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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.

Online education on diabetes and vision impairment

The Carroll Center for the Blind offers Diabetes and Visual Impairment: A New View for Patients and Families through its online education center, http://carroll.org/online-courses/.External link The course, developed by a registered nurse with thirty years of experience as a diabetes educator, is designed to supplement information provided by your physician. Registration is required. For more information, call (617) 969-6200, ext. 224, or e-mail [email protected].

Pedestrian Safety Handbook updated

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) recently released an updated version of its Pedestrian Safety Handbook, originally published in 1999. The publication includes a guide to advocating for pedestrian safety improvements that discusses specific regulations. Case studies of successful efforts are included in an appendix. It can be found online at www.acb.org/node/625.External link

Hadley School launches blinded veterans initiative

The Hadley School for the Blind, in Winnetka, Illinois, is recruiting blinded veterans from across the country to enroll in its Adult Continuing Education Program. As part of the Blinded Veterans Initiative, veterans may receive free distance education on subjects such as business and entrepreneurship, independent living skills, and braille literacy. For more information call 1-800-323-4238 or visit www.hadley.edu/veterans.asp.External link

Affordable computers available for blind or visually impaired users

The Texas Center for the Visually Challenged (TCVC) offers refurbished computers to blind and visually impaired residents of the United States and Canada in exchange for $100 donations. Computers are customized for accessibility and come with speakers, a sound card, and a demo copy of the screen reader Window-Eyes, as well as audio and large-print tutorials. For more information, visit the TCVC website at www.computersfortheblind.net External link or call Bob Langford at (214) 340-6328.

Accessible Sudoku game available from Perkins

The Perkins School for the Blind is offering its wooden Sudoku set, which has tiles labeled in both braille and large print, for $79. For more information, visit the Perkins online store at http://www.perkins.org/store/ External link or e-mail [email protected].

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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

Penny: The Story of a Free-Soul Basset Hound    RC 64928
5 hours 48 minutes
by Hal Borland
read by Neil Berman
Nature writer and author of The Dog Who Came to Stay (RC 64728) recalls his adventures with a stray basset hound who wandered onto his Connecticut farm one snowy day. Describes Penny's stubborn, free-spirited ways, her penchant for chasing cows, and her ultimate refusal to belong to anyone. 1972.

The Grandest of Lives: Eye to Eye with Whales     RC 64929
10 hours 46 minutes
by Douglas H. Chadwick
read by Miriam Wagner
Wildlife biologist presents essays profiling five whale species: humpback, northern bottlenose, orca, minke, and blue. Combining natural history, scientific research, and personal observation, Chadwick examines cetacean behavior, intelligence, communication, social structure, and life cycle as well as the impact of humans, whaling, and pollution on whales in their environment. 2006.

Hezbollah: A Short History     RC 65028
5 hours 52 minutes
by Augustus Richard Norton
read by Peter Ganim
International relations professor navigates the complex history of Lebanon's Shia Islam organization Hezbollah. Chronicles its origins as an Iranian-backed terrorist organization and its development into a political party, social-service provider, and powerful militia. Discusses ritual, acts of violence, and the influence of Hezbollah in the wider Middle East. 2007.

Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings    RC65167
41 hours 47 minutes
by Abolqasem Ferdowsi
read by Gordon Gould
Persian national epic completed in 1010. Covers Persian history from its mythical beginnings to the acceptance of the Zoroastrian faith, Alexander the Great's invasion, and the seventh-century Arab Muslim conquest. Emphasizes the importance of bloodline in the legitimate succession of kings. Translation by Dick Davis. Some violence. 2006.

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu    RC65204
17 hours 32 minutes
by Laurence Bergreen
read by Frank Coffee
Author of Over the Edge of the World (RC 59786) pens a biography of wealthy Venetian thirteenth-century traveler Marco Polo. Chronicles Polo's trip through Asia and his experiences in the court of Kublai Khan, the Mongol who ruled China. 2007.

The House That George Built: With a Little Help from Irving, Cole, and a Crew of about Fifty    RC65266
13 hours 54 minutes
by Wilfrid Sheed
read by Don Hagen
Essays about twentieth-century American composers representing Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood. Includes lyrics, anecdotes, and interviews with George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and Richard Rodgers, among others. Bestseller. 2007.

The Leopard's Tale: Revealing the Mysteries of Çatalhöyük    RC65651
14 hours 33 minutes
by Ian Hodder
read by Ken Kliban
Anthropologist describes the excavation of Çatalhöyük, a nine-thousand-year-old Neolithic mound in central Turkey. Pieces together the lives and culture of ancient village inhabitants from artifacts, many of which have leopard images. Discusses the impact of the archaeological finds on modern understanding of early farming and the development of agriculture. 2006.

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life    RC65712
6 hours 11 minutes
by Steve Martin
read by Derald Breneman
Stand-up comedian analyzes his early years. Recounts dealing with an abusive home life and menial jobs at Disneyland. Depicts performing live comedy, becoming a television writer for the Smothers Brothers, and appearing on The Tonight Show. Covers his 1976 breakthrough on Saturday Night Live. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish    RC65714
5 hours 5 minutes
by Mark R. Levin
read by Guy Williams
Syndicated talk-radio host and author of Men in Black (RC 59952) shares his adoption of a second dog, Sprite, from the Maryland Humane Society. Describes the tight bond between humans and pets and discusses his family's anguish when Sprite's health gradually deteriorated and he passed away. Bestseller. 2007.

Illegal Immigration: Opposing Viewpoints    RC65719
6 hours 27 minutes
edited by Margaret Haerens
read by Jake Williams
Essays by experts, policymakers, and citizens offer differing perspectives on the issue of illegal immigration to the United States and whether it harms or benefits America. Includes discussion of border patrols, government policies, racism, terrorism, and proposed immigration solutions. For senior high readers. 2006.

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature     DB/RC 65806
20 hours 59 minutes
by Linda Lear
read by Nicola Daval
Biography of the British children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943), creator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit (RC 13917) and other animal fables. Discusses her affinity for England's Lake District, her love of drawing rabbits and mice, her seventeenth-century farm Hill Top, and the publication of her first book. 2007.

Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist    RC65807
23 hours 33 minutes
by Lois Gordon
read by Kimberly Schraf
Using diaries, correspondence, and historical accounts, Gordon presents the social and artistic events of the early twentieth century through the experiences of Nancy Cunard (1896–1965). Traces the heiress's complex and unconventional personal life and her work as a civil rights advocate, humanitarian aid worker, and influential poet and publisher. 2007.

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography    RC66027
13 hours 57 minutes
by Andrew Morton
read by Erik Sandvold
A look at the career and personal life of the celebrity actor who starred in a string of blockbuster movies including Mission: Impossible, Top Gun, and Jerry Maguire. Discusses his marriages to three movie stars and his outspoken faith in the church of Scientology. Bestseller. 2008.

Epilepsy: Information for You and Those Who Care about You; a Cleveland Clinic Guide    RC66028
5 hours 8 minutes
by Elaine Wyllie
read by Ray Childs
Specialist provides practical guidelines for managing this physical disorder. Discusses causes of and response to seizures, long-term health prospects, psychological issues, and innovative therapies. Covers epilepsy in children, seniors, and women as well as day-to-day concerns involving social, occupational, and lifestyle choices such as driving and dating. 2008.

Northern America    RC66029
3 hours 34 minutes
by Kristi L. Desaulniers and Charles F. Gritzner
read by Kristin Allison
Describes the history, settlement, culture, politics, economy, regions, and natural environment of Canada and the United States. Discusses native populations, the arrival of Europeans, and westward expansion as well as primary industries such as agriculture, fishing, mineral extraction, and logging. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

The Secret History of the War on Cancer    RC66036
18 hours 46 minutes
by Devra Davis
read by Kristin Allison
Epidemiologist and author of When Smoke Ran like Water (RC 57467) examines the history of manufacturing and distributing toxic industrial chemicals, synthetic hormones, and tobacco products. Highlights the efforts of corporations and government agencies to conceal damage caused by industrial pollution. Documents environmentally caused carcinogens that lead to death. 2007.

North Africa and the Middle East    RC66048
3 hours 33 minutes
by Jeffrey A. Gritzner and Charles F. Gritzner
read by Kristin Allison
Discusses the history, population, climate, and cultural and environmental diversity of countries such as Mauritania, Algeria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Highlights contributions of ancient civilizations, the influence of the Western world, and modern economic, social, and political challenges. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

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It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success    RC66198
16 hours 5 minutes
by Richard Lavoie
read by Bill Wallace
Former headmaster of a special-education facility offers strategies for developing social competence in children with learning disabilities such as anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and language difficulties. Describes ways parents can help their child learn the skills to make friends, resolve conflict, improve self-esteem, and deal with bullies. 2005.

Life's Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore

3 hours 52 minutes
by Ian Urbina
read by Guy Williams
Sixty-nine anecdotes detailing how ordinary people dealt with common irritations such as "express-aisle cheaters" and "regifters." Suggests ways to cope with many pesky problems from being placed on hold to handling junk mail. 2005.

House of Happy Endings    RC66202
10 hours 1 minute
by Leslie Garis
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The granddaughter of the authors of the Uncle Wiggily, Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift children's series pens a biography of her father, writer Roger Garis. Discusses her family's living arrangements in Amherst, Massachusetts. Describes Roger's financial problems, nervous breakdowns, and failure to achieve the literary success of his parents. 2007.

The Gainesville Ripper: A Summer's Madness, Five Young Victims—the Investigation, the Arrest, and the Trial    RC66205
18 hours 35 minutes
by Mary S. Ryzuk
read by Kristin Allison
Traces the search for a serial killer who murdered and mutilated five University of Florida students in Gainesville in August 1990. Details the investigation that led to Danny Rolling and the trial that resulted in a death sentence. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.

A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father    RC66209
5 hours 26 minutes
by Chris Lemmon
read by Erik Sandvold
Son of actor Jack Lemmon describes growing up with the self-proclaimed "America's sweetheart," who is known for such movies as The Odd Couple and Grumpy Old Men. Intersperses personal anecdotes with descriptions of Jack's final days before he died of cancer in 2001. Some strong language. 2007.

The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?    RC66212
11 hours 21 minutes
by Leslie Bennetts
read by Kristin Allison
Vanity Fair editor and working mother discusses why women can and should pursue both work and family. Through interviews with legal experts, sociologists, and women from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, Bennetts examines the losses in income, insurance benefits, retirement security, and autonomy that occur when careers are abandoned. 2007.

Nightmare in Napa: The Wine Country Murders    RC66215
7 hours 56 minutes
by Paul LaRosa
read by Jim Zeiger
Award-winning journalist chronicles events surrounding the murders of roommates Leslie Mazzara and Adriane Insogna, who were stabbed by an intruder in their Napa, California, home on Halloween 2004. Traces the police investigation that appeared to dead-end until new developments and a surprise confession revealed the alleged killer. Some violence. 2007.

If I Am Missing or Dead    RC66216
9 hours 16 minutes
by Janine Latus
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Journalist relates the 2002 murder of her sister Amy by an abusive boyfriend and her own escape from a violent marriage. Explores the reasons both sisters accepted dysfunctional relationships and attributes this pattern to their common childhood experiences. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

19 hours 26 minutes
by Mark Harris
read by Ray Hagen
Film critic Harris examines a volatile time in Hollywood by discussing the making of the five movies nominated for the Academy Award for best picture in 1967: Bonnie and Clyde, Doctor Dolittle, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night. Strong language. 2008.

PCs for Dummies    RC66330
12 hours 2 minutes
by Dan Gookin
read by Lou Harpenau
Guide to setting up a home computer. Covers the basics of file management, hardware, and software using the Windows Vista operating system. Also explains how to read and write files, download photographs from a digital camera, connect a TV tuner, burn DVDs, network, and use the Internet. 2007.

Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years    RC66429
19 hours 58 minutes
by David Talbot
read by Conrad Feininger
Founder of Salon.com interviews more than 150 people concerning president John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Focuses on Bobby Kennedy's suspicion of an alliance among Cuban exiles, the Mafia, and the CIA and covers Bobby's quest for justice before he also was gunned down. Strong language. 2007.

The Sum of Our Days    RC66598
12 hours 7 minutes
by Isabel Allende
read by Laura Giannarelli
The author shares her thoughts on love, marriage, motherhood, spirituality, infidelity, addiction, and memory. She also describes the history of her exuberant family and her experiences during the thirteen years since the death of her daughter, which she wrote about in the memoir Paula (RC 39888). Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden. 2008.

Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball    RC66715
7 hours 38 minutes
by Jose Canseco
read by Erik Synnestvedt
In this sequel to his memoir Juiced (RC 60020), former professional baseball player Jose Canseco names fellow players who also used performance-enhancing anabolic steroids. Maintains that team management, owners, and agents know about drug use. Denounces the congressional Mitchell Report for leaving out names. Strong language. 2008.

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

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever    RC66743
26 hours 55 minutes
selected by Christopher Hitchens
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The author of God Is Not Great (RC 64651) selects and introduces writings that refute the concept and existence of God. Features works by notables from science, literature, and philosophy, including Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, and Mark Twain. Bestseller. 2007.

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages     DB 67925
6 hours 11 minutes
by Ammon Shea
read by Erik Sandvold
A self-proclaimed collector of words describes his yearlong reading of the Oxford English Dictionary. He comments on words that he believes others would like to know about, such as "sympatetic," which is a companion one walks with, and "onomatomania," which means vexation at having difficulty finding the right word. 2008.

Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair     DB 68886
17 hours 40 minutes
by Anthony Arthur
read by Don Hagen
Biography of novelist and reformer Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Discusses Sinclair's literary and political career and his socialist philosophy that was reflected in his books, including The Jungle (DB/RC 52961). Covers his two marriages, relationship with his son, and friendships with Hollywood stars. 2006.

The Wretched of the Earth     DB 69073
12 hours 25 minutes
by Frantz Fanon
read by Bill Wallace
Mid-twentieth-century work by black political activist and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon. Explores the psychology of colonized peoples and their path to liberation, discussing issues associated with colonialism, racism, and the role of violence in social reorganization. Preface by Jean-Paul Sartre. Translated by Richard Philcox from a 1961 French edition. 2004.

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The Great Negro Plot: A Tale of Conspiracy and Murder in Eighteenth-Century New York     DB 69149
5 hours 30 minutes
by Mat Johnson
read by Chuck Young
African American author of Hunting in Harlem (RC 57500) uses archives to recreate the social and economic milieu of 1741 colonial Manhattan. Describes the witch hunt that resulted when, after a series of fires, sixteen-year-old indentured servant Mary Burton testified to an impending slave rebellion. Violence. 2007.

Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; with Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory     DB 69152
14 hours 34 minutes
by Roy Blount
read by John Lescault
Language expert's personal glossary, in which he delves into word origins and considers the connection between the sound and the meaning of words. Arranged in an A-to-Z dictionary format, entries range from "ain't" and "google" to "kvetch" and "wrought." 2008.

A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families     DB 69153
28 hours 40 minutes
by Michael Holroyd
read by Laura Giannarelli
Prizewinning biographer chronicles the lives of famed British actors Ellen Terry (1847–1928) and Henry Irving (1838–1905). Highlights career successes that took a toll on their families. Speculates on a personal relationship and discusses their respective children, including Terry's feminist daughter Edy and son Edward and Irving's actor sons. 2008.

The Corporal Was a Pitcher: The Courage of Lou Brissie     DB 69299
9 hours 41 minutes
by Ira Berkow
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Details the heroism and determination of World War II G.I. Lou Brissie, who was wounded in Italy in December 1944. Recounts Brissie's refusal to allow his leg to be amputated despite major damage, his against-all-odds recovery, and his use of a leg brace to become a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics. 2009.

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom—and Revenge     DB 69348
11 hours 9 minutes
by Edward Kritzler
read by Barbara Rappaport
Historian explores Jewish refugees' flight to Jamaica during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. Includes accounts of Sinan, known in the sixteenth century as the "famous Jewish pirate," and of Rabbi Samuel Palache. 2008.

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row     DB 69540
5 hours 20 minutes
by Susan Kuklin
read by Julian Thompson
Insight into capital punishment for teenage offenders in American prisons. Through interviews, chronicles the lives and self-reflections of inmates convicted of violent crimes and sentenced to die. Includes observations of social and racial inequalities and flaws in the justice system. Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip     DB 69543
8 hours 22 minutes
by Matthew Algeo
read by Michael Kramer
Author retraces the 2,500-mile cross-country road trip of Harry and Bess Truman in 1953. Describes the Trumans' post-presidential life in Missouri, when they lived on Harry's army pension, and provides first-person accounts of the original journey. 2009.

Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne     DB 69545
23 hours 41 minutes
by James Gavin
read by Ray Hagen
Biography of African American singer/actress Lena Horne, born in 1917 Brooklyn, who first performed at Harlem's Cotton Club at age sixteen. Interprets Horne's multiracial family background in the pre-civil rights era as the reason for emotional conflicts in both her personal and professional lives. 2009.

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe     DB 69558
21 hours 50 minutes
by J. Randy Taraborrelli
read by Ray Hagen
Biographer Taraborrelli, author of Elizabeth (RC 63718), uses records and interviews with family and friends to reconstruct the life of actress Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962). Examines Monroe's relationships with the women who raised her and later with the Kennedy clan. Discusses her mother Gladys Baker's mental illness and Monroe's suicide. 2009.

Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950–1963; Americans and the California Dream     DB 69908
33 hours 26 minutes
by Kevin Starr
read by Kristin Allison
Professor continues his series on the history of California. This volume focuses on social, psychological, and cultural aspects of post-WWII suburban growth, the transformation of cities including San Diego and Los Angeles, infrastructure initiatives, and the rise of what Starr deems a "culture of dissent" that influenced the 1960s. 2009.

Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy     DB 70069
12 hours 32 minutes
by Hope S. Warshaw
read by Kerry Dukin
Provides nutritional information on shopping for and preparing healthier meals for people who have diabetes. Explains ways to change eating habits and food choices by reading product labels, planning menus, taking vitamins, and customizing one's diet. Includes sample menus. 2006.

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures     DB 70075
13 hours 2 minutes
by Malcolm Gladwell
read by Gary Tipton
Essays previously published in the New Yorker on popular culture and social quirks. In "The Ketchup Conundrum" Gladwell examines the family table's condiments, specifically mustard, which evolved in great variety compared to ketchup, a steadfast staple. Bestseller. 2009.

The Blue, the Gray, and the Red: Indian Campaigns of the Civil War     DB 70218
11 hours 35 minutes
by Thom Hatch
read by Jake Williams
Author of Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War (DB/RC 61754) chronicles the conflicts between Native Americans and whites from 1861 to 1865. Profiles leaders on both sides, including Colonel Kit Carson, whose campaigns precipitated the infamous Navajo Long Walk, and Apache chief Mangas Coloradas. 2003.

The Happiness Project; or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun     DB 70275
12 hours 7 minutes
by Gretchen Craft Rubin
read by Kerry Dukin
Author's personal reflections on a monthly plan to improve her quality of life by the end of one year. Analyzes missteps, challenges, and successes in reaching her goals and shares the often unexpected lessons she learned. Bestseller. 2009.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism     DB 70280
24 hours 59 minutes
by Naomi Klein
read by Kerry Dukin
Award-winning journalist discusses the rise in opportunistic capitalism after disasters or crises, such as the demise of New Orleans' public schools and the proliferation of privately owned charters experienced in Hurricane Katrina's wake. Explains the use of shock economic therapies in lieu of democratic processes to implement change. 2007.

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present     DB 70285
17 hours 22 minutes
by Gail Collins
read by Kerry Dukin
New York Times columnist examines the cataclysmic changes in women's lives since 1960. Chronicles five decades of American women's progress in politics, fashion, popular culture, economics, sex, family life, war, and work in the fight for equality. 2009.

First Apartment Smarts: Get Smart with Your Money     DB 70286
1 hour 20 minutes
by Ann Byers
read by Kerry Dukin
Guide for first-time renters. Suggests creating a plan to address needs, wants, and concerns and constructing a practical budget. Offers housing-search strategies, resources, checklists, tips for moving in, and more. For senior high and older readers. 2010.

Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America     DB 70293
11 hours 21 minutes
by Julia Angwin
read by John Polk
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist traces the founding of MySpace.com from its conception as a data-storage site by marketing executives Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson. Chronicles the business's evolution, lawsuits, and rivalries, which ultimately led to the social-networking website being purchased by Rupert Murdoch for nearly $600 million in 2005. 2009.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide     DB 70300
12 hours 19 minutes
by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Award-winning journalists explore the global exploitation of women and the perpetration of abuses such as sex trafficking, rape, and mutilation. The authors interview several victims and suggest simple actions for reducing future persecution. They emphasize the role of education and economics in empowering females. Violence. 2009.

Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days     DB 70305
10 hours 51 minutes
by Vanessa Farquharson
read by Kerry Dukin
Toronto journalist recounts her yearlong personal challenge to make daily progress toward lessening her carbon footprint on the environment, which she chronicled on her weblog. Discusses both easy and difficult conversions such as using a thermos and planning an eco-friendly burial. Maintains that individuals can make a difference. 2009.

The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana     DB 70308
17 hours 50 minutes
by Rick Bass
read by Jon Huffman
Bass, a naturalist and author of The Book of Yaak (RC 45338), recounts the year he and his family spent in Montana's Yaak Valley wilderness. Describes his encounters with neighbors and the animals outside his cabin, as well as the region's assorted vegetation and the changing seasons. 2009.

Shooting Stars     DB 70324
6 hours 55 minutes
by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger
read by Ray Foushee
NBA basketball player LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights (RC 32152), describe James's Akron, Ohio, Catholic high school team winning the 2003 national championship. James discusses his upbringing and group of friends (the Fab Five), who bonded on and off the court. Some strong language. 2009.

A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures; a Memoir     DB 70355
4 hours 50 minutes
by Quinn Bradlee
read by Andy Pyle
The author candidly recounts his youthful battles with physical ailments and learning disabilities that were eventually diagnosed at age fourteen as velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS). Discusses schooling, medication, his dog, surfing, girls, support from his parents and mentors, and his desire to educate the public about VCFS. 2009.

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When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order     DB 70504
20 hours 51 minutes
by Martin Jacques
read by Mark Ashby
British journalist posits that by 2027 China's economy will surpass that of the United States and that China will become a hegemonic global superpower. Contends that China's five-thousand-year history and culture threaten the assumptions of the Western world and American preeminence. 2009.

Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging     DB 70650
3 hours 8 minutes
by National Institute on Aging
read by Kerry Dukin
Government document discusses the benefits of exercise and physical activity for seniors. Includes tips to improve endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Offers examples of different types of movement that can fit into one's lifestyle. Discusses nutritious eating habits that will also help maintain health into old age. 2009.

Going Blind: A Memoir     DB 70651
8 hours 58 minutes
by Mara Faulkner
read by Mitzi Friedlander
A Benedictine nun reminisces about her father's gradual loss of sight from retinitis pigmentosa and the effects his condition had on her Irish American family. She interweaves her recollections of growing up in North Dakota with meditations on the metaphorical meaning of blindness in our culture. 2009.

One Hundred Questions and Answers about Myeloma     DB 70653
4 hours 51 minutes
by Asad Bashey and others read by Carol Dines
Two hematologist/oncologists and a patient give advice on dealing with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. Discusses symptoms, the progression of the disease, and treatment options as well as side effects, complications, stem-cell transplantation, and support systems. 2009.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard     DB 70754
9 hours 48 minutes
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
read by Bill Wallace
The Heath brothers use case studies of individuals, schools, and companies to illustrate principles of behavior change. They describe ways to motivate employees, family, and oneself to alter habits by balancing the rational and irrational minds. Examples include conquering drug addiction, disruptive behavior, and poor diets. Bestseller. 2010.

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815     DB 70771
36 hours 12 minutes
by Gordon S. Wood
read by Jake Williams
A survey of the first quarter century of the United States, from George Washington's presidency to the end of the War of 1812. Examines the rivalry between Hamiltonian Federalists and Jeffersonian Republicans, the growth of commerce, westward expansion, slavery, and the evangelism of the Second Great Awakening. American History Book. 2009.

No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller     DB 70810
13 hours 4 minutes
by Harry Markopolos
read by Scott Brick
Markopolos, an analyst at a Boston equity firm, tells how he tried to duplicate Bernie Madoff's purported financial strategy and concluded that Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme. Describes his efforts to alert the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2005 and relates its failure to act. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa     DB 70843
13 hours 33 minutes
by E.B. Sledge
read by Roy Avers
World War II veteran recalls his service in the Pacific as a twenty-year-old rifleman. The Alabamian describes joining the marines and being thrown into island battle against the Japanese. Basis for 2010 HBO series The Pacific. Includes a 2007 introduction by Sledge's former commander. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 1981.

I Am Ozzy     DB 70851
15 hours 20 minutes
by Ozzy Osbourne
read by Erik Sandvold
Autobiography of British heavy metal rock star born John Osbourne in 1948, who was the lead singer for Black Sabbath before beginning a solo career. Describes the music scene and provides details about his marriages, scandals, drug use, and reality show. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
    DB 70852

5 hours 35 minutes
by Geneen Roth
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
The author explains her philosophy that our relationship to food is inseparable from our core beliefs about being alive. Discusses ways to move beyond food and become spiritually in tune with the soul, a process that she contends will lead to natural weight loss. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection     DB 70853
6 hours 33 minutes
by Carol Burnett
read by Jill Ferris
Focusing on the years since the childhood covered in her first memoir, One More Time (RC 25096), comedic variety-show star Burnett shares anecdotes about fellow actors, including Tim Conway, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jimmy Stewart. She also provides glimpses into her personal life, both humorous and sad. Bestseller. 2010.

All Things at Once     DB 70869
6 hours 30 minutes
by Mika Brzezinski
read by Kristin Allison
Television cohost of Morning Joe on MSNBC and daughter of former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski recounts her achievements in journalism. Discusses the difficulty of having both a family and a high-profile career and offers advice to women with similar dilemmas. 2009.

The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot     DB 70885
5 hours 49 minutes
by Naomi Wolf
read by Kristin Allison
Warns about the loss of democracy and civil liberties in the United States. Points out ten steps historically used to move an open government toward tyranny. Provides examples of each, such as the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Urges American activism to protect the rights in the Constitution. 2007.

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us     DB 70895
11 hours 15 minutes
by Beth Moore
read by Margaret Strom
Bible teacher Moore, author of Believing God (RC 62187), draws on her experiences and a survey of nearly a thousand women to explore the reasons for female insecurity. Presents scriptures that counter negative stereotypes and suggests ways to free women from media projections and cultural expectations. Bestseller. 2010.

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama     DB 70901
27 hours 25 minutes
by David Remnick
read by Bob Moore
Pulitzer Prize-winning author examines President Barack Obama's life through the prism of America's racial history. Analyzes his upbringing, education, work as a community organizer, and rise in Illinois politics. Considers Obama's civil rights he-roes, mentors, and campaign strategies. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

The Lesser Evil: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer, 1945–1959     DB 70917
36 hours 8 minutes
by Victor Klemperer
read by Mark Ashby
The concluding volume of Victor Klemperer's diaries records his mixed feelings about returning to Dresden after World War II and resuming his academic career. Covers his support of East German communism, his marriage, and reflections on the Nazis. Sequel to I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years,1942–1945 (RC 50175). Translated from German. 1999.

Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda     DB 71206
8 hours 4 minutes
by Sean Hannity
read by Joe Wilson
Radio and television commentator critiques President Obama's policies and advisors and asserts that the Obama administration is destroying capitalism, abandoning the war on terror, and weakening America's position in the world. Offers suggestions to unite conservatives. Bestseller. 2010.

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine     DB 71207
11 hours 27 minutes
by Michael Lewis
read by Erik Sandvold
Author of Liar's Poker (RC 30432) analyzes the financial missteps and mismanagement that led to the 2008 credit crisis. Discusses little-known investors Steve Eisman, Meredith Whitney, and others who predicted the economic meltdown. Cites cases to support his assertion that Wall Street's system of incentives channeled the greed. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

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Adult Fiction

The Virgin of Small Plains    RC64701
12 hours 45 minutes
by Nancy Pickard
read by Ray Childs
Small Plains, Kansas. Mitch Newquist—who was banished from his hometown for witnessing the cover-up of a young girl's murder—returns when his mother dies. Together with his former girlfriend, Mitch searches for the killer and uncovers disturbing secrets of the town's most prominent men. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Slan Hunter    RC64916
7 hours 36 minutes
by A.E. van Vogt and Kevin J. Anderson
read by Mimi Bederman
Villainous secret police chief John Petty rules Earth after president Kier Gray is exposed as a slan—a telepathic mutant. Slan Jommy Cross tries to prevent an attack by hostile, Mars-based slans but faces opposition from Petty and a traitor. Sequel to van Vogt's 1940 Slan (DB/RC 64910). Some violence. 2007.

You Suck: A Love Story    RC64933
8 hours 52 minutes
by Christopher Moore
read by Dan Bloom
Vampire Jody kills her lover and food source Tommy and turns him into one of the undead. The couple, with the help of their minion, goth girl Abby, evade ancient vampire Elijah, amateur vampire hunters, and a blue hooker. Sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends (RC 64724). Strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

Rorey's Secret: Country Road Chronicles    RC65142
8 hours 14 minutes
by Leisha Kelly
read by Anne Hancock
1938. A fire on Sam Hammond's property destroys a barn and injures his friend Samuel Wortham. While both families recover, Sam's daughter Rorey hides a terrible secret—and Samuel's thirteen-year-old daughter Sarah finds herself torn between telling the truth and keeping a promise. Sequel to Katie's Dream (RC 62046). 2005.

Origin    RC65380
15 hours 11 minutes
by Diana Abu-Jaber
read by Celeste Lawson
Fingerprint examiner Lena Dawson suspects infanticide after several crib deaths occur in Syracuse, New York. Lena, respected for solving a difficult child-murder case, is drawn into the new investigation, which rouses dark memories from her childhood in foster homes. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Critical    RC65469
13 hours 23 minutes
by Robin Cook
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
A surge of drug-resistant staph infections strikes three New York City hospitals owned by Angels Healthcare. Medical examiner Laurie Montgomery, wife of Dr. Jack Stapleton from Crisis (RC 63197), investigates—unaware that Angels' Mafia-linked backers will do anything to protect their investment. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.

Mister B. Gone    RC65711
6 hours 52 minutes
by Clive Barker
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Memoir of Jakabok Botch, a scarred, two-tailed demon from Hell. Between confessions, anecdotes, and warnings to the reader, Jakabok describes his revenge on his abusive father, his failed love affair, his arrival on Earth, and his fate at the hands of man. Some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

City of Glory: A Novel of War and Desire in Old Manhattan    RC65715
17 hours 10 minutes
by Beverly Swerling
read by David Hartley-Margolin
After losing his hand in the War of 1812, surgeon Joyful Patrick Turner returns to Manhattan seeking his fortune in the Canton trade. Ambition pits him against unscrupulous trader Gornt Blakeman, who covets Joyful's sweetheart. Sequel to City of Dreams (RC 64726). Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Even Now    RC65716
10 hours 23 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Eighteen-year-old Emily Anderson sets out to find her birth parents—Lauren Gibbs, a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Top Gun flight instructor Shane Galanter—who were torn apart by lies at Emily's birth. Emily finally locates them, but it will take faith and determination to reunite the family. 2005.

Time Dancers: The Meq, Book 2    RC65717
14 hours 40 minutes
by Steve Cash
read by Erik Sandvold
Zianno "Z" Zezen and his fellow Meq—near-immortal beings who stop aging at the age of twelve—await the Remembering, when they will learn their origins and purpose. Meanwhile, Z and friends race to find a mythical talisman before assassin Fleur-du-Mal reaches it. Sequel to The Meq (RC 60544). Some violence. 2006.

The Off Season    RC65720
6 hours 10 minutes
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
read by Kristin Allison
In this sequel to Dairy Queen (RC 62782), D.J. is enjoying her linebacker position on the football team and her budding relationship with Brian from a rival high school. But a series of family mishaps drastically changes D.J.'s junior year. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac    RC65723
6 hours 43 minutes
by Gabrielle Zevin
read by Mare Trevathan
A fall leaves sixteen-year-old Naomi with no memory of the past four years. She discovers that her parents are divorced, her father is engaged, she has a boyfriend and classmates she can't remember, and she must form a new identity for herself. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.

The Closed Circle    RC65724
15 hours 33 minutes
by Jonathan Coe
read by David Hartley-Margolin
British schoolmates, from The Rotters' Club (RC 65730), nearing middle age at the beginning of the twenty-first century, deal with disillusionment and terrorism. Benjamin, an accountant, has been writing a novel for decades, while Doug and Philip are journalists. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Touching Stars: Shenandoah Album Novel, Book 4    RC65726
14 hours 40 minutes
by Emilie Richards
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Gayle offers to let her journalist ex-husband Eric convalesce at her Shenandoah Valley bed-and-breakfast after he endures a harrowing ordeal in Afghanistan. Eric attempts to reconnect with their three sons and reflects on his reasons for leaving twelve years ago. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Rachel's Prayer: Country Road Chronicles    RC65727
9 hours 9 minutes
by Leisha Kelly
read by Anne Hancock
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Samuel and Julia Wortham's twenty-year-old son Robert joins the military with others from their rural Illinois community. As families await word of loved ones, they find strength from Robert's friend Rachel, who prays that God will bring peace amid the chaos of war. 2006.

Texas Princess: Whispering Mountain Trilogy, Book 2    RC65729
9 hours 57 minutes
by Jodi Thomas
read by Kristin Allison
Texas, 1855. Loner Tobin McMurray reluctantly leaves Whispering Mountain Ranch to deliver a horse to a senator's spoiled daughter, Liberty May-field, and to give her riding lessons. Surprised by his growing feelings for her, Tobin helps Liberty escape her rebuffed fiancé's violence. Sequel to Texas Rain (DB/RC 64125). Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2007.

The Rotters' Club    RC65730
14 hours 4 minutes
by Jonathan Coe
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Birmingham, England; 1970s. Benjamin, Philip, and Doug are mates at a private school. They cope with parents, popularity, and girls while labor strikes, IRA bombings, and racism affect their families. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Blasphemy    RC66026
17 hours 54 minutes
by Douglas Preston
read by Ray Childs
Arizona. Progress on a controversial supercollider project has mysteriously stalled. The U.S. government hires ex-CIA agent Wyman Ford to pose as a liaison to the local Navajo community and discover why the project scientists are being so secretive. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2007.

On Agate Hill    RC66038
13 hours 10 minutes
by Lee Smith
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Diaries and letters in a North Carolina attic reveal the life of fictional Civil War orphan Molly Petree. Taken from Agate Hill plantation to a boarding school, Molly eventually marries a man whom she is later accused of murdering. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Farthing    RC66042
9 hours 20 minutes
by Jo Walton
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Alternate post-World War II England. The Eversley family, members of a group that overthrew Churchill and made peace with Hitler, host a retreat during which Sir James Thirkie is murdered. Inspector Peter Carmichael investigates when suspicion falls on David Kahn, the Jewish husband of Lucy Eversley. Nebula Award finalist. 2006.

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The Husband Trap    RC66196
10 hours 44 minutes
by Tracy Anne Warren
read by Mare Trevathan
London, 1816. For sundry reasons, shy Jannette Violet Brantford agrees to change places with her identical twin, vivacious Jeannette Rose, just before Rose's wedding to Adrian Winter, the duke of Raeburn. But Violet truly loves Adrian and he grows to love her—the imposter. Explicit descriptions of sex. Rita Award. 2006.

Z for Zachariah    RC66204
5 hours 39 minutes
by Robert C. O'Brien
read by Mare Trevathan
Sixteen-year-old Ann Burden, seemingly the sole survivor of a nuclear war, is tending her family farm when she sees smoke from a campfire—a stranger is in the valley. She takes precautions to hide her presence, realizing there are worse things than being alone. For junior and senior high readers. 1974.

From the Files of the Time Rangers    RC66206
12 hours 58 minutes
by Richard Bowes
read by Erik Sandvold
Mosaic novel blending alternate worlds of deities, men, myth, and politics. Roman gods inhabit twentieth-century New York, a politician eyes the presidency, and Time Rangers—runaway and abandoned children chosen to serve Apollo—maintain order along the Time Stream. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Nebula Award finalist. 2005.

A Heart So White    RC66211
11 hours 36 minutes
by Javier Marías
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Spain. For years Juan's father remained silent about his first wife's death. After Juan marries Luisa, she draws out her father-in-law in confidential conversations. When he returns home from a trip a day early, Juan overhears family secrets that he really doesn't want to know. Strong language. 1992.

Shoe Addicts Anonymous    RC66213
9 hours 11 minutes
by Beth Harbison
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Four diverse women from the Washington, D.C., area form a club to trade expensive shoes. Debt-ridden waitress Lorna, unloved trophy wife Helene, agoraphobic phone-sex operator Sandra, and harassed nanny Joss become fast friends who help one another deal with their problems. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2007.

Sweet and Deadly    RC66217
4 hours 56 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Kristin Allison
In the tiny southern town of Lowfield, Mississippi, twenty-three-year-old Catherine Linton, the society editor of the local paper, believes the recent car crash that killed her parents was no accident. She finds the bludgeoned body of her father's longtime nurse (and blackmailer)—and then another murder occurs. 1981.

Eifelheim    RC66272
18 hours 53 minutes
by Michael Flynn
read by Gordon Gould
Mathematical historian Tom Schwoerin becomes obsessed with Eifelheim, a medieval German town that mysteriously vanished during the plague. Tom uncovers evidence that fourteenth-century priest Pastor Dietrich encountered aliens—which validates interdimensional-travel theories posed by Tom's lover, physicist Sharon Nagy. Dietrich's tale unfolds alongside Tom's present-day investigations. Hugo Award nominee. 2006.

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

Sword Song: The Battle for London; the Saxon Stories, Book 4    RC66498
11 hours 30 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Robert Sams
England, A.D. 885. King Alfred of Wessex orders Saxon warrior Uhtred, lord of Bebbanburg, to retake London, a decaying Roman city that was invaded by Viking raiders. The mission once again tests Uhtred's loyalties. Sequel to Lords of the North (RC 64166). Violence and some strong language. 2008.

March Violets: A Bernhard Gunther Novel    RC66544
10 hours 29 minutes
by Philip Kerr
read by Ken Kliban
Berlin, Germany; 1936. A wealthy industrialist hires PI Gunther, a former police detective, to find out who murdered his daughter and son-in-law during a robbery. Gunther enters a decadent underworld and uncovers political corruption and a Nazi concentration camp. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1989.

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

Something Rising (Light and Swift)    RC66713
7 hours 18 minutes
by Haven Kimmel
read by Celeste Lawson
Cassie Claiborne grows up in Indiana with a depressed mother, an agora-phobic sister, and an unreliable father who abandons them. Cassie pays the bills by becoming a pool hustler and, after her mother's death, journeys to New Orleans to investigate her family's past. Some strong language. 2004.

Inheritance    RC66714
9 hours 45 minutes
by Natalie Danford
read by Laura Giannarelli
After Italian immigrant Luigi Bonocchio dies, his daughter Olivia finds a deed to a house in his hometown. Olivia travels to Urbino, Italy, to investigate. She meets her cousin and uncovers a terrible secret from World War II that Luigi had kept from his American family. Some strong language. 2007.

Adventures in the West: Stories for Young Readers     DB/RC 66734
11 hours 34 minutes
edited by Susanne George Bloomfield and Eric Melvin Reed
read by Jim Zeiger
Twenty-six short western adventure stories written between the 1890s and World War I and originally published in two children's magazines, Youth's Companion and St. Nicholas. Includes "The Buffalo Hunt," "Our First Well in Nebraska," and "Sister Anne and the Cowboy," among others. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2007.

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

Ghost    RC67789
7 hours 17 minutes
by Alan Lightman
read by Michael Scherer
After being let go from his midlevel banking job, divorced David Kurzweil takes a job as an intern in a mortuary. It is there that he is startled to see something inexplicable and life-changing out of the corner of his eye. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Drood    RC68808
34 hours 5 minutes
by Dan Simmons
read by George Holmes
Wilkie Collins reveals the mysterious final five years of his friend and fellow novelist Charles Dickens. After surviving an 1865 train crash, Dickens meets the grotesque Mr. Drood amidst the bloody carnage. Drood's disturbing behavior unnerves Dickens, who obsesses about uncovering Drood's true identity. Dickens enlists Collins's help. Violence. 2009.

The Story of a Marriage     DB 69141
8 hours 22 minutes
by Andrew Sean Greer
read by Celeste Lawson
African American Pearlie Ash moves to San Francisco for work during World War II. There she reunites with her childhood sweetheart Holland and they marry and have a child. In 1953, a white man whom Holland befriended in a military hospital meets Pearlie and makes her a shocking offer. 2008.

Area of Suspicion     DB 69150
8 hours 37 minutes
by John D. MacDonald
read by Don Hagen
Four years ago, after catching his fiancée Niki with his brother Ken, Gevan Dean relinquished leadership of the family company and fled to Florida. Now Ken has been murdered, and Gevan must save the company and find the killer while resisting Niki, his brother's widow. Some descriptions of sex. 1954.

Bones of Faerie     DB 69333
5 hours 49 minutes
by Janni Lee Simner
read by Nicola Daval
Fifteen-year-old Liza and other townspeople shun faerie magic after surviving the war. But when Liza's mother disappears, Liza flees her abusive father to search for her mother and discovers the awful truth about the war and her own developing magic powers. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Honorary Consul     DB 69334
11 hours 20 minutes
by Graham Greene
read by Michael Russotto
Argentina. A British consul is kidnapped by Paraguayan revolutionaries who have mistaken him for the American ambassador. A local physician with his own divided loyalties negotiates between the rebels and the authorities. A tale of political chaos, love, faith, and betrayal. Includes 2008 introduction by Mark Bosco. 1973.

Pelican Road     DB 69382
10 hours 36 minutes
by Howard Bahr
read by Don Hagen
1940. Several miscommunications place two trains on a collision course along a Mississippi-to-Louisiana rail line called Pelican Road. While the freight transporter's engineer, A.P. Dunn, battles memory loss, the passenger carrier's brakeman, Artemus Kane, ponders war memories and his budding romance. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

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Who Do You Love: Stories     DB 69435
11 hours 1 minute
by Jean Thompson
read by Celeste Lawson
Fifteen disquieting short stories explore the basic human need for love. In "Fire Dreams" a bored single woman begins an affair with a married fireman. In "Antarctica" a lonely woman reevaluates her family dynamics while driving her grandmother to view a nursing home. Some strong language. National Book Award finalist. 1999.

The Baby-Sitter IV     DB 69438
2 hours 55 minutes
by R.L. Stine
read by Graci Ragsdale-Miller
Jenny Jeffers tries to forget the baby-sitting experiences she had during the past year that landed her in the hospital. When her new neighbor begs Jenny to babysit, she reluctantly agrees, then finds herself in danger—again. Sequel to The Baby-Sitter III (RC 40912). For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Scarlet: King Raven, Book 2     DB 69452
16 hours 16 minutes
by Stephen R. Lawhead
read by Ray Childs
Wrongly imprisoned, archer Will Scarlet faces the hangman's noose unless he assists ruthless King William the Red by turning over King Raven and his merry band of thieves, from Hood (DB 68879). But King Raven has other plans. Violence. Christy Award. 2007.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie     DB 69464
5 hours 20 minutes
by Muriel Spark
read by Kimberly Schraf
Edinburgh. With her freethinking ideas and irresistible charm, schoolmistress Jean Brodie exerts an enormous influence on a small group of impressionable young girls. The "Brodie set" receives an introduction to the privileged world of adult games. A portrait of adolescence, its innocence, and curiosity about life and sex. 1961.

D.C. Noir, Volume 2: The Classics     DB 69498
9 hours 31 minutes
edited by George Pelecanos
read by Chuck Young
Sixteen tales published between 1900 and 2006 that explore race, class, and politics in Washington, D.C. In "After" Marita Golden depicts a police shooting's psychological fallout. Includes works by Edward P. Jones, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright. Companion to D.C. Noir (RC 62948). Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

Flying to America: Forty-five More Stories     DB 69552
11 hours 46 minutes
by Donald Barthelme
read by Michael Kramer
Contains previously uncollected stories. In "Perpetua" a young boy's mother tells her husband that she does not want to live with him any longer and moves on with her own life. In "A Man" a fireman awakes one morning to find that his left hand is gone. 2007.

Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red-Carpet Murder Mystery     DB 69590
10 hours 22 minutes
by Joan Rivers
read by Barbara Rappaport
Max Taylor, a Joan Rivers-inspired celebrity interviewer, competes to nab the hottest stars attending the Oscars ceremony. Actress Halsey Hamilton, a friend of Max's daughter, emerges from her limo undressed and stoned. While talking to Max, Halsey collapses and dies. Max goes undercover at Halsey's rehab facility to investigate. 2009.

Those Who Save Us     DB 70052
16 hours 24 minutes
by Jenna Blum
read by Mitzi Friedlander
History professor Trudy Swenson survived the Holocaust as a child with her mother Anna. When Anna married a GI after liberation, they moved to Minnesota. Now a photograph of a Nazi officer opens secret pages of Anna's past. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Happiness Key     DB 70053
17 hours 56 minutes
by Emilie Richards
read by Carol Dines
Florida. When Tracy's ex-husband lands in jail, she manages his ramshackle beachside development on site. Tracy discovers the body of elderly Herb in one cottage and enlists the help of the three other tenants—all women—to find and notify Herb's family. The four soon become best friends. 2009.

Twenties Girl     DB 70068
16 hours 31 minutes
by Sophie Kinsella
read by Carol Dines
Twenty-seven-year-old Lara Lington reluctantly attends the funeral of 105-year-old Sadie, the great-aunt she never knew. Lara is quite confused to come face to face with Sadie's much-younger ghost, dressed in 1920s clothing, who demands that Lara help her find a beloved necklace. Strong language. 2009.

Bleak History     DB 70071
14 hours 29 minutes
by John Shirley
read by Jon Huffman
Former army Ranger Gabriel Bleak, now a skip tracer who can communicate with the dead, eludes Homeland Security agents who want him to control the spiritual realm called the Hidden. Gabriel summons the Hidden's forces to counter evil threatening humankind. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

An Echo in the Bone: Outlander Series     DB 70073
39 hours 2 minutes
by Diana Gabaldon
read by Erin Jones
Jamie Fraser and his time-traveling wife Claire, from A Breath of Snow and Ashes (RC 61201), know the outcome of the American rebellion, but not the personal hardships they may endure. Meanwhile their twentieth-century daughter Brianna tracks their fate through old letters. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

The Casebook of Sidney Zoom     DB 70232
12 hours 5 minutes
by Erle Stanley Gardner
read by Guy Williams
Ten short stories and novelettes written between 1930 and 1934 that feature Depression-era sleuth Sidney Zoom, champion of the downtrodden and master of disguise. Includes "Cheating the Chair" and other tales involving stolen jewels, confidence swindles, hidden fortunes, missing wills, disappearing bodies, and murder frames. Edited by Bill Pronzini. 2006.

Shelter Mountain: A Virgin River Novel     DB 70281
11 hours 51 minutes
by Robyn Carr
read by Jill Fox
John "Preacher" Middleton, ex-marine-turned-cook at Jack Sheridan's Virgin River tavern, assists a battered woman and her son. On the run from her abusive spouse, Paige remains in town to work and gradually falls in love with Preacher—but her husband finds them. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Hush, Hush     DB 70283
8 hours 3 minutes
by Becca Fitzpatrick
read by Erin Jones
Studious Nora Grey, a school newspaper columnist, is partnered in biology class with the mysterious new student Patch and scoffs at his flirtation attempts. Then Nora begins having strange visions and receives warnings to stay away from Patch. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2009.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have     DB 70287
7 hours 2 minutes
by Allen Zadoff
read by Andy Pyle
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky weighs more than 300 pounds and just met the girl of his dreams. After high school quarterback O. Douglas defends Andrew from bullies, he realizes this is his chance to change and he tries out for the football team. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Chronic City     DB 70289
15 hours 27 minutes
by Jonathan Lethem
read by Barry Bernson
Future Manhattan. Former child actor Chase finds himself back in the limelight when his fiancée, an astronaut, is trapped in orbit. Chase befriends wayward culture critic Perkus Tooth and ghostwriter Oona Laszlo as an escaped tiger and a simulated parallel universe terrorize the city. Strong language. 2009.

Fat Cat     DB 70291
7 hours 39 minutes
by Robin Brande
read by Jill Fox
Overweight but academically ambitious and determined to outshine her nemesis Matt, Catherine Locke adapts her lifestyle to that of hominins from 1.8 million years ago for Mr. Fizer's science fair project. As the experiment progresses and pounds drop, Cat notices unexpected changes in her life. For senior high readers. 2009.

The Christmas List     DB 70292
4 hours 26 minutes
by Richard Paul Evans
read by Jack Fox
Three weeks before Christmas, the newspaper erroneously publishes the obituary of Utah real-estate developer James Kier. Kier discovers what others really think of him and sets about making amends to the people he has hurt, including the cancer-stricken wife he's divorcing and his estranged son. 2009.

The Four Corners of the Sky     DB 70294
17 hours 9 minutes
by Michael Malone
read by Gary Tipton
Navy pilot Annie Goode receives an urgent message from her father Jack, a wanted con man. He claims he's dying and needs Annie to fly his old plane on one last escapade. Annie hopes the adventure will reveal the truth about her mother—but it discloses much more. Strong language. 2009.

Deadly Pursuit     DB 70298
6 hours 2 minutes
by T.V. Olsen
read by Jack Fox
Wyoming. Aging trapper Silas Pine rides into Grafton in a last attempt to reconcile with his estranged son Noah, the town marshal. Silas, who arrives in the middle of a bank robbery, finds himself a member of a posse led by Noah—not exactly the reunion he planned. Some violence. 1995.

Wellspring     DB 70299
9 hours 48 minutes
by Janice Holt Giles
read by Mitzi Friedlander
Nineteen fiction and nonfiction selections examine the land and people of Giles's adopted state of Kentucky. In "The Minor Miracle" a young minister confronts his own theological skepticism. "According to His Lights" analyzes Appalachian cultural and religious mentalities. Several essays provide insight into Giles's personal life and writing process. 1957.

A Cousin's Promise: Indiana Cousins, Book 1     DB 70301
8 hours 56 minutes
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
read by J. Michael McCullough
Wayne Lambright loses his leg in a car accident during a weekend getaway from his Indiana Amish community. Afraid his injuries will prevent him from being a good husband, Wayne breaks his engagement to Loraine Miller. Loraine hopes to reconcile, but the return of her ex-boyfriend complicates her feelings. 2009.

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Funny How Things Change     DB 70302
5 hours 40 minutes
by Melissa Wyatt
read by Andy Pyle
Lisa convinces her boyfriend Remyto escape from their mountain town in West Virginia and move away with her when she starts college. But Remy meets Dana, an outsider painting a mural on the community water tower, and Remy reevaluates his future and his home. For senior high readers. 2009.

Even Money     DB 70306
9 hours 58 minutes
by Dick Francis and Felix Francis
read by Fred Major
After a steeplechase event, British bookmaker Ned Talbot meets his father, who Ned thought had been dead for thirty-seven years. But then Ned sees him murdered. Already coping with a mentally ill wife, Ned uncovers family secrets and determines the reason his father was killed. 2009.

Lethal Legend: A Diana Spaulding Mystery     DB 70307
8 hours 13 minutes
by Kathy Lynn Emerson
read by Jill Fox
Maine, 1888. Diana Spaulding's fiancé Dr. Ben Northcote visits the private island of his friend Graham Somener, where workers at an archaeological site have been poisoned and another is murdered. Ben investigates, and, as she plans her wedding, Diana uses her reporting skills to probe Graham's secrets. 2008.

Tempt Me at Twilight     DB 70309
9 hours 2 minutes
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Erin Jones
London, 1852. Unable to marry her true love, Poppy Hathaway gives in to a kiss from hotel owner Harry Rutledge and, to avoid a scandal, accepts his proposal. Harry adores Poppy, but she has doubts about her choice until she learns about Harry's difficult past. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery     DB 70310
6 hours 30 minutes
by Parnell Hall
read by John Polk
Martin Kessler, a high school English teacher and part-time hit man, hires PI Stanley Hastings to help him quit the assassination business. Martin wants Stanley to keep him from completing his latest assignment. Stanley soon finds himself in trouble with both the mob and the law. Some strong language. 2007.

Blood Game     DB 70311
9 hours 19 minutes
by Iris Johansen
read by Madelyn Buzzard
While recovering from events in Quicksand (DB/RC 66615), forensic-reconstruction sculptor Eve Duncan and her lover, detective Joe Quinn, investigate the murder of a senator's daughter. The trail leads to a serial killer who believes in vampires. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

A Quilter's Holiday: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel     DB 70312
7 hours 59 minutes
by Jennifer Chiaverini
read by Mitzi Friedlander
The quilters of Elm Creek begin a Thanksgiving project to represent appreciation and gratitude for all of life's blessings. Meanwhile, Sarah waits for the birth of her twins, newcomer Anna hopes her friendship with Jeremy evolves, and a blizzard blankets the area. 2009.

A Touch of Grace: Daughters of Blessing, Book 3     DB 70313
12 hours 0 minutes
by Lauraine Snelling
read by Mitzi Friedlander
North Dakota, 1902. Jonathan Gould's wealthy New York family sends him to the town of Blessing to learn the value of manual labor. While staying at the Bjorklund farm, Jonathan is drawn to Grace Knutson. But Grace has always had her heart set on Toby Valders—despite her parents' disapproval. 2008.

Purple Heart     DB 70314
4 hours 29 minutes
by Patricia McCormick
read by Barry Bernson
After waking up in the hospital, eighteen-year-old Private Matt Duffy has trouble remembering the incident that caused his brain injury. Haunted by fractured memories of a young Iraqi boy's death, Matt struggles to adapt and eventually return to combat. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2009.

Prophecy of the Sisters     DB 70316
7 hours 38 minutes
by Michelle Zink
read by Erin Jones
Hours after Lia's father's strange death, a mark of a snake appears on Lia's wrist pulling her and her twin sister Alice into a dark prophecy. In an epic fight of good versus evil, the sisters become each other's enemy. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

Star Wars: Death Troopers     DB 70317
7 hours 51 minutes
by Joe Schreiber
read by Alec Volz
When the thrusters on the Imperial prison barge Purge break down on the way to a remote detention moon, the navicomputer alerts the crew to a nearby, seemingly abandoned Star Destroyer. But the scouting party returns with something more deadly and savage than the convicts onboard. Violence. 2009.

A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson     DB 70318
7 hours 47 minutes
by Barbara Dana
read by Jill Fox
Amherst, Massachusetts; 1839–1854. A fictional account of Emily Dickinson's youth between the ages of nine and twenty-four. Describes her close family ties, year at Mt. Holyoke College, friendships, crushes on boys, and—above all—her joy in writing poetry. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2009.

The Quiet War     DB 70472
16 hours 53 minutes
by Paul McAuley
read by Mary Kane
After Earth is damaged by climate change and the Overturn, many refugees escape to Mars and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Greater Brazil's powerful families and green saints control most of the remaining survivors and create innovative warfare technology to prepare Earth for war with the Outers. 2009.

Her Fearful Symmetry     DB 70505
15 hours 29 minutes
by Audrey Niffenegger
read by Laura Giannarelli
Mirror-image twins Julia and Valentina inherit the London flat of Aunt Elspeth Noblin, their mother's estranged twin sister. After moving from Chicago to London, the young women meet obsessive-compulsive neighbor Martin, Elspeth's shy younger lover Robert, and Elspeth's ghost, who has plans for Robert and Valentina. 2009.

The Fury and Dark Reunion: The Vampire Diaries     DB 70514
12 hours 50 minutes
by L.J. Smith
read by James Konicek
The third and fourth novels in the Vampire Diaries series. In The Fury Elena is tricked by Damon and confronts her worst fears. In Dark Reunion Elena, Stefan, and Damon join forces to fight an evil enemy. For senior high readers. 1991.

Below Zero     DB 70543
10 hours 29 minutes
by C.J. Box
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Wyoming. Game warden Joe Pickett's daughter receives text messages from someone claiming to be Joe's foster child April, who was believed to have been killed in a botched raid six years ago. Hoping April might still be alive, Joe sets out to find her—but encounters a murderous environmentalist. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.

Dreams beneath Your Feet: A Novel of the Mountain Men     DB 70575
8 hours 18 minutes
by Win Blevins
read by Jim Zeiger
1840s. The declining fur trade brings trapper Sam Morgan and his companions to California. They shelter a brutalized Hawaiian woman seeking protection from her husband—who'll stop at nothing to kill her. Sequel to A Long and Winding Road (DB 70528). Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

The Sky Is Everywhere     DB 70626
7 hours 15 minutes
by Jandy Nelson
read by Julia Whelan
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, a studious clarinet player, finds herself thrust into the limelight after her sister Bailey dies. Lennie grapples with her growing attachment to Bailey's boyfriend Toby and her interest in newcomer Joe. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

McKettricks of Texas: Tate     DB 70648
10 hours 14 minutes
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Ray Foushee
Texas. Tate McKettrick operates a cattle ranch and deals with his ex-wife and their twins while Libby Remington runs her coffee shop. Tate and Libby have relationship doubts, but the former high school sweethearts fall in love all over again. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

Friends in High Places     DB 70772
8 hours 14 minutes
by Donna Leon
read by David Hartley-Margolin
After Venetian city surveyor Franco Rossi informs policeman Guido Brunetti that Brunetti is living in an illegal addition to a fifteenth-century building, Rossi falls from a scaffold to his death. Brunetti investigates the bureaucrat's demise and uncovers bribery, political corruption, and murder. 2000.

Dune Road     DB 70773
10 hours 31 minutes
by Jane Green
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
In Highfield, Connecticut, recently divorced Kit learns she has a sister. Then Kit's long-widowed novelist boss falls for Kit's new girlfriend Tracy, while another friend, Charlie, loses her nanny and house when her husband's finance job falls victim to the recession. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Endless Forest     DB 70774
20 hours 35 minutes
by Sara Donati
read by Kristin Allison
Paradise, New York; 1824. Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner welcome home their daughter Lily and their ward Martha. But Martha's mother Jemima, who previously abandoned the girl, returns and causes trouble. Sequel to Queen of Swords (DB/RC 63781). Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome     DB 70775
16 hours 30 minutes
by Robert Harris
read by Jim Zeiger
Slave Tiro, secretary to the statesman-philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero, from Imperium (DB/RC 63427), continues to chronicle his master's rise to fame and power. Cicero bribes his way into becoming a consul but is despised by his fellow politicians, including Gaius Julius Caesar, who conspire to assassinate him. Some strong language. 2010.

Grave Sins     DB 70777
7 hours 46 minutes
by Jenna Maclaine
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
England, 1828. Dulcinea "Cin" Craven, the newly undead Red Witch of the Righteous from Wages of Sin (DB 70553), seeks out alleged mass-murdering vampire queen Marrakesh. But Cin questions Marrakesh's guilt and searches for the real culprit. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2009.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 20     DB 70778
24 hours 3 minutes
edited by Stephen Jones
read by Kristin Allison
Twenty-one tales of horror, fantasy, and the supernatural. Includes Gary McMahon's "Through the Cracks," Ramsey Campbell's "The Long Way," and Brian Lumley's "The Place of Waiting." Provides an overview of the genre and publishing in 2008. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

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The Rose of Sebastopol     DB 70779
13 hours 18 minutes
by Katharine McMahon
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1855. When her fiancé Dr. Henry Thewell falls ill treating Crimean War wounded, Mariella Lingwood rushes to his bedside. But the name he whispers is that of Mariella's cousin Rosa, a battlefield nurse. Mariella travels to the front lines in Sebastopol to find Rosa and learn the truth. 2007.

The Wedding Girl     DB 70780
9 hours 25 minutes
by Madeleine Wickham
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Ten years ago, Milly married her American friend Allan so he could stay in England with his male lover. But now, just days before Milly is to wed her fiancé Simon, a chance encounter threatens to expose her secret. To avert scandal, Milly must find Allan. Some strong language. 1999.

Amber and Blood: The Dark Disciple, Volume 3     DB 70781
10 hours 41 minutes
by Margaret Weis
read by Jill Ferris
Mina, from Amber and Iron (DB/RC 64189), snaps when she learns she is a god in mortal guise. The discovery also angers her former lover Chemosh, the God of Death. Guarded by Rhys the monk and other companions, Mina journeys to the elusive Godshome to uncover her hidden past. 2008.

Apple Turnover Murder     DB 70782
7 hours 27 minutes
by Joanne Fluke
read by Kristin Allison
Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota, is busily baking for a three-day charity event. When her former college professor—and one-time fling—Bradford Ramsey arrives in town, Hannah seeks to keep her reputation safe. But she must investigate when Brad is murdered. Includes recipes. 2010.

The Birthday Present     DB 70783
10 hours 37 minutes
by Barbara Vine
read by David Hartley-Margolin
England. For his married lover Hebe's birthday, Parliament member Ivor Tesham arranges for her to be kidnapped, bound and gagged, and taken to a romantic destination. But a fatal car crash derails the plan. Ivor attempts to cover up his involvement to save his political career. Some violence. 2008.

The Last Surgeon     DB 70784
10 hours 58 minutes
by Michael Palmer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Jillian Coates can't believe her sister Belle's death was a suicide and starts her own inquiry. She meets Dr. Nick Garrity, an Afghanistan war veteran who works with the homeless. They discover a suspicious plastic surgery facility while an assassin tracks their moves. Some violence and some strong language. 2010.

The Golden City: Fourth Realm Trilogy, Book 3     DB 70785
12 hours 57 minutes
by John Twelve Hawks
read by Erik Sandvold
Gabriel Corrigan continues to search for his trapped lover, the Harlequin Maya, while struggling to prevent his evil brother Michael and the Brethren from using an advanced technology for world domination. Sequel to Dark River (DB/RC 64447). Some violence. 2009.

The Believer     DB 70787
10 hours 50 minutes
by Ann H. Gabhart
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Kentucky, 1833. After their father dies, Elizabeth Duncan and her sisters take refuge with the Shakers, a religious sect that practices communal living and celibacy. Believer Ethan Boyd, who hasn't yet made a commitment decision regarding the community, finds his faith tested when he falls in love with Elizabeth. 2009.

Horns     DB 70788
15 hours 6 minutes
by Joe Hill
read by Jim Zeiger
Hungover Ignatius Perrish wakes up and discovers he has horns growing out of his skull and can hear people's evil thoughts. Ig uses this newfound ability to solve—and avenge—his girlfriend's brutal murder. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2010.

Traitors' Gate: Crossroads, Book 3     DB 70789
30 hours 6 minutes
by Kate Elliott
read by Kristin Allison
With the order in disarray since the massacre of the eagle-reeves, Joss accepts command and unites the survivors to defend their land against the corrupt Guardians of the Hundred. Sequel to Shadow Gate (DB/RC 69941). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Body in the Sleigh: A Faith Fairchild Mystery     DB 70790
9 hours 41 minutes
by Katherine Hall Page
read by Jill Ferris
Caterer Faith Fairchild and her family are spending Christmas at their cottage on Sanpere Island, Maine. When Faith discovers a young woman's body in a holiday display and a neighbor finds a baby boy in the barn, Faith looks for a connection. 2009.

Remarkable Creatures     DB 70792
9 hours 2 minutes
by Tracy Chevalier
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1804. Spinster Elizabeth Philpot and her sisters are exiled from London to the coastal village of Lyme Regis when their brother marries. Elizabeth meets local girl Mary Anning, who hunts for fossils to support her family. Their interest in science leads to a friendship despite differences in age and social status. 2010.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull     DB 70793
10 hours 31 minutes
by James Rollins
read by Erik Sandvold
1957. Soviets seeking to harness the unfathomable power of mysterious crystal skulls take professor Harold Oxley captive. To derail the nefarious plans of the communists and save his colleague, archaeologist Indiana Jones teams up with his old flame Marion Ravenwood and a hotheaded teenage biker. Some violence. 2008.

Strong Enough to Die     DB 70794
10 hours 51 minutes
by Jon Land
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Texas. Ex-ranger Caitlin Strong applies for a therapist position at a torture-victims' treatment center, where she encounters her missing husband, a government contractor presumed killed in Iraq. An ensuing plot involving national security forces Caitlin to team up with a dangerous former foe. Strong language and some violence. 2009.

Taming the Highland Bride     DB 70797
8 hours 46 minutes
by Lynsay Sands
read by Mare Trevathan
Merry Stewart is dismayed when she meets her betrothed Alexander d'Aumesbery, who appears to be a useless drunk like her father and brothers. But Alexander's hang-overs are the result of poisoning. Companion to Devil of the Highlands (DB/RC 68845). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

The Domino Pattern     DB 70799
11 hours 55 minutes
by Timothy Zahn
read by Jim Zeiger
Frank Compton, from Odd Girl Out (DB 70761), and his assistant Bayta are stuck on a galactic train for six weeks with an alien force that wants them dead. When passengers die from an unknown poison, they try to catch the killer. Some violence. 2009.

Surrender of a Siren     DB 70800
11 hours 0 minutes
by Tessa Dare
read by Kristin Allison
1817. Heiress Sophia Hathaway escapes a conventional life, jilts her fiancé, and misleads Mr. Benedict "Gray" Grayson to gain passage aboard the ship Aphrodite. Sophia soon finds herself on a grand adventure, while passion flares with Gray. Companion to Goddess of the Hunt (DB 70762). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

Seaflower: A Kydd Sea Adventure     DB 70801
12 hours 46 minutes
by Julian Stockwin
read by Erik Sandvold
Following the devastating shipwreck of the Artemis (DB 70763), Thomas Kydd and Nicholas are assigned to a Royal Navy cutter in the Caribbean. As Britain and Napoleonic France fight to control the West Indies, the Seaflower endures battles, storms, and shark attacks. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Evil at Heart     DB 70804
8 hours 59 minutes
by Chelsea Cain
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Portland. Mutilated body parts decorated with graffiti hearts indicate fugitive serial killer Gretchen Lowell has struck again. Detective Archie Sheridan, from Sweetheart (DB/RC 67716), who was suicidal after his encounters with Lowell, leaves the psych ward to join the hunt. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

No Time to Wave Goodbye     DB 70805
8 hours 3 minutes
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Vincent Cappadora makes a documentary film about kidnapping with help from his sister Kerry and brother Ben, who was abducted as a child in The Deep End of the Ocean (RC 42874). The movie wins an Oscar, but happiness is short-lived when Ben's own daughter vanishes. Some strong language. 2009.

Chasing Perfect: A Fool's Gold Romance     DB 70811
8 hours 36 minutes
by Susan Mallery
read by Tanya Eby
When city planner Charity Jones moves to the small town of Fool's Gold, California, the mayor plays matchmaker for Charity and Tour de France-winning cyclist Josh Golden. But a team member's death has left Josh too traumatized to start a relationship. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

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Savor the Moment: The Bride Quartet, Book 3     DB 70812
8 hours 55 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by Angela Dawe
Laurel is the cake baker at Vows, the Connecticut wedding-planning company she runs with friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. Though in love since childhood with Parker's older brother Delaney, a lawyer, Laurel is afraid to act on her feelings. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Wicked: Curse     DB 70817
6 hours 38 minutes
by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
read by Cassandra Morris
Witch Holly, from Witch (DB 70596), learns the truth about the Cather family curse, discovers her parents' deaths weren't accidents, and has a vision of Jer alive. But she realizes that she can't rescue him. Violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2003.

Wicked: Legacy     DB 70818
7 hours 25 minutes
by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
read by Cassandra Morris
Witches Holly, Amanda, and Nicole, from Curse (DB 70817), are now in college. After Holly learns that her uncle and her mother's best friend are in danger, she must battle evil to save them. Violence. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2003.

Wicked: Spellbound     DB 70819
7 hours 56 minutes
by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
read by Cassandra Morris
After being pulled from Dreamtime, Holly is unstable and held captive by Michael Deveraux. As Jer plots to rescue Holly, his soul mate, kidnappers are keeping Nicole on Avalon Island. Sequel to Legacy (DB 70818). Violence. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2003.

Wicked: Resurrection     DB 70820
9 hours 50 minutes
by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
read by Cassandra Morris
Witches Holly, Amanda, and Nicole, from Spellbound (DB 70819), confront a powerful family traitor to end the feud between the House of Cahors and the House of Deveraux and save the witch line from extinction. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

A Kiss before the Apocalypse: A Remy Chandler Novel     DB 70821
8 hours 0 minutes
by Thomas E. Sniegoski
read by Luke Daniels
Boston PI Remy Chandler has renounced life as an angel but retains his special abilities, including understanding all languages. When the Angel of Death disappears, Remy's heavenly former colleagues hire him to investigate—and to find missing, apocalypse-inducing scrolls. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Dancing on the Head of a Pin: A Remy Chandler Novel     DB 70822
7 hours 46 minutes
by Thomas E. Sniegoski
read by Luke Daniels
Grieving the loss of his wife, PI Remy Chandler—from Kiss before the Apocalypse (DB 70821)—seeks out dangerous, supernatural jobs to cope. He investigates a stolen cache of ancient weaponry that possesses the power to destroy both Heaven and Earth. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Where Angels Fear to Tread: A Remy Chandler Novel     DB 70823
8 hours 35 minutes
by Thomas E. Sniegoski
read by Luke Daniels
A distraught mother pleads with PI Remy Chandler to find her kidnapped autistic daughter. He reluctantly agrees after he discovers that the six-year-old has the gift of prophecy. Sequel to Dancing on the Head of a Pin (DB 70822). Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

One Kiss from You     DB 70827
8 hours 33 minutes
by Christina Dodd
read by Justine Eyre
England, 1800s. Shy Eleanor de Lacy impersonates her cousin Madeline, from Scandalous Again (DB/RC 55892). Madeline hopes the charade will deter her unwanted fiancé Remington Knight from marriage. Instead, Remington falls in love—disrupting his planned revenge against the de Lacys. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2003.

My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding     DB 70828
11 hours 32 minutes
edited by P.N. Elrod
read by Nancy Wu
Nine short stories about occult weddings. Jim Butcher's "Something Borrowed" finds wizard detective Harry Dresden dealing with a bridezilla fairy. Other tales feature werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and Elvis. Includes works by L.A. Banks, Charlaine Harris, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

Writing Jane Austen     DB 70829
9 hours 4 minutes
by Elizabeth Aston
read by Julia Whelan
American writer Georgina Jackson, now in England, is stuck on the first chapter of her new book when her editor commissions her to finish a Jane Austen manuscript. But Georgina has never read Austen so she seeks help from her landlord, his sister, and his housekeeper. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Inheritance     DB 70831
12 hours 19 minutes
by Simon Tolkien
read by Simon Tolkien
England, 1959. Disinherited Stephen Cade is convicted of killing his father, a famed Oxford historian. But detective inspector William Trave's investigation leads him to France, where he uncovers a World War II incident involving the elder Cade that might explain his murder. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Hypnotist     DB 70832
11 hours 6 minutes
by M.J. Rose
read by Phil Gigante
FBI agent Lucian Glass suspects that Malachai Samuels, director of a reincarnation group, is after a Greek sculpture from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Undercover at Samuels's foundation, Glass agrees to be hypnotized, then revisits past lives that hold keys to the future. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Earth Abides     DB 70833
15 hours 12 minutes
by George R. Stewart
read by Jonathan Davis
A plague sweeps the globe, wiping out most of the human race. California intellectual loner Isherwood, who has immunity to the disease, and Em, a woman, survive. But can their descendants restore modern civilization? Some violence. International Fantasy Award. Commercial audiobook. 1949.

In the Shadow of the Cypress     DB 70834
8 hours 0 minutes
by Thomas Steinbeck
read by Jeff Harding
In 1906 marine biologist Charles Gilbert discovers two artifacts under the roots of a storm-toppled cypress tree that prove the Chinese arrived in America before Columbus. A century later surfer/scientist Luke finds Gilbert's journal and searches for the treasure. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War     DB 70845
24 hours 47 minutes
by Karl Marlantes
read by John Polk
Vietnam, 1969. Reserve second lieutenant Waino Mellas is airlifted into the jungle to command a squad of marines at a base near Laos called the Matterhorn. Mellas has to fight not only the enemy but racial tensions, bad weather, illness, and senseless orders. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

The Sinful Nights of a Nobleman     DB 70854
7 hours 58 minutes
by Jillian Hunter
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
England, 1815. At a masked ball Lord Devon Boscastle and Jocelyn Lydbury mistake each other for their respective suitors and are caught in a compromising situation. After they are forced to marry and Jocelyn's life is threatened, Devon realizes the depth of his love. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Royal Flush     DB 70855
8 hours 10 minutes
by Rhys Bowen
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1932. Lady Georgiana's latest business venture, a dinner-and-dancing escort service, ends in an awkward misunderstanding. To avoid scandal, Scotland Yard sends Georgiana to her ancestral Scottish estate to keep an amorous American woman from seducing the prince of Wales—and possibly stop a killer who is targeting the royal family. 2009.

Far Bright Star     DB 70857
5 hours 43 minutes
by Robert Olmstead
read by David Hartley-Margolin
1916. After Pancho Villa and his bandits loot and kill in New Mexico, Napoleon Childs leads a novice cavalry expedition to hunt them down. But when a braggart does something reckless, the men are at the mercy of the bloodthirsty Dorados. Violence and some strong language. 2009.

A Piggly Wiggly Wedding     DB 70859
8 hours 44 minutes
by Robert Dalby
read by Jill Ferris
More than fifty years after they fell in love, Second Creek, Mississippi, mayor Hale "Mr. Choppy" Dunbar—from Kissing Babies at the Piggly Wiggly (DB/RC 66542)—is marrying rich Illinois widow Gaylie Girl Lyons. The townspeople rally around Dunbar to welcome his fiancée and her disapproving children. 2009.

Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel     DB 70861
9 hours 53 minutes
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware investigate the murder of prep-school teacher Elise Freeman. But the police chief's son attends the school, so discretion is a must. Suspects include the victim's boyfriend, colleagues, and students. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2010.

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The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke     DB 70862
8 hours 28 minutes
by Jillian Hunter
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1815. Widow Emma Boscastle runs a school for young ladies in London. At a wedding, Adrian Ruxley, a friend of Emma's mischievous brothers, rescues her from the unwanted advances of a suitor. Emma tries to resist Adrian's rakish charms but quickly falls in love. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Home in Carolina     DB 70864
9 hours 52 minutes
by Sherryl Woods
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Sports therapist Annie returns home to Serenity, South Carolina, to find that her former lover, pro baseball player Tyler, is also home recuperating from an injury. Tyler tries to reconcile, but Annie still feels betrayed by his affair, which produced a son. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

Plum Pudding Murder     DB 70865
7 hours 32 minutes
by Joanne Fluke
read by Kristin Allison
Baker Hannah Swenson of Lake Eden, Minnesota, discovers the corpse of Larry Jaeger, the crooked owner of the Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot. Jaeger's fiancée, his ex-wife, a community college professor, and the town mayor are all suspects. Includes recipes. 2009.

In Bed with the Duke     DB 70866
9 hours 0 minutes
by Christina Dodd
read by Kristin Allison
Moricadia, 1849. Michael Durant, heir to the duke of Nevitt, secretly exacts revenge for his two-year imprisonment by riding as the ghostly Reaper. Although still under house arrest, Durant is allowed to attend a party, where he meets lady's companion Emma Chegwidden. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2010.

Lake Magic     DB 70873
9 hours 40 minutes
by Kimberly Fisk
read by Kristin Allison
Jenny, still mourning the death of her fiancé Steven, discovers that their seaplane charter business is half-owned by Steven's friend, ex-navy pilot Jared Worth. Jared wants his investment money back but doesn't count on the charms of a small-town girl. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

There Goes the Bride: An Agatha Raisin Mystery     DB 70877
7 hours 3 minutes
by M.C. Beaton
read by Jill Ferris
As Agatha and her colleagues gather for her ex-husband's wedding to much-younger Felicity, they learn the bride was fatally shot. Agatha, at first a suspect, soon is hired by Felicity's mother to find the killer. Suave Frenchman Sylvan Dubois distracts Agatha from her sleuthing. Some strong language. 2009.

A Blue and Gray Christmas     DB 70886
6 hours 36 minutes
by Joan Medlicott
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
When a historic restoration crew unearths a rusty box, friends Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover it contains the diaries and letters of two soldiers—one Southern and one Northern—chronicling the Civil War era in Covington, North Carolina. The women track down the men's descendants and arrange a reunion. 2009.

Vanishing Act     DB 70892
6 hours 13 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Faith Potts
The women of the Sisterhood are relaxing on Big Pine Mountain when they learn that Yoko's true love Harry Wong has been targeted by an identity-theft ring and is losing his dojo and all of his money. The Sisterhood bands together to seek revenge. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

The Forgotten Garden     DB 70900
17 hours 33 minutes
by Kate Morton
read by Annie Wauters
At twenty-one Nell learns that as a young child she was abandoned on a ship to Australia. When her adopted father passes away decades later, she travels to England to find her identity. But secrets remain until her granddaughter Cassandra picks up the investigation after Nell's death. Bestseller. 2008.

Deep Shadow     DB 70902
11 hours 18 minutes
by Randy Wayne White
read by Gregory Gorton
Doc Ford takes Tomlinson, Arlis, and teenager Will on a diving expedition in central Florida, where he believes a lake hides Cuban treasure. But two killers are hiding nearby, an underwater landslide traps Doc's friends in a cave, and a sea monster harasses them. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

Flirt     DB 70904
4 hours 31 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Annie Wauters
Powerful necromancer Anita Blake, from Skin Trade (DB 69848), refuses to reanimate the wife of broken-hearted widower Tony Bennington. But Tony is willing to use any means necessary to get Anita to do what he desires. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

Río Chama: A Western Story     DB 70905
6 hours 37 minutes
by Johnny D. Boggs
read by Mark Delgado
New Mexico, 1890s. Jeremiah Cole, a senator's son, receives the death penalty for killing a priest, but people fear he'll be rescued by his father's men before he reaches the gallows. For mysterious reasons, gunfighter and gambler Britton Wade vows to deliver Cole to his execution. Some violence. 2009.

Leviathan     DB 70906
8 hours 45 minutes
by Scott Westerfeld
read by Mark Ashby
Alek Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, escapes in a Cyklop Stormwalker from the clutches of the Clanker powers who are plotting global domination. He forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn, a girl disguised as a boy fighting genetically engineered beasts like the airship Leviathan. For senior high readers. 2009.

Blood's a Rover     DB 70907
21 hours 57 minutes
by James Ellroy
read by Steven Carpenter
1968–1972. Former cop Wayne Tedrow Jr. oversees the construction of Mafia casinos in Central America. Meanwhile FBI agent Dwight Holly executes Hoover's crusade against black militants and left-wingers, especially shadowy revolutionary Joan Klein. Sequel to Cold Six Thousand (RC 52349). Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Deadly Deals     DB 70908
7 hours 3 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Faith Potts
Attorney Lizzie Fox and the Sisterhood help Tom and Rachel Dawson reclaim the twins they adopted but lost when the birth mother took them back. The vigilantes discover that prominent Washington, D.C., lawyer Baron Bell is behind a baby-selling swindle. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

Tempted: House of Night     DB 70910
10 hours 27 minutes
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
read by Mary Kane
As Zoey and Stark recover from the battle they faced in Hunted (DB 69098), Zoey struggles with her connection to A-ya. Meanwhile, Zoey's best friend Stevie Rae behaves strangely, disappears at times, and keeps her activities secret, causing trust issues. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Darklight     DB 70911
7 hours 8 minutes
by Lesley Livingston
read by Mark Delgado
New York. Faerie princess Kelley Winslow, from Wondrous Strange (DB 70194), is without her love, guardian Sonny Flannery. After a dangerous encounter in Central Park, Kelley journeys to the otherworld to untangle the strands of a magical conspiracy and see Sonny again. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2010.

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones     DB 70913
11 hours 21 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Annie Wauters
The adventures of residents of a Scottish neighborhood continue from The World according to Bertie (DB 69310). Six-year-old Bertie wants to join the Boy Scouts but his overbearing mother has reservations. Gallery owner Matthew takes his bride on a surprise Australian honeymoon, while an artist's dog sires a litter. 2008.

Trick or Treachery: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery     DB 70914
6 hours 58 minutes
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
Cabot Cove, Maine. After warning that the ghost of the town's legendary murderess will soon rise to wreak havoc, paranormal investigator Lucas Tremaine crashes a Halloween party, where one of the guests is murdered. Mystery writer and costumed attendee Jessica Fletcher must determine who was the killer. 2000.

Changes: The Dresden Files     DB 70918
15 hours 34 minutes
by Jim Butcher
read by Gregory Gorton
Susan Rodriguez calls her former lover Harry Dresden with news that Arianna Ortega, duchess of the Red Court, plans to use against Harry. Meanwhile, the peace between the court and the wizards leaves Harry in a tricky situation. Sequel to Turn Coat (DB 69100). Violence and some strong language. 2010.

The Burning Land     DB 70920
13 hours 3 minutes
by Bernard Cornwell
read by Robert Sams
After the events in Sword Song (RC 66498), pagan Saxon warlord Uhtred leaves the service of Alfred the Great, intending to reclaim his ancestral home in Northumbria. But that goal is postponed when Alfred's daughter appeals for help fighting off the Danes. Violence and some strong language. 2010.

Bad Move     DB 70922
9 hours 40 minutes
by Linwood Barclay
read by Gregory Gorton
Science fiction novelist and chronic worrier Zack Walker convinces his family to move from the inner city to a new, suburban development that he believes is safer. But he soon stumbles upon two dead bodies, a find that puts his family in mortal danger. Violence and strong language. 2004.

War Dances     DB 70926
4 hours 51 minutes
by Sherman Alexie
read by Julian Thompson
Short stories and a scattering of poems that explore the Native American viewpoint. In the title piece, a son confronting the possibility of having a brain tumor recalls his father's losing battle with alcoholism and diabetes. Some strong language. PEN/Faulkner Award. 2009.

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Jumped     DB 70927
3 hours 14 minutes
by Rita Williams-Garcia
read by Mary Kane
The lives of three urban teens are entwined for one tension-filled day. Trina unwittingly annoys a raging Dominique while Leticia watches. When she overhears Dominique's plan to beat up Trina after school, Leticia is torn over whether to get involved. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Too Close to Home     DB 70934
13 hours 23 minutes
by Linwood Barclay
read by Erik Todd Dellums
Teenager Derek Cutter is hiding in his neighbors' house when they unexpectedly return and are inexplicably gunned down. Terrified, he tells no one. After Derek is arrested for the murders, his father frantically tries to link a missing computer to the real killer. Strong language and some violence. 2008.

The Seventh Victim     DB 70938
12 hours 41 minutes
by Alan Jacobson
read by Mary Kane
Virginia. FBI profiler Karen Vail's messy divorce and custody battle hamper her hunt for a serial killer known as Dead Eyes. As the investigation continues, she learns facts about her past that link her to the killings. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Clean Kill: A Sniper Novel     DB 70945
10 hours 0 minutes
by Jack Coughlin
read by Gregory Gorton
The Israeli-Saudi peace process, brokered in Scotland, sours when a missile strike kills the Israeli foreign minister and several others and injures Saudi Arabia's ambassador prince. Gunnery Sergeant Kyle Swanson and his Trident team, from Dead Shot (DB 69312), hunt for the responsible party. Violence and strong language. 2010.

Secret of the Dragon     DB 70947
13 hours 56 minutes
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
read by Mark Delgado
Legate Acronis's troops capture the chief of the Vindrasi, Skylan Ivorson from Bones of the Dragon (DB 68637), and take him to Sinaria. There, the enslaved Skylan and his crew must fight in the Para Dix, a complex gladiatorial game. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2010.

Gone: Wake Trilogy, Book 3     DB 70948
4 hours 12 minutes
by Lisa McMann
read by Mary Kane
Eighteen-year-old Janie, from Fade (DB 69638), worries about her future with Cabe and the blindness that will result if she continues to use her ability to enter others' dreams. The return of her absentee father complicates the situation. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2010.

Powersat     DB 71001
15 hours 29 minutes
by Ben Bova
read by Erik Todd Dellums
Businessman Dan Randolph's dreams are shattered when his only experimental spaceplane disintegrates during a test flight, leaving his company, Astro Manufacturing Corporation, in tatters. Randolph must stop the Nine, the enigmatic group who sabotaged his spaceplane, before they gain control of his remaining asset, a power satellite. 2005.

Sunborn: The Chaos Chronicles, Volume 4     DB 71002
15 hours 27 minutes
by Jeffrey A. Carver
read by Mark Delgado
Exhausted from their adventures in Infinite Sea (DB/RC 49763), John Bandicut and his alien companions stop to rest at the Cloudminder Interstellar Waystation. Soon they are recruited to join the Starmaker mission and halt a danger that could threaten the galaxy and Earth. 2008.

Untie My Heart     DB 71004
13 hours 41 minutes
by Judith Ivory
read by Colleen Delany
1890s. Returning to England to claim his inheritance, Stuart Aysgarth, the new viscount Mount Villiars, accidentally runs over one of widow Emma Hotchkiss's lambs. Emma schemes to recoup her loss while Stuart concocts his own plot involving revenge on a usurping uncle. Includes recipes. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Spirit Lens: A Novel of the Collegia Magica     DB 71011
17 hours 35 minutes
by Carol Berg
read by Mark Ashby
Hungry for excitement but lacking in magical ability, Portier de Duplais, a curator of the archives at the Collegia Magica de Seravain, answers a mysterious summons by his cousin, the king of Sabria. After an assassination attempt linked to magicians, the king requests Portier's knowledge and help. Some violence. 2010.

Imperfect Birds     DB 71209
10 hours 22 minutes
by Anne Lamott
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
In this sequel to Crooked Little Heart (RC 44316), Rosie Ferguson is entering her senior year in high school. She tries to hide the extent of her drug use from both her recovering alcoholic mother and her stepfather. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel     DB 71229
9 hours 10 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Kristin Allison
Telepath Sookie suffers from the aftermath of being tortured and grief for those she lost in the fae war. But paranormal politics, family issues, her relationship with Eric, and an angry enemy force her to recover quickly. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

The 9th Judgment     DB 71272
7 hours 30 minutes
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
read by Suzanne Toren
Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends puzzle over motives in two cases they don't realize are linked. A well-known actor insists the Hello Kitty jewelry robber shot his wife, while the Lipstick Killer begins murdering mothers and children. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

Heart of the Matter     DB 71280
12 hours 0 minutes
by Emily Giffin
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Boston. Two women, Tessa and Valerie, describe the events surrounding an infidelity. Stay-at-home mom Tessa is married to Nick, a renowned pediatric plastic surgeon. After a marshmallow-roasting accident, lawyer Valerie's young son Charlie becomes Nick's patient. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

Freedom     DB 71329
22 hours 10 minutes
by Jonathan Franzen
read by Robert Sams
St. Paul, Minnesota. Liberal environmentalists Walter and Patty Berglund pioneer the gentrification of their neighborhood. But their seemingly perfect life disintegrates when their son moves in with Republican neighbors and Walter assists the coal industry. Walter's musician friend Richard and Patty's estranged family further complicate matters. Strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

Imperial Bedrooms     DB 71416
4 hours 50 minutes
by Bret Easton Ellis
read by James Konicek
Twenty-five years after the events in Less than Zero (RC 24456), Clay, now a screenwriter, returns to Los Angeles. His friend Trent became a producer—and married Clay's ex-girlfriend. While casting for a film, Clay becomes obsessed with actress Rain Turner. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.

The Confession     DB 71850
13 hours 29 minutes
by John Grisham
read by Mark Delgado
Dying paroled convict Travis Boyette confesses to Lutheran minister Keith Schroeder that he is guilty of the rape and murder of Nicole Yarber, a white Texas high school cheerleader, ten years ago. But African American Donté Drumm, Nicole's former classmate, is about to be executed for the crime. Bestseller. 2010.

Moonlight Mile     DB 71851
8 hours 55 minutes
by Dennis Lehane
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Twelve years after finding kidnapped Amanda McCready in Gone, Baby, Gone (DB 68819), investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are married and parents of four-year-old Gabriella. Then Amanda's aunt shows up and tells Patrick that Amanda, now a sixteen-year-old honors student, is missing again. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

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Books for Children

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Children's Nonfiction

John Paul Jones: America's Sailor    RC66214
3 hours 32 minutes
by Bruce L. Brager
read by Guy Williams
Biography of John Paul Jones, known as the Father of the American Navy, who was born in Scotland in 1747 and died in Paris in 1792. Traces his maritime career—begun at age thirteen—from apprentice seaman to comman-der. Discusses Jones's role in the American Revolutionary War. For grades 6-9. 2006.

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

Thanksgiving: The True Story     DB 69151
3 hours 49 minutes
by Penny Colman
read by Laura Giannarelli
Examines the origins and history of the Thanksgiving holiday as observed in the United States, including information about twelve locations that claim to have held the "first" celebration. Discusses traditional family gatherings, activities (sports and parades), food and menus, and Thanksgiving's broader meaning. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2008.

Hip-Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat     DB 69380
1 hour 40 minutes
edited by Nikki Giovanni
read by Julian Thompson
Fifty-one rhythmic poetry selections from forty-two poets and performers representing a wide range of styles and eras. Highlights works from Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Queen Latifah, and Kanye West. Includes part of Aesop Rock's "No Regrets"—a ditty about little Lucy's yellow-chalk drawings on the sidewalk. For grades 4-7. 2008.

Farm Animals: Chickens, Cows, Goats, Horses, Pigs, Sheep     DB 69442
0 hours 16 minutes
by Robin Nelson
read by Dave Corey
The six books in the series Farm Animals are presented together. Provides facts about the animals' appearance, food, and use and introduces relevant vocabulary. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.

Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl     DB 70282
3 hours 39 minutes
by Albert Marrin
read by Butch Hoover
Discusses causes and effects of the environmental and social disaster that swept across the Great Plains in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Explains that farmers and ranchers unwittingly caused conditions that led to the dust storms and the loss of the land they had settled. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum     DB 70297
3 hours 46 minutes
by Candace Fleming
read by Barry Bernson
Biography of Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810–1891), the founder of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Traces his lifelong interest in presenting his fellow citizens with the amazing diversity of the human and natural world—fossils, mummies, three-headed snakes, Tom Thumb, and the three-ring circus. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road (DB 70949
4 hours 44 minutes
by Priscilla Galloway
read by Mary Kane
Presents accounts of three explorers who journeyed on the Silk Road: Xuanzang, a seventh-century Buddhist pilgrim from China; Genghis Khan, the early-thirteenth-century Mongolian conqueror; and Marco Polo, the late-thirteenth-century Venetian merchant who traveled to the Chinese court. Includes cultural facts about places along the various routes. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Nexi Robot     DB 71015
0 hours 58 minutes
by Toney Allman
read by Mark Delgado
Discusses MIT professor Cynthia Breazeal and her student team's work developing social robots. Explains the dexterity, mobility, and facial expressions of their advanced model Nexi and describes ways similar robots will help human beings. For grades 3-6. 2010.

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Children's Fiction

Surprise Island: A Boxcar Children Mystery, Book 2    RC64077
2 hours 20 minutes
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
read by Graci Ragsdale Miller
The four Alden children are delighted when their grandfather proposes that they spend the summer on a small, family-owned island. They will live in a barn, with old Captain Daniel nearby in the fisherman's hut where Joe, a young handyman with a secret, is also staying. For grades 3-6. 1949.

Tom Swift and His Airship    RC64084
3 hours 57 minutes
by Victor Appleton
read by Peter Lavezzoli
Inventive Tom builds a zeppelin with an experienced balloonist. Eccentric neighbor Mr. Damon joins the crew, and the three flyers navigate their airship Red Cloud through a thunderstorm and police fire. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1910.

Amanda Pig, First Grader    RC65718
0 hours 15 minutes
by Jean Van Leeuwen
read by Kristin Allison
Amanda is excited about starting first grade. Although everything is not exactly as she expected, she soon begins learning to read and finding her way. Easy beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2007.

Mercy Watson, Princess in Disguise: Mercy Watson, Book 4    RC65722
0 hours 21 minutes
by Kate DiCamillo
read by Anne Hancock
By promising her treats, the Watsons persuade their pet pig Mercy to dress up as a princess for Halloween. Mercy is hoping for her favorite, buttered toast. But the trick-or-treat outing turns out differently than expected. Beginning chapter book. For grades K-3. 2007.

Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon    RC65725
8 hours 24 minutes
by Rick Yancey
read by Erik Sandvold
High School sophomore Alfred Kropp, a descendant of Sir Lancelot, is extracted from his foster home to battle the demons imprisoned in a vessel that belonged to King Solomon. Sequel to The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (DB/RC 62068). For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.

Dunk under Pressure    RC65728
1 hour 55 minutes
by Rich Wallace
read by Erik Sandvold
Free-throw specialist Cornell "Dunk" Duncan joins the YMCA summer basketball league all-star team. After losing his confidence in an important game, the seventh-grader realizes that he needs to become an all-around player. For grades 4-7. 2006.

Powers: Annals of the Western Shore, Book 3    RC65916
13 hours 2 minutes
by Ursula K. Le Guin
read by Erik Sandvold
Gavir, a young house slave, takes his older sister Sallo's advice to keep secret his ability to occasionally see into the future. After Sallo is killed, Gavir escapes from slavery to explore the world and his psychic powers. Sequel to Voices (DB/RC 63672). For grades 6-9. 2007.

Tom Swift in the City of Gold; or, Marvelous Adventures Underground    RC65948
4 hours 7 minutes
by Victor Appleton
read by Peter Lavezzoli
Tom, Mr. Damon, Eradicate Sampson, and Tom's father follow a map in Mexico to find an underground city made of gold. They hope to make their fortune but are lucky to escape with their lives. For grades 5-8. 1912.

Eager's Nephew    RC66208
7 hours 22 minutes
by Helen Fox
read by Erik Sandvold
In a world where self-aware robots are banned, Eager and his brilliant but headstrong nephew Jonquil—both robots—come out of hiding to visit the human Bell family. Soon the robots become involved in the mysterious and dangerous events that the Bells are experiencing. Sequel to Eager (DB/RC 59122). For grades 5-8. 2006.

Nacky Patcher and the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats    RC66373
11 hours 52 minutes
by Jeffrey Kluger
read by Erik Synnestvedt
One night a malt-wobbly man, Nacky Patcher, and an eleven-year-old boy, Teedie Flinn, find the wooden planks and masts of an enormous ship in a little lake. They try to unite the inhabitants of Yole to rebuild the vessel—an endeavor that changes all their lives. For grades 5-8. 2007.

When Freedom Comes: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary, Book 3    RC66769
1 hour 34 minutes
by Kristiana Gregory
read by Miriam Wagner
Philadelphia, 1778. Hope's journal describes the difficulties of living with the enemy soldiers who stay in her home and occupy the city. Her brother Ethan leaves to join their father in General Washington's army at Valley Forge. For grades 2-4. 2004.

Top of the Order     DB 69143
3 hours 30 minutes
by John Coy
read by Erik Synnestvedt
Fifth-grader Jackson Kennedy lives for baseball and enjoys his friendship with three good teammates. The four guys forget about problems at home when they're on the field. But now they have to deal with a new team member—Gig's sister! For grades 3-6. 2009.

Meow Means Mischief     DB 69296
1 hour 35 minutes
by Ann Whitehead Nagda
read by Celeste Lawson
Adopting a stray kitten helps Rana, a new student, make friends with fellow cat owner Susan. But Rana's grandmother, who is visiting from India, doesn't like the kitten's mischief at home and tries to stop Rana from keeping it. Companion to Dear Whiskers (RC 54786). For grades 2-4. 2003.

Tarantula Power!     DB 69298
3 hours 30 minutes
by Ann Whitehead Nagda
read by Celeste Lawson
Richard is excited about an "invent a cereal" project at school until the teacher assigns Kevin, a bully, to be his partner. Inspired by the class pet—a tarantula—Richard stands up for a second-grade victim of Kevin. Companion to The Perfect Cat-Sitter (DB 69297). For grades 2-4. 2007.

A Good Night for Ghosts: Magic Tree House, Book 42     DB 69346
1 hour 44 minutes
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Kate Kiley
Jack and Annie travel back in time to 1915 New Orleans to help a teenaged Louis Armstrong fulfill his destiny and become "the King of Jazz." For grades 2-4. 2009.

Emmaline and the Bunny     DB 69440
0 hours 52 minutes
by Katherine Hannigan
read by Miriam Wagner
Emmaline's family lives in Neatasapin, a tidy town where Emmaline is the only child to hop, jump in puddles, and dig in dirt. Emmaline wants a bunny to play with her and sets out to find one. For grades K-3. 2009.

Basketball Bats: Gym Shorts, Book 1     DB 69443
0 hours 42 minutes
by Betty Hicks
read by Gary Roan
The Tigers basketball team challenges Henry and his four friends—Goose, Rocky, Rita, and Jazz—to a match. Determined to win, Henry hogs the ball, but his teammates don't like it. For grades 2-4. 2008.

The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow     DB 69541
6 hours 27 minutes
by Riford McKenzie
read by Brian Hemmingsen
Strange things begin happening at Elijah's New England home just before his twelfth birthday in 1927. Two strange aunts whisk him away to Moaning Marsh, where he realizes that the aunts are witches who need him so they can remove a curse. For grades 4-7. Edgar Award finalist. 2008.

Tales of Horror and Suspense     DB 69542
7 hours 29 minutes
by Edgar Allan Poe
read by John Lescault
Eight mysterious stories by American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849), beginning with "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Cask of Amontillado." Concludes with detective stories "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter." For grades 6-9. 2003.

Troll's-Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales     DB 69546
4 hours 37 minutes
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
read by Nicola Daval
Original stories and poems about fairy-tale villains by fifteen well-known authors. In "Up the Down Beanstalk: A Wife Remembers" by Peter S. Beagle, Mrs. Giant tells a reporter her version of Jack's visit. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Clarence Cochran, a Human Boy     DB 69548
2 hours 33 minutes
by William Loizeaux
read by Julian Thompson
One evening Clarence Cochran wakes up to find that his shiny cockroach wings have disappeared and he has the body of a small human boy. After hearing the household's human mother call the exterminators, Clarence needs a plan to save his cockroach family from extinction. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Genius Squad     DB 70239
15 hours 59 minutes
by Catherine Jinks
read by Guy Williams
Fifteen-year-old genius Cadel Piggott winds up in foster care and under constant police surveillance for protection against evil Prosper English, who is quite possibly his father. Cadel then joins a mysterious group called the Genius Squad. Sequel to Evil Genius (DB/RC 67249). For grades 6-9. 2008.

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Stealing Death     DB 70284
7 hours 57 minutes
by Janet Lee Carey
read by Jack Fox
After slipping out to capture a horse, Kipp Corwin loses his home and almost his entire family in a fire. But Kipp, who can see the death catcher Gwali, plans to steal Kwaja, the sack containing souls, to prevent other people from dying. Some strong language. For grades 6-9. 2009.

The Other Half of Life: A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis
    DB 70295

5 hours 46 minutes
by Kim Ablon Whitney
read by Barry Bernson
In May 1939, Thomas Werkmann sails from Hamburg on a ship filled with German Jewish passengers headed for Cuba. He thinks about Nazi persecution, speaks his mind when he shouldn't, plays chess, and makes friends. But there is no port of refuge for this ship. For grades 5-8. 2009.

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies     DB 70303
4 hours 47 minutes
by Mick Cochrane
read by Jill Fox
Molly's father taught her to pitch a wicked "knuckleball" when he was alive. Now that pitch makes Molly the first girl on the boys' eighth-grade baseball team. Some boys resent her, but catcher Lonnie becomes an ally and her best friend Celia stands steadfast. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)     DB 70304
2 hours 53 minutes
by Lisa Yee
read by Brian Conn
Until fourth grade, Bobby Ellis-Chan and Holly were best friends. Now Holly is best friends with Jillian, who doesn't like boys—especially Bobby. When the class election for Student Council rep becomes a race between Bobby and Holly, he wonders if they'll ever be friends again. For grades 3-6. 2009.

Wild Girl     DB 70322
2 hours 56 minutes
by Patricia Reilly Giff
read by Jill Fox
When twelve-year-old Lidie moves from Brazil to New York, she must prove herself in many ways. Lidie figures that riding the new filly—Wild Girl—that her horse trainer father just bought will show him and her brother, a jockey in training, that she is growing up. For grades 4-7. 2009.

After Ever After     DB 70791
5 hours 30 minutes
by Jordan Sonnenblick
read by Erik Sandvold
Jeffrey Alper, from Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie (DB/RC 64360), makes a deal with best friend and fellow cancer survivor Tad: in return for math tutoring, Jeffrey will help Tad learn to walk again before eighth-grade graduation. Meanwhile, Jeffrey falls for new girl Lindsey. For grades 5-8. 2010.

Stink: Solar System Superhero     DB 70802
1 hour 9 minutes
by Megan McDonald
read by Erik Sandvold
When Stink discovers that Pluto has been downgraded from its status as a planet, he launches a campaign in his classroom to restore its rank as a full-fledged member of the solar system. For grades 2-4. 2010.

Peter and the Sword of Mercy     DB 70808
11 hours 29 minutes
by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
read by Jim Dale
In this Peter Pan story, sequel to Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (DB/RC 65856), Wendy seeks Peter's help in stopping the forces of evil from seizing a secret stash of powerful "starstuff" that can be unlocked with the magical sword of Charlemagne. For grades 4-7. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power     DB 70809
5 hours 44 minutes
by David Pogue
read by David Pogue
After seemingly ordinary eleven-year-old Abby discovers she has an odd but useless power, she goes to a camp for magicians. Soon she and others with similar supernatural abilities are sent to another hideaway where a sinister plot comes to light. For grades 4-7. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris     DB 70815
9 hours 26 minutes
by R.L. LaFevers
read by Charlotte Parry
When mummies go missing from museums all over Edwardian London, eleven-year-old Theodosia puts aside her fight against the Serpents of Chaos to save her father, who is suspected in the thefts. Meanwhile Theodosia's grandmother keeps hiring unsuitable governesses for her. For grades 4-7. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus     DB 70816
9 hours 30 minutes
by R.L. LaFevers
read by Charlotte Parry
Edwardian era. Eleven-year-old Theodosia's ability to detect black magic raises her suspicions about a magician, the Great Awi Bubu. Meanwhile Theodosia's older brother Henry discovers an artifact at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities that is coveted by every black-cloaked occultist in London. For grades 4-7. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies     DB 70856
0 hours 11 minutes
by Erica Silverman
read by Kristin Allison
This spring Cowgirl Kate and her horse Cocoa have newborn animals to care for: calves, a puppy, and five baby barn owls. Four short chapters. For grades K-3. 2010.

Fang: Maximum Ride, Book 6     DB 70860
5 hours 34 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Mare Trevathan
In Africa, Max and her flock meet a mysterious scientist interested in "improving" the human race. He introduces Max to Dylan, another winged child, who upsets the flock's dynamics when he joins them. The strain grows when Angel prophesizes death for Max's beloved companion Fang—and others. For grades 6-9. 2010.

Follow My Leader     DB 70876
5 hours 19 minutes
by James B. Garfield
read by Erik Sandvold
At first eleven-year-old Jimmy is discouraged by losing his sight in a firecracker accident. Gradually he learns to read braille, use a cane, and do things for himself. But working with his own guide dog, Leader, makes the biggest and best change. For grades 4-7. 1957.

The Georges and the Jewels     DB 70884
5 hours 12 minutes
by Jane Smiley
read by Mare Trevathan
California, 1960s. Seventh-grader Abby trains horses on her family's ranch. To avoid attachment before they are sold, her father names all the geldings George and all the mares Jewel. Abby's patience helps her with ornery horses, her strict religious father, and a false accusation at school. For grades 5-8. 2009.

Parties and Potions     DB 70915
7 hours 59 minutes
by Sarah Mlynowski
read by Mary Kane
Rachel has a dilemma: she's crazy about Raf (a regular guy) and entangles herself in lies to keep him from learning that she's a witch. So she breaks up with him. But how honest is that? Sequel to Spells and Sleeping Bags (DB/RC 65459). For grades 6-9. 2009.

Outcast: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Book 4     DB 71017
6 hours 47 minutes
by Michelle Paver
read by Mark Delgado
When Torak's secret chest tattoo of the despised Soul Eater clan is exposed, the Raven clan casts him out. Without Renn and Wolf, he flees alone to Lake Axehead, where he battles an ancient evil. Sequel to Soul Eater (DB/RC 65671). For grades 5-8. 2008.

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Foreign Language Books

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El Camino a la Grandeza Financiera: Los Diez Pasos para Crear Riqueza, Seguridad, y un Futuro Próspero para Usted y Su Familia (The Road to Financial Greatness)     DB 68990
10 horas 11 minutos
por Louis Barajas
leído por Juan Ramírez
Un planificador financiero de Los Ángeles explora los pasos a la independencia económica y prosperidad en los Estados Unidos. Escrito especialmente para un público latino, esta guía analiza principios financieros básicos, inversión, y las barreras culturales que pueden inhibir al éxito de los inmigrantes. (A financial planner from Los Angeles presents Latinos with information about basic financial and investment principles. Details cultural barriers that can inhibit immigrant success.) 2004.

Papeles Inesperados (Unexpected Writings)     DB 68995
19 horas 34 minutos
por Julio Cortázar
leído por Juan Ramírez
Una miscelánea de obras de Julio Cortázar (1914–1984) no publicadas, inéditas, o en versiones alternativas. Cubriendo un período de más de cuatro décadas, esta colección incluye partes no publicadas de Historias de Cronopios y de Famas (RC 24770), cuentos, ensayos, cartas, auto-entre-vistas, y poesía del autor Argentino. (A miscellany of unpublished, unedited, and alternate versions of works by Julio Cortázar (1914–1984). Spanning more than four decades, this anthology includes unpublished portions of Historias de Cronopios y de Famas (RC 24770), stories, essays, letters, self-interviews, and poetry by the Argentine author.) 2009.

Cautiva: Testimonio de un Secuestro (Captive: Testimony of a Kidnapping)
    DB 68996

6 horas 49 minutos
por Clara Rojas
leído por María Pino
El relato de Rojas de sus seis años en cautiverio por los rebeldes de las FARC en las selvas de Colombia. Describe su secuestro con Ingrid Betancourt; la desesperación y ansiedad de su vida en movimiento continuo; sus relaciones con otros presos; su fe; su embarazo; y el nacimiento de su hijo, Emmanuel, cuando rehén. Algunas descripciones de violencia. (Autobiographical account of Rojas's six years held captive by FARC rebels in Colombia's jungles. Describes her kidnapping with Ingrid Betancourt, the despair and anxiety of life on the run, relationships with other prisoners, her faith, and giving birth to her son while a hostage. Some violence.) 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 (6 issues)

Magazine of the Month (monthly)

Money (11 or 12 issues)

The Musical Mainstream (quarterly)

The Nation (45 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 in 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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Posted on 2014-12-02