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Library of Congress, Washington 2012
Catalog Card Number 60-46157
ISSN 0039-9183

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

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides assistance for people with disabilities

Individuals who are blind or visually impaired may download hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications from IRS.gov. These products range from accessible PDFs to e-braille formats and are accessible using screen-reading software and refreshable braille displays. Visit IRS.gov, then select the Accessibility link on the lower right-hand side of the page to download these forms and publications. A video that highlights IRS products and services for people with disabilities is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4PfzKqpXmg. external link

People who are unable to complete their tax return because of blindness, visual impairment, or a physical disability may request assistance from a local IRS Tax Assistance Center, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site (VITA), or a Tax Counseling for the Elderly site (TCE). To find a Tax Assistance Center near you visit IRS.gov, select Contact IRS, and then select Contact Your Local IRS Office. You may find a nearby VITA or TCE (both are sponsored by the IRS) location by calling 1-800-906-9887. Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues and is available at IRS.gov in HTML and PDF formats.

Visit www.IRS.gov and enter "accessibility" in the search box for more information.

Free accessible preschool children's books

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) have come together to provide accessible books free to preschool children who are blind or visually impaired. Books will be available in both audio and print-braille formats. The audiobooks are encrypted according to NLS specifications and are meant to be played on an NLS digital talking-book player or an NLS-approved device.

To browse the expanding audio collection visit www.aph.org, select the APH Partners with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library link, and then choose the Download Free APH/DPIL Audio Files, external link link. APH also plans to select five titles from the current year's DPIL booklist for braille transcription. Two hundred copies of each title will be produced and provided free to eligible patrons. Eligibility requirements will be posted on the APH website.

For more information visit www.aph.org and select the APH Partners with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, external link link or call toll-free 1-800-223-1839 on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern standard time.

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


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Books for Adults

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books, including biographies, classics, westerns, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.

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Adult Nonfiction

God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215     DB 66013
18 hours 53 minutes
by David Levering Lewis
read by MaryBeth Wise
Pulitzer Prize-winning professor pens a seven-hundred-year history of the Islamic presence in Europe following the collapse of the Roman Empire. Argues that the competition between the Western and Islamic world views is still apparent in twenty-first-century conflicts. Highlights the Battle of Poitiers in 732 and the campaigns of Charlemagne. 2008.

Coltrane: The Story of a Sound     DB 66428
8 hours 50 minutes
by Ben Ratliff
read by Julian Thompson
New York Times jazz critic analyzes the performance style of saxophonist John Coltrane (1926–1967), from his 1946 recordings as a navy bandsman and 1950s improvisational experimentation to his 1961 breakthrough song "My Favorite Things." Discusses Coltrane's openness to other cultures and influence on other musicians. Some strong language. 2007.

Time and Materials: Poems 1997–2005     DB 66784
2 hours 14 minutes
by Robert Hass
read by John Lescault
The former poet laureate presents a collection of poems in a variety of styles on a broad array of contemporary topics. In "State of the Planet" Hass laments our abuse of nature. In "Bush's War" he deplores the inhumanity of all war. National Book Award. 2007.

The Happiest Man in the World: An Account of the Life of Poppa Neutrino     DB 67142
9 hours 5 minutes
by Alec Wilkinson
read by Gary Roan
Writer portrays David Pearlman, a.k.a. Poppa Neutrino (born 1933), a nomadic philosopher and occasional street musician who finds happiness in following his deepest desires. Recounts the California native's adventures in pursuit of his dreams of marketing a revolutionary football play and sailing a homemade raft across the Pacific Ocean. 2007.

Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son's Memoir     DB 67144
4 hours 5 minutes
by David Rieff
read by Neil Berman
Susan Sontag's son discusses her fatal leukemia in 2004 at age seventy-one and refusal to accept impending death. Relates their exploration of treatments to give hope of survival to Sontag, who wrote Illness as Metaphor (RC 50695) while dealing with breast cancer decades earlier and later battled uterine cancer. 2008.

Forward from Here: Leaving Middle Age—and Other Unexpected Adventures     DB 67146
8 hours 34 minutes
by Reeve Lindbergh
read by Miriam Wagner
The youngest Lindbergh offspring, author of the memoir Under a Wing (RC 47547), pens essays on surviving a brain tumor and turning sixty. Describes life in the Vermont countryside, a writing career, and discovering her father Charles's multiple European families that include her seven half brothers and half sisters. 2008.

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever     DB 67147
8 hours 8 minutes
by Mark Frost
read by Peter Lavezzoli
Recreates a 1956 California golf match, arranged on a bet by millionaires Eddie Lowery and George Coleman, that pitted amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi against professionals Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson and changed golf from amateur pastime to career sport. Details the evolution of the game in America. 2007.

A Short History of the American Stomach     DB 67151
5 hours 51 minutes
by Frederick Kaufman
read by Miriam Wagner
English professor explores the history of eating in America, from the arrival of famished Pilgrims to the advent of television food networks. Chronicles food trends, the emergence of dieting, and the influence of eating habits on national policies. Describes the evolution of American food production, consumption, and perception. 2008.

From Lifeguard to Sun King: The Man behind the Banana Boat Success Story     DB 67451
4 hours 24 minutes
by Robert Bell
read by Dave Corey
Autobiography of the former lifeguard who, at age twenty-one, bought out his friend's interest in the Banana Boat sun-care product line and proceeded to build the brand into an empire. Describes his rise to the top, his luxurious lifestyle, and his business ventures after selling the brand in 1992. 2008.

Practice Safe Stress: Healing and Laughing in the Face of Stress, Burnout, and Depression     DB 67507
13 hours 24 minutes
by Mark Gorkin
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Psychotherapist offers advice on dealing with stressful situations and avoiding depression. Tips for workers and students include allowing enough time for sleep, setting priorities, having empathy, getting exercise, and following a good diet. Also offers tips for businesses on maintaining a healthy workplace. 2004.

While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family     DB 67510
8 hours 15 minutes
by Kathryn Harrison
read by Kate Kiley
Examines the 1984 Oregon parricide case of eighteen-year-old Billy Gilley, who was convicted of killing his parents and eleven-year-old sister Becky while sparing his sixteen-year-old sister Jody. Includes interviews with Billy, who received three life sentences, and Jody, a Georgetown University graduate, about their abusive childhood. Violence and strong language. 2008.

The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America     DB 67517
13 hours 50 minutes
by Jeffrey Rosen
read by Don Hagen
History of the U.S. Supreme Court emphasizes the impact of judicial temperaments on its decisions. Highlights the personalities of judges during different historical eras, from John Marshall in the 1800s to Antonin Scalia in the 1990s. Companion to the PBS series. 2007.

Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son     DB 67525
6 hours 26 minutes
by James Baldwin
read by Chuck Young
Essays drawn from Baldwin's personal experiences in America and Europe. Baldwin writes about race relations, the writer's role in society, a Paris conference of black artists and writers, and his association with novelists Richard Wright and Norman Mailer. Sequel to Notes of a Native Son (RC 33260). 1954.

The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life—His Own     DB 67535
12 hours 36 minutes
by David Carr
read by Don Hagen
Successful New York Times columnist Carr documents his decades-long odyssey of cocaine and alcohol addiction, recovery, cancer, and single parenthood. Unable to rely on his own memory, Carr recreates and researches his personal history through police reports and medical records and interviews of friends and colleagues. Strong language. 2008.

Looking for Anne of Green Gables: The Story of L.M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic     DB 67556
14 hours 30 minutes
by Irene Gammel
read by Barbara Rappaport
Biography of Canadian novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874–1942) that explains her creation of Anne Shirley, the main character of the 1908 bestseller Anne of Green Gables (RC 56114). Details Montgomery's private life and relates its influences on her writing. 2008.

The Best American Poetry, 2008     DB 67706
5 hours 58 minutes
edited by Charles Wright
read by John Lescault
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award selects seventy-five representatives of the best of "various factions and inclinations of American poetry." Louise Glück shares lyrical impressions of a day's work in the fields in "Threshing." Includes verse by John Ashbery, Marvin Bell, Jorie Graham, and Charles Simic. 2008.

Change Up: An Oral History of Eight Key Events That Shaped Modern Baseball     DB 67709
9 hours 59 minutes
by Larry Burke and Peter Thomas Fornatale
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Sportswriters discuss the changes that have occurred in baseball since the 1950s. Highlights the birth of the players' union, the American League's designated-hitter rule, the first African American manager, and the influx of Latin American players. Provides first-person commentaries from players, managers, reporters, and coaches. 2008.

The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature     DB 67752
9 hours 59 minutes
by Daniel J. Levitin
read by John Lescault
The author of This Is Your Brain on Music (RC 65609) discusses the role of music in the evolution of humankind over thousands of years and across the six inhabited continents. Focuses on music with lyrics, examining six subjects of song—friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion, and love. 2008.

High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed     DB 67804
12 hours 31 minutes
by Michael Kodas
read by Chuck Young
Journalist on assignment joins a 2004 expedition to scale Mount Everest. Compares his experience with that of sixty-nine-year-old Dr. Nils Antezana, who was abandoned by an unscrupulous guide and died that same year. Details the fraud, equipment failures, and thefts confronting such endeavors. 2008.

The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes     DB 68117
5 hours 10 minutes
published by McSweeney's
read by Julian Thompson
A selection of book-related jokes from the archives of the McSweeney's website. The genre—described as bookish, nerdy, literary humor—includes "The Recruitment of Harry Potter," "Our Town Apologizes," and "My Memoirs of My Geisha." Strong language. 2008.

Bennett Cerf's Bumper Crop of Anecdotes and Stories—Mostly Humorous, about the Famous and Near Famous, Volume 2     DB 68140
24 hours 36 minutes
by Bennett Cerf
read by Joe Wilson
Three of humorist Cerf's bestselling anthologies: Good for a Laugh, Laughter Incorporated, and Shake Well before Using. Features stories, anecdotes, tall tales, puns, and jokes. 1952.

Hello, Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio     DB 68183
13 hours 4 minutes
by Anthony Rudel
read by Ray Hagen
This social history of the birth of the radio industry recalls events, broadcasters, and personalities that transformed communications in the United States from the 1920s, through the Great Depression, and into the 1940s. Traces the growth of programs that changed entertainment, journalism, politics, religion, and sports. 2008.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City     DB 68214
12 hours 23 minutes
by Jonathan Mahler
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Chronicles the political, cultural, and racial problems that engulfed New York City during the 1970s, including high unemployment, middle-class flight, municipal near-bankruptcy, a blackout, and a serial killer. Recounts the mayoral race waged between Edward Koch and Mario Cuomo and the Yankees' participation in the World Series. 2005.

George, Being George: George Plimpton's Life as Told, Admired, Deplored, and Envied by Two Hundred Friends, Relatives, Lovers, Acquaintances, Rivals—and a Few Unappreciative Observers     DB 68268
14 hours 8 minutes
edited by Nelson W. Aldrich
read by Michael Kramer
This oral biography of celebrity George Plimpton (1927–2003) chronologically covers his privileged childhood, Harvard and Cambridge education, publications and films, and marriages and social whirl. Anecdotes, commentary, and reminiscences from William Styron, Gore Vidal, Peter Matthiessen, and Norman Mailer, among others. 2008.

Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave     DB 68280
10 hours 1 minute
by Leonard Todd
read by Chuck Young
Author Todd portrays the life of an early-nineteenth-century South Carolina slave and acclaimed potter named Dave, who was owned by Todd's ancestors. Describes the ceramic vessels, many of which Dave inscribed with his name and original poetry—even though slave literacy was illegal. Uses primary sources to reconstruct the era. 2008.

State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America     DB 68319
29 hours 43 minutes
edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey
read by Patrick Downer
Essays revealing idiosyncrasies and peculiarities of each state. Ha Jin looks back on his nine years in Georgia, and Dave Eggers writes about Illinois. The fifty contributors also include Susan Choi and Jonathan Franzen. Demographics cover such topics as breastfeeding and toothlessness rates and ethnicity. Strong language. 2008.

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Woof! Writers on Dogs     DB 68414
9 hours 35 minutes
edited by Lee Montgomery
read by Laura Giannarelli
Essays exploring the bond between people and pets. Selections range from light-hearted—Abigail Thomas's "Sleeping with Dogs on a King-Size Bed"—to emotional, such as Rick Bass's "Sick Dog." Features National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, whose essay is written from the perspective of his military-minded bullmastiff Colonel. 2008.

Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq     DB 68448
10 hours 46 minutes
by Farnaz Fassihi
read by Mary Kane
Wall Street Journal deputy bureau chief recounts her assignment in Iraq from 2002 to 2005. Describes her experiences and those of her Iraqi friends and colleagues as they struggled to live and work in a war zone amid U.S. occupation and increasing sectarian violence. 2008.

Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love     DB 68756
7 hours 7 minutes
by Myron Uhlberg
read by Don Hagen
Children's book author Uhlberg describes his childhood in 1930s and 1940s Brooklyn with two deaf parents and a hearing but epileptic younger brother. He recounts dealing with his sometimes uncomfortable role as an interpreter and with the looks of curiosity and shock from strangers. Some strong language. 2008.

Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World     DB 68758
15 hours 41 minutes
by Sharon Waxman
read by Nicola Daval
American journalist examines the ongoing conflict between major museums where antiquities are displayed and the countries from which they were plundered. Includes discussion by prominent personalities from Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy as well as the Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum, and J. Paul Getty Museum. 2008.

Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop     DB 69002
7 hours 19 minutes
by Adam Bradley
read by Julian Thompson
Scholar analyzes hip hop's literary verses and poetic elements. Discusses rappers' use of rhythm, rhyme, wordplay, style, storytelling, and clever insults in their lyrics. Includes examples from artists such as Lil Wayne, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, and others. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses     DB/RC 69052
2 hours 25 minutes
by Karen Salmansohn
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Self-help author provides lessons and tools to use when experiencing what she calls a vortex—a period of time when everything seems to go wrong. Seventy-five tips, such as "know your weak times in a week" and "walk yourself out of that bad mood," are coupled with bounce-back assignments. 2007.

White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson     DB 69087
16 hours 30 minutes
by Brenda Wineapple
read by Kimberly Schraf
Portrays reclusive poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) of Amherst, Massachusetts, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823–1911), reform-minded writer for the Atlantic Monthly and one of Dickinson's first publishers. Describes the beginning of their friendship in 1862 and its development through letters and poems over the course of Dickinson's life. 2008.

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship     DB 69155
10 hours 30 minutes
by Jeffrey Zaslow
read by Mary Kane
Coauthor of The Last Lecture (DB/RC 66601) chronicles the lives of eleven women, born in 1962 and 1963, from Ames, Iowa, who have remained friends through several decades. In their forties, the women share memories about their life transitions and the key to maintaining relationships. Bestseller. 2009.

Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House     DB 69156
13 hours 55 minutes
by Ari Fleischer
read by Gregory Gorton
Fleischer recalls his years as White House press secretary (2001–2003). Discusses the election of George W. Bush and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Describes Bush's policies and the inner workings of the press corps. Asserts that the news has a liberal, Democratic slant. 2005.

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America     DB 69762
43 hours 9 minutes
by Douglas Brinkley
read by Butch Hoover
Award-winning historian evaluates efforts by President Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) to preserve America's natural environment. Describes Roosevelt's success in creating forest, game, and bird reserves; national parks and monuments; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Refuge System. Highlights influences of John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, and John Muir. 2009.

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde     DB 69767
18 hours 56 minutes
by Jeff Guinn
read by John Polk
Using two unpublished manuscripts and other sources, the author details the lives of outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker—a portrayal different from the glamorous depiction provided by movies and the press. Describes the lovers as inept, homeless crooks from the Dallas slums who both suffered from injuries. 2009.

A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil     DB 69769
19 hours 18 minutes
by Sharon Astyk and Aaron Newton
read by Kerry Dukin
Authors advocate reducing industrial agriculture to lessen negative environmental consequences such as global warming, soil degradation, and excessive energy use. They explore sustainable alternatives, including small family farms and gardens, and provide tips on food storage, cooking, and waste disposal, as well as easy-to-grow crops and easy-to-make recipes. 2009.

Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon     DB 69775
17 hours 42 minutes
by Craig Nelson
read by Lou Harpenau
Prizewinning author retraces America's race against the Soviet Union to be the first to land on the moon. Chronicles NASA's 1969 Apollo 11 mission using interviews and declassified documents. Provides glimpses into the personal family lives of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins. 2009.

The Teenage Body Book: Revised and Updated     DB 69776
17 hours 47 minutes
by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
read by Kerry Dukin
Teen body and health guide covering physical and mental changes that occur during puberty in males and females. Discusses what is normal and abnormal for reproductive organs. Topics include sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, healthy eating, drugs, mental health, skin care, and more. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms     DB 69778
7 hours 8 minutes
by Will Richardson
read by Randy Wieck
Richardson relates reasons he believes social Web applications and technologies are important tools for education. Provides definitions, examples, instructions, and references for weblogs, wikis, real simple syndication (RSS), aggregators, social bookmarking, online photo galleries, podcasting, and screencasting. Highlights social websites such as Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and more. 2009.

Gabriel García Márquez: A Life     DB 69786
29 hours 2 minutes
by Gerald Martin
read by Roy Avers
Official biography of the 1982 Nobel Prize-winning writer. Highlights Márquez's early years (born 1927 in Colombia) and his political and literary friendships, social activism, and writing style. Discusses the influence of his private life on his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (RC 59490). Some strong language. 2008.

Must-Have Mom Manual: Two Mothers, Two Perspectives, One Book That Tells You Everything You Need to Know     DB 69877
24 hours 34 minutes
by Sara Ellington and Stephanie Triplett
read by Margaret Strom
The authors, who are best friends, use personal experiences and research they conducted for hosting their radio show The Mommy Chronicles to provide advice on various aspects of parenting. Topics include giving birth, living with a baby, working, dealing with health issues, expanding the family, and learning about schools. 2009.

Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie     DB/RC 69917
11 hours 3 minutes
by Laurel Oke Logan
read by Jill Ferris
Daughter of inspirational author Janette Oke traces her family's genealogy from Europe and America to the Canadian prairie. Discusses Janette's youth, enrollment at Bible college, marriage to a minister, and writing career. Highlights the family's reliance on their Christian faith to weather trials and tribulations through the generations. 2001.

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America     DB/RC 69963
8 hours 5 minutes
by Barbara Ehrenreich
read by Catherine Byers
A cancer survivor, the author of Nickel and Dimed (RC 52291), takes aim at support groups, life coaches, evangelical preachers, and self-improvement-product spokespeople who promote positive thinking to Americans. Posits that such unwarranted optimism prevents action to achieve real social change on issues like poverty, obesity, and unemployment. 2009.

Mix 'n' Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes: A No-Brainer Solution to Meal Preparation     DB 69992
7 hours 31 minutes
by Linda Gassenheimer
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Provides recipes for breakfasts of eggs and sandwiches; lunches of salads, soups, and sandwiches; and dinners, including speed meals, featuring poultry, seafood, pork, veal, or beef. Menus are accompanied by shopping lists, nutritional facts, and preparation schedules. Also proposes a sample month of meals. 2008.

"Excuse Me, but I Was Next . . .": How to Handle the Top One Hundred Manners Dilemmas     DB 69993
5 hours 46 minutes
by Peggy Post
read by Michael McCullough
Manners columnist presents common etiquette problems and advice on dealing with them. Covers breakup basics, playdate rules, handicapped-parking issues, fitness-center habits, work situations, sympathy notes, wedding dilemmas, partying politics, and gift giving. Provides quick retorts to ten nosy questions and discusses respectfully disagreeing with one's teenager. 2006.

The Ostomy Book: Living Comfortably with Colostomies, Ileostomies, and Urostomies     DB 69995
11 hours 16 minutes
by Barbara Dorr Mullen and Kerry Anne McGinn
read by Carol Dines
Guide to living with surgically created openings, both temporary and permanent, for the elimination of body waste. Discusses each stage of the procedure from diagnosis to surgery and rehabilitation. Covers emptying and changing a pouch and details issues relating to diet, work, travel, exercise, sex, and pregnancy. Lists resources. 2008.

Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting     DB 69996
7 hours 16 minutes
by R.J. Ruppenthal
read by Butch Hoover
Believing energy costs will soon make it necessary for even urban dwellers to grow their own food, the author provides tips for vegetable and fruit gardening in nontraditional locations such as patios, balconies, rooftops, and windowsills. Also discusses making yogurt, kefir, and fermented foods and raising chickens and bees. 2008.

Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook     DB 69998
6 hours 41 minutes
by Jennifer R. Bartley
read by Kerry Dukin
Landscape designer discusses the medieval origins of potagers, year-round kitchen gardens that produce herbs and vegetables and incorporate ornamental perennial and woody plantings for aesthetic appeal. Covers design techniques and plant selection, using specific potagers in Maryland, Texas, and Vermont, her own in Ohio, and restaurant gardens as examples. 2006.

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The Best American Science Writing, 2009     DB 69999
14 hours 29 minutes
edited by Natalie Angier
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Twenty-four articles covering health, disease, DNA, the environment, cancer, and more. David Wolman's article from Wired examines the stereotypes associated with autism and challenges its definition as a disease. Includes satire from the Onion, "Evolutionists Flock to Darwin-Shaped Wall Stain." Some strong language. 2009.

Physics for Future Presidents: The Science behind the Headlines     DB 70026
13 hours 4 minutes
by Richard A. Muller
read by Butch Hoover
Physics professor explains basic physics to help government leaders and their constituents make better decisions about issues they face. Presents the science behind terrorism, energy, nuclear weapons and power, space and satellites, and global warming. Debates the future of alternative eco-friendly resources and new technologies. 2008.

The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom     DB 70028
6 hours 40 minutes
by Jessica Hopper
read by Erin Jones
Guide to forming a band. Includes insider advice on songwriting, recording, production, promoting, and touring with your group. Also provides tips for dealing with stage fright and for booking performances. For senior high readers. 2009.

Beating Gout: A Sufferer's Guide to Living Pain Free     DB 70038
4 hours 40 minutes
by Victor Konshin
read by Kerry Dukin
Guide to managing gout, a painful form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals forming within joints. Describes the four stages of the disease: asymptomatic hyperuricemia, acute attacks, intercritical periods, and advanced gout. Details associated health risks and treatment options including medications, diet, and lifestyle choices. 2009.

Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals     DB 70050
9 hours 0 minutes
by Richard Conniff
read by Jack Fox
Award-winning author chronicles his global journeys to meet experts and observe exotic animals like lemurs, piranhas, African wild dogs, and more. Describes adventures with ants, spiders, and wasps and learning about venom toxicity and an insect-sting pain index. Analyzes misconceptions about dangerous creatures and their roles in the ecosystem. 2009.

The Complete Book of Woodcarving     DB 70056
8 hours 26 minutes
by Everett Ellenwood
read by Lou Harpenau
Award-winning woodcarver draws on thirty years' experience to explain his craft. Provides a short history of woodcarving, then discusses wood characteristics and types and the selection of tools and sharpening stones. Covers safety tips and basic to complex techniques. Includes seven step-by-step projects designed to teach various skills. 2008.

First Things First     DB 70063
6 hours 59 minutes
by Kurt Warner and Brenda Warner
read by Jack Fox
Arizona Cardinals quarterback and his wife discuss parenting seven children and tending to their marriage and faith. Explains how Brenda's past inspired their charitable work: when they met, she was a poor, divorced mother raising a baby girl and a young son who had been blinded in an accident. 2009.

Open: An Autobiography     DB 70076
18 hours 7 minutes
by Andre Agassi
read by Alec Volz
Tennis great details moments from the career he secretly despised. He also discusses his childhood and domineering father, his brief marriage to actress Brooke Shields, his use of methamphetamine, and the family he started with his second wife, tennis star Steffi Graf. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters     DB 70159
10 hours 26 minutes
by Rose George
read by Mary Kane
Journalist examines and compares sanitation practices in Western and developing countries. Investigates London's famous sewer tunnels, Japan's advanced toilet system, sewage-treatment-plant issues in the United States, and India's open-defecation public-health problems. Discusses death and disease contracted from parasites, bacteria, and worm eggs found in human feces. 2008.

Opal Sunset: Selected Poems, 1958–2008     DB 70168
4 hours 17 minutes
by Clive James
read by David Cutler
These poems reflect the personal experiences and cultural history of Australian-born Londoner Clive James, critic and television celebrity. Includes "The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered," favored by unpublished writers, and "As I See You," his first published poem. 2008.

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War     DB 70272
9 hours 53 minutes
by James Bradley
read by Butch Hoover
Chronicle of 1905 diplomatic trip to Asia led by the then secretary of war William Howard Taft for President Theodore Roosevelt. Asserts that Taft's secret agenda—to broker a pact allowing Japan to expand into Korea—was unconstitutional and set the stage for war. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us     DB 70276
6 hours 2 minutes
by Daniel H. Pink
read by Brian Conn
Management guru posits that providing creative and interesting tasks, not monetary rewards, leads workers to better job performance. Identifies and examines three elements of motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Includes self tests, exercises, resources, case studies, and a group discussion guide. Bestseller. 2009.

One Hundred Questions and Answers about Macular Degeneration     DB 70278
4 hours 10 minutes
by Jeffrey S. Heier
read by Carol Dines
A retina specialist answers questions about the causes, prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related wet and dry macular degeneration. Includes patient commentary and discusses the future possibilities of research trials. 2010.

The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices: Tools and Gadgets for Living Independently     DB 70279
6 hours 48 minutes
by Suzanne Robitaille
read by Kerry Dukin
Guide to the history, use, and acquisition of assistive technologies (AT). Lists devices such as programmable prosthetics and text-to-speech software for individuals with visual, hearing, physical, or cognitive disabilities and learning disorders. Offers strategies for dealing with emotional issues related to AT. Covers the Americans with Disabilities Act. 2010.

Eating Animals     DB 70373
10 hours 39 minutes
by Jonathan Safran Foer
read by Erik Sandvold
Author of the novel Everything Is Illuminated (RC 54448) investigates the meat-production industry and his own family's food choices. Examines factory farming and aquaculture and exposes their connections to global warming and environmental degradation. Explores the philosophical and ethical issues of carnivorism while advocating a vegetarian diet. Bestseller. 2009.

Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny     DB 70387
11 hours 5 minutes
by Hill Harper
read by Erik Sandvold
African American actor advises young women on relationships, school, careers, money, overcoming obstacles, and more. Includes contributions from First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Alfre Woodard, rap artist Eve, and others. Companion to Letters to a Young Brother (RC 62749). Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

The Best American Spiritual Writing, 2008     DB 70432
10 hours 26 minutes
edited by Philip Zaleski
read by Patrick Downer
Thirty-five short stories, essays, and poems that explore, in the editor's words, "the life of the soul" through human responses to truth, beauty, and divinity. Includes works by Wendell Berry, Pico Iyer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Pinsky, Oliver Sacks, and John Updike. Introduction by former president Jimmy Carter. 2008.

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot     DB 70442
7 hours 35 minutes
by Craig Ferguson
read by Alexander Strain
Television host of CBS's The Late Late Show reflects on his obsession with America and his decision to become a citizen. Describes his rough upbringing in Scotland; innumerable jobs, including stints as a punk rocker and construction worker; struggle with alcoholism; and eventual success as a comedian. Strong language. 2009.

The Case for God     DB 70471
16 hours 50 minutes
by Karen Armstrong
read by Annie Wauters
Former nun and author of The Great Transformation (RC 61336) and A History of God (RC 38536) chronicles religious thought through the ages, examining humankind's concepts of God. Posits that faith is a practical discipline that helps us live with realities for which there are no easy explanations. 2009.

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto     DB 70481
12 hours 48 minutes
by Stewart Brand
read by Gregory Gorton
Ecologist argues that climate change must be dealt with by the four major energy-using governments—America, China, the European Union, and India—and not just by grassroots groups. Posits that urban density, nuclear power plants, biotechnology, and geoengineering, which environmentalists have distrusted, are essential to restoring Earth's ecological balance. Some strong language. 2009.

Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920     DB 70494
18 hours 2 minutes
by Jackson Lears
read by Bob Moore
Cultural history of the United States in the years between the Civil War and World War I. Examines the rise of industrial capitalism, the expansion of the American empire, and the violence of the Jim Crow regime. Highlights the efforts of reformists and anti-imperialist intellectuals to remedy societal ills. 2009.

Nurtureshock: New Thinking about Children     DB 70497
12 hours 14 minutes
by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
read by Gregory Gorton
Journalists assert that nurturing strategies that are not based on the science of child development and behavior can backfire. Authors discuss ten child-rearing misconceptions, covering sleep, confidence, language development, race, sibling rivalry, lies, gifted programs, teenage rebellion, aggression, and gratitude. 2009.

Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa     DB 70537
9 hours 16 minutes
by Mark Seal
read by Bill Wallace
Vanity Fair contributing editor offers a portrait of Joan Root, a staunch conservationist and Oscar-nominated wildlife filmmaker who was shot to death in Kenya in 2006. Describes her marriage to, and divorce from, fellow documentarian Alan Root; her efforts to protect African ecosystems; and the investigation surrounding her murder. 2009.

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster     DB 70548
13 hours 16 minutes
by Rebecca Solnit
read by Kristin Allison
Sociological study of the aftermath of major disasters concentrates on the 1906 San Francisco and 1985 Mexico City earthquakes, 1917 Halifax munitions blast, 2005 hurricane Katrina, and 9/11 terrorist attacks. Posits that humans have an intrinsic need to help one another in times of crisis. 2009.

Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales     DB 70549
13 hours 8 minutes
by Clarence Clemons and Don Reo
read by Ray Childs
Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, saxophonist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and writer/producer Don Reo present a memoir of Clemons's career in music and reminisce about musicians he's worked with. They include their favorite "legends," or fictional accounts of life on the road. Foreword by Bruce Springsteen. Strong language. 2009.

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Thank Heaven: A Memoir     DB 70550
12 hours 6 minutes
by Leslie Caron
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Autobiography of actress Leslie Caron, born in France in 1931. Caron reminisces about her wealthy upbringing, the war years, and her early work as a ballerina before describing her decades-long career as a Hollywood actress. Includes details of Caron's intimate relationships and struggle with alcoholism and depression. 2009.

How Toyota Became #1: Leadership Lessons from the World's Greatest Car Company     DB 70565
6 hours 50 minutes
by David Magee
read by Jake Williams
Journalist discusses the principles, lessons, and strategies that contributed to Toyota's success as a multinational corporation. Examines the company's lean production system, leadership values, and corporate culture. Praises Toyota's long-term vision—creating a hybrid car—while competitors focused on SUVs. Based on research and interviews with senior executives. 2007.

The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Will Cause the Next Great Credit Crisis     DB 70576
10 hours 29 minutes
by Josh Kosman
read by Jake Williams
Journalist examines private-equity firms' practice of using highly leveraged loans to buy companies and forcing the acquired businesses to repay the debt. Warns that this tactic will lead to an economic and unemployment crisis. Discusses the history of private equity, its lenders, and its effects on corporations. 2009.

An End to Al Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden's Jihad and Restoring America's Honor     DB/RC 70618
11 hours 44 minutes
by Malcolm Nance
read by Arthur Morey
Career intelligence officer posits that the United States could break the link between Osama bin Laden's terrorist group and Muslim countries by exposing Al Qaeda's extremist goals to wage a Muslim civil war and destroy traditional Islam. Violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

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Adult Fiction

The Circle     DB 64948
10 hours 50 minutes
by Peter Lovesey
read by Jim Zeiger
British inspector Henrietta Mallin, from The House Sitter (RC 59049), takes over a murder case involving the Chichester Writers' Circle. Maurice McDade, the group's chairman, has already been arrested for the murder of an unscrupulous publisher. When other members become targets, the survivors begin their own investigation. 2005.

The Reserve     DB/RC 65936
8 hours 56 minutes
by Russell Banks
read by John Lescault
July 4, 1936. Young, unstable heiress Vanessa Cole watches daring painter Jordan Groves land his biplane on the lake of her family's private reserve in the Adirondacks. Their ensuing affair has far-reaching repercussions. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Stranger in Paradise: A Jesse Stone Mystery     DB/RC 66144
5 hours 43 minutes
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
Wilson "Crow" Cromartie arrives in Paradise, Massachusetts, on an assignment to locate a Florida racketeer's daughter Amber. When Crow is asked to retrieve Amber and kill her mother Fiona, police chief Jesse Stone tries to save Fiona and fourteen-year-old Amber from their fates. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2008.

Harm     DB 67139
6 hours 9 minutes
by Brian W. Aldiss
read by Dave Corey
Paul Fadhil Abbas Ali, a young British writer of Islamic faith, is arrested by the Hostile Activities Research Ministry—HARM—for a satirical reference to the prime minister's assassination. Paul finds refuge from torture in an alternate consciousness where humans battle brutality in a space colony. Strong language and some violence. 2007.

Death in Berlin     DB 67141
8 hours 14 minutes
by M.M. Kaye
read by Gillian Green
Germany, 1953. Miranda Brand's holiday is disrupted by murder, deceit—and romance. On a train to Berlin, Brigadier George Brindley is stabbed to death shortly after recounting a tale about lost diamonds. Though Miranda herself is a suspect, Captain Simon Lang vows to solve the mystery and win her heart. 1955.

Death in Cyprus: A Mystery     DB 67143
8 hours 44 minutes
by M.M. Kaye
read by Mimi Bederman
Plucky young heiress Amanda Derington takes a pleasure cruise to the isle of Cyprus, but a shipboard murder catches her in a dangerous web of intrigue. She is compelled to turn to handsome but enigmatic fellow passenger Steve Howard for help. 1984.

Like You'd Understand, Anyway: Stories     DB 67148
7 hours 15 minutes
by Jim Shepard
read by Mimi Bederman
Eleven stories that focus on the male perspective. In "Trample the Dead, Hurdle the Weak" a high school football player is determined to beat the all-state running back he thinks is his absent father's son. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. National Book Award finalist. 2007.

The Cleft     DB 67149
6 hours 37 minutes
by Doris Lessing
read by Gillian Green
An aging Roman senator weaves the tale of the Clefts, an ancient island community of women with neither knowledge of nor need for men. The Clefts' society is threatened when baby boys, initially left to die, are allowed to grow into men. 2007.

The Martian Child: A Novel about a Single Father Adopting a Son     DB 67150
5 hours 34 minutes
by David Gerrold
read by Neil Berman
A fictionalized account of the adoption of a child by the author, a middle-aged, gay, single Los Angeles writer. He learns about Dennis, an emotionally disturbed, hyperactive eight-year-old who has been in foster care most of his life and who insists he's a Martian. Some strong language. 2002.

The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery     DB 67419
13 hours 0 minutes
by Louise Penny
read by Anne Hancock
Popular Three Pines resident Madeleine Favreau dies of fright while attending a séance at the old Hadley house. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache learns that a dose of diet pills played a part in the death—but Madeleine wasn't dieting. Meanwhile Armand deals with trouble in his ranks. Some strong language. Agatha Award. 2007.

Game     DB 67450
3 hours 40 minutes
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Dave Corey
Harlem. African American high school senior Drew Lawson aims to go to college and play basketball for the NBA despite his mediocre grades. Rivalry begins when Drew's coach favors Tomas, a new white teammate from Prague. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

The Blue Star     DB 67502
6 hours 14 minutes
by Tony Earley
read by John Lescault
North Carolina, 1941. Jim Glass, now a high school senior, falls in love with a part-Cherokee girl, Chrissie Steppe. But Chrissie is claimed by her landlord's son Bucky, who is stationed with the Navy at Pearl Harbor. Sequel to Jim the Boy (RC 50526). 2008.

New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2008     DB 67506
16 hours 7 minutes
edited by ZZ Packer
read by Chuck Young
Twenty short stories. In Kevin Moffett's "First Marriage" honeymooners taking a cross-country road trip in a borrowed car become stranded. Includes Clyde Edgerton's "The Great Speckled Bird," Mary Miller's "Leak," and tales by Kevin Brockmeier, Jennifer Moses, and others. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Journey Home     DB 67511
11 hours 0 minutes
by Dermot Bolger
read by John Lescault
1980s Ireland. Francis "Hano" Hanrahan and his friends Shay and Katie endure dreary Dublin office jobs or unemployment while yearning for adventure. After Hano inherits his dad's job working for the town boss, he encounters violence and corruption and flees. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1990.

Faro's Daughter     DB 67512
9 hours 39 minutes
by Georgette Heyer
read by Laura Giannarelli
Regency-era England. Max Ravenscar offers gambling-house mistress Deborah Grantham a small fortune to refuse his nephew Adrian's marriage proposal. Outraged by the bribe, Deborah—who never intended to pursue Adrian—decides to teach Max a lesson by pretending to go through with the courtship. Meanwhile Max falls in love. 1941.

The Ginger Man     DB 67518
11 hours 0 minutes
by J.P. Donleavy
read by John Lescault
American ex-G.I. Sebastian Danger-field lives in post-WWII Dublin with his wife and child. Sebastian, who occasionally studies at Trinity College, attempts to satisfy his appetite for women, drink, and general roguishness while avoiding bill collectors and steady work. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1955.

Midnight Never Come     DB 67519
13 hours 0 minutes
by Marie Brennan
read by Kate Kiley
1500s. Queen Elizabeth rules England while her ruthless counterpart Invidiana presides over an underground fairy realm beneath London. Disgraced fairy Lune attempts to win Invidiana's favor by disguising herself as a mortal and infiltrating Elizabeth's court. Lune joins forces with royal courtier Michael Deven to save both their worlds. 2008.

Queenpin     DB 67521
5 hours 20 minutes
by Megan Abbott
read by Laura Giannarelli
Legendary mobster Gloria Denton spots a young woman cooking the books at a local dive and trains her to collect winnings and rig racetrack odds. The younger woman falls for a desperate gambler—and learns Gloria's true nature. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Edgar Award. 2007.

The Sugar Queen     DB 67522
8 hours 45 minutes
by Sarah Addison Allen
read by Laura Giannarelli
Living with her domineering mother, twenty-seven-year-old Josey keeps a secret stash of candy and travel magazines and has been in love with Adam the mailman for three years. When she discovers waitress Della Lee inexplicably hiding in her bedroom closet, Josie's life takes a magical turn. Some strong language. 2008.

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X     DB 67523
4 hours 9 minutes
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
read by Brian Hemmingsen
Fifteen-year-old orphan Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, secretly tracking down and exterminating dangerous aliens that roam the planet. But when Daniel faces Ergent Seth, the fates of Earth and another world hang in the balance. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Nice to Come Home To     DB 67524
9 hours 37 minutes
by Rebecca Flowers
read by Nicola Daval
Washington, D.C. After losing her job and boyfriend Rudy, thirtysomething Prudence Whistler attempts to regain purpose and self-confidence. She rescues Rudy's cat—which was also dumped—from a shelter, she realizes her passion for fashion, and she befriends soon-to-be-divorced café proprietor John Owen. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Man Within     DB 67534
8 hours 36 minutes
by Graham Greene
read by Michael Russotto
Greene's first novel. Young Francis Andrews betrays his fellow smugglers and flees from them. He finds refuge in the cottage of a woman named Elizabeth, who persuades him to testify in court. Francis falls in love even as he is consumed by fear. Includes 2005 introduction by Jonathan Yardley. 1929.

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Wedding Belles     DB 67707
14 hours 17 minutes
by Haywood Smith
read by Celeste Lawson
In this sequel to The Red Hat Club Rides Again (RC 60901), Georgia's group of friends are as puzzled as she is when her religious, virginal math-professor daughter Callie decides to marry her father's friend. Why would Callie choose aging, divorced florist Wild Man Wade? Some strong language. 2008.

To the Lighthouse     DB 67708
8 hours 38 minutes
by Virginia Woolf
read by Kimberly Schraf
During summer visits to the Scottish coast, members of the Ramsey family reveal their personal challenges and innermost thoughts. Youngest child James must forfeit a yearned-for visit to the lighthouse. Ten years later, James, surviving family members, and former guests complete the long-delayed outing. Includes Eudora Welty's 1981 foreword. 1927.

Fidelity     DB 67750
10 hours 14 minutes
by Thomas Perry
read by Brian Hemmingsen
After PI Phil Kramer is shot dead, his widow Emily uncovers evidence suggesting Phil was involved in blackmail and planning to leave her. Meanwhile Phil's assassin is hired to kill Emily too—but he'd rather find out why his powerful employer wants the Kramers dead. Violence and some strong language. 2008.

Just after Sunset: Stories     DB 67854
14 hours 12 minutes
by Stephen King
read by Don Hagen
Thirteen suspenseful short stories. In "The Gingerbread Girl" a grieving woman whose baby has died retreats to the Florida Keys only to encounter a serial killer. In "The Things They Left Behind" a man finds items belonging to his murdered coworkers in his apartment. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

A Christmas Grace     DB 67855
4 hours 44 minutes
by Anne Perry
read by Barbara Rappaport
Christmas, 1895. Thomas Pitt's sister-in-law Emily Radley reluctantly leaves her family before the holidays to take care of her dying aunt Susannah on the west coast of Ireland. Emily not only encounters suspicious townsfolk, she also learns about an unsolved village murder and tries to determine the culprit. 2008.

Portnoy's Complaint     DB 67856
8 hours 49 minutes
by Philip Roth
read by Ray Hagen
In this satire on Jewish life, the protagonist—who is on a psychoanalyst's couch—confronts his guilt regarding adolescent masturbation; lustful, masochistic adventures in adulthood; and sexual fantasies. He also deals with his feelings toward his domineering mother and demanding, overworked father. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1967.

What I Saw and How I Lied     DB 67857
6 hours 43 minutes
by Judy Blundell
read by Laura Giannarelli
1947. Teenage Evie, her mother Beverly, and Evie's stepfather Joe celebrate Joe's return from World War II by vacationing in Florida. Evie's attraction to ex-soldier Peter—who has a strange hold on Joe—leads her to discover a devastating web of lies. For senior high and older readers. National Book Award. 2008.

The Power of Love     DB 68113
8 hours 58 minutes
by Lori Foster and others
read by Tonya Baltimore
Twelve short stories highlighting women's resilience, empowerment, and fulfillment. In LuAnn McLane's "Chicken Soup for Annie" a single mother is mistaken for a volunteer by a young pastor. In Rosemary Laurey's "Dance the Fandango" a widow rediscovers love. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2008.

The Heretic's Daughter     DB 68114
10 hours 24 minutes
by Kathleen Kent
read by Nicola Daval
Colonial Massachusetts, 1690s. Ten-year-old Sarah Carrier and her family contend with Indian raids, cold weather, poor land, and smallpox. Disputes with neighbors bring witchcraft charges against Sarah and her brother, father, and mother Martha. Taken to trial in Salem, Martha urges Sarah to save herself by confessing. Violence. 2008.

The Golden Bowl     DB 68181
28 hours 30 minutes
by Henry James
read by Barbara Rappaport
London. Maggie, daughter of an American millionaire, weds Amerigo, an Italian nobleman who is in love with her friend Charlotte. Despite Charlotte's later marriage to Maggie's father, Amerigo and Charlotte continue their affair—of which Maggie learns from a shopkeeper selling a gilded bowl. Includes 1984 introduction by Gore Vidal. 1904.

Orient Express: An Entertainment     DB 68182
9 hours 45 minutes
by Graham Greene
read by Michael Russotto
The lives of several passengers aboard the Orient Express become intertwined on a three-day journey from Ostend to Constantinople. Characters include an English chorus girl, a rich Jewish businessman, a spiteful journalist, a mysterious doctor, and a murderous burglar. Includes 2004 introduction by Christopher Hitchens. 1932.

The Heir     DB 68184
11 hours 22 minutes
by Paul Robertson
read by Don Hagen
New England. Corruption and scandal taint the business empire that Jason Boyer unexpectedly inherits from his late father Melvin. Facing intimidation from ruthless rivals and greedy politicians, Jason risks everything—his job, his marriage, and his life—to do what is right. Then he discovers Melvin's death was not an accident. 2007.

Alfred and Emily     DB 68213
8 hours 5 minutes
by Doris Lessing
read by Laura Giannarelli
Nobel Laureate and prolific author of The Golden Notebook (RC 23376) provides a fictional alternate account of her parents' lives. The Great War never happened and Brits Alfred and Emily marry others and have enjoyable careers. The novella is followed by a factual account of their war-ravaged marriage. 2008.

Chemistry and Other Stories     DB 68269
6 hours 2 minutes
by Ron Rash
read by Brian Hemmingsen
Thirteen tales set in rural Appalachia. In "Not Waving but Drowning" a couple copes with miscarriage. Includes "Last Rite" and the O. Henry Award-winning "Speckled Trout," in which a youth faces consequences for stealing marijuana plants. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. PEN/Faulkner finalist. 2007.

A Lion among Men: Wicked Years, Book 3     DB 68276
11 hours 17 minutes
by Gregory Maguire
read by Celeste Lawson
Following Son of a Witch (RC 61480), war is imminent between Oz and Munchkinland. Brrr, a lion, seeks answers from blind oracle Yackle about Elphaba Thropp, the woman who defended Brrr when he was a cub. Together they trace Brrr's life story. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

The Killing Dance: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter     DB 68294
13 hours 32 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
Anita Blake tries to sort out her feelings for both Richard, a werewolf, and Jean-Claude, a vampire. When a price is placed on her head, Anita turns to assassin Edward for help learning who ordered the contract. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Grub-and-Stakers Pinch a Poke     DB 68317
6 hours 59 minutes
by Alisa Craig
read by Colleen Delany
Ontario. Dittany Monk, museum-board secretary, convinces her writer husband to enter a drama festival competition. When someone tries to kill the play's lead actor, Dittany helps investigate a booby-trapped "poke" of shaving gear and a cast of suspects including a jealous rival, a jaded fiancée, and a vengeful ex-wife. 1988.

The Letters     DB 68413
5 hours 2 minutes
by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger
read by Nicola Daval
After their son Paul dies, estranged husband and wife Sam and Hadley communicate through letters. Hadley writes from Maine and Sam from Alaska, where he visits the site of Paul's plane crash. Their correspondence reveals the history of the couple's love, their journeys through grief, and reasons for hope. 2008.

Luke's Story: By Faith Alone; the Jesus Chronicles, Book 3     DB/RC 68432
14 hours 3 minutes
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
read by Gregory Gorton
Syrian Antioch, A.D. 20. Young slave Loukon wins his master's respect and is sent to study medicine at the university. He befriends Saul—later Paul—whose faith inspires Luke to follow Christ and compose his gospel at the bedside of Jesus's mother Mary. 2009.

The Spectacular Now     DB 68502
8 hours 36 minutes
by Tim Tharp
read by Julian Thompson
Oklahoma. Affable but alcoholic high school senior Sutter Keely helps nerdy Aimee Finecky gain self-confidence. Aimee falls for Sutter and parties with him until she musters enough courage to leave home for college. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. National Book Award finalist. 2008.

Spider Kiss     DB 68503
8 hours 0 minutes
by Harlan Ellison
read by Brian Hemmingsen
1950s. Luther Sellers, a poor kid from Louisville, signs with a ruthless promoter and assumes a new rock-star persona—Stag Preston. Stag enjoys women and fame until his destructive lifestyle and scandal bring him down. Some violence and some strong language. 1961.

My Fair Godmother     DB 68604
9 hours 24 minutes
by Janette Rallison
read by Kate Kiley
A handsome prince is all sixteen-year-old Savannah wishes for after getting dumped by her boyfriend. Instead, a "fair" godmother offers her three wishes and sends her back in time to the Middle Ages—as Cinderella, Snow White, and rescuer of a boy, Tristan. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

A Dance to the Music of Time: Fourth Movement; Books Do Furnish a Room, Temporary Kings, Hearing Secret Harmonies     DB 68662
25 hours 18 minutes
by Anthony Powell
read by Alexander Strain
These final three volumes, published between 1971 and 1975, of the twelve-volume set depict a triumphant but battered England after World War II and form the conclusion to this epic. Central characters confront losses both physical and moral as they rebuild their lives in a changing political and social order. 1976.

Very Valentine     DB 68757
14 hours 3 minutes
by Adriana Trigiani
read by Laura Giannarelli
Valentine Roncalli rescues the Greenwich Village custom shoe-making company of her grandmother Teodora Angelini. While learning the business from Teodora, Valentine falls in love with restaurant owner Roman Falconi, who also has strong Italian American familial ties. Valentine and Teodora travel to Italy, where they discover family secrets. 2009.

Gone Baby Gone: A PI Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro Novel     DB 68819
11 hours 22 minutes
by Dennis Lehane
read by Jay Rose
PI Patrick Kenzie and his partner and lover Angie Gennaro take the case of Amanda McCready, a four-year-old girl missing from Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. They encounter drug dealers, pedophiles, and shady cops—and face a decision that threatens their relationship and careers. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1998.

This Full House     DB 68854
7 hours 59 minutes
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
read by Celeste Lawson
Seventeen-year-old LaVaughn advances her plans for college by accepting admission into a women-in-medical-science program and befriending her mentor Dr. Moore. Although LaVaughn helps her friend Jolly solve Jolly's mysterious past, LaVaughn's academic future becomes uncertain. Sequel to True Believer (RC 52298). For senior high and older readers. 2009.

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Metatropolis     DB 69419
9 hours 15 minutes
by Jay Lake and others read by various narrators
Five novellas about cities that are dying or turning into technological megastructures. In Tobias Buckell's Stochasti-city a Detroit bouncer becomes the linchpin of an urban movement. In Karl Schroeder's To Hie from Far Cilenia a woman looks for her lost son. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Pirate: An Alex Hawke Thriller     DB 69515
17 hours 12 minutes
by Ted Bell
read by Barry Bernson
British agent Alexander Hawke rescues captured American operative Harry Brock from a ship south of France. Brock could be instrumental in thwarting a dangerous alliance between China and France, where a descendant of Napoleon plots to restore his country's former glory. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

Get Real: A Dortmunder Mystery     DB 69729
6 hours 44 minutes
by Donald E. Westlake
read by Barry Bernson
John Dortmunder and his criminal associates make a deal to star in a reality television show that will document a small-time, staged robbery. With the cameras rolling, Dortmunder and Kelp organize a side enterprise to outwit their new bosses and rob the production company. Some strong language. 2009.

Lear's Daughters     DB 69773
27 hours 16 minutes
by Marjorie B. Kellogg
read by Erin Jones
2073. As Earth's ecosystems fail, humans explore other planets for resources needed to survive. On planet Fiix, they run into violent storms that hinder a mining expedition. But the local Sawls insist the weather and impending danger are from the gods. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1986.

Shooting at Midnight: An Atticus Kodiak Novel     DB 69938
12 hours 1 minute
by Greg Rucka
read by David Hartley-Margolin
PI Bridgett Logan must fight her old addiction when she enters the drug world to save a friend arrested for the murder of a pusher. Not even her lover Atticus Kodiak, of Keeper (DB 70421), knows of her past, so Bridgett is on her own. Violence and strong language. 1999.

Shadowheart     DB/RC 69947
17 hours 50 minutes
by Laura Kinsale
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Europe, during the reign of King Richard II. Allegreto, pirate-assassin from For My Lady's Heart (RC 39854), kidnaps Elayne, princess of Monteverde, and makes her his bride. On the journey to confront Franco Pietro—Allegreto's political rival and Elayne's former fiancé—true affection blossoms. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

The Edge of Impropriety     DB/RC 69955
10 hours 21 minutes
by Pam Rosenthal
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
London, 1829. Acclaimed romance writer Marina Wyatt, the widowed countess of Gorham, falls in love with the scholarly Jasper Hedges, an uncle of her young friend Sir Anthony Hedges. While indulging in their clandestine affair, Marina is blackmailed for past indiscretions. Explicit descriptions of sex. Rita Award. 2008.

April Lady     DB 69956
10 hours 34 minutes
by Georgette Heyer
read by George Holmes
Regency England. New bride Nell gets into trouble by secretly helping such deserving people as her dashing, debt-ridden brother and her husband's lovesick young sister. Nell's little white lies jeopardize her marriage to Lord Giles Cardross, who grows suspicious of her increasing debt. Includes 2005 foreword by Kasey Michaels. 1957.

The Night Following     DB 69958
10 hours 21 minutes
by Morag Joss
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
England. Preoccupied by thoughts of her husband's infidelity, the unnamed narrator fatally strikes bicyclist Ruth Mitchell and drives away. As guilt slowly takes its toll, the driver reaches out to Ruth's grieving widower Arthur, whose mental decline leads him to believe his wife has returned. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Remberton     DB 69961
13 hours 32 minutes
by D.J. Meador
read by John Haag
Alabama, 1970s. Motivated by memories of an unhappy childhood, now-wealthy Jesse Rooter returns to his hometown after a thirty-year absence. He discovers that the long-ago drowning of his brother may not have been an accident and hires lawyer Noble Shepperson to investigate—stirring up dark secrets from the past. 2007.

Prospect Park West     DB 69964
13 hours 59 minutes
by Amy Sohn
read by Catherine Byers
Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood is undergoing gentrification. Its resident mothers include Melora, an Oscar-winning actress seeking a comeback; Rebecca, an overprotective yuppie; Lizzie, a former lesbian; and Karen, a social climber. Their lives intersect as they look for love and recognition. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Big Sky     DB 69986
13 hours 49 minutes
by A.B. Guthrie
read by Jack Fox
1830s. Seventeen-year-old Boone Caudill heads west from Kentucky after trying to kill his strict father. Boone travels the Missouri River to the Rockies, joins other mountain men, takes a native wife, and becomes as harsh as the wilderness. Includes Wallace Stegner's 1965 foreword. Some violence and some strong language. 1947.

Darkborn     DB 69987
10 hours 5 minutes
by Alison Sinclair
read by Erin Jones
City of Minhorne. Darkborn physician Balthasar Hearne ushers a pregnant old friend into his home before the light burns them to ashes and the Lightborn inhabit the city. After Bal delivers the unwanted twins, he "sonns" them and discovers they have Lightborn sight. Someone dangerous soon wants the infants. 2009.

Rain Gods: A Sheriff Hackberry Holland Mystery     DB 69989
13 hours 54 minutes
by James Lee Burke
read by Jack Fox
Elderly Texas lawyer-turned-border-sheriff Hackberry Holland uncovers the mass grave of nine illegal Asian aliens. Iraqi veteran Pete Flores reported the murders to authorities and then fled with his girlfriend Vikki. Deputy sheriff Pam Tibbs, the FBI, ICE, and the killers all search for the couple. Violence and strong language. 2009.

The Edge of the World: Terra Incognita, Book 1     DB 69990
18 hours 10 minutes
by Kevin J. Anderson
read by Gary Tipton
After an Uraban vessel attacks a Tierran cargo ship, the two competing nations' leaders convene to sign a peace edict on the sacred isthmus city of Ishalem. But then a raging fire begins. Violence. 2009.

The Lions of Lucerne     DB 69991
16 hours 14 minutes
by Brad Thor
read by John Polk
Secret service agent Scot Harvath is guarding the president's daughter during a father-daughter ski trip when President Rutledge is kidnapped and the members of his security detail are killed. Despite someone's attempt to frame him, Harvath joins forces with Swiss federal investigator Claudia Mueller to thwart the kidnappers. Violence. 2002.

Midnight Sons: Volume 1     DB 70007
10 hours 43 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Two novellas about the O'Halloran brothers, who run an Alaskan bush-pilot service. In Brides for Brothers Sawyer has doubts about his siblings' scheme to lure women to town—until he meets librarian Abbey Sutherland. In The Marriage Risk Charles falls in love with the granddaughter of a sworn enemy. 1995.

Dying Bites: The Bloodhound Files, Book 1     DB 70008
11 hours 12 minutes
by D.D. Barant
read by Madelyn Buzzard
David Cassius, NSA agent and vampire, transports confused FBI profiler Jace Valchek into a parallel universe where less than one percent of the population is human. David demands that, before Jace can return home, she must track down a mentally unstable killer. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

A Promise for Ellie: Daughters of Blessing, Book 1     DB 70009
11 hours 7 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Mitzi Friedlander
North Dakota, 1900. High school sweethearts Andrew Bjorklund and Ellie Wold have wanted to get married since childhood, but Andrew's father asks them to postpone the wedding. Andrew continues building their future homestead—until a tragedy drives him to risk everything for revenge. 2006.

Instant Attraction     DB 70010
9 hours 0 minutes
by Jill Shalvis
read by Madelyn Buzzard
After surviving a bridge collapse, Katie Kramer vows to become more adventurous. She leaves Los Angeles for the Sierras, takes a job with a wilderness expedition company, and rooms in a cabin formerly occupied by snowboarder Cam Wilder—who unexpectedly returns. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Shake Down: A Jack Davis Novel     DB 70011
9 hours 49 minutes
by Joel Goldman
read by Jack Fox
Kansas City. At the scene of a drug-related quintuple murder, FBI agent Jack Davis experiences the onset of debilitating tremors. Forced to take medical leave, Jack conducts his own investigation and, with help from jury consultant Kate Scranton, finds clues to his daughter's disappearance. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

Emissaries from the Dead: An Andrea Cort Novel     DB 70012
13 hours 4 minutes
by Adam-Troy Castro
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Counselor Andrea Cort hunts down a murderer on One One One, an artificial-cylinder world characterized by its habitat that suspends life above poisonous gases. Although under Diplomatic Corps orders to avoid implicating powerful people, Andrea stops at nothing to learn the truth. Some strong language. Philip K. Dick Award. 2008.

The Bridegroom: A Stone Creek Novel     DB 70015
8 hours 59 minutes
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Erin Jones
Arizona, 1915. As her wedding to an unsavory local banker approaches, Lydia Fairmont summons childhood friend Gideon Yarbro to Stone Creek. Undercover Wells Fargo agent Gideon kidnaps Lydia, takes her to his brother's home, and marries the shocked bride himself. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

These Thousand Hills     DB 70016
9 hours 15 minutes
by A.B. Guthrie
read by Jack Fox
1880s. Lat Evans, a good-hearted cowboy with a restless spirit, sets out on a cattle drive from Oregon to Montana, where he dreams of owning a ranch. Lat gradually learns that life's perils—and human nature—can interfere with the best intentions. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1956.

The Neighbor     DB 70017
13 hours 45 minutes
by Lisa Gardner
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Teacher Sandra Jones disappears, leaving her beloved four-year-old daughter home alone. As Boston detective D.D. Warren, from Hide (RC 63111), investigates Sandra's emotionless husband and a sex-offender neighbor, the Jones's well-hidden dark secrets emerge. Companion to Say Goodbye (DB/RC 67301). Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Gathering Storm     DB 70020
34 hours 17 minutes
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
read by Roy Avers
Rand al'Thor, the dragon reborn from Knife of Dreams (RC 62078), struggles with internal conflict while seeking to unite the fractured kingdoms for Tarmon Gai'don, the last battle. Meanwhile Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, tries to mend the divisions. Bestseller. 2009.

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Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses, 2010     DB 70023
24 hours 56 minutes
edited by Bill Henderson
read by John Polk
Stories, essays, and poems selected from literary magazines, journals, and small presses. In Brock Clarke's "Our Pointy Boots" Iraq war veterans return to the United States and honor their dead buddy. Includes works by Richard Powers and Joyce Carol Oates. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2010.

Reality Check     DB 70027
7 hours 44 minutes
by Peter Abrahams
read by Ray Foushee
Sixteen-year-old Cody has it all: he is quarterback of the varsity football team and dates Clea, the smartest and prettiest girl at school. But when Clea disappears from her new boarding school, Cody travels to Vermont to find her. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Flashforward     DB 70029
11 hours 3 minutes
by Robert J. Sawyer
read by Alec Volz
A scientific experiment provides everyone on Earth a two-minute glimpse of their lives—twenty-one years into the future. Theo Procopides, who helped design the experiment, discovers he will be murdered. To prevent this outcome, he begins to search for his unknown killer. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Steal across the Sky     DB 70030
10 hours 13 minutes
by Nancy Kress
read by Gary Tipton
The alien Atoners invite twenty-one human volunteers on an exploration of seven distant planets to witness the results of Atoners' crimes against humanity committed ten thousand years ago. When recruits Cam, Lucca, and Soledad arrive in the Kular system, they slowly uncover the horrible truth. Some strong language. 2009.

Wyoming Brides     DB 70031
10 hours 40 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Erin Jones
Two western romances. In Denim and Diamonds (1989) rancher Chase's childhood sweetheart Letty returns to their Wyoming hometown, which she abandoned years ago for Hollywood. Now she's ready to marry—but it may be too late. In The Wyoming Kid (2006) Letty's brother Lonny finds love. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Moon Looked Down     DB 70032
9 hours 48 minutes
by Dorothy Garlock
read by J. Michael McCullough
Illinois, 1942. Sophie Heller and her immigrant family are the targets of vicious anti-German attacks. Newly returned Cole Ambrose, whose physical disability kept him from enlisting, helps Sophie combat vandals. In return, Sophie gives Cole hope for love. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Strange Brew     DB 70034
11 hours 44 minutes
edited by P.N. Elrod
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Nine urban fantasy tales. In Patricia Briggs's "Seeing Eye" blind witch Moira helps werewolf Tom find his brother. In Charlaine Harris's "Bacon" vampire Dahlia seeks to avenge her husband's murder. Includes Jenna Maclaine's "Dark Sins" and a tale by Jim Butcher featuring wizard Harry Dresden. Some violence. 2009.

Star Trek     DB 70035
9 hours 57 minutes
by Alan Dean Foster
read by Alec Volz
When the Romulans' behemoth vessel attacks Captain George Kirk's Federation starship Kelvin, the original lives and fates of young James Kirk and teenaged Mr. Spock dramatically change. To stop the growing Romulan threat, they must learn to trust each other. Book adaptation of the 2009 Star Trek film. 2009.

Rangers of El Paso: A Western Duo     DB 70037
9 hours 19 minutes
by Lauran Paine
read by Andy Pyle
In the title story, former Texas Ranger Cleve Hampshire goes undercover along the U.S.-Mexican border to stop livestock rustlers. In "Fighting Marshal" gunfighter Cole Travis meets Barbara Stuart, who seeks vengeance upon Bart Hayden, the man who killed her father. But Cole finds him first. 2009.

Canticle: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 2     DB 70039
15 hours 33 minutes
by Ken Scholes
read by Gary Tipton
After Windwir's destruction, Lord Rudolfo and Isaak collect the remaining books of the Named Lands for the new Great Library and celebrate the coming birth of Rudolfo's heir with a feast. An invisible enemy slays the dinner guests and trouble returns to the land. Sequel to Lamentation (DB/RC 69283). 2009.

Midnight Sons: Volume 2     DB 70040
11 hours 0 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Two romance novellas set in Hard Luck, Alaska. In Daddy's Little Helper widowed lawman Mitch Harris's young daughter tries to set him up with the town's beautiful new school teacher. In Because of the Baby an unexpected pregnancy prompts Matt Caldwell to propose to his ex-wife. Some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Sophie's Dilemma: Daughters of Blessing, Book 2     DB 70041
12 hours 42 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1901. Headstrong Sophie Knutson defies her father's wishes when she elopes with Hamre Bjorklund and moves to Seattle, Washington. Sophie finds that her life as a fisherman's bride is not all that she had envisioned. When tragedy strikes, Sophie contemplates returning home to Blessing, North Dakota. 2007.

Instant Gratification     DB 70042
9 hours 39 minutes
by Jill Shalvis
read by Carol Dines
Dr. Emma Sinclair leaves New York City for the California Sierras to run her father's medical clinic for the summer. Emma contends with bee stings, stomach bugs, and local patients like Stone Wilder—brother of Cam Wilder, from Instant Attraction (DB 70010)—who tries to convince her to stay. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Dead Man: A Jack Davis Novel     DB 70043
11 hours 33 minutes
by Joel Goldman
read by Jon Huffman
Billionaire Milo Harper finances a neuroscience institute in which two brain research study participants die in the exact same ways they had dreamed about. Jack Davis, who retired from the FBI because of a movement disorder, tracks the killer. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

The Third Claw of God: An Andrea Cort Novel     DB 70044
13 hours 42 minutes
by Adam-Troy Castro
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Prosecutor-at-large Andrea Cort barely survives an attack by Bocaian assassins at a Xana spaceport. But after boarding Bettelhine Corporation's luxurious elevator car, Andrea learns that someone else was the target. Andrea questions her summons from Hans Bettelhine—an infamous world-annihilating arms dealer. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Goddess Boot Camp     DB 70045
6 hours 59 minutes
by Tera Lynn Childs
read by Jill Fox
Part goddess Phoebe Castro has only sixteen days to get her new powers under control before the gods require her to pass a test. Phoebe's stepfather Damian enrolls her in Goddess Boot Camp. Sequel to Oh. My. Gods. (DB 70013). Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.

Killing Ground: The Last Gunfighter     DB 70047
8 hours 12 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
Gunslinger Frank Morgan returns to his adopted home in Buckskin, Nevada, where easterner Dex Brighton shows up insisting he is the rightful owner of Tip Woodford's Lucky Lizard mine. As town marshal, Frank sends for legal backup from San Francisco—but the lawyer is ambushed. Violence and some strong language. 2008.

A Creed Country Christmas     DB 70048
5 hours 7 minutes
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Ray Foushee
Stillwater Springs, Montana; 1910. Juliana Mitchell, disowned by her family for refusing to marry, is destitute after the Indian school where she teaches closes. Widower Lincoln Creed needs a governess for his daughter and brings Juliana and the students in her care home for Christmas. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.

A Stone Creek Christmas     DB 70049
5 hours 26 minutes
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Erin Jones
Stone Creek's veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan has a magical rapport with animals but no special man in her life—until she meets widowed Tanner Quinn. Globetrotting Tanner, who is in town overseeing the construction of Olivia's new clinic, needs a nudge to provide more of a family environment for his daughter. 2008.

Along for the Ride     DB 70051
12 hours 3 minutes
by Sarah Dessen
read by Carol Dines
The summer before entering college, bookworm Auden visits her father and his new family in the beachfront town of Colby. When she meets bike-shop manager Eli, a fellow insomniac, Auden realizes what has been missing in her life and seizes the opportunity to change. For senior high readers. 2009.

The Castaways     DB 70054
12 hours 28 minutes
by Elin Hilderbrand
read by Jill Fox
Greg and Tess MacAvoy drown while sailing on their anniversary, leaving behind their two young children and a shocked group of friends in Nantucket. The remaining couples agonize over what they each know and worry they may have contributed to the accident. Some strong language. 2009.

Shiver     DB 70058
8 hours 57 minutes
by Maggie Stiefvater
read by Erin Jones
When Grace was a child, a pack of wolves attacked her behind her house and a yellow-eyed werewolf named Sam saved her. As teens, Sam and Grace are irresistibly drawn to each other and fight to remain together. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Slaughter: The Last Gunfighter     DB 70059
7 hours 33 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Roy Avers
Gunslinger Frank Morgan heads to Los Angeles to do a favor for a lawyer friend representing ranchers plagued by cattle rustling and other attacks. To prove the alleged involvement of oil drillers, Frank goes undercover on a spread owned by a beautiful widow. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

Dreamfever     DB 70061
11 hours 36 minutes
by Karen Marie Moning
read by Erin Jones
The battle for Dublin begins as fae and human worlds collide. Sidhe-seer MacKayla Lane is at the mercy of erotic cravings that draw her toward two dangerous men whom she can neither deny nor trust. Sequel to Faefever (DB/RC 67812). Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2009.

From This Day Forward     DB 70062
8 hours 37 minutes
by Candace Camp and others read by Mitzi Friedlander
Three short romances. In Camp's "No Regrets" a couple nearing their sixtieth wedding anniversary recount their whirlwind 1940s courtship. In Gina Wilkins's "Always a Groomsman" a wedding planner copes with lingering feelings for her ex-boyfriend. In Allison Leigh's "The Daddy Track" a grieving businessman finds unexpected love. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Bending the Rules     DB 70065
11 hours 8 minutes
by Susan Andersen
read by Carol Dines
Seattle. After teenage vandals paint graffiti on neighborhood stores, artist Poppy Calloway suggests to police that the kids paint a mural. At first unsympathetic toward the rowdy bunch, detective Jason de Sanges eventually warms up to the project—and to Poppy. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Trouble at the Redstone     DB 70070
5 hours 35 minutes
by John D. Nesbitt
read by Fred Major
A woman who calls herself Irma Welles hires cowboy Will Dryden to find her husband Alfred. The trail leads to the Redstone ranch, where a young hand was just murdered. Will uncovers shady dealings that he has a hunch bear on Alfred's disappearance. Some descriptions of sex. Spur Award. 2008.

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Wolf Hall     DB 70074
24 hours 10 minutes
by Hilary Mantel
read by Roy Avers
Thomas Cromwell, a closet Protestant and blacksmith's son who becomes advisor to Henry VIII of England, realizes that he can accumulate power and wealth by assisting the king in obtaining an annulment and simultaneously help commoners and his country by destroying the corrupt Catholic clergy. Booker Prize. Bestseller. 2009.

Devil's Brood     DB 70109
37 hours 11 minutes
by Sharon Kay Penman
read by Joe Peck
England and France, 1172–1189. This sequel to Time and Chance (RC 57669) chronicles the betrayal of King Henry II by his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their three sons, who collectively rebel against Henry and align themselves with King Louis of France. 2008.

My Lord John     DB 70157
13 hours 36 minutes
by Georgette Heyer
read by Alexander Strain
England, 1393–1413. Fictionalized account of John Plantagenet, the Duke of Bedford, son of King Henry IV. Depicts rivalries and power struggles of nobles as well as the lives of their servants, clerics, and wards. John's personal charm does not prevent him from plotting against his own family. 1973.

Miriam: Rashi's Daughters, Book 2     DB 70215
17 hours 19 minutes
by Maggie Anton
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Troyes, France; 1080s. Salomon ben Isaac's second daughter Miriam trains to become a midwife. She mourns the death of her betrothed Benjamin, a vinter's son, and accepts a proposal from Judah, a scholar. But Judah has a secret. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Lily Nevada     DB 70245
8 hours 32 minutes
by Cecelia Holland
read by Anne Hancock
1877. Twenty-year-old Lily arrives in San Francisco with an impoverished acting troupe and quickly finds success on the stage. Disguised as a man, Lily continues to search at night for her long-lost mother. Meanwhile, the city seethes as workers challenge the railroad magnates. Sequel to Railroad Schemes (RC 47029). 1999.

Early Dawn     DB 70270
12 hours 4 minutes
by Catherine Anderson
read by Jill Fox
1890. Matthew Coulter tracks the Sebastian Gang across the West after they murder his wife. When the outlaws kidnap Eden Paxton, half sister of Ace Keegan, from Keegan's Lady (RC 46569), Matthew rescues her and falls in love. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

Worth the Risk     DB 70271
14 hours 51 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by J. Michael McCullough
Two romantic novels involving competitors. In Partners (1985) rival New Orleans reporters find trouble while investigating a murder. In The Art of Deception (1986) sculptor Kirby Fairchild welcomes painter Adam Haines to her father's estate—but both artists have secrets. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Noah's Compass     DB 70273
6 hours 55 minutes
by Anne Tyler
read by Jack Fox
Baltimore. After losing his teaching job, sixty-one-year-old Liam Pennywell moves into a smaller apartment. The first time Liam goes to bed in his new home, he awakens in the hospital with no memory of getting there. Liam deals with his ex-wife and daughters—while puzzling over the missing time. Bestseller. 2009.

Impact     DB 70274
11 hours 23 minutes
by Douglas Preston
read by Ray Foushee
Seemingly random circumstances—two women searching for a crashed meteor off the coast of Maine, a young California scientist secretly continuing his murdered mentor's research, and a former CIA agent tracing the origins of radioactive gems—lead to a startling discovery near Mars. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Marcelo in the Real World     DB 70277
9 hours 31 minutes
by Francisco X. Stork
read by Alec Volz
Seventeen-year-old Marcelo Sandoval, who has autism, gets a summer job working in the mail room of his father's law firm. Exposed to real-world situations, Marcelo has encounters with his boss Jasmine that bring romance and a myriad of emotions to the surface. For junior and senior high readers. Schneider Family Book Award. 2009.

Keeper: An Atticus Kodiak Novel     DB 70421
10 hours 34 minutes
by Greg Rucka
read by David Hartley-Margolin
While accompanying his girlfriend to an abortion clinic, bodyguard Atticus Kodiak is approached by Dr. Felice Romero. She wants to hire Kodiak and his colleagues to protect her and her daughter—who has Down's syndrome—from an increasingly threatening group of antiabortionists. Strong language and violence. 1996.

An Irish Country Girl     DB 70451
11 hours 6 minutes
by Patrick Taylor
read by Corrie James
Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland. Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid, Dr. O'Reilly's housekeeper, tells the village children about growing up on a farm in County Cork and leaving home in 1928. Kinky speaks of her gift of "the sight" and of faeries, the banshee, and the Saint Stephen's Day Ghost. Sequel to An Irish Country Christmas (RC 68302). 2009.

The Awakening and The Struggle: The Vampire Diaries     DB 70456
11 hours 43 minutes
by L.J. Smith
read by James Konicek
First two novels in the Vampire Diaries series and the basis for the 2009 television show. In The Awakening brother vampires Stefan and Damon vie for the attention of Elena Gilbert. In The Struggle Elena's relationship with Stefan intensifies. For senior high readers. 1991.

Even     DB 70465
10 hours 16 minutes
by Andrew Grant
read by Alexander Strain
When British operative David Trevellyan comes upon a dead man in a New York alley, he is framed for the murder by a false tip and turned over to the FBI. The victim was an undercover agent tracking a new breed of serial killer. Violence and strong language. 2009.

The Devil's Punchbowl     DB 70482
20 hours 37 minutes
by Greg Iles
read by James Konicek
Natchez, Mississippi, mayor Penn Cage contends with political corruption and other crimes. After card dealer Tim Jessup, Cage's childhood friend, reveals illegal dog fighting and sexual abuse aboard a riverboat casino, Jessup is murdered and an investigation ensues. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Shades of Blue     DB 70484
12 hours 20 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Margaret Strom
Successful New York advertising executive Brad Cutler, engaged to the boss's daughter, feels guilty about encouraging his high school girlfriend Emma Landon to have an abortion nine years ago. Flying home to North Carolina, Brad seeks Emma's and God's forgiveness. 2009.

No Less than Victory: A Novel of World War II, Book 3     DB 70486
18 hours 38 minutes
by Jeff Shaara
read by Bob Moore
After the D-day invasion, described in The Steel Wave (DB/RC 67049), the Allies march across Europe but encounter German resistance in the Battle of the Bulge. Sergeant John Buckley is taken prisoner when his plane crashes, while Private Eddie Benson slogs through Belgium. Violence and strong language. 2009.

The Pretend Wife     DB 70500
8 hours 45 minutes
by Bridget Asher
read by Margaret Strom
With her husband's blessing, Gwen pretends to be married to her former college boyfriend Elliot to please Elliot's dying mother during a weekend visit. As the hours pass, however, Gwen and Elliot fall back in love and Gwen longs to be part of his extended family. Some strong language. 2009.

More     DB 70501
9 hours 27 minutes
by Austin Clarke
read by Annie Wauters
Idora Morrison is a Barbados native living in Toronto whose teenaged son has disappeared into gang life. Idora recalls the racism and other difficulties she has endured over the decades and wonders about the husband who left her, her friendship with a white woman, and God. Strong language. 2009.

Tomahawk     DB 70511
13 hours 40 minutes
by David Poyer
read by Steven Carpenter
Lieutenant Commander Dan Lenson, recently assigned to the Tomahawk nuclear-missile program, falls in love with peace activist Kerry Donavan. The relationship challenges Dan's commitment to his mission, but when Kerry is murdered and evidence of espionage turns up, Dan confronts personal and professional crises. Strong language and some violence. 1998.

Silent on the Moor: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery     DB 70512
14 hours 17 minutes
by Deanna Raybourn
read by Colleen Delany
England, 1888. After events in Silent in the Sanctuary (DB 69175), Lady Julia Grey follows investigator Nicholas Brisbane to his newly acquired estate in Yorkshire. Julia meets the eccentric women of the manor, investigates a murder and an attack on Nicholas, and uncovers family secrets. 2009.

The Sunless Countries: Virga, Book 4     DB 70513
10 hours 32 minutes
by Karl Schroeder
read by Mark Delgado
University tutor and historian Leal Maspeth is passed over for tenure as the government and Eternists manipulate the university's courses. But sun lighter Hayden Griffin believes that it is Leal who may know what is threatening Virga—and how to stop it. Sequel to Pirate Sun (DB 70455). 2009.

Turn Up the Heat: A Gourmet Girl Mystery     DB 70516
6 hours 57 minutes
by Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant
read by Colleen Delany
Boston. As grad student Chloe Carter studies for exams, a sexy waitress is found murdered in a seafood delivery truck outside Simmer, the restaurant where Chloe's boyfriend Josh works as executive chef. Suspects abound, including the vehicle's owner Owen, who is Chloe's best friend's fiancé. Some strong language. 2008.

Wasted Years: A Charlie Resnick Mystery     DB 70517
9 hours 27 minutes
by John Harvey
read by David Cutler
Inspector Charlie Resnick broods over a ten-year-old case that coincided with his marriage breakup. John Prior was convicted on evidence supposedly supplied by his wife, a singer Resnick admired. A current investigation gives Resnick a chance to reenter the case. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1993.

Deadlocked     DB 70520
11 hours 16 minutes
by Joel Goldman
read by Joe Peck
Kansas City inmate Ryan Kowalczyk claims he didn't kill Graham and Elizabeth Byrnes even as he's put to death fifteen years later. Byrnes's son asks attorney Lou Mason to sue Kowalczyk's friend who was involved but not convicted. Kowalczyk's mother wants the same justice. Strong language and some violence. 2005.

Chosen to Die     DB 70531
13 hours 36 minutes
by Lisa Jackson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Montana. Police detective Regan Pescoli—from Left to Die (DB/RC 67407)—is tracking the Star-Crossed Killer, who leaves his victims bound to trees, naked, to freeze to death. When the killer abducts Regan, her partner Selena Alvarez and lover cowboy Nate Santana race to save her life. Violence and strong language. 2009.

Head Wounds: A Sam Acquillo Hamptons Mystery     DB 70534
10 hours 53 minutes
by Chris Knopf
read by Jim Zeiger
Southampton, Long Island. Ex-boxer and part-time construction worker Sam Acquillo gets into a bar fight with local builder Robbie when he harasses Sam's girlfriend Amanda. Soon after, Robbie is killed with Sam's industrial stapler. To clear his name, Sam investigates Robbie's past—and his relationship with Amanda. Strong language. 2008.

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Tincup in the Storm Country     DB 70541
6 hours 51 minutes
by Lewis B. Patten
read by Joe Wilson
Cattleman Mart Joliffe feels remorse about killing the sheep of John Robineau, who moved his herd onto Mart's Tincup range to graze without permission. After a distraught John commits suicide, his daughter Lucille blames Mart for his death. She vows revenge—even if it means seducing Mart. Some violence. 1996.

Thicker than Water: A Louis Kincaid Novel     DB 70546
12 hours 29 minutes
by P.J. Parrish
read by Ray Childs
Florida. Twenty years ago attorney Spencer Duvall unsuccessfully defended Jack Cade on charges of rape and murder. Now Jack has been arrested for killing Spencer. Jack's son Ronnie hires African American PI Louis Kincaid to vindicate Jack. Louis revisits one crime to solve another. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Somebody's Sinning in My Bed     DB 70552
9 hours 37 minutes
by Pat G'Orge-Walker
read by Mare Trevathan
The Reverend Grayson Young dies after discovering that his wife Chyna has cheated on him—never mind that he had his own affairs. Chyna's sister Janelle comforts her until Janelle's true love, who was once married to Chyna, returns to town and causes the siblings to struggle with their faith. 2009.

Hidden Empire     DB 70554
12 hours 34 minutes
by Orson Scott Card
read by Jim Zeiger
American president Torrent, who deceived the country in Empire (RC 66281), now strategizes for U.S. global domination and hopes to capitalize on Africa's devastating plague and natural disasters. Those who know that he was behind the former president's assassination risk their lives to bring the truth to light. 2009.

Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim     DB 70569
10 hours 31 minutes
by Anne Rice
read by Erik Sandvold
Malchiah, a seraph, offers contract killer Toby O'Dare a chance to save lives rather than destroy them. Toby accepts his new mission and travels back in time to thirteenth-century England, where, as a Dominican friar he is charged with protecting a Jewish couple falsely accused of murdering their child. 2009.

Bad Things     DB 70571
13 hours 32 minutes
by Michael Marshall
read by Erik Sandvold
Three years ago John Henderson's young son Scott died in their coastal Washington town. Now John receives a message from a woman claiming to have information about Scott's death. A search for answers reunites John with his estranged family and with some suspicious residents. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

Etta     DB 70573
10 hours 51 minutes
by Gerald Kolpan
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Lorinda Jameson's horsemanship and sharpshooting abilities, acquired during her high-society upbringing in Philadelphia, serve her well after her father's financial losses and suicide—especially when she becomes the Sundance Kid's paramour and partner in crime. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Jewel Box     DB 70577
9 hours 23 minutes
by Anna Davis
read by Mare Trevathan
London, 1920s. Columnist Grace Rutherford, who pens tales of society escapades pseudonymously as Diamond Sharp, simultaneously falls for neighbor John Cramer and American writer Dexter O'Connell. Discovering they are bitter enemies, Grace vows to uncover the source of their animosity—and learn whom she can trust. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Burning Wild     DB 70619
14 hours 15 minutes
by Christine Feehan
read by Jeffrey Cummings
After he suffers years of abuse by his parents, leopard shape-shifter Jake Bannaconni struggles with love. But an accident intertwines his fate with that of pregnant Emma Reynolds—who sparks in Jake an astonishing passion. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Oath of Fealty     DB 70620
17 hours 36 minutes
by Elizabeth Moon
read by Jennifer Van Dyck
Kieri Phelan, half-elven mercenary captain, ascends the throne of Lyonya and protects his people from old enemies. Meanwhile, in Tsaia, Prince Mikeli faces an attempted coup by the powerful Verrakaien. Tsaia's continued stability—and Mikeli's life—depend on one outcast Verrakai with untainted magery. Some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Last Honest Woman     DB 70622
6 hours 46 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Marie Caliendo
Journalist Dylan Crosby intends to write a biography of an infamous race-car driver. Abigail O'Hurley Rockwell, the driver's widow, needs the money the book would bring but also wants to protect her sons from negative publicity. Complicating things, Abigail and Dylan fall in love. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1988.

So Much for That     DB 70624
17 hours 29 minutes
by Lionel Shriver
read by Dan John Miller
Shep Knacker is poised for a hard-earned, idyllic retirement in a third-world country when his wife Glynis announces she has a rare cancer. Shep becomes a caregiver while medical bills deplete his life savings, friends disappear, and their teenage son withdraws. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Heist Society     DB 70627
6 hours 11 minutes
by Ally Carter
read by Angela Dawe
Katarina Bishop leaves her family's notorious thieving business for a normal teenage life at boarding school. But when her father is suspected of stealing from a mobster, Kat plans a dangerous heist to save him from retribution. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Parallel Lies     DB 70629
11 hours 42 minutes
by Ridley Pearson
read by Ridley Pearson
Ex-homicide detective Peter Tyler, now with the National Transportation Safety Board, and railroad investigator Nell Priest pursue Umberto Alvarez, a madman who has been derailing trains. But Alvarez has reasons for his actions. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2001.

The Sweet By and By     DB 70630
10 hours 9 minutes
by Todd Johnson
read by various narrators
North Carolina. Lorraine, an African American nurse, and her daughter April befriend elderly white nursing-home patients Margaret and Bernice. Rhonda, a young hairdresser who works part-time at the home, joins the circle of friends. The five women share their joys and sorrows over decades. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre     DB 70631
10 hours 28 minutes
by Amanda Grange
read by Elizabeth Jasicki
Newlyweds Darcy and Elizabeth set off on their honeymoon, but Elizabeth doubts Darcy's love for her when he fails to consummate the marriage. His nightly disappearances and other strange behaviors raise more questions in her mind. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Shadow Prowler     DB 70634
15 hours 30 minutes
by Alexey Pehov
read by MacLeod Andrews
The Nameless One assembles a horde of giants, ogres, and creatures to take the city of Avendoom. Master thief Shadow Harold joins forces with elfin princess Miralissa and her escorts to find the Rainbow Horn and save the kingdom of Siala. Translated from Russian. Some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Live Free or Die     DB 70635
17 hours 7 minutes
by John Ringo
read by Mark Boyett
When the first aliens, the Glatun, arrived they traded peacefully with Earth. Then the Horvath followed, wreaking death, destruction, and slavery. Tyler Vernon leads the resistance against them, but his plans are threatened by an intergalactic war. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910–1913     DB 70636
5 hours 9 minutes
by Richard Farr
read by Michael Page
Fictionalized account of Englishman Robert F. Scott's Antarctic expedition based on the memoirs of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, an assistant zoologist on the adventure. Describes Scott's harrowing march to the South Pole and a side trip in search of emperor penguin eggs. For senior high and older readers. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

A Room on Lorelei Street     DB 70637
6 hours 46 minutes
by Mary E. Pearson
read by Natalie Ross
Texas. Seventeen-year-old Zoe, who waitresses to make ends meet, is overwhelmed from looking after her alcoholic mother. Struggling to make sense of her life, Zoe moves out and rents a room from eccentric, elderly Opal Keats. Strong language. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

Shattered     DB 70638
13 hours 33 minutes
by Karen Robards
read by Susan Ericksen
Attorney Lisa Grant returns to her family's Kentucky horse farm to help her ailing mother. Lisa takes a job with district attorney Scott Buchanan and begins researching the decades-old disappearance of a family. But digging up the cold case causes dangerous repercussions. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Scribbler of Dreams     DB 70641
5 hours 59 minutes
by Mary E. Pearson
read by Kate Rudd
Seventeen-year-old Kaitlin Malone falls in love with Bram Crutchfield, the son of the man her father killed. Kaitlin hides her true identity from Bram while she searches for the truth behind their families' century-long feud. Some strong language. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2001.

The Summer Hideaway     DB 70642
11 hours 44 minutes
by Susan Wiggs
read by Joyce Bean
Claire Turner, a nurse in the witness protection program, takes dying patient George Bellamy back to his family in Willow Lake. George's grandson Ross, an Afghanistan war veteran, is suspicious of Claire's motives—but falls in love with her. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Angel Falls     DB 70645
7 hours 47 minutes
by Kristin Hannah
read by Bruce Reizen
After an accident leaves his wife Michaela in a coma, Dr. Liam Campbell discovers Michaela was married to international movie star Julian True. At the risk of losing her to the actor, Liam asks Julian to try to help Michaela recover. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2000.

Odd Girl Out     DB 70761
11 hours 2 minutes
by Timothy Zahn
read by Jim Zeiger
An armed woman confronts Frank Compton from Third Lynx (DB/RC 67175), in his apartment and pleads with him to help her trapped sister. When the intruder is later found dead with his gun, Frank rushes to the planet New Tigris to find answers. Some violence. 2008.

Goddess of the Hunt     DB 70762
10 hours 16 minutes
by Tessa Dare
read by Kristin Allison
1817. Lucy Waltham believes she's in love with Toby Aldridge. To practice seduction techniques, Lucy sneaks into the bedchamber of her brother's best friend Jeremy Trescott, the earl of Kendall. Jeremy and Lucy find their attraction to each other more disturbing than Lucy's behavior. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

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Artemis: A Kydd Sea Adventure     DB 70763
13 hours 54 minutes
by Julian Stockwin
read by Erik Sandvold
Thomas Kydd and Nicholas, from Kydd (DB 70382), continue to fight Napoleon's navy—this time aboard a frigate. During a stop in Macao, Kydd falls in love but can't commit to a life ashore. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Mutiny: A Kydd Sea Adventure     DB 70764
13 hours 56 minutes
by Julian Stockwin
read by Erik Sandvold
Master's mate Thomas Kydd sails home to England but then finds himself in the midst of a multiship mutiny. Loyal to the king yet loath to betray friends, Kydd faces a dilemma of duty and conscience. Sequel to Seaflower (DB 70801). Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Wicked Games of a Gentleman     DB 70765
10 hours 15 minutes
by Jillian Hunter
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
London, 1815. When her charge runs off with a rogue, governess Eloise Goodwin enlists the help of Lord Drake Boscastle. Drake, despite awaiting a long-planned rendezvous with a courtesan, is distracted by Eloise and soon falls in love with the penniless beauty. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

A Lady of Persuasion     DB 70766
10 hours 10 minutes
by Tessa Dare
read by Kristin Allison
Jilted groom Sir Tobias Aldridge, from Surrender of a Siren (DB 70800), exacts revenge by seducing Isabel Grayson, the beautiful sister of the man who stole his bride. Social reformer Isabel desires an influential husband, but Toby's charm and passion disrupt her plans. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily     DB 70769
14 hours 46 minutes
by Lauren Willig
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Eloise's research on British spies during the Napoleonic Wars reveals Penelope Deveraux, an Englishwoman forced to marry Lord Frederick Staines and relocate to India. Penelope meets Captain Alex Reid and the two are drawn into a treasonous plot involving a Frenchman known as the Marigold. Some descriptions of sex. 2010.

Quietly in Their Sleep     DB 70770
8 hours 30 minutes
by Donna Leon
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Venice. Maria Testa, a young nun who has recently left her order, asks Commissario Guido Brunetti to investigate the suspicious deaths of five patients in a nursing home where she worked. Guido looks into the wills of the deceased as well as Maria's motives for abandoning the convent. 1997.

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Books for Children

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Children's Nonfiction

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village     DB/RC 65935
1 hour 56 minutes
by Laura Amy Schlitz
read by Laura Giannarelli
Nineteen monologues and two dialogues about the ten- to fifteen-year-old sons and daughters of nobility and paupers living near an English manor in 1255. Interspersed between dramatic readings are background pieces on medieval customs and events, such as farming, falconry, the Crusades, and pilgrimages. For grades 5-8. Newbery Medal. 2007.

America at War     DB/RC 67515
1 hour 16 minutes
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
read by Kimberly Schraf
Poetry about the emotional impact of eight American wars—from the 1776 Revolution through the 2001 Iraq War. Ann Wagner's "Vocabulary Lesson" lists evasive words used to avoid the harsher terms "war" and "death." For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2008.

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka     DB 67753
2 hours 4 minutes
by Jon Scieszka
read by Julian Thompson
The author of "The Stinky Cheese Man" and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (RC 38039) and the Time Warp Trio series recalls things that he and his five brothers did inside and outside their childhood home in Flint, Michigan. Features family mishaps and adventures—invented games, Catholic-school boys' choir, and car trips. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War: How the North Used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Ironclads, High-Powered Weapons, and More to Win the Civil War     DB 68278
10 hours 4 minutes
by Thomas B. Allen and Roger MacBride Allen
read by Don Hagen
Discusses President Lincoln's role as commander-in-chief during the Civil War. Describes his advocacy of controlling railroad and telegraph lines, conducting aerial surveillance, producing advanced weaponry, building ironclad ships, and blockading the South's ports. For grades 6-9. 2009.

The Scoop on What to Eat: What You Should Know about Diet and Nutrition     DB 69172
2 hours 42 minutes
by Kathlyn Gay
read by Mark Ashby
Discusses the role of junk food and unhealthy eating habits in teens' battle with weight and covers the rise in eating disorders. Recommends good nutrition—the USDA Food Pyramid—and physical exercise. Contains facts about a sound vegetarian diet and encourages teens to experiment with recipes. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma     DB 70033
1 hour 0 minutes
by Genevieve Simermeyer
read by Erin Jones
Eleven-year-old Christopher Cote talks about his family background and daily interests: attending church, Boy Scout activities, and school classes, and learning Osage (his tribal language) and the traditional ceremonies, dances, and beliefs of his people. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Bizarre Dinosaurs: Some Very Strange Creatures and Why We Think They Got That Way     DB 70067
0 hours 35 minutes
by Christopher Sloan
read by Butch Hoover
Discusses the unusual features—giant beak, musical head, or wide muzzle—of eleven different dinosaurs and provides scientists' interpretations of the uses of these characteristics. Covers the 2006 discovery of a spiky skull that looked so nasty it was named Dracorex hogwartsia, meaning dragon king of Hogwarts. For grades K-3. 2008.

Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places     DB 70072
1 hour 49 minutes
by Donna M. Jackson
read by Butch Hoover
Profiles the work and conditions of three extreme scientists: a meteorologist who flies into the eyes of hurricanes to gather data, a microbiologist who searches unexplored underground caves for microbes, and an ecologist who climbs giant redwoods to study the canopy. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Ed Begley Jr.: Living Green     DB 70202
1 hour 38 minutes
by Robert Grayson
read by Patrick Downer
Biography of Hollywood star and TV actor Ed Begley Jr. (born 1949) discusses his commitment to living green. Describes his acting career and his eco-friendly lifestyle—converting his small home to solar power, growing vegetables, riding a bicycle, driving a hybrid car. For grades 4-7. 2009.

Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence     DB 70439
7 hours 40 minutes
by Denise Kiernan and Joseph DAgnese
read by Robert Sams
Brief, informal profiles of the fifty-six men who risked their lives and fortunes by championing the independence from Great Britain of the thirteen American colonies. Arranged by state, these biographical sketches represent a cross-section of colonial society before and after the Revolutionary War. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Children's Fiction

Reaching for Sun     DB 66052
1 hour 28 minutes
by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
read by Celeste Lawson
Josie, born with cerebral palsy, lives with her mother and grandmother, who both love gardening. When a lonely boy, Jordan, moves in nearby, he and Josie relate through their interest in nature, and Josie makes her first friend. For grades 4-7. Schneider Family Book Award. 2007.

Elijah of Buxton     DB/RC 66054
8 hours 19 minutes
by Christopher Paul Curtis
read by Chuck Young
Buxton, Canada; 1860. Born free in a settlement for runaway slaves, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman discovers the horrors of slavery when he accompanies Mr. Leroy to Michigan. They track a thief who stole the money Mr. Leroy saved to buy his family's freedom. For grades 4-7. Coretta Scott King Award. 2007.

Nim at Sea     DB 67137
3 hours 26 minutes
by Wendy Orr
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
Nim, first seen in Nim's Island (RC 55604), leaves her quiet isle in search of Alex Rover, her adventure-writer friend, and Selkie, a friendly sea lion who has been abducted and brought aboard a cruise ship. Nim's quest takes her to the large island of Manhattan. For grades 4-7. 2007.

The Bronze Pen     DB 67152
4 hours 21 minutes
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
read by Mimi Bederman
Twelve-year-old Audrey follows a white duck into a dark cave, where a mysterious old woman gives the girl an ancient pen and advises her to use it wisely and to good purpose. Audrey discovers that what she writes with this bronze pen comes true—in a way. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Keeping Score     DB 67449
5 hours 20 minutes
by Linda Sue Park
read by Miriam Wagner
Brooklyn, New York; 1950s. Nine-year-old Maggie, a Dodgers fan, listens to baseball games at the fire station, where Jim, a Giants fan, teaches her to keep a score sheet. But when Jim is drafted into the Korean War, he doesn't answer her letters. For grades 4-7. 2008.

My One Hundred Adventures     DB 68112
5 hours 38 minutes
by Polly Horvath
read by Laura Giannarelli
Jane looks forward to summer in the year-round beach house where she lives with her poetic mother and siblings Maya, Hershel, and Max—especially when the hundred adventures she prays for begin: babysitting impossible kids, meeting men who might be her father, and more. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2008.

Piper Reed, the Great Gypsy     DB 68115
1 hour 55 minutes
by Kimberly Willis Holt
read by Kate Kiley
While her father is away on a navy ship, fourth-grader Piper keeps busy by meeting her new neighbors in Pensacola, spending Christmas at a spaceship beach house, visiting New Orleans, and—especially—preparing for the upcoming Gypsy Club pet show. Sequel to Piper Reed, Navy Brat (RC 66424). For grades 3-6. 2008.

Sword Quest     DB 68116
5 hours 12 minutes
by Nancy Yi Fan
read by Kate Kiley
In order to save the world of birds from destroying themselves at war, Wind-voice, a dove, seeks a sword made magical by the Great Spirit himself. But first the dove must confront an evil rival, archaeopteryx Maldeor. Prequel to Swordbird (RC 64969). For grades 3-6. 2008.

Operation: Dump the Chump     DB 68215
1 hour 40 minutes
by Barbara Park
read by Gary Roan
Oscar is fed up with his eight-year-old brother Robert doing things to humiliate him—like taking Oscar's underwear to school for show-and-tell. So Oscar creates an elaborate plan to get rid of Robert for the summer, which requires help from his elderly neighbors. For grades 4-7. 1982.

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem     DB 68216
2 hours 37 minutes
by Vivian Vande Velde
read by Mimi Bederman
Author points out several things that bother her about the traditional fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin." She then offers six alternative versions of the story. For grades 4-7. 2001.

My Dad's a Birdman     DB 68217
1 hour 34 minutes
by David Almond
read by Mimi Bederman
Springtime, England. Lizzie and her father miss her deceased mother in different ways. Her dad builds a pair of wings and eats worms to prepare for the Great Human Bird Competition. Auntie Doreen and Lizzie's headmaster protest, but Lizzie enters the contest with her dad. For grades 3-6. 2007.

Highway Cats     DB 68219
2 hours 6 minutes
by Janet Taylor Lisle
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
A tough band of cats claiming Potter's woods as home are amazed by the mysterious arrival of three kittens crossing Interstate 95. As bulldozers approach to destroy the cats' habitat, the kittens become a rallying point for action. For grades 4-7. 2008.

In the Days of Sand and Stars     DB 68220
1 hour 39 minutes
by Marlee Pinsker
read by Mimi Bederman
Ten stories based on women from the Bible: Eve Naamah, Sarai, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Dina, and Yocheved. In "Rebecca Comes Home" a compassionate young woman's trip to the community well leads her to a husband. For grades 5-8. 2006.

Flying Free: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary, Book 2     DB 68221
1 hour 28 minutes
by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
read by Richard Magesis
June 1858 to March 1859. Nine-year-old Corey Birdsong and his family, fugitive slaves from Kentucky, settle into their new life of freedom in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. Corey makes friends, goes to school for the first time, and rescues Mingo—an old friend. For grades 2-4. 2002.

The Veterans Day Visitor     DB 68222
0 hours 20 minutes
by Peter Catalanotto and Pamela Schembri
read by Richard Magesis
Emily's grandfather comes to her second-grade classroom to talk about Veterans Day. Because he has narcolepsy, he falls asleep during the visit—but Emily figures out what to do. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2008.

Going, Going, Gone! With the Pain and the Great One     DB 68277
1 hour 20 minutes
by Judy Blume
read by Kate Kiley
The seven adventures of first-grader Jake "the Pain" and his third-grade sister Abigail "the Great One." The siblings are on the move as they experience a family beach vacation, visit a county fair, stay at their grandpa's, and make a trip to the emergency room. For grades K-3. 2008.

Scat     DB 68759
9 hours 15 minutes
by Carl Hiaasen
read by Michael Kramer
Florida. While her biology class is on a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp, Mrs. Starch goes missing during a mysterious wildfire. Believing the class bully Smoke is involved, Nick and his friend Marta investigate and encounter some unusual people and a panther. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Runaway Dolls     DB 69045
5 hours 8 minutes
by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin
read by Laura Giannarelli
Best doll friends Annabelle and Tiffany jeopardize all dollkind when they rescue baby doll Tilly from a hundred-year-old package. Suspecting Tilly is Annabelle's long-lost sister, they run away so Tilly won't be sent back to London. Sequel to The Meanest Doll in the World (RC 58811). For grades 3-6. 2008.

The Valentine Cat     DB 69084
2 hours 12 minutes
by Ann Whitehead Nagda
read by Celeste Lawson
When her brother comes down with asthma, fourth-grader Jenny must find a new home for her cat Munchkin. Jenny wants Munchkin to be the school cat, but during the class's pet party on Valentine's Day, Munchkin does not make a good impression. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Lay-ups and Long Shots: An Anthology of Short Stories     DB 69085
1 hour 38 minutes
by Joseph Bruchac and others read by Erik Synnestvedt
Nine authors contribute stories on subjects ranging from basketball to running, Ping-Pong, dirt biking, surfing, placekicking, soccer, and a game of H-O-R-S-E. In "Red Shorts, White Water," a boy sets out to impress a girl, but it's his shorts, not his kayak, that does the trick. For grades 5-8. 2008.

Eve of the Emperor Penguin: Magic Tree House, Book 40     DB 69139
1 hour 40 minutes
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Kate Kiley
The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie away to the super-cold continent of Antarctica, the home of penguins, to search for the fourth secret of happiness for Merlin. For grades 2-4. 2008.

Moonlight on the Magic Flute: Magic Tree House, Book 41     DB 69140
1 hour 32 minutes
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Kate Kiley
When Jack and Annie magically arrive in 1762 Vienna, Austria, their mission is to help a brilliant artist bring joy to the world. But six-year-old Wolfie keeps interfering. For grades 2-4. 2009.

How Oliver Olson Changed the World     DB 69142
2 hours 1 minute
by Claudia Mills
read by Chuck Young
Oliver's overprotective parents insist on helping him with his diorama of the solar system but won't let him go on the third-grade space sleepover. Oliver's classmate Crystal values his good ideas, however, and helps him learn that things can change. For grades 2-4. 2009.

Friend or Fiend? With the Pain and the Great One     DB 69295
1 hour 17 minutes
by Judy Blume
read by Kate Kiley
First-grader Jake "the Pain" and his sister, third-grader Abigail "the Great One," have more adventures, including visiting their cousins in New York and celebrating their cat Fluzzy's birthday. Sequel to Going, Going, Gone! (DB 68277). For grades K-3. 2009.

The Perfect Cat-Sitter     DB 69297
1 hour 54 minutes
by Ann Whitehead Nagda
read by Celeste Lawson
When her friend Rana goes to India, Susan volunteers to take care of Rana's cat and her sister's goldfish, but the job turns out to be more difficult than Susan expected. Sequel to Meow Means Mischief (DB/RC 69296). For grades 2-4. 2007.

Peril on the Sea     DB/RC 69957
5 hours 50 minutes
by Michael Cadnum
read by George Holmes
1588. Eighteen-year-old Sherwin Morris, an aspiring writer, is aboard the Vixen with pirate captain Brandon Fletcher and young noblewoman Katharine Westing. Fletcher agrees to steal back a Westing family ship, but he and his crew are swept into the English fleet's battle against the Spanish Armada. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Bloodline     DB 69959
7 hours 50 minutes
by Katy Moran
read by Graeme Malcolm
Britain, circa A.D. 630. Essa's sense of self is undermined after his wandering bard father abandons him in a village. Left with only a family sword, Essa undergoes many tests of loyalty as he comes of age during tribal warfare. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2008.

Al Capone Shines My Shoes     DB 69960
7 hours 49 minutes
by Gennifer Choldenko
read by J.P. Linton
Twelve-year-old Moose Flanagan, from Al Capone Does My Shirts (RC 58456), lives on Alcatraz Island with other guards' families. Moose faces a dilemma when Al Capone calls in a favor: a prison escape that would involve Moose's autistic sister Nat. For grades 6-9. 2009.

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Highway Robbery     DB/RC 69962
1 hour 10 minutes
by Kate Thompson
read by George Holmes
Long ago in England. A barefoot beggar boy tells a tall gentleman about the time a stranger promised him a golden guinea to watch his horse. Within his adventurous tale are claims that the animal was highwayman Dick Turpin's valuable Black Bess. For grades 3-6. 2008.

Football Champ     DB 70019
5 hours 7 minutes
by Tim Green
read by Gary Tipton
Twelve-year-old Troy's uncanny gift for predicting football plays proves a powerful secret weapon for the Atlanta Falcons. But a seedy reporter with a grudge against star linebacker Seth Halloway suspects something illegal is going on and pursues Troy. Sequel to Football Genius (DB/RC 68601). For grades 5-8. 2009.

Extra Credit     DB 70036
2 hours 53 minutes
by Andrew Clements
read by Brian Conn
In danger of failing sixth grade, Abby Carson agrees to do a pen-pal project for extra credit. In Afghanistan, Sadeed Bayat is selected for his excellent English to correspond with Abby, but posing as his sister Amira and writing girl to girl—as their Muslim culture dictates. For grades 3-6. 2009.

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: An Enola Holmes Mystery     DB 70046
3 hours 44 minutes
by Nancy Springer
read by Jill Fox
London, late 1850s. Enola, the much-younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, turns to Florence Nightingale for help when Enola's investigation into the disappearance of her landlady Mrs. Tupper, a Crimean War widow, grows cold. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Double Eagle     DB 70057
5 hours 39 minutes
by Sneed B. Collard
read by Randy Wieck
1973. Mike accompanies his father to a marine lab on the Alabama coast, where he and another teen, Kyle, discover a rare Confederate gold coin at a Civil War fort. But a treasure-hunting team and a hurricane complicate the boys' search for more coins. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Last Leopard     DB 70060
4 hours 52 minutes
by Lauren St. John
read by Jill Fox
Eleven-year-old Martine reluctantly leaves Jemmy, from The White Giraffe (DB/RC 67843), and goes to Zimbabwe with her grandmother and best friend Ben. While trying to protect Khan, a rare leopard, Martine is chased by hunters and kidnapped by treasure seekers. Sequel to Dolphin Song (DB/RC 67905). For grades 4-7. 2008.

Look Out, Jeremy Bean!     DB 70064
0 hours 30 minutes
by Alice Schertle
read by Brian Conn
Three stories about Jeremy's problems and his unique solutions. First, Jeremy needs a collection to take to school—tomorrow. Second, Jeremy's plan to trap a dust bunny becomes a nightmare. And third, Jeremy forgets to wear green on St. Patrick's Day. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2009.

The Magician's Elephant     DB 70066
2 hours 44 minutes
by Kate DiCamillo
read by Brian Conn
A fortuneteller informs ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene that his long lost sister Adele is still alive and that an elephant will lead him to her. Soon thereafter, a magician arrives in the city of Baltese and sets into motion a remarkable chain of events. For grades 4-7. 2009.

The Great Death     DB 70288
3 hours 13 minutes
by John Smelcer
read by Jill Fox
Alaska, 1900s. Thirteen-year-old Alaskan native Millie and her ten-year-old sister Maura are the only survivors of an illness brought to their village by white men. The girls struggle through the wilderness to find a settlement while facing a blizzard, wolves, bears, and hunger. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Brenda Berman, Wedding Expert     DB 70296
0 hours 35 minutes
by Jane Breskin Zalben
read by Erin Jones
Brenda dreams of being a flower girl dressed in gold lamé at her favorite uncle's wedding. But the bride's niece Lucy also wants to be a flower girl—in lavender taffeta. The two girls work together to try and solve their problem, becoming friends along the way. For grades 2-4. 2009.

The Plague     DB 70411
5 hours 41 minutes
by Joanne Dahme
read by Gabriella Cavallero
In 1348, at the time of the plague in England and France, fifteen-year-old orphan Nell enters royal service as a body double for Princess Joan. When Joan dies, Nell is forced against her will by Joan's brother, the Black Prince, to continue in the role. For grades 6-9. 2009.

Odd and the Frost Giants     DB 70483
1 hour 59 minutes
by Neil Gaiman
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard. For grades 3-6. 2009.

War Games: A Novel Based on a True Story     DB 70545
5 hours 12 minutes
by Audrey Couloumbis and Akila Couloumbis
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Twelve-year-old Petros's family left New York and returned to Greece when he was a baby. After the Nazis invade Greece in 1941, a German officer stays in Petros's house. The family hides their connections to America—and the help Petros and his older brother give the resistance. For grades 4-7. 2009.

The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children     DB 70628
2 hours 50 minutes
by Keith McGowan
read by Laural Merlington
Sol, eleven, and his younger sister Connie move to Grand Creek with their father and stepmother. The siblings discover that their neighbor Fay Holaderry is a witch who eats children and nothing in the town is what it seems. For grades 4-7. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers     DB 70767
1 hour 5 minutes
by Megan McDonald
read by Erik Sandvold
A class visit to the Gross-Me-Out exhibit at the science museum inspires Judy Moody's younger brother Stink to create a variety of terrible smells to put on the sneakers he plans to enter in the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneaker contest. For grades 2-4. 2007.

Roberto and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure     DB 70768
4 hours 32 minutes
by Dan Gutman
read by Erik Sandvold
Stosh travels back in time to 1969 to try and prevent the untimely death of Roberto Clemente, a popular baseball player and humanitarian. Upon returning to the present, Stosh meets his own great-grandson and travels with him into the future—the year 2080. For grades 4-7. 2010.

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Foreign Language Books

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The following titles are available in the languages designated. Have you registered for BARD? It's easy! Contact your cooperating library to find out how.

Hypertensión Arterial: Una Guía para Mujeres y Hombres Latinos con Hipertensión (Arterial Hypertension: A Guide for Latino Men and Women with Hypertension)     DB 68953
5 horas 2 minutos
por James W. Reed y otros
leído por María Pino
Un médico especialista en la hipertensión y un cirujano cardiotorácico proporcionan consejos para el mantenimiento de la presión arterial saludable. Escrito para los latinos, explica las causas, factores de riesgo y el impacto de la hipertensión y ofrece opciones de medicamentos, consejos de la dieta, y herramientas para reducir el estrés, incluyendo la espiritualidad y la oración. (A doctor specializing in hypertension and a cardiothoracic surgeon provide advice for maintaining healthy blood pressure. Written for Latinos, this guide explains the causes, risk factors, and impact of hypertension and provides medication options, diet tips, and tools for reducing stress, including spirituality and prayer.) 2008.

Computadoras para Todos: Tercera Edición, Revisada y Actualizada (Computers for Everyone: Third Edition, Revised and Updated)     DB 68967
15 horas 13 minutos
por Jaime A. Restrepo
leído por María Pino
Una introducción amplia sobre computadoras PC escrita especialmente para hispanohablantes. Incluye explicaciones de procesos informáticos, sistemas operativos, hardware y software. Examina las funciones de MS Windows comunes a todas las versiones, así como los programas de Office Word, Excel, y PowerPoint. También cubre multimedia, navegación por Internet, correo electrónico y sitios de redes sociales. (A comprehensive introduction to PC computing written for Spanish speakers. Includes explanations of computer processes, operating systems, hardware, and software. Focuses on common MS Windows functions and Office programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Also covers multimedia, Internet navigation, e-mail, and social networking.) 2009.

Cómo Comprar una Vivienda para Dummies, Tercera Edición (Home Buying for Dummies, Third Edition)     DB 68971
22 horas 48 minutos
por Eric Tyson y Ray Brown
leído por Juan Ramírez
Una guía de referencia comprehensiva para la compra de una casa. Explora los fundamentos de la economía doméstica, financiación, hipotecas, la selección de un agente de bienes raíces, negociando el mejor precio, y la inspección de la casa. Proporciona consejos y explica los errores más comunes realizados por los compra-dores de vivienda. (Comprehensive reference guide to buying a house. Explores the basics of home economics, financing, mortgages, selecting a real estate agent, negotiating the best price, and home inspections. Provides tips and explains common mistakes made by home buyers.) 2007.

Lo Que No Digo Cantando (What I Don't Say Singing)     DB 68982
7 horas 54 minutos
por Ricardo Montaner
leído por Juan Ramírez
El popular cantante y compositor argentino venezolano reflexiona sobre su vida y las experiencias que fueron formativos para él. Desde un encuentro milagroso en un hospital en Uruguay hasta un dramático secuestro en las calles de Venezuela, Montaner ofrece una visión intima de su trayectoria artística, con énfasis en su fe cristiana. (Popular Argentine Venezuelan singer/songwriter reflects on his life and the experiences that molded him, including a miraculous encounter in a Uruguayan hospital and a dramatic kidnapping on the streets of Venezuela. Montaner emphasizes his Christian faith in this intimate glimpse into his artistic path.) 2009.

Pensamientos: Palabras Que Iluminan el Camino (Thoughts: Words That Illuminate the Path)     DB 68983
4 horas 23 minutos
por Isabel Gómez-Bassols
leído por María Pino
La popular anfitriona del programa radial Doctora Isabel relata historias de inspiración y pensamientos que han influido el contenido de sus programas. Cubre una amplia gama de temas, incluidos los valores, la compasión, el perdón, el amor, el renacimiento, y las lecciones de la vida. (Popular host of the Doctora Isabel radio show relates inspirational stories and thoughts that have influenced her programs. Covers a range of subjects including values, compassion, forgiveness, love, rebirth, and the lessons of life.) 2009.

El Símbolo Perdido (The Lost Symbol)     DB 68989
22 horas 32 minutos
por Dan Brown
leído por María Pino
Peter Solomon, amigo y mentor del profesor de simbología Robert Langdon, de El Código Da Vinci (RC 58957), invita a Langdon a hablar en el Capitolio de los EE.UU. Cuando Solomon es secuestrado, Langdon corre para salvarlo, descubriendo los antiguos secretos masónicos de Washington. Descripciones de violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Peter Solomon, friend and mentor of symbology professor Robert Langdon, from El Código Da Vinci (RC 58957), invites Langdon to speak at the U.S. Capitol. When Solomon is kidnapped, Langdon races to save him by uncovering ancient masonic secrets within Washington. Some violence and some strong language.) 2009.

Caín (Cain)     DB 68993
5 horas 9 minutos
por José Saramago
leído por María Pino
En este recuento irónico de la historia del Antiguo Testamento el autor ganador del premio Nobel, Saramago, sigue al otro hijo de Adán, cuyo sacrificio no es aceptado y quien asesina a su hermano en el Edén. Caín vaga, tratando de encontrar su propio lugar en el mundo. Publicado originalmente en portugués. Descripciones de violencia y de índole sexual. (Nobel Prize-winner Saramago pens a satirical take on the Old Testament story of Cain, who kills his brother Abel when God rejects Cain's sacrifice. The exiled murderer wanders through time, seeking a place in the world. First published in Portuguese. Some violence and some descriptions of sex.) 2009.

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Audio Magazines

For a free subscription to these magazines, contact your cooperating library.

American Heritage (quarterly)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (10 issues)

Asimov's Science Fiction (10 issues)

The Atlantic Monthly (10 issues)

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest (German; 12 issues)

Bon Appétit (monthly)

Consumer Reports (monthly)

Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country (bimonthly)

Cricket (for children, on one cassette with National Geographic Kids; 9 issues)

Diabetes Forecast (monthly)

Discover (10 issues)

Ebony (11 issues)

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (10 issues)

Foreign Affairs (6 issues)

France-Amérique (French; 11 issues)

Good Housekeeping (monthly)

Health and Nutrition Newsletters (includes The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter—Health after Fifty, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and Nutrition Action Healthletter; monthly)

Horticulture (7 issues)

Magazine of the Month (monthly)

Money (monthly)

The Musical Mainstream (quarterly)

The Nation (47 issues)

National Geographic (monthly)

National Geographic Kids (for children and teens, on one cassette with Cricket; 10 issues)

National Review (24 issues)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

Odyssey (9 issues)

Outdoor Life (10 issues)

People (51 issues)

People en Español (Spanish; 11 issues)

QST (monthly)

Quarterly Music Magazine (quarterly)

Smart Computing (monthly)

Sound & Vision (8 issues)

Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)

Sports Illustrated (51 issues)

Sports Illustrated for Kids (monthly)

Talking Book Topics (bimonthly; also contains selections from NLS News, irregularly)

Travel & Leisure (monthly)

True West (monthly)

Vanidades (Spanish; 12 issues)

The Week (48 issues)

The Writer (12 issues)

Young Adult Magazine of the Month (monthly)

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