowhere     DB/RC 68381
14 hours 2 minutes
by Paul Robertson
read by Roy Avers
North Carolina. The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors considers funding the long-delayed construction of a highway going through a residential valley and into small-town Wardsville. With money and livelihoods at stake, aging councilman Joe Esterhouse finds himself at the center of an issue that spawns controversy, vandalism, and murder. 2008.

Western Weddings     DB/RC 68383
9 hours 52 minutes
by Jillian Hart and others read by Mitzi Friedlander
In “Rocky Mountain Bride” Savannah, who lost her family during the Civil War, arrives in Montana expecting to marry Nathaniel Brooks, but he’s not the man who has been responding to her letters. Includes “Shotgun Vows” and “Springville Wife.” Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Hunger Games, Book 1     DB/RC 68384
9 hours 19 minutes
by Suzanne Collins
read by Erin Jones
In a future North America, Panem’s rulers maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting teens from twelve districts in a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-olds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year’s girl and boy contestants from District Twelve. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

How to Build a House     DB/RC 68388
5 hours 45 minutes
by Dana Reinhardt
read by Jill Fox
Seventeen-year-old Harper’s Los Angeles family has been torn apart by a divorce that separated Harper from her beloved stepmother and stepsisters. To resurrect other damaged families and temporarily escape her own, Harper spends the summer helping to rebuild a tornado-ravaged Tennessee community. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

The School on Heart’s Content Road     DB/RC 68410
17 hours 48 minutes
by Carolyn Chute
read by Susan Ericksen
Maine. Fifteen-year-old dropout Mickey befriends militia leader Rex, who lives on a commune headed by polygamist Gordon St. Onge. Also residing there are six-year-old Jane, whose mother is incarcerated, and fifteen-year-old Bree, one of Gordon’s wives. Unrest, poverty, and suspicion abound. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Married in Seattle     DB/RC 68420
12 hours 10 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Alice Rosengard
In “First Comes Marriage” (1991) Janine’s grandfather, who raised her, decides she should marry his young business partner—before Janine even meets him. In “Wanted: Perfect Partner” (1995) thirty-seven-year-old divorced bookstore owner Meg is horrified to learn that her fifteen-year-old daughter set her up with an online stranger. Bestseller. 2009.

Delicious     DB/RC 68422
11 hours 17 minutes
by Sherry Thomas
read by George Holmes
Victorian England. Barrister Stuart Somerset spends a passionate night with a mysterious woman who has a secret past, unaware that she is his estranged brother’s cook and former lover. Ten years later, newly engaged Stuart inherits his brother’s estate. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2008.

Yesterday’s Weather     DB/RC 68425
11 hours 6 minutes
by Anne Enright
read by Terry Donnelly
Thirty-one stories set in Ireland by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering (RC 65634). In “Until the Girl Died” a forgiving wife contemplates her husband’s infidelity after tragedy strikes. Includes the title work and “Here’s to Love.” Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Slumdog Millionaire     DB/RC 68427
10 hours 4 minutes
by Vikas Swarup
read by Mark Ashby
Mumbai, India. Uneducated waiter Ram Mohammad Thomas wins a billion rupees on a quiz show but is accused of cheating and thrown into jail. In flashback-accounts to his lawyer, Ram explains how his past adventures supplied him the winning answers. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2005.

Still Alice     DB/RC 68429
8 hours 11 minutes
by Lisa Genova
read by Annie Wauters
As she turns fifty and begins experiencing odd lapses of memory, Harvard psychology professor Alice Howland gets the life-altering diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her lecturing and traveling for work, and her relationships with her scientist husband and grown children, morph along with the disease. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

The Snow Empress: A Sano Ichiro Mystery, Book 12     DB/RC 68433
10 hours 2 minutes
by Laura Joh Rowland
read by Robert Sams
Japan, 1699. Samurai chamberlain Ichiro goes to the northern island of Ezogashima to locate his kidnapped son only to find that Lord Matsumae is keeping the entire province hostage until someone confesses to killing his mistress. Ichiro investigates the murder mystery in exchange for the hostages’ release. Violence. 2007.

Run for Your Life: A Michael Bennett Mystery     DB/RC 68436
6 hours 49 minutes
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
read by Michael Scherer
NYPD hostage negotiator Michael Bennett is struggling to find a serial killer who calls himself the Teacher and who randomly targets people in the city. While texting with the sociopath, Mike tends to his ten adopted and newly motherless kids, who all have the flu. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Heart and Soul     DB/RC 68437
12 hours 55 minutes
by Maeve Binchy
read by Annie Wauters
While her philandering husband wants a divorce and her immature adult daughters still live at home, Dublin cardiologist Clara Casey opens an underfunded heart clinic at St. Brigid’s hospital. Clara assembles a compassionate staff and ultimately realizes that their efforts are making a difference and that people can change. Bestseller. 2008.

The Juvie Three     DB/RC 68442
5 hours 17 minutes
by Gordon Korman
read by Mark Delgado
Juvenile delinquents Gecko, Arjay, and Terence readily accept a second chance at life outside of incarceration and move into an apartment with social worker Doug Healy. Scared when an injury causes Healy to have amnesia, the boys continue their rehabilitation alone. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

My Heart Remembers     DB/RC 68450
10 hours 22 minutes
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
read by Margaret Strom
New York City, 1886. When their parents die in a fire, young Maelle Gallagher and her siblings Mattie and Molly board an orphan train to Missouri, where they end up with different families despite Maelle’s attempts to keep them all together. Though years pass, Maelle vows to reunite the family. 2008.

Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery     DB/RC 68453
8 hours 8 minutes
by Spencer Quinn
read by Michael Scherer
After flunking out of police school, canine Chet becomes partners and roommates with private investigator Bernie Little. Though easily distracted, Chet is a good sleuth. He describes Bernie’s latest case—the disappearance of fifteen-year-old Madison Chambliss— and his own frustration when trying to communicate clues. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

The Rain before It Falls     DB/RC 68456
8 hours 3 minutes
by Jonathan Coe
read by Colleen Delany
England. When her elderly aunt Rosamond dies, Gill discovers that Rosamond left behind recorded memories intended for Gill’s cousin Imogen, who is blind. The tapes reveal Rosamond’s evacuation from WWII-era London to a relative’s farm and her role in the family’s history of emotional abuse that reverberated through generations. 2007.

Chalice     DB/RC 68458
7 hours 7 minutes
by Robin McKinley
read by Annie Wauters
Young beekeeper Mirasol assumes the ceremonial role of Chalice of the Willowlands when her predecessor unexpectedly dies. Mirasol undertakes the daunting task of binding the governing circle to the new master, an elemental priest of fire, to save her wounded land. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Basketball Jones     DB/RC 68463
6 hours 32 minutes
by E. Lynn Harris
read by Bob Moore
African American interior designer A.J. Richardson has been in love with NBA star Dray Jones since he tutored Dray in college. A.J. is fine with keeping their long-term relationship secret—but after Dray marries, a blackmailer threatens A.J. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Tonight I Said Goodbye: A Lincoln Perry Novel     DB/RC 68476
9 hours 1 minute
by Michael Koryta
read by Mark Delgado
Cleveland PIs and former cops Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard reluctantly accept a job from John Weston, who doesn’t believe the official story that his PI son Wayne shot himself after killing his missing-and-believed-dead wife and daughter. The partners’ investigation quickly turns deadly. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

I See You Everywhere     DB/RC 68483
11 hours 43 minutes
by Julia Glass
read by Faith Potts
Sisters Clem and Louisa alternately recount their very different but occasionally intersecting lives during the period from 1980 to 2005. Career choices, lovers, illness, and eventually tragedy affect and shape their long-distance relationship. Some strong language. 2008.

Logan: Montana Creeds     DB/RC 68504
10 hours 1 minute
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Ray Foushee
Logan Creed returns to the family’s neglected Montana ranch after two failed marriages and a legal career. He meets single mother Briana Grant, who is staying on the property. Logan protects Briana while becoming reacquainted with his two half brothers. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Extreme Measures: CIA Agent Mitch Rapp     DB/RC 68506
11 hours 28 minutes
by Vince Flynn
read by Jack Fox
Using harsh methods, CIA agent Mitch Rapp interrogates two Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan and learns of an impending attack on America. But back in the United States someone leaks the information about Rapp’s techniques. A politically correct senator censures Rapp—and an attack occurs. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Wicked Game     DB/RC 68507
14 hours 33 minutes
by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
read by Jill Fox
When a skeleton is excavated at her old high school, Becca Sutcliff is again haunted by visions of her friend Jessie, who disappeared two decades ago. Former classmates come under suspicion, Becca falls for Jessie’s old boyfriend, and a stalker targets victims among them. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Christmas Sweater     DB/RC 68511
5 hours 11 minutes
by Glenn Beck
read by Gary Tipton
Twelve-year-old Eddie is mad that he didn’t get a bike for Christmas—only a homemade sweater from his widowed mother. When Eddie’s mom is killed on their way home from visiting his grandparents, his grandfather tries to teach the grieving boy about life, happiness, and faith. Bestseller. 2008.

One Day at a Time     DB/RC 68514
9 hours 46 minutes
by Danielle Steel
read by Jill Fox
Dogwalker Coco Barrington, the black sheep of her Hollywood family, falls in love with British actor Leslie Baxter. Although Coco’s mother dates a younger man and Coco’s sister Jane’s partner is pregnant, they disapprove of Coco’s relationship. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Dylan: Montana Creeds, Book 2     DB/RC 68515
10 hours 14 minutes
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Ray Foushee
Rodeo champion Dylan Creed returns home to his Stillwater Springs, Montana, ranch with his two-year-old daughter Bonnie after Bonnie’s mother abandons her. Dylan takes Bonnie to story hour and runs into his ex-lover, librarian Kristy Madison—and their romance rekindles. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Glitter Baby     DB/RC 68764
11 hours 59 minutes
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
read by Kristin Allison
Model Fleur Savagar struggles to come to terms with her American mother and French-Russian father until she uncovers their secrets. Fleur falls in love with playwright and actor Jake Koranda—a man with his own hidden past. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1987.

Feels like Family: The Sweet Magnolias, Book 3     DB/RC 68765
10 hours 28 minutes
by Sherryl Woods
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Divorce attorney Helen Decatur has a successful career but still wants a family. Helping single mother Karen and falling for pastry chef Erik—both employees at her friend Dana Sue’s restaurant—give Helen a chance to realize her dream. 2007.

The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Cotton Malone Novel     DB/RC 68767
16 hours 47 minutes
by Steve Berry
read by Jim Zeiger
Cotton Malone, from The Venetian Betrayal (RC 66540), seeks clues about his submariner father’s death forty years ago in 1971. Malone reads the classified file about his father’s mission and, following clues found in a manuscript in Charlemagne’s tomb, learns the truth. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

True Detectives: An Alex Delaware Novel     DB/RC 68768
12 hours 11 minutes
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
PI Aaron Fox and LAPD detective Moe Reed, biracial half brothers, discover that they are both investigating twenty-year-old Caitlin Frostig’s disappearance. They join forces and uncover clues involving murder, drugs, a missing baby, and an anorexic male movie star. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Ruby: Dakotah Treasures, Book 1     DB/RC 68770
12 hours 20 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Jill Ferris
Dakotah Territory, 1882. New York City housemaid Ruby Torvald and her nine-year-old sister Opal receive train tickets from their father to join him out West. When their dad dies upon their arrival and leaves them his saloon, Ruby prays that she and Opal will be able to survive. 2003.

A Cold-Blooded Business: A Kate Shugak Mystery     DB/RC 68771
8 hours 6 minutes
by Dana Stabenow
read by Mare Trevathan
After a series of employee overdoses, the CEO of Royal Petroleum’s Alaskan division hires Kate Shugak to stop a drug-smuggling ring operating within his company. Kate goes undercover as a contractor at the remote North Slope compound—until her true identity is exposed. Strong language and some violence. 1994.

A Darker Place: Sean Dillon Series     DB/RC 68780
9 hours 37 minutes
by Jack Higgins
read by David Hartley-Margolin
World-renowned Russian novelist and former paratrooper Alexander Kurbsky defects to England under the care of Sean Dillon and his colleagues. Unbeknownst to Dillon, Kurbsky is a double agent and has been forced to spy on Prime Minister Putin’s enemies in exchange for his sister’s freedom. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye     DB/RC 68781
9 hours 51 minutes
by C.J. Box
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Denver couple Jack and Melissa McGuane learn that the birth father of their adopted nine-month-old baby is federal judge John Moreland’s creepy teenaged son, who now demands custody. The McGuanes and their friends frantically look for ways to stop the Moreland family. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Murder inside the Beltway: A Capital Crimes Novel     DB/RC 68783
9 hours 32 minutes
by Margaret Truman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Senior detective Walter Hatcher and his colleagues Matthew Jackson and Mary Hall investigate the murder of Rosalie Curzon, a Washington, D.C., call girl. Rosalie had made videotapes of her clients—and one, Bob Colgate, is running for president. A child’s subsequent kidnapping is also linked to Rosalie’s death. 2008.

The Widows of Eastwick     DB/RC 68785
10 hours 45 minutes
by John Updike
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Three decades after The Witches of Eastwick (RC 20906), the divorcées—Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie—have moved away, remarried, and become widows. They renew their friendships during trips to Egypt and China and decide to return to Eastwick—where some still remember them and wish them ill. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

A Face at the Window: A Home Repair Is Homicide Mystery     DB/RC 68790
9 hours 35 minutes
by Sarah Graves
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Maine. Ozzie Campbell disappears two weeks before his trial for allegedly killing the mother of do-it-yourself enthusiast Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree thirty years ago. Jake’s worst fears are realized when a local babysitter and child are kidnapped and Jake receives threatening phone calls from Ozzie. Some violence. 2008.

Darkness and Light: A Frank Elder Mystery     DB/RC 68792
10 hours 51 minutes
by John Harvey
read by Jim Zeiger
As a favor to his ex-wife, retired cop Frank Elder investigates the disappearance of a friend’s sister. Frank learns, much to the friend’s shock, that widowed Claire has an active Internet dating life. While Frank traces her last moves, Claire reappears in her own house—dead. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Promises in Death: An Eve Dallas Mystery     DB/RC 68811
13 hours 3 minutes
by J.D. Robb
read by Suzanne Toren
New York City, 2060. Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the murder of cop Amaryllis Coltraine, girlfriend of Chief Medical Examiner Morris. Eve discovers that Amaryllis, who just relocated from Atlanta, has a connection to Eve and her husband’s past. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

The Reaper’s Song: Red River of the North, Book 4     DB/RC 68812
12 hours 2 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Catherine Byers
Dakota Territory, 1880s. When her husband Haakan falls ill, Ingeborg Bjorklund tries her hand at working the fields. Meanwhile, the family takes in Zeb MacCallister, a newcomer with a secret about his past. Zeb falls for Katy Bjorklund, which tests the family’s faith. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Blessing in Disguise: Red River of the North, Book 6     DB/RC 68814
9 hours 59 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Catherine Byers
1880s. Broken-hearted Augusta Bjorklund leaves Norway to start a new life in America. She intends to go to Blessing, North Dakota, to stay with relatives but boards the wrong train and meets handsome rancher Kane Moyer, who mistakes her for his mail-order bride. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Under the Net     DB/RC 68815
11 hours 9 minutes
by Iris Murdoch
read by George Holmes
Follows the adventures of charming would-be writer Jake Donaghue in London and Paris. Jake falls in and out of love, resumes a friendship with a philosophy professor, kidnaps a canine movie star, and contemplates—at last—getting a real job. 1954.

Hell Bent: A Brady Coyne Mystery     DB/RC 68818
10 hours 38 minutes
by William G. Tapply
read by Richard Davidson
Alex Shaw asks her ex-boyfriend, Boston attorney Brady Coyne, to handle her brother Gus’s divorce. Gus, a photojournalist who lost his hand and his livelihood in Iraq, is morose and uncooperative. Following Gus’s apparent suicide, Alex persuades Brady to investigate. Some strong language. 2008.

Death of a Witch: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery     DB/RC 68823
5 hours 29 minutes
by M.C. Beaton
read by Graeme Malcolm
Scottish Highlands. Charming newcomer Catriona Beldame casts a spell on all the men of Lochdubh, except police constable Hamish Macbeth, who suspects she is peddling aphrodisiacs. After Hamish unofficially asks her to leave town, Catriona is murdered—the first in a series of killings. 2009.

Where Memories Lie: A Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Mystery     DB/RC 68826
10 hours 47 minutes
by Deborah Crombie
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
London. Inspector Gemma James’s friend, widow Erika Rosenthal—a Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with her now-deceased husband David—discovers an auction-catalog ad for a brooch that was stolen from Erika years ago. Gemma and her lover, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, find links between the seller and David’s murder. 2008.

The King’s Gold: The Adventures of Captain Alatriste, Book 4     DB/RC 68832
6 hours 46 minutes
by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
read by John Horton
Seville, 1626. Captain Alatriste and his aide Iñigo Balboa return from Flanders after participating in the siege of Breda, in The Sun over Breda (RC 65637), and take on another dangerous mission—this time to protect the gold arriving in Spanish galleons from the New World. First published in Spanish. Some violence. 2008.

A Spoonful of Poison: An Agatha Raisin Mystery     DB/RC 68833
6 hours 36 minutes
by M.C. Beaton
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
English Cotswolds. A local vicar persuades detective Agatha Raisin to conduct public relations for his church’s annual fête, which happens to be organized by handsome widower George Selby. When two women die after sampling LSD-laced jam at a tasting booth, Agatha investigates. 2008.

A Clubbable Woman: A Dalziel/Pascoe Mystery     DB/RC 68835
8 hours 32 minutes
by Reginald Hill
read by Steven Crossley
Hill’s first published tale featuring idealistic young police officer Peter Pascoe and his boorish, aging superior Andy Dalziel. Onetime rugby star Sam Connon’s errant wife is found bludgeoned to death in their home. Sam, who was drunk the night of the murder, becomes the prime suspect. Some strong language. 1970.

The Dead and the Gone     DB/RC 68838
9 hours 15 minutes
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
read by Aimee Jolson
After a meteor hits the moon, causing a series of horrific climate changes, seventeen-year-old Alex Morales must take care of his younger sisters alone in the chaos of New York City. Companion to Life as We Knew It (RC 65047). For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Love Letters from a Duke     DB/RC 68844
11 hours 55 minutes
by Elizabeth Boyle
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
London, 1814. Felicity Langley believes she has been corresponding for four years with a future duke, when in fact her communications have been with his grandfather. After the old gentleman dies, the new duke of Hollindrake arrives to set Felicity straight—but she thinks he’s her new footman. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Devil of the Highlands     DB/RC 68845
9 hours 41 minutes
by Lynsay Sands
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
In 1273, English Evelinde’s cruel stepmother arranges Evelinde’s betrothal to the infamous Scottish laird Cullen, the Devil of Donnachaidh. Evelinde is pleasantly surprised to meet and quick- ly marry the seductive Cullen, but she must deal with deadly mysteries surrounding his family. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2009.

Land of Marvels     DB/RC 68847
7 hours 50 minutes
by Barry Unsworth
read by John Horton
Mesopotamia, 1914. British archaeologist John Somerville discovers ancient Assyrian remains in the path of a railroad being built to access oil reserves. As John’s desperation mounts, restlessness spreads among his party, which includes his bored wife and an American geologist with hidden motives. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Temptation and Surrender: The Cynster Family, Book 15     DB/RC 68859
14 hours 13 minutes
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Kristin Allison
Devon, England; 1825. Emily Colyton and her siblings leave their uncle’s house in search of family treasure allegedly hidden in their ancestral village. Lucifer Cynster’s brother-in-law Jonas Tallent hires Emily to run the local inn and falls in love with her despite her secrets. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Someone to Watch Over Me: A Grace and Favor Mystery     DB/RC 68868
5 hours 11 minutes
by Jill Churchill
read by Gabriella Cavallero
New York State, 1932. Robert Brewster discovers a dead body in the old icehouse at Grace and Favor Cottage, the estate he and his sister Lily inherited. Lily investigates another death, while their friend, newspaper editor Jack Summer, travels to Washington, D.C., to cover the Bonus Army march. 2001.

A Cure for Night     DB/RC 68875
8 hours 59 minutes
by Justin Peacock
read by Jim Zeiger
Brooklyn. Fired from a prestigious law firm amid scandal involving a paralegal’s drug-related death, Joel Deveraux—now a public defender— assists colleague Myra Goldstein on the high-profile, racially charged case of a young man from the projects accused of shooting a white college student. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Project 17     DB/RC 68881
5 hours 23 minutes
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
read by Mare Trevathan
Six teens sneak into an abandoned mental institution to investigate rumors of haunting. As the teens move about the asylum’s decaying rooms, armed with only flashlights and a camera, they unearth a resident’s chilling past. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2007.

Loitering with Intent: A Stone Barrington Mystery     DB/RC 69005
7 hours 32 minutes
by Stuart Woods
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington travels to Key West to find Warren Keating’s son Evan, who must consent before Warren can sell the family business. But Evan refuses. While enjoying good food and the company of a beautiful Swede, Stone uncovers a murder plot. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Dream Racer     DB/RC 69021
2 hours 36 minutes
by Jacqueline Guest
read by Kristin Allison
Zoë Kendall and her boyfriend Adam, from Racing Fear (RC 61515), thrive on racing and secretly plan to attend an automobile-engineering program together. When Zoë’s mother plans a different life for her, Zoë self-reflects and learns to be true to herself. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. For senior high readers. 2006.

The German Woman     DB/RC 69331
11 hours 33 minutes
by Paul Griner
read by Anne Flosnik
British-born nurse Kate Zweig and her German husband Horst, a doctor, suffer in Prussia during and after World War I. When World War II begins, a now-widowed Kate meets Charles Murphy, a filmmaker working as a double agent for the British in London. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Safer     DB/RC 69342
9 hours 25 minutes
by Sean Doolittle
read by Patrick Lawlor
Married Boston professors Paul and Sara Callaway move to a rural Iowa town, where Paul begins a feud with well-respected ex-cop Roger Mallory. When Paul is falsely accused of a sex offense, he investigates Roger’s past and uncovers a decade-old crime. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Quintet, Book 1     DB/RC 69351
10 hours 50 minutes
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
Elliott Wallace, the viscount Lyngate, arrives in the English countryside to inform seventeen-year-old Stephen Huxtable that he is now an earl. Stephen has three sisters he won’t leave behind, and one—widowed Vanessa —proposes to Elliott before he can ask for her sister. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

At Last Comes Love: The Huxtable Quintet, Book 3     DB/RC 69353
11 hours 5 minutes
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
The eldest Huxtable sister Margaret, a spinster at thirty, accepts the courtship of the scandalous earl of Sheringford, Duncan Pennethorne. Duncan ran away with a married woman five years ago but now needs a respectable wife to maintain his inheritance. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Queen Takes King     DB/RC 69374
10 hours 51 minutes
by Gigi Levangie Grazer
read by various narrators
Former prima ballerina Cynthia Power and her husband Jackson, a Manhattan real-estate tycoon, consider divorcing after twenty-five years of marriage. They turn to dirty tricks, as their gay daughter, Jackson’s father, and Jackson’s mistress spur them on. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx     DB/RC 69376
12 hours 18 minutes
by Sally Koslow
read by Tanya Eby Sirois
Newly dead Molly Marx observes from the afterlife as detective Hi Hicks investigates whether Molly’s death was a suicide, an accident, or a murder. She follows the inquiries and watches her husband, lover, twin sister, mother-in-law, friend, and young daughter—relishing each relationship. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Lost Symbol     DB/RC 69539
18 hours 23 minutes
by Dan Brown
read by Mark Ashby
Peter Solomon, friend and mentor of professor Robert Langdon, from The Da Vinci Code (RC 55735), invites Langdon to speak at the U.S. Capitol. When Solomon is kidnapped, Langdon races to save him by uncovering the ancient secrets within Washington, D.C. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

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Books for Children


We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball     DB/RC 66426
1 hour 53 minutes
by Kadir Nelson
read by Chuck Young
Presents the history of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson moved to the major leagues in 1947 and broke the racial barrier. Discusses gifted athletes, discrimination, and the players’ passion for the sport. For grades 3-6 and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2008.

Saturn     DB/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.

The Sun     DB/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     DB/RC 67098
0 hours 35 minutes
by Elaine Landau
read by Erin Jones
Presents facts about the seventh planet from the sun, 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.

White House Q and A     DB/RC 67780
0 hours 56 minutes
by Denise Rinaldo
read by Faith Potts
Facts about the history and functions of the presidential residence in Washington, D.C. Questions cover the famous rooms, the Rose Garden, first ladies’ home decoration, family living and pets, holiday celebrations, and more. Includes a timeline for each president’s stay in the White House. For grades 3-6. 2008.

We Dare You! Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do at Home     DB/RC 67897
9 hours 16 minutes
by Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling
read by Carol Dines
Author of Bet You Can’t! (RC 19715) provides clear instructions for numerous experiments using household supplies. Explains the scientific principles underlying each project. Recommends some adult supervision. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Eleven Planets: A New View of the Solar System     DB/RC 68324
1 hour 20 minutes
by David A. Aguilar
read by Margaret Strom
Astronomer explains the revised order of our universe based on the 2006 definitions of planets. Describes the characteristics of the sun, our solar system’s eight planets—Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune—and three dwarf planets—Ceres, Pluto, and Eris—as well as moons, meteorites, and comets. For grades 3-6. 2008.

See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House     DB/RC 68327
2 hours 40 minutes
by Susan E. Goodman
read by Margaret Strom
Explains the process for electing the president of the United States. Discusses the electoral college system of voting, the role of political parties, candidates’ campaigns and debates, and the reasons all citizens should vote. Presents historical facts about former presidents and past elections. For grades 4-7. 2008.

The Seashore: A Saltwater Web of Life     DB/RC 68529
0 hours 40 minutes
by Philip Johansson
read by Carol Dines
A naturalist defines a seashore biome by discussing some of the plants and animals that live and interact on sandy beaches by the ocean. For grades 3-6. 2008.

The Life and Times of Clara Barton     DB/RC 68531
1 hour 35 minutes
by Susan Sales Harkins and William H. Harkins
read by Kerry Dukin
A forthright account of Clara Barton’s role as a frontline nurse during the Civil War and as the founder of the American Red Cross. Describes the difficulties she confronted and discusses her resourcefulness, independent nature, and belief in women’s rights that helped her attain her goals. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Washington at Valley Forge     DB/RC 68534
2 hours 35 minutes
by Russell Freedman
read by John Polk
Discusses the reasons that George Washington’s army almost perished while encamped at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania during the winter of 1777 to 1778. Explains the ways that Washington proved his leadership, supported his troops, and ultimately led them to victory against the British. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Darwin     DB/RC 68869
0 hours 32 minutes
by Alice B. McGinty
read by Erik Sandvold
Explains that Charles Darwin began collecting things as a boy and continued his whole life. On his voyage around South America in the 1830s, his specimens of finches led him to his theory of natural selection. Includes quotations from Darwin’s journal and letters. For grades 3-6. 2009.

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The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll     DB/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.

The Secret of Robber’s Cave: Cabin Creek Mysteries, Book 1     DB/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’     DB/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.

The Clue at the Bottom of the Lake: Cabin Creek Mysteries, Book 2     DB/RC 67130
1 hour 47 minutes
by Kristiana Gregory
read by Jack Fox
Alerted by their dog in the middle of the night, Jeff and his brother David watch a fishing boat dump a large bundle overboard near Lost Island. Suspecting foul play, the boys and their cousin Claire investigate. Sequel to The Secret of Robber’s Cave (RC 67099). For grades 3-6. 2008.

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox     DB/RC 67585
8 hours 50 minutes
by Eoin Colfer
read by Alexander Strain
Artemis’s mother contracts a deadly disease that can be cured only with the brain fluid of lemurs—an animal that Artemis previously made extinct. With the help of his fairy friends, Artemis travels back in time. Sequel to Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony (RC 63818). For grades 5-8. 2008.

Superior Saturday: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 6     DB/RC 67669
6 hours 30 minutes
by Garth Nix
read by John Polk
Growing stronger and closer to discovering the secret of his identity, Arthur faces new dangers and conflicts as he struggles to attain the Sixth Key from Saturday, the self-styled Superior Sorcerer of the House. Sequel to Lady Friday (RC 65534). For grades 5-8. 2008.

Things That Are     DB/RC 67671
2 hours 27 minutes
by Andrew Clements
read by Jill Fox
Still adjusting to being blind, Alicia, from Things Not Seen (RC 54713), must outwit an invisible man following Bobby, once invisible himself. This man’s demands threaten Bobby, Alicia’s family, and perhaps global security. Sequel to Things Hoped For (RC 63723). For grades 6-9. 2008.

Inkdeath     DB/RC 67770
19 hours 52 minutes
by Cornelia Funke
read by Annie Wauters
Continuing from Inkspell (RC 61571), Inkworld is under siege. As Bluejay—Mo’s fictitious double—tries to keep the Book of Immortality from unraveling, Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom. Adderhead demands that Bluejay surrender—or the children will be doomed to slavery in the silver mines. For grades 5-8. 2007.

The Porcupine Year     DB/RC 68022
4 hours 12 minutes
by Louise Erdrich
read by Mark Ashby
Minnesota, 1852. Her brother Pinch’s adoption of a young porcupine as a pet marks the beginning of a year of canoe travel for Omakayas’s family after they leave their Lake Superior island in search of a new home. Sequel to Game of Silence (RC 61109). For grades 4-7. 2008.

Shadows in the Twilight     DB/RC 68024
4 hours 8 minutes
by Henning Mankell
read by Steven Carpenter
Sweden, 1957. Joel Gustafson is nearly twelve when a bus runs him over but he survives unharmed. Grateful for this miracle, Joel sets out to do a good deed. Companion to A Bridge to the Stars (RC 67210). Originally published in Swedish. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2007.

A Horse of Her Own     DB/RC 68049
8 hours 11 minutes
by Annie Wedekind
read by Margaret Strom
Fourteen-year-old Jane Ryan has ridden stable-owned horse Beau for many years, so it comes as a shock when Beau is sold during summer camp. But then her trainer offers her a challenge—to ride Lancelot, a newly acquired, temperamental horse. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Jim Thorpe, Original All-American     DB/RC 68057
6 hours 35 minutes
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Fictionalized autobiography of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe (1887–1953). Recounts his early life on an Oklahoma reservation and at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where he excelled in sports. Describes winning two Olympic gold medals and the scandal of losing them on a technicality. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Diamond of Drury Lane: A Cat Royal Adventure, Book 1     DB/RC 68160
8 hours 15 minutes
by Julia Golding
read by Colleen Delany
London, 1790. Streetwise beyond her tender years, orphan Catherine “Cat” Royal tries to find a diamond supposedly hidden in the Drury Lane Theater where she lives. This treasure hunt involves 2 bare-knuckled boxers, 3 enemies, and 438 rioters. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Merlin’s Dragon, Book 1     DB/RC 68271
7 hours 52 minutes
by T.A. Barron
read by Mark Delgado
A small, winged lizard hatches near the newly sprouting Great Tree of Avalon and acquires the name Basil because of a smell he can magically create. With his destiny linked to Merlin’s, he becomes engaged in Avalon’s war between evil Rhita Gawr and the forces of good. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Antsy Does Time     DB/RC 68295
6 hours 41 minutes
by Neal Shusterman
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Antsy Bonano, from The Schwa Was Here (RC 59803), signs a legal document bequeathing one month of his natural life to his classmate Gunnar Ümlaut, who has a rare disease—Pulmonary Monoxic Systemia—and only six months to live. But then things begin to get weird. For grades 6-9. 2008.

The Dragon Tree: The Hall Family Chronicles     DB/RC 68315
2 hours 46 minutes
by Jane Langton
read by Joe Peck
The Halls’ new neighbor, Mortimer Moon, attacks all the trees in town with his chainsaw. But Georgie and Eddy are determined to protect the magical and mystical tree that is suddenly sprouting in their backyard. Sequel to The Mysterious Circus (RC 62519). For grades 4-7. 2008.

Bugged!     DB/RC 68325
0 hours 20 minutes
by Michelle Knudsen
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Riley likes playing outdoors with Steve and Lara, but he does not like getting mosquito bites. After researching the problem he finds a solution when he takes off his sneakers! Includes facts about mosquitoes and two activities. For grades K-3. 2008.

Message in the Sky: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary, Book 3     DB/RC 68330
1 hour 12 minutes
by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
read by Michael Russotto
April to November 1859. Ten-year-old Corey Birdsong, a former slave, enjoys living on his family’s farm and going to school in Amherstburg, Ontario. When he gets stranded in Ohio, where slave hunters operate, he helps a mother and daughter escape to freedom in Canada. For grades 2-4. 2003.

A Dog on His Own     DB/RC 68331
2 hours 55 minutes
by Mary Jane Auch
read by Erik Synnestvedt
A stray mutt—named K-10 by his mother because he is one step above the other dogs—leads a black lab called Pearl and a chihuahua called Peppy on a daring escape from an animal shelter. They explore the outside world while moving from one adventure to another. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Oddest of All: Stories     DB/RC 68345
4 hours 39 minutes
by Bruce Coville
read by Jack Fox
Nine tales of the supernatural, featuring ghosts, half humans, unicorns, and other unusual creatures. In “The Mask of Eamonn Tiyado” pudgy Harley Burton acquires a Halloween mask that resembles a boy who mysteriously disappeared fifty years ago. Companion to Odder than Ever: Stories (RC 51012). For grades 5-8. 2008.

Rogue’s Home: A Knight and Rogue Novel     DB/RC 68350
10 hours 0 minutes
by Hilari Bell
read by John Polk
Eighteen-year-old Sir Michael Sevenson, a medieval knight errant, and seventeen-year-old Fisk, his streetwise squire, take turns telling of their journey to Ruesport—Fisk’s hometown—to investigate blackmail and a series of suspicious fires. Sequel to The Last Knight (RC 65883). For grades 6-9. 2008.

Every Soul a Star     DB/RC 68438
7 hours 56 minutes
by Wendy Mass
read by Colleen Delany
As people gather at the Moon Shadow campground for a solar eclipse, three young teens—Ally, whose parents own the campsite; Bree, who wants to be a model; and Jack, a big, pudgy kid who reads science fiction and fantasy—form unlikely but stellar friendships. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Diamonds in the Shadow     DB/RC 68439
6 hours 24 minutes
by Caroline B. Cooney
read by Margaret Strom
Connecticut. Jared Finch voices his disapproval when his parents volunteer to host a West African refugee family of four, the Amabos. It turns out that the Amabos are not innocent victims: they have a secret—and a dangerous former soldier on their trail. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

Uh-Oh, Cleo     DB/RC 68455
0 hours 29 minutes
by Jessica Harper
read by Colleen Delany
Eight-year-old Cleo’s ordinary day becomes “Stitches Saturday” when she receives a cut on her head. Her parents reassure her on the trip to the hospital, and Cleo proudly returns home as the first of six siblings to have stitches. For grades K-3. 2008.

Boost     DB/RC 68462
5 hours 17 minutes
by Kathy Mackel
read by Annie Wauters
New to Rhode Island, six-foot-two eighth-grader Savvy Christopher tries out for an elite senior basketball team while her older sister Callie also feels pressure on the cheerleading squad. But Savvy’s future looks bleak when a detective finds steroids in her gym bag. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Peace, Locomotion     DB/RC 68495
2 hours 19 minutes
by Jacqueline Woodson
read by Julian Thompson
Sixth-grader Lonnie Collins Motion— also known as Locomotion—writes letters to his younger sister Lili, who lives in a different foster home. He records memories of their former family and his feelings about his foster brother, an amputee home from the Iraq War. Companion to Locomotion (RC 56304). For grades 3-6. 2009.

Mighty Monty     DB/RC 68516
1 hour 12 minutes
by Johanna Hurwitz
read by Carol Dines
A quiet first grader, Monty carries an inhaler to deal with his asthma, but he also begins trying new things. He has a part in his class environmental play, he goes to Joey’s birthday party, and he takes karate classes. Sequel to Mostly Monty (RC 65525). For grades K-3. 2008.

The Falcon’s Malteser: A Diamond Brothers Mystery, Book 1     DB/RC 68521
4 hours 51 minutes
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Gary Tipton
Thirteen-year-old Nick and his older brother Tim, a self-proclaimed detective, accept a seemingly easy first case—safeguarding a package for Johnny Naples, who is a dwarf. But the next day, Johnny is dead and the case has become dangerous. For grades 5-8. 1986.

As Far as I Can See: Meg’s Prairie Diary, Book 1     DB/RC 68524
1 hour 25 minutes
by Kate McMullan
read by Jill Fox
In her diary from May to July 1856, nine-year-old Meg describes the journey she and her younger brother Preston make from St. Louis to Kansas Territory to stay with her aunt Margaret’s family. Meg and Preston help the prairie settlers hide an escaped slave. For grades 3-6. 2001.

Home at Last: Sofia’s Immigrant Diary, Book 2     DB/RC 68543
1 hour 33 minutes
by Kathryn Lasky
read by Jill Fox
Boston, 1903. Nine-year-old Sofia Monari and her family begin their life in the North End, where her father works in a grocery store and her mother sells pasta. Sofia goes to school and tries to stay in touch with her friend Maureen O’Malley in New York. For grades 3-6. 2003.

For This Land: Meg’s Prairie Diary, Book 2     DB/RC 68544
1 hour 31 minutes
by Kate McMullan
read by Jill Fox
Meg records in her diary the events that occur from July to November 1856 while her parents move to Kansas Territory and reunite the family. They face challenges from fires to pro-slavery border ruffians who are trying to take over Kansas. For grades 3-6. 2003.

Kimchi and Calamari     DB/RC 68557
4 hours 45 minutes
by Rose Kent
read by John Polk
Joseph Calderaro feels awkward when his eighth-grade social studies teacher gives an assignment to write an essay entitled “Tracing Your Past.” Clueless about his Korean birth family and adopted by Italian Americans, Joseph claims to have a Korean Olympian as a grandfather—a not-so-good decision. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Snake and Lizard     DB/RC 68836
1 hour 0 minutes
by Joy Cowley
read by Judith Ann Gantly
Snake and Lizard are different from each other and tend to argue. But they also laugh and enjoy adventures together and really are best friends. In “Down by the River” Lizard misunderstands Snake and causes him to lose his supper. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Keeping the Night Watch     DB/RC 68839
0 hours 54 minutes
by Hope Anita Smith
read by Gail Nelson
In a series of prose poems, a sequel to The Way a Door Closes (RC 58637), thirteen-year-old C.J. chronicles the reactions of his family to the return of his father, who had walked out on them. For grades 5-8. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 2008.

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Siete Años Secuestrado por las FARC (Seven Years Kidnapped by FARC)     DB/RC 67954
8 horas 21 minutos
por Luis Eladio Pérez
leído por Juan Ramirez
El autor describe la penosa prueba que sufrió como secuestrado de las FARC, las guerillas comunistas colombianas, que le secuestraron en 2001. En cautiverio pasó constantes humillaciones, maltratos, hambrunas, traslados, e incertidumbres de la supervicencia. Sobre todo se acuerda de sus compañeros de secuestro que todavía permanecen en el cautiverio de las FARC. (Author chronicles his ordeal as a hostage of FARC, communist guerrillas in Colombia, who kidnapped him in 2001. He describes the constant humiliation, abuse, starvation, forced marches, and fear of execution he experienced along with fellow captives, many of whom, he attests, remain prisoners.) 2008.

La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)     DB/RC 67964
13 horas 52 minutos
por Junot Díaz
leído por Juan Ramirez
Gordiflón y solitario dominicano Oscar trabaja como maestro temporal en New Jersey y sueña con hacerse el próximo novelista famoso de la República Dominicana. Oscar tiene una madre hermosa y una hermana rebelde, pero la familia sufre durante generaciones de una antigua maldición—el fukú. El fukú atormenta a todos hasta que un día Oscar se determina a acabarse con ello. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (New Jersey. Overweight Dominican American Oscar works as a substitute teacher and dreams of becoming a famous writer. Oscar, his rebellious sister Lola, and his beautiful mother all live under the ancient curse of fukú—until he decides to do something about it. Violence and strong language.) 2008.

Luna Nueva (New Moon)     DB/RC 67971
17 horas 12 minutos
por Stephenie Meyer
leído por Maria Pino
El vampiro Edward Cullen y su familia se alejan de Bella y del pueblo de Forks, intentando dominarse de la pulsante sed de sangre que amenaza a todos. Bella, desconsolada, busca a otro amor y encuentra al aventurado Jacob y sus motocicletas. Mientras tanto, un vampiro vengativo amenaza a Bella, y una manada de hombres lobo quiere protegerla. Sigue a Crepúsculo (RC 67970). Para alumnos de secundaria. (Following Crepúsculo [Twilight] [RC 67970], Edward Cullen and his family leave Bella and her town to prevent themselves from devouring humans. Brokenhearted Bella turns to adventure-seeking Jacob and motorcycles. Meanwhile, a pack of werewolves tries to protect Bella from a vindictive vampire. For senior high readers.) 2006.

Eclipse     DB/RC 67972
18 horas 58 minutos
por Stephenie Meyer
leído por Maria Pino
Bella tiene que escoger entre dos amores—el hombre lobo Jacob al que conoció en Luna Nueva (RC 67971) y el vampiro Edward al que conoció anteriormente en Crepúsculo (RC 67970). Mientras tanto, hay asesinatos salvajes que ocurren en la próxima ciudad de Seattle y hay una mujer vampiro que busca venganza— produciendo aún más peligro para Bella y los suyos. Para alumnos de secundaria. (After befriending werewolf Jacob in Luna Nueva [New Moon] [RC 67971], Bella must choose between him and vampire Edward from Crepúsculo [Twilight] [RC 67970]. Meanwhile vicious killings occur in nearby Seattle as a female vampire seeks revenge—putting Bella in danger and stirring up old enmities. For senior high readers.) 2007.

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