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Because of a database error, many titles listed as DB/RC pairs in the July–August large-print edition of Talking Book Topics are available only as DBs. The listings below have been corrected.

Books for Adults

Adult Nonfiction

Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor     DB/RC 66030
20 hours 30 minutes
by Russell S. Bonds
read by Jake Williams
Recalls the April 1862 raid in Georgia by Union soldiers to steal a locomotive called the General from the Confederates to damage their supply line. Spy James J. Andrews and nineteen volunteers captured the steam engine only to be chased by conductor William A. Fuller by foot, handcar, and train. 2007.

Iraq War     DB/RC 66194
6 hours 13 minutes
by Rodney P. Carlisle
read by Kristin Allison
Surveys the history of Iraq and the events that led up to the 2003 invasion of the country by U.S. troops. Discusses developments in Iraq since 2004, including Iraqi self-government, the trial of Saddam Hussein, and ethnic conflicts between Sunni and Shiite Arabs. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.

The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore     DB/RC 66195
8 hours 10 minutes
by Deepak Chopra
read by Bill Wallace
Bestselling author and spiritual leader offers his perspective on what Jesus can teach people of any faith. Portrays Jesus as a spiritual guide to finding enlightenment and a universal teacher of compassion, tolerance, and understanding. Discusses Jesus's vision and offers a guide for seekers. Bestseller. 2008.

That Quail, Robert     DB/RC 66226
3 hours 54 minutes
by Margaret A. Stanger
read by Jill Ferris
The author recounts her experiences with a female quail—misnamed Robert—who hatched from an abandoned egg and developed under the care of neighbors, a retired couple, on Cape Cod. Recalls the highly social and intelligent bird's rejection of freedom and preference for sharing family life. 1966.

Secessionists at Bay, 1776–1854: The Road to Disunion, Volume 1     DB/RC 66230
35 hours 17 minutes
by William W. Freehling
read by Jake Williams
Historian analyzes the southern traditions, politics, diversity, and events that led to the American Civil War. Highlights the differences between the Deep South and the more northern states on issues that created national crises, including slavery, Jacksonian democracy, federal laws, and nullification and secession. 1990.

Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829–1877     DB 66667
41 hours 12 minutes
by Walter A. McDougall
read by Margaret Strom
Sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning volume Freedom Just around the Corner (RC 63042) chronicles American history from the election of Andrew Jackson through Reconstruction. Examines the country's political, economic, social, and spiritual spheres. Recounts the westward expansion, the Civil War, and the industrial age of robber barons. 2008.

Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs     DB/RC 66943
14 hours 13 minutes
by Elissa Wall
read by Kristin Allison
Former member of a fundamentalist Mormon denomination describes her upbringing in the church, forced marriage at age fourteen to a first cousin, and escape from the sect. Recounts her 2007 court testimony against leader Warren Jeffs and discusses her new life. Bestseller. 2008.

Paws and Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs     DB/RC 66954
8 hours 30 minutes
by Sharon Sakson
read by Jill Ferris
American Kennel Club dog show judge reflects on the emotional and spiritual support dogs provide to their human companions in times of ill health and other crises. Recounts instances of dogs calming autistic children, evoking memories for Alzheimer's patients, assisting in physical therapy, and alerting epileptics to impending seizures. 2007.

Walking after Midnight: One Woman's Journey through Murder, Justice, and Forgiveness     DB/RC 66963
9 hours 31 minutes
by Katy Hutchison
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Restorative justice advocate recounts the New Year's Eve 1997 murder of her husband Bob, who was beaten to death while checking on a neighbor's out-of-control teen party in British Columbia. Describes her unconventional approach to emotional healing, which included reconciling with her husband's killer, Ryan Aldridge, who was arrested in 2002. 2006.

How the South Could Have Won the Civil War: The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat     DB/RC 66971
13 hours 34 minutes
by Bevin Alexander
read by Bill Wallace
Military historian posits that the South would have been victorious had Confederate president Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee followed General Stonewall Jackson's advice and attacked factories, railroads, and farms in the North rather than engaging in frontal assaults. Details crucial battles that support this theory. 2007.

Laughter, the Best Medicine: A Laugh-Out-Loud Collection of Our Funniest Jokes, Quotes, Stories, and Cartoons     DB/RC 67219
5 hours 6 minutes
published by Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
read by Gregory Gorton
Hundreds of quips that poke fun at life, compiled from fifty years of Reader's Digest magazine. Includes items from both professional comedians and ordinary subscribers. 2008.

At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Mariners Turned the Tide of World War II     DB/RC 67247
14 hours 14 minutes
by Sam Moses
read by Jim Zeiger
Describes Operation Pedestal, the code-named supply mission of a convoy of Allied ships that sailed for the Axis-besieged Mediterranean island of Malta in 1942. Recounts the ensuing battle in which two Americans, third officer Frederick Larsen and cadet-midshipman Francis Dales, boarded a crippled tanker and guided it to safety. 2006.

The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News     DB/RC 67270
14 hours 6 minutes
by Roger Mudd
read by Jake Williams
Award-winning television news anchor recalls working at CBS in the 1960s and 1970s and includes interviews with former colleagues. Describes reporting on the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and Watergate. Details his split with the network after being passed over to replace Walter Cronkite in 1980. 2008.

After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families     DB/RC 67380
13 hours 11 minutes
by Laurie B. Slone and Matthew J. Friedman
read by Jill Ferris
Two experts in post-traumatic stress disorder address the needs of soldiers returning home after their tour of duty. The authors detail the emotional cycle of deployment and common reactions to the trauma of war. They discuss case studies and the effect of community and family support on service members. 2008.

Rocketeers: How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space     DB/RC 67390
10 hours 52 minutes
by Michael Belfiore
read by Joe Wilson
Traces the development of commercial space travel beginning with the ten- million-dollar X Prize competition in 2004 for the first private U.S. rocket launch. Details entrepreneurs' efforts to develop the necessary technology and business plans to fly paying customers into space. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre     DB/RC 67469
11 hours 52 minutes
by Richard Grant
read by Jim Zeiger
Award-winning British travel writer recounts his ill-advised journeys into western Mexico's Sierra Madre—mountains rife with outlaws, drug lords, and assorted outcasts. Describes visiting a folk healer who prescribed rattlesnake pills, attending bizarre religious rituals, and running from cocaine-fueled locals bent on killing him for sport. Strong language. 2008.

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar     DB/RC 67769
21 hours 30 minutes
by Paul Theroux
read by Ted Stoddard
At age sixty-six, the author retraces the twenty-five-thousand-mile journey he undertook thirty-three years earlier that he recorded in the Great Railway Bazaar (RC 58610). Theroux observes exterior changes in the economic, political, and social landscapes of Eastern Europe, India, Southeast Asia, and Siberia and reflects on his own interior changes. 2008.

The Silver Palate Cookbook     DB/RC 67845
23 hours 24 minutes
by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
read by Kerry Dukin
Features recipes made famous in the authors' New York City shop that emphasize fresh, seasonal ingredients for appetizers, soups, pasta dishes, main courses, vegetable sides, salads, breads, sweets, and brunches. Includes kitchen wisdom and tips, menus, information about domestic and imported provisions, and more. Cookbook's twenty-fifth anniversary edition. 2007.

Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole     DB/RC 67932
6 hours 6 minutes
by Victoria Osteen
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Copastor of Houston's Lakewood Church offers a spiritual guide to coping with the modern world. Uses examples from her parishioners' lives and her personal experiences to suggest ways of finding strength in God. 2008.

Four-Ingredient Recipes for Thirty-Minute Meals: One Hundred Menus with Recipes, Short-Cuts, Grocery Lists     DB/RC 68365
10 hours 57 minutes
by Barbara C. Jones
read by Carol Dines
Ideas for easy-to-prepare family meals. Each menu consists of four dishes made with no more than four ingredients and includes a complete shopping list. Many groceries are precooked, packaged, frozen, or canned goods. Covers breakfast; soups and stews; chicken, beef, pork, and seafood dishes; grilled food; and sandwiches. 2004.

The Six O'Clock Scramble: Quick, Healthy, and Delicious Dinner Recipes for Busy Families     DB/RC 68390
15 hours 39 minutes
by Aviva Goldfarb
read by Carol Dines
A year's worth of weekday main dishes for dinner, organized by season. Provides nutritional information, a staples list, suggestions for side dishes, and possibilities for snacks and school lunches. Includes entrees such as orange and lemon flounder as well as vegetarian dishes such as cheese quesadillas with lime pesto. 2006.

The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts: Decadent and Delicious Recipes Perfect for People with Diabetes     DB/RC 68533
8 hours 6 minutes
by Jackie Mills
read by Kerry Dukin
Dietitian offers suggestions for using the right types and amounts of sugar and fat to create a variety of satisfying desserts that stay within the carbohydrate and calorie targets of people with diabetes. Includes recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, puddings, fruit dishes, frozen treats, and other sweet-tooth delicacies. 2007.

The American Patriot's Almanac     DB/RC 68700
22 hours 5 minutes
by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb
read by Roy Avers
Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues (RC 37818) and America: The Last Best Hope (RC 63365 and RC 65535), and Cribb present a year of daily entries celebrating U.S. history. January features "Twelve Reasons to Love a Great Country." Includes presidential addresses, flag etiquette, documents, and songs. 2008.

The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget     DB/RC 68733
9 hours 56 minutes
by Kate L. Harrison
read by Kerry Dukin
Ideas and resources for an environmentally friendly wedding, from paperless invitations and vintage gowns to receptions featuring locally grown food. Covers planning a honeymoon that supports conservation efforts and local communities. 2008.

The Last Days of the Sioux Nation     DB/RC 68736
11 hours 58 minutes
by Robert M. Utley
read by Fred Major
Historian examines the end of one era for the Teton Sioux peoples. Describes tension between the tribes and the U.S. Army and government over treaties, which sparked the Ghost Dance movement, the demise of Sitting Bull, and the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee Creek. New preface to 1963 edition. 2004.

Great Hair: Secrets to Looking Fabulous and Feeling Beautiful Every Day     DB/RC 68742
6 hours 48 minutes
by Nick Arrojo
read by Brian Conn
Arrojo, known for his work on the television makeover show What Not to Wear, explains ways to find the best hairstyle for an individual's face and hair type. Discusses selecting and talking to a hairdresser, choosing a cut, using styling and cleaning products and tools, and adding color. 2008.

Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California     DB/RC 68746
14 hours 22 minutes
by Frances Dinkelspiel
read by Barry Bernson
Great-great-granddaughter of Isaias Hellman, California's premier financier in the nineteenth century, uses primary sources to trace Hellman's 1859 immigration to Los Angeles and role in spurring the city's and state's development. Discusses Hellman's leadership, from opening his first bank to investing in transportation, education, land development, utilities, and wine. 2008.

Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners during the Revolutionary War     DB/RC 68748
14 hours 52 minutes
by Edwin G. Burrows
read by Butch Hoover
Pulitzer Prize-winning coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (RC 47282) exposes the treatment of Revolutionary War prisoners captured by the British and held in New York. Uses primary sources and first-person accounts to describe deliberate mistreatment and starvation under Provost Marshal Captain William Cunningham. 2008.

Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond     DB/RC 68749
8 hours 34 minutes
by Meg Daley Olmert
read by Kerry Dukin
Explores biological and neurochemical processes behind the human-animal bond. Attributes the domestication of wolves and other wild creatures to oxytocin, a hormone in animals that helps reduce stress and form powerful social and emotional bonds. Discusses the therapeutic effects of pets on a person's mental and physical well-being. 2009.

Mrs. Woolf and the Servants: An Intimate History of Domestic Life in Bloomsbury     DB/RC 68773
13 hours 37 minutes
by Alison Light
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Examines the relationship between British intellectual Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) and her practical-minded but dependent household help—from her childhood through her Bloomsbury period and marriage. Discusses Woolf's complicated feelings about domestic servants in the context of England's social upheavals and the early feminist movement. 2008.

Madoff: Corruption, Deceit, and the Making of the World's Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme     DB/RC 68890
9 hours 36 minutes
by Peter Sander
read by Butch Hoover
Highlights the crimes of New York financier Bernard "Bernie" Madoff. Traces Madoff's career and business practices that netted him fifty billion dollars until his 2008 arrest. Exposes the bilking of individuals and many Jewish charities and the red flags allegedly ignored by the Securities and Exchange Commission. 2009.

House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street     DB/RC 68893
24 hours 12 minutes
by William D. Cohan
read by Butch Hoover
Author of The Last Tycoons (RC 63680) chronicles the 2008 collapse of the eighty-five-year-old investment bank Bear Stearns. Attributes the failure to hedge funds that were heavily invested in subprime mortgages and to lack of oversight by leadership. Describes the federal rescue of the firm. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt     DB/RC 68895
15 hours 29 minutes
by George McJimsey
read by Lou Harpenau
Professor analyzes the four-term presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Focuses on both domestic issues, including economic and social recovery from the Great Depression, and international affairs, in which FDR stood against colonialism, fascism, and communism. Accentuates the transformation of the American presidency and FDR's pluralist leanings. 2000.

The Complete Guide to Patios: Plan, Build, and Maintain     DB/RC 68903
8 hours 17 minutes
by Philip Schmidt
read by Lou Harpenau
Comprehensive guide to designing and creating outdoor spaces. Discusses themes, elements, usage, tools, materials, techniques, and preparation. Provides specific instructions for building with different types of patio surfaces. Describes adding features such as lighting, garden beds, fire pits, and fountains. Also suggests ways to clean and maintain structures. 2007.

Priceless Memories     DB/RC 68912
6 hours 33 minutes
by Bob Barker
read by Jack Fox
Barker reminisces about his fifty years on television—as host of shows The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences, and the Miss USA pageant. He also describes his childhood, long marriage to his childhood sweetheart, love of animals, and work as an activist for animal rights. 2009.

While America Aged: How Pension Debts Ruined General Motors, Stopped the NYC Subways, Bankrupted San Diego, and Loom as the Next Financial Crisis     DB/RC 68914
8 hours 48 minutes
by Roger Lowenstein
read by Brian Conn
Lowenstein, author of When Genius Failed (RC 52524), warns about private- and public-sector pension systems collapsing as America's population rapidly ages. Discusses pensions being overpromised and underfunded—a recipe for procrastination and a laissez-faire political culture that could fail future generations. 2008.

Never Give Up: Relentless Determination to Overcome Life's Challenges     DB/RC 68923
9 hours 36 minutes
by Joyce Meyer
read by Kerry Dukin
Minister and author of I Dare You: Embrace Life with Passion (RC 66441) shares scripture and anecdotes encouraging readers to persevere amid challenges, pursue goals, and fulfill God's purpose for their lives. Profiles individuals who overcame obstacles to succeed, including Helen Keller and businessman James Cash Penney. 2008.

Secrets in the Cellar: A True Story of the Austrian Incest Case That Shocked the World     DB/RC 68924
7 hours 14 minutes
by John Glatt
read by Fred Major
Investigative reporter's account of Austrian engineer Josef Fritzl, who secretly imprisoned his daughter Elisabeth in a dungeon for twenty-four years while claiming she had joined a cult. Discusses Josef fathering seven children with Elisabeth, the terror he inflicted on his family, and his prior crimes. Violence. 2009.

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith     DB/RC 68925
8 hours 5 minutes
by Deborah Heiligman
read by Kerry Dukin
Portrays the private life of Charles Darwin (1809–1882), a public proponent of evolution. Discusses his marriage to devout Emma Wedgwood (1808–1896) and their lifelong debate over natural selection versus Christian creationism. Covers his work habits, bad health, and dedication to family. For junior and senior high and older readers. Printz Honor Book; National Book Award finalist. 2009.

Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes     DB/RC 68927
6 hours 32 minutes
by Mary Tyler Moore
read by Kerry Dukin
The former sitcom actress recounts her experiences with juvenile diabetes, which was diagnosed during a miscarriage. Now the chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Moore acknowledges that her past lack of attention to glucose control resulted in vision and foot problems. Includes facts about diabetes and resources. 2009.

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-first Century     DB/RC 68929
21 hours 57 minutes
by P.W. Singer
read by John Polk
Examines military uses of robots—machines with sensors, processors (or artificial intelligence), and effectors. Describes their roles in mine detection, bomb disposal, and scouting and missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Discusses businesses, politics, and personalities behind the technology. Analyzes results on the battlefield and speculates on warfare's future. 2009.

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries: The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing through the Past     DB/RC 68931
10 hours 20 minutes
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Author of fourteen historical mysteries offers insight to writers interested in penning similar works of fiction. Provides an introduction to the genre, describing period-specific research, character development, and the building of plots. Discusses general writing tips, publishing options, and suggestions for selling and promoting one's book. Agatha Award. 2008.

One Hundred Questions and Answers about Head and Brain Injuries     DB/RC 68932
3 hours 50 minutes
by Rahul Jandial and others read by Carol Dines
A neurosurgeon and two neurosurgical residents answer questions about head and brain injuries such as trauma, fractures, lacerations, concussions, swelling, and comas. They discuss long-term consequences associated with the treatment and rehabilitation of these impairments in both children and adults, and provide patient commentary. 2009.

Rescue Your Money     DB/RC 68937
2 hours 43 minutes
by Ric Edelman
read by Lou Harpenau
Financial advisor, radio personality, and author of The Truth about Money (RC 44135) and Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth (RC 52164), discusses investments, taxes, and inflation. Emphasizes strategically rebalancing one's portfolio to achieve financial security. 2009.

Olives and Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus, and Beyond     DB/RC 68949
5 hours 57 minutes
by Sara Jenkins and Mindy Fox
read by Kerry Dukin
Mediterranean-inspired dishes that utilize basic flavor combinations to make the most of on-hand ingredients. Includes suggestions for salads, soups, pasta, risotto, polenta, meat and fish, sweets, and cordials. Provides general cooking times, tips on shopping and storing, and suggestions for altering recipes to suit one's needs. 2008.

Benjamin Disraeli     DB/RC 69014
8 hours 13 minutes
by Adam Kirsch
read by Erik Sandvold
Biography of the British Victorian-era writer, statesman, and prime minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881). Asserts that Disraeli's Jewish heritage, despite his Christian baptism, hindered him socially and politically. Concentrates on Disraeli's literary career and his success as the leader of the Conservative Party. 2008.

Cloris    DB 69101
7 hours 59 minutes
by Cloris Leachman
read by Faith Potts
Award-winning actress describes her Des Moines childhood and her career, including her role as Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She discusses her five children, marriage to producer George Englund, famous friends, and experience performing on Dancing with the Stars at age eighty-two. Some strong language. 2009.

Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America     DB 69185
9 hours 54 minutes
by Jay Mathews
read by Mary Kane
Explores the successful Knowledge Is Power Program created in 1995 for inner-city students by Houston teachers Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg. Explains the system, the philosophy behind the movement, and its nationwide expansion to sixty-six charter schools. Some strong language. 2009.

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan     DB/RC 69210
15 hours 28 minutes
by Doug Stanton
read by Jack Fox
Recounts the 2001 arrival of the first U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan and their dealings with the Northern Alliance fighting against the Taliban. Describes the fall of the city Mazar-i-Sharif, the death of CIA paramilitary officer Mike Spann, and John Walker Lindh's capture. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work     DB/RC 69339
6 hours 47 minutes
by Matthew B. Crawford
read by Max Bloomquist
A philosopher and motorcycle mechanic, the author laments the degradation of manual trades. Traces the twentieth-century focus on what he calls "the separation of thinking from doing" and an ever-increasing emphasis on "knowledge workers." Advocates for the restoration of skilled labor by emphasizing psychological and economic benefits. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit     DB/RC 69433
7 hours 25 minutes
by Jill Conner Browne
read by Jill Conner Browne
Following the Sweet Potato Queens' Wedding Planner/Divorce Guide (RC 60927), Browne turns her attention to the prospect of child rearing. Provides advice on pregnancy and parenting, including teaching manners to your toddler. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath    DB 69495
17 hours 2 minutes
by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman
read by Annie Wauters
History of Japan's 1942 invasion of the Philippines that led to the capture of more than 76,000 Americans and Filipinos. Details the forced march through the countryside and mass imprisonment, highlighting the ordeals of private Ben Steele, who made sketches of his fellow prisoners. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Diabetes 911: How to Handle Everyday Emergencies     DB/RC 69503
3 hours 18 minutes
by Larry A. Fox and Sandra L. Weber
read by Carol Dines
Endocrinologists describe methods for handling the complications of diabetes. They detail actions to take for hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, insulin pump problems, natural disasters, travel, and other situations. They suggest ways to prepare for and prevent emergencies and deal with illnesses in general, including those involving children. 2009.

Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine     DB/RC 69504
5 hours 26 minutes
by Glenn Beck
read by Brian Conn
Television and radio host revisits Thomas Paine's Common Sense, written in 1776 to encourage average Americans to take control of their destiny and create a free nation. Beck advocates principles, character, and practical solutions to the nation's problems while deriding taxes, politicians, and progressivism. Includes Paine's document. Bestseller. 2009.

Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story     DB/RC 69565
8 hours 57 minutes
by C. David Heymann
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Explores the relationship between Jackie Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy following the death of President John Kennedy in 1963. Asserts that their friendship turned into an affair that continued until Bobby's 1968 presidential campaign—despite the fact that he was married and both of them had other lovers. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson    DB 69577
9 hours 40 minutes
by Ian Halperin
read by Bob Moore
Author's report of going undercover in the Jackson "camp" to investigate aspects of the secretive pop icon's life. Details accusations, interviews, and lawsuits surrounding the issue of Jackson sharing his bed with young boys. Discusses the singer's marriages, children, changing appearance, health concerns, and death. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook; a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal    DB 69578
6 hours 45 minutes
by Ben Mezrich
read by Mark Delgado
The author of Bringing Down the House (RC 55333) chronicles the creation of the Facebook social-networking website by Harvard students Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. Describes Zuckerberg's use of the university's database and legal problems with a rival site. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect    DB 69581
7 hours 48 minutes
by Ronald Kessler
read by Mark Ashby
The author of The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI (RC 55193) interviews Mark Sullivan, the director of the Secret Service, and scores of other agents. Provides anecdotes about various U.S. presidents, from John Kennedy to Barack Obama, and their peccadilloes. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Game Plan for Life    DB 69583
10 hours 16 minutes
by Joe Gibbs
read by Robert Sams
A guide for men in applying Christian principles to life from former football coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs. Topics include finances, relationships, health, salvation, and triumph over sin and addiction. Includes commentary from athletes and ministers, with a foreword by Tony Dungy. Bestseller. 2009.

Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies    DB 69584
10 hours 26 minutes
by Michelle Malkin
read by Annie Wauters
Malkin, Fox News Channel contributor and author of Invasion (RC 56000), charges the Obama administration with "incompetence, nepotism, influence-peddling, and self-dealing." Criticizes Obama's association with ACORN; exceptions to his "no-lobbyist rule"; controversial appointments, including that of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner; and other acts Malkin cites as misconduct. Bestseller. 2009.

Living with HIV: A Patient's Guide    DB 69585
14 hours 8 minutes
by Mark Cichocki
read by Patrick Downer
Registered nurse recaps the history of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and describes the entire disease lifespan from prevention to diagnosis and beyond. Includes information on treatment options and associated conditions. Provides guides to monitoring one's health, treating the whole person, and living with HIV. 2009.

The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships    DB 69586
7 hours 34 minutes
by Hill Harper
read by Bob Moore
African American author of Letters to a Young Brother (RC 62749) offers advice for finding stable relationships. Advocates changing dysfunctional behaviors and communicating to curtail the breakdown of families. Includes contributions from friends and fans. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Have a Little Faith: A True Story    DB 69587
5 hours 16 minutes
by Mitch Albom
read by Mark Ashby
Author Albom discusses his relationships with two men of different faiths. Describes time spent with his New Jersey childhood rabbi Albert Lewis after Lewis asked Albom to write his eulogy, and with African American minister Henry Covington, an ex-con, after Albom offered assistance to Covington's impoverished Detroit congregation. Bestseller. 2009.

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power    DB 69593
17 hours 41 minutes
by Jeff Sharlet
read by Joe Peck
Religious scholar asserts that a network of fundamentalist "followers of Christ" exists in U.S. government, military, and industry that advocates biblical capitalism, American imperialism, and control of the masses. Traces alleged "fellowship" activities, from opposition to FDR's New Deal to the 2001 establishment of federal faith-based initiatives. Bestseller. 2008.

The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King; a Nonfiction Thriller    DB 69595
5 hours 41 minutes
by James Patterson and Martin Dugard
read by Mark Ashby
Research into the life and death of eighteen-year-old Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen, the stepson of Queen Nefertiti. Discusses Tut's marriage to his half sister and suggests reasons for his demise. Details the activities of British Egyptologist Howard Carter, who discovered Tut's tomb in 1922. Bestseller. 2009.

Are You Kidding Me? The Story of Rocco Mediate's Extraordinary Battle with Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open    DB 69611
8 hours 47 minutes
by Rocco Mediate and John Feinstein
read by Steven Carpenter
Forty-five-year-old journeyman golfer Mediate describes his showdown with champion Tiger Woods at the June 2008 U.S. Open. Details the tournament held at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California, that led to a sudden-death playoff hole. 2009.

War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier    DB 69615
20 hours 15 minutes
by John F. Ross
read by Robert Sams
Editor of American Heritage magazine portrays New England colonial Robert Rogers (1731–1795), who earned an officer's commission in the British Army while serving in the French and Indian War. Describes Rogers's use of special operations, loyalty to the Tories during the revolution, and detection of spy Nathan Hale. Violence. 2009.

You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe    DB 69634
10 hours 30 minutes
by Christopher Potter
read by Mark Ashby
Exploration of the universe from 13.7 billion years ago and humankind's place in it. Discusses man's perception deriving from the material world and uses measurements of familiar items to demonstrate the vastness of the cosmos. Acknowledges humanity's fear of the immense nothingness. 2009.

Fearless: Imagine Your Life without Fear    DB 69793
5 hours 31 minutes
by Max Lucado
read by Bob Moore
Pastor's advice on replacing fear with faith. Addresses common concerns such as one's own insignificance, financial adversity, parenting, disappointing God, violence, death, and global calamity. Offers guidance through scripture for coping with daily struggles. Bestseller. 2009.

How to Raise the Perfect Dog through Puppyhood and Beyond    DB 69794
8 hours 40 minutes
by Cesar Millan
read by Mark Ashby
The National Geographic channel's "dog whisperer" offers advice on raising a puppy. Millan draws on his own experience with four different canines—a pit bull, Labrador retriever, English bulldog, and miniature schnauzer—to provide real-life examples with various breeds. Explains dog nature, socialization, and communication. Discusses training methods. Bestseller. 2009.

Zeitoun    DB 69795
8 hours 53 minutes
by Dave Eggers
read by Steven Carpenter
Describes the experiences of the owner of a New Orleans house-painting business during the 2005 Katrina hurricane and flood. Recounts the flight of Syrian American Zeitoun's wife and children, Zeitoun's decision to stay and help neighbors and clients, and his consequently inexplicable imprisonment and inability to contact family. Bestseller. 2009.

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son    DB 69799
6 hours 42 minutes
by Michael Chabon
read by Steven Carpenter
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (RC 50950) pens autobiographical essays about his evolution into manhood. Explores his roles as son, brother, husband, and father. Reminisces about his childhood adventures and his influence on the lives of his four children. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis—and Themselves    DB 69800
22 hours 21 minutes
by Andrew Ross Sorkin
read by Mark Ashby
New York Times reporter chronicles the near-destruction of Wall Street institutions in September of 2008. Discusses the roles of financial firms—including Lehman Brothers, AIG, and Merrill Lynch—and the federal government in allegedly contributing to both the breakdown and the recovery of the U.S. economy. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Evolution of God    DB 69801
21 hours 33 minutes
by Robert Wright
read by Michael Scherer
The author expands his premise that morality is hardwired by human nature—presented in The Moral Animal (RC 41255)—to explore the patterns of reconciliation evident in the evolution of Abrahamic monotheism. Discusses Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and asserts that their scriptures share a "secret code" for transcending modern intolerance. Bestseller. 2009.

The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care    DB 69805
9 hours 13 minutes
by T.R. Reid
read by Gregory Gorton
Washington Post correspondent explores the health-care systems of France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada and suggests borrowing from their practices to reform the U.S. system. Discusses the declining state of medical services in the United States and addresses the issue of universal coverage. Bestseller. 2009.

Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life    DB 69820
8 hours 13 minutes
by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen
read by Margaret Strom
Teen and mom provide examples for others wanting to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. They suggest using the five Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink, and refuse. They also include tips on greener pet care, beauty products, and school supplies; smarter shopping; ways to get involved; and more. For senior high readers. 2008.

Positivity    DB 69821
10 hours 37 minutes
by Barbara Fredrickson
read by Margaret Strom
Psychology professor uses case studies and provides tips to instruct readers to eliminate negativity in their lives. Discusses ten forms of positivity—joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love—and ways to cultivate them. 2009.

Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942–1945    DB 69822
13 hours 5 minutes
by Randall Hansen
read by David Cutler
Author uses archives and first-person accounts to detail the Allied bombing of Nazi Germany. Describes the precision strikes on military and industrial sites that led to a high rate of civilian and pilot deaths. Highlights disagreements between the leaders of the American and British high commands. Violence. 2008.

Naming Nature: The Clash between Instinct and Science    DB 69823
11 hours 36 minutes
by Carol Kaesuk Yoon
read by Faith Potts
Biologist examines the human drive to identify and name plants and animals in our environment. Discusses the history and evolution of taxonomy. Includes information on the father of scientific classification, Carl (Carolus) Linnaeus, and on naturalist Charles Darwin. 2009.

The New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature    DB 69824
5 hours 5 minutes
by Tovah Martin
read by Faith Potts
Stressing the importance of having a connection with nature, garden writer Martin provides instructions for creating a variety of small indoor gardens enclosed in glass that thrive with little care. Describes different types of transparent containers such as bell jars and lanterns, recommends plants, and discusses design and maintenance. 2009.

SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable    DB 69825
11 hours 1 minute
by Bruce M. Hood
read by Joe Peck
Cognitive scientist explores the human tendency to believe in superstitions and the supernatural without scientific proof. Posits that this "supersense" is the result of mind design—the way that individuals give meaning to the world about them. Discusses creationism, biology versus culture, popular concepts, individual quirks, sacred values, and more. 2009.

The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets    DB 69830
6 hours 26 minutes
by Alan Boss
read by Steven Carpenter
Renowned astronomer discusses the space race to discover numerous planets similar to Earth. Describes the assistance of Europe's Convection, Rotation, and Planetary Transits telescope in 2006 and NASA's Kepler Mission telescope in 2009 in finding planets. Author implies that people on Earth are not alone in the universe. 2009.

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet    DB 69831
4 hours 32 minutes
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
read by Steven Carpenter
Astrophysicist and director of New York's Hayden Planetarium chronicles the role of Pluto in American culture from its 1930 discovery to its demotion to a dwarf planet in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union. Recounts the opinions and letters received from Plutophiles about Pluto's reduced status. 2009.

Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us about Life     DB 69833
7 hours 15 minutes
by James Van Praagh
read by Bob Moore
Ghosts among Us (RC 66947) author shares lessons he gleaned from spirits during the twenty-five years he has worked as a medium. Contends that the dead offer a unique perspective on life, and channels their experiences to advise the living about overcoming obstacles and coping with emotional baggage. 2009.

Morality without God?    DB 69838
5 hours 33 minutes
by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
read by Bob Moore
Philosopher discusses morality independent of religion and belief in God. Provides examples of moral behavior by atheists, by agnostics, and in secular societies. Compares harm-based morality to religion-dependent morality, and uses modern evangelical Christian teachings in his discussion. Explains the value of an open, respectful dialog with theists. 2009.

Lions of Medina: The Marines of Charlie Company and Their Brotherhood of Valor    DB 69849
13 hours 39 minutes
by Doyle D. Glass
read by Bob Moore
Details the October 1967 battle for control of the Hai Lang Forest Reserve in South Vietnam. Describes the heroism of the U.S. Marines who withstood the assault by superior enemy forces and held their position despite heavy losses. Reflects on the survivors' return to America. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Germany 1945: From War to Peace    DB 69856
16 hours 21 minutes
by Richard Bessel
read by Mark Ashby
Historian investigates the physical, economic, and psychological damage experienced by the German population during 1945 following Allied fire-bombing, the Red Army invasion, and the displacement and starvation of civilians. Discusses the survivors' disposition toward pacifism after the surrender and the changes in culture and politics. Violence. 2009.

Ghosts of War: The True Story of a Nineteen-Year-Old GI    DB 69859
7 hours 45 minutes
by Ryan Smithson
read by Jeff Allin
Memoir of a young U.S. Army engineer reservist from East Greenbush, New York. Describes his high school background, early days of basic training, and life during his deployment to Iraq. Includes personal reflections about his wife Heather. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2009.

Thirteen Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time    DB 69860
8 hours 16 minutes
by Michael Brooks
read by Mark Ashby
Author examines anomalies that science has failed to adequately explain or dismiss. Discusses contradictory evidence on topics such as cold fusion, dark matter and the expansion of the universe, the possibility of extraterrestrials, the placebo effect, the existence of free will, and the mystery of life itself. 2008.

The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves    DB 69861
7 hours 55 minutes
by W. Brian Arthur
read by Mark Ashby
Professor examines the definition and evolution of technology. Suggests that new creations develop from existing ones and uses Darwinian analogies to explain the success or failure of innovations. 2009.

Full-Court Quest: The Girls from Fort Shaw Indian School, Basketball Champions of the World    DB 69876
16 hours 11 minutes
by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith
read by Mark Ashby
Documents the journey of ten young American Indian women from a Montana outpost to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Discusses their diverse backgrounds, boarding-school experience, and performance on the basketball court. Describes the aftermath of the championship game and its impact on the women and their community. 2008.

Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme    DB 69880
21 hours 27 minutes
by Tracy Daugherty
read by Steven Carpenter
Biography of twentieth-century author Donald Barthelme (1931–1989), son of a Houston architect, whose brothers Frederick and Steven also became writers. Discusses Barthelme's personal life, including four marriages, alcoholism, and depression; and literary life—he became well-known for short stories published in the New Yorker and for "literary politicking" in PEN, the international writers and human rights organization. 2009.

The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish    DB 69884
8 hours 38 minutes
by David Kinney
read by Steven Carpenter
Chronicles the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, a five-week fishing tournament held each September that attracts three thousand people hoping to catch the heaviest fish—striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, or bonito. Observes the joy, humor, paranoia, frustration, and heartache of derby enthusiasts. Some strong language. 2009.

Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health-Care Law and What It Means for Us All     DB/RC 70613
9 hours 43 minutes
by staff of the Washington Post
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Washington Post reporters examine the 2010 health-care law and the likely impact it will have on Americans, including medical providers, employers, and young adults. They describe the political debate that led to changes in the bill and provide a summary of its provisions. Some strong language. 2010.

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Unaccustomed Earth: Stories     DB/RC 66192
10 hours 51 minutes
by Jhumpa Lahiri
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Eight short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winning author explore the nature of family and love. In the title story, a mother in Seattle nervously hosts her widowed father, who helps tend her garden but hides a secret. Bestseller. 2008.

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick     DB/RC 66218
21 hours 2 minutes
by Philip K. Dick
read by Jim Zeiger
Twenty-one science fiction tales by Hugo Award winner Philip K. Dick (1928–1982). In "Autofac" community residents battle machines to reclaim their lives. Also includes "The Exit Door Leads In," "Foster, You're Dead," "Imposter," and "The Minority Report," which was the basis for a Hollywood movie. Introduction by Jonathan Lethem. Some strong language. 2002.

Seaview Inn     DB/RC 66442
10 hours 49 minutes
by Sherryl Woods
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
While Hannah Matthews is visiting her grandmother in Florida to persuade her to sell the family resort and retire, Hannah's pregnant college-age daughter arrives. Luke Stevens, Hannah's long-ago high school crush, comes for a vacation after a tour of duty in Iraq. Hannah and Luke gradually fall in love. 2008.

Peculiar Treasures: Katie Weldon, Book 1     DB/RC 66722
7 hours 37 minutes
by Robin Jones Gunn
read by Kristin Allison
The summer before her senior year at Bible college, Katie Weldon catches the bouquet at her best friend Christy Miller's wedding. But Katie's new assignment as resident assistant at her dorm brings up new challenges in her relationship with almost-boyfriend Rick Doyle. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Gift of Gold     DB/RC 66740
6 hours 51 minutes
by Beverly Butler
read by Kristin Allison
College junior Cathy Wheeler, from Light a Single Candle (RC 22637), wants to study speech therapy, an aspiration the department chair considers unrealistic for a blind student. Meanwhile, Cathy decides between two young men and hopes to regain some of her vision. For junior and senior high readers. 1972.

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon     DB/RC 66931
18 hours 46 minutes
by Diana L. Paxson
read by Jill Ferris
Young Boudica goes to the Druids' isle to study with priestess Lhiannon. When the Romans attack Britannia, Lhiannon aids the rebellion while Boudica returns home and marries surrendered Iceni king Prasutagos. After his death, Boudica unites the feuding tribes against the invaders. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Love the One You're With     DB/RC 66946
11 hours 16 minutes
by Emily Giffin
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Ellen has been happily married to her best friend's brother for one hundred days when she encounters Leo, who broke her heart eight years ago because he could not commit. As they get reacquainted, Ellen's desire for Leo resurfaces. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Sweet Return     DB/RC 66952
9 hours 59 minutes
by Anna Jeffrey
read by Mare Trevathan
Beautician Joanna runs an organic egg business at her friend Clova's Texas cattle ranch. When Clova's son Lane is hospitalized, Joanna calls Clova's other son, L.A. photographer Dalton, for help. Dalton's and Joanna's personalities clash as their mutual attraction grows. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Shadow of Power: A Paul Madriani Novel     DB/RC 66953
17 hours 54 minutes
by Steve Martini
read by Ray Childs
Terry Scarborough, author of a bestselling book about race, is brutally murdered just when he is poised to reveal a divisive Thomas Jefferson letter. Defense attorney Paul Madriani must find the letter and a missing Supreme Court justice to prove his young racist client's innocence. Some violence. 2008.

Remainder     DB/RC 66958
10 hours 11 minutes
by Tom McCarthy
read by Jim Zeiger
A British man injured in a mysterious accident receives a lucrative legal settlement. Visions prompt him to use the money to build a replica of a tenement that he vaguely remembers, to hire actors as the building's residents, and to direct them to reenact scenes that grow increasingly bizarre. Some strong language. 2005.

From Dead to Worse: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel     DB/RC 66959
9 hours 9 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Kristin Allison
Telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse becomes embroiled in a struggle for control of Louisiana's vampire and supernatural community. Sookie also contends with the disappearance of her weretiger love Quinn and the arrival of her great-grandfather—a fairy prince—who reveals to Sookie her true heritage. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

The Atlantis Prophecy     DB/RC 66960
8 hours 53 minutes
by Thomas Greanias
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Washington, D.C. Archaeologist Conrad Yeats and Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti unearth clues to a centuries-old treaty created by the Founding Fathers that could dissolve America by July 4, 2008, when the astrological alignment of monuments will signal a new world order—New Atlantis. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Bad Night at Dry Creek     DB/RC 66961
5 hours 49 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Jim Zeiger
Colorado. Outlaw Noah Murphy believes Dry Creek sheriff Charley Hanna knows the location of a hoard of stolen bank money. When Charley says he doesn't know where the money is, Noah and his brothers threaten to attack the entire town. 1981.

A Duke of Her Own     DB/RC 66964
7 hours 48 minutes
by Lorraine Heath
read by Kristin Allison
London, 1888. Impoverished Lady Louisa Wentworth is a chaperone to husband-seeking American heiresses Jenny and Kate Rose, from Just Wicked Enough (RC 66203). Randolph Selwyn, the duke of Hawkhurst, courts Jenny but is forced to marry Louisa after being caught in a compromising situation. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Bronx Noir     DB/RC 66965
12 hours 19 minutes
edited by S.J. Rozan
read by Jim Zeiger
Nineteen short crime stories set in New York City's northernmost borough. In Joseph Wallace's "The Big Five" a hunter targets his quarry in the Bronx Zoo. Includes Lawrence Block's "Rude Awakening," Sandra Kitt's "Home Sweet Home," and Steven Torres's "Early Fall." Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Detroit Noir     DB/RC 66969
9 hours 8 minutes
edited by E.J. Olsen and John C. Hocking
read by Jim Zeiger
Sixteen short mysteries set in Detroit. In Loren D. Estleman's "Kill the Cat" a private investigator seeking a missing teen finds murder. In P.J. Parrish's "Pride" a female detective exacts her own justice. Includes Joyce Carol Oates's "Panic" and Peter Markus's "The Dead Man's Boat." Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Blind Years     DB/RC 66973
5 hours 22 minutes
by Catherine Cookson
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Bridget has lived a sheltered life in the English countryside since her parents were killed in the Blitz. Now a young woman, Bridget discovers that her fiancé Laurence has a married lover and that his family has manipulated Bridget for her inheritance. Tragedy forces her to change. 1998.

Darkness Falls     DB/RC 66975
8 hours 59 minutes
by Kyle Mills
read by Jim Zeiger
Mark Beamon of Homeland Security recruits scientist Erin Neal to find an antidote for oil-eating bacteria infecting Saudi Arabian oil fields. Mourning the death of his girlfriend, ecoterrorist Jenna Kalin, Erin resists until he discovers that Jenna may be alive and behind the crime. Violence and strong language. 2007.

The Beach House     DB/RC 67236
10 hours 35 minutes
by Jane Green
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
When sixty-five-year-old eccentric widow Nan Powell learns that she may lose her beloved nine-acre Nantucket home, she turns it into a summer boarding house. Her first guests include a gay married man, a single mom, and Nan's own unhappy son. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Dawn's Light: A Restoration Novel, Book 4     DB/RC 67243
10 hours 11 minutes
by Terri Blackstock
read by Kristin Allison
Crockett, Alabama. The Branning family relies on faith and determination to get through a global power outage. Thirteen-year-old Beth Branning witnesses a murder and fears that the killer will attack her family. Meanwhile, Beth's older sister Deni is torn between two men. Some violence. 2008.

Saga     DB/RC 67246
8 hours 50 minutes
by Conor Kostick
read by Kristin Allison
An airboarding teen called Ghost lives on Saga, a world based on a computer game. The dark queen plans to enslave Saga and conquer New Earth, but Ghost and her friends collaborate to stop her. Sequel to Epic (RC 66443). Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

With Every Breath     DB/RC 67248
13 hours 25 minutes
by Lynn Kurland
read by Mare Trevathan
In this sequel to A Garden in the Rain (RC 59133), American Sunshine Phillips is vacationing on her sister Madelyn's Scotland estate. She travels back in time to 1375 and falls in love with a laird. But when they return to 2005, the laird doesn't remember her. Some violence. 2008.

Caine's Trail     DB/RC 67250
5 hours 21 minutes
by Cameron Judd
read by Jim Zeiger
Texas-Mexico border, after the Civil War. Fugitive Simon Caine runs afoul of a crime organization led by Confederate renegade Neal Seahorn, who kidnaps Simon's nephew for ransom. While government agents and a hired killer pursue him, Simon searches for a way to save his nephew. 1989.

Practically Perfect     DB/RC 67384
10 hours 9 minutes
by Katie Fforde
read by Kristin Allison
Interior designer Anna buys a Cotswold cottage that she plans to restore, but she is stymied by local preservation officer Rob Hunter. Anna meets former crush Max Gordon, an architect, and they begin an affair. However, as Anna gradually recognizes Max's true nature, she falls in love with Rob. 2006.

Wizards     DB/RC 67423
16 hours 4 minutes
edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
read by Kristin Allison
Eighteen fantasy stories about wizards—young and old, evil and benign—in modern and ancient realms. In Neil Gaiman's "The Witch's Headstone" a young boy learns the power of kindness from a long-dead sorceress. Includes works by Orson Scott Card, Eoin Colfer, Terry Dowling, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, and others. 2007.

Firehorse     DB/RC 67459
7 hours 43 minutes
by Diane Lee Wilson
read by Kristin Allison
Boston, 1872. Fifteen-year-old Rachel, who longs to be a veterinarian instead of a proper lady, rescues a severely burned mare from a fire station. A serial arsonist threatens the city while distemper kills thousands of horses—leaving firemen stranded when a giant blaze occurs. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Down River     DB/RC 67467
11 hours 51 minutes
by John Hart
read by Jim Zeiger
Five years ago Adam Chase was acquitted of murder charges, despite his stepmother's accusations, and hounded out of town. When he returns to North Carolina to help a friend, he confronts long-held family troubles and dangerous secrets. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Edgar Award. 2007.

The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis     DB/RC 67500
14 hours 57 minutes
by José Saramago
read by Annie Wauters
Physician Ricardo Reis returns from Brazil to his native Portugal in 1936 as Europe is threatened by war. Dead poet Fernando Pessoa visits Reis in Lisbon and discusses life after death. Reis also meets two women who may be incarnated from Pessoa's poems. 1984.

Not in the Flesh: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery     DB/RC 67552
10 hours 22 minutes
by Ruth Rendell
read by Jim Zeiger
After two long-buried murder victims are found on contested land, Chief Inspector Wexford attempts to identify the remains and resolve the mystery. The list of suspects includes dying novelist Owen Tredown, who has an unusual domestic arrangement. Meanwhile, Wexford's daughter campaigns to end female circumcision among Britain's African immigrants. 2007.

The Mammoth Book of Short Spy Novels     DB/RC 67570
17 hours 53 minutes
edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin H. Greenberg
read by Alexander Strain
Twelve novellas published in America and England between 1927 and 1972. Includes Erle Stanley Gardner's The Danger Zone, about a game of international intrigue; Ian Fleming's Octopussy, featuring James Bond; Cornell Woolrich's Tokyo, 1941, concerning a captured American; and a Sherlock Holmes tale by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 1986.

Dirty Girls on Top     DB/RC 67586
14 hours 47 minutes
by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
read by Laura Giannarelli
College friends—Latinas Lauren, Elizabeth, Sara, Rebecca, Usnavys, and Cuicatl, from The Dirty Girls Social Club (RC 56472)—reunite at a New Mexico resort. Now in their thirties, the women discuss their diverse careers and families. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Sweetheart     DB/RC 67716
8 hours 56 minutes
by Chelsea Cain
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
In this sequel to Heartsick (RC 65582), Portland detective Archie Sheridan is still addicted to painkillers and obsessed with beautiful imprisoned serial killer Gretchen Lowell. He's working a complicated case with the help of reporter Susan Ward when Gretchen escapes. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Keepsake     DB/RC 67723
9 hours 15 minutes
by Tess Gerritsen
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli team up to investigate modern-day murder victims preserved with ancient Egyptian techniques. Just as Isles and Rizzoli realize that a young archaeologist figures prominently in the case, the archaeologist disappears. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Murders of Richard III: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery     DB/RC 67724
6 hours 27 minutes
by Elizabeth Peters
read by Kristin Allison
Yorkshire, England. Librarian Jacqueline Kirby and her friend Thomas Carter attend a house party hosted by Sir Richard Weldon, who is obsessed with clearing the name of King Richard III. Guests masquerade in period costumes and reenact historical events—until an all-too-real murder occurs. 1974.

Summer by the Sea     DB/RC 67729
10 hours 21 minutes
by Susan Wiggs
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Twelve years ago, restaurant owner Rosa Capoletti's then-boyfriend Alex Montgomery abruptly ended their relationship without explanation. Now that Alex is back in town, the two slowly renew their love—but they must first come to terms with the past, family differences, and a long-held secret. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Rescue Me     DB/RC 67734
7 hours 46 minutes
by Cherry Adair and others read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Three short romantic suspense stories featuring couples in danger. In "Desert Heat" assistant D.A. Elena Martinez and detective Seth King are participating in a charity scavenger hunt in the Grand Canyon when a drug dealer targets them for revenge. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2008.

Where Mercy Flows     DB/RC 67741
8 hours 31 minutes
by Karen Harter
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Washington State. Broke, unemployed, sickly single mom Samantha Dodd retreats with her young son to her hometown, where she hopes to make amends with her family. Samantha is depressed over past mistakes and her life-threatening heart condition, until childhood friend Donnie Duncan encourages her to fight. Christy Award. 2006.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Millennium Trilogy, Book 1     DB/RC 67759
16 hours 41 minutes
by Stieg Larsson
read by Mary Kane
Stockholm. Wealthy octogenarian Henrik Vanger hires disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and antisocial computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate the disappearance of his great-niece as a teenager forty years ago. They uncover damaging secrets about the family—and themselves. Originally published in Swedish. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Reap the Wild Wind: Stratification, Book 1     DB/RC 67915
13 hours 33 minutes
by Julie E. Czerneda
read by Kristin Allison
On the world of Cersi, the Om'ray dwell under the rule of two technologically superior species, the Oud and the Tikitik. When strangers in elaborate flying machines threaten to disrupt Cersi's fragile balance, Aryl Sarc, a young Om'ray woman who hides her forbidden psychic abilities, must save her people. 2007.

Best Stories of the American West: Volume 1     DB/RC 67916
14 hours 5 minutes
edited by Marc Jaffe
read by Jim Zeiger
Twenty short western stories. In Pete Fromm's "Snow Cave" a father and his twelve-year-old son become stranded on a hunting trip. Other authors include Max Evans, Elmer Kelton, William Kittredge, Valerie Miner, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Richard S. Wheeler. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Odd Mom Out     DB/RC 67924
9 hours 53 minutes
by Jane Porter
read by Kristin Allison
Nine-year-old Eva desperately wants her motorcycle-riding single mother Marta to be like other moms. Marta returns to Bellevue, Washington, when her own mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and tries to conform while running an advertising agency and dating bachelor Luke Flynn. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

First Drop: A Charlie Fox Thriller     DB/RC 67929
11 hours 22 minutes
by Zoë Sharp
read by Mare Trevathan
Female British bodyguard Charlie Fox's first assignment is watching Trey, a sullen Florida teenager, son of a successful computer scientist. A shootout at an amusement park sends Charlie and Trey on a violence-filled run, frantically trying to contact both Trey's father and Charlie's boss Sean. Violence and strong language. 2004.

The Outsider     DB/RC 67933
9 hours 10 minutes
by Ann H. Gabhart
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Kentucky, 1812. Gabrielle Hope finds joy in teaching in the close-knit Shaker village of Harmony Hill, the celibate, spiritual community where she and her mother sought refuge following a family tragedy. But Gabrielle questions her chaste way of life when she falls in love with Dr. Brice Scott—an outsider. 2008.

Dead to Rights: A Joanna Brady Mystery     DB/RC 67935
10 hours 32 minutes
by J.A. Jance
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Newly widowed sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County, Arizona, investigates the murder of local veterinarian Bucky Buckwalter. Suspects include the husband of a woman Bucky ran over while drunk, Bucky's own wife, and his wife's lover. Some violence and some strong language. 1996.

The Finishing School: A Melanie Vargas Novel     DB/RC 67937
11 hours 28 minutes
by Michele Martinez
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Prosecutor Melanie Vargas of the U.S. Attorney's Office investigates the scene where two wealthy finishing-school girls overdosed on drugs. The distraught building superintendent begs Melanie to look for his missing daughter, who spent the evening with the teens. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Graceling     DB/RC 67938
10 hours 45 minutes
by Kristin Cashore
read by Kristin Allison
In a world where some people are born with an extreme and often-feared skill, Katsa struggles with hers—the "grace" of killing. When she first encounters Prince Po, whose grace is incompatible with hers, she doesn't foresee the bond that will form between them. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2008.

The Circle of Blood: A Forensic Mystery     DB/RC 67939
4 hours 56 minutes
by Alane Ferguson
read by Kristin Allison
Seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney helps her coroner father investigate the murder of a young hitchhiker running away from a polygamist cult. Cameryn hides the fact that her newly returned mother had picked up the girl. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2008.

Saturday Night Dirt: A Motor Novel     DB/RC 67940
4 hours 17 minutes
by Will Weaver
read by Erik Sandvold
While preparing for a special Saturday night stock-car race in a small Minnesota town, seventeen-year-old driver Trace Bonham suspects his dad's crew chief Larry Rawlins of sabotaging his car. Meanwhile another teenager, Melody "Mel" Walters, daughter of the Headwaters Speedway owner, checks on track conditions. For senior high readers. 2008.

Cold Pursuit     DB/RC 68026
10 hours 52 minutes
by Carla Neggers
read by Laura Giannarelli
Secret Service agent Jo Harper returns to her Vermont hometown, as does her former boyfriend Elijah Cameron. They uneasily reunite to search for the missing stepdaughter of a recently murdered former ambassador and to investigate the puzzling death of Elijah's father. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2008.

Beloved Enemy and Shadowed Memories: Battles of Destiny, Volume 2    DB 68043
19 hours 54 minutes
by Al Lacy
read by Patrick Downer
The third and fourth novels in this Civil War series. In Beloved Enemy the daughter of a Confederate spy falls in love with a Union soldier. In Shadowed Memories a wounded soldier suffering amnesia can't remember what side he fought for—but thinks he may have a wife. Some violence. 1994.

How Not to Be Popular     DB/RC 68129
7 hours 28 minutes
by Jennifer Ziegler
read by Kristin Allison
Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia "Maggie" Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move. In Austin, Texas, Maggie's plan to be unpopular backfires when other students join her on the path to "supreme dorkdom" and Maggie discovers romance. For senior high readers. 2008.

A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement; A Question of Upbringing, A Buyer's Market, The Acceptance World    DB 68288
20 hours 56 minutes
by Anthony Powell
read by Alexander Strain
England, 1920s–1930s. Four young men of disparate temperaments enter the adult worlds of business, art, society, and sex. Comprises the first three volumes, which were published separately between 1951 and 1955, of a twelve-novel epic depicting the panorama of English life from World War I through World War II. 1962.

Varanger: Corban Loosestrife, Book 4     DB/RC 68527
9 hours 20 minutes
by Cecelia Holland
read by Jack Fox
Tenth-century Russia. Two young Vikings—Corban Loosestrife's son Conn and nephew Raef—sign on with a fur-trading vessel heading to Russia. The expedition must winter in a small village, where tempers fray, forcing Conn and Raef into the service of a Russian warlord. 2008.

Bloody Bones: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter    DB 68633
12 hours 41 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
Preternatural investigator Anita Blake takes on two tough assignments: raising an entire graveyard of two-hundred-year-old corpses and finding out if a possible serial-killer vampire is responsible for slaughtering three Missouri teenagers. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Execution Dock: An Inspector William Monk Mystery     DB/RC 68705
13 hours 28 minutes
by Anne Perry
read by Mitzi Friedlander
London, 1864. Thames River Police Force commander William Monk apprehends Jericho Phillips, a dockside sex merchant suspected of murdering a young boy. But at trial, clever lawyers get Phillips acquitted. Monk and his wife Hester muster a motley rogue force to bring Phillips to justice. Some violence. 2009.

Shannon     DB/RC 68719
13 hours 29 minutes
by Frank Delaney
read by Jack Fox
Ireland, 1922. American priest Robert Shannon, shell-shocked from his World War I experiences as a chaplain and disillusioned by the corruption in his Boston diocese, arrives in Ireland to trace his roots. But a civil war is brewing in the country between Catholics and Protestants. 2009.

Sweet Spot: Bakery Sisters, Book 2     DB/RC 68726
8 hours 47 minutes
by Susan Mallery
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Seattle. Soon-to-be-divorced bakery owner Nicole Keyes, who watched her fraternal-twin sister find love in Sweet Talk (RC 68526), falls hard for high school football coach and single dad Eric "Hawk" Hawkins. But Eric's attitude and past could get in the way. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Finder     DB/RC 68731
11 hours 11 minutes
by Colin Harrison
read by Ray Foushee
Jin Li runs a paper-shredding business in Manhattan and funnels stolen corporate secrets to her brother Chen in Shanghai, who uses the information to make money in the stock market. When Jin Li disappears, Chen forces her ex-boyfriend to find her. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Tiger Moon     DB/RC 68734
10 hours 56 minutes
by Antonia Michaelis
read by Alec Volz
India, 1900s. The young bride of a cruel and selfish husband spins a tale to a kind servant boy about a thief, his companion white tiger, a famous jewel intended to rescue a kidnapped princess from a demon king, and an unlikely hero. For senior high readers. 2006.

Sun, Stone, and Shadows: Twenty Great Mexican Short Stories     DB/RC 68735
6 hours 58 minutes
edited by Jorge F. Hernández
read by Fred Major
Mexican authors born in the first half of the twentieth century write tales that reveal a panorama of Mexican culture and society—past and present, urban and rural, real and unreal. In "What Became of Pampa Hash?" an impoverished Mexican has a torrid love affair. National Endowment for the Arts Big Read selection. 2008.

Jellicoe Road     DB/RC 68738
7 hours 16 minutes
by Melina Marchetta
read by Erin Jones
Australia. Abandoned by her mother, seventeen-year-old Taylor Markham leads her fellow boarders at Jellicoe School in an underground community that plays war games against two other groups—the cadets and the townies. For junior and senior high and older readers. Michael L. Printz Award. 2006.

Lifelines     DB/RC 68739
10 hours 46 minutes
by CJ Lyons
read by Erin Jones
Dr. Lydia Fiore's first day on the job as the attending emergency physician at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy Hospital begins with the suspicious death of her patient—the chief of surgery's son. Now on probation, she initiates her own investigation. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Regenesis     DB/RC 68751
27 hours 31 minutes
by C.J. Cherryh
read by Madelyn Buzzard
In this sequel to Cyteen (RC 29083), genetic clone Ariane Emory resumes her work in cloning and psychogenesis—replicating minds and memories. Although Ariane retains her power at ReseuneLabs, she must find her original's killer before she suffers the same fate. Some strong language. 2009.

Sweetwater Gap     DB/RC 68752
7 hours 27 minutes
by Denise Hunter
read by Erin Jones
Josie Mitchell is summoned home to North Carolina to help run her family's apple orchard. Josie embraces old friends and family and, despite her guilty memories and illness, falls in love with orchard manager Grady Mackenzie. When a crisis occurs, Josie opens her heart to God. 2008.

Six Tales of the Jazz Age and Other Stories     DB/RC 68754
8 hours 2 minutes
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
read by Roy Avers
Nine short stories by the author of The Great Gatsby. Includes "The Camel's Back," "Hot and Cold Blood," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a tale about a man who ages backwards that inspired a Hollywood movie. Includes a 1960 introduction by Fitzgerald's daughter. 1925.

Storm from the Shadows: Saganami Island, Book 2     DB/RC 68776
35 hours 27 minutes
by David Weber
read by Jim Zeiger
In this sequel to The Shadow of Saganami (RC 62045), enemy Haven soldiers capture Michelle Henke, a rear admiral in the Royal Manticoran Navy. Michelle, a friend of Honor Harrington, is freed on the condition that she deliver a peace proposal to the queen. Michelle soon discovers a vast intergalactic conspiracy. Some strong language. 2009.

The Ruby Dice: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 12     DB/RC 68894
15 hours 35 minutes
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
Jaibriol, emperor of the Eubian Concord, seeks peace with the rival Skolians. But both Jaibriol and his Skolian counterpart Kelric, a member of the Ruby Dynasty, hide secrets that could lead to their downfall—and ignite war. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted     DB/RC 68896
9 hours 22 minutes
by Harry Harrison
read by John Polk
Young Jimmy diGriz, a.k.a. the Stainless Steel Rat, seeks to avenge the murder of his crime mentor, the Bishop. The trail leads to the island military dictatorship Nevenkebla, where Jimmy gets drafted into the army and uncovers an evil general's plot to enslave a defenseless planet. Some violence. 1987.

The Serpent Dreamer: Corban Loosestrife, Book 3     DB/RC 68897
10 hours 20 minutes
by Cecelia Holland
read by Jack Fox
Corban struggles to establish a new life with Epashti and their son among the warring native clans. But when his twin sister Mav's daughter Ahanton—by Miska, the chief of the Wolf clan—dreams of an approaching army that worships a serpent, Corban undertakes a difficult quest. 2005.

Miss Julia Delivers the Goods     DB/RC 68898
11 hours 43 minutes
by Ann B. Ross
read by Mitzi Friedlander
After breaking up with J.D. Pickens, Hazel Marie, the former mistress of Miss Julia's late husband, discovers that she is expecting. While Miss Julia scrambles to reconcile Hazel Marie and J.D., someone breaks into the office of Miss Julia's husband, lawyer Sam Murdoch, and steals his files. 2009.

Thicker than Water     DB/RC 68899
11 hours 25 minutes
by Maggie Shayne
read by Jill Fox
Sixteen years ago, Julie Jones fled fanatic cult-leader Mordecai Young's compound with an infant. Now, when a blackmailer threatening to expose her past is murdered, Julie turns to rival reporter Sean MacKenzie. Companion to Colder than Ice (RC 61621). Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Missing     DB/RC 68900
6 hours 21 minutes
by Karin Alvtegen
read by Erin Jones
Sweden. Sibylla Forsenström, an heiress living anonymously on Stockholm's streets, cons a businessman for an evening at the Grand Hotel. When he is found dead the next morning, Sibylla faces murder charges. Running from the law, Sibylla confronts her former life. Translated from the Swedish. Strong language. Edgar Award finalist. 2000.

Tempted All Night     DB/RC 68901
13 hours 0 minutes
by Liz Carlyle
read by Madelyn Buzzard
London, 1830. Lady Phaedra Northampton meets former soldier Tristan Talbot, the viscount Avon- cliffe, as she searches for her maid's sister. Tristan is investigating a brothel that may be the den of a Russian spy ring. While looking for clues, the two fall in love. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Old City Hall     DB/RC 68904
12 hours 48 minutes
by Robert Rotenberg
read by John Polk
Toronto. After confessing to his lover's murder, radio host Kevin Brace refuses to talk to anyone, including his lawyer Nancy Parish. The apparently open-and-shut case becomes a complex trial as evidence surfaces involving a million-dollar contract and Brace's sordid relationships. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Look Again     DB/RC 68905
9 hours 15 minutes
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Erin Jones
Reporter Ellen Gleeson adopted her son Will when he was an eighteen-month-old heart patient. When Will is three years old, Ellen is shocked to see the picture of a missing child who looks exactly like Will. Ellen secretly investigates the other child's family. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Pride of Eagles: Eagle Series, Book 11     DB/RC 68907
5 hours 48 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Jack Fox
Falcon MacCallister's friend, wealthy cattle baron Conrad Kohrs, convinces Falcon to accompany him to an auction in Laramie, Wyoming, where Conrad hopes to buy Herefords, a new breed that could change the industry. But scheming outlaws interfere. Sequel to Revenge of Eagles (RC 66644). Some strong language. 2006.

Dare to Die: A Death on Demand Mystery     DB/RC 68908
10 hours 3 minutes
by Carolyn Hart
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Iris Tilford, a beautiful but troubled young woman, returns to her South Carolina hometown to right past wrongs. Bookstore owner Annie Darling invites Iris to an oyster roast with some old acquaintances. When Iris is murdered, Annie promises her PI husband Max she will not interfere—but then they become targets. 2009.

A Farewell to Yarns: A Jane Jeffry Mystery     DB/RC 68909
5 hours 50 minutes
by Jill Churchill
read by Jill Fox
Attempting to crochet an afghan before Christmas, single mother Jane Jeffry receives a visit from her old friend Phyllis, who brings along a handsome, bratty young man she identifies as her son Bobby. When Phyllis is murdered, Jane suspects Bobby's involvement—until he too turns up dead. Some strong language. 1991.

Singularity's Ring     DB/RC 68913
10 hours 16 minutes
by Paul Melko
read by Gary Tipton
Earth's population changes after surviving cataclysm, leaving two types of humans—singletons and pods. Apollo Papadopulos, a mind pod of five genetically engineered humans, shares combined thoughts while competing with other pods to win command of the starship Consensus. But someone has other plans for Apollo. Some strong language. 2008.

Daemon     DB/RC 68916
18 hours 14 minutes
by Daniel Suarez
read by John Polk
Thousand Oaks, California. A computer-game designer's death launches a powerful program that wreaks havoc on CyberStorm Entertainment. After a few deadly mechanical accidents occur on the company's grounds, lead detective Peter Sebeck races to save lives and prevent further destruction. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Down Home Zombie Blues     DB/RC 68922
12 hours 18 minutes
by Linnea Sinclair
read by Erin Jones
Commander Jorie Mikkalah transports to Earth to find Danjay Wain, who was tracking zombies—biochemical droids. After alien Jorie saves Florida detective Theo Petrakos's life in a zombie attack, they decide to join forces while struggling to resist their growing attraction. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Summoning: Darkest Powers, Book 1     DB/RC 68930
7 hours 37 minutes
by Kelley Armstrong
read by Erin Jones
After a bad encounter with a disfigured ghost, fifteen-year-old Chloe becomes the newest resident of the Lyle House for troubled teens. When her odd housemates display various powers, Chloe tries to make sense of the mysterious goings-on and endangers the entire group. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2008.

Necropath: A Bengal Station Novel, Book 1     DB/RC 68933
10 hours 48 minutes
by Eric Brown
read by Alec Volz
Telepath Jeff Vaughan monitors incoming vessels for contraband at Bengal Station, a spaceport high above South Asia. Jeff discovers a bizarre shipment—a mysterious shielded container and a young girl—smuggled from the space colony Verkerk's World. Jeff soon unravels an interstellar plot involving a sinister drug-fueled cult. Some violence. 2008.

A Virgin River Christmas: A Virgin River Novel     DB/RC 68942
8 hours 9 minutes
by Robyn Carr
read by Jill Fox
Last year Marcie's husband Bobby, a marine, succumbed to injuries he suffered in Iraq. Now Marcie searches for Bobby's former mentor Ian—a career marine who inexplicably dropped out of the service and became a recluse after saving Bobby's life. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Sharpe's Eagle: Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809     DB/RC 69059
11 hours 18 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Erik Sandvold
British lieutenant Richard Sharpe recovers the King's color lost in battle by his incompetent superiors. Sharpe is promoted to captain, but his commander is really out to ruin his career. To redeem his honor, Sharpe vows to capture the French standard—a gilded eagle. Violence and some strong language. 1981.

Life Is Short but Wide     DB/RC 69074
9 hours 50 minutes
by J. California Cooper
read by Jill Ferris
In Wideland, Oklahoma, ninety-one-year-old Hattie Brown and her mother reminisce about their lives and neighbors. African American Cherokee Val Strong marries African American Irene and has two daughters, Rose and Tante. Rose's daughter Myine has a tragic life but finds love in her old age. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Lab     DB/RC 69078
8 hours 33 minutes
by Jack Heath
read by Erik Sandvold
Sixteen-year-old superhuman Agent Six of Hearts outperforms older and bigger agents in the Deck, a team that fights corruption. His abilities are the result of an illegal experiment by the Lab—a fact he must keep secret. Then he meets Kyntak, of similar genetic origin. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

The Lunatic Cafe: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter    DB 69093
10 hours 53 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
Anita Blake, vampire executioner and animator of the dead, has doubts about her relationship with Richard, a werewolf. The romance arouses the jealousy of master vampire Jean-Claude and complicates Anita's investigation into the disappearances of local shapeshifters. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Wintergirls    DB 69104
6 hours 29 minutes
by Laurie Halse Anderson
read by Annie Wauters
Lia's estranged best friend Cassie is found dead in the Gateway Motel after calling Lia thirty-three times. While Lia feels guilty for not acting to prevent Cassie's death from bulimia, she continues to struggle with her own anorexia and self-mutilation. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Secret: Seasons of Grace, Book 1    DB 69138
8 hours 23 minutes
by Beverly Lewis
read by Mary Kane
Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Secrets abound in Grace Byler's Amish community. Her mother grows restless and troubled before inexplicably leaving the family, and Grace herself hides a courtship. Meanwhile, twenty-four-year-old Englischer Heather Nelson arrives seeking healing for an illness she has yet to come to terms with. 2009.

Silent in the Sanctuary: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery    DB 69175
14 hours 20 minutes
by Deanna Raybourn
read by Colleen Delany
Victorian England, 1887. Lady Julia Grey returns from Italy and joins her eccentric family for the holidays. Guests include newly engaged investigator Nicholas Brisbane—now Lord Wargrave—who was Julia's love interest in Silent in the Grave (RC 68626). When the local curate is murdered, Julia and Nicholas investigate. 2008.

Assegai    DB 69178
18 hours 13 minutes
by Wilbur Smith
read by Robert Sams
Leon Courtney, a big-game hunter and British army-reserve officer, spies for his country in pre-World War I Africa. While Courtney attempts to stop a German-incited Boer rebellion, he monitors Graf Otto von Meerbach and falls for Meerbach's mistress. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Summer on Blossom Street     DB/RC 69206
11 hours 40 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Carol Dines
Seattle. Lydia organizes a "knit-to-quit" class for people trying to abandon their negative habits. Phoebe joins after calling off her engagement, Bryan has job-related stresses, Anne Marie copes with a recovering addict in her life, and Alix wants to stop smoking before she becomes pregnant. Bestseller. 2009.

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency     DB/RC 69208
7 hours 53 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Mr. Leungo Molofololo, proprietor of a local soccer team, believes a saboteur is to blame for a recent losing streak. He hires Precious Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to investigate the players. Meanwhile Mma Ramotswe tries to salvage her trusty, but ailing, little van. Bestseller. 2009.

Wicked Prey     DB/RC 69212
9 hours 32 minutes
by John Sandford
read by Barry Bernson
Lucas Davenport learns that the Republican convention has attracted a redneck with a sniper rifle to St. Paul. Meanwhile, thieves plan to steal millions in illegal cash from lobbyists, and a criminal who blames Davenport for his injury plots revenge involving Davenport's stepdaughter. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Lovely in Her Bones: An Elizabeth MacPherson Novel     DB/RC 69214
6 hours 59 minutes
by Sharyn McCrumb
read by Madelyn Buzzard
To explore her burgeoning interest in forensic anthropology, sociology student Elizabeth MacPherson joins an archaeological team working for a small North Carolina Native American tribe that is seeking recognition from the U.S. government. When the dig's leader Dr. Alex Lerche is murdered with a tomahawk, Elizabeth tracks the killer. 1985.

Born to Run: A Jack Swyteck Mystery     DB/RC 69218
9 hours 1 minute
by James Grippando
read by Ray Foushee
When the vice president dies, the father of attorney Jack Swyteck is asked to serve. Jack receives an anonymous e-mail that appears to threaten the president. Meanwhile a disgraced White House intern, now a reporter, receives a similar message and ends up dead. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

The Courtesan's Secret     DB/RC 69223
10 hours 40 minutes
by Claudia Dain
read by Michael McCullough
Following The Courtesan's Daughter (RC 69229), Lady Louisa asks for Lady Sophia's help in retrieving her grandmother's pearls from Lord Dutton, whom Louisa hopes to marry. Sophia believes Louisa would be happier if she married Lord Blakesley and schemes to bring the two together. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Blood Legacy: The Blood of Kerensky, Volume 2     DB/RC 69224
14 hours 40 minutes
by Michael A. Stackpole
read by Alec Volz
Year 3051. The Clans, descendants of Star League general Aleksandr Kerensky, target Draconis Combine, ruled by warlord Theodore Kurita. Kurita's mortal enemy Hanse Davion faces a dilemma—strike now against Kurita or aid a fellow Successor State against the Clans' growing power. Sequel to Lethal Heritage (RC 68941). Some violence. 1990.

WWW: Wake; the WWW Trilogy, Book 1     DB/RC 69237
10 hours 23 minutes
by Robert J. Sawyer
read by Erin Jones
When a Japanese researcher proposes another eye operation to tech-savvy mathematical genius Caitlin, who is blind, the fifteen-year-old jumps at the chance to have an experimental signal- processing implant inserted behind her eye. But instead of sight, Caitlin's mind visualizes the Internet and detects an enigmatic entity within. 2009.

The Stars Down Under     DB/RC 69249
11 hours 0 minutes
by Sandra McDonald
read by Gary Tipton
Lieutenant Commander Jodenny and Chief Terry Myell, from Outback Stars (RC 65289), balance their ranks in marriage and begin new assignments on planet Fortune. When the Wondjina Transportation System fails, problems and deception plague their dangerous work. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Cemetery Dance: A Pendergast Mystery    DB 69303
12 hours 48 minutes
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
read by Gregory Gorton
New York Times reporter Bill Smithback is fatally stabbed the night of his wedding anniversary. His friends FBI agent Pendergast and Lieutenant D'Agosta investigate the murder and spot Smithback's creepy neighbor on surveillance tape. But the suspect has been dead for ten days. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Shimmer     DB/RC 69341
10 hours 36 minutes
by David Morrell
read by Phil Gigante
Police officer Dan Page tracks his missing wife to Rostov, Texas, where a mysterious light phenomenon attracts spectators nightly. When a crazed gunman opens fire on the captivated tourists, Dan investigates the source of the shimmer. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Need     DB/RC 69421
7 hours 33 minutes
by Carrie Jones
read by Julia Whelan
After her stepfather's death, high school junior Zara is sent to Maine to live with her grandmother. Nick—who may be a werewolf—rescues Zara from a car crash, and a pixie king who needs a mate stalks her. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

A Princess of Landover: The Magic Kingdom of Landover     DB/RC 69423
13 hours 12 minutes
by Terry Brooks
read by Dick Hill
Mistaya, daughter of Landover's high lord Ben Holiday, is suspended from school in the natural world after scaring a classmate with magic. Banished to Libris, the royal library, Mistaya discovers an evil magician is threatening Landover. Sequel to Witches' Brew (RC 45612). Commercial audiobook. 2009.

The Secret Life of Prince Charming     DB/RC 69426
9 hours 51 minutes
by Deb Caletti
read by Jeannie Stith
After seventeen-year-old Quinn Hunt is dumped by her boyfriend, she and her sisters—hoping to change their luck—embark on a trip to return all the objects their father stole from his former wives and girlfriends. Strong language. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Storm Cycle     DB/RC 69430
10 hours 26 minutes
by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
read by Tanya Eby
Houston computer expert Rachel Kirby seeks a cure for her sister Allie's rare disease. A message from adventurer John Tavak, who is supposedly trapped in a collapsed tomb with an ancient Egyptian physician, sets Rachel and Allie racing for a valuable 4,500-year-old secret. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Sunburn     DB/RC 69431
6 hours 15 minutes
by John Lescroart
read by Luke Daniels
Costa Brava, Spain; 1975. Two couples—a bored husband and wife and a pair of passionate lovers—meet an American who is searching for his missing girlfriend. Meanwhile, Franco's regime teeters on the edge of collapse. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1981.

Medusa: A Novel from the NUMA Files     DB/RC 69446
13 hours 48 minutes
by Clive Cussler
read by Jim Zeiger
Kurt Austin, project director for the National Underwater and Marine Agency, heads a deep-sea expedition during which a manned bathysphere is attacked. Austin and his colleagues link the incident to a Chinese criminal organization, a deadly influenza outbreak, and biomedical research involving a rare jellyfish species. Some violence. Bestseller. 2009.

Red, White, and Blue Murder: A Hilda Johansson Mystery     DB/RC 69450
6 hours 4 minutes
by Jeanne M. Dams
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Indiana, 1901. President McKinley's assassination upsets the wealthy Studebaker household, where Swedish immigrant—and amateur sleuth—Hilda Johansson works as a housemaid. When the assassin is linked to South Bend, Hilda suspects that her coworker—a coachman with anarchist sympathies—may know more about the murder than he's letting on. 2000.

Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Mystery     DB/RC 69460
10 hours 25 minutes
by Dana Stabenow
read by Mare Trevathan
A Canadian mining company discovers a large gold deposit in Alaska's Iqaluk Wildlife Refuge, igniting a fierce controversy among residents of nearby Niniltna. When a killer strikes, state trooper Jim Chopin investigates with help from Kate Shugak, reluctant new native-association chairwoman. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Smash Cut     DB/RC 69564
11 hours 44 minutes
by Sandra Brown
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
A masked gunman kills wealthy Paul Wheeler in the elevator of an Atlanta hotel while Paul's companion Julie Rutledge looks on. Julie suspects Paul's movie-obsessed nephew Creighton is the murderer. Meanwhile Creighton's attorney Derek Mitchell fights his feelings for Julie. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Green Grow the Victims: A Hilda Johansson Mystery     DB/RC 69569
6 hours 45 minutes
by Jeanne M. Dams
read by Gabriella Cavallero
South Bend, Indiana; 1902. Sleuthy Swedish immigrant Hilda Johansson continues to date Irish Catholic Patrick Cavanaugh despite social tensions. When Patrick's uncle Daniel Malloy, a flamboyant city council candidate and a suspect in a rival's murder, disappears, Patrick's family contacts Hilda for help. 2001.

The Magicians    DB 69579
16 hours 40 minutes
by Lev Grossman
read by Colleen Delany
Bored with life, Quentin Coldwater spends his time reading fantasy and dreaming of the mythical realm of Fillory. But after being transported off the street to the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, Quentin realizes that real sorcery isn't easy. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Inherent Vice    DB 69580
12 hours 43 minutes
by Thomas Pynchon
read by Annie Wauters
Late 1960s. Gordita Beach, California, private investigator and pothead Doc Sportello is hired by his ex-girlfriend Shasta to find her missing married lover, construction mogul Mickey Wolfmann. As Doc trips around L.A. seeking clues, he runs into cops, bad guys, and land-development schemes. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

That Old Cape Magic    DB 69582
9 hours 7 minutes
by Richard Russo
read by Faith Potts
Jack and Joy Griffin attend a wedding on Cape Cod, where Jack spent boyhood summers with his cynical academic parents. A year later Jack and Joy are separated but together again for their daughter's wedding. Jack is ready to shed his resentment toward his parents. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Last Song    DB 69591
13 hours 36 minutes
by Nicholas Sparks
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Defiant, troubled seventeen-year-old Ronnie is not happy to leave New York for a summer in North Carolina with the musician father she hasn't spoken to in three years. But an unexpected romance and a bittersweet reconnection with her father changes her attitude. Bestseller. 2009.

Nine Dragons: Detective Harry Bosch    DB 69592
10 hours 14 minutes
by Michael Connelly
read by Gregory Gorton
As LAPD detective Harry Bosch investigates the murder of a Chinese liquor-store owner, he receives an e-mail video of his daughter Maddie being kidnapped in Hong Kong. Bosch rushes to China to rescue Maddie before his homicide suspect is released. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Weight of Silence    DB 69594
9 hours 38 minutes
by Heather Gudenkauf
read by Faith Potts
For four years Calli, now seven, has been inexplicably mute. When she disappears from her bed, her family and authorities don't realize she's with her angry, drunken father wandering through the woods—especially since Calli's best friend Petra is missing too. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The White Queen    DB 69596
15 hours 0 minutes
by Philippa Gregory
read by Corrie James
Fifteenth-century England. Widow Elizabeth Woodville connives to marry King Edward IV. As queen she struggles to advance her family members and protect them, especially two young princes, from Edward's scheming brothers George and Richard, who plot to steal the crown. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Razor Sharp: Revenge of the Sisterhood    DB 69598
7 hours 30 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Faith Potts
Attorney Lizzie Fox helps Lily Flowers, a legal bordello owner from Nevada, resist prosecution by politicians who had once been her clients. Lizzie calls in the members of the sisterhood to help keep her client out of jail—and turn the tables on the hypocrites. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Novel, Book 2    DB 69602
9 hours 44 minutes
by Richelle Mead
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Rose protects her best friend and charge Lissa at a ski resort when immortal vampires attack. The return of Rose's warrior-mother forces Rose to reflect on her feelings of abandonment and her responsibilities as a guardian. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Malice: A Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi Mystery    DB 69604
15 hours 8 minutes
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
New York district attorney Butch Karp travels to Idaho to help his late friend's brother, Mikey O'Toole, a college baseball coach suspended for alleged recruiting violations. Meanwhile, Butch's wife Marlene befriends a Basque sheepherder whose daughter's disappearance may be linked to Mikey's case. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Cover-Up    DB 69605
10 hours 0 minutes
by Michele Martinez
read by Colleen Delany
Federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas and her boyfriend, FBI agent Dan O'Reilly, probe the grisly murder of television crime reporter Suzanne Shepard. Any of several suspects could be the killer dubbed the Central Park Butcher—who is now threatening Vargas. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

The Carbon Diaries 2015    DB 69607
8 hours 59 minutes
by Saci Lloyd
read by Corrie James
2015. After the Great Storm, England desperately tries to reduce carbon emissions by sixty percent. Sixteen-year-old Laura documents her family's hardships in her diary as they slowly fall apart under the new restrictions. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law    DB 69608
9 hours 31 minutes
by Dorothy Cannell
read by Corrie James
England. To celebrate the thirty-eighth wedding anniversary of her husband's parents, Ellie hosts a dinner party during which startling marital revelations surface. Seeking stress relief Ellie commiserates with friends over drinks and homicidal fantasies. But when real murders befall mothers-in-law, Ellie races to find the culprit. 1994.

Perfect Chemistry    DB 69609
11 hours 6 minutes
by Simone Elkeles
read by Laura Giannarelli
Assigned as lab partners in senior chemistry, well-to-do Brittany Ellis and Latino Blood gang member Alex Fuentes clash in and out of class. As their heated exchanges lead to a forbidden attraction, their lives begin to change. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2009.

The Knights of the Cornerstone    DB 69612
7 hours 13 minutes
by James P. Blaylock
read by Steven Carpenter
Calvin Bryson's uncle Lymon asks Calvin to visit him in New Cyprus, California. But before Calvin can agree, he receives a family heirloom to deliver to Lymon. However, the heirloom, his uncle, and the town's Knights of the Cornerstone are not what they seem. 2008.

The Rules of Seduction: The Rothwells, Book 1    DB 69613
10 hours 58 minutes
by Madeline Hunter
read by Colleen Delany
Penniless Lady Alexia Welbourne becomes a governess for Lord Hayden Rothwell after he catches Alexia's cousin and guardian stealing from the Rothwell family's bank. Hayden falls in love with Alexia, who struggles to maintain her dignity—until Hayden proposes. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Wake: Wake Trilogy, Book 1    DB 69614
3 hours 59 minutes
by Lisa McMann
read by Mary Kane
Whenever people fall asleep around her, seventeen-year-old Janie Hannagan is sucked into their dreams as an unwilling bystander. But after she slips into a violent dream alone in her car, Janie realizes she needs to control her paranormal ability. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Escape    DB 69624
20 hours 54 minutes
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
New York. District attorney Butch Karp prosecutes a radical political science professor accused of murdering her children, apparently per God's instructions. Meanwhile an Islamic terrorist plots an attack that Karp, his wife Marlene, their daughter Lucy, and Lucy's eccentric accomplices race to prevent. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

The Color of Lightning    DB 69626
11 hours 51 minutes
by Paulette Jiles
read by Michael Scherer
1863. Freed slave Britt Johnson moves his family to remote Young County, Texas. When Johnson goes to buy supplies, the Comanches and Kiowas attack, killing some of his relatives and capturing others. Johnson tracks the assailants but finds captives unwilling to return home. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Deadly Gift: Flynn Brothers Trilogy, Book 3    DB 69627
9 hours 39 minutes
by Heather Graham
read by Mark Delgado
Newport, Rhode Island. Nurse Caer Cavannaugh has accompanied Sean O'Riley back to America after he fell ill in Ireland. Sean's daughter Kat persuades PI Zach Flynn, a family friend, to investigate her father's suspicious sickness—and Sean's business partner's disappearance. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

How to Murder the Man of Your Dreams    DB 69631
10 hours 47 minutes
by Dorothy Cannell
read by Corrie James
The library league throws a fundraiser featuring handsome romance-novel cover model Karisma. Karisma brings his agent Mrs. Swabucher, owner of the escort service through which Ellie met her husband. Ellie tries to keep her secret while coping with her cousin (and nemesis), with two-year-old twins—and with murder. 1995.

A Promise to Believe In: Brides of Gallatin County, Book 1    DB 69635
9 hours 27 minutes
by Tracie Peterson
read by Faith Potts
Montana Territory, 1879. Sisters Beth, Gwen, and Lacy Gallatin run their late father's roadhouse, which is located next to Rafe Reynolds's saloon. Gwen, the eldest, thinks she's cursed after losing both her parents and her husband. Then Hank Bishop appears, claiming to be Gwen's brother-in-law—and love heals her wounds. 2008.

Lessons of Desire: The Rothwells, Book 2    DB 69637
11 hours 16 minutes
by Madeline Hunter
read by Colleen Delany
Italy, 1823. When British lord Elliot Rothwell learns that a publisher's scandalous posthumous autobiography will smear his family name, he seeks out the man's unconventional daughter, Phaedra Blair. Elliot finds her imprisoned for causing a duel—and marries Phaedra to win her freedom. Explicit descriptions of sex. Rita Award. 2007.

Fade: Wake Trilogy, Book 2    DB 69638
5 hours 1 minute
by Lisa McMann
read by Mary Kane
In this sequel to Wake (RC 69614), dream catcher Janie helps the police investigate a sexual predator at her school. But the strain of the case places Janie's health and her secret relationship with Cabel at risk. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2009.

A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse; the Complete Stories     DB/RC 69646
3 hours 23 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Kristin Allison
Collection of five short stories featuring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Originally published in other anthologies, they include "Fairy Dust" from Powers of Detection, "Dracula Night" from Many Bloody Returns, "One Word Answer" from Bite, "Lucky" from Unusual Suspects, and "Gift Wrap" from Wolfsbane and Mistletoe. 2009.

Silence Is Golden: A Hilda Johansson Mystery     DB/RC 69658
6 hours 45 minutes
by Jeanne M. Dams
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1903. When the circus comes to South Bend, Indiana, young Fritz Schlager vanishes with a trapeze-artist troupe called the Stupendous Shaws and later surfaces with evidence of abuse. Then Hilda Johansson's little brother disappears and another boy turns up dead. Swedish maid and sometime-sleuth Hilda tracks the killer. 2002.

Juliet, Naked    DB 69792
11 hours 7 minutes
by Nick Hornby
read by Steven Carpenter
Annie, a British woman, lives with her boyfriend Duncan, a fan obsessed with American singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who disappeared from public view. When Annie reviews Crowe's work on Duncan's website, she receives a response from the artist. Unknown to Duncan, they begin an online relationship. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Rough Country    DB 69802
10 hours 6 minutes
by John Sandford
read by Gregory Gorton
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers, of Heat Lightning (RC 67560), leaves a fishing contest to probe the shooting death of a prominent businesswoman at a mostly lesbian resort. Flowers sifts through motives, suspects, and a possibly related cold case. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Missing: Season of Grace, Book 2    DB 69803
7 hours 49 minutes
by Beverly Lewis
read by Mary Kane
Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Amish woman Grace Byler, from The Secret (RC 69138), breaks off her engagement after her mother Lettie leaves the family unexpectedly. Englischer Heather Nelson is seeking a cure for her cancer when she befriends Grace, and the two decide to search for Lettie together. Bestseller. 2009.

Under the Dome    DB 69804
34 hours 8 minutes
by Stephen King
read by Mary Kane
A couple flying above Chester's Mill, Maine, watch helplessly when their plane abruptly disintegrates from impact with an invisible dome covering the town. Tensions escalate for the remaining isolated residents as they fight to survive deteriorating conditions within the barrier. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

The Memory Collector    DB 69808
11 hours 4 minutes
by Meg Gardiner
read by Faith Potts
When forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is asked to analyze a man who is exhibiting bizarre behavior, she discovers that he has anterograde amnesia—he forgets new memories every five minutes. And he is also on a desperate mission to save his family. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Privateersman    DB 69809
11 hours 40 minutes
by Frederick Marryat
read by David Cutler
Alexander Musgrave's youthful exploits at sea and on land took him from the West Indies to Europe and Africa. At the request of an anonymous woman, the British privateer recounts his adventures, which included engagements with the French, capture and imprisonment, vengeance, friendship, loss, love, and an unexpected inheritance. 1846.

Goodbye, Ms. Chips: An Ellie Haskell Mystery    DB 69813
9 hours 53 minutes
by Dorothy Cannell
read by Corrie James
Ellie Haskell's old boarding-school chum Dorcas Critchley now works as their alma mater's games mistress. Familiar with Ellie's amateur-sleuthing skills, Dorcas asks Ellie to find out who took a valuable lacrosse cup. But the suspicious death of retired teacher Ms. Chips changes the focus of Ellie's investigation. 2008.

No Survivors: An Accident Man Novel    DB 69817
10 hours 40 minutes
by Tom Cain
read by Alexander Strain
While assassin Samuel Carver recovers in a Swiss hospital from torture he endured in The Accident Man (RC 67227), his lover, Russian agent Alix Petrova, disappears on assignment. Her trail leads to a millionaire bent on launching global holy war. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

If I Stay    DB 69818
5 hours 39 minutes
by Gayle Forman
read by Margaret Strom
Cellist and Juilliard hopeful Mia clings to life after a car accident that kills her family. While observing herself during an out-of-body experience, Mia flashes through her past to determine whether to fight for survival or die. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Enchantment Emporium    DB 69835
12 hours 58 minutes
by Tanya Huff
read by Mary Kane
Canada. Alysha Catherine Gale loves her powerful Gale aunties but would like them out of her magical and personal life. When her grandmother leaves her a junk shop with a leprechaun employee, Alysha jumps at the chance to relocate to Calgary and serve the fey community. Strong language. 2009.

Dark Reflections    DB 69840
8 hours 57 minutes
by Samuel R. Delany
read by Joe Peck
Disillusioned gay African American poet Arnold Hawley looks back over periods of his life, including semiretirement, time spent eking out a meager living in New York City's East Village, and college in the 1950s. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

An Honorable German    DB 69851
12 hours 19 minutes
by Charles McCain
read by Mark Ashby
WWII German naval officer Max Brekendorf, stationed aboard battleship Graf Spee, eagerly anticipates life after the war with his beloved Mareth. But as Nazis infiltrate the German government and military and Mareth is no longer safe, Max questions his beliefs and morals. Some violence. 2009.

The Last Witness    DB 69863
10 hours 37 minutes
by Joel Goldman
read by Joe Peck
Kansas City attorney Lou Mason's surrogate father Harry Ryman arrests Lou's landlord, ex-cop and PI Wilson "Blues" Bluestone, for the murder of the mayor's attorney. Realizing Blues was framed, Lou sets out to find the real killer. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Gentlemen    DB 69866
5 hours 57 minutes
by Michael Northrop
read by Patrick Downer
Four friends respect one another when most teachers and students fear or ignore them. But when one teen goes missing, the clues point to their remedial English teacher. A high-interest, low-vocabulary book. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks    DB 69872
7 hours 45 minutes
by Lauren Myracle
read by Mary Kane
After a summer at camp, granola-girl Carly feels constrained in her privileged life near Atlanta. While Carly was away, her younger sister Anna transformed into a hot and popular teen—causing sibling jealousy and unwanted conflict at their prep school. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Devil Is a Lie    DB 69874
7 hours 26 minutes
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
read by Colleen Delany
After Nina Lawson wins the lottery, her fiancé and relatives hit her up for money, but she learns she's technically still married to her estranged, adulterous husband Todd, who's entitled to half the winnings. Todd wants to provide for his ailing grandmother, so Nina and Todd pray for guidance. 2009.

Inverted World    DB 69875
10 hours 18 minutes
by Christopher Priest
read by Patrick Downer
The walled metropolis sits upon tracks, pulled along by a giant winch toward the ever-moving "optimum." After becoming an apprentice in the secretive guild that keeps the city in motion, Helward Mann encounters an outside world that proves stranger than he ever imagined. Includes 2008 afterword by John Clute. 1974.

Counterplay: A Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi Mystery    DB 69889
14 hours 52 minutes
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
Criminal mastermind and former New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Kane escapes custody during a bloody standoff. District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp races to apprehend Kane before he can carry out a terrorist plot to kill thousands of innocent people—including Karp and his family. Violence and strong language. 2006.

The Shadow of Your Smile    DB 70579
9 hours 18 minutes
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by Colleen Delany
On her deathbed eighty-two-year-old Olivia Morrow considers disclosing a family secret involving her late cousin Catherine, a nun being considered for beatification. At seventeen Catherine gave up her illegitimate son for adoption. Now Catherine's granddaughter, the last of the family line, is targeted by an assassin. Bestseller. 2010.

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Books for Children

Children's Nonfiction

Teen Life on Reservations and in First Nation Communities: Growing Up Native     DB/RC 67549
1 hour 56 minutes
by Marsha McIntosh
read by Jill Ferris
Highlights Native American youth who live in tribes on reservations in Canada and the United States. Covers the interaction between native customs and the dominant culture. Emphasizes sports, games and crafts, coming-of-age ceremonies, and other traditions that preserve a sense of identity. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Crafts for Kids Who Are Learning about Dinosaurs     DB/RC 67745
0 hours 34 minutes
by Kathy Ross
read by Kristin Allison
Twenty-two dinosaur-themed projects such as a fossil necklace, a dinosaur puppet, and a hungry brachiosaur that use readily available household materials like gift bows, bath scrubbies, paper plates, egg cartons, wooden ice-cream spoons, and aluminum foil. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland     DB/RC 68720
4 hours 38 minutes
by Sally M. Walker
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Discusses forensic scientists' examination of Chesapeake Bay colonial-era skeletons to determine gender, ethnicity, age, social status, and cause of death. Explains the procedures used to identify a teenaged boy, a ship's captain, a wealthy family, an African slave girl, and an indentured servant. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2009.

Women Astronomers: Reaching for the Stars     DB/RC 68921
6 hours 24 minutes
by Mabel Armstrong
read by Kerry Dukin
Profiles of twenty-one female scientists highlighting their education, the obstacles they overcame, and their contributions to astronomy. Ranges from early astronomers in Babylonia and Egypt to twentieth-century Europeans and Americans. Discusses technological developments, the process of breaking the gender barrier, and gaining an understanding of the universe. For grades 5-8. 2008.

What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe? A Green Activity Book about Reuse     DB/RC 69070
0 hours 31 minutes
by Anna Alter
read by Anne Hancock
Suggests projects that kids and adults can do together to recycle everyday objects—a leftover flip-flop; a worn-out T-shirt, blanket, or shower curtain; tin cans—and turn them into something new. An old red shoe becomes a flower-pot holder. Includes general tips on reuse and recycling to prevent waste. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Jacques Cousteau: A Life under the Sea     DB/RC 69144
3 hours 19 minutes
by Kathleen Olmstead
read by Kerry Dukin
Biography of Jacques Cousteau (1910–1997) explains that his love of swimming and marine life led him to become an inventor, ocean explorer, filmmaker, and environmentalist. Discusses Cousteau's adventures: inventing the aqualung, exploring from his ship the Calypso, and deep-sea diving in a minisubmarine. For grades 5-8. 2008.

The World at His Fingertips: A Story about Louis Braille    DB 69606
0 hours 55 minutes
by Barbara O'Connor
read by Steven Carpenter
A biography of Frenchman Louis Braille (1809–1852), who was accidentally blinded as a child and who as a teenager developed an alphabet of raised dots. Relates his struggle to gain government backing for the reading and writing system that is now called "braille" in his honor. For grades 3-6. 1997.

Albert Einstein    DB 69618
3 hours 6 minutes
by Kathleen Krull
read by Faith Potts
Biography of physics genius Albert Einstein (1879–1955). Discusses his boyhood in Germany, covering his studies, friendships, and ability to think in pictures. Describes his life after his move to America, his scientific career, and the ways he revolutionized the understanding of the universe. For grades 4-7. 2009.

The Frog Scientist    DB 69628
1 hour 26 minutes
by Pamela S. Turner
read by Mary Kane
Follows Dr. Tyrone Hayes as he gathers frogs from ponds to dissect in the laboratory. Explains his study of the effects of water-borne pesticides on frog development and the ways his team of graduate students contributes. Includes biographical background on Hayes. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War through Reconstruction    DB 69806
3 hours 13 minutes
by Linda Barrett Osborne
read by Bob Moore
Recounts the experiences of African Americans—free or slave—living in the United States in the mid-1800s. Discusses their hardships, fights for liberty, and beliefs about the future. Describes federal and state laws of the era and the differences of opinion concerning race and slavery. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Dinosaurs in Your Backyard    DB 69807
0 hours 57 minutes
by Hugh Brewster
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Presents facts learned from fossilized evidence of dinosaur species that roamed the North American continent millions of years ago, like the stegosaurus of Colorado. Discusses size, eating habits, head crests, skull shapes, tail clubs, raptor claws, and dinosaur descendants. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Beyond Bruises: The Truth about Teens and Abuse    DB 69810
3 hours 3 minutes
by Sherri Mabry Gordon
read by Mark Ashby
Presents accounts of teens in physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive situations within the home, on dates, at school, and in the community. Discusses negative and long-term effects of abuse, ways to seek help, and preventive measures. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2009.

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees    DB 69815
2 hours 37 minutes
by Deborah Ellis
read by Michael Scherer
Refugees of the American war in Iraq who are ages eight to nineteen recount growing up with bombings, violence, death, close calls, constant fear, hunger, and loss of family, home, and schooling. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2009.

Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration    DB 69827
3 hours 1 minute
by Ann Bausum
read by Bob Moore
Examines cases in which American immigration policy was overridden by prejudice, racism, and fear. Discusses U.S. refusal to accept Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, relocation of Japanese Americans to detention centers during World War II, and deportation of a naturalized American for her political beliefs after a thirty-year residency. For grades 6-9. 2009.

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr    DB 69828
2 hours 45 minutes
by Judith St. George
read by Bob Moore
Points out the many similarities in the backgrounds of Revolutionary War heroes Aaron Burr (1756–1836) and Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804). Discusses the hard feelings that developed between the two political enemies and led to their illegal 1804 duel, Hamilton's death, and Burr's exile. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From     DB 69834
1 hour 5 minutes
by Catherine Thimmesh
read by Mark Ashby
Describes the 1974 discovery in Ethiopia of a pile of bones belonging to a single skeleton and the research work that determined the fossils are those of a female bipedal hominid, new to the human family tree. Discusses the contributions the find made to evolutionary theory. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Dangerous Dinosaurs    DB 69867
1 hour 44 minutes
by Carey Scott
read by Michael Scherer
Scientific answers to questions about dinosaurs—from the number of years dinosaurs ruled Earth to the ways carnivores killed their prey and plant-eaters defended themselves. Compares the sizes of giant sauropods. Discusses whether bigger was always better, whether body armor offered protection, and more. For grades 3-6. 2008.

The Curse of Akkad: Climate Upheavals That Rocked Human History    DB 69868
3 hours 47 minutes
by Peter Christie
read by Patrick Downer
Discusses the effects of glaciers, drought, volcanoes, El Niño, and similar environmental events on human lives, crops, civilization, and the course of history. Examines research revealing that long-term lack of rainfall caused the collapse of the Akkad empire, Mayan society, and Tang Dynasty. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Traitors' Gate and Other Doorways to the Past    DB 69870
2 hours 44 minutes
by Claire Eamer
read by Mark Ashby
Provides a capsule history of eight doorways, recalling important events that occurred within and people who passed through those portals. Discusses sites in Colorado, Jordan, Ghana, Timbuktu, Rome, Moscow, and Beijing, as well as Traitors' Gate in London, England, where royalty was imprisoned. For grades 6-9. 2008.

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Children's Fiction

Before Green Gables     DB/RC 66224
12 hours 50 minutes
by Budge Wilson
read by Gabriella Cavallero
This prequel to Anne of Green Gables (RC 56114) portrays Anne's childhood before her eleventh birthday. Anne's parents died in an epidemic when she was a baby, leading her to have many adventures at foster homes, orphanages, and school. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2008.

Trapped: The Prometheus Project, Book 1     DB/RC 66956
3 hours 4 minutes
by Douglas E. Richards
read by Kristin Allison
Rural Pennsylvania. Ryan and his sister Regan discover that their scientist parents are part of Prometheus, a secret project that involves exploring an underground alien city that has hostile technology. When their mother faces death, the children must figure out how to save her. For grades 4-7. 2004.

Man o' War     DB/RC 66966
11 hours 26 minutes
by Walter Farley
read by Erik Sandvold
Lexington, Kentucky. Danny stands nearby as a big red colt is born on March 29, 1917. The boy watches the foal grow, learning his nature and accompanying him to the racetrack. Danny stays with Man o' War as he wins races and the hearts of Americans. For grades 4-7. 1962.

I Am the Great Horse     DB/RC 66974
16 hours 32 minutes
by Katherine Roberts
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Bucephalas, a war horse, recounts his adventures with Alexander the Great, traveling from northern Greece to Persia and Egypt from 344 to 323 B.C.E. Charmeia, a determined stable girl carrying secrets of her own, accompanies them as Bucephalas's groom. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2006.

Captured: The Prometheus Project, Book 2     DB/RC 67241
4 hours 31 minutes
by Douglas E. Richards
read by Kristin Allison
Six months after the events in Trapped (RC 66956), the underground city is captured by an alien-led group of soldiers who take the Prometheus Project adults hostage. It is up to Ryan and Regan to outwit the alien leader and save the team. For grades 4-7. 2007.

More Horowitz Horror: More Stories You'll Wish You'd Never Read     DB/RC 67242
4 hours 42 minutes
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Erik Sandvold
Nine tales with unusual twists. In "Burned" there is something suspicious about the suntan oil that Tim's aunt uses daily on her husband while they are on vacation in Barbados. "The Elevator" relates an eleven-year-old boy's disappearance during a short ride with strangers. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2000.

Cover-Up     DB/RC 67245
8 hours 5 minutes
by John Feinstein
read by Erik Sandvold
Fired from Kid-Sports on USTV, Stevie Thomas goes to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis as a newspaper reporter. He and Susan Carol (still a coanchor) investigate a steroid cover-up planned by one of the competing teams, the California Dreams. Sequel to Vanishing Act (RC 63662). For grades 6-9. 2007.

Queste: Septimus Heap, Book 4     DB/RC 67252
11 hours 18 minutes
by Angie Sage
read by Kristin Allison
Septimus and Jenna set out for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all times meet—and where they hope to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in Physik (RC 64559). For grades 4-7. 2008.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Rain or Shine     DB/RC 67919
0 hours 12 minutes
by Erica Silverman
read by Kristin Allison
Cowgirl Kate and her horse Cocoa have adventures working and playing in all kinds of weather and realize that enjoying being together is what really matters. For grades K-3. 2008.

The Split Second: The Seems, Book 2     DB/RC 68468
8 hours 9 minutes
by John Hulme and Michael Wexler
read by Joe Peck
Becker Drane—who is now thirteen and still a fixer in the parallel universe called the Seems—tries to repair bomb damage in the Department of Time. The explosion was a terrorist act committed by the Tide, a group that wants to destroy the World. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Crossing to Paradise    DB 68659
12 hours 30 minutes
by Kevin Crossley-Holland
read by Julie-Ann Elliot
Middle Ages. Fifteen-year-old Gatty—an orphaned, illiterate field-girl who sings like an angel—accompanies Lady Gwyneth on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her adventures on the journey from England to Venice and on to the Holy Land transform her circumstances and enrich her life. For grades 6-9. 2006.

The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings     DB/RC 68902
6 hours 52 minutes
by Alan Gratz
read by Alec Volz
In 1845, Felix Schneider, a young German immigrant, watches Alexander Cartwright and the firefighting brigade play a bat-and-ball game that would eventually become baseball. Eight generations later, in 2002, Snider Flint comes into possession of an old handmade baseball with an "S" on it. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit     DB/RC 68911
5 hours 45 minutes
by Nahoko Uehashi
read by Erin Jones
The queen hires Balsa, a spear-wielding bodyguard, to protect the queen's son Chagum, the Moribito, chosen to deliver the egg of the Water Guardian to its faraway home. Balsa and Chagum are pursued by two deadly enemies—an egg-eating monster and Chagum's own father. For grades 5-8. 1996.

Anything but Typical     DB/RC 68936
4 hours 16 minutes
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
read by Andy Pyle
Sixth-grader Jason Blake is autistic—a silent boy who has trouble fitting in with neurotypicals. He prefers to communicate on the Storyboard website, where he meets PhoenixBird, a girl who likes his writings. What will happen when they attend the Storyboard convention and meet in person? For grades 4-7. Schneider Family Book Award. 2009.

Three of Diamonds: A Diamond Brothers Mystery, Book 3     DB/RC 69227
4 hours 56 minutes
by Anthony Horowitz
read by Gary Tipton
Bumbling detective Tim Diamond and his younger brother Nick search for a missing philanthropist in "The Blurred Man," deal with Parisian drug smugglers in "The French Confection," and wind up trapped on a Scottish island with a murderer in "I Know What You Did Last Wednesday." For grades 5-8. 2002.

Ironhand: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book 2    DB 69600
8 hours 28 minutes
by Charlie Fletcher
read by Mark Delgado
Under London. Continuing from Stoneheart (RC 69125), George plunges deeper into the world of talking, walking, and battling statues to rescue Edie and Gunner. Meanwhile, life-threatening veins of marble, bronze, and stone climb George's forearm toward his heart. For grades 6-9. 2007.

Key Lardo: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye    DB 69603
2 hours 1 minute
by Bruce Hale
read by Robert Sams
When new guy James Bland, a chubby penguin, announces that he is a detective, Chet Gecko is annoyed and jealous. Especially after Chet and his partner Natalie are fired from their next case—and James replaces them. For grades 3-6. 2006.

We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes    DB 69610
2 hours 41 minutes
by Patrick Jennings
read by Julie-Ann Elliot
A gopher snake—named Crusher by Gunnar, the boy who captures her—describes her reactions to living in a human's house with other pets. Imprisoned in a terrarium, Crusher plans an escape that may include the live mouse Gunnar gave her to eat. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Best Friends and Drama Queens: Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, Book 3    DB 69619
3 hours 31 minutes
by Meg Cabot
read by Mary Kane
After winter break, Allie enjoys being back in school with her friends and having a new girl, Cheyenne, in their fourth-grade class. But when Cheyenne begins bossing everyone around and starts a kissing game, Allie decides she's not ready to be so grown-up. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Silvertongue: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book 3    DB 69629
10 hours 19 minutes
by Charlie Fletcher
read by Mark Delgado
In the sequel to Ironhand (RC 69600), London freezes while time stops and the statues and gargoyles gather. A vein of stone still threatens George's life, Edie has a mission, and a formidable foe, the Dark Knight, is intent on combat. For grades 6-9. 2008.

From Russia with Lunch: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye    DB 69632
2 hours 7 minutes
by Bruce Hale
read by Robert Sams
During library period, Principal Zero proposes replacing librarian Cool Beans with a Bibliomalgamator—a contraption invented by Dr. Tanya Lightov. As the supernatural collides with the high-tech and students' behavior becomes more strange, detective Chet Gecko tries to figure out how to return things to normal. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House     DB/RC 69668
0 hours 11 minutes
by Erica Silverman
read by Kristin Allison
One day Cocoa, Cowgirl Kate's horse, shows up inside the house, uninvited. Cowgirl Kate takes Cocoa on a tour, and Cocoa promises to return to the barn after having a snack. But once Cocoa discovers the refrigerator, he wants to live in the kitchen. Five short chapters. For grades K-3. 2009.

The Kind of Friends We Used to Be    DB 69814
4 hours 39 minutes
by Frances O'Roark Dowell
read by Margaret Strom
Former best friends Kate and Marylin try to patch up the cracks in their friendship, which fell apart in The Secret Language of Girls (RC 63817). But Marylin adores being a seventh-grade cheerleader and likes girlie things while Kate prefers playing guitar and wearing combat boots. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Starclimber    DB 69816
11 hours 22 minutes
by Kenneth Oppel
read by Robert Sams
As members of the first crew of astralnauts, Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries journey into outer space on the Starclimber. While facing a number of catastrophes that threaten the survival of all on board, they fall in love. Sequel to Skybreaker (RC 62089). For grades 6-9. 2009.

Savvy    DB 69819
5 hours 57 minutes
by Ingrid Law
read by Mary Kane
Thirteenth birthdays in the Beaumont family reveal a magical power unique to the honoree. After Fish learns to cause hurricanes and Rocket to make electricity, Mibs eagerly awaits her turn. But Poppa has a terrible accident and all Mibs wants is to save him. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor Book. 2008.

Flipped    DB 69841
6 hours 56 minutes
by Wendelin Van Draanen
read by Margaret Strom
In alternating chapters, neighbors Juli Baker and Bryce Loski describe how their feelings for each other and their families have changed since second grade. Juli used to chase Bryce, and now he wishes she still did. For grades 5-8. 2001.

The Graffiti Mystery: Damian Drooth Supersleuth    DB 69854
0 hours 40 minutes
by Barbara Mitchelhill
read by Joe Peck
After discovering graffiti in the boys' bathroom, the principal of Damian's school threatens to punish all the students unless the person responsible comes forward. Damian Drooth, ace detective, undertakes an investigation but winds up being the main suspect. For grades 2-4. 2007.

The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine    DB 69878
3 hours 40 minutes
by Diane Stanley
read by Annie Wauters
Students reading the popular Chillers series by I.M. Fine react as if under a spell—playing with jelly worms, reporting headaches, and worse. So sixth-graders Franny and Beamer set out to track down the author and solve the mystery. For grades 4-7. 2001.

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Foreign Language Books


Dulce Campañía (Sweet Company)    DB 68954
5 horas 58 minutos
por Laura Restrepo
leído por Maria Pino
Mona es una periodista colombiana que se encuentra investigando a la supuesta aparición de un ángel en un barrio pobre. Pronto se encuentra involucrado en el misterio de un joven, ultramundano y hermoso, que ha fascinado el vecindario. Cautivado por su presencia que despierta algo en ella, Mona lucha para protegerlo. (Mona, a Colombian reporter, reluctantly finds herself on assignment investigating the alleged apparition of an angel in a slum. Soon she too is caught up in the mystery of an otherworldly, beautiful young man who has enthralled the locals. Utterly captivated, she works to protect him.) 2005.

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