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NLS on the Move: The latest on our new initiatives

In July 2017, NLS launched a newsletter called NLS on the Move to keep the staff in our national network of cooperating libraries updated on the progress of pilot projects and other new initiatives. Selections from this newsletter that may be of interest to NLS patrons are reprinted in Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review.


From NLS On the Move, originally published March 22, 2018

Our TV and radio campaign is off to a strong start

The first three-week “flight” of our new TV and radio commercials ended Sunday, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. On average, close to 190 calls per day were transferred to network libraries from potential patrons who saw or heard the commercials and dialed the special toll-free phone numbers—almost three times as many as we expected! We also had a big increase in visits to our outreach website,, and completions of the information request form.

And the feedback has been great! We even heard from Dana Ferguson, the New York City-based actor who plays the mom, who told us her real-life father saw the spot while watching an old western movie on the Grit network. (“He’s so proud,” she said.)

The commercials will run in cycles of three weeks on, three weeks off, through the summer of 2019. The digital side of the campaign, which promotes NLS on Facebook and online search engines, also continues through the summer of 2019.


From NLS On the Move, originally published April 26, 2018

Updates on MOCA, the outreach campaign, and more

The second three-week flight of TV and radio commercials began March 26 and ended April 15. Between February 26 (when the commercials began to air) and April 23, more than 10,000 calls came in to network libraries.

By the way, the TV and radio public service announcements (PSAs) that we launched in June 2016 continue to air in some markets, even though we stopped tracking the results after six months. In fact, our TV PSA, “Our Stories: That All May Read,” was rated in the top 10 percent of TV PSAs in 2017 as reported by Nielsen Media Research! (Unlike the TV and radio commercials, PSAs are aired for free when stations have time to fill.)

The Regional and Subregional Libraries of the Year will be honored at a luncheon in the historic Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress on May 17. The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) in Denver received the Regional Library of the Year Award, while Braille and Talking Books at Taylor Community Library (BTBTCL) in Taylor, Michigan, received the Sub-regional Library/Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year Award.




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Adult Fiction


Nightwalker: Batman
DB89980 8 hours 41 minutes
by Marie Lu
read by Will Damron
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and a teenage Bruce Wayne is on their hit list. One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, and Bruce plans to stop the attacks. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

The Strongbow Saga, Books 3–4
DB87474 22 hours 35 minutes
by Judson Roberts
read by various narrators
Books three and four, written between 2008 and 2013, featuring warrior Halfdan's battles in his quest for revenge. Includes The Road to Vengeance: Western Frankia Spring and Summer A.D. 845 and The Long Hunt: Denmark and Sweden Autumn A.D. 845. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2013.

Golden Lion: A Novel of Heroes in a Time of War
DB89685 11 hours 38 minutes
by Wilbur Smith
read by Peter Holdway
Hal Courtney from Birds of Prey (DB48319) and his warrior wife, Judith Nazet, have been reunited after wartime. When Judith is kidnapped by an enemy from Hal's past, he must travel to East Africa to find her. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Vicious Circle
DB87723 15 hours 30 minutes
by Wilbur Smith
read by John Lee
Security specialist Hector Cross and his oil-heiress wife, Hazel Bannock, are attacked by old enemies while living in England. To protect their baby daughter, Hector must uncover the roots of the blood feud against the Bannock family and eliminate the threat. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

Swarm: Zeroes, Book 2
DB89382 9 hours 51 minutes
by Scott Westerfeld and others
read by John Haag
The Zeroes, six teenagers with unique abilities, learn about the sinister power of Swarm while celebrating the opening of their underground nightclub. Swarm uses a crowd's rage to kill—and loves killing Zeroes. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.


Birds of Paradise
DB87799 14 hours 40 minutes
by Diana Abu-Jaber
read by Tamara Marston
Five years after she ran away from home, nearly eighteen-year-old Felice Muir must reckon with the secret that drove her away. Her family—mother Avis, father Brian, and brother Stanley—all have their own feelings they must work through if they are to heal. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2011.

The Immortalists
DB86961 11 hours 32 minutes
by Chloe Benjamin
read by Maggie Hoffman
In 1969 New York City, the four Gold children meet a psychic who tells them each the date they will die. They each grow up and live their lives, but always with the knowledge of the psychic's prophecy hanging over them. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

The Senator's Children
DB89923 7 hours 43 minutes
by Nicholas Montemarano
read by Jill Fox
Ten-year-old Betsy Christie loses her older brother, Nick, in a car accident while their father, David, is running for the Senate. David is elected, but the family is never the same. When David has an affair that results in pregnancy, the family splinters even further. Strong language. 2017.

Long Way Down
DB89688 1 hour 39 minutes
by Jason Reynolds
read by Bob Moore
A novel in verse. Fifteen-year-old Will sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting. As he proceeds, Will encounters several ghosts in the elevator that reveal truths about their way of life. Some violence and some strong language. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2017.

Saints for All Occasions
DB87768 15 hours 3 minutes
by J. Courtney Sullivan
read by Susan Denaker
The Flynn sisters, twenty-one-year-old Nora and seventeen-year-old Theresa, leave their small village in Ireland for the promise of America. Fifty years later, they are estranged. Nora is a matriarch and Theresa a cloistered nun. Secrets they have hidden are revealed. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Iza's Ballad
DB89759 9 hours 59 minutes
by Magda Szabó
read by Kristin Allison
When her husband, Vince, dies, Ettie moves to Budapest to live with her daughter, Iza. Their love for Vince bonds them, but mother and daughter do not understand the separate worlds they live in, and a distance grows between them. Translated from the 1963 Hungarian edition. 2014.

Everybody's Son
DB89935 9 hours 35 minutes
by Thrity Umrigar
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
When his mother is sent to prison, young Anton is adopted by successful judge David Coleman and his wife. Anton lives a life of privilege, but then he learns the lengths that David went to in order to keep Anton's mother from regaining custody. Strong language. 2017.


The Girl in the Tower
DB89951 13 hours 4 minutes
by Katherine Arden
read by Kathleen Gati
Vasilisa was driven from her home in medieval Russia due to her affinity for the fairy world. She dresses as a boy and sets off for adventures, eventually coming to the attention of the Grand Prince of Moscow. Sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale (DB87310). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The New Voices of Fantasy
DB89909 11 hours 16 minutes
edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman
read by Jeff Allin
A collection of nineteen stories that showcase some of the brightest stars in the fantasy genre. Includes pieces from Carmen Maria Machado, JY Yang, Ben Loory, Max Gladstone, A.C. Wise, Sofia Samatar, Alyssa Wong, and Amal El-Mohtar, among others. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

The Immortal Throne
DB87624 22 hours 30 minutes
by Stella Gemmell
read by Gary Tipton
Rebels who survived the uprising against the City hope Archange will bring an era of peace as she becomes emperor. But an unknown army approaches from the north, whose goal seems to be to destroy the City and all its residents. Sequel to The City (DB77277). Violence. 2016.

How to Stop Time
DB90183 10 hours 4 minutes
by Matt Haig
read by Mark Meadows
Tom Hazard has a rare condition that has allowed him to live for centuries. Seeking a regular life, he takes a job as a high school teacher in London, but a fellow teacher tempts him to break his only rule: don’t fall in love. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

The Wheel of Osheim
DB88068 19 hours 1 minute
by Mark Lawrence
read by Tim Gerard Reynolds
Caught in the middle of the war between his grandmother, the Red Queen, and her enemy, the Blue Lady, Prince Jalan is left in charge of the defense of the capital while his comrade Snorri tries to rescue his family. Sequel to The Liar's Key (DB82481). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Court of Wings and Ruin
DB88083 25 hours 29 minutes
by Sarah J. Maas
read by Emily Ellet
After returning to the Spring Court, Feyre gathers information in an attempt to keep an impending war at bay. Sequel to A Court of Mist and Fury (DB85090). Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Magic for Nothing: An InCryptid Novel
DB87753 12 hours 43 minutes
by Seanan McGuire
read by Emily Bauer
As the youngest in a family of cryptozoologists, Antimony Price is dealing with the war her sister Verity declared on the organization St. George of the Covenant. She is asked by the family to travel to London and spy on the Covenant, but must hide her own powers. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Dorothy Must Die Stories, Volume 3
DB87522 6 hours 51 minutes
by Danielle Paige
read by Faith Potts
Third collection of prequel novellas, written in 2016 and 2017, that follow the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked's early members in the days before recruiting Amy Gumm in Dorothy Must Die (DB78853). Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

The End of Oz
DB87537 7 hours 47 minutes
by Danielle Paige
read by Jean Cochran
Amy Gumm travels from Oz to the twisted land of Ev, where she fights to free Oz from evil once and for all. Sequel to Yellow Brick War (DB84255). Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

A City Dreaming
DB87602 11 hours 41 minutes
by Daniel Polansky
read by Brian Hemmingsen
Witch M returns to New York City and becomes embroiled in a conflict between rival magical queens. This shadowy New York has hipster zombies, ghost subways, and demonic coffee shops, and it is up to M to save it all. Violence and some strong language. 2016.

DB89936 12 hours 21 minutes
by Cherie Priest
read by MacKenzie Beyer
Ex-spy Belle is unemployed, widowed, and disgraced in her mid-forties when she receives a surprising job offer from the Pinkerton Detective Agency that will require her to assist Abraham Lincoln himself. Strong language and some violence. 2013.

The Bedlam Stacks
DB89266 10 hours 29 minutes
by Natasha Pulley
read by Gregory Maupin
Former East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne thought his adventuring days were over. Then an old friend asks him to take on a final mission to Peru to obtain samples of the rare trees that are the only source for quinine. Some violence and some strong language. 2017.

Year One
DB89938 13 hours 32 minutes
by Nora Roberts
read by MacKenzie Beyer
A sickness sweeps the planet, killing millions. There are those who are immune, known as the Uncanny, rumored to have magical powers. These survivors, both good and evil, must discover how to live in a new, devastated world. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.


DB87792 10 hours 25 minutes
by Angie Abdou
read by Meredith Orlow
Vero and Shane are finding adulthood difficult to cope with, so they hire live-in help for their sons—a Filipino woman named Ligaya. Vero struggles with her role as a mother and with justifying Ligaya's presence, while Ligaya struggles with the burden of a secret she left behind at home. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

Standard Deviation
DB88151 10 hours 17 minutes
by Katherine Heiny
read by Cassandra Campbell
Graham Cavanaugh did his one spontaneous thing when he divorced his wife, Elspeth, to marry his girlfriend, Audra. Now Audra is trying to become friends with Elspeth, and Graham can't help but compare the two very different women. Did he make the right choice? Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Forest Dark
DB89709 11 hours 48 minutes
by Nicole Krauss
read by Carol Jacobanis
In the wake of the death of his parents and the end of his marriage, wealthy retiree Jules Epstein decides to give away his possessions and move to Israel. Meanwhile, a novelist arrives in Tel Aviv, hoping to cure her writer's block. Some strong language. 2017.

The Godmothers, Books 4–6
DB87509 23 hours 59 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Three novels of the continuing romantic and mysterious adventures of four friends, written between 2012 and 2013. In Deadline, Toots's daughter, Abby, is concerned about a missing actress, and the godmothers are all willing to help. Also includes Breaking News and Classified. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2013.

The Golden House
DB89015 14 hours 42 minutes
by Salman Rushdie
read by Vikas Adam
A filmmaker ingratiates himself into the household of the privileged Golden family of Greenwich Village and chronicles their family drama. Nero Golden is an eccentric billionaire with three adult sons: alcoholic Petya, artist Apu, and D, whose mother is known only to Nero. Then Nero acquires a new wife, Russian expat Vasilisa. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Historical Fiction

The Spymistress
DB87783 13 hours 36 minutes
by Jennifer Chiaverini
read by Christina Moore
Elizabeth Van Lew may have been born into slaveholding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, but she knows their convictions—and the Civil War they spawned—are wrong. As an undercover agent for the Union, she works to funnel escaped slaves and prisoners of war out of the South. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter
DB87511 37 hours 28 minutes
by Kia Corthron
read by Joe Wilson
Two sets of brothers, one black and one white, navigate the tumultuous world of America in the second half of the twentieth century. Ambitions, setbacks, and poor choices haunt them all. Some violence. 2016.

Twain's End
DB87604 14 hours 0 minutes
by Lynn Cullen
read by Barbara Rappaport
With her family fallen on hard times, Isabel Lyon goes into service to help support her mother. She eventually ends up ostensibly working for the invalid wife of Samuel Clemens—the great Mark Twain. Isabel and Samuel's fraught relationship is complicated by his daughter, Clara. 2015.

The Winter Rose
DB88071 34 hours 54 minutes
by Jennifer Donnelly
read by Jill Tanner
1900. India Selwyn-Jones, newly graduated from the London School of Medicine for Women and the daughter of a noble family, begins a crusade to shut down the city's opium dens. She runs afoul of crime lord Sid Malone, but their attraction to each other overwhelms them. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

The Drowning King: A Fall of Egypt Novel
DB89790 13 hours 27 minutes
by Emily Holleman
read by Mark Ashby
Following the events of Cleopatra's Shadows (DB82844), Pharaoh Ptolemy dies, leaving daughter Cleopatra and son Ptolemy sharing the throne of Egypt. Daughter Arsinoe is torn between her siblings, and a forbidden love beckons. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

The Orphan's Tale
DB89826 13 hours 27 minutes
by Pam Jenoff
read by Terry Donnelly
Sixteen-year-old Noa, who had her baby taken from her and was cast out of her family for becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier, discovers a railcar full of Jewish infants on its way to the concentration camps. She rescues an infant from the railcar and cares for baby Theo as her own child, joining the German circus to escape the notice of the authorities. At the circus, Noa befriends aerialist Astrid. Some violence. 2017.

DB88134 11 hours 20 minutes
by Melissa Lenhardt
read by Suehyla El-attar
Doctor Laura Elliston is running out of options as she hides from murder charges in the American West. Her compatriot is captured, and she realizes she must face her past as Catherine Bennett, despite the threat of the noose awaiting her back in New York. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Blood Oath
DB88078 10 hours 29 minutes
by Melissa Lenhardt
read by various narrators
Doctor Laura Elliston, a.k.a. Catherine Bennett, and William Kindle are on the run from the army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura's capture as their own. Also personal demons haunt them both. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Unforgivable Love
DB89775 13 hours 55 minutes
by Sophfronia Scott
read by Erin Jones
In this retelling of Les Liaisons Dangereuses (DB31795) set in 1940s Harlem, heiress Mae Malveaux rules black society and her suitors with a velvet-wrapped iron fist. She promises herself to Valiant Jackson if he seduces innocent Cecily—the fiancée of Mae's ex-lover. Explicit descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. 2017.

An Irish Country Practice: An Irish Country Novel
DB89974 13 hours 37 minutes
by Patrick Taylor
read by John Keating
Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's practice has expanded to include a new trainee, Dr. Connor Nelson, and a new Labrador puppy. Dr. O'Reilly's partner, Barry Laverty, finds himself questioning his commitment to settling down and marrying his fiancée, Sue. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing
DB87755 20 hours 13 minutes
by Madeleine Thien
read by Angela Lin
Concert pianist Jiang Kai leaves his wife and ten-year-old daughter, Marie, behind in Vancouver as he returns to China after the Tiananmen Square uprising. He commits suicide in Hong Kong. His teacher's daughter, Ai-ming, escapes and finds her way to Vancouver, becoming friends with Marie. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Woman in the Shadows
DB89870 14 hours 47 minutes
by Jane Thynne
read by Julie Teal
Berlin, 1937. Actress Clara Vine is disturbed when she discovers the death of her friend Anna Hansen, who attended a school to become an SS officer's wife. While investigating why the death was covered up, she unearths a conspiracy that could involve the British royal house. Originally published under the title "The Winter Garden" in the U.K. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

The Witchfinder's Sister
DB88193 10 hours 39 minutes
by Beth Underdown
read by Lucy Brownhill
Essex, England. 1645. Recently widowed and with child, Alice Hopkins returns to the small village where she grew up to live with her younger brother, Matthew. He has changed in the five years since she last saw him, and she discovers that he now hunts witches. Alice seeks out the fuel firing her brother’s brutal mission—and is drawn into the Hopkins family’s past secrets. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Wicked City
DB87530 12 hours 2 minutes
by Beatriz Williams
read by Eva Wilhelm
1924. Geneva "Gin" Kelly can't resist the style of a speakeasy and meets Prohibition enforcement officer Oliver Anson, who enlists her help. More than seventy years later, Ella Gilbert moves to the same building, seeking a new start after discovering that her husband was cheating on her. Family ties are revealed. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.


The Mistletoe Secret
DB86630 6 hours 13 minutes
by Richard Paul Evans
read by Lindsay Ellison
Alex Bartlett has been reading the posts from a blogger calling herself LBH—Last Broken Heart—and believes he has found a kindred spirit. Using clues from her blog, Alex decides to track LBH down, traveling to her Utah home at the holidays. 2016.

The Noel Diary
DB89832 6 hours 12 minutes
by Richard Paul Evans
read by David DeBoy
After the death of his estranged mother, bestselling author Jacob Churcher returns home at Christmas to settle the estate—and to reconcile with old ghosts. Discovering his mother had become a hoarder, he excavates the debris and unearths a diary by a woman named Noel. An unexpected visitor arrives seeking more answers. 2017.

Holly and Ivy
DB89877 7 hours 7 minutes
by Fern Michaels
read by Mare Trevathan
Ivy has spent years mourning the loss of her husband and children in a plane crash, and the holidays are the hardest time of year. Everything changes when eleven-year-old Holly knocks on Ivy's door. Holly's mother died in the same crash, and Holly and her father need Ivy's help. Some strong language. 2017.

The Christmas Journey
DB89847 0 hours 28 minutes
by Donna VanLiere
read by Donna VanLiere
Retelling of the biblical story of the journey Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census, which resulted in the birth of Jesus in a stable. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Christmas Note
DB89941 4 hours 21 minutes
by Donna VanLiere
read by Donna VanLiere
Gretchen Daniels and her two children move to be closer to her mother, Miriam. A neighbor, Melissa McCreary, acts mysteriously, and when a man comes asking Melissa to clean out her dead mother's apartment, Gretchen and Melissa discover secrets. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2011.

Human Relationships

In the Midst of Winter
DB89771 8 hours 47 minutes
by Isabel Allende
read by Gregory Maupin
During a snowstorm, Professor Richard Bowmaster is involved in a traffic accident with Evelyn Ortega—an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala. He recruits his colleague from Chile, Lucia Maraz, to assist the young woman in avoiding unforeseen legal entanglements. Translated from the original Spanish. 2017.

The Haunting of Hip Hop
DB87780 4 hours 56 minutes
by Bertice Berry
read by J.D. Jackson
Hip-hop producer Harry "Freedom" Hudson is used to getting what he wants when he wants it. Drawn to a house in Harlem, he works on purchasing it despite rumors that it is haunted. He soon finds it occupied by a group with a message for him. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2002.

After Disasters
DB88032 10 hours 28 minutes
by Viet Dinh
read by Alec Volz
After an earthquake strikes the Gujarat province of India, four aid workers from across the globe race there to provide assistance. Ted and Piotr come from the United States, Andy from London, and Dev from Delhi. Each must exorcise demons. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Reminders
DB88136 9 hours 48 minutes
by Val Emmich
read by various narrators
Overcome by grief, Gavin destroys every reminder of his dead partner, Sydney. Then he meets Joan, a ten-year-old with perfect recall who knew Sydney. Gavin makes a deal with Joan to help her win a songwriting contest if she will share her memories of Sydney. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Honestly Ben
DB87742 9 hours 17 minutes
by Bill Konigsberg
read by Dan Bittner
Determined to put his relationship with Rafe behind him, Ben plans to concentrate on his grades and the award that would mean a full scholarship. Life doesn't always work out as planned, however. Sequel to Openly Straight (DB77101). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

DB90111 8 hours 17 minutes
by Jennifer Mathieu
read by Erin Jones
In a small Texas town where high school football and sexist behavior reign supreme, high school student Vivian starts a feminist revolution using anonymously written zines. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

DB88152 9 hours 46 minutes
by Courtney Maum
read by various narrators
Trend forecaster Sloane Jacobsen gets paid a lot of money by companies who want to hear her opinions about the future. Her forecasts have advocated childlessness and celebrated digital life in the past, but she is now sensing that people actually want more personal connection. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Bertie Project
DB90131 9 hours 41 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Robert Ian Mackenzie
Another look at the residents of 44 Scotland Street, Edinburgh. Bertie's mother, Irene, has returned from abroad. She is resolved to set a rigorous course of improvement for Bertie, but she should be more concerned about the state of her marriage. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

George and Lizzie
DB89824 10 hours 12 minutes
by Nancy Pearl
read by Catherine Byers
Lizzie, the child of two psychologists who treated her like a lab experiment, meets well-adjusted George. Even after they start dating, Lizzie still pines for ex-boyfriend Jack, who dumped her when he found out she slept with her high school football team. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2017.

The Best of Adam Sharp
DB87763 9 hours 32 minutes
by Graeme Simsion
read by David Barker
Even though fifty-year-old Adam is happy with his life and his relationship with partner Claire, he still thinks about Angelina, a woman he had a love affair with twenty years ago. When Angelina unexpectedly gets in touch, it brings back all his old feelings. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Against All Odds
DB87791 9 hours 16 minutes
by Danielle Steel
read by Dan John Miller
Widow Kate Madison made a life for herself and her four children running a high-end resale shop in SoHo. Now her children are grown, facing challenges in life and in love, and Kate must stand on the sidelines and let them make their own choices. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

DB86953 9 hours 15 minutes
by Danielle Steel
read by Luis Moreno
Camille was raised on a winery in the Napa Valley by two loving parents, but when her mother dies, her father Christophe marries a devious Frenchwoman. Camille's new stepmother schemes to take over the winery after Christophe's sudden death. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2017.

Anything Is Possible
DB87777 8 hours 31 minutes
by Elizabeth Strout
read by Kimberly Farr
A collection of stories of the residents of the small Illinois town of Amgash, the hometown of Lucy from My Name Is Lucy Barton (DB83379). Experiencing more than their fair share of violence, abuse, and general unhappiness, the residents all share a connection to the absent Lucy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Something like Happy
DB89840 11 hours 11 minutes
by Eva Woods
read by Teresa Willis
Stuck in a depressive funk, Annie is ready for a change. While visiting her mother in the hospital, she meets terminal cancer patient Polly. Polly challenges Annie to start doing one happy thing every day for one hundred days. Some strong language. 2017.


Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-biography; a Story of New York at the Present Time in Which the Reader Will Find Some Familiar Characters
DB87654 4 hours 15 minutes
by Walt Whitman
read by Jeremy Gage
Orphaned Jack finds his fortunes turned when he is adopted. When older, he apprentices for a lawyer who is scheming to steal the inheritance of his adopted daughter, Martha. Jack and his friends fight to save Martha from an unspeakable fate, and Jack discovers possible ties to his past. Some violence. 1852.

Mystery and Detective

Death of an Honest Man
DB89982 5 hours 26 minutes
by M.C. Beaton
read by Graeme Malcolm
Police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tries to tell brash newcomer Paul English that nobody loves an honest man. Unfortunately, Paul, who moved to a village on Hamish's beat, continues to insist on telling everyone the honest—and often very hurtful—truth. When someone kills Paul, suspects abound. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

The Witches' Tree: An Agatha Raisin Mystery
DB89842 6 hours 18 minutes
by M.C. Beaton
read by Abigail Maupin
While driving home at night, the new vicar and his wife spot a body hanging from what is known locally as the witches' tree. When bored PI Agatha Raisin hears about it, she leaps into the investigation. Then, two more murders occur, complicating matters. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

Live and Let Growl
DB88036 9 hours 3 minutes
by Laurien Berenson
read by Theresa Conkin
Melanie Travis happily goes on a road trip to central Kentucky, where her Aunt Peg is judging a dog show. While there, Peg's old friend Ellie Gates Wanamaker suffers a fatal accident after receiving mixed reactions from her former fellow exhibitors. Melanie investigates. 2016.

Love Story, with Murders
DB88085 17 hours 44 minutes
by Harry Bingham
read by Terry Donnelly
While continuing to investigate her own mysterious origins and the accompanying mental issues, Welsh detective Fiona Griffiths works on a double murder case. Someone has spread the body parts of both a long-missing young woman and a more recently missing man throughout the area. Strong language and some violence. 2013.

The Night Women
DB90218 10 hours 23 minutes
by Sara Blaedel
read by Christine Lakin
As Copenhagen detective Louise Rick investigates both a young woman's murder and a mysterious foundling, every clue uncovered points to organized human trafficking. The operation she uncovers is run by ruthless gangsters who won't hesitate to kill anyone who gets in their way. Translated from the 2008 Danish edition. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Tail Gait: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
DB87786 9 hours 42 minutes
by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
read by Kate Forbes
Spring comes to Crozet, Virginia, with a bang when a professor is gunned down in broad daylight. Now it's up to kitty sleuths Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with crime-solving corgi Tee Tucker, to sniff out the killer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Tall Tail: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
DB87787 9 hours 50 minutes
by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
read by Kate Forbes
Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her animal friends—Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tee Tucker—investigate the suspicious death of Barbara Leader, who was nurse and confidante to the former Virginia governor Sam Holloway, while also seeking to solve a related whodunit rooted in eighteenth-century Virginia. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Every Breath You Take: An Under Suspicion Novel
DB89876 7 hours 10 minutes
by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
read by Kristin Allison
Laurie Moran, producer of the true crime television series Under Suspicion, is irritated by her new show host Ryan Nichols's insistence that they take on the three-year-old Met Gala murder of wealthy Virginia Wakeling. Virginia's much younger boyfriend, who is Ryan's personal trainer, wants to clear his name. 2017.

Cold Earth
DB87922 10 hours 14 minutes
by Ann Cleeves
read by Kenny Blyth
At the burial of an old friend, Jimmy Perez watches a flood of mud and water smash through a house. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but when Perez finds the body of a woman wearing a red silk dress, he becomes obsessed with identifying her. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

White Nights
DB87771 11 hours 33 minutes
by Ann Cleeves
read by Gordon Griffin
Scotland. At a Shetland Island art exhibit featuring the work of Fran Hunter, Inspector Jimmy Perez sees a man break down in front of a painting. Someone discovers the man's corpse the following day in an odd setting, and Perez must investigate. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Serge Storms, Books 19–20
DB89838 21 hours 4 minutes
by Tim Dorsey
read by Alec Volz
Florida trivia expert Serge Storms returns in two novels written in 2016 and 2017. In Coconut Cowboy, Serge and his drug-addled travel buddy, Coleman, encounter all sorts of shady characters during an Easy Rider-style tour of Florida. Also includes Clownfish Blues. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

Amos Walker, Books 25–26
DB89934 10 hours 52 minutes
by Loren D. Estleman
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Two missing-person mysteries, written between 2015 and 2017, featuring Amos Walker, a private investigator based in Detroit. In The Sundown Speech, Walker is hired by a couple to find a film director who took their money. Also includes The Lioness Is the Hunter. Some violence and some strong language. 2017.

Banana Cream Pie Murder
DB90001 10 hours 21 minutes
by Joanne Fluke
read by Suzanne Toren
After an extravagant honeymoon, Hannah is eager to settle down in Lake Eden. But then her mother's neighbor is discovered murdered in the condo downstairs, resulting in a nightmarish investigation. Once a renowned stage actress, active in the theater community, Victoria Bascomb made throngs of enemies along the way. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Christmas Caramel Murder
DB87797 4 hours 31 minutes
by Joanne Fluke
read by Suzanne Toren
Christmas normally descends on Lake Eden, Minnesota, as gently as reindeer alighting on a rooftop—but this yuletide season the only thing coming down Hannah Swensen's chimney is a case of murder. The woman playing Mrs. Claus in the town production is found scantily clad—and dead. Includes recipes. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Ice beneath Her
DB89825 13 hours 0 minutes
by Camilla Grebe
read by Emily Ellet
An unidentified woman is found beheaded in the home of controversial CEO Jesper Orre, who is missing. Stockholm detectives and a profiler revisit a similar decade-old cold case. Meanwhile, a secret lover of Orre's is conducting her own investigation. Originally published in Swedish in 2015. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Fast Falls the Night
DB89758 8 hours 43 minutes
by Julia Keller
read by Mare Trevathan
Over the course of twenty-four hours, the town of Acker's Gap, West Virginia, has an unprecedented thirty-three heroin overdoses, three of which are fatal. The sheriff's office and prosecutor Bell Elkins race to identify who is distributing the tainted drug. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

Girl in Snow
DB89792 9 hours 0 minutes
by Danya Kukafka
read by Eva Wilhelm
When popular Colorado teen Lucinda Hayes is found dead, one of the suspects is her adoring stalker, quiet Cameron. His story, combined with those of troubled cop Russ and jealous fellow student Jade, finally reveals what really happened that night. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

Kurland St. Mary, Books 4–5
DB89928 17 hours 12 minutes
by Catherine Lloyd
read by Gary Tipton
Two mysteries, written between 2016 and 2017, featuring the sleuthing Major Sir Robert Kurland and his longtime companion, Lucy. In Death Comes to the Fair, a murder delays the pair's wedding. In Death Comes to the School, Lucy is anonymously accused of witchcraft and a local schoolteacher is murdered. 2017.

The House of Unexpected Sisters
DB89861 9 hours 31 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Lisette Lecat
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi investigate when a woman—accused of being rude to a valued customer—is wrongly dismissed from her office-furniture store job. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe hears of a mysterious nurse named Mingie Ramotswe, and she learns that an unpleasant figure from her past has reappeared. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2017.

The Retribution
DB87599 12 hours 24 minutes
by Val McDermid
read by James Konicek
DCI Carol Jordan is leaving Bradfield to join Tony Hill in West Mercia, where he has inherited a house, when she is handed another serial killer investigation. Meanwhile, Jacko Vance is planning his escape from prison—and his retribution against Carol and Tony. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.

Splinter the Silence
DB87649 10 hours 1 minute
by Val McDermid
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
In exchange for making her drunk-driving arrest disappear, Carol Jordan is offered a plum job on the force and a chance to bring her team back together. Their first task is to identify what is making outspoken feminists kill themselves. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Better Late Than Never
DB88033 8 hours 32 minutes
by Jenn McKinlay
read by Madelyn Buzzard
During Briar Creek Public Library's amnesty day, Lindsey and her staff are flooded with overdue books. One book that really stands out, however, is a copy of The Catcher in the Rye that was checked out by a teacher twenty years ago on the day she was murdered. Who returned it now? 2016.

The Big Book of Rogues and Villains
DB89785 70 hours 42 minutes
edited by Otto Penzler
read by J.P. Linton
Anthology of seventy-three mystery stories that focus on the criminals rather than the detectives. The collection's scope begins with Victorian entries, such as Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest," and continues up through modern times, including Loren D. Estleman's "The Black Spot." Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

A Christmas Message
DB87793 4 hours 0 minutes
by Anne Perry
read by Jenny Sterlin
In 1900, Victor Narraway has given his wife a Christmas gift of a trip to Jerusalem, and on the road they befriend another man making the pilgrimage. After he is murdered over a rare piece of parchment, the Narraways' decision to finish his mysterious mission puts them in danger. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Painted Queen
DB90029 13 hours 12 minutes
by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
read by Catherine Byers
1912. Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Radcliffe Emerson search for a recently discovered and now stolen 1345 B.C. bust of Queen Nefertiti. Meanwhile, Amelia is targeted by would-be assassins. Series finalé, finished posthumously by the author's friend, Joan Hess. 2017.

Miss Julia Inherits a Mess
DB87788 10 hours 2 minutes
by Ann B. Ross
read by Cynthia Darlow
When Miss Julia hears that Miss Mattie Freeman has taken a fall and is in the hospital, she wishes she'd spent more time getting to know her. When the tumble proves fatal, the last thing Miss Julia expects is to be named the executrix of Miss Mattie's estate. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Cats in Trouble, Books 7–8
DB88025 16 hours 53 minutes
by Leann Sweeney
read by Margaret Strom
Two mysteries, written in 2015 and 2016, feature widowed quilter Jillian Hart and her cats. In The Cat, the Sneak and the Secret, trouble ensues after about-to-be-married Jillian and Tom agree to let Tom's stepson Finn adopt a kleptomaniac cat. Also includes The Cat, the Collector and the Killer. 2016.

DB88077 13 hours 34 minutes
by Scott Turow
read by Wayne Pyle
Fifty-year-old former prosecutor Bill ten Boom walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, and even his country. But now he is tapped by the International Criminal Court to investigate the disappearance of an entire Roma refugee camp in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian War. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Bruno, Chief of Police
DB88170 8 hours 22 minutes
by Martin Walker
read by Robert Ian Mackenzie
Ex-soldier Bruno is the only policeman in a sleepy French village. But the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything. Because the man was found with a swastika carved into his chest, Paris sends a young policewoman to aid Bruno with his investigation. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

Bailey Weggins, Books 6–7
DB89773 24 hours 25 minutes
by Kate White
read by Madelyn Buzzard
Two mysteries, written between 2012 and 2017, featuring Manhattan true-crime-journalist-turned-sleuth Bailey Weggins. In So Pretty It Hurts, a fellow house guest at a weekend party in the country is found dead. In Even If It Kills Her, Bailey investigates the murders of an old college friend's family. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

Occult and Horror

The Leaf Reader
DB90135 7 hours 16 minutes
by Emily Arsenault
read by Lori Gardner
Outsider Marnie begins reading tea leaves for fun. However, when basketball star Matt asks for a reading related to his missing friend, Marnie's readings begin to seem real—and potentially dangerous. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

The Dark Net
DB88698 11 hours 6 minutes
by Benjamin Percy
read by David Chandler
In the dark net, users can anonymously access the Internet, often to satisfy their illegal desires. There is something demonic lurking in those secret corners of the web, and it is up to four misfits to stop the evil from escaping into the real world. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Ring, Books 1–3
DB87453 33 hours 36 minutes
by Koji Suzuki
read by Andy Pyle
Three works of Japanese horror, written between 1991 and 1998, revolving around a cursed video that can infect those who watch it. In Ring, a journalist investigates the death of four teens. Also includes Spiral and Loop. Translated from the Japanese. Some strong language. 2006.

Sweep Series, Volume 1
DB89897 14 hours 41 minutes
by Cate Tiernan
read by Eva Wilhelm
A collection of three previously published titles featuring a coven of witches. Includes Book of Shadows, The Coven, and Blood Witch. Teens Morgan and Bree are introduced to Wicca, and the handsome Cal invites them into the coven. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Political Themes

Home Fire
DB89016 7 hours 56 minutes
by Kamila Shamsie
read by Tania Rodrigues
After years in London taking care of her siblings, Parvaiz and Aneeka, Isma gets a chance to study in America. While there, she meets Eamonn, son of a powerful London politician. When headstrong Parvaiz runs off to Syria to become a jihadi, Aneeka turns to Eamonn for help. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Psychological Themes

A Book of American Martyrs
DB87612 28 hours 35 minutes
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Madelyn Buzzard
In a small Ohio town in the late 1990s, Luther Dunphy assassinates Augustus Voorhees, a doctor who has performed abortions. The families of both the murderer and the doctor must deal with the aftermath. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

Religious Themes

Among the Gods: Chronicles of the Kings, Book 5
DB88195 13 hours 18 minutes
by Lynn Austin
read by Suzanne Toren
Joshua leads the exiled faithful into Egypt, but his soul still craves vengeance against King Manasseh. As Joshua struggles with his anger, he must also counsel his adopted son, Nathan, on the topic. Joshua realizes he must give in to God's grace and forgive. Series finalé. Sequel to Faith of My Fathers (DB88171). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1998.

Faith of My Fathers: Chronicles of the Kings, Book 4
DB88171 11 hours 29 minutes
by Lynn Austin
read by Suzanne Toren
King Hezekiah has died and his son Manasseh rises to the throne. Overcome with grief, Manasseh gives into his rage against God and begins a reign of terror. Manasseh's best friend, Joshua, loses his family to Manasseh's frenzy and vows revenge. Sequel to Strength of His Hand (DB88149).Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

A Haven on Orchard Lane
DB87794 11 hours 25 minutes
by Lawana Blackwell
read by Beverly A. Crick
Returning to the London stage after years away, once-famous actress Charlotte Ward has an attack of nerves and is hospitalized. Her estranged daughter, Rosalind Kent, volunteers to care for her, and they retire to a small village to avoid Charlotte's abusive husband, Lord Fosberry. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Brides of Lehigh Canal Trilogy
DB89275 16 hours 42 minutes
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
read by Catherine Byers
Omnibus of three Christian romances set along a Pennsylvania canal in the late-nineteenth century, published between 2004 and 2010. In Kelly's Chance, a young woman wants to leave her life along the canal and become an artist. Also includes Betsy's Return and Sarah's Choice. 2010.

A Stolen Heart: Cimarron Creek, Book 1
DB89553 10 hours 44 minutes
by Amanda Cabot
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Northerner Lydia Crawford comes to Cimarron Creek, Texas, in 1880 to be reunited with her fiancé, only to find he has disappeared, leaving a pregnant wife behind. Lydia is not sure where to turn, but the local sheriff offers to help. 2017.

Where Sheep May Safely Graze
DB89912 7 hours 35 minutes
by Phyllis Staton Campbell
read by Deborah Desmone
Newly married Amy and Jim Miller find that God tests them when Jim returns home from combat blinded. After Jim is asked to step down as the pastor of their local congregation, the couple find themselves in a rural village, where grace hides in the smallest acts. 2017.

DB88063 9 hours 25 minutes
by Vanessa Davis Griggs
read by Caroline Clay
Pastor George Landris of the megachurch Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center challenges his flock to join him in casting off their strongholds—that is, their weaknesses. He finds that the secrets that are then revealed challenge his calling as a religious leader and as a husband. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2008.

In This Moment: The Baxter Family
DB89765 10 hours 12 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by MacKenzie Beyer
When high school principal Wendell Quinn starts a voluntary Bible study after school, he is slapped with a lawsuit by the parent of one of his students. Enter attorney Luke Baxter, known for taking on cases involving religious freedom. 2017.

DB86988 10 hours 38 minutes
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Pilar Witherspoon
Locked in his own world of autism since he was three, Holden Harris cannot easily communicate with others at his high school and is often bullied. He meets popular girl Ella Reynolds, and they form a bond based on their mutual love of music. 2010.

The Atonement
DB87931 8 hours 47 minutes
by Beverly Lewis
read by various narrators
At twenty-five years old, Lucy Flaud is beyond the typical Amish courting age and haunted by past mistakes. When her father befriends a man who comes to their community seeking a simple life, Lucy considers whether she has a chance at redemption and love. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.


Someone to Love
DB88186 11 hours 33 minutes
by Mary Balogh
read by Rosalyn Landor
Anna Snow believed herself an orphan until the Earl of Riverdale dies, leaving her his fortune. She meets siblings she never knew she had, but they are hostile to Anna. Only the new earl's guardian, the Duke of Netherby, offers to help her. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Any Day Now
DB87789 9 hours 33 minutes
by Robyn Carr
read by Therese Plummer
Sierra Jones is recently sober and looking for a new start. She moves to Sullivan's Crossing to be near her brother Cal, and to get away from a dangerous man. Local firefighter Conrad Boyle tempts her to open her heart. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Leopard's Blood
DB90000 13 hours 12 minutes
by Christine Feehan
read by Jim Frangione
Joshua Tregre was born in a leopard's lair in the bayou, but learned to fight in Borneo. He's come back to Louisiana to take over a crime syndicate, and has prepared for every danger except falling for the girl next door, a woman who has been hurt before. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Leopard's Fury
DB87757 12 hours 31 minutes
by Christine Feehan
read by Jim Frangione
Evangeline Tregre knew she had shapeshifter blood, but never felt the leopard until she met Alonzo Massi, another shifter. His dangerous past makes Alonzo want to keep his distance from Evangeline, but when she is in danger, he can't stay away. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.

Trust Me
DB90026 8 hours 30 minutes
by Laura Florand
read by Carol Dines
Parisian pastry chef Lina Farah is still reeling from the terrorist attack perpetrated by her own cousin when she meets Jake Adams. Jake is an elite Navy SEAL operative on a mission for the French military, and he is drawn to Lina. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

The Ends of the World
DB90114 9 hours 54 minutes
by Maggie Hall
read by Julia Whelan
Avery West and her friends must prevent the use of a deadly virus and stop a murderous family set on ruling the world. Sequel to Map of Fates (DB89097). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Seven Minutes in Heaven
DB87542 11 hours 56 minutes
by Eloisa James
read by Kimberly Schraf
Edward Reeve storms into Eugenia Snowe's agency and demands a new governess for his half siblings. He is in danger of losing custody of the children, and if she can't find another replacement, Reeve expects Eugenia herself to fill the position. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

Wilde in Love: The Wildes of Lindow Castle
DB89772 11 hours 52 minutes
by Eloisa James
read by Jon Huffman
Willa Ffynche is the only woman in Georgian England not obsessed with Lord Alaric Wilde. All the ladies of society have read the accounts he wrote about his adventures around the world, but he only has eyes for Willa. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

DB87594 7 hours 52 minutes
by Beverly Jenkins
read by Eva Wilhelm
Portia Carmichael manages her family's hotel in 1880s Arizona and dreams of starting a bookkeeping business for other African Americans. She is attracted to family friend Kent Randolph when he comes for a visit, but she is hesitant to give him her heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3
DB87535 11 hours 48 minutes
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Wallflower Pandora Ravenel is not interested in marriage, wanting instead to start her own business creating board games. When her reputation is compromised in the company of Lord St. Vincent, she still refuses to marry. Now it is up to him to change Pandora's mind. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

The Romantics
DB87115 7 hours 37 minutes
by Leah Konen
read by Alec Volz
When his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents' painful separation, seventeen-year-old Gael is heartbroken until Love intervenes. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap: A Hellcat Canyon Novel
DB89770 8 hours 54 minutes
by Julie Anne Long
read by Teresa Willis
After catching her lover and business partner cheating, tech CEO Avalon Harwood heads home to Hellcat Canyon. She impulsively buys the old Coltrane mansion at Devil's Leap, not realizing that her old flame Mac Coltrane still lives on the estate. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

Snowbound at Christmas
DB88062 8 hours 20 minutes
by Debbie Mason
read by Becket Royce
Once a cop who ran afoul of the FBI, Cat O'Connor now works for her twin sister on the set of a successful soap opera. After her sister narrowly escapes several suspicious accidents, Cat is concerned. FBI agent Grayson Alexander goes undercover as a new cast member. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Wild Beauty
DB89760 8 hours 44 minutes
by Anna-Marie McLemore
read by Gabriella Cavallero
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera and hidden the terrible secret that their love could cause their lovers to vanish. When a mysterious boy arrives, they must confront their dark history. Descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Forever a Hero
DB89958 12 hours 37 minutes
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Jack Garrett
The youngest Carson brother Mace intervened to save a woman in trouble while he was in college. Years later, he is running his own successful winery in Wyoming when he is unexpectedly reunited with her. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

From Manhattan with Love, Books 1–3
DB89550 31 hours 15 minutes
by Sarah Morgan
read by Abigail Maupin
Three contemporary romances set in New York City. In Sleepless in Manhattan, events planner Paige Walker gets fired but decides to start her own business with her best friends. Also includes Sunset in Central Park and Miracle on Fifth Avenue. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Close Enough to Touch
DB88042 11 hours 17 minutes
by Colleen Oakley
read by Kristin Allison
Jubilee Jenkins has lived her life as a recluse due to a rare, severe allergy to the touch of other people. After the death of her mother, she takes a job at the local library to earn money. There she meets single dad Eric. Some strong language. 2017.

Driftwood Point
DB90134 8 hours 2 minutes
by Mariah Stewart
read by Xe Sands
Artist Lisbeth Parker returns to Cannonball Island when her work is displayed at a local gallery. While home, she takes on a project to preserve local history. She finds herself opposed by Alec Jansen, an environmentalist who had a crush on her during their school years. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Something in Between
DB87904 12 hours 50 minutes
by Melissa de la Cruz
read by Catherine Byers
After learning of her Filipino family's illegal immigrant status, seventeen-year-old Jasmine realizes that her dreams of college and scholarships may be impossible and that deportation is a real threat. However, Royce, a congressman's son and her new boyfriend, persuades her not to give up. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Science Fiction

Landscape with Invisible Hand
DB87964 3 hours 39 minutes
by M.T. Anderson
read by Patrick Downer
After the vuvv arrive on Earth offering their alien technology and medicine, jobs and money become scarce. Adam tries to help his struggling parents by catering to the desires of the vuvv, but he wonders how far he is willing to go. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

The Algebraist
DB87932 24 hours 7 minutes
by Iain M. Banks
read by Geoffrey Annis
By the forty-first century, humanity has made it to the stars, but Fassin Taak's planet, a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, is dying, still waiting for a wormhole connection to the rest of civilization. Now Taak must search for a secret hidden for half a billion years. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2004.

Sea of Rust
DB89879 9 hours 46 minutes
by C. Robert Cargill
read by Mare Trevathan
In a world where every human is dead, two powerful supercomputers vie for control of the remaining robots. Brittle, a former nurse robot, is haunted by a difficult choice made in her past as she wanders the wasteland known as the Sea of Rust. Strong language and some violence. 2017.

A Closed and Common Orbit: Wayfarers, Book 2
DB88146 11 hours 32 minutes
by Becky Chambers
read by Rachel Dulude
When Lovelace wakes up in a new body, she must learn to navigate the universe now that she is no longer merely a ship's artificial intelligence. She soon makes friends with an excitable engineer named Pepper. Sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (DB88145). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers, Book 1
DB88145 14 hours 26 minutes
by Becky Chambers
read by Rachel Dulude
A crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet on its way to the job of a lifetime. The crew includes a young Martian woman and a pacifist captain. They travel against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

Altered Starscape: Andromedan Dark, Book 1
DB88045 14 hours 24 minutes
by Ian Douglas
read by Joe Wilson
Several decades after first contact, an expedition sets out for the Galactic Core to meet with the aliens. When the ship is sucked into a black hole, however, it emerges four billion years in the future. Earth is a distant memory, and those on the expedition fight for survival. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

Survival Game
DB88087 10 hours 53 minutes
by Gary Gibson
read by Jason Culp
Due to her classified knowledge of alternative worlds, Russian scientist Katya is being blackmailed into working as a spy. Her new assignment is to hunt down a mysterious artifact on an alternate Earth. Sequel to Extinction Game (DB85478). Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

An Excess Male
DB89823 13 hours 51 minutes
by Maggie Shen King
read by Bill Quinn
By 2030, China is overrun with single men as a result of the One Child Policy. Wei-guo steadfastly believes that he will find love, despite the odds. After saving enough for a dowry, Wei-guo is able to enter matchmaking talks to become a third husband. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2017.

Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories
DB86979 11 hours 36 minutes
by Naomi Kritzer
read by Joe Peck
Collection of seventeen short stories includes the Hugo Award-winning "Cat Pictures Please," which speculates about artificial intelligence born from search-engine histories. Also includes "Ace of Spades," "The Golem," "Wind," "In the Witch's Garden," and more. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017.

Everything Belongs to the Future
DB87955 2 hours 34 minutes
by Laurie Penny
read by MacKenzie Beyer
Those who can afford "the fix" have gained the ability to vastly extend their lifespans. A group of scruffy anarchists and the scientist who invented the treatment have a few surprises in store for them, however. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories
DB87784 16 hours 52 minutes
by Connie Willis
read by various narrators
A collection of short fiction from award-winning author Connie Willis, whose work includes screwball comedy, profound tragedy, cutting-edge science, romance, and more. All ten stories in this collection have won the Hugo, the Nebula, or both. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

DB87785 18 hours 47 minutes
by Connie Willis
read by Mia Barron
A simple outpatient procedure that has been shown to increase empathy between romantic partners has become very popular, and Briddey is delighted when her boyfriend suggests undergoing it before getting engaged. Briddey unexpectedly finds herself connected to someone else, however, and discovers the dark side of too much information. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Short Stories

The King Is Always above the People: Stories
DB90076 6 hours 56 minutes
by Daniel Alarcón
read by David DeSantos
A collection of stories that deal with politics, immigration, broken dreams, betrayal, family secrets, gangs, doomed love, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
DB86967 8 hours 44 minutes
by Carmen Maria Machado
read by Amy Landon
A collection of short stories that tear down the boundaries between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, and fantasy and fables. National Book Award Finalist. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Heavenly Date: And Other Flirtations
DB87782 7 hours 6 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by various narrators
A collection of nine stories about dating. The emotions in these tales run from the thrill of finding happiness to the humiliation and loneliness of rejection. In the title story, a young woman staying in Italy is impregnated by an angel. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1995.

Trajectory: Stories
DB88190 8 hours 8 minutes
by Richard Russo
read by various narrators
A collection of four short stories from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. A professor confronts a young plagiarist. A realtor faces an ominous medical prognosis. An academic is conned by his estranged brother. A writer struggles with his wife's illness and his own career. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Spies and Espionage

A Time for Patriots
DB89704 11 hours 36 minutes
by Dale Brown
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general Patrick McLanahan and his son, Bradley, join the fray to put an end to a homegrown group of militiamen attacking government agencies. Meanwhile, President Phoenix faces difficult leadership decisions and the theft of radioactive materials. Sequel to Executive Intent (DB71714). Some violence and some strong language. 2011.

The Hot Country
DB88131 10 hours 48 minutes
by Robert Olen Butler
read by Ray Chase
Christopher Marlowe Cobb, also known as Kit, is a swashbuckling newspaper war correspondent in the early 1900s. While traveling in Mexico, Cobb witnesses a man attempting to murder a priest. Subsequently, he investigates the German officials entering the city at night. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

The Star of Istanbul
DB88132 12 hours 48 minutes
by Robert Olen Butler
read by Ray Chase
With World War I in full swing, war correspondent and American spy Christopher Marlowe Cobb has been tasked with following a potential German secret service agent on a ship called Lusitania. While on board, he discovers a famed actress working for the Germans. Sequel to The Hot Country (DB88131). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.


The Secret History of Las Vegas
DB88184 9 hours 17 minutes
by Chris Abani
read by Sunil Malhotra
Encountering a pair of conjoined twins with a container of blood, Las Vegas detective Salazar is sure he has found the killers responsible for recent murders. He enlists the help of Dr. Sunil Singh, a South African transplant who specializes in the study of psychopaths. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Edgar Allan Poe Award. 2014.

Parting Shot
DB89703 14 hours 19 minutes
by Linwood Barclay
read by Joe Wilson
Promise Falls, New York. A naïve young man is knocked out by persons unknown, and an ominous message is tattooed on his back. Detective Barry Duckworth investigates. Meanwhile, PI Cal Weaver looks into the threats made to another man's family after the man kills a girl in a well-publicized car accident. Strong language and some violence. 2017.

DB87941 6 hours 34 minutes
by Jillian Blake
read by Tara Sands
Someone hacks the computer server of Alexandria Prep, the private school that Anna Soler and her friends attend—and slowly posts private information and secrets, targeting popular students who have been cruel to others. What was thought to be a joke quickly escalates, leaving everyone exposed, and Anna on the hunt for the hacker. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

DB89922 9 hours 31 minutes
by Catherine Coulter
read by Gregory Maupin
Agent Savich rescues a pregnant woman in labor from a crazed man. The woman and her unidentified assailant—now in a coma—both enter the hospital, where he is almost killed and the baby is kidnapped. Meanwhile, two other agents search for an escaped convict in a national forest. Some violence. 2017.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
DB89014 10 hours 53 minutes
by David Lagercrantz
read by Simon Vance
Justice-seeking hacker Lisbeth Salander has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally, fully explain her past. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them, she enlists the help of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The People vs. Alex Cross
DB89732 8 hours 42 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Andre Blake
Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis, Gary Soneji, in cold blood, Alex Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they're above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense—but will a jury see it that way? Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Undesired
DB88191 10 hours 51 minutes
by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
read by various narrators
Aldis hates her job at a juvenile detention center in rural, 1970s Iceland. The boys are difficult, the owners are unpleasant, and there are mysterious noises at night. And then two of the boys go astray. Decades later, single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the center. Translated from Icelandic. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Blinds
DB86981 11 hours 3 minutes
by Adam Sternbergh
read by Jeff Allin
The Blinds is the nickname for an eight-year-old experimental community in Texas, populated with criminals and witnesses who have had crime-specific memories erased. A sheriff and two deputies oversee the town, but after two residents die by gunshot, investigators arrive. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

Crime Song
DB87779 8 hours 23 minutes
by David Swinson
read by Christopher Ryan Grant
At his aunt's request, DC cop-turned-PI Frank Marr—who himself is a cocaine addict—conducts surveillance on his cousin Jeffrey and confirms he is involved in a small-time drug operation. Modest stuff, until Frank's own home is burglarized, leaving a body on the kitchen floor: Jeffrey. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Missing
DB89930 11 hours 45 minutes
by C.L. Taylor
read by Jennifer Hubbard
Six months after fifteen-year-old Billy went missing, his family is falling apart. Billy's older brother, Jake, is drinking and having problems with his girlfriend. His mother, Claire, is experiencing fugues as she frantically searches for Billy. Everyone is hiding secrets. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.


The Battle of Half Moon Mountain: Five Trails West, Book 2
DB90044 8 hours 58 minutes
by James D. Crownover
read by Eva Wilhelm
The Harris family faces many dangers as they settle into life along the Little Red River. Their adventures include a battle with thieves, a Cherokee wedding, the rescue of a Kaw slave, and a fishing mishap. Sequel to Wild Ran the Rivers (DB86950). Some violence. 2015.

Brotherhood of Evil: The Family Jensen
DB88034 7 hours 35 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Jack Fox
When the Jensen boys are away on travel, the family homestead is targeted by numerous lowlifes. Among them is Jonas Trask, a former army doctor, who kidnaps Sally Jensen and lies in wait for the Jensens to return. Sequel to Hard Ride to Hell and Massacre Canyon (DB79400). Violence and strong language. 2015.

The Great Train Massacre: Matt Jensen; the Last Mountain Man
DB89702 9 hours 57 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Joe Wilson
The wealthy John Gillespie is seeking protection. Matt Jensen agrees to escort John and his lovely daughter on a railway trip. The journey will be anything but peaceful, however. Sequel to Massacre at Powder River; Eyes of Texas; Torture Town (DB79947). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Preacher's Hellstorm
DB89679 9 hours 13 minutes
by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
read by Ray Foushee
Preacher rescues a woman he once loved twenty years earlier from the Blackfoot. He soon learns that her son is actually his as well. To save the family he did not previously know he possessed, Preacher stands with the Absaroka against the Blackfoot. Sequel to Preacher’s Bloodbath (DB84847). Violence and strong language. 2017.

Terror of the Mountain Man; Bloodshed of the Mountain Man; Brutal Night of the Mountain Man
DB89763 29 hours 12 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Joe Wilson
In Terror of the Mountain Man, a Mexican revolutionary goes on a killing spree and steals a thousand cattle—including hundreds belonging to Smoke Jensen. Smoke pursues the thief across the border. Also includes Bloodshed of the Mountain Man and Brutal Night of the Mountain Man. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures, Volume 1: Unfinished Manuscripts, Mysterious Stories, and Lost Notes from One of the World's Most Popular Novelists
DB89890 15 hours 7 minutes
by Louis L'Amour and Beau L'Amour
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
A collection of unpublished works by the late writer of Westerns. The author's son, Beau L'Amour, uses L'Amour's handwritten notes, journal entries, and correspondence to provide biographical context and speculation about potential endings. Includes both Western stories and more classic adventure stories set in a variety of times and places. Some violence. 2017.

Adult Nonfiction


Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition
DB89836 11 hours 1 minute
by Stephen R. Bown
read by Kerry Dukin
Chronicle of the eighteenth-century Russian scientific expedition to the North Pacific Ocean and North America, known both as the Great Northern Expedition and the Second Kamchatka Expedition. Details the career of leader Vitus Bering, discoveries made by naturalist Georg Steller, and the challenges faced by the crew. 2017.

Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat
DB89932 10 hours 50 minutes
by Jackson Galaxy
read by Gregory Maupin
The star of TV's My Cat from Hell provides a comprehensive guide to cat care. Explains how to eliminate common problems cat owners experience by understanding instinctive feline behaviors. Includes arcane facts, science, animal psychology, and illustrative anecdotes. 2017.

The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog
DB89606 7 hours 54 minutes
by Patricia B. McConnell
read by Maggy Stacy
An animal behaviorist describes her experiences training her eight-week-old border collie puppy, Will. In dealing with Will's fears and anxieties, she realizes he is in part reflecting her own. Training Will helps her to confront the traumas of her own past. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

Cesar Millan's Lessons from the Pack: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life
DB87669 6 hours 8 minutes
by Cesar Millan
read by Robert Sams
Dog trainer and author of Be the Pack Leader (DB65205) talks about the dogs that have made the biggest impact on his life. Includes Daisy, the dog that helped him get his first job in the US, and Daddy, the pit bull featured on his TV show Dog Whisperer. 2017.


The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost
DB89786 8 hours 37 minutes
by Peter Manseau
read by Bob Moore
Chronicle of the convergence of the development of photography and Spiritualism resulting in spirit photography, as exemplified by William H. Mumler, who was put on trial for fraud and larceny in 1869. Discusses the U.S. Civil War, religious sentiment, historical luminaries, and Mumler's trial. 2017.


Planets: A Very Short Introduction
DB86508 4 hours 24 minutes
by David A. Rothery
read by Lou Harpenau
Space scientist and lecturer shares what is known of the origin, evolution, and present-day condition of the planets in our solar system. Discusses the officially recognized eight planets, as well as other bodies large enough to behave similarly. Compares exoplanetary systems—planets orbiting other stars—with our own Sun's family. 2010.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
DB89846 3 hours 43 minutes
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
read by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Author of Merlin's Tour of the Universe (DB85038) explains astrophysics concepts in a condensed and easily digestible manner intended for people with limited time to read about the subject. Topics covered include the big bang, light, the space between galaxies, dark matter, the solar system, and more. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2017.


Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir
DB89837 5 hours 47 minutes
by Jill Bialosky
read by Jill Fox
Poet and novelist of The Prize (DB83859) recalls specific poems that she encountered at key moments in her life and the ways in which they informed her experiences. This work serves as both a memoir and an anthology and includes the texts of fifty-one poems that she has selected. 2017.

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
DB89827 10 hours 44 minutes
by Deborah Heiligman
read by George Holmes
Presents the complex and enduring sibling relationship between Vincent and Theo van Gogh. Throughout his life, Theo supported his artistic but troubled older brother, Vincent, as a painter and as a man. The two remained close, even as hardships and health issues plagued them. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Clausewitz: A Very Short Introduction
DB86461 3 hours 13 minutes
by Michael Howard
read by Bill Wallace
British military historian explains the theories of Karl von Clausewitz (1780–1831), the Prussian officer who wrote the classic treatise On War. Argues that, despite their limitations, Clausewitz's pragmatic insights on strategy and tactics are classic and for all time. 1983.

The Secrets of My Life
DB87778 8 hours 33 minutes
by Caitlyn Jenner
read by various narrators
The author, who was born Bruce Jenner and became a woman in 2015, reflects on the inner conflict she experienced growing up in an era of rigidly defined gender identities, and the cruel irony of being hailed by an entire nation as the ultimate symbol of manhood. She shares her life story, including winning Olympic gold in the decathlon, her marriage to Kris Kardashian, and her odyssey to a new gender identity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War
DB88832 13 hours 5 minutes
by Finbarr O'Reilly and Thomas J. Brennan
read by various narrators
A joint memoir by a U.S. Marine and a war photographer. Discusses their friendship, which was formed during patrols in the Helmand province of Afghanistan and deepened as both men dealt with the fallout from their time spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy
DB86952 5 hours 3 minutes
by Jean Kennedy Smith
read by Laura Godfrey Dunlop
Jean Kennedy Smith, daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, describes her childhood. Includes discussions of daily family rituals, sibling relationships, and the values that her parents worked to instill in all of the children. 2016.

The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America
DB88192 10 hours 54 minutes
by Mark Sundeen
read by Mark Sundeen
A compilation of stories about people who have taken drastic or difficult paths to change their lives and seek simplicity, authenticity, and sustainability. Discusses a couple who purchased a homestead, one that turned to urban farming in Detroit, and one that navigates the reality of raising a family ethically. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Blindness and Physical Disabilities

In Sickness and in Health: Love, Disability, and a Quest to Understand the Perils and Pleasures of Interabled Romance
DB90126 8 hours 13 minutes
by Ben Mattlin
read by Rene Ruiz
The author describes his experiences as a husband and a parent with spinal muscular atrophy. Discusses the surprise and questioning he often faces, as well as the ways his condition does and does not affect his relationship. Also interviews other couples with mixed abilities, ethnic backgrounds, and orientations. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Business and Economics

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa's Wealth
DB87525 13 hours 40 minutes
by Tom Burgis
read by Joe Peck
Journalist for the Financial Times examines the mineral and fossil fuel riches of Africa and the consolidation of power both in the governments of individual countries and in the companies that lease rights to exploit the deposits at the expense of everyday citizens. Analyzes the social impacts of these policies. 2015.

Principles: Life and Work
DB89689 19 hours 22 minutes
by Ray Dalio
read by Patrick Downer
The founder of hedge fund Bridgewater Associates presents the principles he has developed over the course of his life that guide his personal and business decisions. Discusses building the business from humble roots to a billion-dollar company. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2017.

Inventing Joy: Dare to Build a Brave and Creative Life
DB89878 6 hours 7 minutes
by Joy Mangano
read by Mare Trevathan
Inventor and subject of the 2015 movie Joy shares lessons she has learned over the course of her life. Discusses the way she observes life around her for inspiration, the impact of her family on decisions she has made, and risky business choices. 2017.

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
DB87737 13 hours 40 minutes
by Elisabeth Rosenthal
read by Nancy Linari
Examines the business practices of the $3 trillion American healthcare system. Uses patient case studies to illustrate the individual cost of health care and the money used for lobbying and advertising of services and drugs. Presents policy suggestions for patient-centered health care and advocacy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Career and Job Training

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
DB87960 19 hours 34 minutes
by Timothy Ferriss
read by Bob Moore
Author of Tools of Titans (DB87359) presents short profiles of experts in their fields answering questions on absurd things they love, one-hundred-dollar purchases that have positively affected their lives, favorite failures, worthwhile investments, and others. Includes profiles of Terry Crews, Neil Gaiman, Aisha Tyler, and more. Bestseller. 2017.

Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums
DB88084 12 hours 7 minutes
by Lance Grande
read by Jeremy Gage
Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago shares the experiences in his personal career and explains the value of research science. Discusses what led him to becoming a curator in a natural history museum, the education necessary, and his day-to-day work. Addresses challenges faced by those in the field, now and in the future. 2017.


Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
DB89789 9 hours 57 minutes
by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
read by Jeff Allin
Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational (DB66153) and The Upside of Irrationality (DB72247), and lawyer Kreisler present strategies for reexamining our relationship with money. Uses case studies to highlight mistakes made when making a financial decision and offers science-based solutions on making better choices. 2017.


Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook: Revised and Expanded Edition
DB87396 21 hours 55 minutes
by Beth Hensperger and Julie Kaufmann
read by Mary Kane
Collection of recipes using a slow cooker. Includes a discussion of cooking with moist or dry heat, information on the components of a slow cooker, and advice on employing one. Recipes include an introductory paragraph and notes on serving size, type of cooker, setting, and cook time. 2016.

The Reporter's Kitchen
DB90024 10 hours 15 minutes
by Jane Kramer
read by Kerry Dukin
Collection of food-centered essays previously published in The New Yorker. Covering the breadth of Kramer's career, these pieces discuss a writing retreat in Umbria, hosting Thanksgiving celebrations around the world, and profiles of culinary personalities. 2017.


Murder, Interrupted
DB87977 5 hours 44 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Jay Snyder
Two true-crime stories as seen on Discovery's Murder Is Forever television series. In "Murder Interrupted," cheating financier Frank Howard wants his wife dead, and he's willing to pay whatever it takes. In "Mother of All Murders," a chronically ill teenager realizes she isn't actually sick. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Diet and Nutrition

Tiny and Full: Expanded Edition; Eat More, Weigh Less, and Turn Off Hunger All Day
DB87448 10 hours 19 minutes
by Jorge Cruise
read by Jeff Allin
Admitting that the only way to get a small waistline is to cut calories, a fitness and nutrition expert suggests eating foods that are low in calories but big in size to feel full and satisfied. Includes recipes, a twelve-week meal plan, grocery lists, workouts, and testimonials. 2017.


Networks: A Very Short Introduction
DB86323 4 hours 0 minutes
by Guido Caldarelli and Michele Catanzaro
read by Michael Scherer
Physics professor and journalist discuss the nature and variety of networks, including ecosystems, the Internet, global financial markets, and the human genome. They describe the traits all networks share, and look at the hazards of instability and malfunction. Also discuss the predictive power of network theory and applications for research. 2012.

Government and Politics

You Can't Spell America without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)
DB89948 6 hours 0 minutes
by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen
read by various narrators
A satirical presidential memoir from the fictional perspective of President Donald Trump. Discusses Trump's first year as president, his campaign, his relationship with the media, his family relationships, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President
DB89946 34 hours 14 minutes
by Noah Feldman
read by John H. Mayer
A discussion of the significant changes James Madison brought about in politics as a founder, a partisan, and as the first wartime president. Examines his work with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, founding of the Democratic-Republican Party, foreign policy as president, and other endeavors. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Why We Don't Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches
DB87972 6 hours 39 minutes
by Denis Leary
read by Denis Leary
A comedian takes a humorous look at both liberals and conservatives, ripping apart the early-twenty-first-century "Right Wing Nutjob versus Left Wing Snowflake" approach to politics. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency
DB87976 7 hours 43 minutes
by Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie
read by Peter Berkrot
Former presidential campaign manager and former deputy campaign manager provide insider accounts of Trump's successful 2016 bid for the presidency. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2017.

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions
DB89841 2 hours 56 minutes
by Valeria Luiselli
read by Kerry Dukin
The author presents forty questions and the answers that she received from undocumented Latin American children facing deportation from the United States. Discusses the difficulties faced by these young individuals and examines U.S. immigration issues. 2017.

Politics: A Very Short Introduction
DB86541 4 hours 19 minutes
by Kenneth Minogue
read by Kurt Elftmann
Professor of political science describes the development of politics, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the twentieth century. Discusses the emergence of Christianity, the rise of the individual, and the construction of the modern nation. Contrasts politics with morality and ideology. Explains the work of political scientists. 1995.

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom
DB88158 12 hours 57 minutes
by Condoleezza Rice
read by various narrators
The former American secretary of state examines the global struggle for democracy and discusses the reason she feels America must support the cause of human freedom. Explores the various pathways that countries take on the road to democracy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class
DB88189 10 hours 47 minutes
by Elizabeth Warren
read by Elizabeth Warren
Massachusetts senator recounts her views on how the middle class of the early twenty-first century grew strong, indicts those undermining working families, and describes her own battles in the Senate. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy
DB87231 13 hours 30 minutes
by Doug Wead
read by Doug Wead
Examines the 2016 American presidential race. Conservative commentator Wead discusses his views on the media's role in the race, their investment in Clinton's race, the success of Trump's campaign, and how Trump managed to rise to power despite the odds. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Journalism and the Media

Journalism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86477 5 hours 22 minutes
by Ian Hargreaves
read by Laura Adducci
Journalist-turned-academic sums up the history of journalism and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century. Discusses the upheaval caused by the rise of "born-digital" news and advertising platforms, the "mediatization" of war, the tension between news and public relations, and the growing popularity of celebrity-focused infotainment. 2014.


The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown
DB87801 10 hours 30 minutes
edited by Catherine Burns
read by Michael Russotto
A collection of stories from the twenty-year history of The Moth, a nonprofit organization devoted to storytelling that hosts live events, podcasts, and a public radio program. Contributors, both famous and not, share personal stories. Strong language. 2017.

Why Poetry
DB89834 7 hours 11 minutes
by Matthew Zapruder
read by Kurt Elftmann
An award-winning poet argues for the accessibility of poetry and the importance of reading it for all people. Posits that the way many are taught to read poetry is the thing that hinders enjoyment. 2017.

Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction
DB86801 4 hours 35 minutes
by Bart van Es
read by Kurt Elftmann
English professor assesses Shakespeare's comic plays, discovering distinctive and unifying qualities among them. Explores Shakespeare's handling of setting; wit, jokes, puns, and double meanings; love and sex; time; and modes of characterization. Analyzes theories of comedy, from Aristotle to Freud and Bergson. Looks at comic components of the histories and tragedies. 2016.

Medicine and Health

The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction
DB86446 6 hours 17 minutes
by William Bynum
read by Jake Williams
Former editor of the scholarly journal Medical History organizes this overview of the subject into the five kinds of medicine—bedside, library, hospital, community, and laboratory—and describes the way each developed. Offers examples from the time of Hippocrates to the early twenty-first century, when the cost of care has become an overriding concern. 2008.

Coping with Gender Dysphoria
DB89788 2 hours 14 minutes
by Ellen McGrody
read by Bob Moore
Defines gender dysphoria, gender presentation, and some of the challenges that people may face. Discusses different types of medical therapies in the transition or management of gender dysphoria and asserts the benefits of connecting with others and joining in communities. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2018.

Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form
DB86990 13 hours 42 minutes
by Michael Sims
read by Ryan Dalusung
The author of Apollo's Fire (DB66861) describes the human body from head to toe, adding cultural history to evolutionary theory. Analyzes the visible parts of the body, explaining the mechanics of anatomy, but also including the relevant the layers of mythology, religious lore, history, Darwinian theory, and popular culture—from Charlton Heston's hair to Chinese foot binding. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.


Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir
DB89931 8 hours 29 minutes
by Charlie Daniels
read by Jack Fox
Country music legend Charlie Daniels, who was born in North Carolina in 1936, discusses his life and career. Famed for his song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Daniels shares stories of his music, the musicians with whom he collaborated, and the role of faith in his life. 2017.

Runnin' with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth behind the Making of Van Halen
DB89690 10 hours 50 minutes
by Noel E. Monk
read by Steven Carpenter
The former manager of the rock band Van Halen shares stories of their rise to fame. He joined the band in 1978 as they were just getting signed to a record contract and toured with them until singer David Lee Roth's departure in 1985. Strong language. 2017.

Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker
DB89919 10 hours 2 minutes
by Brian Priestley
read by Gregory Maupin
British jazz critic analyzes the music of African American saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920–1955), tracing Parker's contributions to jazz and bebop. Documents Parker's recordings and performances and describes his Kansas City Depression-era childhood, his first paid engagement at age fourteen, and his early addiction to alcohol and drugs. 2005.

Nature and the Environment

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion; Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
DB89929 7 hours 24 minutes
by Peter Wohlleben
read by Bill Burton
Author of The Hidden Life of Trees (DB86697) shares his observations of animal behavior. Examines the emotions perceived in mammals, birds, insects, and more. Translated from the original 2016 German edition. Bestseller. 2017.


Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86512 4 hours 24 minutes
by Catherine Belsey
read by Alec Volz
Professor of critical and cultural theory presents an overview of the work of a group of European thinkers whose arguments challenged conventional theories of language, culture, and meaning itself. Discusses such figures as Louis Althusser, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan, and Jean-François Lyotard. 2002.

How to Win an Argument: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Persuasion
DB88065 3 hours 6 minutes
by Marcus Tullius Cicero
read by Simon Vance
Selections from the rhetorical wisdom of Roman orator Cicero, addressing debate and persuasion using proof based on rational argumentation, character, and emotion; the parts of a speech; plain, middle, and grand styles; and ways to engage a variety of audiences. Edited and translated by James. M. May. Originally published in Latin as De Inventione in 84 B.C.E. and De Oratore ad Quintum fratrem libri tres in 55 B.C.E. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction
DB86528 4 hours 4 minutes
by Stephen Gaukroger
read by James Konicek
Professor of philosophy and the history of science explores the question of what objectivity is and how it has become central to philosophical thinking. Investigates whether modern science has shown there is no such thing as objectivity. Inquires about the possibility of attaining objectivity in science, politics, ethics, and art. 2012.

Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
DB86510 4 hours 31 minutes
by David Miller
read by Lou Harpenau
Professor of political theory explores fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of government. Why does democracy seem to be the best form of government? Which areas of life should be kept free of political interference? Considers the works of Hobbes, Mill, and Rousseau. Examines the impact of feminism and multiculturalism. 2003.


A Sunday in Purgatory
DB87802 0 hours 57 minutes
by Henry Morgenthau
read by Bill Delaney
The first collection of poems published by a ninety-nine-year-old poet, these thirty-eight verses combine memoir and reflections on aging, sexuality, and the tension between being part of a famous family and wanting to be an individual. 2016.

Naming Thy Name: Cross Talk in Shakespeare's Sonnets
DB87598 9 hours 33 minutes
by Elaine Scarry
read by Steven Carpenter
A discussion of the lover whom William Shakespeare addresses in so many of his love sonnets, immortalizing their love affair through repeated references. The author argues for an interpretation in which the beloved individual responds as well. 2016.

Psychology and Self-Help

There Is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love
DB88111 4 hours 56 minutes
by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell
read by Gary Tipton
A guide for people trying to help friends and family through difficult life experiences. Includes general advice, tools for developing empathy, and examples of what specific things you should say, as well as things you really shouldn't. 2017.


I Say a Prayer for Me: One Woman's Life of Faith and Triumph
DB87790 9 hours 26 minutes
by Stanice Anderson
read by Susan Spain
Memoir of a woman who grew up in an upper-class home but turned to addiction and abusive relationships to drown out an unresolved pain. Discusses her acceptance of God into her life and her journey back to a stable life as a writer, inspirational speaker, and businesswoman. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2004.

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
DB86975 7 hours 36 minutes
by Gregory Boyle
read by Jon Pinnow
The Jesuit priest who founded the gang-intervention program Homeboy Industries shares stories of those served by the program and the ways compassion has transformed their lives. Discusses the ongoing challenges faced by those in the program as well as the successes they have earned. Bestseller. 2017.

The Awakening of HK Derryberry: My Unlikely Friendship with the Boy Who Remembers Everything
DB89886 5 hours 34 minutes
by Jim Bradford
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Recounts the friendship that developed between Bradford, a retiree, and HK Derryberry, a young boy who has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory in addition to having cerebral palsy and being blind from birth. Shares the challenges HK and his grandmother faced, as well as opportunities HK experienced as he grew up. 2016.

Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You
DB87596 12 hours 11 minutes
by John Burke
read by Jeff Allin
The pastor of a Texas church uses a combination of Christian scripture and stories of near-death experiences from people across faith systems to present an interpretation of Heaven. Recounts individual stories and then discusses the scriptural connections and conundrums they exemplify. 2015.

Between Heaven and the Real World: My Story
DB89918 14 hours 21 minutes
by Steven Curtis Chapman
read by Jon Huffman
Autobiography of Grammy Award-winning Christian music artist. Discusses his early life growing up in Kentucky, his music career, the loss of his daughter, Maria, in an accident at home, and the profound importance of his faith in God to guide him through the challenges and joys of life. 2017.

The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist's Point of View
DB90108 4 hours 26 minutes
by Tim Crane
read by Lou Harpenau
Philosopher examines what religion means to people of faith and the intellectual, ethical, and practical considerations atheists should take when interacting with religion and its practitioners. Topics include religion and the atheist's point of view, the religious impulse, identification, religion and violence, and the meaning of tolerance. 2017.

Paganism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86530 6 hours 18 minutes
by Owen Davies
read by Gary Telles
Professor of social history explores the changing meaning of the idea of paganism over two millennia. Created by the early Christian Church, it became a derogatory generality used to describe people outside the Christian orbit, sometimes justifying forced conversion, colonialism, and religious war. Discusses modern-day pagan revivals such as Wicca. 2011.

Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction
DB86533 4 hours 48 minutes
by William K. Kay
read by Bob Moore
Theology professor outlines the historical origins, rapid growth, and theological foundations of the Pentecostal movement, which were mostly rooted in the twentieth century. Characterized by speaking in tongues, miracles, televangelists, and megachurches, Pentecostalism also embraces the empowerment of individuals, the liberation of women, and humanitarian concerns. Explores the movement's worldwide spread and expansion. 2011.

Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction
DB86457 5 hours 25 minutes
by D. Stephen Long
read by Maggy Stacy
Explores the sources of Christian moral principles in ancient Greek philosophy and Judaism, their historical development, and their application to modern concerns such as gay marriage and the capitalism-versus-socialism debate. Considers the lessons learned from ethical failures such as the Crusades and Christianity's tolerance of slavery. 2010.

Pilgrimage: A Very Short Introduction
DB86507 4 hours 10 minutes
by Ian Reader
read by Lou Harpenau
Professor of religious studies examines the impulses that lead millions of people every year to journey to religious pilgrimage sites such as Mecca, in Saudi Arabia; Lourdes, in France; and Shikoku, in Japan. Also looks at the development of secular centers, including Graceland, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Robben Island. 2015.

Science and Technology

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
DB87653 17 hours 44 minutes
by Yuval Noah Harari
read by Terry Donnelly
Author of Sapiens (DB81335) examines the grand projects, dreams, and nightmares facing the human race at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Discusses changing economies, the role of faith systems, and humanity's interconnectedness with the world around itself. Translated from the original 2015 Hebrew edition. Bestseller. 2017.

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
DB87543 8 hours 19 minutes
by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
read by Kurt Elftmann
Ito, director of MIT's Media Lab, and Howe, a visiting scholar there, posit that the digital age has rendered assumptions formed during the age of coal, steel, and easy prosperity useless and counterproductive. Provide nine organizing principles for navigating the hastening shift in technologies and communication platforms, using historical turning points to illustrate them. 2016.

Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction
DB86509 4 hours 12 minutes
by Peter Molnar
read by Lou Harpenau
Geology professor explains the development of scientific plate-tectonics theory from its genesis in the 1912 theory of continental drift. Charts the emergence in the 1960s of the understanding of the movements of separate plates of lithosphere over underlying, weaker, hotter material. Discusses the relevance of volcanoes and earthquakes. 2015.

The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction
DB86534 5 hours 33 minutes
by Eric R. Scerri
read by Gary Telles
Lecturer in chemistry and the history of science describes the development of the periodic table and explains its importance in chemistry and physics. Notes the contributions of scientists such as John Dalton, who in 1801 published the beginnings of modern atomic theory; as well as Dimitri Mendeleev; Niels Bohr; and others. 2011.

Relativity: A Very Short Introduction
DB86631 3 hours 27 minutes
by Russell Stannard
read by Mark Ashby
Physicist and professor sets out to make Einstein's special and general theories of relativity accessible and understandable, using minimal mathematics. Explores the theories' impact on science and our contemporary understanding of the universe. Explains the formula E=mc² and ventures into the concepts of curved space-time and black holes. 2008.

Social Sciences

Peace: A Very Short Introduction
DB86504 4 hours 33 minutes
by Oliver P. Richmond
read by Lou Harpenau
Professor of peace and conflict studies explores the evolution and many dimensions of the concept of peace. Challenges the view that war is the natural state of humanity. Maintains that peace has been at the center of human experience, with a sophisticated version of peace now widely accepted. 2014.

Myth: A Very Short Introduction
DB86167 4 hours 48 minutes
by Robert A. Segal
read by Michael Scherer
Professor of religious studies discusses why and how myths arise. Examines their functions and the meanings they convey. Draws on theorists such as Sigmund Freud, Joseph Campbell, and Claude Lévi-Strauss. Looks at the role of myth in philosophy, literature, politics, science, and more. Second edition. First published in 2004. 2015.

Dark Continent of Our Bodies: Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability
DB87096 8 hours 23 minutes
by E. Frances White
read by Dawn Ursula
Four essays by a black lesbian feminist historian look at black feminism—its roots, its role, and its implications. White critiques major black feminist writings and discusses black feminist theory; the history and intersection of science, race, and womanhood; African American nationalism; and the impact of race on sexuality. 2001.

Sports and Recreation

Coach Wooden and Me: Our Fifty-Year Friendship On and Off the Court
DB88135 6 hours 2 minutes
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
read by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
When the NBA star author was in high school, he decided to attend UCLA, largely because of the reputation of its basketball coach, John Wooden. Wooden coached the author to three NCAA championships, but they also built a friendship and mentoring relationship that endured until Wooden's death. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection
DB87958 8 hours 42 minutes
by George Karl
read by Patrick Downer
An NBA coach known for being outspoken shares anecdotes from the world of basketball. He also discusses the two battles he fought against cancer and voices his regrets that because he was so focused on his career, there was little time left for his family. Strong language. 2017.

Stage and Screen

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire
DB90268 12 hours 42 minutes
by Jonathan Abrams
read by various narrators
History of the now-iconic HBO crime drama The Wire—which ended in 2008—as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation. Discusses the issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille
DB89791 28 hours 44 minutes
by Scott Eyman
read by Robert Sams
A film historian and author of Lion of Hollywood (DB61573) presents a biography of legendary film producer-director DeMille (1881–1959). Discusses DeMille's reputation for lavish productions at Paramount Pictures and addresses his politics, including his cooperation with McCarthy's hunt for Communists in Hollywood. Some strong language. 2010.

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
DB87593 16 hours 13 minutes
by Glenn Frankel
read by Robert Sams
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Searchers (DB76467) examines the 1952 Western film High Noon, starring Gary Cooper. He argues that the movie's tale of integrity in the face of intimidation was intended as a deliberate refutation of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Some strong language. 2017.

The Last Black Unicorn
DB90101 6 hours 37 minutes
by Tiffany Haddish
read by Kay Kerimian
Comedian and actress tells her story of growing up in South Central Los Angeles. After her mother suffered a brain injury caused by her stepfather, the author lived in foster care and relied on her humor to survive. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017.

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens
DB88155 14 hours 41 minutes
by Eddie Izzard
read by Eddie Izzard
British comedian and actor opens up about his life and career. His childhood was unsettled by the death of his mother and his father's constant travel for work, but Izzard was drawn to comedy. He also discusses how he came out as a transvestite. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
DB88018 18 hours 55 minutes
by Michael Riedel
read by Brit Herring
Chronicle of the rise, fall, and revitalization of Broadway theater. Focuses on the Shubert and Nederlander families along with the history of corruption investigations, profiles of persons of note, and influential shows. Some strong language. 2015.


One Dry Season: In the Footsteps of Mary Kingsley
DB87796 12 hours 26 minutes
by Caroline Alexander
read by Lisette Lecat
A retracing of the adventures of Victorian explorer Mary Kingsley (1862–1900) through the modern nation of Gabon, particularly along the Ogooué River. Includes descriptions of what the travel would have been like in Kingsley's time. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran
DB87920 7 hours 34 minutes
by Jennifer Klinec
read by Laurence Bouvard
Memoir of a woman who left her corporate job to launch a cooking school out of her London flat. Describes traveling to Iran to learn Persian recipes, and ending up falling in love with the son of her hostess. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

U.S. History

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York
DB87798 24 hours 39 minutes
by Tyler Anbinder
read by George Guidall
From its beginnings as Peter Minuit's tiny settlement of 1626 to a city with more than three million foreign-born residents today, New York City has been built by immigration. The author recounts its history, profiles famous and forgotten immigrants, and celebrates the accomplishments of these relocated individuals. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World
DB89835 14 hours 25 minutes
by A.J. Baime
read by Lou Harpenau
An account of Truman's first four months as president during the climax of World War II. Discusses his involvement in the founding of the United Nations, the Potsdam Conference, the Manhattan Project, the Nazi surrender, and the decision to bomb Japan. 2017.

Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments that Redeemed America
DB88573 13 hours 14 minutes
by Douglas R. Egerton
read by Sean Crisden
An account of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry regiments that were led by white officers but composed of black soldiers. Discusses the importance of these regiments for both the Civil War and the battles being fought on the field of public opinion. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War
DB87397 24 hours 12 minutes
by Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
read by Robert Sams
A narrative recounting of the American Civil War, beginning with the first shots fired at Fort Sumter and continuing until Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Examines the influence of the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution on the way the war was waged, as well as the roles of many key figures. 2016.

An African American and Latinx History of the United States
DB90124 9 hours 7 minutes
by Paul Ortiz
read by J.D. Jackson
The author covers over two hundred years of American history, reexamining the roles of Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean in the development of the United States. Also challenges accepted descriptions of the roles of African American, Latinx, and indigenous voices throughout U.S. history. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill
DB89925 9 hours 57 minutes
by Deanne Stillman
read by Ray Foushee
The story of the unlikely friendship of Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull in the 1880s while performing in Cody’s Wild West show. Discusses, among other things, Annie Oakley’s role in their relationship, the rise of the Native American rights movement, and Sitting Bull’s assassination. 2017.

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History
DB90128 11 hours 20 minutes
by Jeanne Theoharis
read by Kim Staunton
Historian dissects the myths surrounding the American civil rights movement and some of its most celebrated figures, such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. She discusses the diversity of those participants, the work involved, the role of the media, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Women's Concerns

Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages
DB90019 4 hours 23 minutes
edited by Melissa de la Cruz
read by Erin Jones
Collection of writings from an impressive array of girls and women who are trailblazers in their fields, from bestselling authors to engineers and many more. They share their personal stories, discussing the barriers they have faced and the dreams they have realized. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2017.

World History

Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
DB89609 18 hours 48 minutes
by Mark Bowden
read by Joe Barrett
An account from the Vietnam War of the capture and retaking of Huế during the North Vietnamese series of attacks known as the Tết Offensive. Describes American troops' fight to reclaim the city, block by block and building by building. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

France: A Modern History from the Revolution to the War with Terror
DB87260 24 hours 42 minutes
by Jonathan Fenby
read by Suzanne Toren
Historian recounts two centuries of French history following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Analyzes the end of the first revolution and the entirety of two more, the return of empire, three wars with Germany, and the country’s more recent struggles with its role within the European Union, among other things. 2015.

The Story of Egypt: The Civilization That Shaped the World
DB87245 20 hours 56 minutes
by Joann Fletcher
read by Emily Ellet
An overview of the history of Egypt that charts the rise and fall of the ancient civilization. The author uncovers evidence of female pharaohs, an ancient version of the Suez Canal, and more. Also discusses smaller stories, including one pharaoh’s use of hair dye and one woman’s habit of nail-biting. 2016.

DB87439 27 hours 5 minutes
by Johannes Fried
read by Ken Kliban
A historian examines the life of the legendary Frankish king and emperor. Discusses the large role that Charlemagne’s Christian faith played in his policies and projects, despite the fact that Charlemagne was a warrior who also enjoyed physical indulgence. 2016.

God's Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders, Scourge of Saladin
DB89829 8 hours 53 minutes
by Jeffrey Lee
read by Michael Scherer
An account of the role of Reynald de Chatillon in the Crusades. Recounts his joining the Second Crusade and subsequent rise through the ranks. Discusses whether his historical reputation as a bloodthirsty maniac is deserved. Some violence. 2016.

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917—A World on the Edge
DB88082 15 hours 57 minutes
by Helen Rappaport
read by Catherine Byers
Using eyewitness accounts, recounts the outbreak of the Russian Revolution. Examines the diaries and letters of individuals from many walks of life, including journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses, and expatriate socialites. 2016.

The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction
DB86322 4 hours 40 minutes
by Mike Rapport
read by Peter Holdway
Historian provides an overview of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars of 1792–1815. Discusses the origins and the progressions of these conflicts, with special emphasis on the career of Napoleon Bonaparte, who rose from minor nobility in Corsica to become the most powerful ruler in Europe. 2013.

Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction
DB86436 4 hours 39 minutes
by Nicholas Vincent
read by Stephen Van Doren
The origins of the Magna Carta, issued by the villainous King John of England in 1215, and its importance in its own time and since. Dispels myths about the charter and details its initial failure and later revival under Henry III. Includes an English translation of the original charter. 2012.

Adult Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time
DB87834 4 hours 46 minutes
by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter
read by Steve Jenkins
The journey of two animal activists began when Steve and Derek adopted a tiny piglet they named Esther, not realizing she would eventually grow to be more than six hundred pounds. To give Esther more space, they bought a farm that now serves as an animal sanctuary. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
DB89278 6 hours 39 minutes
by Dion Leonard
read by Michael Scherer
An Australian marathon runner tells the story of finding a stray dog while on a race across the Gobi desert. After keeping him company for many of the 155 miles of his ultramarathon in China, the dog disappeared, leaving the author determined to find her again. 2017.


How We'll Live on Mars
DB87459 2 hours 21 minutes
by Stephen L. Petranek
read by Scott Reynolds
Journalist theorizes that humanity will colonize Mars in 2035. Discusses the research and companies creating technology that could make it possible. Presents likely scenarios of what might happen if humans reach the legendary Red Planet. Inspiration for 2016 National Geographic television show Mars. 2015.


Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius
DB87401 22 hours 10 minutes
by Laurence Bergreen
read by Jeremy Gage
An extensive biography of the notorious Giacomo Casanova, beginning with his childhood in Venice, where he was raised by his grandmother. Recounts his exploits, including his writing career, his many lovers, his escape from prison, his personal correspondence, and more. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Speaking Freely: My Life in Publishing and Human Rights
DB86915 13 hours 15 minutes
by Robert L. Bernstein
read by Bob Moore
The former president of Random House and founder of Human Rights Watch recalls his early life growing up in New York City, the beginnings of his publishing career, working with Soviet dissidents like Andrei Sakharov, and his work in the field of human rights. 2016.

The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam
DB87928 16 hours 45 minutes
by Tom Bissell
read by various narrators
Author of Apostle (DB87034) recounts his travels through Vietnam with his father John, a former Marine who served in the American war there. They retrace John's tour of duty, visit sites like My Lai—the site of a notorious atrocity, and examine the impact of the war on their own relationship. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr
DB88009 5 hours 10 minutes
by H.W. Brands
read by Chris Sorensen
A portrait of the life and career of the Revolutionary War hero and vice president of the United States, who is best remembered for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Examines his correspondence with his daughter, Theodosia, to trace his political career and tell the story of his love for his daughter. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home
DB87482 8 hours 49 minutes
by Amy Dickinson
read by Amy Dickinson
The author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville (DB68652) and the advice column "Ask Amy" shares her own story of family, love, and second chances, through a series of linked essays. Dickinson describes finding love later in middle age, stepparenting, overcoming disordered eating, and her final moments with her late mother. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father
DB89476 10 hours 28 minutes
by Thomas S. Kidd
read by Gary Tipton
Though he is largely known for his work as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Franklin was one of the most prolific writers of his time on religious topics in America. Discusses his rejection of Puritanism and embrace of deism, as well as the many religious influences in his life. 2017.

13 Stradomska Street: A Memoir of Exile and Return
DB89264 7 hours 21 minutes
by Andrew Potok
read by Jon Huffman
Author describes his family's flight from the Nazi invasion of Poland, including his father's betrayal of the rest of them to save himself. Potok also recounts his battle to reclaim his family's home in Warsaw and his encounters with anti-Semitism in postwar Poland. Some violence and some strong language. 2017.

Blindness and Physical Disabilities

Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors
DB89064 9 hours 55 minutes
by Beth Finke
read by Celeste Lawson
Journalist, who chronicled her loss of sight from diabetic retinopathy in Long Time, No See (DB56482), reflects on teaching a memoir-writing class to older adults in Chicago. Discusses living in a new city, describes challenges she faces as a teacher, and shares excerpts from her students' work. 2017.

Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can't See Clearly
DB87485 8 hours 38 minutes
by Isaac Lidsky
read by Isaac Lidsky
A former child actor tells of his experiences gradually losing sight between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five. He gives advice for overcoming fears, counting your blessings, silencing your inner critic, and not letting other people's assumptions define how you see yourself. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Business and Economics

Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street
DB87573 12 hours 34 minutes
by Sheelah Kolhatkar
read by Kaleo Griffith
An analysis of the criminal investigation of hedge funds and insider trading, also known as the "black edge." Focuses on Steven A. Cohen, the founder of SAC Capital Advisors. Discusses the development of the hedge fund industry, personalities involved in the investigation, and the impact on Wall Street. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek
DB89444 16 hours 48 minutes
by Howard Markel
read by Karl Miller
Profile of brothers John Harvey Kellogg (1852–1943) and Will Keith Kellogg (1860–1951). Examines their careers and their contentious relationship. Discusses their early lives in Michigan, their Seventh Day Adventist faith, and the impact of advancements in health care in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, among other topics. 2017.

Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire
DB89174 12 hours 50 minutes
by Shane White
read by John Lee
Biography of Jeremiah Hamilton, who is known as the first black millionaire. Discusses what little is known about his early life, his start in business by smuggling counterfeit coins to Haiti, his exploitation of financial chaos, instances of litigiousness, coverage of him in newspapers of the day, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Career and Job Training

Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness
DB87473 7 hours 50 minutes
by Anna Akbari
read by Carol Dines
Sociologist and entrepreneur uses lessons learned from academia and business to transform her personal life. Discusses developing theories to test, challenging your assumptions, determining the appropriate marketplace, budgeting, learning from failure, having an exit plan, and reinventing yourself. 2016.

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
DB87709 12 hours 19 minutes
by Bianca Bosker
read by Bianca Bosker
Former editor for the Huffington Post chronicles her eighteen-month-long challenge to become a master sommelier, for which she originally budgeted only twelve months. Discusses the progression of her jobs—starting out as a cellar rat—people who mentored her, and her studies of wine. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
DB87359 22 hours 18 minutes
by Tim Ferriss
read by Barry Bernson
Over one hundred profiles of guests from the author's podcast who share the lessons they learned on achieving success in health, wealth, and wisdom. Includes chapters on exercise and diet, building business acumen, and developing a well-rounded mentality toward life. Bestseller. 2017.

Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success
DB87466 7 hours 0 minutes
by Angie Morgan and others
read by Jill Fox
Two former United States Marines and a former Air Force fighter pilot present strategies for becoming an effective leader. They discuss leadership myths, ways character and values affect actions, credibility, accountability, decision making, recognizing and meeting the needs of others, building confidence, and consistency. 2017.


The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South
DB87949 10 hours 10 minutes
by John T. Edge
read by John T. Edge
Chronicles Southern food traditions from the 1950s to the early twenty-first century. Profiles chefs like Paul Prudhomme and Bill Neal, journalist and cookbook author Craig Claiborne, restaurateurs Georgia Gilmore and Harland Sanders, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, and others. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Government and Politics

Rivals unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
DB87292 6 hours 22 minutes
by Rick Beyer
read by Rick Beyer
Examines the illustrious political careers of and rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The author traces Hamilton and Burr's relationship back to the American Revolution, when both men served on Washington's staff, and continues through the years until their fateful duel. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War
DB89102 14 hours 16 minutes
by Peter Conradi
read by Ken Kliban
Analyzes Russia's path since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Discusses international relations and posits that America has made an enemy by consistently failing to understand Russia's plans and motives. 2017.

The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years
DB87689 8 hours 38 minutes
by Peggy Grande
read by Peggy Grande
The longtime personal assistant of Ronald Reagan, Grande fondly shares behind-the-scenes stories, intimate moments, and insights about Reagan. She depicts the public figure's private side, day-to-day life in his California office, and his post-presidency habits. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement
DB87690 8 hours 12 minutes
by Wesley Lowery
read by Ron Butler
An examination of the frequent clashes between the police and the black community in the early twenty-first century, including the death of Michael Brown. The author conducts interviews with victims’ families and activists and poses the question, "What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?" Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America's Greatest Political Family
DB87533 20 hours 35 minutes
by William J. Mann
read by Peter Johnson
A biographical history of the Roosevelt family that argues that its members’ rise to power and prestige was driven by a series of intense personal rivalries and internal warring. In addition to the more well-known members of the family, the stories of the younger generations are also included. 2016.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
DB87583 6 hours 0 minutes
by Alyssa Mastromonaco
read by Alyssa Mastromonaco
President Obama's deputy chief of staff relays many of the amusing small catastrophes that took place behind closed doors, such as the time she learned just how few bathrooms the Vatican contains. The author shares her strategies for being successful, even when things aren't going smoothly. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For
DB89507 4 hours 36 minutes
by David McCullough
read by Bill Wallace
A collection of speeches by the award-winning historian and author from across his career, focusing on fundamental American principles. 2017.

Citizen Spies: The Long Rise of America's Surveillance Society
DB89268 8 hours 34 minutes
by Joshua Reeves
read by Barry Bernson
Examines ways in which political states and allied institutions have used average citizens to spy on others. Describes efforts such as the junior police, Neighborhood Watch, AMBER Alerts, and others. Discusses how political and social fears have long been exploited to recruit for such efforts. 2017.

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
DB87586 1 hour 47 minutes
by Timothy Snyder
read by Timothy Snyder
Historian discusses the events and values that have enabled the rise of various tyrannical leaders across the twentieth century, in an attempt to draw lessons that will prove useful in the early twenty-first century political climate. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Home Management

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want under Everything You Own
DB88012 6 hours 45 minutes
by Joshua Becker
read by Joshua Becker
The author discusses the potential benefits of owning less stuff and escaping the burden of clutter and excess, to be free to pursue personal dreams. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

How Not to Hate Your Husband after Kids
DB87479 7 hours 39 minutes
by Jancee Dunn
read by Jancee Dunn
A humorously candid account of one woman’s quest to save her marriage after having kids. The author investigates relationship research, solicits the advice of renowned therapists, interviews parents, and even consults an FBI hostage negotiator. Examines how to fix ongoing issues and rebuild a peaceful relationship. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life
DB88064 7 hours 49 minutes
by Richard Louv
read by Barry Abrams
A guide to connecting to the joy of the natural world, including five hundred activities for children and adults. Also includes tips for those seeking nature-smart schools, medical professionals, and careers. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Journalism and the Media

World War II Writings
DB87165 50 hours 28 minutes
by A.J. Liebling
read by Alec Volz
Wartime reportage over five years by New Yorker writer Liebling (1904–1963). Includes The Road Back to Paris; Mollie and Other War Pieces, which contains an eyewitness account of Omaha Beach on D-Day; Normandy Revisited; and twenty-six previously uncollected New Yorker articles. Collection edited by Pete Hamill. 2008.

The Sweet Science and Other Writings
DB87166 43 hours 36 minutes
by A.J. Liebling
read by various narrators
Five classics of mid-twentieth-century American journalism by a writer closely associated with The New Yorker. Includes The Sweet Science, a portrayal of the world of boxing in the early 1950s; The Earl of Louisiana; The Jollity Building; Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris; and The Press. Collection edited by Pete Hamill. 2009.


The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder
DB87137 12 hours 21 minutes
edited by William Anderson
read by Catherine Byers
A collection of the letters of the American author, illuminating her thoughts, travels, philosophies, writing career, and relationships. Gathered from museums, archives, and personal collections, these letters span more than sixty years of Wilder’s life and shed light on her daily life. 2016.

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
DB87504 20 hours 35 minutes
by Ruth Franklin
read by Kristin Allison
A biography examining the tumultuous life and inner darkness of the author of such classic works of literature as The Haunting of Hill House (DB21679) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (DB26614). The author places Jackson within the American Gothic tradition, identifying her focus as "domestic horror." 2016.

The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family
DB87498 19 hours 21 minutes
by Emer O'Sullivan
read by Stephen Van Doren
Portrays Oscar Wilde as well as his parents and the ways that their own behavior shaped the famous writer. The author relates Wilde’s intellectualism, flamboyance, hedonism, recklessness, pride, sense of superiority, liberal sexual values, and other characteristics to the qualities of Sir William Wilde and Lady Jane Wilde. 2016.

Medicine and Health

Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease
DB87325 11 hours 12 minutes
by Kristin Kirkpatrick
read by Mary Kane
Dietician explains what a healthy liver does and how an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to liver problems like nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Her recommended precautions include better diet, exercise, and sleep habits; managing stress; and avoiding toxins. Includes eating plans and recipes. 2017.


Roots, Radicals, and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World
DB89249 13 hours 36 minutes
by Billy Bragg
read by Bill Quinn
Musician and activist chronicles the history of the British music genre known as skiffle. This working-class music was a combination of jazz, blues, folk, country, and more. He traces its popularity in the 1950s and 1960s among postwar British teens needing an outlet for expression. 2017.

The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince
DB87735 9 hours 9 minutes
by Mayte Garcia
read by Mayte Garcia
The first wife of legendary musical performer Prince (1958–2016) shares stories of his personal and professional life. She describes their romance, marriage, and the devastating losses that ended their relationship. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Searching for Robert Johnson
DB89243 2 hours 35 minutes
by Peter Guralnick
read by Chuck Young
Author of music biographies including Last Train to Memphis (DB40087) examines the short life and long legacy of bluesman Johnson, who died at age twenty-seven in 1938. From scarce information, the author stitches together what is known of his life, and looks at the many blues musicians he influenced. 1989.

So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley
DB89344 13 hours 14 minutes
by Roger Steffens
read by Roger Steffens
A reggae archivist draws on forty years of interviews to tell the story of Jamaica-born music legend Marley (1945–1981). The author traveled with the Wailers and shares the words of those who knew Marley best, including bandmates, friends, family, and lovers. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Nature and the Environment

Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet
DB87921 9 hours 6 minutes
by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope
read by various narrators
Former mayor of New York City Bloomberg and former Sierra Club chairman Pope examine strategies for countering climate change. They present solutions that they believe will make the world healthier, suggest ways cities and government can be more effective with initiatives, and propose policies to better combat environmental depredations. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

My European Family: The First 54,000 Years
DB88931 16 hours 28 minutes
by Karin Bojs
read by Faith Potts
A Swedish journalist examines the history of Europe through the lens of researching her family history via DNA analysis. Chronicles the emergence and development of humans on the continent from her first likely ancestor fifty-four thousand years ago to society in the twenty-first century. Translated from the 2015 Swedish edition. 2017.

Are We Screwed? How a New Generation Is Fighting to Survive Climate Change
DB89289 10 hours 26 minutes
by Geoff Dembicki
read by Kurt Elftmann
Journalist examines the role of millennials in the fight against climate change and against the perception that nothing can be done. Profiles those attempting to address policy and its practical implementation. Includes a scientist running across the Arctic region in Norway, a homesteader in the Pacific Coast rain forest, and others. 2017.

Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future
DB87672 17 hours 14 minutes
by David Grinspoon
read by David Grinspoon
Astrobiologist and author of Venus Revealed (DB46319) examines the impact of human existence on the Earth by comparing it to other planets in our solar system. Discusses climate change, the use and depletion of natural resources, human interaction with other species, and other topics. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.


Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction
DB86440 3 hours 41 minutes
by Stephen Mumford
read by Stephen Van Doren
Explains philosophy's most fundamental branch, by asking seemingly simple questions and demonstrating the difficulties in answering them. Examines the idea of infinite complexity, the distinction between aggregates and integrated wholes, reductionism versus emergentism, and the difficult subject of nothingness. Defends metaphysics as profoundly important to our understanding of the world. 2012.

Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction
DB86498 4 hours 56 minutes
by Richard Tuck
read by Jeremy Gage
Harvard University government professor surveys the ideas of Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679), author of the first great philosophical discourse in English, Leviathan. Recaps Hobbes's life and influences; his thoughts not only on politics but also on science, ethics, and religion; and modern interpretations of his work. 1989.


The Rain in Portugal: Poems
DB87464 1 hour 26 minutes
by Billy Collins
read by Gary Tipton
Fifty previously uncollected poems from the former U.S. poet laureate and author of Aimless Love (DB77867). The selected poems examine the everyday, and the titular "The Rain in Portugal" pokes fun at Collins's penchant for unrhymed poetry. 2016.

DB88234 6 hours 39 minutes
by Tyehimba Jess
read by Joe Peck
Collection of poems and prose exploring African American history from the Civil War to World War I, paying particular attention to the lives of those participating in minstrel shows—from which vaudeville evolved. Historical personalities include Scott Joplin, sculptor Edmonia Lewis, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and "Blind Tom" Wiggins. Pulitzer Prize. 2016.

American Poetry: The Twentieth Century; volume one—Henry Adams to Dorothy Parker
DB87167 25 hours 55 minutes
published by Library of America
read by various narrators
Presents a selection of poetry from the turn of the century to the end of World War II—a period of unprecedented creative ferment. Gathers nearly 1,500 poems by more than 200 poets including T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. 2000.

Scribbled in the Dark: Poems
DB89595 0 hours 42 minutes
by Charles Simic
read by Jonathan Taylor
The Pulitzer Prize-winning former poet laureate's poems imagine rich landscapes and examine society, all while toying with the end of the world. 2017.

Psychology and Self-Help

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
DB89425 12 hours 8 minutes
edited by Bandy X. Lee
read by various narrators
Twenty-seven mental health professionals look at U.S. President Donald Trump. The editor, a professor of psychiatry at Yale, has gathered experts to look at Trump's public behavior and form a psychiatric diagnosis. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life . . . and Maybe the World
DB87732 1 hour 46 minutes
by William H. McRaven
read by William H. McRaven
A retired US Navy admiral expands on the commencement address he gave that became a viral YouTube video. He shares some of the principles he learned while training as a Navy SEAL that have helped him throughout his life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
DB87569 14 hours 51 minutes
by Ron Powers
read by Ron Powers
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents two sagas: First he chronicles the tragic history of mental health care in the United States from the centuries of torture of “lunatiks” at Bedlam Asylum to the early twenty-first century where many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones; Second, entwined with the larger history, he relates the personal the stories of his two schizophrenic sons. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)
DB89131 6 hours 40 minutes
by Gretchen Rubin
read by Gretchen Rubin
The author of The Happiness Project (DB70275) believes that, when it comes to how people respond to expectations, everyone falls into one of four tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. She explores how our tendencies shape our behavior. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
DB87461 7 hours 59 minutes
by Chade-Meng Tan
read by Gary Tipton
An engineer and philanthropist explains his philosophy that all success comes from cultivating joy. He believes we can all tap into our own natural capacity for joy through a process of living with mindfulness. 2016.


The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times
DB87578 9 hours 27 minutes
by Deepak Chopra
read by Deepak Chopra
Author of God (DB84809) examines the arguments of prominent atheists, notably Richard Dawkins—author of The God Delusion (DB64503)—against the existence of a higher power. Suggests a shift in scientific thinking regarding the world of the unknown to allow for things taken on faith. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans
DB87323 16 hours 35 minutes
by Emily Suzanne Clark
read by Gary Telles
Religious studies professor examines a Spiritualist group in New Orleans called the Cercle Harmonique, comprised primarily of African-descended men. Discusses the group's formation, intersection with race and religion in New Orleans, and its role in the greater movement of American Spiritualism. 2016.

The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction
DB85552 5 hours 33 minutes
by Paul Foster
read by Judie Yuill
Theology professor illuminates discovered texts about Jesus in addition to the four gospels of the New Testament. Discusses their importance in debunking the myth of a monolithic Christian movement in the centuries after Jesus and affording a view of the early followers' concerns and differing understandings of Jesus's significance. 2009.

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life
DB89259 7 hours 58 minutes
by Jen Hatmaker
read by Maggy Stacy
A television personality celebrates the power of female friendships. Focuses on ways to bring joy into one's life and what it means to live in the moment. Shares personal experiences to highlight the advice. 2017.

God's Armies: Crusade and Jihad; Origins, History, Aftermath
DB87440 12 hours 15 minutes
by Malcolm Lambert
read by Peter Johnson
A religious historian chronicles the dual histories of the Christian Crusades and Islamic jihads. Examines tensions internal to the religions, the use of these religions as a disguise for political power grabs, and individuals who rose to heroic stature in both religious traditions. 2016.

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
DB87456 10 hours 34 minutes
by J. Warner Wallace
read by Ray Foushee
Former cold-case homicide detective—and former vocal atheist—chronicles applying his investigative skills to Christianity. Describes analyzing the stories presented in the New Testament and presents the conclusions he reached. 2013.

American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King Jr.
DB87168 39 hours 21 minutes
edited by Michael Warner
read by Lou Harpenau
Fifty-eight sermons spanning four centuries of American preaching, from the first New England settlements to modern evangelism and ecumenism. Includes Puritan sermons by Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards; nineteenth-century sermons by William Ellery Channing, Lucretia Mott, and Joseph Smith; and twentieth-century offerings from Aimee Semple McPherson, Reinhold Niebuhr, and C.L. Franklin. 1999.

Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
DB89252 11 hours 25 minutes
by Robert Wright
read by Ken Kliban
The author of The Moral Animal (DB41255), NonZero (DB57895), and The Evolution of God (DB69801) uses neuroscience and psychology research to examine the fundamental claim of Buddhism that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly—and that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people. Bestseller. 2017.

Science and Technology

To Be a Machine: Adventures among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death
DB87587 8 hours 47 minutes
by Mark O'Connell
read by James Garnon
Journalist delves into the world of transhumanism by investigating personalities involved in the movement, the technological advances aiding the extension of life, and the ethics of the pursuit of immortality. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science
DB87947 14 hours 44 minutes
by Marcus du Sautoy
read by Marcus du Sautoy
Oxford University professor examines seven areas of scientific study to elucidate what is known and unknown about each of them in the early twenty-first century. Topics include chaos, matter, quantum physics, the universe, time, consciousness, and infinity. Ruminates on the limits of human understanding. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Social Sciences

Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.
DB89452 6 hours 4 minutes
by Danielle Allen
read by Maggy Stacy
A Harvard professor discusses the life of her cousin Michael. At the age of fifteen, he was involved in an attempted carjacking, tried as an adult, and convicted. After spending eleven years in prison, he was released, only to be murdered three years later. Examines the American prison system. Some violence. 2017.

At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces
DB89227 5 hours 52 minutes
by Mary Collins and Donald Collins
read by Mare Trevathan
Collaborative memoir of the transition process experienced by a parent and a transgender child. Discusses terms related to transition, communication challenges, family dynamics, coming out to loved ones and the outside community, grief, and more. Includes short essays from others and a reading list. Some strong language. 2017.

Double Bind: Women on Ambition
DB89253 10 hours 17 minutes
edited by Robin Romm
read by Kristin Allison
A collection of twenty-four essays examining perceptions of ambitious women and the ways that many societies discourage women from having ambition. Includes essays from Pam Houston, Roxane Gay, Francine Prose, Molly Ringwald, and others. Some strong language. 2017.

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us about Who We Really Are
DB89331 9 hours 23 minutes
by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
read by Doug Ramsdell
An economist argues that studying information gathered from Internet use and other sources of big data can reveal previously unfathomable truths of the human experience. Discusses the possibilities and limitations of big data and provides examples. Strong language. 2017.

You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships
DB89487 10 hours 37 minutes
by Deborah Tannen
read by Kerry Dukin
A deconstructive analysis of patterns in the ways that women speak to one another in conversations, ranging from casual chatting to close confidences. Examines how these patterns can cause and repair issues in the relationship as well as strengthen it. Draws on interviews with dozens of women from the full range of age groups. 2017.

Sports and Recreation

Drunk on Sports
DB89455 7 hours 3 minutes
by Tim Cowlishaw
read by Joe Wilson
A sportswriter and ESPN host discusses how he tackled his alcohol addiction. He shares stories of his career, including anecdotes of the many star athletes he has known. But he also relates how he finally confronted his drinking problem after being arrested for drunk driving. Some strong language. 2013.

I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love
DB89254 8 hours 32 minutes
by Tim Kurkjian
read by Jake Williams
ESPN baseball commentator discusses some of his favorite aspects of the national pastime. He shares quirky statistics, player superstitions, what it’s like to be hit by a pitch, and various anecdotes from his years following the sport. Some strong language. 2016.

The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse
DB87577 13 hours 4 minutes
by Tom Verducci
read by Tom Verducci
An award-winning sportswriter looks at how a Chicago baseball team that had not won a World Series since 1908, mostly made of young players, finally won it all in 2016. Includes interviews with team president Theo Epstein, manager Joe Maddon, and Cubs players. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Stage and Screen

Film Writing and Selected Journalism
DB87148 28 hours 54 minutes
by James Agee
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
Agee on Film—reprinted here in full—collects hundreds of weekly reviews and two longer pieces that Agee wrote for Time and The Nation between 1941 and 1948. This volume also includes his screenplay for The Night of the Hunter, plus previously uncollected film writing and some journalism and book reviews. 2005.

Are You Anybody? A Memoir
DB87942 7 hours 40 minutes
by Jeffrey Tambor
read by Jeffrey Tambor
Autobiographical essays from award-winning actor famous for roles on TV shows such as Transparent and Arrested Development. He describes his awkward youth and the escape that theater provided, paying tribute to the many people who helped him along the way. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

U.S. History

American Minute
DB87449 11 hours 53 minutes
by William J. Federer
read by Kerry Dukin
A collection of historical vignettes, one for each day of the year. Includes details of well-known holidays, achievements, and lesser-known events. Topics discussed include Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Lindbergh's solo flight, the Battle of Midway, the Red Cross, the Tuskegee Institute, and Paul Revere's midnight ride, among many others. 2003.

March Trilogy
DB87098 13 hours 12 minutes
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
read by Chuck Young
Graphic novel trilogy, written between 2013 and 2016, traces Congressman John Lewis's firsthand account of the civil rights movement, from his first meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. to his commitment to nonviolent demonstrations in order to end segregation. Coretta Scott King Award. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
DB87249 23 hours 23 minutes
by Heather Ann Thompson
read by Bob Moore
An account of the infamous 1971 prison uprising, in which nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in New York for four days and nights to protest years of mistreatment. Discusses the state’s violent response and the victims’ quest for justice. Some violence. 2016.

Women's Concerns

Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics
DB87579 16 hours 53 minutes
by Marjorie J. Spruill
read by Dina Pearlman
An examination of the long-standing battle between feminists and their female challengers regarding women's rights. Discusses in particular the National Women's Conference in 1977, as well as the events leading up to that day and the aftermath. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

World History

In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company's Battlefields with Sergeant Forrest Guth
DB87919 11 hours 57 minutes
by Larry Alexander
read by Norman Dietz
The author explores the World War II battlefields that made Easy Company a legend, accompanied by Easy veteran Sergeant Forrest Guth. They follow the path taken by the famed Band of Brothers, revisiting the living history of the places where they went into action. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.
When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters
DB89338 5 hours 57 minutes
by Giles Milton
read by Stephen Van Doren
Journalist delves into little-known colorful stories from across history. Depicts, among other things, a cook who survived the sinking of the Titanic after pickling himself with whiskey, a man who survived the atomic bombings in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hitler's final hours, and a female Robinson Crusoe-type figure. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.
The Many Deaths of Jew Süss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew
DB89470 9 hours 13 minutes
by Yair Mintzker
read by Peter Holdway
A reexamination of an infamous episode in the history of anti-Semitism, which involved Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, who was put on trial and hanged in the eighteenth century. He later became the subject of many works of Nazi propaganda. The author recounts Oppenheimer's trial and investigates conflicting versions of what happened. 2017.

The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
DB87720 8 hours 52 minutes
by James McGrath Morris
read by Dean Temple
Biographer depicts the friendship forged between John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway during World War I, when both were serving in the Ambulance Corps. Ultimately, however, the two remembered wartime very differently, which contributed to their friendship devolving into bitter, public fighting. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Women Who Flew for Hitler: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry
DB89482 18 hours 3 minutes
by Clare Mulley
read by Kerry Dukin
A dual biography of Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg, who both served as pilots for the Third Reich. Discusses the context of surrounding world events and the differing trajectories of the two women’s careers. Recounts how Hanna attempted to save Hitler’s life in 1945, even as Melitta covertly supported an assassination attempt. 2017.

The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence, 1914–1948
DB87386 10 hours 27 minutes
by Laila Parsons
read by John Haag
The biography of military commander Fawzi al-Qawuqji, beginning with his time as a young officer in the Ottoman Army and continuing through his most famous role as commander of the Arab Liberation Army in the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. 2016.

Twenty Years A-Growing
DB89480 9 hours 56 minutes
by Maurice O'Sullivan
read by Andy Pyle
Memoir of growing up on the Gaelic-speaking island of Great Blasket off the southwest Irish coast in the early 1900s. Discusses his family relationships, island life, and leaving the island to work on the mainland. Translated from the original Irish. 1933.

Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World
DB87937 15 hours 10 minutes
by Maurice Walsh
read by Michael Healy
A narrative account of the Irish Revolution, which was the war between British authorities and the newly formed Irish Republican Army. Places the events within a global context, discusses the influence of Europe and America, and portrays life in Ireland at the time. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India
DB87589 23 hours 48 minutes
by Jon Wilson
read by George Holmes
This narrative history covers Britain’s rule from the 1680s until Indian independence in 1947. Following the lives of British and Indian administrators, soldiers, and subjects, the author upends the traditional view of the British Raj, reinterpreting it as something rooted more in violence than virtue. 2016.

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Books for Children

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Books are listed alphabetically within the headings Children’s Fiction and Children’s Nonfiction by subject category, author last name, and title. For example, the title Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown would be listed in Children’s Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Brown.

Children's Fiction


Coco: The Junior Novelization
DB89787 2 hours 28 minutes
by Angela Cervantes
read by Jonathan Taylor
Miguel wants to be a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Wanting to prove his talent, he finds himself in the Land of the Dead, where he begins an adventure with a trickster he meets along the way. Adaptation of the Disney and Pixar Animation Studios film. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2017.

Zoey and Sassafras, Books 1–3
DB87641 2 hours 40 minutes
by Asia Citro
read by Mare Trevathan
In Dragons and Marshmallows, budding young scientist Zoey and her cat, Sassafras, use science experiments to help a dragon. A monster needs a problem solved in time to go to a ball in Monsters and Mold. In Merhorses and Bubbles, magical creatures in a stream are in danger. For grades K-3. 2017.

World at War, 1944: Magic Tree House Super Edition, Book 1
DB88254 3 hours 4 minutes
by Mary Pope Osborne
read by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are transported to 1944 Europe, where they parachute behind enemy lines in Normandy, France, to help Allied forces during one of history's darkest moments. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2017.

Penelope March Is Melting
DB87951 5 hours 39 minutes
by Jeffrey Michael Ruby
read by Kristin Allison
Twelve-year-old bookworm Penelope becomes an unlikely hero when the iceberg she calls home starts to melt, and she must save it from a sinister force. For grades 4-7. 2017.

Black Panther: The Young Prince
DB89979 5 hours 46 minutes
by Ronald L. Smith
read by Dion Graham
Twelve-year-old T'Challa, the young prince and future Black Panther of Wakanda, is sent with his best friend M'Baku to school in America. When strange things begin happening around school, T'Challa sets out to uncover the source. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2018.

Animals and Wildlife

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!/¡El Gallo Que No Se Callaba!
DB86989 0 hours 28 minutes
by Carmen Agra Deedy
read by Tony Chiroldes
In this bilingual tale, the mayor of La Paz—a noisy village—institutes new laws forbidding all singing. But a brave little rooster decides he must sing, regardless of the punishment. For grades K-3. Spanish/English language. (En este cuento bilingüe, el alcalde de La Paz —un pueblo ruidoso— instituye nuevas leyes que prohíben todo canto. Pero un gallo valiente decide que debe cantar, independientemente del castigo. Para los grados K-3. Español/Inglés.) 2017.

Moonlight Brigade: The Wild Ones
DB90137 4 hours 14 minutes
by C. Alexander London
read by various narrators
Kit has saved Ankle Snap Alley from the Flealess, but more danger is on the way. It's time for him to step up to fight off Coyote's threat and to restart the Moonlight Brigade in the process. Sequel to The Wild Ones (DB89072). Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2016.

The Rainbow Fish
DB89911 0 hours 9 minutes
by Marcus Pfister
read by Joe Peck
Shunned by the other fish when he refuses to give away even one of his beautiful scales, the Rainbow Fish visits a wise octopus to get advice on sharing and friendship. Translated from the original German edition. For preschool-grade 2. 1992.

Folk and Fairy Tales

Tales from the Arabian Nights: Stories of Adventure, Magic, Love, and Betrayal
DB87326 7 hours 48 minutes
retold by Donna Jo Napoli
read by Laura Giannarelli
Collection of tales filled with grand adventure and magic told through the ancient story Arabian Nights. New bride Scheherazade tells her husband stories each night to win him over with love—and keep him from executing her. For grades 5-8. 2016.


Slingshot and Burp
DB85398 1 hour 19 minutes
by Richard Haynes
read by Richard Magesis
Best friends and neighbors Slingshot and Burp spend the summer as cowboys looking for Old West adventures filled with outlaws, ghosts, and coyotes. For grades K-3. 2016.

Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners
DB87953 6 hours 31 minutes
by Natalie Rompella
read by Kimberly Schraf
Ana is excited to start middle school with her best friend Lily, who understands Ana's obsessive-compulsive behavior and shares Ana's plan to write and sell their own cookbook. But things change dramatically when they are assigned to different partners for their year-long Explorations project. For grades 3-6. 2017.

Growing Up

Amina's Voice
DB87659 3 hours 41 minutes
by Hena Khan
read by Faith Potts
Amina, a Muslim Pakistani American girl, struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture and balance the changing dynamics of friendship in middle school. When a tragedy strikes, Amina discovers how friends and a community can come together to support one another. For grades 4-7. 2017.

Historical Fiction

The Player King
DB89937 3 hours 46 minutes
by Avi
read by Erik Sandvold
In 1486, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is told by a mysterious friar that he, Lambert, is actually Prince Edward, the true King of England. This revelation sets Lambert on a dangerous course to regain the throne. For grades 5-8. 2017.

My Brigadista Year
DB86999 3 hours 45 minutes
by Katherine Paterson
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Cuba, 1961. After reading flyers posted around her school, thirteen-year-old Lora convinces her family to let her spend a year in Fidel Castro’s army of literacy teachers. Although Lora faces danger in her mission, she willingly trades her sheltered life for the cause. For grades 5-8. 2017.


The Chocopocalypse
DB89903 4 hours 11 minutes
by Chris Callaghan
read by Faith Potts
When news breaks of an ancient prophecy that predicts the world will run out of chocolate in six days, it is up to Jelly and her Gran to prevent the chocopocalypse. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
DB88554 2 hours 4 minutes
by Jeff Kinney
read by various narrators
A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school has turned his world upside down. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves his best friend, Rowley, the odd man out. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2012.

The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra
DB90132 0 hours 12 minutes
by Marc Tyler Nobleman
read by Luis Moreno
Three anxious goats scramble to avoid being eaten by the legendary chupacabra, whose favorite food is not what they expect. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2017.

Mystery and Detective

Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Whoooo
DB84044 0 hours 27 minutes
by Eth Clifford
read by Richard Magesis
When someone steals Mournful Owl's whoooo, Silly Goose rushes to get detective Flatfoot Fox to investigate. Flatfoot Fox and his assistant, Secretary Bird, question a few local animals to get to the bottom of the matter. For grades 2-4. 1993.

Ballpark Mysteries Collection, Books 11–13
DB87664 4 hours 16 minutes
by David A. Kelly
read by David DeBoy
Books eleven through thirteen, written between 2015 and 2017, featuring baseball fans and cousins Mike and Kate. In The Tiger Troubles, someone is blackmailing the Tigers' famous slugger. Includes The Rangers Rustlers and The Capital Catch. For grades 2-4. 2017.


Simon Ellis, Spelling Bee Champ
DB84607 1 hour 45 minutes
by Claudia Mills
read by Dave Corey
Simon Ellis and the rest of the third grade prepare to participate in a spelling bee where Simon's competitive spirit takes over, until he realizes that sometimes the best way to win is to take a chance and let other people shine. For grades 3-6. 2015.

Children's Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance
DB86984 2 hours 45 minutes
by Jane Drake and Ann Love
read by Kay Kerimian
Overview of an environmental movement present around the world that includes scientists, environmental conservationists, and concerned citizens working to restore habitats to their natural states. Discusses the reintroduction of native plants and wildlife to combat extinction. For grades 6-9. 2017.

How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild
DB86983 0 hours 43 minutes
by Katherine Roy
read by Kay Kerimian
Author of Neighborhood Sharks (DB80358) discusses the elephant family dynamics in an African herd. She follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth. For grades 3-6. 2017.


Silent Days, Silent Dreams
DB87965 0 hours 32 minutes
by Allen Say
read by Joe Peck
An imagined biography of James Castle—a deaf, autistic artist—whose exceptional talent was recognized later in life. Despite mistreatment and being misunderstood, James presents his personal view of the world through art that now hangs in major museums throughout the world. For grades 2-4. 2017.


Famous Friends: Best Buds, Rocky Relationships, and Awesomely Odd Couples from Past to Present
DB87668 2 hours 17 minutes
by Jennifer Castle and Bill Spring
read by Michael Scherer
Profiles some of the most famous celebrity friends, from statesmen John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to literary genius Arthur Conan Doyle and magician Harry Houdini. Modern celebrity friendships include the bromance of X-Men stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart and Taylor Swift and her squad. For grades 4-7. 2017.

She Persisted: Thirteen American Women Who Changed the World
DB88185 0 hours 13 minutes
by Chelsea Clinton
read by Chelsea Clinton
Profiles the lives of thirteen American women who have left their mark on U.S. history, including Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Margaret Chase Smith, and Oprah Winfrey. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2017.


The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano
DB89720 1 hour 12 minutes
by Elizabeth Rusch
read by David DeBoy
Presents the life of Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1732), the inventor of the piano. Explains why, how, and when he created the musical instrument. For grades K-3. 2017.

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Foreign Language Books


Los libros presentes en esta edición de Talking Book Topics (Temas de Libros Parlantes) se enviaron recientemente a las bibliotecas de cooperación. La colección completa contiene una amplia gama de libros de ficción y no ficción, incluyendo biografías, clásicos, de vaqueros, misterio, romance y otros.

Los usuarios registrados también pueden descargar de inmediato todos los títulos y revistas del servicio de Descarga de Lectura en Braille y Audio del NLS (BARD) en La aplicación móvil de BARD está disponible en la App Store, Google Play, y en la Appstore de Amazon para leer audiolibros en su teléfono inteligente o su tablet personal. Para conocer más sobre la colección o para registrarse para utilizar BARD, comuníquese con su biblioteca de cooperación local. Los números de teléfono y las direcciones de correo electrónico de las bibliotecas regionales se encuentran en las últimas páginas de esta revista.

Nota: Puede aparecer un aviso inmediatamente a continuación de la descripción del libro para indicar escenas de violencia, lenguaje violento o descripciones de sexo. La palabra “algunas” antes de cualquiera de estos términos indica un hecho ocasional o poco frecuente, como por ejemplo “lenguaje violento poco frecuente”. Los audiolibros comerciales de los cuales el NLS no tiene acceso al libro impreso, pueden presentar el aviso “sin calificación”, lo que significa que el libro puede contener o no violencia, lenguaje violento o descripciones de sexo.

La Guerra No Tiene Rostro de Mujer (The Unwomanly Face of War)
DB84983 14 horas 18 minutos
por Svetlana Alexiévich
leído por varios narradores
La ganadora del Premio Nobel en 2015 presenta una historia oral de las mujeres rusas en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Alexiévich explora el papel de las mujeres en batallas y en el frente interno, detallando su coraje y valentía, y la brutalidad de la guerra. Traducido del ruso. Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize presents an oral history of Russian women in World War II. Alexiévich chronicles women in battle and on the home front, detailing courage, bravery, and the brutality of war. Translated from the Russian. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2015.

Dos Santos: Novela (Dos Santos: A Novel)
DB85999 10 horas 28 minutos
por Fernando de Aragón
leído por Martin Untrojb
1508. Después de viajar al nuevo mundo en el segundo viaje de Colón, Antonio Dos Santos se une a la nueva expedición de Ponce de León a la isla de San Juan Bautista —que los nativos llaman Borikén. Allí, Dos Santos interactúa con los taínos y comienza a cuestionar sus creencias arraigadas. Violencia. (1508. After traveling to the New World on Columbus's second voyage, Antonio Dos Santos joins Ponce de León's new expedition to the island of San Juan Bautista—which the native people call Borikén. There, Dos Santos interacts with the Taínos and begins to question his long-held beliefs. Violence.) 2015.

¡El Gallo Que No Se Callaba!/The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!
DB86989 0 horas 28 minutos
por Carmen Agra Deedy
leído por Tony Chiroldes
En este cuento bilingüe, el alcalde de La Paz —un pueblo ruidoso— instituye nuevas leyes que prohíben todo canto. Pero un gallo valiente decide que debe cantar, independientemente del castigo. Para los grados K-3. Español/Inglés. (In this bilingual tale, the mayor of La Paz—a noisy village—institutes new laws forbidding all singing. But a brave little rooster decides he must sing, regardless of the punishment. For grades K-3. Spanish/English language.) 2017.

Acércate Sediento: No Hay Corazón Demasiado Seco para Su Toque (Come Thirsty: No Heart Too Dry for His Touch)
DB84998 7 horas 44 minutos
por Max Lucado
leído por Walter Krochmal
Un ministro y notable autor religioso ofrece su programa para la "hidratación" del alma. El plan de Lucado describe cuatro acciones esenciales: aceptar la obra de Dios, confiar en la energía de Dios, confiar en el liderazgo de Dios, y recibir el amor de Dios. Incluye una guía del lector con pasajes bíblicos relacionados y preguntas para los grupos de discusión. Traducido del inglés. (Minister and noted religious author offers his program for "hydrating" the soul. Lucado's plan describes four essential actions: accept God’s work, rely on God’s energy, trust God’s leadership, and receive God’s love. Includes a reader’s guide with related Bible passages and questions for discussion groups.) 2004.

Ansiosos por Nada: Menos Preocupación, Más Paz (Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World)
DB86996 7 horas 10 minutos
por Max Lucado
leído por Martin Untrojb
El ministro y autor Max Lucado presenta métodos basados en la fe para combatir la ansiedad. Las secciones exploran la celebración de la bondad de Dios, pidiendo ayuda a Dios, dejando sus preocupaciones con Él, y meditando sobre cosas buenas. Traducido del inglés. (Minister and author Max Lucado presents faith-based methods for dealing with anxiety. Sections discuss celebrating God's goodness, asking God for help, leaving your worries with Him, and meditating on good things. Translated from English. ) 2017.

Colección Particular (Private Collection)
DB85988 14 horas 45 minutos
por Juan Marsé
leído por Martin Untrojb
Una colección de cuentos del galardonado autor español. Incluye "Historia de detectives", "Teniente Bravo", "Parabellum" y "Conócete a ti mismo, Fritz". Violencia, lenguaje injurioso, y descripciones de índole sexual. (A collection of short stories by the award-winning author from Spain. Includes "Historia de Detectives," "Teniente Bravo," "Parabellum," and "Conócete a Ti Mismo, Fritz." Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.) 2017.

Rompiendo las Reglas (Breaking the Rules)
DB84986 17 horas 44 minutos
por María Martínez
leído por Aurelio Dominguez
Tyler es un hombre endurecido que ha perdido en el amor; Cassie es una mujer independiente que sabe lo que quiere de la vida, aunque no necesariamente de una relación. Dos años después de la última vez que se vieron, los dos están inesperadamente reunidos. Lenguaje injurioso y descripciones de índole sexual. (Tyler is a hardened man who has lost at love; Cassie is an independent woman who knows what she wants from life, though not necessarily from a relationship. Two years after they last saw each other, the two are unexpectedly reunited. Strong language and descriptions of sex.) 2016.

Secreto Vaticano (Vatican Secret)
DB84978 26 horas 7 minutos
por Leopoldo Mendívil López
leído por Martin Untrojb
Pío del Rosario es reclutado para una misión dentro del Vaticano: descubrir quién forzó la renuncia de Benedicto XVI; saber quién hizo un atentado contra la vida de su predecesor, Juan Pablo II; y determinar cómo eliminar la amenaza al nuevo pontífice, Francisco. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Pío del Rosario is recruited for a mission within the Vatican: to discover who forced Benedict XVI's resignation; to learn who made an attempt on the life of his predecessor, John Paul II; and to determine how to eliminate the threat to the new pontiff, Francis. Violence and strong language.) 2016.

Querido Papa Francisco—Escrito por el Papa Francisco y niños de Todo el Mundo (Dear Pope Francis—writtten by Pope Francis and children from all over the world)
DB85951 1 hora 7 minutos
por Papa Francisco y Antonio Spadaro, S.J.
leído por María Pino
Una colección de treinta cartas escritas por niños de todo el mundo al Papa Francisco. Cada una es contestada por el Papa y proporciona guía espiritual. Para los grados K-3 y lectores mayores. Traducido del inglés. (A collection of thirty letters written by children around the world to Pope Francis. Each one is answered by the Pope and provides spiritual guidance. Translated from English.) 2016.

DB85989 14 horas 2 minutos
por Arturo Pérez-Reverte
leído por Alejandro Ruiz
España, 1937. Mientras que continúa la sangrienta guerra civil, el agente secreto Lorenzo Falcó, de Falcó (DB83997), se dirige a Tánger —la turbulenta encrucijada de espías, contrabando, y conspiraciones— con el encargo de conseguir que el capitán de un barco cargado con oro cambie de bandera. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso, (Spain, 1937. As the bloody Civil War continues, secret agent Lorenzo Falcó, from Falcó (DB83997), sets off to Tangier—the turbulent crossroads of spies, smuggling, and conspiracies—on a mission to get the captain of a ship loaded with gold to switch flags. Violence and strong language.) 2017.

Consulta con Doctor Juan, Santo Remedio: Cientos de Remedios Caseros Llenos de Sabiduría y Ciencia (Doctor Juan's Top Home Remedies: Hundreds of Home Remedies Full of Wisdom and Science)
DB85986 10 horas 30 minutos
por Juan Rivera
leído por Tony Chiroldes
Un cardiólogo y experto en temas médicos de la cadena Univision presenta más de cien remedios herbales simples que promueven la salud general y consisten en ingredientes que se encuentran en la mayoría de las cocinas. (Cardiologist and chief medical expert for the Univision network presents over a hundred simple herbal remedies that promote general health and consist of ingredients found in most kitchens.) 2017.

Lo Mejor de Mí (The Best of Me)
DB85991 12 horas 40 minutos
por Nicholas Sparks
leído por Walter Krochmal
Oriental, Carolina del Norte. Como estudiantes de diferentes estratos sociales en su último año de secundaria, Dawson y Amanda tuvieron un romance desafortunado. Veinticinco años más tarde regresan a su pequeña ciudad cuando Tuck, un anciano importante para ambos, muere y deja una carta que describe el amor mágico de su propia vida. Traducido del inglés. (Oriental, North Carolina. As high school seniors from different sides of the tracks, Dawson and Amanda had a doomed romance. Twenty-five years later they return home when Tuck, an old man important to both of them, dies—and leaves behind a letter describing his own life’s magical love.) 2011.

Hotel Vendôme
DB85987 10 horas 47 minutos
por Danielle Steel
leído por Maria Pino
Después de que Hugues transforma un hotel deteriorado de Manhattan en un establecimiento de cinco estrellas, su esposa lo abandona. Su hija, Heloise, crece amando el negocio de la hospitalidad. Cuando Heloise va a la universidad en Europa, Hugues se enamora de Natalie, una diseñadora de interiores. (After Hugues transforms a rundown Manhattan hotel into a five-star establishment, his wife leaves him. Hugues’s daughter, Heloise, grows up loving the hospitality business. When Heloise goes to university in Europe, Hugues falls for interior designer Natalie.) 2015.

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Audio Magazines

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

AARP Bulletin (10 issues) and AARP The Magazine (bimonthly (6 issues))

American History (bimonthly (6 issues))

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (10 issues)

Asimov’s Science Fiction (10 issues)

The Atlantic (10 issues)

Audubon (bimonthly (6 issues))

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

Bon Appétit (12 issues)

Consumer Reports (12 issues)

Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country (bimonthly (6 issues))

Cowboys and Indians (8 issues)

Cricket (for children, on one cartridge with National Geographic Kids; 10 issues)

Diabetes Forecast (12 issues)

Discover (10 issues)

Ebony (12 issues)

The Economist (52 issues)

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (6 issues)

Foreign Affairs (6 issues)

France-Amérique (French; 11 issues)

Good Housekeeping (12 issues)

Health and Nutrition Newsletters (includes Scientific American—Health after Fifty, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and Nutrition Action Healthletter; monthly)

Horticulture (bimonthly (6 issues))

Humpty Dumpty (bimonthly (6 issues))

Kiplinger's Retirement Report (12 issues)

Magazine of the Month (12 issues)

Missouri Conservationist (12 issues)

Money (12 issues)

Muse (9 issues)

The Musical Mainstream (4 issues)

The Nation (34 issues)

National Geographic (12 issues)

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

National Geographic Traveler (bimonthly (6 issues))

National Review (24 issues)

The New Yorker (47 issues)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

O, The Oprah Magazine (12 issues)

Oklahoma Today (bimonthly (6 issues))

Outdoor Life (10 issues)

People (52 issues)

People en Español (Spanish; 11 issues)

Piano Technicians Journal (12 issues)

Playboy (12 issues)

QST (12 issues)

Quarterly Music Magazine (4 issues)

Rolling Stone (12 issues)

Seventeen (6 issues)

Smithsonian (11 issues)

Sound & Vision (10 issues)

Southern Living (13 issues)

Spider (for children; 9 issues)

Sports Illustrated (27 issues)

Sports Illustrated Kids (12 issues)

Talking Book Topics (6 issues; also contains NLS News, published quarterly)

Travel & Leisure (12 issues)

True West (12 issues)

Vanidades (Spanish; 11 issues)

Vital Speeches of the Day (12 issues)

The Week (50 issues)

Wired (12 issues)

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