NLS: Talking Book Topics

January-February 2011

In Brief

Books for Adults

Books for Children

Foreign Language

Audio Magazines

About Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics is published bimonthly in cassette, large-print, and online formats and distributed at no cost to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress reading program. It lists digital audiobooks and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries and covers news of developments and activities in network library services.

The annotated list in this issue is limited to titles recently added to the national collection, which contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, romance novels, mysteries, and how-to guides. Some books in Spanish are also available. To explore the wide range of books in the national collection, access the NLS International Union Catalog online at or contact your local cooperating library.

Talking Book Topics is available online in HTML and plain text at and in downloadable audio files on the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service at

About BARD

Most books and magazines listed in Talking Book Topics are available free of charge to eligible readers for download. To use the BARD service contact your cooperating library or visit for more information.

Music scores and instructional materials

Individuals registered for NLS music services may receive braille and large-print music scores, texts, and instructional recordings about music and musicians through the NLS Music Section.

For more information about the NLS music collection call 1-800-424-8567, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit

Where to write

Order talking books through your local cooperating library. To change a Talking Book Topics subscription complete the form on the inside back cover and mail it to your local cooperating library. To find your library check the last pages of this magazine or go online to

Patrons who are American citizens living abroad may request delivery to foreign addresses by contacting the overseas librarian by phone at (202) 707-5100 or e-mail at [email protected].

Readers who are hard of hearing may contact cooperating libraries by TTY or by a state relay service. To contact NLS by TTY, dial (202) 707-0744.

Send correspondence about editorial matters to: Publications and Media Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington DC, 20542-0002.

Library of Congress, Washington 2011
Catalog Card Number 60-46157
ISSN 0039-9183

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In Brief

2011 Collection Development Advisory Group seeks suggestions

The members of the Collection Development Advisory Group appreciate input from fellow patrons and librarians concerning the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) program. Ideas and suggestions from readers are key components in the success of the program and are thoroughly discussed in the committee’s deliberations. Please continue to submit your suggestions to committee members or your cooperating braille or talking-book library. The group will meet again at NLS May 25–27, 2011, to review and discuss these and other matters. A full list of members is provided below.

Consumer Organization Representatives:

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Steve Speicher
1800 South 41st St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
[email protected]

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
Peter Davis
615 South Adams St.
Arlington, VA 22204
[email protected]

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
David Hyde
1315 Mineral Point Ave.
Janesville, WI 53548-2801
[email protected]


Midlands Region—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin
Katherine Schneider
[email protected]

Northern Region—Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia
Betty Woodward
18 Boulter Rd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109-4323
[email protected]

Southern Region—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, and Virginia
Larry Johnson
10863 Lake Path Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78217
[email protected]

Western Region—Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
To be determined


Andrew Shockley
Oklahoma Library for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped
300 NE 18th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Tel: (405) 522-2182
Fax: (405) 521-4582
[email protected]

Teresa R. Faust
Special Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
578 Paine Turnpike N.
Berlin, VT 05602
Toll-free in Vermont: 1-800-479-1711
Tel: (802) 828-3273
[email protected]

Ruth Hemphill, Director
Tennessee Library for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped
403 Seventh Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37243-0313
Tel: (615) 741-3917
[email protected]

John Mugford
New Mexico Library for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507-5166
Tel: (505) 476-9770 or (505) 476-9772
[email protected]

Children’s/Young Adult
Elizabeth Burns
Youth Services Consultant
New Jersey State Library Talking Book
and Braille Center
2300 Stuyvesant Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08618
Tel: (609) 530-3251
[email protected]

Magazine of the Month selections for 2011

Two NLS programs offer readers samples of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers to Magazine of the Month and Young Adult Magazine of the Month receive a different magazine on audiocassette each month. For a free subscription to either program, contact your cooperating talking-book library. Subscribers may expect to receive some of the following:

Magazine of the Month
The Bark
Family Tree Magazine
Kiwi: Growing Families the Natural and Organic Way
O, the Oprah Magazine
Real Simple
Reminisce Magazine
Scientific American Mind

Alternates: America in WWII, Cesar’s Way, Family Circle, Flea Market Style, Fresh Home: Easy Ideas for Hands-On People, Inc., Internet Genealogy, Real Simple Family, Scientific American, Spirituality and Health: The Soul/Body Connection, Technology Review, Wine and Spirits

Young Adult Magazine of the Month
Cemetery Dance
Motor Trend
Cosmo Girl
Critters USA
Game Informer

Alternates: Beckett Massive Online Gamer, Fantasy and Science Fiction, J-14, Mac|Life, PC Gamer, Reptiles USA, Road and Track, Seventeen, SLAM, The Source, Teen Ink, Transworld Snowboarding

In Praise of BARD

The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), an NLS-provided online service that allows patrons to download digital talking books using high-speed Internet connections, continues to grow in popularity. Even initially reluctant users have been won over by its speed and simplicity. One such patron shares her story:

My life has changed since I discovered BARD. Oh sure, I resisted a technological change as most of us oldies do. But boy oh boy was I wrong.

To make a long story short, through Olivia (my computer angel) and Joan (my BARD angel), my life has really changed. For the first time since I lost most of my sight, I have a level of independence that I have been missing.

When I first lost good sight, I missed going to book stores. Guess what, people? I feel as if I can now do that again—albeit differently. Today, after one lesson and many calls with Joan, I shopped for books on my own time and in my home, without having to constantly ask my librarians if they had this or that.

Sure, I will still call the library. There are books not yet on BARD. But now, if I wake up at three in the morning when the office is closed, no problem! I can go to a cartridge. I can download. Three clicks, and the book is mine!

Thank you for this wonderful service.

–Ms. Deborah “Toby” Hatchett, Portsmouth, New Hampshire


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

New version of JAWS screen reader released

JAWS 12, a new version of the popular screen-reading software, allows users to quickly configure and globally apply JAWS settings, or configure and apply settings for a specific application. JAWS 12 also improves navigation in applications tailored for the Windows 7 operating system that use ribbon menus. The screen reader, available in a professional version for $1,095 and in a standard version for $895, can be purchased at  External link symbol or by phone at 800-444-4443.

IRS provides assistance for people with disabilities

Hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications are available for sight-impaired individuals at These audio and braille tax forms are accessible using screen-reading software, refreshable braille displays, and voice-recognition software.

The IRS also offers customer service for persons who are deaf or who have hearing disabilities. People with TTY equipment may call 800-829-4059 toll-free for assistance. People who are unable to complete their tax returns because of a physical handicap may get assistance from an IRS office or through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Taxpayers can find a nearby location by calling 800-906-9887.

Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues. Visit and select the word “accessibility” from the options listed at the end of the web page for help and information.

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Books for Adults

Adult Nonfiction

White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems, 1946–2006     RC 64104
9 hours 29 minutes
by Donald Hall
read by Lindsay Ellison
Selections from sixty years of the poet laureate’s career. In more than two hundred poems—many written at his ancestral farmhouse in New Hampshire—Hall speaks about New England, rural living, baseball, love, nostalgia, and the anguish caused by the loss of his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon, to leukemia. 2006.

Interracial America: Opposing Viewpoints     RC 64579
7 hours 19 minutes
edited by Eleanor Stanford
read by John Haag
Essays examine how race is experienced in the United States. Covers diverse topics such as racial differences, the war on terror, immigration, bilingual education, affirmative action, and interracial relationships. For senior high readers. 2006.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army    RC 64693
17 hours 14 minutes
by Jeremy Scahill
read by John Haag
Award-winning investigative journalist exposes Blackwater USA, a private military company based in North Carolina that he claims supplies mercenaries for the war on terror. Chronicles Blackwater’s expansion under right-wing multimillionaire Erik Prince and asserts its deployment in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Caspian Sea for intelligence and combat. Some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

Tales from Q School: Inside Golf’s Fifth Major    RC 64696
13 hours 22 minutes
by John Feinstein
read by Ray Childs
Sportswriter details playing golf in the 2005 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, or “Q School,” where more than a thousand aspiring professional golfers competed for thirty spots on the annual PGA tour. Describes the experiences of competitors, from rookies to champions. Bestseller. 2007.

Learning like a Girl: Educating Our Daughters in Schools of Their Own    RC 64721
9 hours 7 minutes
by Diana Meehan
read by Anne Hancock
Founder of a Los Angeles girls’ school recounts her efforts to create an institution where young women of all demographics can learn shielded from the influences of a materialistic society and the judgment of their male peers. Discusses social and psychological benefits of single-sex schools. Bestseller. 2007.

The Living White House    RC 64722
5 hours 30 minutes
by Betty C. Monkman
read by Dan Bloom
Former White House curator pens an updated edition of this celebration of the executive mansion in its various roles since 1800: office of the commander-in-chief, home to the first family, and historic residence. Describes two hundred years of daily routines, state occasions, weddings, funerals, and renovations. 2007.

Heart Care for Life: Developing the Program That Works Best for You    RC 64789
12 hours 19 minutes
by Barry L. Zaret and Genell J. Subak-Sharpe
read by Gregory Gorton
Discusses heart disease and recommends partnering with a physician to formulate a personalized health plan allowing for exercise, diet, and smoking cessation. Provides information on tests, treatments, psychological factors, and alternative medicine. Addresses particular demographic groups including women, minorities, the elderly, and athletes. 2006.

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups    RC 65004
27 hours 17 minutes
by Ron Rosenbaum
read by Gary Tipton
New York Observer columnist and author of Explaining Hitler (RC 47933) summarizes the main schools of thought about Shakespeare, focusing on textual studies and theatrical performance practice. Scrutinizes the arcane world of scholarly interpretation, introduces literary critics and directors, and presents opposing viewpoints. 2006.

The Scramble for Africa: White Man’s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912    RC 65084
36 hours 36 minutes
by Thomas Pakenham
read by Mark Ashby
Describes late-nineteenth-century European rivals Germany, Italy, Portugal, France, and Britain and their leaders and discusses their motives and methods for invading Africa and arbitrarily carving it into colonies. Examines the roles of Belgian King Leopold II and of explorers and business tycoons. 1991.

The Six Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens    RC 65095
11 hours 20 minutes
by Sean Covey
read by Erik Synnestvedt
The author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (RC 32592) highlights key decisions that can make or break a teen’s future. Covers getting an education, choosing friends, avoiding addiction, building self-worth, and more. Includes advice and examples of positive behavior. For senior high readers. 2006.

Silent Partner: A Memoir of My Marriage    RC 65139
11 hours 26 minutes
by Dina Matos McGreevey
read by Margaret Strom
New Jersey’s former first lady details her marriage to Jim McGreevey, the governor who resigned his post in 2004 after revealing his homosexuality and authored The Confession (RC 63660). Describes how public service united them but secrecy divided them. Relates her emotional recovery with help from faith, family, and friends. 2007.

England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton    RC 65184
17 hours 25 minutes
by Kate Williams
read by Anne Flosnick
Biography of the legendary eighteenth-century English beauty Emma Hamilton (ca. 1761–1815). Chronicles the life of the servant-turned-prostitute who became mistress of Lord Charles Greville. Highlights her scandalous marriage to Greville’s uncle, elderly diplomat Sir William Hamilton, and her subsequent affair with navy hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. 2006.

The Education of an Accidental CEO: My Journey from the Trailer Park to the Corner Office    RC 65196
8 hours 19 minutes
by David Novak
read by Bill Wallace
CEO of Yum Brands, a fast-food restaurant conglomerate, describes his unconventional rise to success despite having lived in thirty-two trailer parks in twenty-three states during elementary school. Offers advice on getting ahead, motivating people, building winning teams, and rewarding and recognizing others. 2007.

What Is Ancient Philosophy?    RC 65221
12 hours 54 minutes
by Pierre Hadot
read by Richard Hauenstein
Collège de France professor reexamines the Greek and Roman philosophers. In Hadot’s view, the ancients’ teachings were lessons in embodied wisdom, grounded in daily life, where the modern study has become a largely irrelevant text-oriented academic specialty. Urges modern philosophers to try to reunite theory and conduct. 2002.

Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground     DB/RC 65240
18 hours 7 minutes
by Robert D. Kaplan
read by Bill Wallace
Journalist, author of Imperial Grunts (RC 60647), recounts the five years he spent reporting from U.S. military bases in the Middle East and Central Asia. Describes the work of the men and women who staff the outposts and their efforts to provide humanitarian relief and build infrastructure. Some strong language. 2007.

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster    RC 65370
14 hours 2 minutes
by Dana Thomas
read by Catherine Byers
Fashion editor for Newsweek analyzes the evolution of the luxury-goods industry, from family-run companies’ hand production of exclusive products for a wealthy clientele to the mass production of expensive goods that replaced it. Depicts New York City’s counterfeit trade, Chinese sweatshops, and famous brand-name stores. Bestseller. 2007.

Ike: An American Hero    RC 65439
26 hours 58 minutes
by Michael Korda
read by Mark Ashby
Chronicles Dwight D. Eisenhower’s rise from a Mennonite Kansas farmboy to Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. Details Ike’s personal life, military career, and two terms as U.S. president during the Cold War. Some strong language. 2007.

We Know Who We Are: A History of the Blind in Challenging Educational and Socially Constructed Policies; a Study in Policy Archeology     RC 65455
9 hours 6 minutes
by Ronald J. Ferguson
read by Patrick Downer
Author explains the Foucauldian archaeological investigative approach and applies it to policy matters related to blindness, including professional-ization, federal legislation, accreditation, and confronting discrimination. Uses the perspective of organizations of blind people, particularly the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). 2001.

Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado    RC 65554
8 hours 48 minutes
by Nancy Mathis
read by Kerry Dukin
Examines Oklahoma’s deadly May 1999 storm, which spawned seventy-one tornadoes—including one that was the most powerful F5 ever recorded, with winds greater than three hundred miles per hour. Interweaves victim accounts with narrative on the evolution of meteorology and the development of the Fujita scale for measuring cyclone strength. 2007.

The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife    RC 66056
5 hours 43 minutes
by Marianne Williamson
read by Catherine Byers
Williamson offers her philosophy for embracing middle age: accept the limitations of age and the limitlessness of God. Posits that midlife is the baby boomers’ second chance to transform their hearts and their lives. Bestseller. 2008.

Stop Whining, Start Living     DB/RC 66193
7 hours 3 minutes
by Laura Schlessinger
read by Alice Rosengard
Following The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage (RC 63806), Dr. Laura discusses the problem of complaining. Using examples from fan mail and from transcripts of her radio talk show, the psychotherapist demonstrates ways to count blessings with gratitude to God while embracing obligations to family and others. Bestseller. 2008.

Sandhills Boy: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer     DB/RC 66495
9 hours 9 minutes
by Elmer Kelton
read by Patrick Downer
Award-winning author of more than fifty westerns describes growing up in West Texas and choosing not to follow in the footsteps of his ranch-foreman father. Kelton recalls his time as a World War II soldier, meeting his wife in Austria, and his writing career. Some strong language. 2007.

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The Rolling Stone Interviews     DB/RC 67012
16 hours 34 minutes
edited by Jann S. Wenner and Joe Levy
read by Erik Sandvold
Excerpts of interviews spanning four decades of Rolling Stone magazine. Features John Lennon on the breakup of the Beatles, George Lucas on Star Wars, and discussions with Bono, Kurt Cobain, Ray Charles, Ozzy Osbourne, Eminem, Joni Mitchell, and other musicians, as well as directors, writers, politicians, and pop-culture icons. Strong language. 2007.

Benedict Arnold’s Navy: The Ragtag Fleet That Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution     DB/RC 67019
14 hours 49 minutes
by James L. Nelson
read by Jake Williams
Details the 1775–1776 northern campaigns of the American Revolution involving Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, wealthy shipowner Benedict Arnold, and Major General Philip Schuyler. Highlights the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, the march through Maine’s wilderness, battles in Canada, and the naval conflict on Lake Champlain. 2007.

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

One Man’s West     DB/RC 67054
13 hours 7 minutes
by David Lavender
read by Frank Coffee
Memoir of historian David Lavender (1910–2003), author of Mother Earth, Father Sky (RC 49548). Lavender describes the transformation of the American West in 1930s and 1940s Colorado, where he spent time mountaineering, mining, and working on his stepfather’s cattle ranch. Original 1943 text with 2007 introduction, afterword, and tribute. 2007.

Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams     DB/RC 67062
9 hours 22 minutes
by Mark Kingwell
read by Peter Johnson
Philosophy professor and Harper’s contributing editor reflects on New York City’s Empire State Building, which, once completed in 1931, stood as the world’s tallest building for four decades. Discusses its conceptualization and construction; its representation in art, film, and literature; and its importance as an architectural and cultural icon. 2006.

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

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

The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and Eighty-two Days That Inspired America     DB/RC 67171
12 hours 14 minutes
by Thurston Clarke
read by Bill Wallace
Chronicles the final weeks of Robert Kennedy’s campaign for the U.S. presidency that ended with his June 5, 1968, assassination in Los Angeles. Describes the political agenda of Kennedy, a U.S. senator from New York: to stop the Vietnam War, ensure civil rights, and end poverty. Some strong language. 2008.

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

Vets under Siege: How America Deceives and Dishonors Those Who Fight Our Battles     DB/RC 67340
9 hours 3 minutes
by Martin Schram
read by Bob Moore
Journalist examines the workings of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and deems it understaffed and incompetent. Describes the experiences of veterans seeking medical help and highlights the backlog of claims and denial of benefits. Discusses some improvements, such as state-of-the-art hospitals, and offers suggestions for further progress. 2008.

Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry     DB/RC 67593
21 hours 10 minutes
by Holly George-Warren
read by Robert Sams
Author of How Hollywood Invented the Wild West (RC 63035) chronicles the life of Gene Autry (1907–1998), who rose from an impoverished Texas childhood to become a yodeling cowboy, actor, and multimillionaire owner of radio and television stations, rodeos, real estate, and the California Angels baseball team. 2007.

The Anheuser-Busch Cookbook: Great Food, Great Beer; 185 Flavorful Recipes for Pairing Beer with Food     DB/RC 67702
9 hours 31 minutes
by Anheuser-Busch
read by Gary Tipton
In this cookbook for beer lovers, each recipe—for courses from appetizers to desserts—comes with a serving recommendation for a suitable beer such as lager, pilsner, ale, porter, or stout. Features grilling, roasting, and one-pot dishes. Includes some recipes listing beer as an ingredient. 2007.

Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West     DB/RC 67927
13 hours 33 minutes
by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon
read by Kristin Allison
Guide to sites and events around the world linked to famous authors such as Jane Austen, Pearl S. Buck, Agatha Christie, James Joyce, Victor Hugo, Franz Kafka, Jack London, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain. Destinations include Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and Tolstoy’s house-museum in Moscow. Provides contact information. 2008.

Love Letters of Great Men and Women, from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day     DB/RC 67941
9 hours 41 minutes
by C.H. Charles
read by Kristin Allison
Anthology of eighteenth-and nineteenth-century correspondence between European politicians, poets, and musicians and their wives, mistresses, or intended lovers—from courtly aristocrats’ stilted phrases to Napoleon’s emotional outpourings to Josephine, Alfred de Musset’s declarations to George Sand, and Elizabeth Barrett’s replies to Robert Browning. 1924.

The Battle of New Market     DB/RC 68051
8 hours 34 minutes
by William C. Davis
read by Ted Stoddard
Civil War historian recounts the May 15, 1864, battle for Virginia’s strategically vital Shenandoah Valley. Details the conflict between Union forces under General Franz Sigel and Confederates commanded by former U.S. vice president John C. Breckinridge, who, far outnumbered, recruited Virginia Military Institute cadets to bring victory—and renewed hope—to the South. 1975.

Why Faith Matters     DB/RC 68054
5 hours 28 minutes
by David J. Wolpe
read by Bob Moore
Rabbi and author of Making Loss Matter (RC 49305) responds to what he terms the “new atheists” by illustrating ways religion has been a force for good in the world. Discusses science and scripture and cites evidence that faith benefits individuals and society. Foreword by pastor Rick Warren. 2008.

The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq      DB/RC 68062
20 hours 38 minutes
by Bing West
read by Ken Kliban
Former marine and author of The March Up (RC 57350) and No True Glory (RC 60649) continues his survey of the war in Iraq, which began in 2003. Focuses on strategic developments since the spring 2007 troop surge led by General David Petraeus. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World     DB/RC 68088
13 hours 54 minutes
by Roger Crowley
read by George Holmes
British historian chronicles the final contests between Christians and Muslims for control of the Mediterranean Sea in the sixteenth century. Describes the battles between Spain’s Philip II and Sultan Suleiman at the siege of Malta in 1565 and the battle for Cyprus that ended in Lepanto in 1571. Violence. 2008.

Seven Hundred Seventy-seven Great Clean Jokes: A Sparkling Collection of Unsullied Humor     DB/RC 68142
3 hours 59 minutes
by Jennifer Hahn
read by Erik Sandvold
Categories include animals, church, education, electronics, family, finances, food, history, jobs, law, leisure, love, marriage, medicine, music, nature, senior moments, space, sports, and travel. A sample joke: “What do you call a grizzly bear with no teeth? A gummy bear.” 2006.

Disquiet, Please! More Humor Writing from the New Yorker     DB/RC 68298
18 hours 32 minutes
edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder
read by Steven Carpenter
Anthology of humorists’ viewpoints from longtime favorites James Thurber, S.J. Perelman, and Woody Allen to Steve Martin, David Sedaris, and Jon Stewart. In “Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Ex-Wife” David Owen confronts his divorce. Companion to Fierce Pajamas (RC 53620). 2008.

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The Darwin Awards: Next Evolution; Chlorinating the Gene Pool     DB/RC 68326
6 hours 10 minutes
by Wendy Northcutt
read by Joe Peck
Compilation of mishaps that led to the untimely demise of the people who initiated them. Includes vehicle victims, medical maladies, criminal capers, and animal antics. 2008.

Annuities for Dummies     DB/RC 68369
12 hours 19 minutes
by Kerry Pechter
read by Lou Harpenau
Information on purchasing an annuity to supplement retirement income. Describes different options including fixed, indexed, and variable annuities. Discusses the pros and cons of each type and covers setting up a meeting with a financial adviser and asking the right questions. 2008.

Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes     DB/RC 68377
31 hours 11 minutes
by Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver
read by Butch Hoover
Historians provide detailed accounts of significant climbs made in the Himalayas since 1892. Covers the familiar saga of the first ascent of Mount Everest and lesser-known expeditions to K2 and Nanga Parbat. Recounts the exploits of Englishman George Mallory, American Charlie Houston, and Sherpa Ang Tharkay, among others. 2008.

I Am a Strange Loop     DB/RC 68391
19 hours 36 minutes
by Douglas Hofstadter
read by Fred Major
Pulitzer Prize-winning professor of cognitive science posits that the “I” of consciousness is a self-perceiving, self-inventing mirage. Describes being enthralled with the topic since high school and pondering it anew to help himself grapple with his wife’s unexpected death. Includes a chapter of his e-mail musings from that period. 2007.

Leathernecks: An Illustrated History of the United States Marine Corps     DB/RC 68392
20 hours 39 minutes
by Merrill L. Bartlett and Jack Sweetman
read by Fred Major
Military historians chronicle the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. They describe the use of sea forces since antiquity and highlight the marines’ successes and failures from the Revolutionary War to the twenty-first-century’s War on Terror. They depict key leaders, pivotal battles, and the evolution of the Corps’ missions. 2008.

The One Hundred Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life      DB/RC 68394
11 hours 41 minutes
by Pam Grout
read by Gary Tipton
Author of the North American One Hundred Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life (RC 65561) discusses global destinations to pursue interests, volunteer, or focus on personal wellness. Activities include belly dancing in Turkey, babysitting chimps in Africa, and training to be a geisha in Japan. 2008.

Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity     DB/RC 68421
12 hours 44 minutes
by Gary Cross
read by Peter Johnson
History professor studies what he refers to as “boy-men,” modern males who refuse to grow up and act their age. Discusses the development of this cultural phenomenon that began in the 1950s. Explores the societal conditions that led to adult men avoiding traditional responsibilities, including marriage and parenthood. 2008.

What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War     DB/RC 68426
13 hours 59 minutes
by Chandra Manning
read by Bill Quinn
Georgetown professor posits that “ordinary Union and Confederate soldiers recognized slavery as the reason for the war.” Uses letters, diaries, and regimental newspapers written during the conflict to document the social history of common soldiers—including immigrants, westerners, and African Americans—and the question of emancipation. Some strong language. 2007.

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China      DB/RC 68443
13 hours 11 minutes
by Leslie T. Chang
read by Mary Kane
Wall Street Journal correspondent Chang describes the lifestyle of young migrant workers like seventeen-year-old Min. One of the 130 million workers who leave their village homes to earn money, Min takes a series of factory jobs, lives in cramped dormitories, and puts in long hours. Some strong language. 2008.

Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey through China      DB/RC 68475
9 hours 55 minutes
by Jen Lin-Liu
read by Mary Kane
Lin-Liu, a Chinese American journalist living in China, describes attending cooking school in 2005 but being unable to find employment as a chef. She relates working in a noodle stall, dining in posh restaurants as a food critic, and eventually opening her own school. Includes recipes. 2008.

A Member of the Family: Cesar Millan’s Guide to a Lifetime of Fulfillment with Your Dog     DB/RC 68485
8 hours 47 minutes
by Cesar Millan
read by Mark Ashby
Dog-psychology expert and bestselling author Millan encourages the whole family to become involved in integrating a new dog into their “pack.” He outlines methods for selecting the right animal, reviews training basics, and discusses canine health care, aging, and death. Millan’s wife and sons contribute chapters from their perspectives. 2008.

The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do     DB/RC 68492
9 hours 27 minutes
by Peg Tyre
read by Mark Ashby
Education writer Tyre expounds on the topic of her 2006 Newsweek cover story. Outlines information she learned from studies, parents, and educators while she investigated reasons boys fall behind in school. Addresses many issues young boys face, including fidgeting, scattered attention, problems reading, and the dearth of male teachers. 2008.

Battleship Oklahoma, BB-37     DB/RC 68497
10 hours 46 minutes
by Jeff Phister
read by Ted Stoddard
History of the U.S. battleship Oklahoma, which was first conceived during the 1898 Spanish-American War and designed in 1911 with state-of-the-art armor protection, fuel, and engines. Describes the personal experiences of the men who served on the ship before its destruction on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. 2008.

The Second Plane: September 11; Terror and Boredom     DB/RC 68498
6 hours 32 minutes
by Martin Amis
read by Julian Thompson
Collection of essays written in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks. Amis, a novelist and outspoken critic of radical Islam, addresses controversial aspects of religion and war. Includes “Bush in Yes-Man’s-Land,” “The Wrong War,” the title piece, and two stories, including “The Last Days of Muhammad Atta.” Some violence. 2008.

Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It     DB/RC 68501
10 hours 3 minutes
by Julia Keller
read by Michael Scherer
Traces the development of the first operational machine gun and provides a portrait of its inventor, Richard Jordan Gatling (1818–1903). Discusses the economic, psychological, and social consequences of Gatling’s weapons business in the late-nineteenth-century United States. 2008.

Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life     DB/RC 68581
5 hours 37 minutes
by Jenna Woginrich
read by Kerry Dukin
Woginrich, a young web designer and homestead blogger, provides suggestions for adopting a self-sufficient lifestyle. She discusses keeping chickens, bees, and rabbits; putting house dogs to work; growing and making food; acquiring old, but useful, items; and making clothing and music. Includes recipes. 2008.

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006–2008     DB/RC 68605
17 hours 56 minutes
by Thomas E. Ricks
read by Michael Russotto
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Fiasco (RC 63207) continues his coverage of the American war in Iraq. Analyzes General Petraeus’s command and initiation of the “surge” to protect the local population, political opposition to it, and the soldiers’ execution of the plan. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Yankee Years     DB/RC 68610
18 hours 15 minutes
by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci
read by Robert Sams
Torre’s take on managing baseball’s New York Yankees from 1996 to 2007, when they won six American League pennants and four World Series. Torre describes crucial games, steroid abuse, his relationships with superstars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, and disagreements with owner George Steinbrenner and the front office. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Next One Hundred Years: A Forecast for the Twenty-first Century     DB/RC 68611
10 hours 11 minutes
by George Friedman
read by Gregory Gorton
Forecast of the world’s future analyzes geopolitical realities and social trends including the end of population explosion. Dismisses the power of China and Russia and posits that the United States has just begun its ascendency. Warns of possible rivalries with Japan, Poland, and Turkey and war with Mexico. Bestseller. 2009.

Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life     DB/RC 68614
7 hours 48 minutes
by Adam Gopnik
read by Gregory Gorton
Writer from the New Yorker pens a dual biography of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln—both born on February 12, 1809—and analyzes their influence on society. Posits that Lincoln’s speeches and Darwin’s writings assisted in the spread of new ideas. Bestseller. 2009.

Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse      DB/RC 68616
6 hours 31 minutes
by Thomas E. Woods
read by Gregory Gorton
Explores the causes of the 2008 economic crisis, attributes blame, and concludes that free-market capitalism is the only solution to the problem. Asserts that federal government intervention in the economy triggered the housing bubble. Foreword by congressman Ron Paul. Bestseller. 2009.

Danger’s Hour: The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her     DB/RC 68625
16 hours 57 minutes
by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy
read by Mark Ashby
Chronicles the May 11, 1945, suicide attack on the U.S. aircraft carrier Bunker Hill by Japanese pilot Kiyoshi Ogawa. Draws on historical documents and firsthand interviews with survivors to detail the assault—which claimed 393 lives—from the perspectives of both Japanese kamikazes and American sailors. Violence. 2008.

American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century     DB/RC 68656
9 hours 56 minutes
by Howard Blum
read by Bob Moore
Examines the October 1, 1910, bombing of the Los Angeles Times offices that killed twenty-one workers. Chronicles the violent labor disputes that preceded the attack and discusses the roles of PI Billy Burns, filmmaker D.W. Griffith, and Clarence Darrow, who defended the two brothers accused of the crime. Some violence. Edgar Award. 2008.

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Mickey Thompson: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of a Racing Legend     DB/RC 68674
6 hours 29 minutes
by Erik Arneson
read by Robert Sams
Biography of Mickey Thompson (1928–1988), who started hot-rodding as a street racer and later set many professional records, including driving at 406.60 miles per hour in 1960. Discusses the 1988 execution-style murders of Thompson and his wife but focuses on his world-renowned motorsports career. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

The Irish Americans: A History     DB/RC 68852
16 hours 54 minutes
by Jay P. Dolan
read by Terry Donnelly
University of Notre Dame professor researches Irish immigration to the United States—both Catholic and Protestant—from colonial times to the twenty-first century. Highlights important figures and uses primary sources to depict the unique heritage of this group. Selects four elements—politics, religion, labor, and nationalism—that distinguish Irish Americans from other peoples. 2008.

Columbine     DB/RC 68856
17 hours 5 minutes
by Dave Cullen
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Journalist uses eyewitness testimony, police reports, and the killers’ writings to dispel myths that the Columbine shooters were bullied, isolated kids who targeted their victims. Argues that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had friends, good grades—and plans to blow up the school. Discusses the murderers’ psychological assessments. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy     DB/RC 68878
16 hours 11 minutes
edited by Peter S. Canellos
read by Jake Williams
Boston Globe reporters examine the life and career of the U.S. senator from Massachusetts, scion of a political dynasty. Details family tragedies; his liberal Democratic ideals; and his personal life, including two marriages, a 1969 car accident that halted his presidential ambitions, and the brain tumor that eventually killed him. 2009.

Surpassing Expectations: My Life without Sight     DB/RC 68883
9 hours 29 minutes
by Lawrence Scadden
read by Bill Wallace
Autobiography of California-born Scadden, who was blinded at age five. Describes his career as a research psychologist with a doctorate. Discusses his work in developing assistive technology for visually impaired people and promoting science education. Examines the effects of blindness, Scadden’s personal development, and his experiences abroad. 2008.

Ten-Ten-Ten: Ten Minutes, Ten Months, Ten Years; A Life-Transforming Idea     DB/RC 69006
6 hours 2 minutes
by Suzy Welch
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Columnist and former editor of Harvard Business Review expands upon her 2006 O, the Oprah Magazine column that describes her approach to decision-making. Uses her own and others’ experiences to illustrate the freedom that comes from considering short-term, mid-term, and long-term consequences of choices. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms     DB/RC 69007
5 hours 35 minutes
by Laura Schlessinger
read by Jill Ferris
Therapist and talk-show host Dr. Laura discusses the role of women who stay home to raise their children and help their spouses. Uses examples from her own life and the lives of her fans to suggest benefits for the whole family when there is a stay-at-home mom. Bestseller. 2009.

Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance     DB/RC 69029
10 hours 0 minutes
by Mark Richardson
read by Buck Schirner
Retraces the motorcycle trip made in 1968 by Robert Pirsig and his eleven-year-old boy Chris, an adventure immortalized in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (RC 49089). Journalist Richardson interviews characters from Pirsig’s book and describes Pirsig’s life since the 1979 murder of his son. Some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Ivory’s Ghosts: The White Gold of History and the Fate of Elephants     DB/RC 69031
10 hours 51 minutes
by John Frederick Walker
read by John Frederick Walker
Journalist traces the ivory trade since ancient times and discusses the impact of this activity on African and Asian elephants. Examines late-twentieth-century efforts to protect elephants— which are on the list of endangered species—by addressing the problem of poaching and the often-disregarded international ban on ivory-related commerce. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC     DB/RC 69032
9 hours 11 minutes
by L. Jon Wertheim
read by Phil Gigante
Sports Illustrated writer investigates the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), which began as an Internet subculture and evolved into a $500 million enterprise. Chronicles the career of Pat “the Croatian Sensation” Miletich, a five-time Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) and MMA trainer. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Confessions of a Mullah Warrior     DB/RC 69033
10 hours 41 minutes
by Masood Farivar
read by Christopher Lane
Memoir by an Afghanistan war refugee raised in Pakistan. Farivar recounts becoming a devout Muslim and joining the mujahideen in the 1980s to fight Russians in his homeland. Farivar chronicles his subsequent journey to a U.S. prep school and Harvard University and his eventual return to Afghanistan. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age     DB/RC 69034
11 hours 5 minutes
by Steve Knopper
read by Dan John Miller
Journalist’s take on the music industry’s thirty-year-long digital revolution. Highlights the innovations of CDs in the 1980s, the era of Internet file sharing, and the subsequent invention of MP3 players and iTunes. Discusses nefarious business dealings of record companies and ways artists have used the technology. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O’Malley, Baseball’s Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles     DB/RC 69035
12 hours 36 minutes
by Michael D’Antonio
read by Phil Gigante
Biography of Walter O’Malley (1903– 1979), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. Highlights O’Malley’s rise from the club’s lawyer to its owner and president. Discusses Jackie Robinson breaking the sport’s racial barrier in 1947 and the Dodgers’ controversial 1957 move to Los Angeles. Strong language. Commercial audio-book. 2009.

The Empathy Gap: Building Bridges to the Good Life and the Good Society     DB/RC 69037
9 hours 15 minutes
by J.D. Trout
read by J.D. Trout
Cognitive scientist uses findings from studies in psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience to examine empathy, free will, and decision making. Discusses social ills, including smoking, obesity, credit-card debt, drug use, and addiction and explores the possibilities of designing science-based public policies to improve the lives of everyone. Commercial audio-book. 2009.

The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself     DB/RC 69038
14 hours 26 minutes
by Hannah Holmes
read by Joyce Bean
Science writer and author of The Secret Life of Dust (RC 58777) explains where humans fit in the animal kingdom by using herself as an example. Discusses the body, brain, perception, diet, reproduction, behavior, communication, and predators of Homo sapiens. Also covers mankind’s negative ecological impact. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life     DB/RC 69039
7 hours 44 minutes
by James Hollis
read by Jim Bond
Jungian analyst theorizes that finding out what feeds one’s soul will help a person obtain healing, satisfaction, and meaning in life. Hollis references examples from his private practice, prose, drama, poetry, and popular culture to suggest ways of returning to self. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite     DB/RC 69088
9 hours 7 minutes
by David A. Kessler
read by Mark Ashby
Former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and author of A Question of Intent (RC 52620) traces the evolution of modern industrial food production and distribution that, Kessler posits, have led to uncontrolled behavioral patterns of irrational “hypereating.” Offers simple, practical tools for self-control. Bestseller. 2009.

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist      DB/RC 69147
9 hours 41 minutes
by Michael J. Fox
read by Richard Davidson
Movie and television star Fox discusses his work, politics, faith, and family in this follow-up to Lucky Man (RC 54165). An advocate for stem-cell research, Fox describes the impact his Parkinson’s disease has had on his life. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Straw: Finding My Way     DB/RC 69188
8 hours 35 minutes
by Darryl Strawberry
read by Bob Moore
Autobiography of former all-star baseball pitcher drafted by the New York Mets in 1980 after graduating from sports powerhouse Crenshaw High in Los Angeles. Recovering addict Strawberry describes his rise to fame and his substance abuse, trouble with the law, and cancer. Credits his turnaround to a newfound faith in God. 2009.

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived     DB/RC 69190
11 hours 1 minute
by Ralph Helfer
read by Ted Stoddard
Hollywood animal behaviorist recounts the lifelong friendship between Modoc, an elephant, and her trainer Bram Gunterstein. Describes how they grew up together in a German circus, survived a shipwreck, worked in teak forests, found success in America, and remained loyal through separation and reunion. Some violence. 1997.

Do Cats Hear with Their Feet? Where Cats Come From, What We Know about Them, and What They Think about Us     DB/RC 69204
6 hours 24 minutes
by Jake Page
read by Patrick Downer
Science editor and cat owner discusses feline behavior, acute senses, and relationships with humans. Reflects on humans’ attitudes toward cats, specifically black ones. Appendixes provide owners with information about potential health problems in certain breeds and cover the cat-food debate of soft versus dry. 2008.

The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter      DB/RC 69326
9 hours 10 minutes
by Jason Kersten
read by Jim Bond
Biography of Art Williams, born in 1972 in Chicago, whose father abandoned the family and whose mother was bipolar. Describes Williams learning counterfeiting from an old hand and printing millions for fourteen years until the Secret Service caught him. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken: Transform Your Life with the Power of Authenticity     DB/RC 69370
5 hours 14 minutes
by Mike Robbins
read by Mike Robbins
Motivational speaker and author of Focus on the Good Stuff (RC 66114) offers advice on confronting personal challenges. Discusses ways to transform fear, express oneself confidently, deal with and resolve conflicts, take risks, and trust oneself. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Crazy Love: A Memoir     DB/RC 69379
8 hours 48 minutes
by Leslie Morgan Steiner
read by Tanya Eby Sirois
Harvard graduate recounts her work as an editor for Seventeen magazine and discusses her life after she met an older businessman. Steiner describes her marriage, her husband’s physical and emotional abuse, and her nearly fatal experiences at his hand. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Driving like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-Bending Celebrating America as It Ought to Be—an Oil Well in Each Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and All the Mideast Potentates Trying to Rope a Goat      DB/RC 69386
7 hours 37 minutes
by P.J. O’Rourke
read by Christopher Lane
Humorist O’Rourke, the son of a car dealer, pens essays about the American love affair with cars. Includes accounts of the road trips he has taken over his lifetime. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Practicing Catholic     DB/RC 69393
15 hours 31 minutes
by James Carroll
read by Bill Weiderman
Memoir of Catholic priest-turned-writer analyzes changes in American Catholicism during his lifetime. Follows the evolution of church doctrine from Pope John XXIII’s call for updating in the 1960s to the reestablishment of fundamentalism by John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Criticizes the conservative church’s leadership and policies. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Battle for America, 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election     DB/RC 69409
17 hours 14 minutes
by Dan Balz and Haynes Bonner Johnson
read by Dick Hill
Examines the U.S. presidential primaries and 2008 election, which pitted Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton against Republican opponents including ultimate candidate John McCain. Discusses ways the Clinton campaign’s strategic mistakes and McCain’s vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin influenced the outcome of the race. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

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Adult Fiction

Pilate’s Wife    RC 64578
14 hours 40 minutes
by Antoinette May
read by Anne Hancock
Claudia, a Roman follower of the goddess Isis, has a gift for seeing the future. She marries Pontius Pilate and accompanies him to Judaea, where she befriends Miriam of Magdala. Haunted by visions of Jesus’s crucifixion, Claudia implores Pilate to spare the Galilean. Some violence and some strong language. 2006.

Him, Her, Him Again, the End of Him    RC 64580
6 hours 52 minutes
by Patricia Marx
read by Anne Hancock
Twenty-one and still a virgin, our neurotic heroine falls for narcissist Eugene Obello. She remains besotted even when he marries someone else and becomes a father. Her friends despise him. Her obsession continues for almost ten years—until his lies and deceptions become too much for her. Some strong language. 2007.

Gentlemen and Players    RC 64584
12 hours 35 minutes
by Joanne Harris
read by Walter Dixon
England. Veteran teacher Roy Straitley feels increasingly marginalized at the St. Oswald boys school. Roy contemplates retirement as new faculty members arrive, including English instructor Chris Keane, who secretly plots to destroy the school. With malicious pranks escalating, Roy uncovers shocking truths about Chris’s identity and motives. Some strong language. 2006.

Learning the World: A Scientific Romance    RC 64699
13 hours 56 minutes
by Ken MacLeod
read by Ray Childs
After a four-hundred-year-long voyage, the sunliner But the Sky, My Lady! The Sky! arrives in a solar system where the crew discovers a race of bat people. As the species study each other, teenager Atomic Discourse Gale records her experiences in her biolog, “Learning the World.” Some strong language. 2005.

Dangerous Ground    RC 64705
16 hours 30 minutes
by Larry Bond
read by Dan Bloom
Aboard the aging U.S. submarine Memphis, Commander Lowell Hardy leads a dysfunctional crew that includes presidential advisor Joanna Patterson and a disgraced aviator. Their mission: find evidence of nuclear dumping off Russia’s coast. They discover weapons-grade material and a Russian captain willing to do anything to keep it secret. 2005.

Rollback    RC 64711
10 hours 5 minutes
by Robert J. Sawyer
read by Lindsay Ellison
2048. Aliens send Earth an encrypted message that only octogenarian astronomer Sarah Halifax can decode. To ensure future interspecies dialog, a billionaire finances rejuvenation procedures for Sarah and her husband Don. Sarah’s “rollback” fails, but Don experiences newfound youth. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Burning Bright    RC 64716
10 hours 18 minutes
by Tracy Chevalier
read by Anne Hancock
Georgian London, 1790s. At the behest of circus impresario Philip Astley, the Kellaway family moves from the country and becomes neighbors to artist, poet, and free-thinker William Blake. Young Jem Kellaway falls in love with feisty city girl Maggie Butterfield, and both succumb to Blake’s spell. 2007.

Lord of Emperors: The Sarantine Mosaic, Book 2    RC 65501
25 hours 14 minutes
by Guy Gavriel Kay
read by Peter Ganim
Summoned to the imperial city to construct a royal sanctuary, mosaicist Crispin finds his fate linked to the emperor, the empress, and his own queen, amid rumors of conspiracy and war. Sequel to Sailing to Sarantium (RC 64513). Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

Water like a Stone: A Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Mystery     RC 65514
16 hours 57 minutes
by Deborah Crombie
read by Terry Donnelly
London detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James spend Christmas with their children in Duncan’s Cheshire hometown. Rumors of infidelity, shady business dealings within Duncan’s sister’s family, the discovery of an infant’s remains, and multiple murders disrupt their visit. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Offsides    RC 65560
4 hours 24 minutes
by Erik E. Esckilsen
read by Andy Pyle
Tom Gray, a Mohawk and star soccer player, refuses to play for his new high school team, the Warriors, unless the mascot is changed from an Indian chieftain. Tom heads up a ragtag group of homeschoolers to take on the school team. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Star Wars: Death Star    RC 65660
12 hours 9 minutes
by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
read by Christopher Hurt
With Palpatine in control of the Empire, construction begins on the Death Star, a moon-sized battle station capable of obliterating entire planets. Wilhuff Tarkin, its power-hungry would-be commander, oversees the project, which is fraught with political intrigues, hidden agendas, and the ever-present threat of rebellion. 2007.

It’s a Thin Line    RC 65663
9 hours 38 minutes
by Kimberla Lawson Roby
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
Chicago. Three African American siblings cope with life’s challenges. Freelance writer Sydney’s demanding career threatens her marriage. Businesswoman Gina contemplates leaving her abusive husband. Engaged brother Rick faces commitment fears. When their mother has a stroke, the trio pulls together. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2001.

Sandworms of Dune    RC 65668
19 hours 4 minutes
by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
read by J.P. Linton
Refugees aboard the wandering no-ship Ithaca await the revelation of the Kwisatz Haderach and the final confrontation with the machine empire to decide the fate of the planet Arrakis and humanity. Based on the outline and notes of Frank Herbert. Sequel to Hunters of Dune (RC 65676). Some violence. 2007.

Death of a Fool: An Inspector Roderick Alleyn Mystery     RC 65674
8 hours 21 minutes
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
The village of South Mardian performs its annual winter solstice production featuring dance and swordplay, during which blacksmith William Andersen is decapitated. Suspicion—however unlikely—falls on the elderly widowed baker’s wife, Mrs. Bünz. Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn investigates. 1956.

Duma Key     DB/RC 65691
23 hours 23 minutes
by Stephen King
read by David Hartley-Margolin
An accident left self-made construction millionaire Edgar Freemantle brain damaged and without an arm. When Edgar’s rage results in divorce, his therapist suggests he spend a year painting in Florida. With his phantom arm’s help, Edgar soon produces incredible, but dangerous, artwork. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Canaan    RC 65742
15 hours 12 minutes
by Donald McCaig
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
Blacks, whites, and Native Americans rebuild their lives after the Civil War. Confederate major Duncan Gatewood battles Yankee carpetbaggers on his Virginia plantation. Ex-slave and former soldier Edward Ratcliff and his Santee wife find acceptance among the Lakota people. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Shooters: A Presidential Agent Novel    RC 65754
17 hours 2 minutes
by W.E.B. Griffin
read by Mark Ashby
Charley Castillo of the U.S. Army Special Forces, still in Argentina following The Hunters (RC 63701), is approached by a military attaché who is trying to find a kidnapped DEA agent. Castillo launches a rescue operation that takes him deep into the international drug trade. Violence and strong language. 2008.

When I Fall in Love    RC 65840
13 hours 17 minutes
by Lynn Kurland
read by Michele Schaeffer
While visiting family in Scotland, New Yorker Jennifer McKinnon travels eight hundred years back in time. A knight, Nicholas de Piaget, rescues her from persecution as a witch. The two fall in love, and Nicholas tries to persuade Jennifer not to return home. 2007.

Orion in the Dying Time: The Orion Series, Book 3    RC 65871
10 hours 27 minutes
by Ben Bova
read by Bruce Huntey
Set, a lizard-like alien who can manipulate time, attempts to destroy humanity by conquering the prehistoric world and populating it with his own cruel race. Immortal hunter Orion and the warrior goddess Anya battle Set and his evil armies in an effort to avert catastrophe. Some violence. 1990.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 18    RC 65873
26 hours 57 minutes
edited by Stephen Jones
read by Fred Major
Twenty-five horror and fantasy tales. Includes Glen Hirshberg’s “Devil’s Smile,” Geoff Ryman’s “Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter,” and works by Peter Atkins, Elizabeth Hand, and Mark Morris. Provides a genre overview for 2006, author bios, and addresses of related organizations. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Snowfall at Willow Lake: The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 4    RC 65910
11 hours 36 minutes
by Susan Wiggs
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
International attorney Sophie Bellamy changes her priorities after surviving a terrorist attack abroad. She returns home to the Catskills to make amends with her children. Sophie also meets veterinarian Noah Shepherd and falls in love. Includes recipes. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Free Fall: Revenge of the Sisterhood, Book 7    RC 66002
7 hours 57 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Catherine Byers
Sisterhood member Yoko Akia seeks revenge against her biological father, Hollywood movie star Michael Lyons, who abandoned Yoko’s mother decades ago and secretly runs a sex-slave ring. With two reporters on their trail, the female vigilantes mount a campaign against Lyons. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Diamond Solitaire: A Peter Diamond Mystery    RC 66020
9 hours 27 minutes
by Peter Lovesey
read by Julian Elfer
Bath, England. Ex-police officer Peter Diamond loses his job as a Harrods security guard after a Japanese girl is found hiding in the store. When she is kidnapped, Diamond finds links to a wealthy sumo wrestler and nefarious executives. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1992.

People of the Book     DB/RC 66059
16 hours 28 minutes
by Geraldine Brooks
read by Lisette Lecat
Australian book conservator Hanna Heath analyzes a Hebrew manuscript created in medieval Spain and saved from destruction in 1990s Sarajevo. Hanna’s discoveries—an insect wing, salt crystals, and wine and blood stains—reveal the codex’s past and the lives of its guardians. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories    RC 66067
3 hours 50 minutes
by Primo Levi
read by Robert Blumenfeld
Seventeen tales by Italian chemist, memoirist, and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi (1919–1987). “The Death of Marinese” (1949) recounts the final moments in the life of a resistance fighter before he commits an act of martyrdom against his captors. Includes “Bear Meat,” “One Night,” and the title piece. Some violence. 2007.

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The Silver Swan    RC 66116
9 hours 19 minutes
by Benjamin Black
read by Alexander Strain
Ireland. Pathologist Quirke, from Christine Falls (RC 64333), is approached by acquaintance Billy Hunt, whose wife Deirdre committed suicide. Billy begs Quirke to bypass the mandatory autopsy, making Quirke even more curious about her death and shadowy history of poverty and abuse. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

PS, I Love You    RC 66248
12 hours 35 minutes
by Cecelia Ahern
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Ireland. Twenty-nine-year-old Holly grieves for her late husband. But before he died, Gerry prepared a final gift: ten letters, one for each month remaining in the year, listing tasks for Holly to accomplish. Surrounded by family and friends, Holly learns to move on. Some strong language. 2004.

A Dangerous Love    RC 66278
13 hours 53 minutes
by Bertrice Small
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Fifteenth-century England. Six-year-old orphaned countess Adair Radcliffe joins King Edward IV’s household. At sixteen, she runs away and is captured by Scottish raiders. Conal Bruce, laird of Cleit, purchases Adair as his mistress, but Adair will have nothing less than love. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Deluge: The Twins of Petaybee, Book 3     DB/RC 66668
6 hours 30 minutes
by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
read by Kristin Allison
Twins Murel and Ronan attempt to rescue a friend accused of crimes by the nefarious company that is determined to conquer the resource-rich, sentient planet Petaybee. But the siblings are captured and sent to prison, where an enemy plots to exploit their shapeshifting abilities. 2008.

Remember Me?     DB/RC 66748
10 hours 48 minutes
by Sophie Kinsella
read by Mare Trevathan
London. After twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up with amnesia, she can’t remember the past three years of her life. Lexi learns that she’s now a gorgeous but cut-throat businesswoman with a priggish millionaire husband and a secret lover. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Not Another Bad Date     DB/RC 66997
7 hours 45 minutes
by Rachel Gibson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Writer Adele Harris returns to her Texas hometown to help her pregnant sister. Adele, who has had bad luck with boyfriends, runs into her first love, football coach Zach Zemaitis, whose late wife had tormented Adele throughout their school years. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

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

Dreamers of the Day     DB/RC 67026
10 hours 12 minutes
by Mary Doria Russell
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
When Ohio schoolteacher Agnes Shanklin receives an inheritance after her entire family dies in a flu epidemic, she decides to travel. Arriving in Egypt during the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference, Agnes befriends Winston Churchill and Lawrence of Arabia while she falls in love with a German spy. 2008.

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation     DB/RC 67028
5 hours 36 minutes
by Elizabeth Berg
read by Mare Trevathan
Tales about women breaking free of conventions. In “Truth or Dare” the protagonist struggles to accept that her ex-husband has moved on. In the title story the main character flees a Weight Watchers meeting to indulge her forbidden-food cravings. Some strong language. 2008.

Sunrise over Fallujah     DB/RC 67033
7 hours 17 minutes
by Walter Dean Myers
read by L.J. Ganser
Iraq, 2003. Robin “Birdy” Perry joins the army after high school and becomes involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Birdy writes about his experiences to his uncle Richie, a Vietnam War veteran, from Fallen Angels (RC 29775). Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

The Pale Criminal: A Bernhard Gunther Novel     DB/RC 67071
9 hours 56 minutes
by Philip Kerr
read by Lewis Grenville
Berlin, Germany; 1938. After his partner is murdered, cop-turned-PI Bern-hard Gunther is forced back into police work by the Gestapo to help catch a serial killer. Gunther also investigates the blackmail of a rich widow whose son is gay. Strong language and some violence. 1990.

Gone     DB/RC 67156
12 hours 27 minutes
by Michael Grant
read by Kristin Allison
In Perdido Beach, California, people fifteen years or older suddenly disappear. Televisions, Internet access, and phones vanish, too. Bullies take over, food runs out, animals mutate, and some kids develop supernatural powers. What will happen to Sam on his fifteenth birthday? Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1     DB/RC 67159
12 hours 57 minutes
by Cassandra Clare
read by Kristin Allison
Fifteen-year-old Clary witnesses Jace, Alec, and Isabelle attacking a punk rocker in a Manhattan nightclub. She discovers that the three teens are Shadowhunters, warriors who kill demons. After her mother disappears, Shadowhunters take Clary in, and she learns her family history. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2007.

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

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Ancestors of Avalon     DB/RC 67174
17 hours 0 minutes
by Diana L. Paxson
read by Jill Ferris
2000 B.C.E. Tiriki, a guardian in the Temple of Light, and her husband Micail flee a doomed island in Atlantis and escape to mist-shrouded Britain. When disaster separates her from Micail, Tiriki must find her own path in a new land. Prequel to The Mists of Avalon (RC 18687). 2004.

The Third Lynx     DB/RC 67175
11 hours 14 minutes
by Timothy Zahn
read by Jim Zeiger
Aboard the Quadrail interstellar train, Frank Compton meets Mr. Smith, who needs help negotiating the purchase of alien relics. When Smith is murdered, Frank tries to acquire the artifacts before the parasitic Modhri collective can use them as weapons. Sequel to Night Train to Rigel (RC 62671). 2007.

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

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

Conception     DB/RC 67183
8 hours 19 minutes
by Kalisha Buckhanon
read by Mare Trevathan
Southside Chicago, 1992. Fifteen-year-old African American Shivana Montgomery becomes pregnant by her married neighbor. Fearing her mother’s reaction, Shivana thinks about having an abortion, but reconsiders after she falls in love with nineteen-year-old Rasul. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Little Book     DB/RC 67540
15 hours 42 minutes
by Selden Edwards
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Twentieth-century American rock musician Wheeler Burden, abruptly displaced to 1897 Vienna, rashly steals appropriate clothing and money, finds lodging, and assumes a new name. Wheeler meets Freud, American woman Weezie, and his own future father and grandparents. Family history and knowledge of subsequent events intertwine in Wheeler’s adventures. Bestseller. 2008.

The Private Patient: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery     DB/RC 67910
14 hours 32 minutes
by P.D. James
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Forty-seven-year-old investigative reporter Rhoda Gradwyn hires London plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell to remove a disfiguring childhood scar. Gradwyn is murdered while recuperating at the surgeon’s Dorset manor clinic. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are sifting through the staff’s secrets when a second murder occurs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Dragonheart: The Dragonriders of Pern     DB/RC 67917
19 hours 30 minutes
by Todd McCaffrey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Lord Bemin’s daughter Fiona assumes her new duties as a Weyrwoman, tending a hatchling and running the hold. When a mysterious, deadly illness threatens the dragons—Pern’s only defense against the coming Threadfall —Fiona travels back in time on a risky mission to find a cure. Sequel to Dragonsblood (RC 61138). 2008.

Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution     DB/RC 67918
15 hours 11 minutes
by Jerome Charyn
read by Erik Sandvold
Revolutionary War-era Manhattan. Teenage double agent John Stocking, a.k.a. Johnny One-Eye, befriends officers on both sides of the war, including George Washington and British general Sir William Howe. Johnny is in love with Clara, a biracial prostitute at the bordello where he was raised, who shares in his adventures. 2008.

The Fire     DB/RC 67922
17 hours 27 minutes
by Katherine Neville
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Thirty years after The Eight (RC 31050), Alexandra Solarin discovers that Cat Velis, her mother, is missing. Alexandra is persuaded to continue her mother’s search for pieces of an ancient chess set. The present-day story alternates with an 1822 tale of a pasha’s daughter who faces a parallel challenge. 2008.

Sarah’s Key     DB/RC 67934
9 hours 7 minutes
by Tatiana De Rosnay
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Paris, 2002. American journalist Julia Jarmond covers the sixtieth anniversary of the deportation of Jewish families to Auschwitz. When Julia discovers that her French in-laws’ home was acquired from dispossessed Jews, she resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants—of whom only one, young Sarah, survived. 2007.

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Prepared for Rage     DB/RC 67949
9 hours 41 minutes
by Dana Stabenow
read by Kristin Allison
Florida. Rookie astronaut Kenai Munro prepares for the launch of a NASA space shuttle that will carry a high-profile Middle Eastern businessman. Captain Cal Schuyler of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro must protect the mission from a rogue Arab terrorist. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

A Promise Unbroken and A Heart Divided: Battles of Destiny, Volume 1     DB/RC 68023
21 hours 22 minutes
by Al Lacy
read by Patrick Downer
The first two novels in this Civil War series. In A Promise Unbroken war comes to a wealthy Virginia family. In A Heart Divided a wounded Confederate captain’s budding romance with a nurse is interrupted by the arrival of his ex-wife—and the son he didn’t know about. Some violence. 1993.

Streams of Babel      DB/RC 68045
10 hours 45 minutes
by Carol Plum-Ucci
read by Michael Scherer
A bioterrorist attack in New Jersey leaves teens Cora, Owen, Scott, and Rain desperately ill. Meanwhile, young computer hackers Tyler and Shahzad uncover a plot to infect America’s water supply. The two assist the government in tracking the extremists. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Supreme Courtship     DB/RC 68046
8 hours 13 minutes
by Christopher Buckley
read by Annie Wauters
After his first two Supreme Court nominations are rejected, President Donald Vanderdamp chooses attractive television judge Pepper Cartwright of Texas. Humiliated by this move, Senator Dexter Mitchell, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, resigns to star in a new TV show—and begins his own run for the presidency. Strong language. 2008.

Hellfire Canyon     DB/RC 68047
5 hours 15 minutes
by Max McCoy
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Missouri. Female reporter Frankie Donovan interviews Jacob Gamble, an old man known as the outlaw fiddler, who as a boy knew the notorious murderer Alf Bolin. Gamble recounts a tale of being forced by circumstances to join Bolin’s gang—but he may not be telling the complete truth. Violence. 2007.

Flashback     DB/RC 68048
13 hours 17 minutes
by Gary Braver
read by Mark Delgado
Pharmacist René Ballard becomes suspicious when an Alzheimer’s patient she’s monitoring commits a murder. After comatose Jack Koryan awakens with an enhanced memory, René learns that a new drug is being tested on unsuspecting patients. Jack and René join forces and uncover a conspiracy. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

The Gate House     DB/RC 68063
27 hours 6 minutes
by Nelson DeMille
read by Richard Davidson
Ten years after events in The Gold Coast (RC 31171), attorney John Sutter returns to New York. He reconnects with his ex-wife, who killed her mob-boss lover but was never convicted. The murdered don’s son, however, has not forgiven her. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

The Given Day     DB/RC 68066
25 hours 42 minutes
by Dennis Lehane
read by Nick Sullivan
Boston, early twentieth century. Policeman Danny Coughlin goes undercover to infiltrate Bolsheviks and anarchists who are recruiting immigrants and workers to cause civil strife. Soon Danny sympathizes with their plight, befriending his family’s Irish maid and an African American fugitive. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

The Blue Door     DB/RC 68067
11 hours 55 minutes
by David Fulmer
read by J.P. Linton
Philadelphia, 1962. PI Sal Giambroni hires former boxer Eddie Cero as an assistant. As Eddie launches his own investigation into the 1959 disappearance of African American rhythm-and-blues singer Johnny Pope, he falls in love with Johnny’s sister Valerie, who is also a musician. Violence and strong language. 2008.

A New Day Rising: Red River of the North, Book 2     DB/RC 68069
11 hours 56 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Catherine Byers
Dakota Territory, 1884. Ingeborg Bjorklund struggles to run her Red River Valley farm after losing her husband Roald. Roald’s distant cousin Haakan arrives to help and brings a new chance at love. Roald’s younger brother, newly arrived from Norway, also faces romantic dilemmas. For senior high and older readers. 1996.

Sweetsmoke     DB/RC 68077
12 hours 40 minutes
by David Fuller
read by Bill Quinn
1862. Cassius Howard, a slave on Virginia’s Sweetsmoke tobacco plantation, vows to avenge the murder of Emoline Justice, an old freedwoman who saved his life. As the Civil War rages, Cassius risks everything—punishment, sale, even his life—for justice. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Reavers     DB/RC 68080
10 hours 30 minutes
by George MacDonald Fraser
read by Terry Donnelly
Scottish borderlands, sixteenth century. An unlikely foursome attempts to thwart a Spanish plot to replace King James with an imposter. Ravishing Lady Godiva Dacre, her mischievous companion Mistress Kylie Delishe, dashing part-time highwayman Bonny Gilderoy, and English agent/hero Archie Noble face sundry adventures and complications of the heart. 2007.

De Niro’s Game     DB/RC 68081
8 hours 6 minutes
by Rawi Hage
read by Peter Ganim
Beirut, Lebanon. Amid civil war two childhood friends take different paths. George, nicknamed De Niro, joins a militia while orphan Bassam survives through petty thievery. Bassam eventually flees to Paris and learns the truth about George’s activities. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. 2006.

The Last Oracle: A Sigma Force Novel     DB/RC 68094
15 hours 2 minutes
by James Rollins
read by John Haag
Washington, D.C. A stranger dying of gunshot wounds gives Commander Gray Pierce of the covert military organization Sigma Force an ancient Greek coin. Clues lead to a rogue group of scientists bioengineering savants in hopes of creating the next great prophet and changing the course of history. Some violence. 2008.

Sharpe’s Sword: Richard Sharpe and the Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812     DB/RC 68144
12 hours 6 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
Spain. British forces capture Napoleon’s valued spy-killer Colonel Philippe Leroux, but Leroux escapes before he is identified. Vowing revenge, Captain Richard Sharpe must first contend with La Marquesa, a beguiling but deceptive aristocrat who claims to be a notorious spy. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1983.

When the Duke Returns: Desperate Duchesses, Book 4     DB/RC 68146
11 hours 7 minutes
by Eloisa James
read by Corrie James
England, 1784. Isidore, the duchess of Cosway, succeeds in luring her long-absent husband Simeon back from his African explorations. Simeon, however, is a nonconforming Englishman who contemplates an annulment while he restores his family’s country estate. But mutual lust soon dispels that notion. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Circus of the Damned: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter     DB/RC 68154
9 hours 41 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Victoria Gordon
St. Louis. Anita Blake investigates a murder that could be the work of a rogue vampire. She visits Circus of the Damned, a hangout where the dead are raised for entertainment, to consult master vampire Jean-Claude—but soon regrets that decision. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Rainbow     DB/RC 68161
27 hours 4 minutes
by D.H. Lawrence
read by Laura Giannarelli
Rural England. Follows the lives and loves of three generations of the Brangwen family. Farmer Tom Brangwen marries Polish widow Lydia and adopts her daughter Anna as his own. All seek individual fulfillment, but it is Anna’s spirited child Ursula who defies convention. 2007 introduction by James Wood. 1915.

Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology     DB/RC 68176
9 hours 9 minutes
edited by Shakir Mustafa
read by Peter Ganim
Sixteen Iraqi writers offer thirty-three tales that reflect the diversity of the Iraqi experience. Includes stories about childhood, love, and family as well as war, political oppression, and interfaith relationships. Muhammad Khodayyir portrays his native city, Basra. Translated from Arabic with author biographies and an introduction. 2008.

Goldengrove     DB/RC 68266
7 hours 58 minutes
by Francine Prose
read by Mare Trevathan
New England. Thirteen-year-old Nico’s older sister Margaret drowns after diving from a rowboat into a lake near their house. Emotionally abandoned by her grieving parents, Nico is drawn to Margaret’s artistic boyfriend Aaron, who shares Nico’s feelings of loss and guilt. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Archbishop in Andalusia: A Blackie Ryan Mystery     DB/RC 68320
7 hours 26 minutes
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Gregory Gorton
Chicago archbishop Blackie Ryan travels to Spain for a conference. When Doña Teresa, the duchess of Seville, is almost killed, the local cardinal requests Blackie’s help in preventing another incident. Blackie also contends with family matters and the illness of his superior. 2008.

Così Fan Tutti: An Aurelio Zen Mystery     DB/RC 68323
8 hours 10 minutes
by Michael Dibdin
read by Ted Stoddard
Naples, Italy. Inspector Aurelio Zen is dating a widow who wants to prevent her daughters from marrying their boyfriends. Zen sends the girls to London while he tests the men’s fidelity. Meanwhile, rogue garbage collectors are killing crime bosses, and Zen’s superior demands answers. Strong language and some violence. 1996.

The Breast: A Kepesh Novel     DB/RC 68332
2 hours 0 minutes
by Philip Roth
read by Joe Peck
Thirty-eight-year-old professor David Kepesh has noticed subtle changes to his genitalia but is flummoxed when he awakens one morning and discovers he has been transformed into a 155-pound mammary gland—a gigantic female breast with a sensitive rosy nipple. Descriptions of sex. 1972.

A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement; At Lady Molly’s; Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant; The Kindly Ones     DB/RC 68333
21 hours 51 minutes
by Anthony Powell
read by Alexander Strain
As events in Germany build toward World War II, four young Englishmen are caught up in a social whirl of personal choices—marriages, adulteries, careers. Fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes, which were published separately between 1957 and 1962, of a twelve-novel epic. 1964.

The Toss of a Lemon     DB/RC 68367
28 hours 9 minutes
by Padma Viswanathan
read by Mitzi Friedlander
In 1896 ten-year-old Sivakami receives a marriage proposal from twenty-one-year-old astrologer Hanumarathnam. By eighteen, she is a widow, restricted by Brahmin traditions and with two children to raise. Her servant Muchami helps Sivakami guide her offspring through the political and social changes of the twentieth century’s early decades. 2008.

Snowy Night with a Stranger     DB/RC 68380
10 hours 24 minutes
by Jane Feather and others read by Erin Jones
Three short seasonal romances. In “A Holiday Gamble” Ned Vasey, the viscount Allenton, is caught in a blizzard on Christmas Eve. He finds refuge at Selby Hall, where he encounters the beautiful Lady Georgiana. Includes “When Sparks Fly” and “Snowy Night with a Highlander.” Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Santa Clawed: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery     DB/RC 68431
6 hours 34 minutes
by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
read by Laura Giannarelli
Crozet, Virginia. While visiting the Brothers of Love Christmas-tree farm, former postmistress Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, her husband Fair, and their sleuthy four-footed friends discover the body of monk Christopher Hewitt, a former insider trader. But Christopher is only the first murder victim of the holiday season. 2008.

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Songs for the Missing     DB/RC 68473
9 hours 46 minutes
by Stewart O’Nan
read by Mary Kane
Ohio, 2005. Graduate Kim Larsen looks forward to leaving her small hometown for college. On the way to her summer night job at the Conoco station, Kim disappears. Her parents, friends, and younger sister try to cope during the three-year-long search. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

A Handful of Dust     DB/RC 68488
8 hours 56 minutes
by Evelyn Waugh
read by David Cutler
Satirical novel about London society. Tony Last, a young English squire, has a romantic love for his home, his wife, and his small son. When his wife has an affair and his child dies on a hunt, Tony seeks solace in the jungles of Brazil. 1934.

Death with Interruptions     DB/RC 68494
7 hours 25 minutes
by José Saramago
read by Joe Peck
On January 1 in an unspecified year and country, no one dies. Death goes on strike and social catastrophe follows. After some months Death resumes her work, with the proviso that victims receive advance notification by mail. But then a bachelor cellist evades Death’s letter. First published in Portuguese. 2008.

Regency Buck     DB/RC 68499
13 hours 28 minutes
by Georgette Heyer
read by Corrie James
1811. After their father’s death, heiress Judith Taverner and her brother Peregrine travel to London to meet their guardian Lord Worth, who turns out to be not much older than the orphaned siblings. At first disinterested in his new wards, Lord Worth soon cannot resist their adventures. 1935.

On the Move: A NASCAR Novel     DB/RC 68517
6 hours 26 minutes
by Pamela Britton
read by Erin Jones
Defying her ultrarich and successful parents, attorney Vicky VanCleef becomes a sports agent. While Vicky’s assignment to control the unruly behavior of stock-car driver Brandon Burke leads to their mutual attraction, she soon learns that Brandon’s anger-management issues stem from a childhood secret. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery     DB/RC 68519
9 hours 48 minutes
by Jacqueline Winspear
read by Jill Fox
London, 1931. Investigator and psychologist Maisie Dobbs witnesses the suicide of a war veteran-turned-beggar on Christmas Eve. The next day the prime minister receives a menacing letter that demands relief for the poor and unemployed—and that mentions Maisie by name. Maisie joins Scotland Yard in its investigation. 2009.

Secrets of the Night: Malloren Family, Book 4     DB/RC 68520
12 hours 7 minutes
by Jo Beverley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
North Yorkshire, 1762. Rosamunde Overton needs an heir to prevent her elderly husband’s nephew from taking their estate when she’s widowed. Heading to a masquerade, Rosamunde comes across an injured lord Brand Malloren. She seduces him and leaves—but Brand seeks her identity. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Dancing with Werewolves: Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator      DB/RC 68522
11 hours 6 minutes
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by Erin Jones
Television reporter Delilah Street heads to Sin City after seeing her doppelganger on an episode of CSI Las Vegas. She finds work with the show’s producer, falls for detective Ric Montoya, confronts werewolf mobsters, and investigates murder. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Deadlier than the Pen: A Diana Spaulding Mystery     DB/RC 68523
9 hours 11 minutes
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
read by Jill Fox
New York City, 1888. Editor Horatio Foxe asks widowed reporter Diana Spaulding to interview Damon Bathory, a gothic author whose book tour has met with two murders. Diana pursues Damon, becomes stranded on a train during a blizzard, and falls in love with Dr. Ben Northcote of Maine. 2004.

Sweet Talk: Bakery Sisters, Book 1     DB/RC 68526
9 hours 1 minute
by Susan Mallery
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Pianist Claire Keyes returns home to Seattle to help her estranged sisters Jesse and Nicole when Nicole has surgery. While trying to mend ties, Claire assists with the family bakery and falls in love with sexy Wyatt Knight. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Black Rabbit Summer     DB/RC 68539
12 hours 26 minutes
by Kevin Brooks
read by Alec Volz
Five friends reunite for one last summer fling at a carnival before leaving for Paris, college, or work. When one teen goes missing along with a local celebrity girl, all the friends become suspects in the disappearances. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Diminished Capacity     DB/RC 68559
5 hours 8 minutes
by Sherwood Kiraly
read by Jack Fox
Chicago journalist Cooper Zerbs, coping with a brain injury, goes back to his hometown in Missouri to help his Uncle Rollie, who is slipping into dementia. Rollie hopes to sell a valuable Cubs baseball card in Chicago to raise enough money to stay in his house. Strong language. 1995.

Housekeeping     DB/RC 68564
5 hours 58 minutes
by Marilynne Robinson
read by Erin Jones
Ruth and her younger sister Lucille are haphazardly raised by their extended family in the small lakeside town of Fingerbone. Their grandmother cares for them until her death, followed by two bumbling great-aunts, and finally eccentric aunt Sylvie. 1980.

Devil’s Gonna Get Him: A Tamara Hayle Mystery     DB/RC 68565
6 hours 33 minutes
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Newark, New Jersey. Wealthy, arrogant Lincoln Storey hires African American cop-turned-PI Tamara Hayle to trail his stepdaughter’s boyfriend Brandon Pike—Tamara’s former lover. When Lincoln drops dead at a fundraiser, Tamara delves into his sordid personal life and ultimately becomes a target herself. Strong language. 1995.

Fanon     DB/RC 68573
9 hours 7 minutes
by John Edgar Wideman
read by Fred Major
Fictional author Thomas writes about the life of activist and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon (1925–1961) in Wideman’s novel that is part memoir and part biography. Thomas ponders aging, loneliness, artistic integrity, and Fanon’s struggles against intolerance and oppression. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

White Witch, Black Curse: A Hollows Novel     DB/RC 68606
21 hours 43 minutes
by Kim Harrison
read by Margaret Strom
Cincinnati. Bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan searches for the vampire who killed her lover Kisten. Meanwhile an emotion-sucking banshee wreaks havoc on the city, causing further tension between human and preternatural populations. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Corsair: The Oregon Files     DB/RC 68607
12 hours 32 minutes
by Clive Cussler
read by Mark Ashby
Libya. A plane carrying U.S. Secretary of State Fiona Katamora crashes in the desert. When Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the spy vessel Oregon head to the port of Tripoli—a region once rife with pirates, or corsairs—to recover the wreckage, Juan discovers links to terrorists. Violence. Bestseller. 2009.

Handle with Care     DB/RC 68615
15 hours 22 minutes
by Jodi Picoult
read by Annie Wauters
Charlotte’s daughter Willow has osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), which requires constant care from Willow’s parents and sister to avoid broken bones. When Willow is five, an exhausted Charlotte learns she can sue her friend and obstetrician Piper for not spotting Willow’s OI on an early ultrasound. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Forest Mage: The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 2     DB/RC 68621
29 hours 8 minutes
by Robin Hobb
read by Robert Sams
Cadet Nevare Burvelle returns home after the Speck plague has ravaged cadets and staff at King’s Cavalla Academy. While Nevare is oddly robust, he suffers nasty magical side effects that repulse his family and fiancée. Sequel to Shaman’s Crossing (RC 61300). Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

A Welcome Grave: A Lincoln Perry Novel     DB/RC 68624
9 hours 59 minutes
by Michael Koryta
read by Mark Delgado
Three years ago, PI Lincoln Perry assaulted attorney Alex Jefferson for stealing his fiancée. Now the police question Perry about Jefferson’s brutal murder. When Perry witnesses the suicide of Jefferson’s son—the heir to a fortune—Perry becomes the prime suspect in both deaths. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Silent in the Grave: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery     DB/RC 68626
17 hours 13 minutes
by Deanna Raybourn
read by Colleen Delany
Victorian England, 1887. Lady Julia Grey learns from Nicholas Brisbane, her late husband Edward’s private investigator, that Edward’s death may have been a murder. After a year in mourning, Julia, with the encouragement of her father, eagerly assists Nicholas in pursuit of the truth—and falls in love. Rita Award. 2007.

Loving; Living; Party Going     DB/RC 68632
19 hours 43 minutes
by Henry Green
read by Alexander Strain
Three novels exploring British class distinctions in the early twentieth century. Loving (1945) contrasts lives of servants and masters in an Irish castle. Living (1929) portrays iron-foundry workers and owners. And Party Going (1939) presents the reactions of wealthy travelers to crowds of lower-class railway passengers stranded by fog. 1978.

Bones of the Dragon: Dragonships, Book 1     DB/RC 68637
17 hours 24 minutes
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
read by Mark Delgado
Interlopers threaten the deities of the Vindrasi clans. To save their gods and their people, young priestess Draya and warrior Skylan undertake a quest for the mythical spiritbones of the Five Dragons of Vektia. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Fire Kimono: A Sano Ichiro Mystery     DB/RC 68640
10 hours 25 minutes
by Laura Joh Rowland
read by Robert Sams
Japan, 1700. Chamberlain Sano Ichiro, battling his enemy Lord Matsudaira, fears a civil war will break out. When the skeleton of the shogun’s cousin is discovered, Ichiro must solve the forty-three-year-old mystery of his death. The case leads Ichiro straight to his own widowed mother. Violence. 2008.

The English Major     DB/RC 68660
6 hours 43 minutes
by Jim Harrison
read by Gregory Gorton
After his wife leaves him for another man, sells their farm, and keeps most of the proceeds, sixty-year-old ex-teacher Cliff takes a road trip. Along the way Cliff has an affair with a former student and visits his globe-trotting gay son. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Catering to Nobody: A Culinary Mystery     DB/RC 68789
9 hours 10 minutes
by Diane Mott Davidson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Colorado. Goldy caters the wake for her son Arch’s fifth-grade teacher, who apparently committed suicide. During the event, Goldy’s former father-in-law is poisoned. Afraid of losing her business and ruining her reputation, Goldy investigates the incidents and discovers that Arch may be involved. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 1992.

Dark of Night: A Troubleshooter Novel     DB/RC 68795
17 hours 21 minutes
by Suzanne Brockmann
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Jimmy Nash—an operative for a secretive government agency—wants to “retire” from his deadly occupation. Troubleshooter Lawrence Decker helps fake his friend Nash’s death and places him in a safe house. But someone discovers the ploy and targets Decker. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

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Sharpe’s Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812     DB/RC 68797
13 hours 52 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
Iberian Peninsula. An army of British, French, Portuguese, and Spanish deserters captures a small village and takes a group of women hostage—among them the beautiful wife of a British colonel. Richard Sharpe, recently promoted to major, leads the perilous rescue mission. Violence and some strong language. 1984.

Ransom My Heart     DB/RC 68800
12 hours 20 minutes
by Meg Cabot
read by Mare Trevathan
England, 1291. Finnula Crais helps her unwed, pregnant sister obtain a dowry by kidnapping a knight for ransom. But Finnula doesn’t realize her captive is the village’s earl, Hugo Fitzstephen, who is returning from the Crusade. Treachery awaits them. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Opal: Dakotah Treasures, Book 3     DB/RC 68857
13 hours 44 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Jill Ferris
Dakotah Territory, 1886. Opal Torvald moves in with her sister Ruby and Ruby’s husband Rand on their ranch. When preacher-turned-ranch-hand Jacob Chandler arrives from Pennsylvania with his young son, Jacob falls in love with Opal. But Opal still misses her friend Atticus, who moved back East. 2005.

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine: Pink Carnation, Book 5      DB/RC 68860
14 hours 55 minutes
by Lauren Willig
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Eloise Kelly and Colin Selwick continue investigating Selwick’s British family tree, which is littered with spies. Eloise explores the Napoleonic-era account involving Robert, the duke of Dovedale, and his revenge against debauched spy Arthur Wrothan. Meanwhile, Robert’s distant cousin Charlotte is smitten with him. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Love for Sale: A Grace and Favor Mystery     DB/RC 68862
5 hours 14 minutes
by Jill Churchill
read by Gabriella Cavallero
New York State, 1932. A mysterious man pays generously for rooms at Grace and Favor, the mansion Lily Brewster and her brother Robert inherited from their great-uncle. When one of the man’s business associates is murdered, the siblings uncover evidence of a bogus religious organization. 2003.

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force; Invincible, Book 9     DB/RC 68864
12 hours 59 minutes
by Troy Denning
read by Erik Sandvold
In the war against the Galactic Alliance, the Jedi coalition turns to classic guerrilla tactics by targeting the enemy’s supply chain. Meanwhile, Jedi knight Jaina Solo undertakes a mission to hunt down and kill Darth Caedus—the dark Sith lord who was once her brother Jacen. 2008.

City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3     DB/RC 68866
14 hours 40 minutes
by Cassandra Clare
read by Kristin Allison
Searching for a counterspell to save her mother, Shadowhunter Clary, from City of Ashes (RC 67544), sneaks into the City of Glass against Jace’s protests. Both Clary and Jace end up in a battle and struggle with their feelings for each other. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2009.

Fatally Flaky: A Culinary Mystery     DB/RC 68870
10 hours 15 minutes
by Diane Mott Davidson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Colorado. Caterer Goldy Schulz is busy planning the reception of a flaky bride when Goldy’s friend Doc Finn dies in a car accident. Evidence of foul play prompts Goldy to go undercover. If the upcoming wedding doesn’t kill her, a clever murderer might. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 2009.

The Temporal Void: The Void Trilogy, Book 2     DB/RC 68871
24 hours 15 minutes
by Peter F. Hamilton
read by Kristin Allison
The Second Dreamer is suspected of triggering the Void’s expansion into and annexing of the universe. But the Living Dream followers still plan to journey into the Void even as interstellar war threatens. Sequel to The Dreaming Void (RC 67257). Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Cursed: A Regan Reilly Mystery     DB/RC 68876
5 hours 35 minutes
by Carol Higgins Clark
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
PI Regan Reilly, who moved to New York to marry her NYPD beau, travels back to Hollywood to help former neighbor Abigail find her ex-boyfriend Cody, a would-be producer who borrowed $100,000—then disappeared. A subsequent murder leads Regan to believe she isn’t the only one searching for Cody. 2009.

A Curse Dark as Gold     DB/RC 68880
11 hours 4 minutes
by Elizabeth C. Bunce
read by Gabriella Cavallero
After her father dies, Charlotte Miller struggles to pay a heavy mortgage to keep the family’s woolen mill running. A man capable of spinning straw into gold offers assistance, but his price is steep. For junior and senior high readers. William C. Morris Debut Award. 2008.

Romeo, Romeo     DB/RC 68882
9 hours 48 minutes
by Robin Kaye
read by Mare Trevathan
When happily unmarried career wo-man Rosalie Ronaldi meets wealthy playboy Nick Romeo, she thinks he’s a mechanic—and Nick doesn’t correct her. Their casual relationship becomes more serious after Rosalie falls ill and Nick moves in to take care of her. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2008.

It Had to Be You: A Grace and Favor Mystery     DB/RC 69008
4 hours 34 minutes
by Jill Churchill
read by Gabriella Cavallero
New York State, 1933. Robert Brewster, who has just returned from President Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., and his sister Lily help out at a local nursing home. When one cantankerous patient is found murdered, the sibling sleuths work with local police to solve the crime. 2004.

The ABCs of Kissing Boys     DB/RC 69011
4 hours 47 minutes
by Tina Ferraro
read by Mare Trevathan
Eleventh-grade student Parker Stanhope will do anything to make the varsity soccer team. She comes up with a crazy plan involving a kissing booth; Luke, the former prom king; and kissing lessons from Tristan, the freshman neighbor. But Parker gets more than she bargained for. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Evernight: Evernight, Book 1     DB/RC 69017
8 hours 9 minutes
by Claudia Gray
read by Mare Trevathan
Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a newcomer to Evernight Academy, struggles to fit in until she meets Lucas, who warns her not to trust anyone at the school—not even him. As their relationship intensifies, a dark secret threatens to break them apart. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Score: A Parker Novel     DB/RC 69023
4 hours 51 minutes
by Richard Stark
read by Jim Zeiger
A mysterious man called Edgars hires Parker and his crew to rob the wealthy mining town of Copper Canyon, North Dakota. Parker plans to take out the police force and cut communication lines—accounting for every detail of the job except Edgars’s dark secret. Some violence and some strong language. 1964.

The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund     DB/RC 69030
9 hours 13 minutes
by Jill Kargman
read by Susan Ericksen
2006. Holly and Kiki Talbott are the wives of brothers who founded a Manhattan hedge fund. Kiki leaves her husband, and Holly begins divorce proceedings when she discovers Tim’s affair, launching herself into dating and the world of unbreakable prenuptials. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

A Perfectly Good Family     DB/RC 69040
13 hours 3 minutes
by Lionel Shriver
read by Susan Ericksen
North Carolina. After her parents’ deaths, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family’s mansion. Corlis’s fearful younger brother has never left home and her black-sheep older brother also returns for his share of the inheritance—leaving Corlis stuck in the middle again. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

Trouble in Timberline     DB/RC 69041
7 hours 20 minutes
by Max Brand
read by Dick Hill
Ranch hand Barney Dwyer is so powerful that he has broken all of Dan Peary’s farm tools. Peary pays Dwyer off with a wild mustang and tells him to collect the rest of his pay from Peary’s son Len—who has joined a gang of gunslingers. Some violence. Commercial audiobook. 1984.

Korea Strait: A Tale of the Modern Navy     DB/RC 69089
10 hours 57 minutes
by David Poyer
read by Steven Carpenter
Navy commander Dan Lenson oversees an international military training exercise off the Korean peninsula. Stationed on a South Korean ship, Lenson pursues a fleet of rogue submarines that are armed with nuclear weapons, risking his career—and life—to avert disaster. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Hunted: House of Night, Book 5     DB/RC 69098
10 hours 40 minutes
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
read by Mary Kane
Fallen angel Kalona visits high priestess Zoey, from Untamed (RC 68667), in her dreams, insisting that Zoey is A-ya, his love. She, however, has other relationship worries and must sort through her feelings for Erik, Stark, and Heath. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Afraid     DB/RC 69325
9 hours 43 minutes
by Jack Kilborn
read by Phil Gigante
A helicopter crashes near the town of Safe Haven, Wisconsin, carrying five government-trained psychotic killers with modified brains. General Alton Tope sends military special forces to stop the assassins, but the townspeople also come together to defend themselves. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Lost Witness: A Lena Gamble Mystery     DB/RC 69327
13 hours 30 minutes
by Robert Ellis
read by Deanna Hurst
Shunned since she turned in a cop in City of Fire (RC 69329), L.A. homicide detective Lena Gamble suspects she was assigned a brutal murder and dismemberment case to get her off the squad. Still, Lena repeatedly risks her life to solve it. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

City of Fire: A Lena Gamble Mystery     DB/RC 69329
11 hours 53 minutes
by Robert Ellis
read by Renee Raudman
L.A. homicide detective Lena Gamble investigates the torturous killing of a woman in her bed. Shocked when a crossword puzzle and DNA evidence link the death to a similar but supposedly solved murder, Lena begins looking for a serial killer. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2007.

The Renegades     DB/RC 69330
10 hours 48 minutes
by T. Jefferson Parker
read by David Colacci
Transferred to Antelope Valley after events in L.A. Outlaws (RC 66125), cop Charlie Hood is responding to a routine call when his partner is shot— execution style—in their cruiser. Internal Affairs asks Charlie to investigate the deceased deputy’s past, believing it will lead to the shooter. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Genesis     DB/RC 69332
3 hours 53 minutes
by Bernard Beckett
read by Becky Wright
2075. In the post-apocalyptic, plague-ridden island world of the Republic, fourteen-year-old Anaximander undergoes an oral exam for admittance to the elite Academy. But her interpretation of rebel hero Adam Forde and the “Last War” clashes with prevailing views. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Pursuit     DB/RC 69335
11 hours 44 minutes
by Karen Robards
read by Frannette Liebow
Lawyer Jessica Ford survives a late night car crash that kills the First Lady of the United States. Unable to remember anything, Jessica realizes her life is in danger and asks Secret Service agent Mark Ryan for help. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

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Trust No One     DB/RC 69337
11 hours 2 minutes
by Gregg Hurwitz
read by Patrick Lawlor
Nick Horrigan’s carelessness as a teenager cost his stepfather, secret service agent Frank Durant, his life. Now, seventeen years later, a terrorist demands to meet Nick, flushing Nick out of safety and onto a dangerous quest to solve Frank’s murder. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audio-book. 2009.

Still Life     DB/RC 69338
11 hours 7 minutes
by Joy Fielding
read by Kymberly Dakin
A car slams into interior designer Casey Marshall, nearly killing her. Regaining consciousness in the hospital, Casey realizes she can hear people talking but can’t see, move, or communicate. She overhears police voice suspicions that the accident was attempted murder—and Casey begins to fear for her life. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Second Opinion     DB/RC 69340
9 hours 48 minutes
by Michael Palmer
read by Frannette Liebow
Dr. Thea Sperelakis, who has Asperger’s syndrome, returns from Congo after her physician father is injured in a hit-and-run crash. When her father’s use of blinking convinces her that his “accident” was intentional, Thea investigates suspicious cases in the clinic. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Perfect Poison: An Arcane Society Novel     DB/RC 69343
9 hours 43 minutes
by Amanda Quick
read by Anne Flosnik
Psychic Lucinda Bromley and Arcane Society member Caleb Jones track a thief who stole a poisonous fern from Lucinda’s conservatory. When Lucinda links the missing plant to a lord’s murder, their search uncovers a secret cabal. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Matters of the Heart     DB/RC 69350
10 hours 6 minutes
by Danielle Steel
read by Mel Foster
Forty-four-year-old American photographer Hope Dunne meets bestselling author Finn O’Neill in London on assignment. The two fall in love and Finn wants to have a baby. But Hope gradually realizes that Finn is a pathological liar, and she feels threatened by him. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Then Comes Seduction: The Huxtable Quintet, Book 2     DB/RC 69352
11 hours 50 minutes
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
Three years after he tried to seduce her to win a bet, rakish Jasper Finley, the Baron Montford, pursues Katherine, the youngest daughter in the Huxtable family. Katherine is still intrigued by Jasper and, to quiet a scandal, agrees to marry him. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Seducing an Angel: The Huxtable Quintet, Book 4     DB/RC 69354
11 hours 4 minutes
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
Impoverished widow and suspected murderer Lady Cassandra Belmont journeys to London to find a male protector. Cassandra seduces Stephen Huxtable, the young earl of Merton, but Stephen wants more than a sordid affair from beautiful but vulnerable Cassandra. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Year That Follows     DB/RC 69359
6 hours 28 minutes
by Scott Lasser
read by various narrators
Single mother Cat searches for her brother Kyle’s lost child after both Kyle and his former lover are killed in the World Trade Center attack. A year later, Cat’s widowed father Sam, a dying retired military man, summons Cat to California to mourn. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Death Dealer     DB/RC 69361
9 hours 15 minutes
by Heather Graham
read by various narrators
A serial killer stalks members of New York City’s Poe Society. Philanthropist Genevieve O’Brien, whose mother belongs to the group, hires PI Joe Connolly to investigate. Guided by information that he recently began receiving from dead people, Connolly examines the backgrounds of surviving group members. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Devil’s Garden     DB/RC 69362
12 hours 50 minutes
by Ace Atkins
read by Dick Hill
San Francisco, 1921. Silent-film actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is arrested for murder after a wild party ends in the death of starlet Virginia Rappe. Hired to discover the truth, Pinkerton agent Dashiell Hammett uncovers a botched police investigation and Hollywood intrigue. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Mr. and Miss Anonymous     DB/RC 69368
9 hours 43 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Laural Merlington
College students Lily Madison and Peter Kelly meet as donors at a California fertility clinic. Years later the two run into each other only to discover that a school massacre has occurred—and one of the surviving kids looks just like Peter. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Deadlock     DB/RC 69373
12 hours 20 minutes
by Iris Johansen
read by Jennifer Van Dyck
United Nations artifacts expert Emily Hudson tracks Zelov’s Hammer, a stolen mallet that conceals the Russian Romanov family’s treasure map. In Afghanistan, CIA-hired soldier of fortune John Garrett rescues Emily from a warlord and assists in her search. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Double Fault     DB/RC 69385
12 hours 16 minutes
by Lionel Shriver
read by Renee Raudman
Recovering from a disastrous love affair with her coach, twenty-three-year-old professional tennis player Wilhelmina “Willy” Novinsky falls in love with newcomer Eric Oberdorf, a Princeton graduate who plays for fun. But as Eric’s game improves, Willy’s backslides. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1997.

Dust to Dust: The Prophecy, Book 1     DB/RC 69387
9 hours 3 minutes
by Heather Graham
read by various narrators
Scott Bryant suddenly finds himself possessing superhuman strength. He becomes allies with Melanie Regan and the two search for an oracle that will help avert a world apocalypse. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Golden Chance     DB/RC 69388
11 hours 7 minutes
by Jayne Ann Krentz
read by various narrators
Social worker Philadelphia Fox faces a moral dilemma when she inherits stock in Washington State’s Lightfoot Industries. The company is part of the military-industrial complex that Philadelphia abhors, but she is attracted to Nick Lightfoot, the black sheep of the family. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 1990.

Heart of Fire     DB/RC 69389
11 hours 7 minutes
by Linda Howard
read by Tanya Eby Sirois
Archaeologist Jillian Sherwood travels to the Brazilian jungle in search of Amazon women warriors and a rare red diamond that her late father had also sought. Guide Ben Lewis joins Jillian’s expedition and shares in her adventures. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Life without Summer     DB/RC 69392
9 hours 24 minutes
by Lynne Griffin
read by Tanya Eby Sirois
After Tessa Gray loses her four-year-old in a hit-and-run accident, she finds solace with therapist Celia Reed. As Tessa begins an investigation into her daughter’s death, her life becomes intertwined with Celia’s—whose own family also has tragedies. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Cry Mercy: A Mercy Street Novel     DB/RC 69394
10 hours 38 minutes
by Mariah Stewart
read by Joyce Bean
After she adopts the daughter of a drug dealer, California policewoman Ann Nolan moves, changes her name to Emme Caldwell, and joins the Mercy Street Foundation—whose mission is finding missing persons. Emme’s first case involves the disappearance of college student Belinda Hudson. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Ultimatum     DB/RC 69398
14 hours 28 minutes
by Matthew Glass
read by Phil Gigante
In 2032 newly elected U.S. president Joe Benton is forced to save the country from environmental devastation including massive population relocation due to hurricanes, drought, and wildfire. Benton reaches out to China, the world’s worst polluter, which responds with nuclear threats. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Seduction     DB/RC 69402
12 hours 0 minutes
by Amanda Quick
read by Anne Flosnik
Country-bred Sophy Dorring enters into a marriage of convenience with Julian, the earl of Ravenwood, whose first wife died mysteriously. But Sophy is determined to make her husband fall in love with her. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1990.

A Rogue of My Own     DB/RC 69403
8 hours 59 minutes
by Johanna Lindsey
read by Rosalyn Landor
Naive Lady Rebecca Marshall becomes a maid of honor at Queen Victoria’s court. After Rebecca is seduced by the marquis Rupert St. John, a secret agent of the crown, they are forced to wed. Rupert, however, believes he was trapped into the marriage. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Relentless     DB/RC 69404
9 hours 14 minutes
by Dean Koontz
read by Dan John Miller
When bestselling novelist Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich learns his newest book has been savagely panned by major literary critic Shearman Waxx, Cubby’s wife suggests he ignore the review. But Cubby orchestrates a meeting with Shearman that endangers Cubby’s family. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Almost Home     DB/RC 69405
14 hours 4 minutes
by Debbie Macomber and others read by various narrators
Four romantic short stories. In “Whale Island” a divorced single mom is attracted to her boss—someone she doesn’t recognize from their high school days. In “The Marrying Kind” Jason is about to wed when he runs into his old sweetheart. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Amateurs     DB/RC 69406
9 hours 45 minutes
by Marcus Sakey
read by Dan John Miller
Four friends—Jenn, Ian, Mitch, and Alex—meet once a week at the Chicago restaurant where Alex tends bar. When his boss Johnny asks Alex to act as muscle for a shady deal, the group decides to steal Johnny’s money. But a murder complicates matters. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Lucky Streak: The Corwin Curse, Book 2     DB/RC 69417
9 hours 26 minutes
by Carly Phillips
read by Renee Raudman
Police officer Mike Corwin wakes up in Las Vegas rich and married but his con-artist wife Amber runs off with his money. Mike is convinced that the Corwin Curse is at play and goes after Amber—as does her partner in crime. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

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Books for Children

Children's Nonfiction

Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage    RC 64562
4 hours 43 minutes
by Janet Wyman Coleman
read by Ray Childs
A collection of spy accounts from around the world and across centuries. Covers actual and fictional operatives, high-tech gadgets and weapons, classified operations, and artful deceptions. Discusses disguises, codes, misinformation, blunders, and successes. Written in conjunction with the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry    RC 64738
0 hours 36 minutes
compiled by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters
read by Lindsay Ellison
More than sixty poems describing children’s activities at home and outdoors, from sunup to bedtime. Poets include Hilaire Belloc, Margaret Wise Brown, Nikki Grimes, A.A. Milne, and others from various parts of the English-speaking world. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.

Barack Obama: Working to Make a Difference    RC 65433
0 hours 52 minutes
by Marlene Targ Brill
read by Michele Schaeffer
Biography of the then-U.S. senator from Illinois, from his childhood to his announcement to run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Chronicles his school years and his early career promoting civil rights. Describes his experiences as the child of a white mother and an African father. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Our Country’s First Ladies    RC 65436
4 hours 35 minutes
by Ann Bausum
read by Faith Potts
Short biographies of forty-four presidential wives and hostesses, from Martha Washington to Laura Bush. Discusses the public role of the first lady, an unpaid position. Presents anecdotes from the women’s private lives. By the author of Our Country’s Presidents (RC 56572). For grades 5-8. 2007.

Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas; Twenty-one Activities    RC 65537
6 hours 5 minutes
by Laurie Carlson
read by Kerry Dukin
Biography of Thomas Alva Edison (1847–1931), American inventor of the phonograph, electric light bulb, and many other technological advances. Covers his boyhood, love for scientific experiments, setbacks and successes, and final years. Includes activities related to Edison’s projects and biographical sketches of other scientists. For grades 5-8. 2006.

How to Survive in Antarctica     RC 65538
2 hours 35 minutes
by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
read by John Polk
The author describes her adventures exploring the cold continent of the South Pole and living with scientists studying penguins, seals, seabirds, krill, fossils, and seawater chemistry. Provides interesting facts about Antarctica and gives survival tips on keeping warm and avoiding crevasses. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection     RC 65677
1 hour 48 minutes
retold by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Presents retellings of twelve traditional tales accompanied by information on origins and variations. In “Martina Martínez and Pérez the Mouse” Martina finds a suitable husband only to have him fall into a large pot of soup. For grades 3-6. 2006.

The Daring Book for Girls    RC 65760
11 hours 26 minutes
by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz
read by Jill Fox
Girls’ guide to indoor and outdoor adventures. Provides tips, facts, activities, rules for games, projects, and stories. Covers campouts and sleep-overs, rope-jumping variations, math tricks, spy techniques, and information on queens of ancient times and women Olympians. Includes recommended reading lists. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2007.

Teen Life among the Amish and Other Alternative Communities: Choosing a Lifestyle     DB/RC 67027
1 hour 54 minutes
by David Hunter
read by Jill Ferris
Emphasizes the benefits and challenges of growing up Amish in rural North America. Discusses religion as the basis of Amish traditions—simple clothing, horses for transportation, prohibition of electricity, schooling that ends at eighth grade—and covers the importance of baptism. Briefly mentions communes, kibbutzim, and The Farm. For grades 6-9. 2008.

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

Hanni and Beth: Safe and Sound     DB/RC 67181
0 hours 14 minutes
by Beth Finke
read by Jill Ferris
Seeing Eye dog Hanni describes her routine duties to guide and protect her partner Beth, a woman who is blind. Both Hanni and Beth provide personal notes about their background. For grades K-3. ASPCA award. 2007.

Electromagnetism—and How It Works     DB/RC 68132
2 hours 16 minutes
by Stephen M. Tomecek
read by Joe Wilson
Discusses the underlying principles of magnetism and its applications in the fields of communication, medicine, and transportation. Examines the technological evolution of electromagnetism, from the discovery of lodestones to the use of superconducting materials in medical devices such as MRI scanners. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Science Warriors: The Battle against Invasive Species     DB/RC 68307
1 hour 21 minutes
by Sneed B. Collard
read by Michael Scherer
Discusses brown tree snakes, fire ants, melaleuca trees, and zebra mussels—species invading four major ecosystems in the United States. Explains their arrival, the devastation they cause, and scientists’ recommendations for combating these foreign imports and preserving the environment. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Dog Scouts of America     DB/RC 68528
0 hours 23 minutes
by Shelley Bueche and Chris Puls
read by Erin Jones
Explains the goals of Dog Scouts of America, an organization founded in 1995 to help owners teach their canine pets good behavior. Describes the badges Dog Scouts can earn, and the ways dog-and-owner teams play and work together to help their communities. For grades K-3. 2008.

I’ll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War      DB/RC 68551
2 hours 5 minutes
by Anita Silvey
read by Kerry Dukin
Discusses some of the women who disguised themselves as men to join the Union and Confederate armies. Explains the usual roles of women in the 1860s, the challenge of passing for men, their combat experiences, and their fate after the Civil War. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Who Discovered America?     DB/RC 68553
1 hour 12 minutes
by Valerie Wyatt
read by Erin Jones
Discusses the evidence found by historians and scientists about explorers of America prior to Christopher Columbus in 1492. Presents such earlier possibilities as Chinese seafarers in the early 1400s, Vikings around 1000, an Irish monk before the Vikings, and prehistoric mammoth hunters from Siberia. For grades 4-7. 2008.

A Brief Political and Geographic History of Europe: Where Are Prussia, Gaul, and the Holy Roman Empire?     DB/RC 68566
3 hours 3 minutes
by Frances E. Davey
read by Fred Major
Examines the shift of borders across centuries in Western Europe as rulers and peasants fought over economics and religion. Discusses influential leaders from Julius Caesar and Napoleon to the heads of the European Union. For grades 6-9. 2008.

A Brief Political and Geographic History of Asia: Where Are Saigon, Kampuchea, and Burma?      DB/RC 68567
2 hours 43 minutes
by Doug Dillon
read by Fred Major
Focuses on violent upheavals as agents of name change—for a major city in Vietnam during the 1965–1975 war, Cambodia under the Khmers, Burma, and the Japanese Empire. Discusses the warriors and historical figures who precipitated these name and boundary shifts. For grades 6-9. 2008.

A Brief Political and Geographic History of Latin America: Where Are Gran Colombia, La Plata, and Dutch Guiana?      DB/RC 68568
2 hours 56 minutes
by Earle Rice
read by Fred Major
Historic guide to the changing names and politics of places south of the United States border after the arrival of Europeans. Explains why Portuguese is spoken only in Brazil, why viceroyalties were formed, and how the wars for independence redrew the boundaries of South American countries. For grades 6-9. 2008.

A Brief Political and Geographic History of North America: Where Are New France, New Netherland, and New Sweden?      DB/RC 68569
2 hours 48 minutes
by Lissa Johnston
read by Fred Major
Discusses three major colonies that played important but little-known roles in the history of North America prior to the establishment of the thirteen colonies that became the United States. Covers related geographic names and key leaders. For grades 6-9. 2008.

A Brief Political and Geographic History of Africa: Where Are Belgian Congo, Rhodesia, and Kush?     DB/RC 68570
2 hours 34 minutes
by John Davenport
read by Fred Major
Discusses historic kingdoms of West Africa and Great Zimbabwe, their important geographic features, and the explorers and political figures who brought change. Examines the legacies of ancient empires in the modern nations of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Trick of the Tale: A Collection of Trickster Tales     DB/RC 68649
2 hours 29 minutes
by John Matthews and Caitlín Matthews
read by Laura Giannarelli
Twenty folktales featuring tricksters from around the world—Japan, Canada, East Africa, the United States, England, Russia, and more. In the Irish tale “The King of All Birds,” a tiny wren outwits the mighty eagle to win the title. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2008.

The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales     DB/RC 68851
2 hours 48 minutes
retold by James Bruchac and Joseph Bruchac
read by Judith Ann Gantly
Two dozen traditional tales from across North America recount the adventures of mighty chiefs, brave hunters, and clever animals. In the cautionary title piece, a proud young woman marries a stranger against her parents’ advice and discovers too late that he is not what he seems. For grades 3-6. 2008.

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Children's Fiction

The House on the Gulf    RC 64378
5 hours 38 minutes
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
read by Constance Crawford
Florida. At first twelve-year-old Brittany and her single mother are delighted with sixteen-year-old Bran’s deal for them to house-sit for an elderly couple. But Bran’s strange behavior after they move into the house makes Britt suspect that they aren’t really supposed to be there. For grades 5-8. 2004.

Physik: Septimus Heap, Book 3    RC 64559
11 hours 19 minutes
by Angie Sage
read by Anne Hancock
When Silas Heap, ordinary wizard, unseals a small room in the palace attic, the malevolent ghosts of Queen Etheldredda and her pet escape from their enchanted portrait. Silas, forcibly apprenticed to a long-ago alchemist, must travel several centuries back in time. Sequel to Flyte (RC 63477). For grades 4-7. 2007.

The Green Glass Sea     RC 64564
7 hours 38 minutes
by Ellen Klages
read by Constance Crawford
1943. Amateur inventor Dewey Kerrigan, who is almost eleven, takes a train to meet her scientist father in an undisclosed location. When she finally joins him in Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns that he is working on a top-secret government program. For grades 5-8. Scott O’Dell Award. 2006.

Alabama Moon    RC 64571
9 hours 28 minutes
by Watt Key
read by Derald Breneman
Alabama, 1980. Ten-year-old Moon has lived hidden in the forest his entire life. After his father dies, Moon is put in a reform school but escapes with two other boys and returns to the woods. To survive, they must outwit a vindictive bully, Constable Sanders. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Penny from Heaven    RC 64582
5 hours 48 minutes
by Jennifer L. Holm
read by Lindsay Ellison
New Jersey, 1953. During the summer, eleven-year-old Penny carries her uncle Dominic’s lucky bean, almost loses her arm, reconciles with her mother’s beau, and discovers the cause of her father’s death. Best of all, she reunites her feuding family. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 2006.

The True Meaning of Smekday    RC 65888
9 hours 39 minutes
by Adam Rex
read by Jill Fox
2013. Eighth-grader Gratuity “Tip” Tucci’s assigned essay describes her adventures after the Boov invasion of Earth, now referred to as Smekland. When the aliens command humans to move to Florida, Tip drives a car with her cat called Pig and a rebellious Boov self-named J.Lo. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Summer Ball    RC 65902
6 hours 14 minutes
by Mike Lupica
read by Jack Fox
In this sequel to Travel Team (RC 59588), Danny still hopes for a growth spurt as he goes to basketball camp, where he must prove himself all over again. He contends with an unsupportive coach and new rivals and decides that he is not a quitter. For grades 5-8. 2007.

Nancy’s Mysterious Letter: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories    RC 65921
3 hours 3 minutes
by Carolyn Keene
read by Kristin Allison
When Nancy Drew mistakenly receives a letter intended for a British heiress with the same name, the girl sleuth searches for the missing woman. But a dangerous man is determined to stop the investigation. For grades 4-7. 1932.

The Final Warning: Maximum Ride, Book 4    RC 66073
5 hours 16 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
While on a mission to Antarctica to save the world from global warming, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and her Flock—a band of genetically modified children who can fly—are pursued by their creator, the Uber-Director, who wants to auction them off to the highest bidder. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Black Duck    RC 66080
6 hours 39 minutes
by Janet Taylor Lisle
read by Peter Ganim
Would-be reporter David Peterson persuades elderly Ruben Hart to recall Prohibition events that took place in 1929 on the Rhode Island coast. Ruben recounts his dangerous adventures as a fourteen-year-old involved with the captain of the Black Duck, an elusive smuggling boat. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Igraine the Brave    RC 66183
4 hours 30 minutes
by Cornelia Funke
read by Jill Fox
Igraine’s parents are magicians, but she wants to be a knight. The opportunity to prove her bravery comes on her twelfth birthday—when her parents have mistakenly changed themselves into pigs and Osmund the Greedy arrives at their castle demanding their singing books of magic. For grades 3-6. 1998.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: School Days    RC 66560
0 hours 11 minutes
by Erica Silverman
read by Kristin Allison
Cocoa the horse does not want Cowgirl Kate to go to school without him. He feels left out when Cowgirl Kate does her homework and brings home a new friend. But Cowgirl Kate shows Cocoa that he is still her best friend. Four short chapters. For grades K-3. 2007.

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

The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4     DB/RC 67158
11 hours 32 minutes
by Rick Riordan
read by Erik Sandvold
When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school and the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near, Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood to initiate a quest through the Labyrinth with his demigod friends. Sequel to The Titan’s Curse (RC 65245). For grades 5-8. 2008.

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

Stravaganza: City of Secrets      DB/RC 67936
9 hours 39 minutes
by Mary Hoffman
read by Gabriella Cavallero
After his seventeenth birthday, Matt, dyslexic and insecure, acquires a Renaissance book of spells. Transported through time to Talia, he joins Luciano and other Stravaganti in attempting to prevent the di Chimici family’s breakthrough into his modern world. Sequel to Stravaganza: City of Flowers (RC 61796). For grades 6-9. 2008.

Puddlejumpers     DB/RC 68013
7 hours 40 minutes
by Mark Jean and Christopher C. Carlson
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Raised in a Chicago orphanage since he was three, thirteen-year-old delinquent Ernie Banks spends a few weeks working on Russ Frazier’s Illinois farm. It is time enough for Ernie to renew contact with Puddlejumpers— eleven-inch-tall people who live in a world below puddles—and fulfill his rainmaker destiny. For grades 5-8. 2008.

The Graveyard Book     DB/RC 68027
8 hours 59 minutes
by Neil Gaiman
read by Mary Kane
A toddler enters a cemetery pursued by the knife-wielding stranger who just murdered his family. Resident ghosts Mr. and Mrs. Owens protect and adopt the child, naming him Nobody “Bod” Owens. Bod’s graveyard upbringing serves him well, but why was his family targeted? For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2008.

Geronimo     DB/RC 68036
9 hours 4 minutes
by Joseph Bruchac
read by Mark Delgado
Fort Sill, 1908. While in prison, the Apache warrior Geronimo shares memories and wisdom he acquired as a spiritual leader with his visiting grandson. Geronimo tells of his surrender and the many broken promises of the White Eyes. Based on historical records. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Cobra King of Kathmandu: Children of the Lamp, Book 3     DB/RC 68060
10 hours 36 minutes
by P.B. Kerr
read by Corrie James
Djinn twins Philippa and John search India and Nepal for a long-lost talisman, the Cobra King of Kathmandu. They hope to find it before evil forces do—but soon the twins are imprisoned by the Nine Cobras cult. Sequel to The Blue Djinn of Babylon (RC 62165). For grades 5-8. 2007.

The New Girl: Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, Book 2     DB/RC 68148
4 hours 8 minutes
by Meg Cabot
read by Mary Kane
Guided by her rules, fourth-grader Allie Finkle starts her first day at Pine Heights Elementary—and she’s getting a kitten. Unpacking in her new home is complicated by her grandmother’s visit, but Allie’s major concern is having a run-in with Rosemary, the class bully. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Cat among the Pigeons: A Cat Royal Adventure, Book 2     DB/RC 68299
6 hours 56 minutes
by Julia Golding
read by Colleen Delany
London, 1790s. Catherine “Cat” Royal, an orphan who lives at the Drury Lane Theater, rallies her companions to try to save her friend Pedro from the clutches of Mr. Hawkins, a slave master who considers Pedro his property. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Public Enemy Number Two: A Diamond Brothers Mystery, Book 2      DB/RC 68542
4 hours 45 minutes
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Gary Tipton
After thirteen-year-old Nick refuses to help a Scotland Yard inspector, he finds himself framed for a jewel robbery and imprisoned as the cellmate to public enemy number one—fifteen-year-old Johnny Powers. Nick and his older brother, the bumbling detective Tim Diamond, attempt to clear Nick’s name. For grades 5-8. 1987.

An American Spring: Sofia’s Immigrant Diary, Book 3     DB/RC 68591
1 hour 31 minutes
by Kathryn Lasky
read by Jill Fox
Boston, October 1903. After Maureen’s mother dies, Maureen comes to live with Sofia’s family and joins Sofia in the fifth grade. The girls make Halloween costumes and help Gabriella, Sofia’s older sister, sew a dress for wealthy Mrs. Gardner. For grades 3-6. 2004.

A Fine Start: Meg’s Prairie Diary, Book 3     DB/RC 68592
1 hour 23 minutes
by Kate McMullan
read by Jill Fox
Kansas Territory, 1857. Meg’s father decides he cannot farm with only one good arm, so he buys a house in town and opens a store. Meg starts school again and makes new friends. For grades 3-6. 2003.

The Diamond of Darkhold     DB/RC 68665
6 hours 37 minutes
by Jeanne DuPrau
read by Colleen Delany
Lina’s trade with a roamer gains Doon a battered old book that alludes to a mysterious device. Lina and Doon return underground to Ember to retrieve the machine, hoping it will help their new community, Sparks. Companion to The People of Sparks (RC 60098). For grades 5-8. 2008.

Princess Ben: Being a Wholly Truthful Account of Her Various Discoveries and Misadventures, Recounted to the Best of Her Recollection, in Four Parts     DB/RC 68779
7 hours 8 minutes
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
read by Gabriella Cavallero
At the time she is orphaned, Princess Ben is a sullen, pudgy, graceless girl. By learning magic and relying on her own wits throughout a series of adventures and hardships outside the castle—often involving a foreign prince—she is transformed into Crown Princess Benevolence. For grades 6-9. 2008.

The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories     DB/RC 68853
12 hours 30 minutes
by Joan Aiken
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
Follows the adventures of the Armitage parents and their children, who find innovative ways to cope with unexpected events (especially on Mondays). The family deals with stray unicorns, lessons in magic that go awry, and eviction from their house—to make way for a young magicians’ seminary. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Bloodhound: Beka Cooper, Book 2     DB/RC 68861
15 hours 45 minutes
by Tamora Pierce
read by Kristin Allison
Seventeen-year-old Beka, now a full member of the Provost’s Guard, and her mentor Clary Goodwin delve into the gambling world at Port Caynn to sniff out counterfeiters. Beka takes along scent hound Achoo to help with the case. For grades 6-9. 2009.

The Night Tourist     DB/RC 69048
4 hours 45 minutes
by Katherine Marsh
read by Gabriella Cavallero
A near-fatal accident enables ninth-grade classics student Jack Perdu to see dead people. On a trip to New York City, Jack encounters Euri, a lovely teenage ghost, in Grand Central Station. She helps him navigate the underworld—where Jack hopes to find his deceased mother. For grades 6-9. Edgar Award. 2007.

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Foreign Language Books


Compre Su Casa Ahora (Buy Your House Now)    RC 62976
6 horas 0 minutos
por Luis Cortés
leído por Maria Pino
El autor es presidente de Esperanza USA, la mayor corporación hispana de orientación religiosa para el desarrollo comunitario en Estados Unidos. Aquí enseña las ventajas de tener una casa y los preparativos para comprarla. Explica los pasos administrativos, financieros, legales, y emocionales para comprar una casa desde la búsqueda de una casa apropriada hasta la culminación del negocio al convertirse en dueño de casa. (The author, president of Esperanza USA, the nation’s largest faith-based community-development corporation, discusses home ownership and the preparation required. Explains the administrative, emotional, financial, and legal factors in the buying process, from choosing a home to closing the deal.) 2006.

Voces sin Fronteras: Antología Vintage Español de Literatura Mexicana y Chicana Contemporánea (Voices without Borders: Vintage Español Anthology of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano Literature)    RC 62987
8 horas 22 minutos
compilado por Cristina García
leído por Maria Pino
Una antología de veintiún importantes autores contemporáneos que incluye a los mexicanos Rosario Castellanos, Carlos Fuentes, Angeles Mastretta, Octavio Paz, Elena Poniatowska, Alfonso Reyes, y Juan Rulfo; y chicanos Rudolfo Anaya, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Rubén Martínez, y Richard Rodríguez. Incluye breves biografías de cada autor. (Anthology of twenty-one contemporary writers, including Mexicans Rosario Castellanos, Carlos Fuentes, Angeles Mastretta, Octavio Paz, Elena Poniatowska, Alfonso Reyes, and Juan Rulfo; and Chicanos Rudolfo Anaya, Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, Rubén Martínez, and Richard Rodriguez. Includes short biographies of each author.) 2006.

La Audacia de la Esperanza: Reflexiones sobre Cómo Restaurar el Sueño Americano (The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream)    RC 62990
17 horas 47 minutos
por Barack Obama
leído por Juan Ramirez
El senador demócrata y candidato presidencial de Illinois presenta sus ideas para mejorar el país. Habla de los valores americanos, la Constitución de los Estados Unidos, la religión, la globalización, la raza, y otros temas que son de interés para los electores. (The Democratic senator and presidential candidate from Illinois details his ideas to improve the country. Discusses American values, the U.S. Constitution, religion, globalization, race, and other subjects of interest to voters.) 2007.

Feliz porque Sí: Siete Pasos para Alcanzar la Felicidad desde el Interior (Happy for No Reason: Seven Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out)     DB/RC 67965
13 horas 4 minutos
por Marci Shimoff
leído por Maria Pino
La autora presenta su sistema total para encontrar la auténtica felicidad. Describe el programa de siete pasos que corresponden al alcance de la felicidad por poderes personales, por la mente, por el corazón, por el cuerpo, por el alma, por el propósito, y por las relaciones personales. También describe los veintiún “hábitos de felicidad” y ejercicios asociados. Incluye historias de inspiración y consejos que se aplican a la vida cotidiana. Prólogo de Jack Canfield. (Author presents a holistic approach to finding lasting happiness. Describes a seven-step program corresponding to personal power, mind, heart, body, soul, purpose, and relationships—as well as twenty-one associated “happiness habits” and exercises. Includes inspirational accounts and tips on applying principles to daily life. Foreword by Jack Canfield.) 2008.

Crepúsculo: Un Amor Peligroso (Twilight)     DB/RC 67970
15 horas 8 minutos
por Stephenie Meyer
leído por Maria Pino
Bella tiene diecisiete años cuando va a vivir con su padre en el estado de Washington. En su nueva escuela, conoce a Edward Cullen y se enamora de él. Pero descubre que Edward y su familia adoptiva son vampiros, y aunque satisfacen su sed de sangre con animales silvestres en vez de personas, Bella todavía está en peligro. Para alumnos de secundaria. (Seventeen-year-old Bella moves in with her dad in Washington State and falls in love with high school senior Edward Cullen. Bella discovers that Edward and his adoptive clan are vampires. Though they feast on wildlife rather than humans, Bella is still in danger. For senior high readers.) 2006.

La Fe de Barack Obama (The Faith of Barack Obama)     DB/RC 67979
6 horas 23 minutos
por Stephen Mansfield
leído por Juan Ramirez
Traza la preparación religiosa de Obama, apuntando las influencias de su juventud multicultural como hijo de un padre africano musulmana y una madre blanca norteamericana. También nota las influencias de su vida adulta como miembro de la iglesia Trinity United Church of Christ en Chicago. (Examines the religious background of U.S. President Barack Obama, from his early years in a multicultural society in Hawaii as the son of an African father and a white American mother to his adult years as a member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.) 2008.

Fahrenheit 451     DB/RC 67981
5 horas 46 minutos
por Ray Bradbury
leído por Maria Pino
Sátira social establecido en el futuro, cuando la propiedad o la lectura de libros es un delito. Guy Montag, bombero-héroe, se convierte en un fugitivo, cuando sucumbe a la tentación. Originalmente publicado en inglés en 1953. Lenguaje injurioso. (Social satire set in the future, when owning or reading books is a crime. Guy Montag, the fireman-hero, becomes a fugitive when he succumbs to temptation. First published in English in 1953. Some strong language.) 1993.

Lo Mejor de Ti: Siete Pasos para Mejorar Tu Vida Diara (Become a Better You)     DB/RC 67988
17 horas 26 minutos
por Joel Osteen
leído por Juan Ramirez
Pastor de la Iglesia Lakewood de Houston y autor de Su Mejor Vida Ahora (RC 62961) ofrece consejos sobre la aplicación de principios bíblicos para hacer cambios positivos en la vida de uno. Aboga por desarrollar la confianza en si mismo, fomentar mejores relaciones y costumbres. Incluye ejemplos de transformación de parte de su ministerio. (Pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church and author of Su Mejor Vida Ahora (RC 62961) offers advice on applying biblical principles to make positive changes in one’s life. Advocates becoming more self-confident and developing better relationships and habits. Includes examples of transformation from his ministry.) 2007.

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