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Cassette Books, 2005

This catalog lists adult cassette books produced by NLS during. Books are listed alphabetically within subject categories under nonfiction and fiction headings. Some books may appear in more than one subject category. For instance, a book of science fiction short stories would be found in both "science fiction" and "short stories."

For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description listing strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, or violence. The word "some" before any of these terms indicates an infrequent occurrence, as in "some strong language."

Separate sections list books for young adults and books in Spanish under nonfiction and fiction headings. An index to bestsellers is located after the Spanish entries.

Contents

Adult Nonfiction

Adult Fiction

Young Adults

Spanish and Bilingual

Bestsellers


Adult Nonfiction

Adventure

Abandoned: The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition, 1881–1884    RC 57771
by A.L. Todd
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
Based on Greely family papers, an account of the American expedition, led by then-lieutenant Adolphus Greely, that set off in 1881 to explore islands off the Greenland coast. Describes official bungling and mischance that led to the stranding of the party of twenty-five men, including two Eskimo hunters. 1961.

Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island    RC 57458
by Jo Anne Van Tilburg
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Archaeologist chronicles the life and work of English explorer Katherine Routledge (1866–1935), reconstructing her early rebellion against Victorian constraints, the pioneering 1913 expedition, and her struggles with mental illness. Highlights her contributions to the study of the island’s enormous stone heads and other remnants of a civilization. 2003.

The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty    RC 57656
by Caroline Alexander
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes
Drawing on diaries, correspondence, news items, and other primary source material, Alexander casts a new light on events surrounding the mutineers’ seizure of the Bounty in 1789. Alexander examines the actions and motivations of the central characters, as well as Tahitian seductions and political intrigues, concluding that Captain Bligh was unjustly maligned. 2003.

An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a New Life    RC 58390
by Liz Fordred
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Account of a resourceful paraplegic couple who built a boat in landlocked Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and sailed from South Africa to the Americas in 1981. Fordred describes how she and her husband, Pete, overcame formidable obstacles in constructing the Usikusiku to accommodate their handicaps. Details their remarkable journey to gain independence and a new life. 2001.

Quest for Adventure: Ultimate Feats of Modern Exploration    RC 58563
by Chris Bonington
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Chronicles fifty years of pioneering "firsts" by land, sea, and air. Seventeen stories of perseverance include the first ascent of Mount Everest, the crossing of both poles, and two first circumnavigations of the earth: one nonstop by balloon, the other solo by sailboat. 2000.

Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan    RC 57385
by Giles Milton
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
The author of Nathaniel’s Nutmeg (RC 50638) chronicles the adventures of English mariner William Adams, who was marooned in Japan in 1600. Adams is taken under the tutelage of the shogun, learns the language and customs, and opens trade between the two civilizations. 2002.

The Sea Hunters II    RC 57292
by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
In this sequel to The Sea Hunters (RC 43934), the author and his colleagues from the National Underwater and Marine Agency, a nonprofit group that searches for shipwrecks of historical significance, continue their adventures. Among the wrecks they seek are French explorer La Salle’s flagship, Civil War ironclads, and PT-109. 2002.

The Secret Life of Cowboys    RC 58774
by Tom Groneberg
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
A young college graduate relates how, with his new wife, he rejects an urban lifestyle to become a cowboy. Describes beginning as a Colorado trail guide then settling on a small Montana ranch. He recounts his growth and discovery in the beautiful but brutal Western wilderness. 2003.

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II    RC 58650
by Robert Kurson
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Journalist chronicles scuba divers John Chatterton’s and Richie Kohler’s 1991 discovery of a sunken World War II German U-boat off the New Jersey coast. Describes their perilous six-year search in the 230-foot-deep sunken wreck for clues to identify the submarine and its crew. Strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Survive the Savage Sea    RC 58667
by Dougal Robertson
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Author relates his family’s nightmare of trying to survive after killer whales attacked and sank their forty-three-foot schooner Lucette in the Pacific Ocean. Robertson’s daily account describes their thirty-eight-day struggle against thirst, starvation, and exhaustion before being rescued by Japanese fishermen. 1973.

Touching the Void    RC 57755
by Joe Simpson
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Mountain climber recounts his harrowing 1985 survival story of plunging off an Andean ice ledge, forcing his partner, Simon Yates, to cut the rope binding them. Describes Simpson’s grueling descent with a broken leg and Yates’s emotional turmoil believing his friend to be dead. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1988.

The Way of a Ship: A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail    RC 58702
by Derek Lundy
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
The author of Godforsaken Sea (RC 50690) recreates the adventures of his great-great-uncle Benjamin Lundy, a Cape Horn seaman during the 1880s. Derek Lundy portrays the challenges and perils Benjamin and the crew most likely faced while learning firsthand the "eternal lessons of the sea." 2002.

The Worst Journey in the World    RC 58594
by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
read by David Cutler
5 cassettes
Epic tale of two-and-a-half years of exploration and survival in Antarctica as recounted by the youngest member of Scott’s last expedition to the South Pole. Describes the difficult crossing of the Beardmore Glacier, Cherry-Garrard’s scientific mission to obtain emperor penguin eggs, and his discovery of Scott’s body. 1922.

Animals and Wildlife

The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race against an Epidemic    RC 58310
by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Chronicles the valiant efforts of a dogsled relay to bring serum to ice-bound Nome, Alaska, when a deadly diphtheria outbreak put Eskimo natives and especially their children at risk in 1925. Blends Alaska’s early history with portraits of courageous team leaders and their dogs—including the famous Balto—who trekked 674 miles across frozen terrain. 2003.

Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship    RC 57155
by editors of The Bark read by Barbara Caruso
3 cassettes
Anthology of essays, short stories, and expert commentaries celebrating the unique bond between humans and their dogs. Over forty selections chosen by the editors of a California-based dog magazine pay tribute to the very first meeting between man and animal, pack dynamics, canine wisdom, and the poignancy of friendship and loss. 2003.

The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature    RC 58120
by Karl P.N. Shuker
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Explains wild and domestic animal behavior via scientific research on psychic pets, whale strandings, fainting goats, talking apes, homing horses, and waltzing worms, among other species. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Keep Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces     RC 57434
by Barbara Kilarski
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
A collection of frequently asked questions for city slickers who want to raise poultry. Coop construction, hen selection and care, egg laying and gathering (one doesn’t need a rooster to get eggs), and chicken health are among the tips for the urban breeder. Includes recipes. 2003.

Arts

The Arts    RC 58659
by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
read by Janis Gray
6 cassettes (Reissue)
A cultural survey of painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, and many minor arts from prehistory to the twentieth century by the author of Van Loon’s Lives (RC 55071). Covers creative expression in ancient Egypt and Greece, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Revised and updated 1974. 1937.

Goya    RC 58883
by Robert Hughes
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Interpretive biography of Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746–1828) by Time magazine art critic and author of Culture of Complaint (RC 36854). Chronicles Goya’s development as a man and artist, offering critical analyses of his work, social milieu, professional influences, and dominant events like the Inquisition. 2003.

Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament RC 56789
by Kay Redfield Jamison
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
A professor of psychiatry examines the relationship between mood disorders and artistic creativity. Discusses manic-depression, autobiographical material, family history, biological research, and artistic endeavor to explore their links. Examines these connections in the lives of writers and artists, focusing on Lord Byron as a prime example. 1993.

Astronomy

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality    RC 57798
by Brian Greene
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
Physicist and author of The Elegant Universe (RC 48203) examines three hundred years of scientific investigation into the basic but enigmatic concepts of space, time, and reality. Provides background information on relativity and quantum mechanics before exploring topics like Bell’s theorem, accelerated expansion, man-made black holes, and more. Bestseller. 2004.

For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut    RC 57329
by Scott Carpenter and Kris Stoever
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Autobiography of one of the seven Project Mercury astronauts. Carpenter revisits his childhood, Naval aviation training, and selection to NASA’s landmark program. He details his 1962 three-orbit mission aboard Aurora 7 and his reactions that averted disaster upon reentry. Cowritten with his daughter. 2002.

Hubble: The Mirror on the Universe    RC 58020
by Robin Kerrod
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Astronomer explores the nature and evolution of the universe based on the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope launched in 1990. Describes the structure of galaxies, the life cycles of stars, and the planets in Earth’s solar system. Includes background information on the Hubble project. 2003.

Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age    RC 58278
by Greg Klerkx
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Former senior manager of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute laments diminished expectations of space exploration. In reexamining NASA’s history, Klerkx criticizes the agency’s political and bureaucratic infighting, self-interest, and misguided focus on the space shuttle and International Space Station. Contends that commercialization would revive popular interest. 2004.

Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World    RC 57657
by Oliver Morton
read by Lewis Grenville
3 cassettes
Explores the telecommunications technology, scientists, and artists behind the mapping of the Martian landscape—once left to the imaginations of science fiction writers. Morton chronicles nineteenth-century observations and twentieth-century space expeditions to survey and understand the mountains, canyons, and missing waters of the Red Planet. 2002.

The Mercury Thirteen: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight    RC 57609
by Martha Ackmann
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Professor relates the experiences of thirteen female pilots who underwent secret testing for potential inclusion in the U.S. space program during the 1960s. Using historical research and firsthand interviews, Ackmann follows Jerrie Cobb, Wally Funk, and others through the selection process, barrage of trials, and battle against gender discrimination. 2003.

Mission Jupiter: The Spectacular Journey of the Galileo Spacecraft    RC 57435
by Daniel Fischer
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Award-winning German columnist describes the landmark discoveries of NASA’s Galileo space probe, which reached Jupiter—after passing by Venus and two asteroids—in December 1995, more than six years after liftoff. Fischer provides mission history and specifications, focusing on what the project data revealed about the planet’s moons and atmosphere. 1998.

The Moonlandings: An Eyewitness Account    RC 58578
by Reginald Turnill
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Memoir by award-winning British journalist chronicles the U.S. space program from projects Mercury to Apollo. Author’s firsthand account draws on unparalleled access to politicians, scientists, technicians, and early astronauts like Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong who pioneered techniques that made moon landings possible. Foreword by Buzz Aldrin. 2003.

The Orion Nebula: Where Stars Are Born    RC 57523
by C. Robert O’Dell
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Former project scientist for the Hubble space telescope chronicles the technology providing better observation of Earth’s nearest nebula, a stellar nursery of collapsing gas and dust from which stars and planets are born. Discusses contributions of seventeenth to twentieth-century astronomers to modern understanding of stars and the nature of the universe. 2003.

Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril    RC 57262
by Timothy Ferris
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Science writer, inspired by a lifetime of stargazing, chronicles the professional-level contributions of amateur astronomers. Emphasizes their vital role in watching the skies for Near Earth Objects, and explains how advances in technology have made astronomy an accessible hobby. Includes charts, observation guides, and tips for the novice. 2002.

Biography

Among Stone Giants: The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island    RC 57458
by Jo Anne Van Tilburg
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Archaeologist chronicles the life and work of English explorer Katherine Routledge (1866–1935), reconstructing her early rebellion against Victorian constraints, the pioneering 1913 expedition, and her struggles with mental illness. Highlights her contributions to the study of the island’s enormous stone heads and other remnants of a civilization. 2003.

Athénaïs: The Life of Louis XIV’s Mistress, the Real Queen of France    RC 57243
by Lisa Hilton
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Biography of Athénaïs de Montespan (1640–1707), the longtime mistress of Louis XIV. Discusses her early life, her prominent role as the Sun King’s paramour, their children, her influence on the culture of the French court, and the bizarre Affair of the Poisons which led to her downfall. 2002.

Big Russ and Me: Father and Son; Lessons of Life    RC 58298
by Tim Russert
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Television journalist’s memoir celebrating his bond with his father, "Big Russ," a WWII veteran whom Russert calls "endlessly hardworking and eternally optimistic." Author recollects his own 1950s Buffalo childhood in a close-knit Irish Catholic neighborhood and recalls teachers who inspired him throughout his life. Bestseller. 2004.

The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People     RC 57670
by Susan Orlean
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
Collection of over twenty profiles by New Yorker writer, author of The Orchid Thief (RC 48462), of people who captured her interest throughout her career. Subjects range from the well-known, among them designer Bill Blass, to the unknown—for example, a typical ten-year-old boy—and many in between, even Spain’s first female matador. 2001.

Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing Up between Cultures; a Memoir of an Indian Jewish Girl    RC 58131
by Carmit Delman
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Reminiscences of Delman’s childhood in Ohio, New York, and Israel, flavored with her mother’s Bombay Jewish heritage and her American father’s Ashkenazi Jewish background. Compares tastes and traditions and relates matriarch Nana-bai’s India memories. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

Dry    RC 58160
by Augusten Burroughs
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Author continues his memoir begun in Running with Scissors (RC 54817), describing how his alcoholism interfered with work and landed him in a rehab center for gays. He then recalls his return to the Manhattan streets, where he battled cravings and personal demons. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2003.

The Education of Little Tree    RC 58621
by Forrest Carter
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Memoir of an orphaned boy who was raised in a log cabin by his Cherokee grandparents in Tennessee during the Great Depression. Some strong language. 1976.

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna    RC 57478
by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
read by Frank Coffee
1 cassette
Virginia teacher recounts his childhood as a member of a nomadic tribe in northern Kenya. Describes running from lions, tending cattle, being circumcised at thirteen to become a"warrior," attending boarding school, searching for his wandering village during vacations, and leaving home to study in the United States. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America    RC 58685
by Firoozeh Dumas
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Author recollects her family’s adjustment to American culture after moving from Iran to California in 1972 when she was seven. In a series of vignettes, Firoozeh describes her father’s amusing attempts to assimilate, her uncle’s penchant for fast food, and their experiences during the Iranian Revolution. 2003.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings    RC 57200
by Maya Angelou
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Memoir by well-known African American poet and college professor Maya Angelou. She describes her childhood and adolescent years in rural Arkansas, in St. Louis, and in San Francisco, and the racial and gender hardships she endured. 1969.

Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi    RC 58613
by Katherine Frank
read by Anne Flosnik
5 cassettes
Biography of India’s first woman prime minister. Discusses Indira Gandhi’s (1917–1984) sad childhood and her reluctance to enter politics even though her father was former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Portrays the woman who sublimated her personal inclinations to serve her country and was assassinated by her own bodyguards. 2002.

Isadora: A Sensational Life    RC 56529
by Peter Kurth
read by Celeste Lawson
5 cassettes
Details the life, loves, and bizarre death of Isadora Duncan (1877–1927), muse, educator, feminist, and pioneer of modern dance. Set against the backdrop of Europe and America in the early twentieth century, this chronicle draws from major international archival sources, including private collections and unpublished manuscripts. 2001.

L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz    RC 58766
by Katharine M. Rogers
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Biography of celebrated children’s author Lyman Frank Baum (1856–1919). Rogers discusses Baum’s myriad occupations preceding his career as the successful author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (RC 51047). Considers how Baum’s interest in theosophy and his support of feminism influenced his life and work. 2002.

Living to Tell the Tale    RC 57362
by Gabriel García Márquez
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
The Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author of novels such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (RC 25181) and Love in the Time of Cholera (RC 26981) presents a memoir—first of a projected trilogy—of his poverty-filled early years including the beginning of his writing career, his love affairs, and politics. Bestseller. 2002.

A Man Called Peter: The Story of Peter Marshall    RC 57404
by Catherine Marshall
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Widow writes the biography of her husband, a poor Scottish immigrant who became the senior minister at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in the nation’s capital and chaplain of the United States Senate. Fiftieth anniversary edition includes additional selections of his prayers and sermons with a foreword by Marshall’s son. 2001.

Mary Queen of Scots: The Fair Devil of Scotland    RC 58800
by Jean Plaidy
read by Terry Hayes Sales
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Biography of ill-fated queen of Scotland Mary Stuart (1542–1587), executed on the order of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England. Chronicles her childhood in France, her multiple marriages, and the religious and political unrest that plagued her rule. 1975.

Memoirs    RC 57198
by David Rockefeller
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Autobiography of billionaire John D. Rockefeller’s youngest grandson, born in 1915. Recalls his childhood, college years, and military intelligence service during World War II. Describes his banking career, provides insights into the Rockefeller family, and presents many key twentieth-century figures of his acquaintance from the worlds of politics, finance, and the arts. 2002.

A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Danny Pearl    RC 57615
by Mariane Pearl
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Award-winning journalist relates Islamic fundamentalists’ 2002 abduction and murder of her Jewish husband, Wall Street Journal correspondent Danny Pearl, while the couple was on assignment in Pakistan. Mariane Pearl, who was then pregnant, recalls the frantic search for Danny and the ensuing investigation that captured world attention. 2003.

"My Heart Became Attached": The Strange Journey of John Walker Lindh    RC 57347
by Mark Kukis
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Biography of the "American Taliban," first U.S. citizen charged under the Patriot Act. Traces Lindh’s odyssey from affluent California childhood through Arabic studies in Yemen, terrorist training in Pakistan, and combat alongside the Taliban in the Afghanistan war to his eventual U.S. trial as an enemy combatant. Research included copious author interviews. 2003.

My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey through Chile    RC 58348
by Isabel Allende
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
The famous author remembers her childhood home, Chile, which she left after the death of her uncle in a 1973 military coup. She talks about Chile’s history, nostalgic memories of her family, and her life as an exile in her new home, the United States. 2003.

Never Forget: An Oral History of September 11, 2001    RC 58697
by Mitchell Fink and Lois Mathias
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Journalist and his wife gather dozens of first-person accounts of World Trade Center workers, Pentagon employees, rescue personnel, witnesses, and others who lived through the events of September 11, 2001. Violence and strong language. 2002.

An Old Wife’s Tale: My Seven Decades in Love and War    RC 55808
by Midge Decter
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
Midge Decter, conservative commentator, offers a memoir of her life over the past seventy years. From her first secretarial job in New York City to her reign as executive editor of Harper’s magazine, Decter relates her experiences against a backdrop of her opinions on feminism, motherhood, and politics. 2001.

The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush    RC 58096
by Ann Gerhart
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Reporter for the Washington Post, who has covered Laura Bush since her husband’s 2001 inauguration, discusses the First Lady’s life and influences from childhood in West Texas and a career as teacher and librarian to her White House experiences. Examines her character and her pursuit of serenity. 2004.

Queen Anne    RC 57389
by Edward Gregg
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
Biography of Britain’s Queen Anne (1665–1714). Presents public and private aspects of her life, portraying her as both ruler and private individual. Examines her reign, dominated at home by political factions vying to succeed her and abroad by a struggle against France’s Louis XIV. 2001.

A Royal Duty    RC 57361
by Paul Burrell
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Burrell, footman to Queen Elizabeth and butler to the late Princess of Wales, details Diana’s life from the vantage point of his position of trust. Claiming personal access to Diana’s confidences and facts behind the rumor mill, he undertakes to allay speculation about her plans for remarriage and relocation to America. Bestseller. 2003.

Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir    RC 58077
by Marge Piercy
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes
Born in Detroit in the 1930s, poet and novelist Marge Piercy details her abusive, racy youth; political activism; marriages; and other relationships. Piercy intersperses this account with depictions of her cats, who have provided faithful companionship and consolation. Includes several of her poems. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Soul on Ice    RC 58082
by Eldridge Cleaver
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Memoirs by African American activist who was an influential leader of the Black Panthers in the 1960s. Includes Cleaver’s letters from Folsom prison— in which he describes his legal troubles—and essays on politics, race, and sex. 1992 preface by Ishmael Reed. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1968.

Taking Liberties: Four Decades in the Struggle for Rights    RC 58778
by Aryeh Neier
read by Dan Willems
3 cassettes
Neier chronicles his career fighting for civil liberties and his work with the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and the Soros Foundations. Divided chronologically, the book covers segregation, antiwar protests, abortion, and free speech issues of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and international rights issues dating to 2003. 2003.

Thura’s Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq    RC 58523
by Thura Al-Windawi
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Nineteen-year-old Iraqi author, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, shares the diary of her life during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Describes the bombing of Baghdad, the first weeks of postwar occupation, and her family’s ambivalence toward political and social events. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War    RC 57645
by Douglas Brinkley
read by Jake Williams
5 cassettes
Account of Massachusetts senator’s decorated naval career by history professor and author of Wheels for the World (RC 56812). Drawing on interviews and Kerry’s own wartime correspondence and journals, Brinkley describes Kerry’s schooling, military training, tour of duty in Vietnam, and participation in antiwar protests. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy    RC 57745
by Carlos Eire
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
A Yale historian recalls his privileged childhood in Cuba, where his eccentric father was a Havana judge. Author describes living through the revolution, losing everything, and escaping with his brother in 1962 to exile in Miami. Some violence and some strong language. National Book Award. 2003.

Where I Was From    RC 57757
by Joan Didion
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Family memoir and social criticism by Sacramento-born author of Political Fictions (RC 53396). Reexamining her past writings and works by other Californians, Didion contends that the restless individualism of her pioneer ancestors’ generations has spawned many of the state’s emerging social and political dilemmas. Bestseller. 2003.

Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston    RC 56643
by Valerie Boyd
read by Anne Hancock
4 cassettes
Biographical appraisal of the life and work of African American folklorist and writer Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960). Discusses Hurston’s roots in rural Florida, her studies at Howard University and Barnard, her Harlem Renaissance friendships, her anthropological travels in the South, and her published writings. 2003.

Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography    RC 57851
by Barry Rubin and Judith Colp Rubin
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
Journalists portray the man who became leader of the Palestinian nationalist movement in 1959 when he founded Fatah. Using interviews and archival materials, they analyze his upbringing, his early military experiences, and the development of his reputation as a revolutionary and survivor, focusing on the elusive man himself. Includes chronology, glossary, and bibliography. 2003.

Blindness and Physical Handicaps

An Arrow through the Heart: One Woman’s Story of Life, Love, and Surviving a Near-Fatal Heart Attack
by Deborah Daw Heffernan
read by Gillian Green
2 cassettes
Inspirational tale of recovery from sudden heart failure from which the author almost dies at the age of forty-four. Explains illness and disability from a patient’s point of view and describes the changes in relationships that result when death is a daily possibility. 2002.

The Blindness Revolution: Jernigan in His Own Words    RC 59457
by James H. Omvig
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Blindness activist and attorney examines the transformation of the Iowa Commission for the Blind by Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, a National Federation of the Blind leader. Describes Jernigan’s reorganizing the service agency beginning in 1958 from its ineffective medical model to a civil-rights-based "empowerment" organization. 2005.

Blindsided: Lifting a Life above Illness; a Reluctant Memoir    RC 57643
by Richard M. Cohen
read by Peter Johnson
2 cassettes
Emmy Award-winning television news producer and journalist chronicles his battle with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer. While detailing his vision loss and other symptoms, Cohen’s frank account is "not about suffering" but about "surviving and flourishing, rising above fear and self-doubt" with the support of his wife and children. Bestseller. 2004.

Cassette Books, 2003    RC 58110
by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
A catalog of talking books produced on cassette during 2003 for adult and young adult readers. The nonfiction and fiction sections list books by subject categories. Separate listings identify teen selections, Spanish-language books, and bestsellers. 2004.

Choosing Assistive Devices: A Guide for Users and Professionals    RC 57914
by Helen Pain and others read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Presents a systematic approach to selecting adaptive equipment and to incorporating such devices into the daily lives of individuals with disabilities. To assure a good match, recommends considering the physical and mental capabilities, lifestyles, and preferences of both users and caregivers. Discusses options for seating, toileting, bathing, and locomotion. 2003.

Connecting to Learn: Educational and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities    RC 57905
by Marcia J. Scherer
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Comprehensive guide for people with visual and auditory disabilities. Offers strategies for evaluating the needs of students and matching them to appropriate assistive technology. Provides case studies, checklists, and information on various computer and telecommunication devices. Companion to Living in the State of Stuck (RC 52064). 2004.

A Different Way of Seeing: Youth with Visual Impairments and Blindness    RC 58329
by Patricia Souder
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Follows a young girl’s coping with sudden vision loss. Includes descriptions of various visual disorders, their causes, and the kinds of help that adaptive devices like white canes and guide dogs can provide to people with diminished sight. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Disabled Rights: American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality    RC 56788
by Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
History and politics of the disability rights movement in the United States. Discusses how the disability community has coalesced in the past fifty years to press its demands and how passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act has shaped public policy and individual expectations. Also reviews ADA-related litigation and some "hot button" issues. 2003.

Disabling America: The Unintended Consequences of Government’s Protection of the Handicapped    RC 57766
by Greg Perry
read by Norm Thibeault
2 cassettes
Outspoken critic of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) contends that the 1990 law to help disabled individuals actually hinders all citizens through higher costs, increased regulation, invasive bureaucracies, and frivolous lawsuits. Interweaves firsthand accounts to expose the impact of "government policy gone wrong." 2003.

Finding Wheels: A Curriculum for Nondrivers with Visual Impairments for Gaining Control of Transportation Needs    RC 57825
by Anne L. Corn and L. Penny Rosenblum
read by Patricia McDermott
2 cassettes
Presents multifaceted program addressing emotional and physical travel-related issues for young adults with visual impairments who may or may not have additional mild disabilities. Explores options such as para-transit, charity services, and bioptic driving and provides budgeting and route planning strategies to maximize independence. Includes case studies and activities. 2000.

Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy    RC 57818
by Joseph P. Lash
read by Mitzi Friedlander
7 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Dual biography reveals the depth and intensity in the mutually dependent relationship between deaf-blind Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Chronicles both women’s childhoods and adult years until Keller’s death in 1968. 1980.

Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals     RC 57033
by Bryna Siegel
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
Guide for teachers, parents, and therapists to designing treatments according to each child’s particular learning style. Siegel, a developmental psychologist, identifies the fundamentals of disabilities associated with autistic spectrum disorders and integrates developmental, behavioral, educational, and medical research and theory into her strategies. 2003.

How I Became a Human Being: A Disabled Man’s Quest for Independence    RC 57767
by Mark O’Brien
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Poet and journalist relates his struggle to live independently despite paralysis. O’Brien (1949–1999), the subject of a 1997 Academy Award-winning documentary, describes how the "disability revolution" gave him the freedom to pursue goals of graduating from college and finding love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

How to Travel: A Guidebook for Persons with a Disability    RC 57909
by Fred Rosen
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
A travel consultant for people with special needs outlines options for transportation, accommodations, dining out, and cruises. Offers practical advice to enhance a trip. 1997.

In the Shadow of Memory    RC 57334
by Floyd Skloot
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Poet and novelist pens a first-person account of living with brain damage caused by a virus attack at age forty-one. Describes the process of reassembling his memories, relearning tasks of daily living, and coping with his ravaged mind. Also depicts experiences dealing with the Social Security Administration and dying family members. 2003.

Independent Living: A Viable Option for Long-Term Care    RC 57655
by Andrew I. Batavia read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Late founder of the Journal of Disability Policy Studies assesses three models of available long-term care: institutional care, home-based support, and personal assistance services. Details strategies for implementing the "independent living model" and addresses consumer-related issues such as financing and quality assurance. 2003.

Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music    RC 58692
by Ann Labounsky
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Authorized biography of blind twentieth-century organist/composer Jean Langlais (1907–1991) by organist/music scholar Labounsky. Discusses Langlais’s training at France’s National Institute for the Blind, his sub-sequent position as organist at Paris’s Sainte-Clotilde, his American tours, and his instrumental, choral, and vocal compositions. 2000.

Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities    RC 58010
by Daniel J. Ryan
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Comprehensive resource guide to career development for people with mental or physical disabilities. Helps prospective employees assess their strengths, locate job openings, prepare for interviews, organize resumes, utilize government programs, and negotiate the workplace. Includes a state-by-state list of employers who recruit and hire qualified disabled individuals. 2004.

Kate’s Journey: Triumph over Adversity; the Story of a Miracle    RC 58321
by Kate Adamson
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
Author recounts her survival against immense odds after suffering a brain stem stroke that left her completely paralyzed at the age of thirty-three. Describes the physical and emotional challenges she overcame and the lessons she learned on her long road to recovery. 2004.

Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother’s Struggle and Triumph Raising a Daughter with Learning Disabilities    RC 58016
by Anne Ford
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Memoir by the daughter of Henry Ford II describing her experiences bringing up a child diagnosed as severely learning disabled in 1976. Includes a resource guide and suggestions for parents of children with similar problems. 2003.

Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living with Learning Disabilities    RC 56359
by Harry Sylvester
read by John Fulks
2 cassettes
Former president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America relates his experiences growing up with severe literacy problems, causing him to rely on his strengths in other areas to succeed. Sylvester discusses the challenges faced by persons with LD and offers social and academic strategies for parents and teachers. 2002.

Lessons I Learned in the Dark    RC 57411
by Jennifer Rothschild
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Christian inspirational speaker and singer, who lost her eyesight in high school due to retinitis pigmentosa, emphasizes the importance of spiritual beliefs in overcoming personal problems. Rothschild describes her first and greatest lesson, learned from God: "Even when it is not well with our circumstances, it can be well with our souls." 2002.

Life on Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User    RC 57050
by Gary Karp
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
A guide to help people with mobility disabilities enhance their quality of life and adapt more completely to wheelchair use. Karp, who lives fully despite his inability to walk, provides information on home access, intimacy issues, medical concerns, and selecting a wheelchair. Also discusses applicable politics and legislation. 1999.

Lullaby of Birdland    RC 57996
by George Shearing
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Reminiscences by congenitally blind jazz pianist Shearing about his 1920s English childhood and early success in London before he emigrated to America in 1947. Recounts hobnobbing in New York with jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, and recording with his famed quintet. 2004.

A Measure of Endurance: The Unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp    RC 58189
by William Mishler
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
A former college professor recounts the ordeal of a rural Oregon teen whose arms were violently amputated by a hay baler he had powered off. Mishler details how Sharp sued for millions after discovering the manufacturer knew its machine was defective. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

My Disability—God’s Ability: Seven Principles of Triumphant Life    RC 59622
by Young Woo Kang
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
In the sequel to A Light in My Heart (RC 26603), a Korean-born, blind U.S. government senior executive continues his memoir "to tell the world how faith and vision work together" and how they change lives. Kang discusses the principles that helped him thrive and overcome bitterness. 2004.

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir    RC 58528
by Samantha Abeel
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Abeel, both gifted and learning disabled, describes being different at school. Discusses her diagnosis of dyscalculia, which compromises sequential processing required for spelling, telling time, remembering locker combinations, and understanding math and grammar. Relates learning coping skills in a prescribed special ed math class. For senior high readers. 2003.

An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic, Claiming a New Life    RC 58390
by Liz Fordred
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Account of a resourceful paraplegic couple who built a boat in landlocked Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and sailed from South Africa to the Americas in 1981. Fordred describes how she and her husband, Pete, overcame formidable obstacles in constructing the Usikusiku to accommodate their handicaps. Details their remarkable journey to gain independence and a new life. 2001.

Partners in Independence: A Success Story of Dogs and the Disabled    RC 58508
by Ed Eames and Toni Eames
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Accounts of disabled people whose lives have been enhanced by specially trained guide, hearing, and service dogs. Documents heroism as well as everyday deeds. The authors, who are visually impaired, also describe their own experiences with canine partners and chronicle the 1990s assistance dog movement. Revision of 1997 edition. 2004.

The Question of David: A Disabled Mother’s Journey through Adoption, Family, and Life    RC 58690
by Denise Sherer Jacobson
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
An independent thirty-six-year-old woman, happily married, recounts the couple’s decision to adopt a possibly disabled baby boy. Both she and her husband have cerebral palsy and use wheelchairs, but open their hearts to becoming a family. Describes the joys and daily complexities of raising their son. 1999.

The Radical Lives of Helen Keller    RC 57987
by Kim E. Nielsen read by Judith Gantly
2 cassettes
Feminist professor analyzes the political and social views of Helen Keller. Describes Keller’s support of the Socialist Party of America in 1909, women’s suffrage and birth control, and radical labor unions. But, according to the author, "the disability politics she adopted were frequently conservative, consistently patronizing, and occasionally repugnant." 2004.

Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew    RC 58425
edited by Stanley D. Klein and John D. Kemp
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Forty informative essays by successful adult role models who have "lived the disability experience." Individuals with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, learning disabilities, and other health conditions share their thoughts on acceptance, parenting, sexuality, and education. 2004.

Scattered Shadows: A Memoir of Blindness and Vision    RC 58675
by John Howard Griffin
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
The author of Black like Me (RC 17498) recounts losing his sight in 1947 from a war injury and unexpectedly recovering it ten years later. Describes his religious conversion to Catholicism during his blindness and individual and institutional reactions to his physical impairment. Some strong language. 2004.

Sweet Recovery: A Young Woman’s Emotional Ride with Diabetes, Vision Loss, and Food Addiction . . . to Health and Freedom    RC 57322
by Denise J. Bradley
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
The author of What Does It Feel Like to Have Diabetes? (RC 32581) describes the effect on her and her family of two decades of uncontrolled illness. Recalls how she became healthy through self-motivation and careful oversight of her condition. 1992.

Teens with the Courage to Give: Young People Who Triumphed over Tragedy and Volunteered to Make a Difference    RC 56366
by Jackie Waldman
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Thirty teenagers share their experiences overcoming hardship and finding fulfillment by helping others. In "The Fight for Life" a teen suffering from depression starts a suicide prevention program. In "Born to Win" a one-legged amputee wins races wearing a prosthesis and visits kids in hospitals. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Ten Things I Learned from Bill Porter    RC 56677
by Shelly Brady
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
The story of a Portland, Oregon, door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy, whose "indomitable optimism" enabled him to succeed in business and life. Porter’s tale unfolds as his assistant elaborates on the lessons she learned from this remarkable man. Foreword by actor William H. Macy, who played Porter in a television movie. 2002.

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness    RC 58244
by Miriam Kaufman and others
read by Gabra Zackman
3 cassettes
Guide drawn from authors’ professional and personal experiences and from an informal survey of people living with various disabilities. Topics include sexual health, self-esteem, communication, and debunking myths. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Wheelchairs on the Go: Accessible Fun in Florida    RC 57542
by Michelle Stigleman and Deborah Van Brunt
read by Erik Synnestvedt
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Definitive travel guide to the Sunshine State for people using walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. Highlights tourist attractions, beaches, accommodations, and sports activities that are most accessible to visitors who are mobility impaired. 2002.

The World I Live In    RC 57951
by Helen Keller
read by Judith Gantly
1 cassette
New edition of a short collection of personal essays Helen Keller wrote in 1908 when she was twenty-eight. Follows The Story of My Life (RC 55883). This reflective work is separated into three categories: the senses, especially touch; imagination, thinking, and language; and dream analysis. Introduction by Roger Shattuck. 2003.

Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability    RC 58021
by Paul K. Longmore
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Thirteen articles by history professor, coauthor of The New Disability History (RC 52391), and polio survivor discussing issues posed by "systemic prejudice and institutionalized discrimination." In the title essay, Longmore describes torching a book he spent ten years writing to protest government "work disincentive" policies penalizing disabled persons trying to earn a living. 2003.

Business and Economics

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to eBay    RC 57024
by Michael Miller
read by John Richardson
3 cassettes
Guide to buying and selling items on eBay, the online auction site launched in 1995 to facilitate trading of all types of merchandise. Provides information on setting up an account, searching for items, dealing with fraudulent sellers, becoming a successful seller, payment methods, shipment of items, and other topics. 2003.

The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich; The Finish Rich Series    RC 57712
by David Bach
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes
Financial expert’s simple, commonsense approach to accumulating wealth over one’s working life. Advises people to forget budgeting and instead "pay themselves first" by setting aside a certain percentage of their salary for direct deposit into a retirement account. Stresses the importance of automating personal finances to obviate day-to-day decisions. Bestseller. 2004.

Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar    RC 57299
by Peter Macinnis
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Overview of the history of sugar production from its beginnings in New Guinea some nine thousand years ago to New World plantations using slave labor and finally to twentieth century developments. Discusses the sugar trade’s influence on economic policies and international relations. Also notes the environmental destruction caused by sugar cane harvesting. 2002.

Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America    RC 58270
edited by Jack Beatty
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Through a selection of interwoven documents, essays, and commentaries, an Atlantic Monthly senior editor charts the development of American corporations from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Beatty explores the complex and essential relationship between corporate power and representative government in the United States. 2001.

Final Accounting: Ambition, Greed, and the Fall of Arthur Andersen    RC 57336
by Barbara Ley Toffler
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Former ethics consultant for Arthur Andersen chronicles events leading to the prestigious accounting firm’s demise, including its 2002 conviction for obstruction of justice in federal investigation of star client Enron. Toffler provides insider’s look at gradually deteriorating values and increasing corporate corruption that, in her view, caused this and other financial scandals. 2003.

Fish! Tales: Real-Life Stories to Help You Transform Your Workplace and Your Life    RC 57384
by Stephen C. Lundin and
read by Dan Toohey
1 cassette
In this companion to Fish! (RC 54813), four companies improve their employees’ morale and boost productivity by using positive reinforcement. They include businesses big and small: a hospital, a phone company, a car dealership, and a roofing company. Offers exercises to achieve a positive attitude. 2002.

The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality     RC 58125
by Thomas M. Shapiro
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Brandeis professor argues from interviews and national survey data that American racial inequality persists through asset poverty, notwithstanding the nation’s declining racial prejudice and increasing minority employment and income. Presents several antipoverty solutions, among them home ownership, renters’ tax credits, and estate tax reform. 2004.

Jack Welch and the GE Way: Management Insights and Leadership Secrets of the Legendary CEO    RC 57915
by Robert Slater
read by David Toney
2 cassettes
Leadership lessons from General Electric CEO Jack Welch, whose revolutionary business philosophy transformed GE in the 1980s from a "bureaucratic, labor-intensive corporate giant into a highly productive machine." Welch’s strategies, which apply to any size corporation, include creating a culture of learning, effectively communicating his ideas, empowering employees, and fighting bureaucracy. 1999.

Life Is a Series of Presentations: Eight Ways to Punch Up Your People Skills at Work, at Home, Anytime, Anywhere    RC 58576
by Tony Jeary
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Lifelong entrepreneur and speaking coach to America’s top executives adapts his corporate techniques to the general public. Explains the psychology of persuasion and reveals eight essential practices for successful communication and social interaction including preparation, delivery, knowing one’s audience, and overcoming anxiety. 2004.

There’s No Such Thing as "Business" Ethics: There’s Only One Rule for Making Decisions    RC 57002
by John C. Maxwell read by John C. Maxwell
1 cassette
Leadership expert and author of Running with the Giants (RC 55101) explains how the Golden Rule—"do unto others"—can be applied to business to build morale, increase productivity, and encourage teamwork. Uses real-life ethical dilemmas and in-depth discussion questions to demonstrate the benefits of following this universal guideline. 2003.

Trump: How to Get Rich    RC 58051
by Donald J. Trump
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Author of Trump: The Art of the Deal (RC 26956) offers straightforward advice on getting rich, distilled from thirty years at the top. Rules include: stay focused, pay attention to details, read Carl Jung, reflect three hours daily, trust your instincts, and learn the value of saying no. Bestseller. 2004.

Twenty Ads That Shook the World: The Century’s Most Groundbreaking Advertising and How It Changed Us All    RC 58611
by James B. Twitchell
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Traces the evolution of advertising technology; presents twenty commercials and ad campaigns that the author believes have most influenced the American marketplace and culture. Explains the consumer needs that these products filled, how the sponsors gained publicity within each community, and how their successes served as milestones in changing the nation’s perspective. 2000.

Careers and Job Training

The Art of Happiness at Work    RC 57386
by Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
In this sequel to The Art of Happiness (RC 47827), a psychiatrist questions the Dalai Lama about applying Buddhist principles in the workplace. The Tibetan spiritual leader advises that career satisfaction is related to staying motivated, having a realistic "sense of self," and maintaining "basic human values" such as kindness and compassion. 2003.

Getting Your Book Published for Dummies    RC 57279
by Sarah Parsons Zackheim
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
Describes the publishing industry and emphasizes what budding authors need to know in order to have a book produced. Includes advice on dealing with negotiations, proposals, advances, options, rights, marketing, agents, and self-publishing on the Web. Foreword by Nelson DeMille. 2000.

Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities    RC 58010
by Daniel J. Ryan
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Comprehensive resource guide to career development for people with mental or physical disabilities. Helps prospective employees assess their strengths, locate job openings, prepare for interviews, organize resumes, utilize government programs, and negotiate the workplace. Includes a state-by-state list of employers who recruit and hire qualified disabled individuals. 2004.

The Practical Writer: From Inspiration to Publication    RC 58698
edited by Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Poets and Writers magazine editors’ compilation of essays to facilitate informed decisions by emerging authors at each career stage. Covers title choice, manuscript revision, grant applications, contracts, interaction with editors, and more. Contributors are novelists, poets, and publishing insiders. 2004.

Young Adult’s Guide to a Business Career    RC 58693
by M.J. Giles
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Guide for students who are choosing a career. Gives examples of jobs in a variety of fields, highlighting both positive and negative aspects and listing skills and education needed. Profiles include work in computers, accounting, finance, management, and marketing. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Young Adult’s Guide to Business Communications    RC 58626
by Kristi L. Thomason-Carroll
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Outlines the interpersonal skills a new graduate needs for success in the workplace. Covers applying for a job, interviewing, making a good first impression, and using proper written and verbal communication. Includes sample resumés and letters. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Classics

Aeschylus I—Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides RC 58751
by Aeschylus
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Three ancient Greek tragedies written and performed in the fifth century B.C. The trilogy of plays comprising Oresteia relates the murder of Agamemnon, the return of his son Orestes to avenge his father’s death and regain the throne, and Orestes’ flight from Argos. Translation, introduction, and critical commentary by Richmond Lattimore. 1953.

The Diamond Sutra and The Sutra of Hui-Neng    RC 57343
translated by A.F. Price and Mou-lam Wong
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
The Diamond Sutra, a sacred Buddhist scripture, passed into written format in the fourth century A.D. Price’s English translation of the text was made in 1947. In 1929 Wong made the first English translation of The Sutra of Hui-Neng, a T’ang dynasty record of sermons and sayings belonging to the Zen tradition. 1947.

Herodotus: The Histories; New Translation, Selections, Backgrounds, Commentaries     RC 58293
by Herodotus
read by Ken Kliban
5 cassettes
Excerpts from the writings of the fifth-century B.C. Greek historian and traveler known as the "father of history," translated by Walter Blanco. Describes the wars and worlds, even folktales and gossip, of ancient Greece, Persia, Egypt, and Italy. 1992.

Meditations    RC 58577
by Marcus Aurelius
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Ethical and spiritual reflections of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121–180), written during the last decade of his life. Offers advice and insights on daily conduct, leadership, and personal integrity. Modern English translation and introduction by Gregory Hays. 2002.

The Ramayana    RC 57852
by Ramesh Menon
read by Yolande Bavan
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Ancient Indian epic rendered in modern prose. Recreates the legend of Prince Rama, his banishment to the forest, his wife Sita’s abduction by the demon emperor, and Rama’s rescue of her. The hero’s journey, one of physical and spiritual devotion, embodies traditional Hindu cultural beliefs. Includes Menon’s introduction. 2001.

Computers

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to eBay    RC 57024
by Michael Miller
read by John Richardson
3 cassettes
Guide to buying and selling items on eBay, the online auction site launched in 1995 to facilitate trading of all types of merchandise. Provides information on setting up an account, searching for items, dealing with fraudulent sellers, becoming a successful seller, payment methods, shipment of items, and other topics. 2003.

Hacker Culture    RC 58336
by Douglas Thomas
read by Todd Scofield
2 cassettes
Communications professor traces the history and evolution of the "computer underground" from its mainly university graduate student origins in the 1950s and 1960s to its wider spread with home computers today. Thomas analyzes media representation and mainstream opinion of hacking and explores the relationship between the subculture and computer industry. 2002.

Making Family Websites: Fun and Easy Ways to Share Memories    RC 57845
by Jenni Bidner
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Easy-to-follow instructions for creating an interactive online scrapbook for exchanging family news, displaying photos, and organizing events. Explains how web sites work and provides information on securing a site name, using computer software, improving photo quality, designing and personalizing a virtual gallery, and uploading a finished product onto the Internet. 2003.

A Shortcut through Time: The Path to the Quantum Computer    RC 57444
by George Johnson
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Award-winning New York Times science writer explores the possibilities of quantum computation. Johnson compares present-day desktop and supercomputers based on binary logic to possible future computers relying on principles of molecular physics, which would be exponentially faster. Provides an overview of the basic concepts and evolution of quantum mechanics. 2003.

Windows XP for Dummies    RC 57340
by Andy Rathbone
read by John Richardson
3 cassettes
Covers the essentials for novices to become familiar with basic computer parts as well as the Windows XP operating system. Includes how to run programs, move and delete files, connect to the Internet, and use such applications as e-mail, web browsers, and multimedia players. 2001.

Cooking

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen    RC 58509
by Jacques Pépin
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Memoir of chef who grew up amidst the deprivations and bombings of France in World War II. Pépin recounts the early years in his family’s restaurant and his later move to America, where he befriended Craig Claiborne and Julia Child. Describes his culinary adventures and includes favorite recipes. 2003.

The Best American Recipes, 2003–2004    RC 57235
edited by Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Collection of recipes gathered from various cookbooks, magazines, newsletters, and web sites. Selections, with hints from the back of food packages and tips for cooks, include starters, soups, salads, breakfast and lunch recipes, main dishes, breads, desserts, and drinks. Also includes the top ten food trends of the year. 2003.

Blue Plate Specials and Blue Ribbon Chefs: The Heart and Soul of America’s Great Roadside Restaurants    RC 57410
by Jane Stern and Michael Stern
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Celebrated food writers travel across the country to find the tastiest down-home dishes America’s blue-collar chefs have to offer. Going from the busiest truck stop diners to the friendliest greasy spoons, the Sterns introduce a cast of café characters, profile the chefs, and give their favorite recipes. 2001.

The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors    RC 58177
by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
read by Barbara Pinolini
4 cassettes
Each of one hundred entries includes a synopsis of a popular book club selection, an explanation of the role food plays that book, recipes based on those foods, and a profile of the recommending book club. 2004.

Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America    RC 58510
by Amy Sutherland
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Intrigued by the 2000 Pillsbury Bake-Off contest, journalist Sutherland follows a group of contestants around the country for a year. She describes chili cook-offs, county fairs, and other competitive cooking events while recounting the participants’ backgrounds and motivations. Includes winning recipes. 2003.

Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food    RC 58627
by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Oxford historian presents a global perspective of food as a theme of world history, "inseparable from all other interactions of human beings with one another . . . and nature." He has classified his topic into eight "revolutions," including cooking, food as more than sustenance, and food as an indicator of rank. 2002.

Oz Clarke’s New Encyclopedia of Wine    RC 57846
by Oz Clarke
read by John Richardson
10 cassettes in 2 containers
Wine expert Clarke begins on the premise that the new world of wine offers endless choices and expands every year. More than 1,500 entries compose his alphabetical listing of wines, grapes, growing regions, and producers. Also provides hints on choosing red, white, and sparkling wines. 2003.

Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off Cookbook: Recipes from America’s Favorite Cooking Contest    RC 58290
by Pillsbury Editors
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
Presents about four hundred recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off contests begun in 1949. Groupings include soups, sandwiches, and snacks; main dishes, including Quick and Easy Main Meals; side dishes and salads; breads; cookies; cakes; and pies. Details how home cooks perpetuate their ethnic heritages. 2004.

Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World’s Most Seductive Spice     RC 58625
by Pat Willard
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Food writer Pat Willard traces the provocative history of saffron, from its medical significance in ancient Egypt, through the spice trade of the Middle Ages, to its present uses in cooking. Includes a short guide to buying saffron and a selection of both ancient and modern recipes. 2001.

Solo Suppers: Simple Delicious Meals to Cook for Yourself    RC 57326
by Joyce Goldstein
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Restaurant chef offers sophisticated recipes designed for the single diner that minimize leftovers and maximize the versatility of basic ingredients. Goldstein includes tips on "shopping for one," planning meals, stocking a pantry, and outfitting a kitchen. Meal ideas cover soups, salads, sauces, pastas, seafood, meat, poultry, and desserts. 2003.

The Soul of a Chef: The Journey toward Perfection    RC 58620
by Michael Ruhlman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to The Making of a Chef (RC 47657), award-winning journalist explores the professional cooking world by attending the Culinary Institute of America’s Certified Master Chef ten-day examination and observing the candidates’ successes and failures. Also describes three distinctive chefs and their restaurants. Includes appendix of recipes. 2000.

The South Beach Diet Cookbook    RC 58161
by Arthur Agatston
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Florida cardiologist’s companion to his bestselling weight loss book, The South Beach Diet (RC 56409). Provides over two hundred recipes, each designated as phase one, two, or three of the diet. Includes healthy ideas for breakfast, soups, salads, side dishes, fish, poultry, meats, vegetarian meals, and more. Bestseller. 2004.

Win Her with Dinner: Food, Booze, and Tunes for Cooking Up the Perfect Evening     RC 58515
by Doug Veith and Alex Hilebronner
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Although intended for guys cooking for girls, this home entertainment guide is helpful to anyone who wants to prepare a meal but doesn’t know where to begin. Accompanying the twenty-four step-by-step recipes are ingredient and equipment lists plus recommendations for drinks and background music. 2004.

Crime

American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power    RC 58884
by Thomas Reppetto
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Former Chicago detective and coauthor of NYPD (RC 52137) surveys organized crime in the United States, 1880s to 1950s. Contends that social forces empowering Torrio, Capone, Luciano, and many other mobsters included widespread anti-immigrant bias, Prohibition, and corrupt alliances between politicians and law "enforcers" flagrantly on the take. 2004.

The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story    RC 57599
by Leonard A. Cole
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Bioterrorist expert chronicles the autumn 2001 anthrax attacks that infected twenty-two people and killed five after spores of the odorless, tasteless bacteria were placed in letters and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service. The account also profiles the scientists, doctors, and researchers at the front lines of biological defense. 2003.

Anyone You Want Me to Be: A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet    RC 58783
by John Douglas and Stephen Singular
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Former FBI profiler Douglas traces the case of John Robinson, one of the first known serial killers to find his victims by using the Internet. Explores the Kansas con man’s world, his decades-long criminal record, and his ability to lure women into sadomasochistic relationships. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Be Alert, Be Aware, Have a Plan: The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Home, Your Family    RC 58312
by Neal Rawls
read by Todd Scofield
2 cassettes
Former police officer’s advice for individual and family security in any situation. Includes tips on travel, workplace safety, self-defense, and teaching kids self-protection; guidelines for preventing credit card fraud, road rage, and carjackings; and recommendations for responding to natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Resources provided. 2002.

Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder    RC 56255
by Steve Hodel
read by Ray Hagen
4 cassettes
Retired LAPD detective describes how he pieced together evidence that led him to conclude that his own father—a sophisticated Hollywood doctor who died in 1999—was a sadistic serial killer who committed the notorious, long-unsolved 1947 murder and mutilation of Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope    RC 57429
by Ed Smart and Lois Smart
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Mormon parents describe their ordeal when their fourteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was kidnapped in June 2002 and their joy when she was found alive in March 2003. The Smarts recall the deep faith in God that sustained their family and to which they attribute Elizabeth’s miraculous return. Bestseller. 2003.

Broken Vows    RC 57931
by Eric Francis
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Chronicle of a l994 murder in Cherry Hill, New Jersey: Rabbi Fred Neulander, suspected of hiring a hit man to kill his wife in order to continue an adulterous affair with a local radio personality, was indicted for the murder four years later. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town    RC 56675
by Pete Earley
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Journalist describes events surrounding the 1986 murder of college student Ronda Morrison in Monroeville, Alabama. When another young woman is murdered in a nearby town, the suspects in that case offer information on Ronda’s murder, and a black man with no record, Walter McMillian, is put on death row for six years until an attorney proves him innocent. Strong language and some violence. 1995.

City of Secrets: The Truth behind the Murders at the Vatican    RC 58046
by John Follain
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
The author of Jackal (RC 48352) recounts his investigation of the 1998 murder of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard commander and his wife by lance corporal Cédric Tornay, who then committed suicide. Sensing a Vatican cover-up, Follain interviews officials who reveal homosexuality and the involvement of the ultraconservative Opus Dei organization. 2003.

Crimes of New York: Stories of Crooks, Killers, and Corruption from the World’s Toughest City    RC 58736
edited by Clint Willis
read by Todd Scofield
2 cassettes
Fourteen previously published true-crime tales bring to life the Big Apple’s illicit past and present. Selections include "The Annals of Manhattan Crime" listing Manhattan’s most famous social aberrations, examinations of turn-of-the-century Tam-many Hall’s political corruption, and an excerpt from Herbert Asbury’s The Gangs of New York (RC 55088). 2003.

Deadly Innocence    RC 57265
by Scott Burnside and Alan Cairns
read by Ray Foushee
4 cassettes
Reconstructs the Canadian "crime of the century" in which Paul and Karla Bernardo—a seemingly normal newlywed couple—abduct, rape, torture, and kill teenage girls, including Karla’s own sister. Paul also turns out to be the serial "Scarborough Rapist" who haunted Ontario for years. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1995.

Death Sentence: The True Story of Velma Barfield’s Life, Crimes, and Execution     RC 56796
by Jerry Bledsoe
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Follows the case of a North Carolina woman who was executed in 1984 for poisoning four people (including her mother and her fiancé) with arsenic. Includes interviews with her children and describes her jailhouse religious conversion. Some violence and some strong language. 1998.

Double Deal: The Inside Story of Murder, Unbridled Corruption, and the Cop Who Was a Mobster    RC 58285
by Michael Corbitt
read by Richard Davidson
3 cassettes
An account of the author’s rise within the Chicago Mafia’s ranks from the late 1950s through the 1980s, his career as a policeman while on the mob’s payroll, and his eventual imprisonment. Provides insider view of the Mafia’s connections to politicians, federal agencies, and foreign governments. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family    RC 57446
by Charles Bowden
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Journalist reconstructs the 1995 murder of Lionel Bruno Jordan in El Paso, Texas, and the subsequent search for the truth by his DEA-agent brother. The trail leads to hypocrisy and corruption as Bowden implicates Mexico and the United States as willing partners in the drug trade. Violence and some strong language. 2002.

Fatal Romance: A True Story of Obsession and Murder    RC 58012
by Lisa Pulitzer
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
A real-life account examining what led lawyer and former marine Jeremy Akers in 1999 to murder his estranged wife, a romance writer, at their Washington, D.C., home in front of their children. The author describes the couple’s unhappy marriage and the events culminating in Akers’s suicide. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

The Guns of Meeting Street: A Southern Tragedy    RC 58034
by T. Felder Dorn
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Reconstructs a series of murders in the early 1940s involving the Logue and Timmerman families of rural South Carolina. Details motivations behind the crimes and subsequent trials that culminated in executions of three persons, including the first woman sent to the electric chair in the state. 2001.

Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death    RC 57330
by Ann Rule
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Former Seattle policewoman reconstructs the murder of an airline pilot by his "brilliant and charismatic sociopath" wife. Reports details of the case from the discovery of Chris Northon’s body at a rural Oregon campsite in October 2000 and Liysa Northon’s claims of abuse and self-defense to her trial and conviction in 2001. 2003.

I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks RC 58596
by Steve McVicker
read by Robert Sams
1 cassette
Award-winning journalist chronicles the life and crimes of con artist Steven Russell, a former North Carolina police officer. McVicker describes Russell’s ruses to evade Texas jails, including faking his own death, and depicts Russell as a hopeless romantic in his love for a fellow inmate. Some strong language. 2003.

Judgment Ridge: The True Story behind the Dartmouth Murders    RC 57543
by Mitchell Zuckoff and Dick Lehr
read by Dan Toohey
3 cassettes
Boston Globe reporters examine the 2001 murder of a professor couple from Dartmouth College by two Vermont teenagers. Explores the rural environment’s social conditions and investigates the mind-set of the killers, Jim Parker and Robert Tulloch. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Leavenworth Train: A Fugitive’s Search for Justice in the Vanishing West    RC 57459
by Joe Jackson
read by Alec Volz
4 cassettes
Portrait of Frank Grigware, who was convicted of train robbery and sent to the U.S. penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1909. Using prison records, FBI files, and periodicals, Jackson reconstructs Grigware’s story: his unjust sentence, escape, adventurous flight across the American frontier, and arrival in Canada, where he began a new life. Some violence. 2001.

Love, Daddy    RC 59015
by Carlton Smith
read by Eric Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Journalist’s account of a sensational case: in December 2001 con man Christian Longo, a "disfellowed" Jehovah’s Witness, apparently murdered his wife and their three preschoolers, dumped their bodies into waters off the Oregon coast, and vanished. Recounts police searching widely, finding Longo in Mexico, and repatriating him for trial. Some violence. 2003.

Mafia Wife: My Story of Love, Murder, and Madness    RC 58730
by Lynda Milito
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Exposé by the Jewish widow of a member of the Gambino crime family. Recalls her childhood in Brooklyn, the twenty-four years she spent with Louie Milito until he disappeared in 1988, murdered by his own colleagues, and her subsequent mental and emotional problems. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Mrs. Paine’s Garage and the Murder of John F. Kennedy    RC 57918
by Thomas Mallon
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Essayist Mallon relates the experiences of Ruth Paine who befriended and sheltered Lee Harvey Oswald’s family in Dallas for nine months before Oswald assassinated JFK in November 1963. Explores Paine’s relationship with Oswald’s Russian wife and the multiple investigations of Paine’s involvement, including storage of the murder weapon in her garage. 2002.

Pointing from the Grave: A True Story of Murder and DNA    RC 58459
by Samantha Weinberg
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Recounts efforts to convict Paul Frediani for killing DNA scientist Helena Greenwood in 1985. The crime narrative unfolds alongside a history of DNA testing—the technology that allowed Laura Heilig and a team of San Diego archival detectives to arrest Frediani nearly fifteen years later. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series    RC 58673
by David Pietrusza
read by Barry Bernson
3 cassettes
Baseball historian’s biography of notorious Jazz Age drug kingpin, bootlegger, casino operator, and labor-union racketeer Arnold Rothstein, the "king of Manhattan gamblers." Examines Rothstein’s connections to Tammany politicians and crooked cops, and implicates sports figures involved with Rothstein in the 1919 World Series fix. Reconstructs Rothstein’s 1928 murder. 2003.

Shattered: Reclaiming a Life Torn Apart by Violence    RC 58654
by Debra Puglisi Sharp
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
A Delaware hospice nurse and victims’ rights advocate recounts her 1998 abduction and rape by forty-year-old Donald Flagg, who also murdered her husband. Sharp details her agonizing ordeal, Flagg’s trial, and her physical and emotional recovery. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Sniper: Inside the Hunt for the Killers Who Terrorized the Nation    RC 57252
by Sari Horwitz and Michael E. Ruane
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Reporters from the Washington Post chronicle the hunt for the perpetrator(s) of ten random serial shootings during the fall of 2002 around the nation’s capital and elsewhere. Concludes with the arrests of John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo at a Maryland highway rest stop. Some violence. 2003.

They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime    RC 57838
by Thomas A. Jacobs
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Juvenile-court judge presents twenty-one cases involving teenagers who came before him for punishment. Reviews each teen’s background, details of the crime and arrest, mitigating factors, and penalty options so the reader can decide. Reveals actual sentence and offender’s response in court and later. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2003.

Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper    RC 57190
by Charles A. Moose and Charles Fleming
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Account by the police chief of Montgomery County, Maryland, of the massive search for the snipers who killed ten people, wounded four others, and terrorized the greater Washington metropolitan area in October 2002. Moose also recounts his personal journey to becoming the head of two police departments. Some strong language. 2003.

Without Pity: Ann Rule’s Most Dangerous Killers    RC 57641
by Ann Rule
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Veteran crime journalist Rule gathers twelve cases from investigating detectives, victims, grieving survivors, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Examines the motive and exceptional nature of each crime, including the killing of two hikers in "The Tumbledown Shack" and murder for hire in "Murder and the Proper Housewife." Violence. Bestseller. 2003.

Diet and Nutrition

The Atkins Essentials: A Two-Week Program to Jump-Start Your Low-Carb Lifestyle     RC 58001
by Atkins Health and Medical Information Service
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
A "quick set-up guide" intended to supplement Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution (RC 44854) focuses on the first fourteen days of a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet. Includes basic steps to combat obesity, meal plans, recipes, answers to frequently asked questions, and information on individual concerns. Bestseller. 2004.

Change One: The Breakthrough Twelve-Week Eating Plan; Lose Weight Simply, Safely, and Forever    RC 56838
by John Hastings
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Weight reduction plan developed by Reader’s Digest to help "Americans regain control of what they eat." The twelve-week regimen calls for changing one daily habit at a time, starting with breakfast. Includes suggestions for snacks, dining out, stress relief, exercise, meal planning, and recipes. 2003.

Dr. Sears’ LEAN Kids: A Total Health Program for Children Ages Six through Twelve    RC 57956
by William Sears and Peter Sears
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Renowned pediatrician William Sears offers a twelve-week plan for parents to help children reach their optimal health. Comprehensive guide addresses four keys to a child’s well-being: L: lifestyle; E: exercise; A: attitude; and N: nutrition. Provides strategies for helping kids develop positive health habits, including wise eating decisions. 2003.

Eating in the Dark: America’s Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food     RC 57284
by Kathleen Hart
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Discusses the marketing of genetically modified food products with neither public disclosure nor sufficient government testing. Suggests that regulatory agencies tacitly support biotechnology industries and deny the American public any choice. Contrasts American acceptance of genetically engineered food with European and Japanese refusal. 2002.

Quick and Easy Low-Carb Cooking for People with Diabetes    RC 57568
by Nancy S. Hughes
read by Mary Kane
1 cassette
Recipes for diabetics to prepare without having to count carbs. Includes dozens of snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts from three different carbohydrate levels. 2003.

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous    RC 56864
by Overeaters Anonymous, Inc.
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Discusses the disease of compulsive eating and a solution in the form of a twelve-step program of recovery. Also includes an introduction to the twelve traditions used in providing group and individual support. 1990.

Drama

Aeschylus I—Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides RC 58751
by Aeschylus
read by Anne Flosnik
1 cassette
Three ancient Greek tragedies written and performed in the fifth century B.C. The trilogy of plays comprising Oresteia relates the murder of Agamemnon, the return of his son Orestes to avenge his father’s death and regain the throne, and Orestes’ flight from Argos. Translation, introduction, and critical commentary by Richmond Lattimore. 1953.

All My Sons: A Drama in Three Acts    RC 58209
by Arthur Miller
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Joe Keller’s son prepares to propose to Steve Deever’s daughter, forcing the families to confront Joe’s crime. Under wartime production pressures, manufacturer Joe Keller knowingly produced faulty airplane parts and allowed his employee, neighbor Deever, to take the fall when soldiers were killed. Includes 2000 introduction. 1947.

"Master Harold" . . . and the Boys    RC 58763
by Athol Fugard
read by Fred Major
1 cassette
A one-scene play depicting 1950s South Africa. In a tea room two middle-aged black servants, Sam and Willie, greet the white owner’s seventeen-year-old son, Hally, whom Sam has helped raise. Apartheid’s racial prejudices become manifest when Hally, angry about his father’s shortcomings, lashes out at Sam. Strong language. 1982.

Education

Connecting to Learn: Educational and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
    RC 57905
by Marcia J. Scherer
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Comprehensive guide for people with visual and auditory disabilities. Offers strategies for evaluating the needs of students and matching them to appropriate assistive technology. Provides case studies, checklists, and information on various computer and telecommunication devices. Companion to Living in the State of Stuck (RC 52064). 2004.

Fiske New SAT Insider’s Guide    RC 58291
by Edward B. Fiske and Bruce G. Hammond
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Preparation and test-taking strategies for high school students taking the revised version of the SAT college entrance exam. Provides practice problems for each section of the standardized test—critical reading, math, and writing. Discusses coaching courses, the new PSAT, and tactics used by top-scoring students. For senior high readers. 2004.

Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals     RC 57033
by Bryna Siegel
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
Guide for teachers, parents, and therapists to designing treatments according to each child’s particular learning style. Siegel, a developmental psychologist, identifies the fundamentals of disabilities associated with autistic spectrum disorders and integrates developmental, behavioral, educational, and medical research and theory into her strategies. 2003.

The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn    RC 58373
by Diane Ravitch
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
Examines the causes and consequences of censoring educational publications to weed out references deemed offensive by right-wing and left-wing interests. Contends that sanitizing text makes the material so bland, simplistic, and unrealistic that students fail to develop critical abilities. Provides many examples and offers practical solutions to end this problem. 2003.

Legacy of the Blue Heron: Living with Learning Disabilities    RC 56359
by Harry Sylvester
read by John Fulks
2 cassettes
Former president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America relates his experiences growing up with severe literacy problems, causing him to rely on his strengths in other areas to succeed. Sylvester discusses the challenges faced by persons with LD and offers social and academic strategies for parents and teachers. 2002.

Not Much Just Chillin’: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers    RC 58166
by Linda Perlstein
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Washington Post education reporter chronicles one year in the lives of five junior high school students in suburban Maryland. Reveals how they struggle through the awkward but formative "tween" years, forging new relationships with parents and peers while coping with schoolwork, puberty, romance, and identity. 2003.

School of Dreams: Making the Grade at a Top American High School    RC 58674
by Edward Humes
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist spends a year with the faculty, staff, and students of California’s top-ranked public high school, Whitney High in Cerritos. Commenting on his observations, Humes heralds the school’s social and academic achievements, but also examines some unintended con-sequences of such a high-pressure learning environment. 2003.

True Notebooks    RC 57380
by Mark Salzman
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
Collection of writings by juvenile inmates, compiled by their detention-center teacher, a former victim of violent juvenile crime. Salzman develops an understanding of his students in the justice system and helps them explore their vulnerabilities, fears, and hopes through writing. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2003.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College    RC 58593
by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Practical techniques for planning a successful transition to college. Basic rules cover getting settled in the dorm, eating cafeteria food, staying safe at parties, and focusing in the classroom. Includes tips for avoiding laundry and for pulling an all-nighter. For senior high readers. 2004.

Family

Closing the Gap: A Strategy for Bringing Parents and Teens Together    RC 56365
by Jay McGraw
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Manual written by the young adult author of Life Strategies for Teens (RC 51563), suggesting ways both parents and teens can reconnect by working out differences, respecting each other, and gaining a balance between control and independence. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family    RC 58893
by Phil McGraw
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Host of television’s "Dr. Phil" and bestselling author of Self Matters (RC 54036) offers a guide to "leading your family and parenting with purpose." Explains seven parenting tools needed to instill values, help define and attain success for each child, and counteract outside distractions like peer pressure. Bestseller. 2004.

The Grandparent Guide: The Definitive Guide to Coping with the Challenges of Modern Grandparenting    RC 57550
by Arthur Kornhaber
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes
Medical doctor who is also a child and family therapist offers advice on the role grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren, as well as changes in that role as people live longer. His topics include baby-sitting, mentoring, spiritual guidance, favoritism, spoiling, adoption, divorce, substance abuse, "cybergrandparenting," legal issues, and legacies. 2002.

The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One-to Four-Year-Old    RC 58202
by Harvey Karp
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block (RC 55987), suggests toddlers need a simple style of communication. Focuses on praise and discipline and addresses sleep issues, toilet training, biting, and separation anxiety. 2004.

Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother’s Struggle and Triumph Raising a Daughter with Learning Disabilities    RC 58016
by Anne Ford
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Memoir by the daughter of Henry Ford II describing her experiences bringing up a child diagnosed as severely learning disabled in 1976. Includes a resource guide and suggestions for parents of children with similar problems. 2003.

Nature’s Children    RC 58612
by Juliette de Bairacli-Levy
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Revised and expanded edition of classic 1970 childrearing book by an herbalist. Provides recipes and information on raising healthy kids without prescription-drug medication. Includes advice on natural childbirth, parenting, and use of medicinal herbs. 1997.

No More Misbehavin’: Thirty-eight Difficult Behaviors and How to Stop Them     RC 57139
by Michele Borba
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Educator and frequent National Public Radio speaker discusses the most common behavioral problems in children—including temper tantrums, hit-ting, biting, fighting, lying, and stealing—as well as strategies for discouraging them. Offers specific disciplinary methods for each misbehavior with the goal of permanently erasing it. Foreword by Jack Canfield. 2003.

The Privilege of Youth: A Teenager’s Story of Longing for Acceptance and Friendship     RC 57704
by Dave Pelzer
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Bestselling author of A Man Named Dave (RC 49257) and A Child Called "It" (RC 45004) continues his memoir of childhood abuse and recovery. In this installment, Pelzer revisits his adolescence, describing both torment by bullies and the thrill of making friends. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

The Question of David: A Disabled Mother’s Journey through Adoption, Family, and Life    RC 58690
by Denise Sherer Jacobson
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
An independent thirty-six-year-old woman, happily married, recounts the couple’s decision to adopt a possibly disabled baby boy. Both she and her husband have cerebral palsy and use wheelchairs, but open their hearts to becoming a family. Describes the joys and daily complexities of raising their son. 1999.

Raising America: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice about Children     RC 58767
by Ann Hulbert
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Traces the emergence of conflicting child-rearing guidance in the twentieth century. Offers biographical sketches of major figures in the field (Erik Erikson, Arnold Gesell, and Benjamin Spock, among others) and examines their theories, techniques, and influences. Also analyzes an unintended consequence of their work, which was to exacerbate the anxieties of parenting. 2003.

Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew    RC 58425
edited by Stanley D. Klein and John D. Kemp
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Forty informative essays by successful adult role models who have "lived the disability experience." Individuals with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, learning disabilities, and other health conditions share their thoughts on acceptance, parenting, sexuality, and education. 2004.

Teen Life in the Middle East    RC 58136
edited by Ali Akbar Mahdi
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
A social history describing the daily lives of young adults in twelve Middle Eastern nations and territories. Includes a country profile as well as an overview of the region’s typical family including their education, recreation, and religious and cultural practices. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Teens under the Influence: The Truth about Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs; How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do about It    RC 57302
by Katherine Ketcham and Nicholas A. Pace
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Resource guide to help parents combat adolescent substance abuse. Detailed passages explain teenage addiction, biological and environmental factors, and the short-and long-term effects of specific drugs. Provides information about diagnosis, intervention, treatment options, the recovery process, and strategies for coping with relapses. 2003.

The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting    RC 58569
by Laurence Steinberg
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Psychologist author of Beyond the Classroom (RC 45321) draws on scientific research in this philosophical guide to raising a good child and being a better parent. His ten fundamentals of effective child rearing include establishing rules, setting limits, fostering independence, being consistent, and avoiding harsh discipline. 2004.

Three Weeks with My Brother    RC 58824
by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks
read by Henry Leyva
2 cassettes
A memoir chronicling the around-the-world adventure of author Nicholas Sparks and his brother, Micah, in 2003. Leaving wives and families at home, the brothers journeyed to Machu Picchu, Peru; India; and the Australian outback remarking on milestones in their lives, childhood remembrances, and truths about loss and hope. Bestseller. 2004.

What about the Kids? Raising Your Children before, during, and after Divorce     RC 58417
by Judith S. Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
A guide to helping children of all ages cope with the process of divorce and remarried family life. Authors identify the three major challenges facing parents: getting their own lives in order, preparing their kids for and supporting them through the breakup, and building a new relationship with the ex-spouse. 2003.

What to Expect the First Year    RC 57900
by Heidi Murkoff and Arlene Eisenberg
read by Mary Kane
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Revised and updated edition addresses a wide range of issues concerning newborns and new parents. Month-by-month guide provides information on preparing for baby’s arrival, breastfeeding, adding solids, sleeping and crying problems, traveling, handling an older sibling, home safety, and health matters. 2003.

Gardening

Building Garden Ponds    RC 58289
by Bryan Hirst
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
A builder of ponds and water gardens presents ten ideas for creating and maintaining small to large projects, along with complete instructions, helpful hints, and lists of necessary materials. Includes ponds that are natural, planted, or formal; and with a bridge and beach, decking, or mosaics. 2004.

The Medicine Wheel Garden: Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration, and Tranquility    RC 57902
by E. Barrie Kavasch
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Guide to designing a Native American-inspired garden to promote healing through herbal plants and spiritual space. Reviews the history of the medicine wheel, suggests plans for indoor and outdoor gardens, and describes fifty therapeutic herbs including their traditional and modern uses. 2002.

Rodale’s Garden Answers: Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs; At-a-Glance Solutions for Every Gardening Problem    RC 56839
edited by Fern Marshall Bradley
read by Coleen Delany
4 cassettes
An all-organic quick reference guide for gardeners who want to "read a little so they can garden a lot." Provides concise information on the causes and symptoms of common problems for a wide range of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Also covers getting started and gives regional/seasonal tips. 1995.

Government and Politics

After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy
by Noah Feldman
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Explores the question whether democracy can "be made to flourish in the lands where Islam prevails." Discusses the political terrain in Iran, Turkey, Asia, Pakistan, and Arab countries to ascertain the compatibility of the Islamic religion with democratic values. Claiming there is no inherent conflict, Feldman suggests ways to refute anti-Americanism. 2003.

Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror    RC 58049
by Richard A. Clarke read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Former counterterrorism czar alleges twenty years of presidential mishandling of the Al Qaeda threat, from Ronald Reagan’s time in office to George W. Bush’s. Firsthand criticism of Bush’s pre- and post-September 11, 2001, responses to terrorism accuses him of diverging from the war on terror to pursue Saddam Hussein. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

America Afire: Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800 RC 56682
by Bernard A. Weisberger
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
Describes the United States’s first presidential election crisis, in 1800, between the Federalists under John Adams and Republicans under Thomas Jefferson. The election was eventually sent to the House of Representatives, who balloted thirty-six times before Jefferson won. And President Adams peaceful departure set a precedent. 2000.

American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush    RC 57760
by Kevin Phillips
read by Constance Crawford
4 cassettes
Former White House strategist and author of Wealth and Democracy (RC 54439) criticizes the Bush family’s "four-generation pursuit of national prominence and power." Re-veals associations and special interests, questions financial practices, and accuses George Bush Sr. and George W. Bush of redefining the presidency to further their own agendas. Bestseller. 2004.

The Best Lawyer in a One-Lawyer Town: A Memoir    RC 57778
by Dale Bumpers
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Autobiography of former Democratic Arkansas governor and U.S. senator Dale Bumpers. Born in 1925, Bumpers describes growing up in a small town during the depression, his military experience, law practice, and twenty-eight years in public office. Includes his closing argument on behalf of President Bill Clinton during the 1999 impeachment trial. 2003.

Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President while Driving Liberals Insane     RC 58251
by John Podhoretz
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Journalist, political commentator, and former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan offers a partisan defense of president George W. Bush’s policies and personality. Extols Bush’s extraordinary leadership; cites war on terror, tax cuts, AIDS relief, and health care reform; and debunks some liberal accusations. 2004.

Bush v. Gore: Controversial Presidential Election Case    RC 57466
by Diana K. Sergis
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Discusses the 2000 Supreme Court landmark decision that resulted in Texas governor George W. Bush becoming the forty-third U.S. president. Describes the contested ballot recounts in Florida, battles in state and federal courts, and constitutional arguments presented to the nation’s highest court by Bush and his challenger, Vice President Albert Gore. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism    RC 57701
by Sean Hannity
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Fox news host, author of Let Freedom Ring (RC 54932), addresses "the reality of evil in the world." Posits the importance of acting against it and holds that democratic liberals’ advocacy of accommodation jeopardizes U.S. national security. Bestseller. 2004.

The Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation    RC 58666
by Drew D. Hansen
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Hansen’s essay on the meaning of the 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech describes King as a master of the art of black homiletics, whose gifts had been little known beyond the pulpit and the civil rights movement. Explores the oration’s spontaneity, language, prophetic vision, and public reaction. 2003.

Dude, Where’s My Country?    RC 56935
by Michael Moore
read by D. David Morin
2 cassettes
Author of Stupid White Men (RC 53775) continues his criticism of the United States and the Bush administration. Questions the war on terrorism and laments the erosion of domestic civil liberties while supporting Oprah Winfrey for president. Strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Schools, Faith, and Military    RC 57750
by Michael Savage
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Outspoken radio talk-show host and bestselling author of The Savage Nation (RC 55527) asserts that the United States has been "infinitely corrupted by liberalism." In his controversial style, Savage specifies how the "vast left-wing conspiracy" has undermined schools, courts, religion, law enforcement, the media, and the military. Bestseller. 2003.

Grand Old Party: A History of the Republicans    RC 57736
by Lewis L. Gould
read by Dan Toohey
4 cassettes
Historian chronicles the U.S. republican party from its antislavery origins in the 1850s under Abraham Lincoln through the 2000 election of president George W. Bush. Notes influential leaders and the shift of its philosophy toward political and social conservatism. Companion to Party of the People (RC 57723). 2003.

Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back    RC 58132
by James Carville
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Political pundit Carville’s guide for restoring power to America’s people. Accusing the Bush administration and Republican-led Congress of squandering the budget surplus, falling short of education and other domestic goals, and mismanaging foreign policy, Carville proposes increased education spending, restructured entitlement programs, fairer income tax policies, and greater international cooperation. 2003.

Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance    RC 57354
by Noam Chomsky
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Author of Deterring Democracy (RC 34598) dissects the U.S. "imperial grand strategy," which he asserts has intensified since the September 11, 2001, attacks. Chomsky traces American desire for supremacy to the early days of WWII, analyzes the George W. Bush administration’s aggressive foreign policies, and warns of dire consequences. Bestseller. 2003.

House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties    RC 58368
by Craig Unger
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Investigative journalist examines the longstanding connection between the Bush circle and the ruling family of Saudi Arabia. Unger wonders what forged the relationship, if Saudi money given to Muslims created a bloc of votes for Bush in 2000, and why Bush ignored terrorism czar Richard Clarke’s warnings about Al Qaeda. Bestseller. 2004.

In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America’s Bill of Rights    RC 57925
by Russell Freedman
read by Ted Stoddard
1 cassette
Describes the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution and explains how they are applied as well as tested. Examples of challenges include a suit brought on behalf of schoolchildren who were required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and rap musicians sued for obscenity. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

A Look over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency    RC 57060
by Richard Helms
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Posthumous memoir by former director of Central Intelligence (1966-1973) chronicles his thirty years of service, beginning with his 1942 naval training. Helms’s agency career in the world of covert action, espionage, and Cold War operations includes President Nixon’s attempts to involve the CIA in the Watergate cover-up. Foreword by Henry Kissinger. 2003.

Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin    RC 58590
by John D’Emilio
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
Chronicles the life (1912–1987) and accomplishments of a pivotal civil rights figure. Covers his influential activism in prison reform, military desegregation, the Montgomery bus boycott, the 1963 March on Washington, and LBJ’s Great Society. Also notes Rustin’s homosexuality and its impact on his career. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Madam Secretary    RC 57048
by Madeleine Albright
read by Mary Kane
5 cassettes
Memoir by former secretary of state under President Clinton. Albright seeks to "combine the personal with policy" to describe the worldwide events in which she participated. Includes her reminiscences of childhood as a Czechoslovakian refugee and married life before she entered the tumultuous world of politics. Bestseller. 2003.

A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat    RC 57170
by Zell Miller
read by Dan Toohey
2 cassettes
The senator from Georgia, a former marine sergeant, critiques his democratic party, calls for reform, and outlines issues needing to be addressed to benefit the country. Miller also describes his rise from rural poverty and his six decades in public life. Bestseller. 2003.

Never Forget: An Oral History of September 11, 2001    RC 58697
by Mitchell Fink and Lois Mathias
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Journalist and his wife gather dozens of first-person accounts of World Trade Center workers, Pentagon employees, rescue personnel, witnesses, and others who lived through the events of September 11, 2001. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States    RC 58238
by 9/11 Commission
read by Ralph Lowenstein
6 cassettes
Independent, nonpartisan commission analyzes facts and circumstances surrounding the fatal September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda attacks on the United States homeland. Summarizes failures of intelligence and other U.S. agencies before and after that date. Recommends government reorganization to provide a safer, more prepared nation. 2004.

No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-first Century    RC 57188
by Walter Laqueur
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Guerrilla warfare expert addresses the new elements of contemporary terrorism. Issues include the debate surrounding root causes of terrorism, Islamic fanaticism, and the phenomenon of suicide attacks. Laqueur also examines reactions of governments, academia, the media, and the public to the violence and speculates on future geopolitical conditions that could precipitate "catastrophic terrorism." 2003.

Party of the People: A History of the Democrats    RC 57723
by Jules Witcover
read by Robert Sams
6 cassettes
Political correspondent and author of Crapshoot (RC 35523) chronicles the evolution of the U.S. democratic party. Tracing its roots to the post-Revolution Federalist debate, Witcover documents two centuries of political ideologies and key figures in party development, from Thomas Jefferson to William Jefferson Clinton. Companion to Grand Old Party (RC 57736). 2003.

Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich—and Cheat Everybody Else    RC 57892
by David Cay Johnston
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses how the U.S. tax system forces the middle class to subsidize the very wealthy who, through various lawful mechanisms, evade their fair share of taxes. Suggested reforms include simplifying the tax code, ending most income deferrals, revising the alternative minimum tax, and revamping IRS procedures. Bestseller. 2003.

Plan of Attack    RC 58239
by Bob Woodward
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Follows Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s Bush at War (RC 55015) with a behind-the-scenes account of President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Draws on interviews with Bush and others to chronicle crucial operations from November 2001 to March 2003. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies That Led to War and Betrayed My Wife’s CIA Identity; a Diplomat’s Memoir    RC 58299
by Joseph Wilson
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Former ambassador’s background chronicle of his three-decade U.S. foreign service career includes his 1990 showdown with Saddam Hussein. Asserts that the White House leaked his wife’s identity as a CIA analyst in retaliation for his disputing George W. Bush’s televised claim of an attempted Iraqi uranium purchase from Niger. Bestseller. 2004.

The Presidential Nominating Process: A Place for Us?    RC 58091
by Rhodes Cook
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Former Congressional Quarterly political writer examines the role of voters in determining presidential nominees. Traces the history and evolution of modern primary elections; looks at the process in other democratic countries like England, France, and Germany; and suggests reforms that would increase competition and empower voters. 2004.

The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill    RC 57591
by Ron Suskind
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist uses documents from the Secretary of the Treasury under president George W. Bush to illustrate the inner workings of the White House. The maverick millionaire O’Neill, former CEO of Alcoa, details his brief two-year stint in the cabinet. Bestseller. 2004.

Rewriting History    RC 58450
by Dick Morris
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Political analyst and advisor under president Bill Clinton offers a rebuttal to former first lady Hillary Clinton’s Living History (RC 55882). Claiming the memoir is distorted and incomplete, Morris critically appraises the New York senator’s potential for higher office. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet    RC 58109
by James Mann
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Former Los Angeles Times correspondent’s in-depth study of six principals on President Bush’s foreign policy team: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Wolfowitz, Armitage, and Rice. Explicates America’s evolving world relationships as forged by the expertise, interconnecting roles, and philosophies of the self-styled "Vulcans," named after the Roman god of fire. Bestseller. 2004.

Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom    RC 58273
by James MacGregor Burns
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes (Reissue)
Study of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a wartime president, depicting him as a complex man who, the author claims, provided inadequate leadership in a difficult period. Describes the diplomatic and political aspects of World War II. Pulitzer Prize. 1970.

The Secret Service: The Hidden History of an Enigmatic Agency    RC 57260
by Philip H. Melanson
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
A government secrecy expert recounts the development of the Secret Service, from its formation in 1865 to combat the counterfeit currency trade to its contemporary role as protector of the president. Melanson evaluates the agency’s inner workings and explores the personal lives of agents and their relationships with those they protect. 2002.

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic    RC 57752
by Chalmers Johnson
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Continuing his antimilitarist thesis begun in Blowback (RC 54512), Asian affairs specialist Johnson denounces America’s armed forces expansion and the secrecy surrounding its global network of bases. Portrays the United States as "a military juggernaut intent on world domination" and imperialistic ventures that conflict with democratic values. Bestseller. 2004.

Thieves in High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country—and It’s Time to Take It Back    RC 56922
by Jim Hightower
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Populist author of If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates (RC 51808) continues his sardonic criticism of the second Bush administration. Implores voters to defeat politicians who are controlled by wealthy corporations and other special interest groups. Bestseller. 2003.

Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War    RC 57645
by Douglas Brinkley
read by Jake Williams
5 cassettes
Account of Massachusetts senator’s decorated naval career by history professor and author of Wheels for the World (RC 56812). Drawing on interviews and Kerry’s own wartime correspondence and journals, Brinkley describes Kerry’s schooling, military training, tour of duty in Vietnam, and participation in antiwar protests. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Worse than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush    RC 58240
by John W. Dean
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Former counsel to President Nixon charges George W. Bush’s administration with unprecedented greed for power and undemocratic secrecy of greater consequence than the Nixon scandal. Alleging cover-ups begun in the 2000 campaign, Dean cites foreign policy, terrorism, the vice president’s energy commission, and leaked covert CIA identities. Bestseller. 2004.

Hobbies and Crafts

Rug Hooking for the First Time    RC 58033
by Donna Lovelady
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Guide explaining the basics of rug hooking using strips of cloth, simple patterns, and "primitive style," or folk art, designs. Provides a brief history of the craft, tips on choosing supplies, detailed techniques, and step-by-step instructions for creating twenty-four sample projects. 2003.

Simple Crochet    RC 58709
by Erika Knight
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Twenty projects for the home from textile designer and fashion consultant. Includes pillows, throws, rugs, baskets, bags, and slippers. Describes equipment and techniques. Step-by-step instructions require only a few basic stitches. 2003.

Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Projects for Creative Knitters    RC 58684
by Erika Knight
read by Patricia McDermott
1 cassette
Twenty contemporary projects incorporate felting, beading, and patch-working to create wall hangings, throws, rugs, napkin rings, wire bowls, and other household items. Ribbon, wire, strips of plastic, or gauze sometimes substitute for yarn. Includes basic how-to instructions. Most patterns are appropriate for experienced knitters. 2004.

Stitch ’n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook    RC 58586
by Debbie Stoller
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Cofounder of trendy New York City knitting circle gives a brief history of this needle craft. Presents the basics: how to cast on, bind off, and knit. Explains advanced stitching and repair techniques and provides details for over thirty projects, including Pippi Kneestockings, Sparkle Hat, and Under the Hoodie. Some strong language. 2003.

Home Management

Home Water and Moisture Problems: Prevention and Solutions    RC 57808
by Gary Branson
read by Kerry Cundiff
1 cassette
Former contractor and Family Handyman magazine editor addresses common household moisture-related problems like wet basements, leaking roofs or plumbing, mold and mildew, and excess humidity. Provides step-by-step instructions for proper maintenance while urging consumers to follow local building codes, consult inspectors, and consider the climate in their region. 2003.

On My Own: The Ultimate How-To Guide for Young Adults; a Manual for Excelling in Your Independent Life    RC 56840
by Sally Taylor
read by Barbara Pinolini
4 cassettes
A guide for people leaving home to live independently for the first time. Includes advice on jobs, budgeting, health care issues, substance abuse, relationships, and other social skills. Also provides information on how to become a good citizen. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter    RC 57420
by Linda Cobb
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Author of books on house cleaning (RC 51054) and home management (RC 53944) offers suggestions for getting rid of clutter. From room to room Cobb shows how to use her QUEEN system: question, unpack, evaluate, eliminate, and neaten up. Her advice for the kitchen covers storage life for various foods. 2002.

Solving Home Plumbing Problems    RC 58410
by Gary Branson
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Former contractor and editor of Home Handyman magazine offers guidance on repairing and maintaining household plumbing systems. Covers the basics of replacing fixtures; fixing leaks; working with copper, plastic, and steel pipe; maintaining drains; remodeling for wheelchair use; and coping with minor emergencies. Includes information on useful tools and safety. 2004.

Humor

Boogers Are My Beat: More Lies, but Some Actual Journalism    RC 58286
by Dave Barry
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Collection of parodies from syndicated Pulitzer Prize-winning "humor columnist" and author of Dave Barry Turns Fifty (RC 47313). Topics include feng shui, home repair, taxes, "smart" appliances, the 2000 presidential election, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and more. Concludes with some serious thoughts on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 2003.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim    RC 58825
by David Sedaris
read by David Sedaris
2 cassettes
Picaresque collection of essays by gay public radio commentator and bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day (RC 50514). Author recalls memorable episodes from his life including trick-or-treating, vacationing with his family, finding work, and living in Paris. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

The Funny Thing Is . . .    RC 57179
by Ellen DeGeneres
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
DeGeneres follows up My Point . . . and I Do Have One (RC 41736) with another collection of stream-of-consciousness musings that highlight the absurdities of everyday life. Topics include brunches, gift exchanges, silence, clothes she has regretted wearing, penny-pinching, and things to be grateful for. Bestseller. 2003.

Horseshoes, Cowsocks, and Duckfeet: More Commentary by NPR’s Cowboy Poet and Former Large Animal Veterinarian    RC 56531
by Baxter Black
read by Michael Kramer
2 cassettes
A collection of "mostly humorous, occasionally political, and accidentally informative" musings by a popular National Public Radio commentator. Black remarks on everything from cowboy vocabulary and the love of a good cattle dog to Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. 2002.

I Am What I Ate . . . and I’m Frightened!!! And Other Digressions from the Doctor of Comedy    RC 58005
by Bill Cosby
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Cosby, realizing that he is what he eats (such foods as scrapple, cake, popcorn, and pizza), reflects back on his sixty-five years of dining and the never-ending quest for a healthy lifestyle. Bestseller. 2003.

Life’s a Stitch: The Best of Contemporary Women’s Humor    RC 57822
edited by Anne Safran Dalin
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Anthology of humorous short stories, poems, songs, musings, and cartoons whose royalties were donated to charities. More than ninety writers including Gloria Steinem, Wendy Wasserstein, and Anna Quindlen contribute their thoughts on politics, relationships, parenting, dieting, aging, and more. Companion to Creme de la Femme (RC 46849). Some strong language. 2002.

Inspiration

Beyond Our Selves    RC 58173
by Catherine Marshall
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The widow of Presbyterian minister Peter Marshall relates her conviction that nothing is hopeless if only man yields his will to God. Citing some autobiographical material and many case histories, Marshall emphasizes the power of spiritual healing. 1961.

George Foreman’s Guide to Life: How to Get Up off the Canvas When Life Knocks You Down    RC 57421
by George Foreman
read by David Toney
1 cassette
Two-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world, father of ten, and author of By George (RC 40645) gives advice on how to handle life’s challenges. Foreman shares what he learned from his own triumphs and losses—including lessons on overcoming adversity, keeping dreams alive, and raising children. 2002.

Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times    RC 57545
by Studs Terkel
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Oral interviews with fifty-four people, varying in age and profession, focusing especially on their hopes to achieve a better life for themselves and mankind. Terkel presents these vignettes, which discuss such subjects as politics, economics, and civil rights, to support his thesis that hope is necessary to trigger activism leading to change. 2003.

I Believe in Miracles: Streams of Healing from the Heart of a Woman of Faith     RC 57763
by Kathryn Kuhlman
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Ordained minister presents twenty-one cases of believers who claimed to be healed of medically incurable disorders with the help of her prayers and the power of faith. Foreword by former congressman Samuel A. Weiss. 1992.

In the Presence of My Enemies    RC 58747
by Gracia Burnham
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Account of an American missionary who, with her husband, Martin, was kidnapped from a Philippine resort by Islamic terrorists in 2001. Describes their year-long ordeal as hostages on the run in the jungle, their struggle to keep their faith, and the rescue during which Martin was killed. Some violence. 2003.

In Their Hearts: Inspirational Alzheimer’s Stories    RC 58113
by Mary Margaret Britton Yearwood
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Born with a high-functioning form of autism known as Asperger’s syndrome, the author recalls her service as a chaplain in an Alzheimer’s special care unit in Atlanta from 1997 to 1999. She relates her enlightening experiences with patients who, despite cognitive losses, remained a "gold mine of spirituality." 2002.

Lessons I Learned in the Dark    RC 57411
by Jennifer Rothschild
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Christian inspirational speaker and singer, who lost her eyesight in high school due to retinitis pigmentosa, emphasizes the importance of spiritual beliefs in overcoming personal problems. Rothschild describes her first and greatest lesson, learned from God: "Even when it is not well with our circumstances, it can be well with our souls." 2002.

My Disability—God’s Ability: Seven Principles of Triumphant Life    RC 59622
by Young Woo Kang
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
In the sequel to A Light in My Heart (RC 26603), a Korean-born, blind U.S. government senior executive continues his memoir "to tell the world how faith and vision work together" and how they change lives. Kang discusses the principles that helped him thrive and overcome bitterness. 2004.

Remarkable Changes: Turning Life’s Challenges into Opportunities    RC 56224
by Jane Seymour
read by Miriam Wagner
2 cassettes
Autobiography of English actress born in 1951. Seymour shares seven lessons for making the most of life’s changes and candidly discusses her own disappointments and triumphs—her divorces and marriages, her children, and her career. Also includes stories of others who grew from their experiences, as well as a preface by Christopher Reeve. 2003.

Seven Things That Steal Your Joy: Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Happiness     RC 58823
by Joyce Meyer
read by Joyce Meyer
1 cassette
Christian radio and television host shares wisdom from scripture passages and her own ministry that has enabled her to find happiness, health, and strength in daily life. Offers advice to replace with God’s truth and love such joy stealers as jealousy, discontentment, excessive reasoning, and anger. 2004.

Survivors: True Tales of Endurance    RC 58169
edited by John B. Letterman
read by Dan Toohey
4 cassettes
Twenty-three writings selected by the editor as the most "exciting, moving, and inspiring pieces ever written about human courage and perseverance" from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries. Primarily firsthand accounts, they include the Essex whaling ship wreck, astronaut James Lovell’s harrowing adventure aboard Apollo 13, and Senator John McCain’s POW experiences. 2003.

Teens with the Courage to Give: Young People Who Triumphed over Tragedy and Volunteered to Make a Difference    RC 56366
by Jackie Waldman
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Thirty teenagers share their experiences overcoming hardship and finding fulfillment by helping others. In "The Fight for Life" a teen suffering from depression starts a suicide prevention program. In "Born to Win" a one-legged amputee wins races wearing a prosthesis and visits kids in hospitals. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

Warrior of the Light: A Manual    RC 58430
by Paulo Coelho
read by John Polk
1 cassette
A collection of philosophical sketches prefaced by the brief parable of a grown man returning to the beach of his childhood. There he is inspired to write about the "Warrior"—one who is "capable of understanding the miracle of life." Inspirational companion to The Alchemist (RC 37602). 2003.

Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life    RC 58324
by John McCain
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Meditations on courage and its costs by Senator John McCain. Includes accounts of Vietnam veteran sergeant Roy Benavidez, civil rights leader John Lewis, Hungarian resistance fighter Hannah Senesh, and others, demonstrating exemplary fortitude, discipline, and self-sacrifice both in daily living and under extraordinary duress. Bestseller. 2004.

Journalism and the Media

Brinkley’s Beat: People, Places, and Events That Shaped My Time    RC 57571
by David Brinkley
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Posthumously published memoir by well-known TV reporter and anchor comprising anecdotal reflections on his life and career. Covers his many interests including World War II, civil rights, world affairs, political personalities and conventions, and American foreign policy. Includes his wry observations on his world and his work. 2003.

Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media . . .    RC 57751
by John Stossel
read by Norm Thibeault
2 cassettes
Emmy Award-winning consumer advocate recounts his "professional and intellectual journey" from being a shy, stuttering college student to becoming a crusading television news journalist. Stossel describes his most memorable exposés and decries the media backlash he experienced when he turned his attention to government and public-interest groups. Bestseller. 2004.

Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8): A Memoir of Love, Exile, and Crosswords RC 58338
by Sandy Balfour
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
Memoir of a television journalist born in Johannesburg. Balfour recalls his decision to leave South Africa in 1983, his travels with his girlfriend, his life in exile in England, and his passion for cryptic crosswords. A cryptic clue inspired the title of his account. Some strong language. 2003.

Skywriting: A Life out of the Blue    RC 58891
by Jane Pauley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Award-winning television news anchorwoman’s autobiography, in which she pens her "personal process of discovery" from an upbringing in the Midwest to success on the Today and Dateline shows. Discusses her adult-onset bipolar disorder and family life with husband Garry Trudeau and their three children. Bestseller. 2004.

Language

Fiction Writer’s Workshop    RC 58867
by Josip Novakovich
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Elementary guide to fiction writing by prize-winning author of Salvation and Other Disasters (RC 47949). Using examples from contemporary and classic literature, covers basics: setting, character, dialogue, scene, plot, point of view, and voice. Offers exercises to help writers assess, improve, and expand their prose. 1995.

The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn    RC 58373
by Diane Ravitch
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
Examines the causes and consequences of censoring educational publications to weed out references deemed offensive by right-wing and left-wing interests. Contends that sanitizing text makes the material so bland, simplistic, and unrealistic that students fail to develop critical abilities. Provides many examples and offers practical solutions to end this problem. 2003.

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary    RC 58178
by Simon Winchester
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
This companion to The Professor and the Madman (RC 46906) recounts the monumental, seventy-year effort to compile the definitive, twelve-volume Oxford dictionary, completed in 1928. Winchester describes the goal to provide comprehensive meanings of all words, the project’s complexity, crucial volunteer participation, and key figures directing the task. 2003.

One Hundred Words Every High School Graduate Should Know    RC 58357
edited by American Heritage Dictionaries
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
The American Heritage College Dictionary web site list of vocabulary words evolved into a published book by popular demand. For senior high and older readers. Bestseller. 2003.

The Pen Commandments: A Guide for the Beginning Writer    RC 58151
by Steven Frank
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Rules of good writing in a playful, informative guide for teens, parents, and students of all ages. The author, a long-time high school English teacher, gives solid basics of punctuation, grammar, style, sentence structure, composition, and topic choice along with suggestions, exercises, and examples. 2003.

Spanish for Dummies    RC 57058
by Susana Wald
read by Peter Gil
3 cassettes
Five-part guide with twenty chapters on learning Spanish. Presents conversational dialogs for handling a variety of situations from basic greetings to emergencies. Also includes grammatical reference notes, colloquial expressions, cultural facts, a mini-glossary, and other information. 2000.

When Good People Write Bad Sentences: Twelve Steps to Better Writing Habits     RC 58539
by Robert W. Harris
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Strategies for overcoming an "addiction to bad writing." Examines the roots of common writing errors that lead to ineffective sentences and baffling communication. Explains how to use correct grammar, syntax, punctuation, diction, and style to produce clear, confident, and persuasive prose. 2003.

Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School
    RC 58661
by Gotham Writers’ Workshop Faculty
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
Gotham Writers’ Workshop faculty present lessons for creating fiction. Addresses the craft, art, and business of writing. Exercises cover character and plot development, dialogue, pacing, themes, revising, and more. Includes full text of Raymond Carver’s "Cathedral." 2003.

Writing Winning Reports and Essays    RC 58668
by Paul B. Janeczko read by Patricia McDermott
2 cassettes
Outlines strategies for writing successful research reports and essays. Gives basic guidelines for using note cards, citing sources, outlining, and writing drafts. Provides samples of completed papers. Suggests ideas by school subject and offers research tips. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Legal Issues

Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor    RC 57605
by Joshua M. Greene
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Reconstructs the late 1940s trials of Nazi guards, officers, and doctors accused of war crimes at the Dachau, Mauthausen, Flossenburg, and Buchenwald concentration camps. Details the work of thirty-two-year-old William Denson, an American army lawyer who led the prosecution through twenty-one months of unprecedented cases on the Dachau grounds. Violence. 2003.

Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich—and Cheat Everybody Else    RC 57892
by David Cay Johnston
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses how the U.S. tax system forces the middle class to subsidize the very wealthy who, through various lawful mechanisms, evade their fair share of taxes. Suggested reforms include simplifying the tax code, ending most income deferrals, revising the alternative minimum tax, and revamping IRS procedures. Bestseller. 2003.

They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime    RC 57838
by Thomas A. Jacobs
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Juvenile-court judge presents twenty-one cases involving teenagers who came before him for punishment. Reviews each teen’s background, details of the crime and arrest, mitigating factors, and penalty options so the reader can decide. Reveals actual sentence and offender’s response in court and later. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2003.

Who Owns Native Culture?    RC 58391
by Michael F. Brown
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Anthropologist uses court cases to show the conflict between indigenous peoples’ claims to their cultural artifacts and the rights of liberal democracies. Suggests that resolution lies not in litigation but in compromise between the parties, affording mutual respect and balanced proprietary interests in art, symbols, land sites, wildlife, and botanic species. 2003.

Literature

The Best American Essays, 2003    RC 57238
edited by Anne Fadiman
read by Barry Bernson
3 cassettes
Twenty-four diverse essays selected and introduced by Fadiman. Subjects include war from a woman’s viewpoint, emergency planning, World War II in occupied France, death and dying, medical topics, cooking, imaginary pals, and social life in America. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Christmas at the New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art    RC 57538
by The New Yorker
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Anthology of holiday writing featured in the New Yorker magazine from 1925 to 2002. Seasonal poetry and prose highlight themes like the spirit of giving, family, Santa Claus, and Christmas carols. Contributing authors include James Thurber, H.L. Mencken, Alice Munro, E.B. White, and foreword author John Updike. 2003.

A Dab of Dickens and a Touch of Twain: Literary Lives from Shakespeare’s Old England to Frost’s New England    RC 57266
by Elliot Engel
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Professor of literature offers insights—little known and non-stuffy—about the intertwined lives and works of nineteen favorite authors, among them Edgar Allan Poe, whose Tales of Mystery and Madness (RC 21734) are the forerunners of the modern short story, and D.H. Lawrence, liberated author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover (RC 44295). 2002.

The Harlem Reader: A Celebration of New York’s Most Famous Neighborhood, from the Renaissance Years to the Twenty-first Century    RC 57319
edited by Herb Boyd
read by Robin Miles
2 cassettes
Anthology of essays, articles, short stories, and poetry reflects the diversity and creativity of this unique urban community. Selections represent some of the most significant social, political, and cultural African American voices of the twentieth century including Malcolm X, Sidney Poitier, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and others. 2003.

My Staggerford Journal    RC 56669
by Jon Hassler
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
Daily journal kept by the author while writing Staggerford (RC 56651), his 1977 novel of small-town life in America. Hassler gives insight into the creative process, plot development, and the evolution of such characters as Miles Pruitt, the Bonewoman, and Miss Agatha McGee. 1999.

Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces    RC 58793
by Wislawa Szymborska
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Nearly one hundred of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s musings inspired by obscure or ephemeral books unlikely to receive much attention from reviewers. Memoirs of Napoleon’s valet evoke her sympathy for the emperor’s lack of privacy; a book on Neanderthals leaves her questioning their spiritual lives. A variety of whimsical digressions. 2002.

On the Natural History of Destruction    RC 58874
by W.G. Sebald
read by Bill Wallace
1 cassette
Four essays based on lectures by German scholar and award-winning author of Austerlitz (RC 53308) explore the lingering effects of WWII Allied bombings on his nation’s collective consciousness. "Air War and Literature" criticizes the failure of postwar German writers to adequately address their country’s destruction; the other pieces analyze works of three such literary figures. 1999.

Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community    RC 58347
edited by Heid E. Erdrich and Laura Tohe
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
In poems, short stories, and essays, contemporary American Indian women—some young, some older—share their feelings and insights about their sense of community. This anthology is grouped by themes: "Changing Women," "Strong Hearts," "New Age Pocahontas," and "In the Arms of the Skies." 2002.

Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise    RC 56807
by Sally Cline
read by Faith Potts
5 cassettes
English literary scholar reexamines the life of the Jazz Age writer, painter, and ballerina whose artistic efforts were overshadowed by the celebrity of her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and undermined by encroaching mental illness. Cline illuminates Zelda’s character, explores her sometimes enigmatic self-expression, and reevaluates her legacy. 2002.

Marriage and Sex

For Better or for Worse . . . but Not for Lunch: Making Marriage Work in Retirement     RC 56387
by Sara Yogev
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Psychologist addresses the impact of retirement on feelings toward home, money, friendships, and marriage. Drawing on case studies and research, Yogev offers strategies and innovative exercises to assist retirees and their partners adjust to the major transition. 2002.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands    RC 57705
by Laura C. Schlessinger
read by Mary Kane
1 cassette
Radio talk-show psychologist and author of Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives (RC 38864) illustrates marital enjoyment, using real-life examples. Enumerates her fundamental concepts and techniques to keep a mate content. Bestseller. 2004.

Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage    RC 56116
by Diane Rehm and John B. Rehm
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
National Public Radio talk show host and author of Finding My Voice (RC 49385) reveals both her satisfaction and disappointment in her marriage to her attorney husband of forty-two years. Among topics discussed are sex, religion, parenting, money, in-laws, retirement, and aging. 2002.

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness    RC 58244
by Miriam Kaufman and others read by Gabra Zackman
3 cassettes
Guide drawn from authors’ professional and personal experiences and from an informal survey of people living with various disabilities. Topics include sexual health, self-esteem, communication, and debunking myths. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Medicine and Health

Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Families, Friends, and Caregivers     RC 57980
by Daniel Kuhn
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Education director of the Mather Institute of Aging addresses medical aspects of Alzheimer’s disease including risk factors, early symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Also covers care, safety, finances, and end-of-life concerns. Emphasizes the importance of support groups and other assistance for families. 1999.

The Alzheimer’s Health Care Handbook: How to Get the Best Medical Care for Your Relative with Alzheimer’s Disease in and out of the Hospital    RC 57332
by Mary S. Mittelman and Cynthia
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Advice for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients who suffer from physical ailments as well as dementia. Covers doctors’ visits, medications, emergencies, hospital stays, post-hospitalization care, and end-of-life decisions. Also includes nursing home information and tips on self-care for oneself. 2002.

The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness    RC 57969
by Jerome Groopman
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Physician and New Yorker staff writer draws on thirty years of medical experience and his own struggles with a debilitating back injury to explore the "biology of hope." Presenting intimate portraits of former patients, Groopman investigates, in the mind-body connection, scientific evidence of emotions’ contributions to recovery. 2004.

The Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story    RC 57599
by Leonard A. Cole
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Bioterrorist expert chronicles the autumn 2001 anthrax attacks that infected twenty-two people and killed five after spores of the odorless, tasteless bacteria were placed in letters and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service. The account also profiles the scientists, doctors, and researchers at the front lines of biological defense. 2003.

Before It Happens to You: A Breakthrough Program for Reversing or Preventing Heart Disease    RC 58468
by Jonathan Sackner Bernstein
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Physician discusses how to cut the risk of heart attack and stroke in half even without a change in diet or lifestyle. Evaluates the latest available drugs that can prevent problems before they occur, and explains the interpretation of various diagnostic tests. 2004.

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth    RC 58301
by Jenny McCarthy
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Actress and former television dating show host relates in humorous, gritty detail the unseemly, uncomfortable, but ultimately rewarding aspects of childbearing. Author shares personal anecdotes while offering frank discussion on morning sickness, constipation, cravings, hemorrhoids, gas, weight gain, water retention, labor, and other bodily functions. Strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream    RC 58253
by Carl Elliott
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Bioethics professor analyzes America’s paradoxical response to "enhancement technologies"—drugs or surgical procedures employed not only to combat illness but to improve human appearance, capacity, or self-esteem. Explores the debate in a cultural and historical context to understand why people embrace these therapies yet feel uneasy about their use. 2003.

The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook: Issues and Answers from Research to Recovery     RC 57339
by Kathy Steligo
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Breast-cancer survivor describes mastectomy and available options in breast reconstruction as well as the details of each procedure. Includes information on finding the right doctor, navigating the insurance maze, recovering from surgery, and dealing with lifestyle changes. 2003.

Choosing Assistive Devices: A Guide for Users and Professionals    RC 57914
by Helen Pain and others
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Presents a systematic approach to selecting adaptive equipment and to incorporating such devices into the daily lives of individuals with disabilities. To assure a good match, recommends considering the physical and mental capabilities, lifestyles, and preferences of both users and caregivers. Discusses options for seating, toileting, bathing, and locomotion. 2003.

Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey    RC 57277
by Mitchell Zuckoff
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Chronicles the experiences of an interracial couple coping with the news that their unborn child has a heart defect and probable Down syndrome. Details their agonizing decision to keep and raise the baby and explores the role of medical technology in abortion decisions. 2002.

Climbing Higher    RC 57988
by Montel Williams
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Emmy-winning talk show host relates his personal experiences in confronting the physical and emotional challenges of living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Williams describes the diagnosis and manifestations of his disease, reviews different medications for managing pain, and includes opinions and predictions of seven doctors regarding MS research. Strong language. 2004.

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science    RC 56061
by Atul Gawande
read by Michael Kramer
2 cassettes
Essays of a Harvard-trained surgical resident who examines the fallibility of doctors, the mysteries of medicine, the uncertainty of science, and the wonders of technological advancements. Uses anecdotes from his own experience to describe medical errors, unexplained pain, operations for the obese, and a case of flesh-eating bacteria. 2002.

Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again; A Doctor’s Story    RC 58651
by Drew Pinsky
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Radio show advice doctor details his work as medical director of a Southern California drug addiction rehabilitation facility. Pinsky clinically describes the frightening process of detoxification, patients’ underlying physical and psychiatric problems, the raw emotions displayed in the clinic, and his own recurrent struggles with despair. Some strong language. 2003.

The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race against an Epidemic    RC 58310
by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Chronicles the valiant efforts of a dog-sled relay to bring serum to ice-bound Nome, Alaska, when a deadly diphtheria outbreak put Eskimo natives and especially their children at risk in 1925. Blends Alaska’s early history with portraits of courageous team leaders and their dogs—including the famous Balto—who trekked 674 miles across frozen terrain. 2003.

Curing MS: How Science Is Solving the Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis    RC 58487
by Howard L. Weiner read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Harvard neurologist uses examples from his own practice to illustrate his three decades of research on the autoimmune disorder multiple sclerosis. Describes the technological and medical advances he has witnessed, possible future developments, funding problems, and public perception of the disease. 2004.

Diabetes A to Z: What You Need to Know about Diabetes, Simply Put    RC 57648
by American Diabetes Association
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
Revised and updated edition explains diabetes-related issues in clear, simple terms. Topics for coping with the illness are arranged alphabetically and cover diet and exercise, blood glucose monitoring, possible complications, health care, employment rights, and more. 2003.

The Doctors’ Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignác Semmelweis    RC 58558
by Sherwin B. Nuland read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Yale professor recounts the life of Hungarian obstetrician Ignác Semmel-weis (1818–1865), credited with introducing sanitary hospital practices that nearly eliminated childbed fever and other infections years before Louis Pasteur’s discovery of bacteria. Nu-land describes a man nevertheless rejected by his contemporaries and chased by personal demons, whose life ended in anger and anonymity. 2003.

Essential Musical Intelligence: Using Music as Your Path to Healing, Creativity, and Radiant Wholeness    RC 58516
by Louise Montello
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Music therapist’s guide to reconnecting with one’s essential music intelligence (EMI), the innate ability to use sound to facilitate total health and well-being, increase vitality, and cope with pain. Relates case histories and personal accounts to demonstrate meditative exercises utilizing a variety of music from classical to drumming. 2002.

The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can’t Find the Words    RC 58522
by Susan P. Halpern read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Cancer survivor and psychotherapist addresses how individuals can best respond with sensitivity and compassion to a sick friend or relative. Demonstrates making a potentially awkward situation more comfortable through effective speech and behavior. Includes suggestions for talking to children about illness. 2004.

The Fever Trail: In Search of the Cure for Malaria    RC 57286
by Mark Honigsbaum
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Chronicles the perilous expeditions of three nineteenth-century British explorers searching for South America’s elusive cinchona tree—the source of quinine used to cure malaria. Honigs-baum reconstructs their quests to find and smuggle the medicinal bark to English colonies. Also discusses twentieth-century efforts to vaccinate against emerging drug-resistant malaria strains. 2001.

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Taking Control of Asthma: A Comprehensive Prevention and Treatment Plan for You and Your Family    RC 57843
by Christopher H. Fanta and Lynda M. Cristiano
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Physicians’ commonsense guide to managing asthma on a daily basis and during attacks. Discusses symptoms and medical characteristics, diagnosis, degrees of severity, factors that can trigger attacks, medications, and alternative and complementary therapies. Includes sections pertaining specifically to children, women, and the elderly. 2003.

How Not to Be My Patient: A Physician’s Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis    RC 58308
by Edward T. Creagan
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Mayo Clinic cancer specialist outlines strategies for reducing the risk of developing serious illness. Discusses lifestyle choices, health screening, doctor-patient communication, and the mind-body-spirit connection. Also explains how to survive a life-threatening diagnosis through complementary medicine, a positive attitude, and a good support system. 2003.

Hysterectomy: Exploring Your Options    RC 57422
by Edward E. Wallach and Esther Eisenberg
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Gynecologists explain the female reproductive organs, problems that can occur, and options for treatment. Describes three types of hysterectomies (involving surgical removal of the uterus), benefits and risks of each operation, postoperative issues, and medical alternatives. 2003.

I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse? An Illustrated Memoir    RC 58060
by Suzy Becker
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Bestselling author Suzy Becker relates discovering she had a brain tumor in 1999, the same year she received a distinguished Bunting Fellowship at Rad-cliffe College. Describes, with wry humor, her symptoms, diagnosis, denial, surgery, slow recovery of her speech and writing ability, and triumphant comeback in a 500-mile bike-a-thon. 2004.

The Irritable Heart: The Medical Mystery of the Gulf War    RC 57083
by Jeff Wheelwright
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Reviews the medical histories of five ailing veterans from the 1991 Persian Gulf War to seek a biomedical explanation for difficult-to-diagnose con-ditions. Also examines illnesses exhibited by military personnel after other armed encounters, including "irritable heart" disease following the Civil War. Concludes these maladies result from combination of physical symptoms and psychological stress. 2001.

Mayo Clinic on Osteoporosis    RC 57342
edited by Stephen Hodgson
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Physician at the Mayo Clinic discusses how to keep bones healthy and strong to reduce the risk of fracture. Explains screening and diagnosis of osteoporosis, its prevention and treatment, as well as medication, exercise, diet, and home safety issues. 2003.

Miscarriage: A Doctor’s Guide to the Facts; Why It Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks    RC 56650
by Henry M. Lerner
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Obstetrician/gynecologist discusses the causes of miscarriage, preventative diagnostic tests and surgical procedures, and methods for recovering and preparing for future pregnancies. Includes information on psychological aspects of coping with the loss of a child. 2003.

Multiple Sclerosis Q and A: Reassuring Answers to Frequently Asked Questions     RC 57623
by Beth Ann Hill
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Introduction to multiple sclerosis (MS) by a patient, addressing the most common concerns. Topics include symptoms, tests, diagnosis, and treatments. Covers family issues and lifestyle changes and offers positive assurances and available resources. 2003.

One Hundred One Foot-Care Tips for People with Diabetes    RC 56378
by Jessie H. Ahroni read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Provides answers to common questions about foot problems associated with two complications of diabetes—poor circulation and nerve damage. Discusses skin and nail care, footwear, exercise, treatment of minor ailments, and identifying major concerns. 2000.

One Hundred One Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy with Diabetes    RC 57527
by Patti B. Geil and Laura B. Hieronymus
read by Catherine Byers
1 cassette
Answers to frequently asked questions about issues unique to women with diabetes, both preexisting and gestational. Stresses the importance of monitoring blood glucose throughout the pregnancy; addresses nutrition, medication, and labor and delivery; and details postpartum care to ensure the best health for baby and mother. 2003.

Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears: The Road to Better Hearing    RC 57511
by John M. Burkey
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
An audiologist describes the loss of hearing as a traumatic condition that with patience and good information can be navigated. Addresses the benefits and fears surrounding hearing aids, using experiences of patients in his own practice. Provides information on types of hearing aids and their cost, health insurance, and general resources. 2003.

Pain Killer: A "Wonder" Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death    RC 58141
by Barry Meier
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative reporter demonstrates widespread abuse of OxyContin, citing a case study in rural Virginia. Meier explores pain management and prescription drug abuse issues and asserts that regulations favoring pharmaceutical companies could threaten public health and cause higher crime rates and rehabilitative costs. 2003.

Pain-Free Arthritis: A Seven-Step Program for Feeling Better Again    RC 57341
by Harris H. McIlwain and Debra Fulghum Bruce
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Rheumatologist offers a multistep plan for alleviating arthritis and other painful conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia, through therapeutic exercise, diet, and medication. Also discusses alternative therapies and includes recipes. 2003.

The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection; the Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men    RC 58056
by Suzanne Somers
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Actress and health guru describes her search for a cure to the "Seven Dwarfs of Menopause." Drawing on her own experience working with physicians who specialize in natural hormone treatment, Somers explains the value of bioidentical hormones in making menopause the best years of life. Bestseller. 2004.

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders    RC 58996
by Jennifer Finney Boylan
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Candid autobiography of professor and transgender author (as James Finney Boylan) of The Constellations (RC 43488). Boylan reveals her transition from male to female and reactions of family, friends, colleagues, and students to "Jenny" after the sex change. Afterword by novelist Richard Russo. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood    RC 57390
by Julie Gregory
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Author recalls childhood of constant visits to doctors seeking cures for ailments invented by her mother, who suffered a psychological disorder (Munchausen by proxy) causing caregivers to falsify illness in dependent persons to gain attention. Learning about this condition in college, Gregory realizes her mother’s abuse. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers    RC 58302
by Mary Roach
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Journalist explores the role of dead bodies in science’s "boldest strides and weirdest undertakings" throughout history and the twentieth century. Describes such productive, sometimes bizarre, uses for corpses as testing guillotines, studying plane and car crashes, and experimenting with organ transplants, plastic surgery, and other medical procedures. Bestseller. 2003.

Teens under the Influence: The Truth about Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs; How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do about It    RC 57302
by Katherine Ketcham and Nicholas A. Pace
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Resource guide to help parents combat adolescent substance abuse. Detailed passages explain teenage addiction, biological and environmental factors, and the short- and long-term effects of specific drugs. Provides information about diagnosis, intervention, treatment options, the recovery process, and strategies for coping with relapses. 2003.

There’s a Flying Squirrel in My Coffee: Overcoming Cancer with the Help of My Pet    RC 57617
by Bill Goss
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Retired naval lieutenant commander, business consultant, and motivational speaker presents an inspirational account of his triumph over a rare but deadly form of skin cancer. Goss reflects on his illness, his love for his family, and his adventures with an orphaned flying squirrel named Rocky, who helped him recover. 2002.

The Thirty Day Natural Hormone Plan: Look and Feel Young Again—without Synthetic HRT    RC 58540
by Erika Schwartz
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Physician provides a month-long program that relies on natural hormones to alleviate menopausal symptoms. Suggests using diet and exercise to maintain good health while aging. Includes meal plans and a summary of the National Institutes of Health synthetic hormones study. 2004.

Thriving with Heart Disease: A Unique Program for You and Your Family; Live Happier, Healthier, Longer    RC 56642
by Wayne M. Sotile read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Cardiac psychologist’s guide to dealing with the emotional repercussions of a heart attack or hypertension. Sotile identifies four stages of heart illness—surviving the crisis, creating a coping strategy, handling the homecoming blues, and learning to live with heart disease—and also discusses living well with heart failure or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. 2003.

Transplant: From Myth to Reality    RC 58146
by Nicholas L. Tilney
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Surgeon traces the evolution of organ transplantation from its origins in ancient myth and religion to its practice in twentieth-century biology and medicine. Chronicles landmark scientific achievements and considers how societal forces have driven transplant development and how "competition, commerce, and exploitation" have marred its success. 2003.

Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Exercise and Health    RC 58384
by Gina Kolata
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
New York Times science reporter—who enjoys a workout—uses examples from her own experience to investigate the myths and realities of physical exercise. Traces the history of the fitness movement from Greek times to computerized gyms, explains the scientific basis of exercise, and questions some generally accepted training claims. 2003.

The Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens: The Seven Keys to Weight Freedom RC 57801
by Jay McGraw
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
As a companion to television host Dr. Phil McGraw’s The Ultimate Weight Solution (RC 57111), his son, Jay McGraw, offers teenagers strategies to improve their self-image. Identifies seven keys for weight management including exercising and eating right. For junior and senior high and older readers. Bestseller. 2003.

The Ultimate Weight Solution: The Seven Keys to Weight Loss Freedom    RC 57111
by Phil McGraw
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Host of television’s "Dr. Phil," who spent thirty years working with overweight people, presents his seven keys to obtaining an appropriate weight and gaining more energy and vitality. He focuses on right thinking; control of emotions, environment, and habits; nutrition; exercise; and support systems. Bestseller. 2003.

Music

According to the Rolling Stones    RC 57396
by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Reminiscences by members of "the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world," tracing their British roots and rise to international fame beginning in the 1960s. Also includes essays by business participants in the Stones’ career and fellow performers, including American singer Sheryl Crow. Some strong language. 2003.

Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal    RC 55721
by David Konow
read by John Lescault
3 cassettes
History of the music genre that evolved from the blues in England in the late 1960s. Discusses the careers of heavy metal’s most notorious groups including Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Metallica, Def Leppard, and Guns N’ Roses. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Broken Music: A Memoir    RC 57114
by Sting
read by David Cutler
2 cassettes
Memoir by British songwriter and musician born in 1951 reconstructs his life before he gained fame as a member of the band Police. Describes his childhood in Newcastle, his academic success that sends him to teachers’ college, the influence of 1960s music, and his early bands. Strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Celia: My Life    RC 59003
by Celia Cruz
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Autobiography by the Afro-Cuban singer, the "Queen of Salsa," who died in 2003. Reminisces about her upbringing and early career in Havana and her road to international success. Recalls her voluntary exile after Castro came to power, her long marriage, and associations with other musicians. Foreword by Maya Angelou. 2004.

Chaliapin: An Autobiography as Told to Maxim Gorky    RC 56656
by Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
4 cassettes
The memoirs of the eminent Russian operatic bass, Fyodor Chaliapin (1873–1938), as recounted to his friend, the writer Maxim Gorky. Discusses the singer’s Russian upbringing and international career performing the roles of Boris Gudunov, Ivan the Terrible, Prince Igor, and Mephistopheles. 1967.

Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman    RC 58262
by Nancy B. Reich
read by Suzanne Toren
4 cassettes
Biography of German pianist, composer, and teacher Clara Wieck Schu-mann (1819–1896). Traces her early years as a child prodigy, six-decade career, marriage to fellow musician Robert, family of seven children, and friendships with Johannes Brahms and other notable contemporaries. 1985.

Essential Musical Intelligence: Using Music as Your Path to Healing, Creativity, and Radiant Wholeness    RC 58516
by Louise Montello
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Music therapist’s guide to reconnecting with one’s essential music intelligence (EMI), the innate ability to use sound to facilitate total health and well-being, increase vitality, and cope with pain. Relates case histories and personal accounts to demonstrate meditative exercises utilizing a variety of music from classical to drumming. 2002.

The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes    RC 58592
by Willie Nelson
read by Robert Sams
1 cassette
Popular singer/songwriter’s reflections on what is and what is not important in his life. In his collection of jokes, memories, and song lyrics (often raunchy and politically incorrect), Nelson ruminates on the stock market, sports endorsements, and his favorite biblical lines. Some strong language. 2002.

Hank Williams, So Lonesome    RC 58607
by Bill Koon
read by Todd Scofield
2 cassettes
Biography of country singer Hank Williams (1923–1953) who wrote over one hundred songs including "Hey, Good Lookin’," "Your Cheatin’ Heart," and "Lovesick Blues." From interviews with family, friends, and band members, Koon documents Williams’s rise from Depression-era Alabama to Nashville stardom and examines the mystery surrounding his death. 2001.

Hip-Hop Divas    RC 56526
edited by Vibe magazine read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
3 cassettes
Chronicles the struggles and triumphs of women performers in the world of hip-hop music. Includes essays on the lives and careers of fifteen stars, such as Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim, and TLC. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline    RC 58571
by Ellis Nassour
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Biography portrays Patsy Cline (1932–1963) as the first female country singer to cross over into pop music. From interviews with Cline’s family and friends, Nassour details the performer’s trailblazing career, dynamic relationships, and untimely death in a plane crash. Foreword by Dottie West. Some strong language. 1993.

In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.    RC 58878
by Wil Haygood
read by Jake Williams
5 cassettes
From research and interviews, award-winning journalist relates the life and career of performer Sammy Davis Jr., from his start as a four-year-old singer/dancer with the Will Mastin Trio. Recounts his romances, mob connections, politics, and ever-present conflict of racial identity. Strong language. 2003.

Jam Master Jay: The Heart of Hip Hop    RC 58097
by David E. Thigpen read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Biography of the rap group Run-DMC founding member who was murdered in 2002 in his music studio. Traces Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell’s childhood in Queens, New York; his rise in the recording business; and his mysterious death. Discusses the hip-hop subculture. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music    RC 58692
by Ann Labounsky
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Authorized biography of blind twentieth-century organist/composer Jean Langlais (1907–1991) by organist/music scholar Labounsky. Discusses Langlais’s training at France’s National Institute for the Blind, his subsequent position as organist at Paris’s Sainte-Clotilde, his American tours, and his instrumental, choral, and vocal compositions. 2000.

Jelly’s Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton    RC 57482
by Howard Reich and William Gaines
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Biography of Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, a New Orleans-born pianist who claimed to have invented jazz. Drawing on recently discovered archives, the authors document the innovative composer’s turn-of-the-century rise to fame, his 1930s fall into obscurity and poverty, and his later avant-garde scores. Also considers evidence belying his undeserved reputation as a hustler and liar. 2003.

Jon Bon Jovi    RC 58423
by Laura Jackson
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Biography of songwriter and rock star Bon Jovi, born in 1962. Traces his career from small New Jersey club gigs to formation of his own band in 1983 and subsequent award-winning albums. Also describes his film and TV acting roles. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Lullaby of Birdland    RC 57996
by George Shearing
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Reminiscences by congenitally blind jazz pianist Shearing about his 1920s English childhood and early success in London before he emigrated to America in 1947. Recounts hobnobbing in New York with jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, and recording with his famed quintet. 2004.

Man in Black    RC 58372
by Johnny Cash
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes (Reissue)
In this candid autobiography, legendary country-western singer Johnny Cash revisits the "good and bad times" of his life and career. Describes his rural Arkansas childhood, older brother Jack’s death, seven nightmarish years of drug addiction, marriage to June Carter, and the faith in God he ultimately found. 1975.

No Disrespect    RC 57415
by Sister Souljah
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
3 cassettes
Rapper describes growing up in the Bronx projects and offers advice to African American men and women on how to conduct one’s life. Criticizes welfare dependency, racism, religion, and casual relationships while stressing the need for strong families and self-respect. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.

Spreadin’ Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880–1930    RC 58609
by David A. Jasen and Gene Jones
read by Robert Sams
4 cassettes
This fifty-year history focuses on various African American composers, lyricists, performers, and publishers, to show their influence on mainstream popular American culture. Discusses minstrel shows, vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, blues, early jazz, and Broadway. 1998.

Nature and the Environment

Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar    RC 57299
by Peter Macinnis
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Overview of the history of sugar production from its beginnings in New Guinea some nine thousand years ago to New World plantations using slave labor and finally to twentieth century developments. Discusses the sugar trade’s influence on economic policies and international relations. Also notes the environmental destruction caused by sugar cane harvesting. 2002.

Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation    RC 56281
by Olivia Judson
read by Kimberly Schraf
3 cassettes
Evolutionary biologist devises letters from nonhuman species to discuss nature’s bizarre sex practices. Her quirky advice to lovelorn creatures explains the variety of mating and reproduction habits among denizens of the natural world. Descriptions of sex. 2002.

Fire and Ashes: On the Front Lines of American Wildfire    RC 57258
by John N. Maclean
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Writer of Fire on the Mountain (RC 50200) examines the conditions of America’s forests, the history of wildland fires, and the dangers of fighting them. Includes an interview with the last survivor of a 1949 tragedy that the author’s father wrote about in Young Men and Fire (RC 35639). Some strong language. 2003.

The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species    RC 56260
by Scott Weidensaul
read by Gary Telles
3 cassettes
Naturalist Weidensaul recounts his journeys around the world in search of creatures thought to be extinct. Discusses environmental forces that drive plants and animals toward the verge of extinction and explores scientists’ attempts to save endangered species. 2002.

Nature Writings: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, My First Summer in the Sierra, The Mountains of California, Stickeen, Selected Essays    RC 58485
by John Muir
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
A selection of four books and eighteen essays by Scottish-born naturalist John Muir (1838–1914), a key figure in the creation of the American national parks system. The writings, published primarily between 1871 and 1913, chronicle his lifetime of exploration, observation, and conservation advocacy. 1997.

Of Time and Place    RC 58591
by Sigurd F. Olson
read by Todd Scofield
1 cassette (Reissue)
Collection of vignettes completed by naturalist and conservation activist Sigurd F. Olson (1899–1982) just before his death. Considered by Audubon as "the poetic voice of the modern wilderness," Olson lyrically recalls his experiences with the lakes, streams, prairies, and forests of his memories. 1982.

People of the Deer    RC 57806
by Farley Mowat
read by John Polk
3 cassettes (Reissue)
In 1947, drawn by childhood memories, a Canadian WWII veteran spends over a year in the Arctic west of Hudson Bay. He befriends native Eskimos (the Ihalmiut, or, the People of the Deer) and laments their poor living conditions and treatment by the government. 1951.

A Place in the Woods    RC 58601
by Helen Hoover
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Author recounts her adventures liv-ing close to nature after she and her husband, Adrian, quit their jobs in Chicago and move to a cabin in Minnesota’s northern woods. Helen describes their triumphs and setbacks as they gradually adapt to the rigors of wilderness survival, including isolation and near poverty. 1968.

Plan B: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble    RC 57616
by Lester R. Brown
read by John Richardson
2 cassettes
President and founder of the nonprofit Earth Policy Institute outlines solutions to worldwide ecological crises. Brown’s recommendations for stabilizing population and climate include reducing carbon emissions, raising land and water productivity, and creating an environmentally compatible economy. 2003.

Reflections from the North Country    RC 58735
by Sigurd F. Olson
read by Todd Scofield
1 cassette (Reissue)
Collection of essays by conservation activist and award-winning nature writer Sigurd F. Olson (1899–1982). Olson’s recollections of his wilderness adventures in the northern United States and arctic tundra reflect his "understanding of man’s long relationship to nature, all living things, and the universe itself." 1976.

Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir    RC 58081
by Linnie Marsh Wolfe
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Biography of Scottish-born conservationist and nature writer John Muir (1838–1914). Depicts Muir’s early childhood, 1849 move to America, University of Wisconsin studies, wilderness travels recorded in his writings, and efforts to preserve forestland and create national parks. Emphasizes the naturalist’s down-to-earth realism, human relationships, and family life. Pulitzer Prize. 1945.

Travels in Alaska    RC 58721
by John Muir
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Last book written by Scottish-born naturalist John Muir (1838–1914), who recounts three trips to Alaska between 1879 and 1890. Describes his encounters with indigenous peoples, his mountain traverses, and his hazardous exploration of Glacier Bay, now a national monument. New 1993 introduction by anthropologist Richard Nelson. 1915.

Volcanoes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Major Eruptions    RC 58624
by Jelle Zeilinga de Boer and Donald Theodore Sanders
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Examines nine historic volcanic disasters. Discusses their geologic settings in relation to plate tectonics and both the immediate and long-range consequences in human terms of volcanic activity. Chronicles eruptions of Vesuvius, Tambora, Krakatau, Mount Pelée, and Mount St. Helens and discusses the formation of Iceland and the Hawaiian Islands. 2002.

The Wilderness of Denali: Explorations of a Hunter-Naturalist in Northern Alaska    RC 58694
by Charles Sheldon
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Relates hunter’s 1906–1908 adventures in the territory surrounding Denali, the Native American name for Mt. McKinley. Personal notes and diary entries record observations about sheep, grizzlies, and other native wildlife. This 2000 edition includes biographical introduction. 1930.

The Wilderness World of John Muir    RC 58404
by John Muir
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Selections from the journals and published works of Scottish-born naturalist/conservationist, who emigrated to Wisconsin at age eleven. Muir (1838–1914), first president of the Sierra Club, describes his delight in observing nature while traversing the North American wilderness, primarily alone and on foot. Includes introduction and comments by Edwin Way Teale, editor. 1954.

Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival    RC 57927
by Bernd Heinrich
read by Gary Telles
3 cassettes
New England biologist explains how animals cope with their harsh winter environments. He describes the innovative techniques used by insects, birds, and mammals to avoid freezing to death and to find food in a time of scarcity. 2003.

Philosophy

Beyond Courage: The Nine Principles of Heroism    RC 57453
by Chris Benguhe
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Benguhe presents the personal characteristics that he feels underlie heroism: integrity, duty, self-respect, faith, devotion, altruism, compassion, listening, and forgiveness. He explains each trait with a definition, a "how-to" example, and a true account of a hero demonstrating that principle in action. 2003.

Friends Hold All Things in Common: Tradition, Intellectual Property, and the Adages of Erasmus    RC 57056
by Kathy Eden
read by Lou Harpenau
2 cassettes
Columbia University humanities professor reflects on the concept of intellectual property, based on adages of the Renaissance scholar Erasmus. Eden contemplates notions of friendship and common property, explores the early history of private property, and provides excerpts from ancient philosophers, such as Pythagoras, Plato, and Augustine. 2001.

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain    RC 57512
by Antonio Damasio
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
A leading neurologist, the author of The Feeling of What Happens (RC 53230), explores the relationship between perceptions, the nervous system, brain chemistry, and feeling states. In affirming the priority of behaviors over associated feelings, he discovers an intellectual kinship with the seventeenth-century Dutch philosopher Spinoza. 2003.

Meditations    RC 58577
by Marcus Aurelius
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Ethical and spiritual reflections of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121–180), written during the last decade of his life. Offers advice and insights on daily conduct, leadership, and personal integrity. Modern English translation and introduction by Gregory Hays. 2002.

Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography    RC 58740
by Rüdiger Safranski
read by Faith Potts
4 cassettes
Examines the development of this major nineteenth-century German philosopher’s thinking. Focuses primarily on Nietzsche’s thoughts as expressed in his published and unpublished writings and secondarily on the facts of his life where they intersect with his work. Attempts to place this complex and influential figure in cultural and historical context. 2000.

Six Secular Philosophers: Religious Themes in the Thought of Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, William James, and Santayana    RC 58604
by Lewis White Beck
read by Steve Douglas Craig
1 cassette
Philosophy professor examines the place of religion in the work of six major thinkers. Whether leading to a rejection of religion or a call for reform, the critical perspectives of these philosophers are, according to Beck, important to people concerned about the function of religion in a contemporary secular culture. 1997.

What Would Aristotle Do? Self-Control through the Power of Reason    RC 58882
by Elliot D. Cohen
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Philosophical counselor’s commonsense approach to overcoming self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and actions by harnessing innate powers of reason and critical thinking. Uses real-life scenarios to demonstrate how Aristotelian logic can be used to combat everyday maladies like guilt, loneliness, grief, anger, social anxiety, and depression. 2003.

Poetry

The Best American Poetry, 2003    RC 57234
edited by Yusef Komunyakaa
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Annual collection of poetry features seventy-five selections that touched guest editor, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, by their "content and aesthetics." Contributors include Kenneth Koch, Richard Wilbur, Rita Dove, and the three most recent Pulitzer Prize winners—Paul Muldoon, Carl Dennis, and Stephen Dunn. 2003.

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson    RC 56797
by Emily Dickinson
read by Kimberly Schraf
5 cassettes
Original texts of all 1,775 poems by New England recluse Emily Dickinson (1830–1886). Largely unpublished in her lifetime, they are presented in roughly chronological order. 1890.

The Couple    RC 57717
by Mark Rudman
read by John Lescault
1 cassette
Rider (RC 56813) author depicts eros, romance, and memory in fourteen verses and prose poems. From popular culture, history, and mythology, Rudman explores such pairs as schoolmates, Perseus and Andromeda, and Mary Ure and Robert Shaw. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters; the First Fifty Years, 1912–1962     RC 57744
edited by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
A collection of historic letters to and from the editors of Chicago’s Poetry magazine, the pioneer groundbreaking forum for controversial new poets such as Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot. Candid notes reveal writer/publisher relationships and reflect major twentieth-century events the poets observed. 2002.

Good Poems    RC 57059
selected by Garrison Keillor
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
A selection of poems that were read over National Public Radio on a daily five-minute program called "The Writer’s Almanac." Includes classics by Shakespeare and Walt Whitman as well as many works by twentieth-century poets including Hayden Carruth, John Updike, Elizabeth Bishop, e.e. cummings, and Maxine Kumin. 2002.

In the Next Galaxy    RC 57465
by Ruth Stone
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Eighth collection from the award-winning Virginia native, born in 1915. In nearly one hundred poems, Stone provides an unsentimental personal glimpse of her life—from coping with her husband’s suicide and the realities of her own aging to everyday observations of the world around her. Some strong language. National Book Award. 2002.

Jersey Rain    RC 56663
by Robert Pinsky
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
1 cassette
This collection of lyric poems by the former United States poet laureate covers a wide variety of seemingly unrelated subjects. In "To Television," Pinsky reflects on the comforting distractions of a hotel room television set; in "The Green Piano," he relates neighborhood and family history. 2000.

John Brown’s Body    RC 57610
by Stephen Vincent Benét
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1929, this long narrative poem in rhyme and blank verse is a rank-and-file history of the Civil War, or "the rich man’s war and the poor man’s fight." Portrays the lives of soldiers, leaders, and civilians on both sides of the conflict, North and South. 1928.

Kiss Off: Poems to Set You Free    RC 57837
edited by Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Vélez
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Collection of poems not only for the newly jilted but for people "suffering from loss, disappointment, or that general Hamlet-ish feeling . . . trying to find their way back to happiness." Editor’s commentary relates poems— mainly by notable twentieth-century poets—to personal life. Companion to The Hell with Love (RC 55189). Some strong language. 2003.

The Selected Poems of Federico García Lorca/Selección de Poemas de Federico García Lorca    RC 58741
by Federico García Lorca
read by Peter Gil
1 cassette
Representative poems in English and Spanish from works originally published between 1921 and 1936. Includes "Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías," about a famous Spanish bullfighter and friend of García Lorca who was killed in the bullring at five in the afternoon. Includes a short preface in English. 1955. (Poemas del famoso dramaturgo español que salieron entre 1921 y 1936. Se incluye el poema "Lamento para Ignacio Sánchez Mejías," que se trata del toreador famoso y amigo de García Lorca que fue muerto en la corrida a las cinco de la tarde. Edición bilingüe, con una breve introducción en inglés.)

Treasured Poems That Touch the Heart: Cherished Poems and Favorite Poets RC 57537
compiled by Mary Sanford Laurence
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Anthology of familiar poems grouped by themes such as youth, life, romance, friendship, character, prayer, nature, sorrow, growing old, and reflections. Includes writings by the Brownings, Donne, Frost, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth. 1996.

Psychology and Self-Help

Choices: Taking Control of Your Life and Making It Matter    RC 56391
by Melody Beattie
read by Graci Ragsdale
2 cassettes
Author of Codependent No More (RC 28220) combines traditional wisdom with anecdotes about personal experiences to encourage others to make positive choices. Offers practical advice on approaching change, becoming proactive by controlling what one can, and observing the results of personal decisions. Each entry ends with a brief meditation. 2002.

A Daily Dose of the American Dream: Stories of Success, Triumph, and Inspiration     RC 57501
by Alan C. Elliott
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
A reading for each day of the year about motivated individuals who have achieved success. Includes anecdotes and quotations selected to challenge the reader to aspire to greater heights. The messages "will change you from spectator to participant in the American Dream." 1998.

The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can’t Find the Words    RC 58522
by Susan P. Halpern
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Cancer survivor and psychotherapist addresses how individuals can best respond with sensitivity and compassion to a sick friend or relative. Demonstrates making a potentially awkward situation more comfortable through effective speech and behavior. Includes suggestions for talking to children about illness. 2004.

First Impressions: What You Don’t Know about How Others See You    RC 58467
by Ann Demarais and Valerie White
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Founders of a New York interpersonal consulting firm discuss ways to make a favorable impression during an initial social or business encounter. Authors identify seven fundamentals of successful first impressions including accessibility, self-disclosure, and conversational dynamics, and offer self-assessment exercises to help avoid common misunderstandings and enhance personal charm. 2004.

Good Stress, Bad Stress: An Indispensable Guide to Identifying and Managing Your Stress    RC 58486
by Barry Lenson
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
Author distinguishes between two types of personal anxiety: potentially damaging "bad" stress and beneficial "good" stress, which helps individuals improve performance and accomplishment. Explains effects of stress on physical and mental well-being and provides strategies for harnessing good stress. 2002.

He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle    RC 58869
by T.D. Jakes
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Christian bishop, author of The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord (RC 50543), offers men advice to help improve their relationships with themselves, their families, and God by understanding their own emotional and spiritual needs. Jakes cites biblical and modern examples and suggests how women can offer support. 2004.

Let’s Talk: Sharing Our Thoughts and Feelings during Times of Crisis    RC 57267
by Michele Alpern
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Offers teens practical information on coping with stressful events such as death, divorce, job loss, and disasters. Suggests ways to deal with depression and anxiety and outlines strategies for establishing good communication. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

More than Money: True Stories of People Who Learned Life’s Ultimate Lesson     RC 58452
by Neil Cavuto
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
A business journalist with Fox News Channel, diagnosed with cancer and multiple sclerosis, portrays others in the business world who have struggled with serious obstacles—disease, bankruptcy, dyslexia, paralysis—and have achieved or regained success and wealth. Includes Joe Torre, Wally Amos, Richard Branson, and Jim Langevin. Bestseller. 2004.

The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way    RC 58050
by Wayne W. Dyer
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Self-development speaker/author presents a step-by-step guide for connecting to the universal, omnipresent energy he describes as intention, the source of creativity. Outlines ways to access the spirit and raise energy levels, realize desires, expand reality, and achieve tranquility. 2004.

The Present: The Gift That Makes You Happier and More Successful at Work and in Life, Today!    RC 57893
by Spencer Johnson
read by Gary Telles
1 cassette
Bestselling author of Who Moved My Cheese? (RC 49513) offers a "practical parable" for rediscovering what is truly important in life. Relates a young man’s journey to adulthood and search for a magical "present"—the power to focus on right now, learn from the past, and plan for the future. Bestseller. 2003.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better    RC 57889
by Ted Allen and Kyan Douglas
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Five stylish gay men from the popular television show advise guys—and girls—on food and wine, personal grooming, home decorating, fashion, and culture. Applying their motto "you—only better," the experts suggest various tasks and projects, modest purchases, and new attitudes to transform lives through humor, taste, and class. Bestseller. 2004.

The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers    RC 58067
by Daniel L. Schacter
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Harvard psychologist explores the nature of memory’s imperfections and considers how to reduce their harmful effects. Categorizes memory’s malfunctions into seven "sins": transience, absentmindedness, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. Discusses these divisions and their consequences. 2001.

Sybil    RC 58635
by Flora Rheta Schreiber
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes (Reissue)
The history-making case of Sybil Isabel Dorsett, a woman with multiple personality disorder and sixteen different identities. Bestselling account chronicles eleven years of psychoanalysis, hypnosis, and treatment sessions with Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, who assisted Sybil in identifying the causes of her illness. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1973.

Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament    RC 56789
by Kay Redfield Jamison
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
A professor of psychiatry examines the relationship between mood disorders and artistic creativity. Discusses manic-depression, autobiographical material, family history, biological research, and artistic endeavor to explore their links. Examines these connections in the lives of writers and artists, focusing on Lord Byron as a prime example. 1993.

Religious Themes

The Art of Happiness at Work    RC 57386
by Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
In this sequel to The Art of Happiness (RC 47827), a psychiatrist questions the Dalai Lama about applying Buddhist principles in the workplace. The Tibetan spiritual leader advises that career satisfaction is related to staying motivated, having a realistic "sense of self," and maintaining "basic human values" such as kindness and compassion. 2003.

As the Towers Fell: Stories of Unshakable Faith on 9-11    RC 57739
by Lisa Chilson-Rose
read by Faith Potts
1 cassette
The personal stories of twenty-four Christians who experienced the terrorist attacks on New York City on September 11, 2001. Some survived, others perished, and more assisted in the recovery efforts. According to their testimony or that of family and friends, all shared a close relationship with God. 2003.

Blood and Fire: William and Catherine Booth and Their Salvation Army    RC 58622
by Roy Hattersley
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
Study of the evangelists who founded the Salvation Army in Victorian England. Revivalist preacher William Booth believed in active Christianity and used the poor to recruit the poor. Catherine, a biblical scholar, endorsed the idea of women’s religious equality and helped transform the organization into a worldwide movement. 1999.

The Brother of Jesus: The Dramatic Story and Meaning of the First Archaeological Link to Jesus and His Family    RC 57826
by Hershel Shanks and Ben Witherington III
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Explores the possibility that an ossuary inscribed, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," is the first tangible evidence of the prophet’s existence. Part one discusses authenticity and theological implications of the 2002 discovery. Part two pieces together the life of James, leader of Jerusalem’s Jewish Christian community. 2003.

Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens    RC 56665
by Franz Metcalf
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Provides information on Buddha and his teachings, applying Buddhist philosophy to issues facing teenagers, such as family relations, school, body changes, sexual attraction, friendship, and personal ethics—without preach-ing religious conversion. Includes introductions to meditation and further study. Some descriptions of sex. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Diamond Sutra and The Sutra of Hui-Neng    RC 57343
translated by A.F. Price and Mou-lam Wong
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
The Diamond Sutra, a sacred Buddhist scripture, passed into written format in the fourth century A.D. Price’s English translation of the text was made in 1947. In 1929 Wong made the first English translation of The Sutra of Hui-Neng, a T’ang dynasty record of sermons and sayings belonging to the Zen tradition. 1947.

The Essentials of Hinduism: A Comprehensive Overview of the World’s Oldest Religion    RC 58295
by Swami Bhaskarananda
read by Yolande Bavan
2 cassettes
Senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India addresses the many questions he is asked by those who want to better understand Hinduism. His topics include the Holy Books, the role of food, the doctrines of karma, predestination and reincarnation, Hindu ethics, the four yogas, mantras, and creation. 2002.

Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, behind the Texts    RC 57966
by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Author of Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (RC 56275) and archaeologist Reed integrate findings of major digs and critical textual interpretations to reconstruct the life and times of Jesus. Highlighting key artifact and scripture discoveries (including the Dead Sea Scrolls), Crossan and Reed explore the society and customs of an ancient culture. 2001.

Experiencing the Passion of Jesus: A Discussion Guide on History’s Most Important Event    RC 58003
by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole
read by Janis Gray
1 cassette
Two writers offer a topical guide for exploring the themes of Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. Includes six discussion questions with biblical sources about the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. 2004.

The Faith of George W. Bush    RC 58254
by Stephen Mansfield
read by Jake Williams
1 cassette
Historian explores the religious ideals that have shaped George W. Bush as a man and as president. Mansfield follows Bush’s "winding road" to faith, including his midlife spiritual transformation, and analyzes the influence of religion in his responses to national problems. 2003.

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul    RC 58363
by Tony Hendra
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Biographical tribute by British satirist and former National Lampoon editor to his mentor, Father Joseph Warrilow. Relates how the monk with pastoral wisdom and humility guided Hendra for forty years through struggles with substance abuse, a failed marriage, and parenthood. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Fire in the Heart: A Spiritual Guide for Teens    RC 58546
by Deepak Chopra
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Noted Hindu author and physician uses his own youthful experiences to provide a plan for teens who are seeking their own spiritual paths. Answers universal philosophical questions and offers suggestions for improving relationships. For senior high readers. 2004.

A Guide to the Passion: One Hundred Questions about The Passion of the Christ     RC 58004
by Catholic Exchange
read by Janis Gray
1 cassette
A Catholic guide to theological and artistic aspects of Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ, which depicts Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Contains advice for spiritual seekers and poses and answers some questions about the movie. 2004.

He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle    RC 58869
by T.D. Jakes
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Christian bishop, author of The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord (RC 50543), offers men advice to help improve their relationships with themselves, their families, and God by understanding their own emotional and spiritual needs. Jakes cites biblical and modern examples and suggests how women can offer support. 2004.

How to Hear from God: Learn to Know His Voice and Make Right Decisions RC 58704
by Joyce Meyer
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Bible teacher uses scripture and examples from her own ministry to explain how to develop sensitivity to God’s communication through supernatural revelation, the "inner witness," and nature. Contends that rote religious activity, unforgiveness, and legalism can hinder the fulfillment of God’s plan and suggests ways to protect against negativity. 2003.

In My Brother’s Image: Twin Brothers Separated by Faith after the Holocaust     RC 57709
by Eugene Pogany
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Story of Jewish twin brothers born in 1912 in Budapest, Hungary, and raised by their parents as Catholics. During World War II, Gyuri Pogány is a priest sheltered in a monastery, while his brother Miklós is sent to a concentration camp and reverts to Judaism. After immigrating to America, the two never completely reconcile. 2000.

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from around the World    RC 57850
retold by Virginia Hamilton
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
Twenty-five myths from around the globe describe the creation of the world. Includes "First Man, First Woman" from the Bible, "Bursting from the Hen’s Egg" from China, and "An Endless Sea of Mud" from Africa. For junior and senior high readers. 1988.

In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture    RC 57270
by Alister E. McGrath
read by Janis Gray
3 cassettes
An Oxford University theology professor recounts the production of the King James Version of the Bible, detailing its impact on England’s history, politics, literature, and law. Describes how the availability of the Scripture to ordinary people in plain English inspired a revolution of free thought, culminating in concepts of constitutional govern-ment and democracy. 2001.

Just Hand Over the Chocolate and No One Will Get Hurt    RC 57443
by Karen Scalf Linamen
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Contributing editor for Today’s Christian Woman magazine offers fifteen ways women can lift their spirits in times of stress that go beyond eating chocolate. Linamen focuses on emotional, physical, and spiritual health with these "warm fuzzies, quick fixes, good ideas, and long-term solutions." 1999.

The Lord Is My Shepherd: Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-Third Psalm    RC 57619
by Harold S. Kushner
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Rabbi Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People (RC 48900), reflects on the solace in the words of the Twenty-Third Psalm and their meaning after the terrorist events of September 11, 2001. Kushner’s nonsectarian discussion examines each stanza of the psalm as it relates to life and loss. 2003.

A Man Called Peter: The Story of Peter Marshall    RC 57404
by Catherine Marshall
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Widow writes the biography of her husband, a poor Scottish immigrant who became the senior minister at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in the nation’s capital and chaplain of the United States Senate. Fiftieth anniversary edition includes additional selections of his prayers and sermons with a foreword by Marshall’s son. 2001.

The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity    RC 57338
by James VanderKam and Peter Flint
read by Lou Harpenau
5 cassettes
A comprehensive introduction to the ancient manuscripts found between 1947 and 1956 in caves along the shore of the Dead Sea. Explores the discovery and dating of the parchments, their relationship to religious scripture, the controversies surrounding their existence, and the message of nonbiblical scrolls. 2002.

The New Revelations: A Conversation with God    RC 57614
by Neale Donald Walsch
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Author of Conversations with God books (RC 44643, RC 44644, and RC 47255) presents another revealing dialog between man and God. Referring to world events including the September 11, 2001, attacks, Walsch focuses on the spiritual nature of humanity’s crises. Provides tools for dealing with despair. 2002.

Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play     RC 58769
by James Shapiro
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Explores the small Bavarian community’s production of the Passion Play, staged once each decade since 1634. Shapiro maintains that, despite late-twentieth-century efforts to appease critics, the play remains freighted with the inflammatory anti-Semitism that once earned praise from the Nazis. 2000.

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain    RC 57848
by María Rosa Menocal
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Yale professor portrays the flourishing culture and economy that existed in Andalusia in the Middle Ages when the Muslim Umayyad dynasty encouraged religious tolerance of the area’s Jews and Christians. Discusses aesthetic achievements and cross-cultural triumphs such as the Alhambra and the poetry of Judah Halevi. 2002.

Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace    RC 58866
by Nora Gallagher
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Continuation of the author’s account, begun in Things Seen and Unseen (RC 49806), of her spiritual journey toward becoming an Episcopalian priest. She describes her loss of spirituality following her brother’s death, the disruption of her marriage, her writing career, and the year of discernment when she explored her fitness for the ministry. 2003.

The Ramayana    RC 57852
by Ramesh Menon
read by Yolande Bavan
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Ancient Indian epic rendered in modern prose. Recreates the legend of Prince Rama, his banishment to the forest, his wife Sita’s abduction by the demon emperor, and Rama’s rescue of her. The hero’s journey, one of physical and spiritual devotion, embodies traditional Hindu cultural beliefs. Includes Menon’s introduction. 2001.

The Rig Veda: An Anthology    RC 57924
selected by Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
A selection of 108 ancient Indo-European hymns from more than one thousand collected in the Sanskrit Rig Veda (circa 1200–900 B.C.). Poetic verses depict Hindu mythology and philosophy, the symbolism and mechanism of Vedic ritual, and traditional daily life. Translated and annotated with an introduction by Wendy O’Flaherty. 1981.

Scattered Shadows: A Memoir of Blindness and Vision    RC 58675
by John Howard Griffin
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
The author of Black like Me (RC 17498) recounts losing his sight in 1947 from a war injury and unexpectedly recovering it ten years later. Describes his religious conversion to Catholicism during his blindness and individual and institutional reactions to his physical impairment. Some strong language. 2004.

The Search for the Panchen Lama    RC 56058
by Isabel Hilton
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
British journalist recounts the events surrounding the 1995 disappearance of the Tibetan boy considered to be the eleventh incarnation of the Panchen Lama—the second highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism. Hilton combines religious history, Chinese political intrigue, and her own travel experiences to explain this seven-year-old’s importance. 1999.

Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries behind The Da Vinci Code    RC 58366
edited by Dan Burstein
read by Jack Fox
4 cassettes
Excerpts from books, web sites, articles, commentaries, and interviews relating to the major religious themes in The Da Vinci Code (RC 55735). Contributing experts offer views on Jesus’s relationship with Mary Magdalene, the credibility of alternative scriptures, secret societies like the Knights Templar, and more. Bestseller. 2004.

The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring    RC 57624
by Ken Bazyn
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
The author describes the seven Christian "root-sins" of pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust by using examples from literature and history. Also discusses modern faults such as workaholism, hedonism, faultfinding, guilt, and fasting. 2002.

The Spiral Staircase: My Climb out of Darkness    RC 58164
by Karen Armstrong
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
Author/journalist recounts her spiritual journey and medical nightmare upon returning to secular life at twenty-four after seven years as a young Roman Catholic nun. Describes her lapses of faith, academic disappointments, and misdiagnosed epilepsy as steps to gradual enlightenment. Sequel to Through the Narrow Gate (RC 18649). Bestseller. 2004.

St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography    RC 58484
by Philip Freeman
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
Life of St. Patrick based on his two surviving letters: one a defense of his work in Ireland, the other condemning a slave-raiding king and his pirates. Recounts Patrick’s kidnapping by Irish pirates, years of slavery, escape, and eventual return to minister to the Irish people. Debunks many myths. 2004.

Stillness Speaks    RC 57365
by Eckhart Tolle
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
In short concise pieces that can be read individually or as a whole, Tolle, author of The Power of Now (RC 55646), addresses the spiritual needs of people in the twenty-first century by showing them how to obtain inner peace. Bestseller. 2003.

The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha    RC 58027
edited by E.A. Burtt
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
The Oriental religion of Buddhism, founded twenty-five centuries ago by Siddhartha Gautama of India, is now practiced by millions. This book includes the early scriptures of Buddhism, as well as Buddhist thought in later centuries. 1982.

Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill    RC 57555
by Jessica Stern
read by Gary Telles
4 cassettes
Terrorism expert explores the phenomenon of violence perpetrated in the name of religion—Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. Drawing on conversations with government officials, religious leaders, and terrorist operatives, Stern identifies motivations and grievances leading individuals to join holy-war groups. She also examines the structure of their organizations and suggests some counterstrategies. 2003.

This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience     RC 57544
by Juan Williams and Quinton Dixie
read by Dan Toohey
2 cassettes
This companion to the PBS television series chronicles African American religious history, both Christian and non-Christian, from slavery to the twentieth century. Explores the evolution of faith as a source of strength, influence of the church on the civil rights movement, and leaders it has produced, including the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. 2003.

Understanding New Religious Movements    RC 58092
by John A. Saliba
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Professor and Jesuit priest examines the emergence of sects, cults, and novel religions in contemporary Western culture. Beginning with an overview of movements like the Church of Scientology, Hare Krishna, the Unification Church, and others, Saliba analyzes their existence from psychological, sociological, legal, and theological perspectives. 2003.

Science and Technology

Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space    RC 58143
by Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Account of forty women of diverse international cultures and various ages struggling to enter American and Soviet space programs during the Cold War and later. From extensive interviews and research, Yale historian chronicles legal, institutional, and social developments that eventually eased women’s participation in the secretive, male dominated field. 2003.

The Best American Science Writing, 2003    RC 57239
edited by Oliver Sacks
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Twenty-five articles from both scientific and general publications that cover various topics from natural history to biotechnology and medicine. Author Floyd Skloot observes the toll of Alzheimer’s disease on his ninety-one-year-old mother. In the final selection, former colleagues of late scientist Stephen Jay Gould reflect on his radical approach to science. 2003.

Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Nineteenth Century, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal    RC 58527
by Deborah Cadbury
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Historian and Emmy Award-winning producer surveys monumental engineering feats rooted in the Industrial Revolution. Profiles the personal and financial struggles of visionaries and workers behind Britain’s mammoth oceangoing ship the Great Eastern, Scotland’s Bell Rock lighthouse, and America’s Transcontinental Railroad, Brooklyn Bridge, Hoover Dam, and others. 2003.

Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity    RC 59659
by David Bodanis
read by Del Roy
2 cassettes
Describes the discovery of electricity and the ways its development transformed the world. Weaves biographical sketches of pioneers Michael Faraday, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Alan Turing, and others with explanations about their impact on applications such as batteries, telegraph, radio, transistors, and computers. 2005.

Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World    RC 57631
by Jill Jonnes
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Award-winning historian traces the rise of the electric power industry through the triumphs, blunders, and corporate struggles of three visionaries in the late 1800s. Jonnes depicts the efforts of light bulb inventor Thomas Edison, Serbian immigrant Nikola Tesla, and Pittsburgh entrepreneur George Westinghouse to create, dominate, and control a world-changing technology. 2003.

Erasmus Darwin: A Life of Unequalled Achievement    RC 58608
by Desmond King-Hele
read by Corrie James
4 cassettes
Portrait of Charles Darwin’s grandfather—poet, physician, scientist, and inventor. Observes that Erasmus wrote about evolution long before his grandson’s research on the topic. Credits the elder Darwin with the design of a carriage steering mechanism still used in twentieth-century cars, and asserts that he was the first to describe the process of photosynthesis. 1999.

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto; the Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest     RC 57607
by Peter Pringle
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Journalist traces the development of genetically modified foods and the debate surrounding biotech farming. Addresses both potential benefits, such as alleviating world hunger, and possible hazards. Also raises concerns over delayed government regulation and the lack of information available to consumers. 2003.

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge    RC 58715
by David G. McCullough
read by Jake Williams
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Saga of a monumental engineering feat: construction of a suspension bridge spanning New York’s East River. Among the themes discussed are structural concept, technology involved, late-nineteenth-century politics, builders’ heroism, and the bridge’s impact on ordinary citizens. 1972.

Hidden from History: The Lives of Eight American Women Scientists    RC 58587
by Kim K. Zach
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Collective biography of eight female scientists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries who excelled in their male-dominated fields. Describes the background and achievements of biochemist Gertrude Elion, biologist/geneticist Nettie Stevens, astronomer Annie Cannon, anatomist Florence Sabin, and computer scientist Grace Hopper, among others. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

How the Cows Turned Mad    RC 57563
by Maxime Schwartz
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Molecular biologist chronicles the origins of "mad cow" disease, its forms and manifestations, genetic links, manner of transmission, the hunt for its cause, major discoveries, and public health concerns surrounding the epidemic. Covers related afflictions targeting the central nervous system. 2003.

How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life    RC 57722
by Len Fisher
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Physicist author uses mundane everyday events and anecdotes as vehicles to convey basic scientific concepts in an entertaining manner. Discusses how to dunk a donut, catch a fly ball, and use tools while explaining the under-lying principles involved. 2002.

An Intimate Look at the Night Sky    RC 57521
by Chet Raymo
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Essays by astronomy professor describing what objects—planets, stars, and constellations—can be visibly observed in different seasons and then imaginatively connecting these nighttime sights to unseen wonders of the universe, such as supernovas, black holes, and galaxies. He also suggests a hypothesis for the end of the universe some 150 billion years from now. 2001.

A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe    RC 56809
by Gino Segrè
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Physicist examines temperature as a fundamental factor in understanding the universe. Addresses major scientific problems such as the conditions for the birth of the universe, the first appearance of life on Earth, the concept of absolute zero, and the puzzle of constant mammal body temperature. 2002.

The Mercury Thirteen: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight    RC 57609
by Martha Ackmann
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Professor relates the experiences of thirteen female pilots who underwent secret testing for potential inclusion in the U.S. space program during the 1960s. Using historical research and firsthand interviews, Ackmann follows Jerrie Cobb, Wally Funk, and others through the selection process, barrage of trials, and battle against gender discrimination. 2003.

Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal    RC 58748
by Zachary Karabell
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Chronicles the joint venture of French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps and Egyptian rulers to construct a waterway connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, an engineering marvel that altered the terrain and the political landscapes of three continents. Kara-bell traces the canal’s creation from before its 1869 inauguration. 2003.

Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age    RC 57549
by David A. Clary
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Biography of Massachusetts-born physicist known as the American father of modern rocketry. This balanced portrait of Goddard (1882–1945) not only considers his contributions to space-flight technology, major among them the liquid-fueled rocket, but also his contradictory nature and the rise and fall of his image in the twentieth century. 2003.

Sahara: A Natural History    RC 58292
by Marq De Villiers and Sheila Hirtle
read by Lisette Lecat
3 cassettes
Description of the world’s largest desert landscape and its inhabitants. Discusses the geography, natural cycles, and resilient life-forms of the sandy wilderness stretching across the broadest part of Africa. Covers the history of the Sahara’s indigenous people—Berbers, Moors, and Tuareg—and the ancient kingdoms of past civilizations. 2002.

Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times RC 57419
by Claudia Dreifus
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Thirty-eight scientists—from astronomers and geologists to immunologists and developmental biologists—answer a journalist’s questions about their special fields of work and personal involvement. Includes Stephen Jay Gould, Freeman Dyson, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, John McPhee, and Sir Roger Penrose. 2001.

The Scientists: A History of Science Told through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors    RC 58669
by John Gribbin
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
British astrophysicist, author of Almost Everyone’s Guide to Science (RC 49321), traces Western science from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century. Gribbin presents history’s great discoveries and technological achievements through the lives of the individuals who made them possible, beginning with Copernicus. 2002.

The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of Little Things    RC 58777
by Hannah Holmes
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Science writer examines the myriad forms of minuscule particles she calls dust—from space debris to soot to skin flakes—and their effects. Holmes describes dust’s vital role in planetary evolution, Earth’s climate, and natural history, including dinosaur extinction. She also details health problems associated with exposure to pollution and minute toxins. 2001.

Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity through the First World War    RC 57486
by Richard P. Hallion
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Comprehensive survey by former air force historian of the evolution of flight. Hallion highlights aviation milestones and the individuals behind them—from second-century Chinese kites to European Renaissance-era wing designs and later balloon and glider experiments. Covers the Wright brothers’ historic 1903 flight and provides an analysis of World War I aerial technology. 2003.

To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight    RC 57312
by James Tobin
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Award-winning author reconstructs the early twentieth century competition to create a flying machine. While highlighting the monumental achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright, Tobin also details the efforts of their rivals—including inventor Alexander Graham Bell and Smithsonian secretary Samuel Langley. 2003.

Tycho and Kepler: The Unlikely Partnership That Forever Changed Our Understanding of the Heavens    RC 57485
by Kitty Ferguson
read by Dennis Rooney
3 cassettes
Dual biography of Renaissance astronomers Tycho Brahe (1546–1601), a Danish aristocrat, and German-born mathematician Johannes Kepler (1571–1630). Details their lives, eccentric personalities, contributions to the field, and their remarkable relationship at a time of conflict in Europe between religion and science. 2002.

Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, 1903–2003    RC 56812
by Douglas Brinkley
read by Robert Sams
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Award-winning biographer draws on archival materials and oral histories to chronicle the life of automaker Henry Ford (1863–1947) and the history of his Ford Motor Company. Brinkley examines the industrialist’s multifaceted personality, his labor and business philosophies, and his enduring legacy. 2003.

Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight    RC 57554
by Paul Hoffman
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Author of The Man Who Loved Only Numbers (RC 48056) examines the life and work of Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873–1932), the Brazilian-born aeronautical pioneer whose dirigibles captivated Paris. Hoffman highlights Santos-Dumont’s aerial accomplishments, role in the race for manned flight, and despair at the destructive power of militarized aircraft during World War I. 2003.

The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives    RC 58538
by David Bainbridge
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Discusses the history, biology, and philosophy surrounding the female sex chromosome, beginning with its discovery in the nineteenth century. Topics include inheritance, sex-linked diseases like hemophilia and muscular dystrophy, the "mixed nature" of women due to the random inactivation of certain X chromosomes, and the role of X in explaining cancer development. 2003.

Y: The Descent of Men    RC 58556
by Steve Jones
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
British geneticist and author of The Language of Genes (RC 41360) takes Darwin one step further in this informative exploration of the biology and evolution of males. Jones deconstructs some mysteries of masculinity from hormones to hair loss, debunks sexual stereotypes, and suggests reversal of the ancient view of women as diminished males. 2003.

Social Sciences

America’s Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines     RC 58187
by Gail Collins
read by Faith Potts
4 cassettes
New York Times editor presents a cultural history of women in America from colonial times through the twentieth century as they sought new horizons beyond the home. Charts the progress of both ordinary and celebrated personalities who struggled for freedom and gender identity in changing social and political climates. 2003.

Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream    RC 58253
by Carl Elliott
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Bioethics professor analyzes America’s paradoxical response to "enhancement technologies"—drugs or surgical procedures employed not only to combat illness but to improve human appearance, capacity, or self-esteem. Explores the debate in a cultural and historical context to understand why people embrace these therapies yet feel uneasy about their use. 2003.

Blue Blood    RC 58424
by Edward Conlon
read by Roy Avers
5 cassettes
Author of the New Yorker "Cop Diary" columns who joined the NYPD in 1995 reveals the hidden world of the fraternity of cops. Covers his family’s police background, his rookie days in public housing, and his experience working on September 11, 2001. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Coal: A Human History    RC 58009
by Barbara Freese
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Minnesota assistant attorney general explores the impact of coal production and emissions on human history and the environment, beginning in Britain where coal-generated power spurred the industrial revolution in the late eighteenth century. Freese then examines coal’s influence—both beneficial and detrimental—on the social, political, and economic development of the United States and China. 2003.

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why; True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death    RC 58339
by Laurence Gonzales
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
National Geographic Adventure magazine contributing editor explores the psychological, physiological, and spiritual characteristics that allow certain individuals to avoid fatal panic and overcome life-threatening predicaments. Examines real-life survival accounts and identifies principles that apply not only to wilderness calamities but to any of life’s stressful, demand-ing situations. 2003.

Eating in the Dark: America’s Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food     RC 57284
by Kathleen Hart
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Discusses the marketing of genetically modified food products with neither public disclosure nor sufficient government testing. Suggests that reg-ulatory agencies tacitly support bio-technology industries and deny the American public any choice. Contrasts American acceptance of genetically engineered food with European and Japanese refusal. 2002.

Health Care Meltdown: Confronting the Myths and Fixing Our Failing System     RC 58068
by Robert H. LeBow
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Physician, now a quadriplegic, criticizes U.S. health care system flaws that leave millions uninsured or underinsured. Using case studies, LeBow identifies misconceptions preventing change and proposes a solution to provide "affordable, comprehensive health care" for every American. Discusses co-pays, deductibles, Medicare, and the medical-industrial complex. 2002.

He’s Just Not That into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys RC 59020
by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
read by Erik Sandvold
1 cassette
Two writers formerly with the Sex and the City television series caution women that their dates’ mixed messages are in fact rejections. Uses real situations and question-and-answer format to humorously advise when to quit unsatisfying relationships and how to recognize those that are positive. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

If I Live to Be One Hundred: Lessons from the Centenarians    RC 57408
by Neenah Ellis
read by Faith Potts
1 cassette
What began as an NPR history project became the author’s personal search for the secret to living well. Ellis recalls her interviews with nineteen exceptional Americans aged one hundred or more, from 103-year-old Anna Wilmot who indulges in an occasional skinny-dip to a centenarian couple married for eighty years. 2002.

In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History    RC 57728
by Adam Bellow
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Explores the social phenomenon of giving preferential treatment to relatives. Surveys nepotism in classic, non-Western, and U.S. societies. Noting its increasing prevalence in politics, business, and industry, Bellow argues that this basic human instinct is beneficial and complementary to American ideals. 2003.

Making the Right Move: Housing Options for Seniors    RC 58045
by Gillian Eades Telford
read by Patricia McDermott
2 cassettes
Gerontologist’s guide to choosing a nursing home or other care facility, emphasizing the importance of making an informed decision. Real-life examples supplement information on U.S. and Canadian health care systems, evaluating assistance levels, finding the right home for you or a loved one, admittance issues, legal matters, and more. 2004.

More than a Label: Why What You Wear or Who You’re with Doesn’t Define Who You Are    RC 56368
by Aisha Muharrar
read by Coleen Delany
1 cassette
Recent high school graduate surveys more than 1,000 teens to examine how school cliques, designer labels, and other social dividers create problems. Suggests ways for teenagers to overcome negative unspoken rules in school and to accept people as individuals. For senior high readers. 2002.

My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson; His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous     RC 57920
by Susan Cheever
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Biography of Bill Wilson (1895–1971), cofounder of the worldwide organization to combat alcohol addiction. Relates Wilson’s Vermont background, seventeen-year alcoholic journey from euphoria to desperation, struggles to quit drinking, and meeting with Bob Smith leading to creation of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. Explains the twelve AA recovery steps and traditions. 2004.

The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide    RC 57761
by Richard Conniff
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Award-winning journalist explores similar social patterns of affluent humans and wild animals in this humorous but authentic zoomorphic study. Conniff observes the natural behaviors of the superwealthy socioeconomic class, including mating rituals, displays of dominance, and survival mechanisms to ensure their status is passed on to their offspring. 2002.

Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny    RC 57895
by Robert Wright
read by Michael Scherer
4 cassettes
This companion to The Moral Animal (RC 41255) explores organic and human history as logical results of game theory. Wright explains why biological evolution was likely to create intelligent life, asserting that cultural complexity and globalization are not products of chance but of several billion years of the "non-zero-sum dynamic." 2000.

On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep with Men    RC 58447
by J.L. King
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
HIV-prevention educator exposes a hidden problem in African American culture: men who deny their bisexuality to their female partners—and to themselves. Warns unsuspecting women about the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases and encourages honesty and acceptance. Acknowledges his own double lifestyle. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse    RC 57594
by Gregg Easterbrook
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Journalist examines the increased prevalence of melancholy, pessimism, and discontent in Western culture despite ever-higher standards of living. Easterbrook presents sociological theories to explain how aspects of contemporary life breed negativity. Urges a return to positive thinking for the sake of self and society. 2003.

Prophecy: What the Future Holds for You    RC 58676
by Sylvia Browne
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
Psychic and bestselling author of The Other Side and Back (RC 48861) discusses prophesies throughout history, including those from Nostradamus (sixteenth century), Edgar Cayce (twentieth century), and Native American and other religious seers. Offers her own predictions for early twenty-first-century ecology, politics, technology, health, medicine, space exploration, and more. 2004.

The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship after Fifty    RC 58333
by Sue Ellen Cooper
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Founder and "queen mother" of the Red Hat Society chronicles the national organization’s development from a small costumed tea party in 1998. Members’ anecdotes explain the group’s philosophy and examine mutual professional and domestic experiences, the aging process, and the value and support of friendship. Bestseller. 2004.

A Renaissance in Harlem: Lost Voices of an American Community    RC 56684
edited by Lionel C. Bascom
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Essays culled from the WPA Writer’s Project collection in the Library of Congress detail the views and experiences of Harlem’s ordinary African American citizens during the 1930s. Journalist and English professor Bascom includes works of writers such as Dorothy West, Ralph Ellison, Frank Byrd, and Vivian Morris. 1999.

Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries    RC 58630
by Orlando Patterson
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
In three essays, National Book Award-winner Orlando Patterson examines the adverse effects of slavery and discriminatory laws on both African Americans and the broader U.S. society. Topics include strained relationships between black men and women, lynching, and images of black men in the twentieth century. Strong language. 1998.

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders    RC 58996
by Jennifer Finney Boylan
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Candid autobiography of professor and transgender author (as James Finney Boylan) of The Constellations (RC 43488). Boylan reveals her transition from male to female and reactions of family, friends, colleagues, and students to "Jenny" after the sex change. Afterword by novelist Richard Russo. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong: Why We Love France but Not the French     RC 58079
by Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Two freelance Canadian journalists explore the "character" of France and French "way of thinking" during a two-year stay beginning in 1999. Despite many paradoxes they observe in political, economic, and cultural life, they conclude that France functions successfully because its centralized structure "is consistent with the spirit of its people." 2003.

Slave    RC 57923
by Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
2 cassettes
The account of Mende Nazer, captured in 1994 at age twelve by Arab raiders in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. She describes servitude in Khartoum and London, escaping at age twenty, and receiving international attention in her bid for asylum, obtained in the United Kingdom. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays    RC 56810
by June Jordan
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Forty essays and verse from the late poet, activist, and professor of African American studies. Jordan speaks out against racial and gender inequality, advocating legal reform. Includes work from four earlier anthologies and previously unpublished writings. The title piece is a reaction to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 2002.

The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol    RC 58547
by Eric Burns
read by Steven Carpenter
3 cassettes
Broadcast journalist briefly summarizes alcohol’s history prior to American colonization, then traces to modern times the role of America’s "first national pastime." Describes early medicinal uses and draws on anecdotes of bootleggers, temperance advocates, and other notable characters to explore political and economic motivations behind prohibition. 2004.

Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution    RC 58653
by David Carter
read by Alec Volz
3 cassettes
Chronicles six days of violent protests in June 1969, when homosexuals fought police during a routine raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Examines events leading up to the riots, key demonstrators, and the uprising’s aftermath that prompted the gay rights movement. 2004.

Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill    RC 57555
by Jessica Stern
read by Gary Telles
4 cassettes
Terrorism expert explores the phenomenon of violence perpetrated in the name of religion—Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. Drawing on conversations with government officials, religious leaders, and terrorist operatives, Stern identifies motivations and grievances leading individuals to join holy-war groups. She also examines the structure of their organizations and suggests some counterstrategies. 2003.

Three Thousand Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It    RC 58568
by Sean Flynn
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Vivid, minute-by-minute account of the 1999 three-alarm, six-story abandoned warehouse blaze that claimed six firefighters’ lives. Depicts efforts to extinguish the Worcester, Massachusetts, "building from hell" inferno and profiles the firemen and their families. Based on an award-winning Esquire magazine article. Strong language. 2002.

Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear    RC 58785
by Paul Fussell
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
A literature professor’s lighthearted look at the personal, cultural, and historical meanings of uniforms and what they reveal about class, gender, and the need to belong. Reviews the distinctive clothing of the military (including that of generals Patton and Eisenhower), Boy Scouts, police, and nurses and some garb of other countries. 2002.

Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment RC 57735
by Ethan Watters
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Author defines "urban tribes" as communities of individuals bound together by common interests, friendship, and circumstances. Describes these networks, which usually comprise unmarried professionals who turn to the group for the kinds of support traditionally supplied by families. Includes interviews with members of various tribes across the United States. 2003.

When It Gets Dark: An Enlightened Reflection on Life with Alzheimer’s    RC 57558
by Thomas DeBaggio
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
This sequel to Losing My Mind (RC 54906) continues the author’s poignant memoir chronicling his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. DeBaggio’s increasingly introspective account follows the inevitable progression of his illness in fragmented memories, observations, and thoughts. Some strong language. 2003.

When Smoke Ran like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle against Pollution    RC 57467
by Devra Davis
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Motivated by pollution-related deaths in her Pennsylvania hometown, a senior advisor to the World Health Organization analyzes the struggle for accountability and regulation of environmental polluters. Davis investigates the statistical link between toxic substances and health problems and exposes how industrial polluters deceive the public by manipulating scientists and government agencies. 2002.

Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity    RC 58378
by Samuel P. Huntington
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Scholar and bestselling author of The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (RC 53800) contends that cultural differences resulting from an increasingly multiethnic, multiracial U.S. society are eroding American nationalism. Urges a return to the country’s founding Anglo-Protestant culture, traditions, and values to preserve national identity. 2004.

The Working Poor: Invisible in America    RC 58355
by David K. Shipler
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning author analyzes an ethnically and racially diverse cross-section of impoverished, low-paid working Americans. Shipler traces their poverty to interlocking problems of poor education and wages, limited abilities, bad parenting, unwise spending, and lack of health insurance. Recommends higher minimum wage, vocational training, and voter registration, among other remedies. 2004.

Sports and Recreation

Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder    RC 57392
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Autobiographical account by the several-time winner of the Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia titles relating his tireless struggle to reach the top in his field. Schwarzenegger also describes his diet, exercise, and progressive weight resistance training regimens for developing the body to its full potential. 1977.

Autumn Glory: Baseball’s First World Series    RC 58780
by Louis P. Masur
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Recreates the 1903 postseason play-off between teams in the rival American and National leagues—the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates—that marked the birth of baseball as a modern sport and pastime. Details each game of the World Series, described by one participant fifty years later as "the wildest . . . ever played." 2003.

Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman    RC 57602
by Steven Travers
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Sports columnist and former professional baseball player examines the life and character of San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds, a four-time winner of the Most Valuable Player award who broke the single-season home run rec-ord in 2001. Travers chronicles Bonds’s life and sometimes contro-versial but illustrious career. Fore-word by actor Charlie Sheen. 2002.

Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground    RC 57906
by David Beckham
read by Steve Douglas-Craig
3 cassettes
Autobiography by a legendary British soccer player and cultural icon. Beck-ham describes his London childhood, his marriage to "Posh" Spice Girl Victoria Adams in 1999, and his leaving Manchester United to sign with a Spanish team, Real Madrid. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

The Best American Sports Writing, 2003    RC 57395
edited by Buzz Bissinger
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist selects twenty-five magazine and newspaper articles covering marathon running, golf, basketball, baseball, football, weightlifting, skating, skiing, and other sports. Profiles of competitors, including the famous, reveal the honorable and dishonorable sides of professional contests. 2003.

Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time    RC 58717
by David Edmonds and John Eidinow
read by Dennis Rooney
3 cassettes
Authors of Wittgenstein’s Poker (RC 55828) chronicle the 1972 chess contest between the Soviet world champion Boris Spassky and twenty-nine-year-old American upstart Bobby Fischer. Presents the match not simply as a game but also as a clash of Cold War political ideologies. 2004.

Bobby the Brain: Wrestling’s Bad Boy Tells All    RC 58605
by Bobby Heenan
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Heenan, pro wrestler since the 1960s and an eighth-grade dropout, recalls his days in the ring, recounts anecdotes about other athletes and celebrities, and discusses the business angle of the sport. Foreword by Hulk Hogan. Some strong language. 2002.

By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions    RC 57237
by Richard Cohen
read by Bruce Huntey
4 cassettes
British Olympic fencer details the history of sword fighting from ancient Egyptian times to the twenty-first century. Includes anecdotes about noted warriors, politicians, and actors who wielded the sword; ponders the sociology of dueling—including cheating; and details the art of blade making. Some violence. 2002.

Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story    RC 58165
by John Feinstein
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Sports commentator and bestselling author of Open (RC 56287) paints an intimate portrait of the late Bruce Edwards, who was diagnosed in 2003 with an aggressive form of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Chronicles four decades of Edwards’s career as lifelong friend and caddy of champion golfer Tom Watson. Bestseller. 2004.

Companions in Courage: Triumphant Tales of Heroic Athletes    RC 56833
by Pat LaFontaine
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Collection of inspirational stories of athletes who have overcome incredible obstacles to become successful. LaFontaine encourages readers to realize that individuals, even though unable to always control what happens to them, do have a choice in how they respond. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2000.

Do You Love Football? Winning with Heart, Passion, and Not Much Sleep    RC 57574
by Jon Gruden
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Autobiographical account by the youngest head coach of a Super Bowl winner. A former non-star college quarterback, Gruden details his professional coaching career with five NFL teams, progressing from an assistant’s position with the San Francisco 49ers to the chief architect leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to football’s ultimate prize in 2003. 2003.

DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles    RC 58145
by Darrell Waltrip
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Memoir by sports commentator Darrell Waltrip, retired race car driver, 1989 Daytona 500 winner, and three-time Winston Cup champion. Describes his childhood, faith, love of family, and victories and defeats in a career spanning NASCAR racing’s history. 2004.

Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In    RC 58773
by Stephen Brunt
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Award-winning sportswriter and commentator presents fifteen stories from those who shared the ring with heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali. Brunt profiles fighters from around the world, including George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and Chuck Wepner—later immortalized as "Rocky"—who tell how they were affected by Ali, his politics, and his legacy. 2002.

The Fish’s Eye: Essays about Angling and the Outdoors    RC 56002
by Ian Frazier
read by Richard Magesis
1 cassette
Seventeen essays reflect the author’s lifelong concern for the environment and his passion for fishing, whether in a city park or off the Florida Keys. Frazier is more interested in people and places than in the fine points of angling technique or the catch itself. 2002.

Game Time: A Baseball Companion    RC 58307
by Roger Angell
read by Eric Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Sportswriter Steve Kettmann compiles his favorite Roger Angell baseball essays, spanning 1962–2002. The pieces profile players such as Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Pete Rose, and David Cone, as well as the various teams and spring training camps that he’s studied. Introduction by Richard Ford. 2003.

Gearheads: The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports    RC 57916
by Brad Stone
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Details the sport of radio-controlled robot fighting from its conception in 1994 to the widespread televised competitions on cable stations in America and England ten years later. Describes the legal feuding and other shenanigans involved in the creation of heavily armed "bots." 2003.

Going the Other Way: Lessons from a Life in and out of Major-League Baseball     RC 57562
by Billy Bean
read by Peter Gil
2 cassettes
Memoir of openly gay former major-league baseball player Billy Bean. He chronicles his road to the majors and personal struggles along the way, which ultimately forced him to choose between playing in secrecy and isolation the game he loved or following his heart. 2003.

The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told    RC 57782
edited by Lamar Underwood
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Twenty-nine essays by notable authors about hunting and nature in a wide variety of places. Includes pieces by Patrick O’Brian, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Tom Kelly. 2000.

Hollywood Hulk Hogan    RC 58708
by Hollywood Hulk Hogan
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
The autobiography of Hulk Hogan, professional wrestler and seven-time world-title holder, from his boyhood as Terry Bollea, an overweight kid from Tampa, Florida. Hogan looks at the many phases of his career, his metamorphosis from wrestler to entertainer, steroid use, and the price of fame and success. Strong language. 2002.

Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan    RC 58598
by Scott Simon
read by Eric Synnestvedt
4 cassettes
National Public Radio broadcaster pens his memoirs, using his affection for his hometown teams—the Chic-ago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls—as a point of entry into reflections on the past. Recalls discussing his passion for sports with Fidel Castro in Cuba, with Albanians in Kosovo, and with Jesse Jackson on the campaign trail. Some strong language. 2000.

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson    RC 58600
by Jackie Robinson
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Baseball legend’s account of his triumphs and tragedies on the road to becoming the first African American to play major league baseball. Descended from slaves and sharecroppers, Robinson recalls struggling to overcome racial barriers before and after his 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Introduction by Hank Aaron. 1995.

In Search of Tiger: A Journey through Golf with Tiger Woods    RC 58306
by Tom Callahan
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Unconventional biography of precocious professional golfer Tiger Woods, who at twenty-four won twelve tournaments around the world in 2000. Callahan portrays the bond between Woods and his father and highlights golf’s other father-son pairs. Explores Woods’s victorious career through anecdotes from his older contemporaries. 2003.

It’s Not Over ’til It’s Over    RC 56775
by Al Silverman
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Former Sport magazine editor recounts the twentieth century’s most dramatic sporting events, providing player perspective and historical context. Profiles include the sudden-death pro-football championship between the Colts and the Giants in 1958, the 1971 Frazier-Ali fight, and the quest for hockey gold at the 1980 Olympics. Some strong language. 2002.

LeBron James: The Rise of a Star    RC 58354
by David Lee Morgan Jr.
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Sportswriter traces the life of NBA’s number one 2003 pick: Akron, Ohio, high school phenom LeBron James. Describes the athlete’s upbringing in a rough neighborhood, the work ethic that led to his success on the basketball court, and controversies he faced. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Manning    RC 57573
by Archie Manning and Peyton Manning
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Dual autobiography of father and son football stars—Archie, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints and other teams in the 1970s and 1980s, and Peyton, drafted for the same position by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. They discuss college and professional successes and frustrations, family ties, and football activities of Peyton’s brothers. 2000.

Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir    RC 57553
by Paul O’Neill
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Autobiography by former New York Yankee Paul O’Neill saluting his late father, Charles "Chick" O’Neill, as childhood idol, lifelong teacher, coach, and best friend. The Ohio native recalls his family, career, and bond with his father, who viewed baseball as "a way of life, a set of rules and philosophies, challenges and opportunities." 2003.

My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey    RC 58997
by John Wooden
read by Ted Stoddard
1 cassette
Ninety-three-year-old former UCLA basketball coach recalls his educational life journey and the people who shaped him. Hailed "the greatest coach of the twentieth century," he reflects on his early life, lessons of integrity and dignity, and stewardship of the UCLA dynasty that won ten national championships in twelve years. 2004.

My Prison without Bars    RC 57590
by Pete Rose
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Autobiography by former Cincinnati Reds baseball star banned from the sport in 1989 after gambling allegations. Rose describes his rise to fame as a record-breaking hitter and team manager, five-month prison stay for tax evasion, and 2002 bid for reinstatement to baseball by admitting he bet on his team. Strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games    RC 58757
by Tony Perrottet
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Author of Route 66 A.D. (RC 56790) examines the experience of attending the ancient Olympic games as "a spectator, an athlete, or one of the overworked officials." Recreates five hectic days and nights in Olympia, Greece, where the games were a part of the many festivals taking place. 2004.

One Hundred Years of Hunting: The Ultimate Tribute to Our Hunting Heritage     RC 57592
edited by Voyageur Press
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
A collection of eighteen hunting tales by notable historical persons and outdoor writers celebrating an American sporting activity over most of the past century. Includes Grover Cleveland’s "Quail Shooting" (1906), Ernest Hemingway’s "Remembering Shooting-Flying: A Key West Letter" (1935), and Jimmy Carter’s "Learning to Hunt" (1988). 1999.

Rocky Marciano: The Rock of His Times    RC 57063
by Russell Sullivan
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
The life and times of boxer Rocky Marciano (1923–1969), the only heavyweight champ to retire undefeated. Describes the Italian American athlete from Massachusetts within the cultural context of 1950s America. Analyzes Rocky’s "womanizing, association with gangsters, and a strange fixation on money." 2002.

Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation    RC 58623
by Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
A behind-the-scenes look at World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon who transformed the sport into a lucrative television spectacle in the 1990s. The authors chronicle the controversial promoter’s rise to power, detailing internal conflicts, legal and ethical scandals (including drug overdoses), and feuds with rival organizations vying for TV ratings. Strong language. 2002.

Squash: A History of the Game    RC 58652
by James Zug
read by Fred Major
4 cassettes
Squash player chronicles the British sport’s rise in the United States from 1884 to the twenty-first century. Describes the origins and basics of the game, which is played with a racquet and a rubber ball in a four-wall court. Recaps major tournaments and personalities. Foreword by George Plimpton. 2003.

The Stone Cold Truth    RC 57379
by Steve Austin
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
The autobiography of professional wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. He describes rising through the ranks of the World Championship Wrestling Federation, his dispute with the owner leading to his departure, joining the World Wrestling Entertainment Corporation, and working with agents. Discusses his three marriages, and more. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Ten Rings: My Championship Seasons    RC 58208
by Yogi Berra
read by Michael Scherer
1 cassette
Autobiography by baseball Hall of Fame catcher highlighting his ten championship seasons with the New York Yankees between 1947 and 1962. Recalls the "golden years" of baseball, his famous contemporaries, and rival teams and relates how the game has changed since the 1950s. 2003.

Voices from the Negro Leagues: Conversations with Fifty-two Baseball Standouts of the Period 1924–1960    RC 54770
by Brent Kelley
read by Chuck Young
4 cassettes
Interviews with African American athletes from the segregated baseball teams of the twentieth century. Includes players from before and after 1947, when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. Includes Rodolfo Fernandez, now in the Cuban Hall of Fame, and Frazier Robinson, Satchel Paige’s favorite catcher. 1998.

Yankee Doodle Dandy: The Life and Times of Tod Sloan    RC 57773
by John Dizikes
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Biography of Indiana-born jockey Tod Sloan (1874–1933) that also illuminates the history of horse racing and betting. Explains how Sloan revolutionized the sport with his innovative riding style, the "forward crouch," which placed him low on the horse’s neck. Reconstructs his victorious career in both the United States and England. 2000.

Stage and Screen

Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna    RC 58502
by Doris Roberts
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Memoir by Emmy Award-winning actress who plays the matriarch on television’s Everybody Loves Raymond sitcom. Describes her upbringing in the Bronx, show business success on both stage and screen, hit comedy series, passion for food, and weight loss efforts. Also includes some of her favorite recipes. Some strong language. 2003.

Caesar’s Hours: My Life in Comedy, with Love and Laughter    RC 58781
by Sid Caesar
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
TV comedian relates his rise to entertainment success in the 1950s. Describes the Caesar’s Hour and Your Show of Shows programs and the so-called Writers’ Room that produced these shows, drawing upon the talents of Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, Imogene Coca, and others. Discusses his addiction problems. 2003.

Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado    RC 58732
by Wes D. Gehring
read by Peter Gil
2 cassettes
Biography of film star Carole Lombard (1908–1942), known as the queen of "screwball" comedies. Gehring relates Lombard’s childhood years in Indiana and California, rise in the movie industry, and marriage to Clark Gable. Also describes her tragic death in a plane crash while returning home after a war-bond rally. Some strong language. 2003.

Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino    RC 58562
by Emily W. Leider
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Biography of Italian-born movie actor Rudolph Valentino (1895–1926), Hollywood’s first romantic hero to specialize in portraying such "exotics" as Arab sheiks and Indian rajahs. Examines the mystique surrounding his personal life and career in films such as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, which broadened American masculine ideals. 2003.

Design for Living: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; a Biography    RC 58567
by Margot Peters
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Recounts the tempestuous lives of the famous acting team who captured the hearts of American theatergoers from 1919 to 1959. Peters details Lunt’s and Fontanne’s stage and film careers, their circle of friends and intriguing private life, and the professional and personal influences they had on each other. 2003.

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film     RC 57756
by Peter Biskind
read by Anne Hancock
5 cassettes
Chronicle of independent film companies’ rise, begun in the 1970s by Robert Redford’s creation of Sundance and the Weinstein brothers’ founding of Miramax. Author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (RC 46342) analyzes the films, directors, actors, and producers outside Hollywood’s mainstream that spearheaded the burgeoning genre. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip: Movies, Memory, and World War II    RC 58737
by Richard Schickel
read by Peter Gil
2 cassettes
Time magazine film critic explores the false nostalgia of wartime popular culture. Revisiting his escapist childhood addiction to moviegoing, Schickel contends that the government, films, and other mass media deliberately distorted the realities of war—and promoted a "greatest generation" fantasy—to keep people complacent and maintain a "happy middle-class fiction." 2003.

Hollywood Animal: A Memoir    RC 57999
by Joe Eszterhas
read by Barry Bernson
6 cassettes
Hungarian-born screenwriter and author of American Rhapsody (RC 51008) pens an exposé of the movie industry’s seamy side. Also recalls his personal battle with throat cancer and his father’s war crimes. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Julia: Her Life    RC 57815
by James Spada
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Well-known celebrity biographer profiles Academy Award-winning actress and "all-American girl" Julia Roberts. Drawing on interviews with friends, family, and colleagues, Spada portrays Roberts’s troubled childhood in Georgia, whirlwind love life, and illustrious career starring in such films as Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman, and Erin Brockovich. Some strong language. 2004.

Matthau: A Life    RC 57901
by Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
Biography of actor Walter Matthau (1920–2000), who grew up poor and fatherless in New York during the Great Depression. The authors portray his "tongue-in-cheek" character and emphasize his successful career, including his starring roles in the films The Odd Couple (1968) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). 2002.

Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers    RC 57272
by Ed Sikov
read by Fred Major
4 cassettes
Biographer explores the quirky comic genius of Peter Sellers, famous for The Pink Panther films, Dr. Strangelove, and Lolita. Interviewing family, friends, and colleagues, Sikov reconstructs Sellers’s bizarre showbiz childhood, his successful film career, four unsuccessful marriages, and the emotional isolation provoked by his struggle for identity. 2002.

Nobody’s Fool: The Lives of Danny Kaye    RC 57287
by Martin Gottfried
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Portrait of entertainer Danny Kaye, born David Daniel Kaminski in 1913. Gottfried reconstructs Kaye’s early life and later career as an energetic but emotionally distant singer, dancer, actor, and comedian. He provides an unflattering glimpse into Kaye’s personal life, including his troubled marriage and extramarital affairs. Some descriptions of sex. 1994.

Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s    RC 56540
by Gerald Nachman
read by Gary Telles
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Entertainment journalist profiles over twenty-five post-Korean War humorists whose satire helped usher in cultural changes of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Biographical sketches are presented chronologically and examine the life and work of groundbreaking comedy stars like Phyllis Diller, Lenny Bruce, the Smothers brothers, Mel Brooks, and Bill Cosby. 2003.

Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon    RC 58458
by Aram Goudsouzian
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
4 cassettes
History professor chronicles the life and Hollywood career of Poitier, born 1927. Explores how Poitier, a leading black actor during the civil rights movement, struggled with racial politics, stereotyping, the paradox of his race, and intense insecurity. Describes his rags-to-riches success, romances, film credits, awards, and directing debut. 2004.

Travel

Down the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake
by Jack Brubaker
read by Tom Burch
3 cassettes
Traces the course of the Susquehanna River from its sources in New York and Pennsylvania through Maryland to the Chesapeake—the nation’s largest bay. Each chapter highlights a key section of the vast watershed, its historic, cultural, and environmental significance, and the changes that have taken place over the years. 2002.

Flying Cloud: The True Story of America’s Most Famous Clipper Ship and the Woman Who Guided Her    RC 58595
by David W. Shaw
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Account of the clipper ship’s 1851 maiden voyage from New York to San Francisco. Describes how the navigator, captain’s wife Eleanor Creesy, managed the crew and safely plotted the vessel’s course around Cape Horn. Observes that the Flying Cloud made the sixteen-thousand-mile trip in arecord eighty-nine days and twenty-one hours. 2000.

The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train through Asia    RC 58610
by Paul Theroux
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes (Reissue)
An American novelist’s account of a four-month trip in 1973. Traveling through Turkey, Iran, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the USSR, he writes of his encounters with a motley collection of hippies, businessmen, whores, and fellow tourists. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1975.

High Latitudes: An Arctic Journey    RC 58353
by Farley Mowat
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Author of Farfarers (RC 51550) chronicles his 1966 journey across northern Canada to examine the impacts of the Ottawa government’s plan to promote development of resources and cities. Emphasizes the exploitation of native Inuit people and devastation of their culture. Includes original interviews and notes on changes that have occurred since. Some strong language. 2002.

Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip    RC 57572
by Dayton Duncan
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
Account of the first cross-country automobile trip in the United States. In 1903 Horatio Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, bet fifty dollars that he could drive from San Francisco to New York despite only 150 miles of paved roadway in the entire nation. Introduction by Ken Burns, maker of a companion PBS documentary. 2003.

Route 66 A.D.: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists    RC 56790
by Tony Perrottet
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Armed with history’s oldest surviving guidebook, an Australian travel writer retraces tour routes of the first people to enjoy safe and easy recreational travel around their empire. Blending historical anecdotes, personal encounters, and commentary on the culture of tourism, Perrottet and his companion journey through Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. 2002.

The Siege of Shangri-La: The Quest for Tibet’s Sacred Hidden Paradise    RC 58618
by Michael McRae
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
National Geographic correspondent discusses the explorations that have taken place in the Tsangpo River gorge in southeastern Tibet since the 1920s. Describes how this area, made famous by James Hilton’s Lost Horizon (RC 51095), has been explored for its topography, natural history, tribal ethnography, and spiritual significance. 2002.

Sunk without a Sound: The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde    RC 57394
by Brad Dimock
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
White-water guide retraces the ill-fated 1928 honeymoon voyage of a couple who traveled down the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River in a sweep scow—only to disappear. Relates their family histories and the subsequent unsuccessful search for them. 2001.

There’s No Toilet Paper . . . On the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure    RC 58588
edited by Doug Lansky
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Twenty-six writers relate embarrassing, frustrating, comical, but certainly memorable moments from their sojourns abroad. Bill Bryson takes an enlightening stroll through Paris, while Dave Barry attempts to learn Japanese in five minutes. Peter Mayle, P.J. O’Rourke, and Mary Roach, among others, also share their outrageous travel experiences. 1998.

Virginia and the Capital Region: A Smithsonian Guide to Historic America RC 57436
by Henry Wiencek
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Travel guide to colonial and post-colonial sites in the Chesapeake Bay region, which encompasses Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Provides detailed historical background, hours of operation, fees, and contact information on parks, memorials, museums, Civil and Revolutionary War battlefields, plantation houses, forts, port cities, and more. 1989.

Wheelchairs on the Go: Accessible Fun in Florida    RC 57542
by Michelle Stigleman and Deborah Van Brunt
read by Erik Synnestvedt
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Definitive travel guide to the Sunshine State for people using walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. Highlights tourist attractions, beaches, accommodations, and sports activities that are most accessible to visitors who are mobility impaired. 2002.

The World: Travels 1950–2000    RC 58758
by Jan Morris
read by Corrie James
4 cassettes
Collection of essays by noted Welsh journalist and travel writer Jan (formerly James) Morris recording her observations over a fifty-year career of "wandering and writing" in every inhabited continent. Describes witnessing landmark historical events, visiting most of the world’s great cities, and sampling many different cultures. 2003.

U.S. History

Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point    RC 56895
by David Lipsky
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Journalist follows the men and women of company G-4 from their arrival as plebes at the United States Military Academy to graduation. The group portrait provides an in-depth examination of the rigors of cadet life and how instilled principles such as honor, equality, and patriotism reflect American society. Some strong language. 2003.

Ace of Aces: The Life of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker    RC 58137
by H. Paul Jeffers
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
A biography of captain Eddie Rickenbacker (1890–1973), the much decorated "Ace of Aces" who destroyed twenty-six enemy planes in World War I. Fascinated with engines and speed, he began his career as a race-car driver, becoming third-ranked in the country. He later founded Eastern Airlines. 2003.

An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King    RC 57706
by William F. Pepper
read by David Cutler
3 cassettes
Unofficial explanation offered for the assassination of author’s friend and colleague, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Detailing suspicious events leading up to King’s 1968 murder, Pepper argues that convicted James Earl Ray was framed and that King instead was felled by a complex conspiracy involving the Memphis police, FBI, and organized crime. 2003.

Alexander Hamilton    RC 58364
by Ron Chernow
read by Roy Avers
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Award-winning author chronicles the life of the foremost American founding father who never became president. Describes Hamilton (1757–1804) as self-pitying, cynically manipulative, yet compassionate. Documents his membership in the Constitutional Convention, service as Treasury secretary, and prolific authorship that helped shape U.S. political agendas and institutions. Bestseller. 2004.

The Backbone of the World: A Portrait of a Vanishing Way of Life along the Continental Divide    RC 57203
by Frank Clifford
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Journalist travels the Continental Divide Trail along 3,200 miles of mountains and desert, searching for remnants of the old American West. From Mexico’s border north to Canada, Clifford explores the land and its history through the ranchers and Native Americans fighting to maintain their traditions against the encroachments of commerce. 2002.

The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution     RC 56860
by Barnet Schecter
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Examines the crucial role of New York City in the Revolutionary War—from General George Washington’s initial defeat at the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776 through the British evacuation in 1783. Describes the historic sites of skirmishes and fortifications with references to contemporary locations in the city. 2002.

Before Lewis and Clark: The Story of the Chouteaus, the French Dynasty That Ruled America’s Frontier    RC 58181
by Shirley Christian
read by Mary Kane
4 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist traces several generations of the Chouteaus, a fur-trading French family who dominated the Louisiana frontier and founded St. Louis forty years before Lewis and Clark’s 1803 arrival. Historical portrait features half-brothers Auguste and Pierre Chouteau, whose regional knowledge aided the famed expedition to the Pacific. 2004.

Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad     RC 57447
by Ann Hagedorn
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Portrait of Presbyterian minister John Rankin (1793–1886) and his fellow abolitionists who ran the Underground Railroad of Ripley, Ohio—a town known to Kentucky slaveholders across the river as a haven for runaway slaves. Hagedorn chronicles their heroic efforts to liberate slaves and discusses the abolitionist movement. 2002.

Bill Clinton: An American Journey    RC 57118
by Nigel Hamilton
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
A chronicle of the life of Bill Clinton from family background and childhood to his terms as president. Hamilton examines the highlights of Clinton’s political career as well as the character flaws that undermined his successes. 2003.

Blood for Dignity: The Story of the First Integrated Combat Unit in the U.S. Army    RC 57597
by David P. Colley
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Chronicles the experiences of the first African American platoon integrated with white units since the Revolutionary War. Drawing on interviews with WWII veterans, Colley describes the division’s three months of European combat in 1945, examines frontline race relations, and discusses the broader implications of military integration for American society. 2003.

The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814    RC 56672
by Anthony S. Pitch
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Reconstructs the summer of 1814: after American and British troops skirmished in the Baltimore and Washington areas, the British burned the public buildings in Washington. Describes the flight of President and Dolley Madison and Francis Scott Key’s writing of the national anthem. 1998.

Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana    RC 57202
by Ann Louise Bardach
read by Colleen Delany
4 cassettes
Award-winning journalist examines four decades of U.S. policies toward Cuba. Investigates anti-Castro sentiments in Florida’s exile community, political corruption, blood feuds, and the Elián Gonzáles affair in 2000. Speculates about the possibility of a future civil war on the island. Some strong language. 2002.

Diné: A History of the Navajos    RC 58526
by Peter Iverson
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
A cultural history of the largest North American Indian nation. Describes their Southwest origins bounded by four sacred mountains and their evolving lifestyle through the start of the twenty-first century. Discusses their adaptability as a means of survival, focusing on the past 150 years. Spur Award for nonfiction. 2002.

The Final Days    RC 58703
by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
read by Richard Hauenstein
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Traces the last months of Richard Nixon’s administration in 1974 including the cover-ups and obstructions of the president’s advisers. Chronicles events that led to the first presidential resignation in U.S. history. Some strong language. 1976.

The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid—America’s First World War II Victory    RC 56859
by Craig Nelson
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Chronicles the first U.S. retaliatory attack on Japan following Pearl Harbor. Details the planning, training, execution, and aftermath of the daring mission of the Doolittle Raid, focusing on the heroes’ personal experiences. Draws extensively on firsthand accounts as well as military records. Some violence. 2002.

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation    RC 58361
by Cokie Roberts
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Political commentator and news analyst examines the role of Abigail Adams, Deborah Read Franklin, Martha Washington, and other prominent colonial women in founding the United States. Discusses their work outside the domestic sphere to manage businesses, run plantations, and defend their homes in the absence of men. Bestseller. 2004.

Frederick Douglass: For the Great Family of Man    RC 57522
by Peter Burchard
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Biography of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), an escaped slave from Maryland who became an abolitionist, a crusader for women’s rights, and an advisor to president Abraham Lincoln. Discusses Douglass’s personal life, his professional accomplishments, and his influence before and after the Civil War. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

From Love Field: Our Final Hours with President John F. Kennedy    RC 57621
by Nellie Connally and Mickey Herskowitz
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
Widow of former Texas governor John Connally recalls the fateful Dallas ride in the presidential limousine on November 22, 1963, when JFK was fatally shot and the governor severely wounded. Nellie Connally describes the chaos of the scene, her husband’s long recovery, and the assassination’s effect on her and her three children. 2003.

General Patton: A Soldier’s Life    RC 57130
by Stanley P. Hirshson
read by Jake Williams
6 cassettes
Author uses archives and family papers to analyze the life and career of the controversial World War II general nicknamed "Old Blood and Guts." Explores Patton’s troops’ atrocities in Italy, the infamous slapping of shellshocked soldiers, and his unconcealed bigotry and belief in reincarnation. Some strong language. 2002.

General Washington’s Christmas Farewell: A Mount Vernon Homecoming, 1783    RC 57652
by Stanley Weintraub
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Author of Long Day’s Journey into War (RC 35443) recreates the victorious commander’s four-week journey home to Virginia after the Revolutionary War. Weintraub describes Washington’s experiences along the way, including the farewell to his troops in New York, resignation of his commission in Annapolis, and reunion with his wife, Martha, on Christmas Eve. 2003.

Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House    RC 58448
by Sally Bedell Smith
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes
Biographer’s portrait of Jack and Jackie Kennedy during their three years as president and first lady. Uses previously unavailable personal papers and interviews with the Kennedy inner circle to discuss the couple’s marriage, friendships, and political associations; Jack’s extramarital affairs; and the days surrounding his assassination. Strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

A History of Appalachia    RC 58597
by Richard B. Drake
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
A social history of the North America region that extends from Alabama to Pennsylvania. Drake discusses the characteristics that make the region distinct, the various ethnicities that have contributed to Appalachian diversity, and the unique cultural patterns that evolved between the precolonial Native American era and the late twentieth century. 2001.

I Seat Myself to Write You a Few Lines: Civil War and Homestead Letters from Thomas Lucas and Family    RC 58374
edited by Dona Bayard Sauerburger and Thomas Lucas Bayard
read by Roy Avers
5 cassettes
Chronicles the life and times of the Lucas family in hundreds of letters. Reveals pivotal events such as Thomas Lucas joining the First Pennsylvania Cavalry to fight in the Civil War and, decades later, the family migration to Nebraska to homestead. 2002.

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America    RC 58272
by Russell Shorto
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
Portrait of the "first New Yorkers"— the earliest European inhabitants of Manhattan predating the thirteen "original" English colonies. From archival documents including letters, deeds, journals, and court proceedings, the author reconstructs the multiethnic Dutch settlement and clash of two seventeenth-century powers that ended in 1664 when England took over Manhattan. 2004.

Jefferson’s Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress    RC 58681
by John Y. Cole
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Veteran librarian and historian provides a history of the nation’s foremost cultural institution. Coverage begins in 1800 with the establishment of a legislative library and ends in 1992. Features information on collections, the evolution of the library’s buildings, and brief biographies of the Librarians of Congress. 1993.

John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founding Father    RC 58731
by Francis J. Bremer
read by Robert Sams
4 cassettes
Portrait of the founder and first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Examines Winthrop’s upbringing and undistinguished career in his native England until he sailed for America in 1630, then details his role in shaping and expanding the new colony. Also discusses Winthrop’s puritan character, religious moderation, and responses to foreign and domestic challenges. 2003.

La Salle: A Perilous Odyssey from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico    RC 57399
by Donald S. Johnson
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Discusses the adventures of French explorer René-Robert Cavalier (1643–1687), the sieur de La Salle, who claimed thousands of acres of North American land for France. Describes his exploits, the natural and political dangers he faced, and his murder by his own men. 2002.

Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography    RC 57259
by William Lee Miller
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Ethics scholar presents an unconventional portrait of America’s self-educated sixteenth president. Discusses Lincoln’s frontier origins and his acceptance by the cultural and intellectual elite. Probes the source of Lincoln’s moral convictions, emphasizing his lifelong rejection of majority thinking, his antislavery stance, and his ability to translate morality into policy. 2002.

Lincoln’s War: The Untold Story of America’s Greatest President as Commander in Chief    RC 58574
by Geoffrey Perret
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
The author of Eisenhower (RC 49646) demonstrates from National Archives documents that Abraham Lincoln redefined the presidency by expanding his "war powers." Contends that ignoring military, political, and legal restraints Lincoln successfully prevented the South from seceding from the Union. 2004.

Middletown, America: One Town’s Passage from Trauma to Hope    RC 57327
by Gail Sheehy
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Journalist records the post-9/11 thoughts, feelings, and actions of fifty residents, especially four widowed moms, of Middletown, New Jersey, a community suffering more deaths from the Twin Towers’ destruction than any other outside NYC. Sheehy’s interviews, conducted over a two-year period, reveal the survivors’ trauma, anger, call to activism, and gradual revival of hope. 2003.

The Modern American Presidency    RC 57105
by Lewis L. Gould
read by Dan Toohey
2 cassettes
A historian’s examination of the American presidency’s emergence in the twentieth century. Analyzes factors that changed the powerful office, among them large bureaucracies, continuous campaigning, and the media. 2003.

My Life    RC 58100
by Bill Clinton
read by Michael Beck
9 cassettes in 2 containers
Detailed autobiography of William Jefferson Clinton, forty-second American president. 2004.

My Life: Abridged Edition    RC 58101
by Bill Clinton
read by Bill Clinton
2 cassettes
Abridged autobiography of William Jefferson Clinton, forty-second American president. 2004.

One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark RC 58263
by Colin G. Calloway
read by Gordon Gould
4 cassettes
Traces the history of America’s native peoples from the Appalachians to the Pacific until 1800. Describes constant environmental changes with development of a corn-growing agriculture, introduction of horses, acquisition of guns, and decimation from disease, among other factors. Also discusses continuing conflicts due to inter-tribal feuding and European penetration. 2003.

The Passions of Andrew Jackson    RC 57910
by Andrew Burstein
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
An intimate portrait of the man who served as America’s seventh president between 1829–1837. Burstein examines Jackson’s formative years on the rugged Carolina frontier, his defiant rise from poverty to become a general, and his role in the Aaron Burr conspiracy. He emphasizes the close political friendships that influenced Jackson’s life. 2003.

The Perfect Wife: The Life and Choices of Laura Bush    RC 58096
by Ann Gerhart
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Reporter for the Washington Post, who has covered Laura Bush since her husband’s 2001 inauguration, discusses the First Lady’s life and influences from childhood in West Texas and a career as teacher and librarian to her White House experiences. Examines her character and her pursuit of serenity. 2004.

The Presidency of Richard Nixon    RC 58696
by Melvin Small
read by Kerry Cundiff
3 cassettes
Review and analysis of the domestic and foreign policies of the thirty-seventh American president. Traces Nixon’s political rise and resignation from office. Posits that his main achievement remains his domestic social legislation on such topics as desegregation of southern schools, women’s rights, and the environment. 1999.

The President’s House: A First Daughter Shares the History and Secrets of the World’s Most Famous Home    RC 57439
by Margaret Truman
read by Patricia McDermott
3 cassettes
The daughter of president Harry Truman describes the history and architectural features of the White House and shares tidbits about its former occupants. Includes anecdotes about past commanders in chief and their families, pets, servants, and distinguished guests. 2003.

A Rage for Glory: The Life of Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN    RC 58186
by James Tertius de Kay
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Biography of early American hero Stephen Decatur (1779–1820) by well-known naval historian. Portraying Decatur as a brilliant, fearless, and adored commander, de Kay recounts his rise to national prominence through exploits in the Barbary wars and the War of 1812. Offers new details on Decatur’s tragic death in a senseless duel. 2004.

Reflections: Life after the White House    RC 57178
by Barbara Bush
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
In her sequel to Barbara Bush: A Memoir (RC 38873), Mrs. Bush chronicles the eight years between the presidencies of her husband and her son. She recalls official functions, charities and hobbies, extensive travel, world VIPs, and life with her five children and fourteen grandchildren. Includes several recipes. Bestseller. 2003.

Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America    RC 58401
by Michael Dobbs
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Washington Post reporter describes Operation Pastorius, the first German sabotage mission to reach U.S. shores. Having researched FBI archives, the author describes Hitler’s 1942 plan to cripple American defense industries. Discusses saboteurs’ background and training; their FBI capture, trial, and execution; and precedents set for handling terrorists. 2004.

Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution     RC 56654
by John Ferling
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
Drawing on primary sources and focusing on the Revolutionary War years, Ferling compares the lives of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Places them among the most important leaders of the struggle for American independence and discusses their transformation from colonial elites into democratic reformers. 2000.

The Sweet Hell Inside: A Family History    RC 56781
by Edward Ball
read by Thomas Penny
3 cassettes
Continues the study of his ancestors, the Harlestons of South Carolina, which he began in Slaves in the Family (RC 46018). Chronicles the lives of slave-owner William Harleston and his mixed-race slave Kate Wilson and their eight children, born in the mid-1800s. Traces their extraordinary and prosperous lineage. 2001.

Ten Minutes from Normal    RC 58162
by Karen Hughes
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Memoir of former counselor to president George W. Bush who left the White House to return home to Texas with her family. Hughes describes her relationship with Bush as both boss and friend, the campaign trail, the aftermath of September 11, 2001, and the considerations prompting her relocation. Bestseller. 2004.

They Fought like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War    RC 57629
by DeAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Reconstructs the experiences of women who, disguised as men, enlisted in the Union and Confederate armies. Depicts the challenges they faced in battle, in the confines of society, and in their postwar lives. Also examines the absence of their participation from many historical accounts. 2002.

Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History    RC 57671
by Fawn M. Brodie
read by Bill Wallace
5 cassettes (Reissue)
History professor researches Thomas Jefferson using primary sources and presents not only his public but also his inner life. Documents his long association with his slave mistress, Sally Hemings, the half-sister of his late wife, Martha. 1974.

A Treasury of Great American Scandals: Tantalizing True Tales of Historic Misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and Others Who Let Freedom Swing    RC 56899
by Michael Farquhar
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Farquhar follows up A Treasury of Royal Scandals (RC 52663) with three centuries of disgraceful conduct by U.S. presidents and other political figures—but nothing after 1980. His targets include George Washington, whose mother complained of his financial neglect; Abraham Lincoln, whose wife chased him with a butcher knife; and many others. Bestseller. 2003.

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America    RC 57638
by David Von Drehle
read by Eric Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Chronicles the March 25, 1911, New York City garment factory fire that claimed the lives of 146 workers— mostly young immigrant women and children. Details the social conditions and strikes that preceded the tragedy, the trial (and acquittal) of the sweatshop’s owners for manslaughter, and the workplace reforms that followed. Violence. 2003.

We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends    RC 57829
by David Herbert Donald
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian draws from the recollections and memoirs of a variety of Abraham Lincoln’s partners, associates, and political allies to examine the significance of friendship to him and his career. Donald profiles six people the intensely private Lincoln most valued: Speed, Herndon, Browning, Seward, Nicolay, and Hay. 2003.

We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq    RC 58665
by Yvonne Latty
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Reporter profiles twenty-eight African American veterans, male and female, from five wars and briefly describes their United States armed forces careers. Includes their personal accounts of combat, racism, and military service’s lasting effects. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

William Clark and the Shaping of the West    RC 58572
by Landon Y. Jones
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Board member of the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial chronicles Clark’s life from his 1770 birth in Virginia to his 1838 death. Describes brother George’s western campaigns during the American Revolution, the famous 1803–1806 Corps of Discovery expedition, and Clark’s subsequent political superintendence of Indian removal. 2004.

Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials    RC 58015
by Marc Aronson
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Explores the history behind the 1692 trials in Salem, Massachusetts, that a group of teenage Puritan girls brought on by accusing others of witchcraft. Quotations from primary sources help the reader interpret motives behind the accusations that led to twenty-five people being hanged. For senior high readers. 2003.

War

American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War RC 56659
by David Kaiser
read by Dan Bloom
5 cassettes
A Naval War College professor uses archival documents to determine how and why the United States became involved in the Vietnam War. Asserts that President Eisenhower’s cold war policies—which secretly included the possible use of nuclear weapons—led America into Southeast Asia in order to contain communism. 2000.

The Battle for Rome: The Germans, the Allies, the Partisans, and the Pope; September 1943–June 1944    RC 57123
by Robert Katz
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Chronicles the bitter WWII battle for control of Rome by German and U.S. armies, the Vatican, and Italian partisans, culminating in the massacre of more than three hundred civilians in reprisal by the occupying Germans. Depicts the individual leaders of the struggle for dominance of the strategic prize. Violence. 2003.

Battle Ready    RC 58449
by Tom Clancy
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Chronicles the forty-year career of retired marine general Tony Zinni, former CENTCOM commander-in-chief and special Middle East envoy. Zinni contributes descriptive narratives of missions in Vietnam, Somalia, and Iraq, tracing the U.S. Marine Corps’ evolution and reflecting on warfare’s changing nature in the twenty-first century. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Behind the Lines: The Oral History of Special Operations in World War II RC 57309
by Russell Miller
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
British journalist compiles letters, diaries, military documents, and firsthand accounts of World War II special agents who volunteered with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services and Britain’s Special Operations Executive. Details high-risk missions of subversion and sabotage in occupied Europe, the Balkans, Burma, and Malaya. Some violence. 2002.

Beyond Valor: World War II’s Ranger and Airborne Veterans Reveal the Heart of Combat    RC 56806
by Patrick K. O’Donnell
read by Terence Aselford
3 cassettes
More than one hundred personal accounts from World War II veterans, most of them nonprofessional soldiers. The story of the elite units and a broad view of the war’s western front emerge from their recollections, along with the theme of the lasting bonds forged in the heat of battle. 2001.

Blood for Dignity: The Story of the First Integrated Combat Unit in the U.S. Army    RC 57597
by David P. Colley
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Chronicles the experiences of the first African American platoon integrated with white units since the Revolutionary War. Drawing on interviews with WWII veterans, Colley describes the division’s three months of European combat in 1945, examines frontline race relations, and discusses the broader implications of military integration for American society. 2003.

Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes    RC 58545
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anthony Walton
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Basketball great Abdul-Jabbar and journalist Walton chronicle the training, battlefield, and postwar experiences of the first African American armored unit to fight in World War II alongside white troops. Authors describe the soldiers’ 183 days on the French and German fronts and their struggles with racial prejudice. 2004.

The Cat from Hué: A Vietnam War Story    RC 58589
by John Laurence
read by Steven Carpenter
6 cassettes
News correspondent’s comprehensive memoir of the Vietnam War from the 1968 Tet Offensive through the 1970 Cambodian incursion, with flashbacks to 1965. Along with wartime portraits and a chronicle of daily life in a war zone, reveals author’s personal antiwar sentiment and admiration of American soldiers. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Class of ’42: Marines in WW II    RC 56369
by Tucker Giblin
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Author reminisces about his 1942 enlistment in the marines at age seventeen and his subsequent service during World War II. Describes his basic training and participation in jungle warfare throughout the Pacific until the Japanese surrendered in 1945. Violence and some strong language. 2002.

Crimea: the Great Crimean War, 1854–1856    RC 56657
by Trevor Royle
read by Ray Childs
5 cassettes
Details the confrontation over who should maintain the keys to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the resulting conflict between Russia and allied Britain, France, and Turkey. The war created numerous battlefield innovations including constant press coverage, trench warfare, underwater mines, and the frontline nursing of Florence Nightingale. 2000.

The Day We Bombed Switzerland: Flying with the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force in World War II    RC 58174
by Jackson Granholm
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Using trial records and personal recollections, Granholm relates his World War II service as an aerial navigation officer. Describes an attack on Zurich because of another bombing group’s operational error. Details his defense- attorney role for the two pilots charged and the classified court martial proceedings. Some strong language. 2000.

Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945    RC 58525
by Frederick Taylor
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Historian examines the controversial World War II Allied bombing of the ancient German cultural center and industrial city, deemed a "legitimate military target." Along with historical background provides a minute-by-minute account of the air raid and reviews the postwar moral debate over the magnitude of destruction and civilian casualties. 2004.

The Eagle and the Rising Sun: The Japanese-American War, 1941–1943; Pearl Harbor through Guadalcanal    RC 58057
by Alan Schom
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Narrative of the first year and a half of the war in the Pacific between the United States and Japan. The author details the combat and the personalities of leaders including General Douglas MacArthur, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and the Japanese command under Emperor Hirohito. 2004.

The Eve of Destruction: The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War    RC 58437
by Howard Blum
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Author of Brigade (RC 56192) interviews some 200 parties from both sides of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war—soldiers, generals, intelligence operatives, and double agents—to uncover new details of the surprise attack on Israel. Account of combat, battlefronts, and individuals, such as one newlywed Israeli couple caught up in the conflict. 2003.

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage    RC 57005
by James Bradley
read by James Bradley
3 cassettes
Bradley of Flags of Our Fathers (RC 50264) recounts events that led to the bombing of Japanese communication towers on Chichi Jima by nine American airmen in 1945. Discusses Japanese-American relations and reveals the horrors endured by the men who died and by the one survivor, George H.W. Bush. Violence. Bestseller. 2003.

In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat    RC 57797
by Rick Atkinson
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Portrait of American troops at war by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Washington Post. Atkinson recounts spending two months in 2003 with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, recording his experiences along the road to Baghdad. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda    RC 57376
by John Keegan
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Author of The First World War (RC 48770) examines the role of intelligence in military conflicts. Using land and sea battles from the late 1700s through World War II as case studies, Keegan concludes that foreknowledge of enemy activities, although useful, is "no protection against disaster" and that "only force ultimately counts." 2003.

The Iraq War    RC 58465
by John Keegan
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Author of Intelligence in War (RC 57376) briefly details the creation and evolution of the modern Iraqi state from the eighth to the twenty-first century including Saddam Hussein’s rise to power. Depicts American and British military activities during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. 2004.

The Iraq War: A Military History    RC 58083
by Williamson Murray and Robert H. Scales Jr.
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Military historians assess successes and failures of the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq War. They compare and contrast the two conflicts in terms of coalition superiority, military efficiency, and coordinated operational, tactical, and strategic planning. They conclude that despite technological advances coalition forces failed to obtain victory. 2003.

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour    RC 58064
by James D. Hornfischer
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Chronicles the October 1944 battle off Samar when an American naval escort unit supporting General MacArthur’s liberation of the Philippines engaged overwhelming Japanese forces with little hope of reinforcement or victory. Minute-by-minute account drawn from interviews with survivors and official documents describes the valiant efforts of outgunned sailors and airmen. Some strong language. 2004.

Long Way Back to the River Kwai: Memories of World War II    RC 58749
by Loet Velmans
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Memoir by one of some 250,000 soldiers imprisoned by the Japanese and forced to construct the "Railway of Death" on the Thailand-Burma border during World War II. Velmans details his Jewish family’s escape from Holland following Hitler’s invasion, their settlement in Jakarta, and his capture and torture after joining the Dutch army. Violence. 2003.

The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division    RC 57350
by Bing West and Ray L. Smith
read by Peter Johnson
2 cassettes
Account of march from Kuwait to Baghdad in second Gulf War. Retired marine Major General Smith and former marine West, embedded journalists, describe "life and death on the front line" and the civilians and enemy soldiers they encountered during Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. Introduction by John Keegan. Some strong language. 2003.

My Jihad: The True Story of an American Mujahid’s Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden’s Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA    RC 57346
by Aukai Collins
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
Autobiographical account by American who converted to Islam during a stint in prison as a teenager. Recalls his participation in jihads in Bosnia and Chechnya; subsequent disillusionment with use of Islam to justify terrorist attacks killing civilians; and recruitment by U.S. intelligence as an undercover operative. Violence and strong language. 2002.

No Picnic on Mount Kenya    RC 58196
by Felice Benuzzi
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
A wartime account of adventure and freedom in 1940s British East Africa. The author, an Italian officer captured by English forces, chronicles his daring escape with two compatriots from a remote prisoner-of-war camp to climb Mt. Kenya, their experiences on the 17,000-foot peak, and their inevitable return to captivity. 1953.

None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism    RC 57743
by Michael Hirsh
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Vietnam veteran and award-winning journalist presents an inside look at the search-and-rescue missions of Operation Enduring Freedom. Embedded for five weeks in 2002 with an air-combat unit flying out of Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Hirsh shares the stories of "PJs" who voluntarily risk their lives to save others. Some strong language. 2003.

Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs: The Unknown Story of the Men and Women of World War II’s OSS    RC 58126
by Patrick K. O’Donnell
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Military historian and author of Into the Rising Sun (RC 55697) reveals the covert WWII operations of the Office of Strategic Services, precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency. Portrays Allied agents and their unorthodox missions, which included demolishing infrastructure, organizing resistance movements, and obtaining intelligence often behind enemy lines. 2004.

The Peloponnesian War    RC 57952
by Donald Kagan
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Classical historian chronicles the thirty-year war between Athens and Sparta that ended a remarkable time of prosperity in Greece during the fifth century B.C. Kagan draws on the work of contemporary participant Thucydides and other ancient sources in detailing the rivalries, strategies, and main players in the conflict. 2003.

The Perfect Soldier: Special Operations, Commandos, and the Future of U.S. Warfare    RC 58680
by James F. Dunnigan
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Military analyst surveys the evolution of elite combat units, focusing on the twentieth century. Discusses tactics of the Russian Spetsnaz, British Special Air Service, U.S. Navy SEALS, and other special forces operating during World War II, the Vietnam conflict, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 2003.

A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies     RC 58553
by James Bamford
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Author of Body of Secrets (RC 52277) examines the September 11, 2001, hijackings using insider interviews. Claims CIA inadequacy in the Middle East and blames the Bush administration for insistence on war with Iraq. Posits that the Palestinian cause ignites Arab rage against the United States. 2004.

Regarding the Pain of Others    RC 56527
by Susan Sontag
read by Susan McInerney
1 cassette
American intellectual discusses the role of photographs in conveying human suffering and wartime atrocities. She evaluates other writers’ opinions on this topic and comments on modern day media coverage of horrific events. 2003.

Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think    RC 58695
by Victor Davis Hanson
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Classicist reexamines the outcomes of three lesser-known military engagements and how they changed the course of Western warfare, culture, and politics. Considers the long-term impact of the battles of Okinawa in World War II, Shiloh during the Civil War, and Delium where the Athenians were defeated in 424 B.C. 2003.

Secret Soldiers: The Story of World War II’s Heroic Army of Deception    RC 57974
by Philip Gerard
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Details unorthodox missions of the 23d Headquarters Special Troops, an eclectic group including artists, actors, and engineers whose overall purpose was battlefield deception. Gerard describes how inflatable tanks, special effects, camouflage, and radio misinformation were used to fool the German army and minimize Allied casualties. Some violence. 2002.

The Silent War: The Cold War Battle beneath the Sea    RC 58686
by John Piña Craven
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Firsthand recollections of submarine-based espionage and nuclear deterrence from former chief civilian scientist of the U.S. Navy’s Special Projects Office. Author recounts clandestine operations including Polaris missile activities and pursuit of the rogue Soviet sub that inspired Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October (RC 21513). 2001.

They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967     RC 58193
by David Maraniss
read by Steven Carpenter
4 cassettes
Interwoven accounts of two Vietnam war-related events in October 1967: the deadly jungle ambush of the Black Lions army battalion and a violent antiwar student protest in Wisconsin against recruiters for the Dow Chemical Company. Also describes the U.S. government’s uncertainty about how to respond. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Unexplained Mysteries of World War II    RC 58268
by William B. Breuer
read by Peter Johnson
2 cassettes
Military historian, author of Hitler’s Undercover War (RC 32139), explores coincidences, omens, and other odd occurrences in World War II. Tells of a paratrooper whose parachute was inspected by his mother, a life saved by a candy bar, and an American general’s strange disappearance. Some strong language. 1997.

War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom    RC 57762
by Oliver L. North
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Eyewitness account of the second Iraq War by retired marine combat veteran and author of Under Fire (RC 33903). As a correspondent embedded with military units in 2003, North chronicles the campaign to end Saddam Hussein’s rule. His commentary in support of operations denounces the critical liberal media. 2003.

Women's Concerns

America’s Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines     RC 58187
by Gail Collins
read by Faith Potts
4 cassettes
New York Times editor presents a cultural history of women in America from colonial times through the twentieth century as they sought new horizons beyond the home. Charts the progress of both ordinary and celebrated personalities who struggled for freedom and gender identity in changing social and political climates. 2003.

Appetites: Why Women Want    RC 58537
by Caroline Knapp
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Posthumous memoir from the author of Drinking: A Love Story (RC 42791). To exemplify the conflict between female desires and cultural expectations of femininity, author presents her personal battle with anorexia. Holds that society inhibits natural longing for food, love, and work, preventing women from experiencing fulfillment. Some strong language. 2003.

The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices    RC 57933
by Xinran
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
China, 1990s. Radio broadcaster’s reflections on the true stories of suffering and oppression revealed by her female listeners. Profoundly moved by their emotional accounts, Xinran voices the centuries of pain, subjugation, and pressures of tradition that the women in China still endure. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation    RC 58361
by Cokie Roberts
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Political commentator and news analyst examines the role of Abigail Adams, Deborah Read Franklin, Martha Washington, and other prominent colonial women in founding the United States. Discusses their work outside the domestic sphere to manage businesses, run plantations, and defend their homes in the absence of men. Bestseller. 2004.

The Mercury Thirteen: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight    RC 57609
by Martha Ackmann
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Professor relates the experiences of thirteen female pilots who underwent secret testing for potential inclusion in the U.S. space program during the 1960s. Using historical research and firsthand interviews, Ackmann follows Jerrie Cobb, Wally Funk, and others through the selection process, barrage of trials, and battle against gender discrimination. 2003.

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands    RC 57705
by Laura C. Schlessinger
read by Mary Kane
1 cassette
Radio talk-show psychologist and author of Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives (RC 38864) illustrates marital enjoyment, using real-life examples. Enumerates her fundamental concepts and techniques to keep a mate content. Bestseller. 2004.

The Thirty Day Natural Hormone Plan: Look and Feel Young Again—without Synthetic HRT    RC 58540
by Erika Schwartz
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Physician provides a month-long program that relies on natural hormones to alleviate menopausal symptoms. Suggests using diet and exercise to maintain good health while aging. Includes meal plans and a summary of the National Institutes of Health synthetic hormones study. 2004.

Women in the Middle East: Tradition and Change    RC 57282
by Ramsay M. Harik and Elsa Marston
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Social history of women, mainly Arab and Muslim, in the Middle East from Morocco to Pakistan. The authors explain the diversity of the region and the varying roles that religion, family, education, work, and traditions play in the women’s lives. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

World History

Alfred Maudslay and the Maya: A Biography    RC 57907
by Ian Graham
read by Ted Stoddard
3 cassettes
Chronicles the life and work of this English gentleman and explorer (1850–1931). Drawing on Maudslay’s field notes, published works, and family materials, Graham reconstructs his background, schooling, and personal life while highlighting the historical significance of his expeditions to study pre-Columbian ruins of Central America. 2002.

All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror RC 57208
by Stephen Kinzer
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Chronicles the August 1953 CIA-led coup in Iran that overthrew the democratic government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Describes the events that led to the takeover and the "catastrophic effects" that eventually resulted in the 1979 overthrow of the Shah by Islamic radicals. 2003.

Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970–2000    RC 57934
by Stephen Kotkin
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Kotkin’s historical and geopolitical analysis of the Soviet Union’s collapse—triggered by a failed Communist ideology—and the first decade of post-Soviet Russia. He describes the dynamics of Soviet political and economic institutions and considers the chaos that could have accompanied its dissolution. 2001.

Athénaïs: The Life of Louis XIV’s Mistress, the Real Queen of France    RC 57243
by Lisa Hilton
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Biography of Athénaïs de Montespan (1640–1707), the longtime mistress of Louis XIV. Discusses her early life, her prominent role as the Sun King’s paramour, their children, her influence on the culture of the French court, and the bizarre Affair of the Poisons that led to her downfall. 2002.

Athens: A History; from Ancient Ideal to Modern City    RC 58127
by Robin Waterfield
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Selective history of Athens, Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization, from its Classical period (circa 480– 340 B.C.E.) to its revival as a capital city in 1834 C.E. Highlights influential personalities and cultural and political achievements, portraying its fall as a tragic betrayal of Olympic values. 2004.

Before the Flood: The Biblical Flood as a Real Event and How It Changed the Course of Civilization    RC 56673
by Ian Wilson
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
Author of Jesus (RC 23692) links Noah’s flood to indications of a cataclysmic deluge of the Black Sea region circa 5600 B.C. Citing the research of leading scientists and Titanic explorer Robert Ballard, Wilson examines underwater archaeological evidence and speculates how flood survivors may have altered the course of history. 2001.

Behind the Lines: The Oral History of Special Operations in World War II    RC 57309
by Russell Miller
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
British journalist compiles letters, diaries, military documents, and firsthand accounts of World War II special agents who volunteered with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services and Britain’s Special Operations Executive. Details high-risk missions of subversion and sabotage in occupied Europe, the Balkans, Burma, and Malaya. Some violence. 2002.

Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar    RC 57299
by Peter Macinnis
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Overview of the history of sugar production from its beginnings in New Guinea some nine thousand years ago to New World plantations using slave labor and finally to twentieth century developments. Discusses the sugar trade’s influence on economic policies and international relations. Also notes the environmental destruction caused by sugar cane harvesting. 2002.

The Bookseller of Kabul    RC 57814
by Csne Seierstad
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Intimate portrait of Afghani bookseller Sultan Khan and his family by an award-winning Norwegian journalist who lived with them in the spring of 2002 after the Taliban fell. Depicts the experiences of Khan’s children and two wives in a strict Muslim household as their nation recovers from war. 2002.

An Enduring Love    RC 58002
by Farah Pahlavi
read by Janis Gray
3 cassettes
Memoir of the widow of Iranian shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, whom the author wed in 1959 at the age of twenty-one. Recounts her privileged childhood, schooling in Paris, marriage and raising four children, and years in exile with the ailing king after the 1979 Iranian revolution. Bestseller. 2004.

Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America    RC 57965
by Francis Bok
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
2 cassettes
A Christian Dinka relates his capture in 1986 at age seven and enslavement by northern Sudanese Arabs before breaking free. Bok describes herding goats and cattle for a cruel master, finally escaping on the third try, obtaining UN refugee status, moving to the United States in 1999, and becoming an antislavery activist. 2003.

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage    RC 57005
by James Bradley
read by James Bradley
3 cassettes
Bradley of Flags of Our Fathers (RC 50264) recounts events that led to the bombing of Japanese communication towers on Chichi Jima by nine American airmen in 1945. Discusses Japanese-American relations and reveals the horrors endured by the men who died and by the one survivor, George H.W. Bush. Violence. Bestseller. 2003.

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship    RC 57644
by Jon Meacham
read by Jake Williams
4 cassettes
Chronicles the vital friendship between British prime minister Winston Churchill and U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1939 and 1945. The author, managing editor at Newsweek, uses archives and reminiscences of staffers to document the leaders’ personal relationship as the two planned the defeat Germany and Japan. Bestseller. 2003.

From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine     RC 57849
by Joan Peters
read by Suzanne Toren
5 cassettes
Former White House Mideast consultant draws on primary documents, official archives, and firsthand interviews to examine historical factors underlying the twentieth-century conflict between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East. Scholarly analysis of widely held misconceptions concerning Arab refugees as well as the roles of tradition and migration. 1984.

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001    RC 57940
by Steve Coll
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll describes how the United States became embroiled in the affairs of Afghanistan from 1979 to 2001. Chronicles the efforts to control the country by CIA spies, the former Soviet Union, local warlords, and Arab leaders. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices    RC 57933
by Xinran
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
China, 1990s. Radio broadcaster’s reflections on the true stories of suffering and oppression revealed by her female listeners. Profoundly moved by their emotional accounts, Xinran voices the centuries of pain, subjugation, and pressures of tradition that the women in China still endure. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Gulag: A History    RC 58287
by Anne Applebaum
read by Bill Wallace
6 cassettes
Washington Post columnist documents the evolution of the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system—from its origins during the Bolshevik Revolution, its expansion under Stalin, and its dissolution after the dictator’s death. The chronicle also examines the lives of prisoners and the unique society they formed. 2003.

A History of Britain: The Fate of Empire 1776–2000, Vol. 3    RC 57960
by Simon Schama
read by George Holmes
5 cassettes
Third volume of A History of Britain (RC 51466, RC 54017). Schama explores the spirit of reform generated by the French Revolution, nineteenth-century imperial decline, famine in India and Ireland, and England’s experiences in two world wars. Profiles include Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill. Companion to the BBC/History Channel television series. 2002.

In My Brother’s Image: Twin Brothers Separated by Faith after the Holocaust     RC 57709
by Eugene Pogany
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Story of Jewish twin brothers born in 1912 in Budapest, Hungary, and raised by their parents as Catholics. During World War II, Gyuri Pogány is a priest sheltered in a monastery, while his brother Miklós is sent to a concentration camp and reverts to Judaism. After immigrating to America, the two never completely reconcile. 2000.

In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish, from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English    RC 58296
by Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton
read by Terry Donnelly
3 cassettes
This companion to a PBS television series reviews the history, archaeology, and legends of Ireland from circa 8000 B.C. to the twelfth century A.D. The authors explore ancient sites throughout the countryside and reexamine history to distinguish between popular myth and reality. 2002.

In the Shadows of War: An American Pilot’s Odyssey through Occupied France and the Camps of Nazi Germany    RC 58383
by Thomas Childers
read by Fred Major
4 cassettes
Interwoven stories of WWII pilot Roy Allen, who parachuted from his burning B-17 over occupied France, and two French youths—schoolteacher Colette Florin and resistance leader Pierre Mulsant—who risked their lives to save him. Details Allen’s eventual capture by the Gestapo, his experiences in several concentration and POW camps, and liberation. Violence. 2002.

Inside the Asylum: Why the U.N. and Old Europe Are Worse than You Think    RC 58683
by Jed Babbin
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Deputy undersecretary of defense under president George H.W. Bush asserts an anti-American United Nations agenda even as the United States pays billions in annual dues. Investigates the U.N.’s possible link with terrorists including the oil-for-food scandal and Europe’s disdain for America. Offers recommendations for change. 2004.

Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop?    RC 57256
by Bernard Wasserstein
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
History professor offers reasons for the conflict in Israel other than ethnic and religious differences. Posits that neither Jews nor Arabs "are animated by crazed psychopathy" but rather fight over definable interests. Suggests that multifaceted analysis of demographic, socioeconomic, environmental, and territorial dimensions of the struggle may facilitate a peaceful resolution. 2003.

Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor    RC 57605
by Joshua M. Greene
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Reconstructs the late 1940s trials of Nazi guards, officers, and doctors accused of war crimes at the Dachau, Mauthausen, Flossenburg, and Buchenwald concentration camps. Details the work of thirty-two-year-old William Denson, an American army lawyer who led the prosecution through twenty-one months of unprecedented cases on the Dachau grounds. Violence. 2003.

Khrushchev: The Man and His Era    RC 56692
by William Taubman
read by Bill Wallace
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Chronicles the life and times of Nikita Khrushchev (1894–1971), a Ukrainian peasant who rose through the Communist ranks to eventually succeed Joseph Stalin as party leader of the Soviet Union. Uses newly released archives and interviews with Khrushchev’s contemporaries to explore the complexity and contradictions in the leader’s character. 2003.

Long Way Back to the River Kwai: Memories of World War II    RC 58749
by Loet Velmans
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Memoir by one of some 250,000 soldiers imprisoned by the Japanese and forced to construct the "Railway of Death" on the Thailand-Burma border during World War II. Velmans details his Jewish family’s escape from Holland following Hitler’s invasion, their settlement in Jakarta, and his capture and torture after joining the Dutch army. Violence. 2003.

Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton’s Failures Unleashed Global Terror    RC 58139
by Richard Miniter
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Investigative reporter examines the Clinton administration’s failure to apprehend Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden amid escalating violence and alarming military intelligence. Alleges Clinton’s responses to bin Laden’s terrorist activity were ineffective from the 1992 attack on American troops in Yemen to the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. 2003.

The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB     RC 58479
by Milt Bearden and James Risen
read by Ralph Lowenstein
5 cassettes
CIA insider and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicle the major espionage engagements of the CIA and KGB from 1985 to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Drawing on interviews with both Russian and U.S. agents, Bearden and Risen reveal clandestine operations from the perspective of the spies who carried them out. Strong language. 2003.

The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games    RC 58757
by Tony Perrottet
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Author of Route 66 A.D. (RC 56790) examines the experience of attending the ancient Olympic games as "a spectator, an athlete, or one of the overworked officials." Recreates five hectic days and nights in Olympia, Greece, where the games were a part of the many festivals taking place. 2004.

Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food    RC 58627
by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Oxford historian presents a global perspective of food as a theme of world history, "inseparable from all other interactions of human beings with one another . . . and nature." He has classified his topic into eight "revolutions," including cooking, food as more than sustenance, and food as an indicator of rank. 2002.

The Nelson Touch: The Life and Legend of Horatio Nelson    RC 58718
by Terry Coleman
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
Portrays the man behind the legend of British admiral Horatio Nelson (1758–1805). Details the naval genius’s early career at sea, his greatest engagements including the battle of the Nile, and his personal life until his death in the battle of Trafalgar. Also reflects on the contradictions of his character. 2002.

Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy    RC 58349
by Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters examine Mexico’s July 2000 revolution to end a despotic, one-party rule. Includes history of political events and pivotal players in the rise of pluralistic democracy. Describes changes such as ballot and legislative reform, presidential power limitations, and improved human rights. 2004.

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain    RC 57848
by María Rosa Menocal
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
Yale professor portrays the flourishing culture and economy that existed in Andalusia in the Middle Ages when the Muslim Umayyad dynasty encouraged religious tolerance of the area’s Jews and Christians. Discusses aesthetic achievements and cross-cultural triumphs such as the Alhambra and the poetry of Judah Halevi. 2002.

The Parthenon    RC 58072
by Mary Beard
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
A concise, lively history of the famed Greek temple. Classicist Mary Beard examines the building’s construction in the fifth century B.C. and its sub- sequent roles as a Byzantine cathedral, Ottoman mosque, iconic ruin, and modern tourist destination. Also discusses its gradual degradation, twentieth-century restoration efforts, and tips for prospective visitors. 2002.

The Peloponnesian War    RC 57952
by Donald Kagan
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Classical historian chronicles the thirty-year war between Athens and Sparta that ended a remarkable time of prosperity in Greece during the fifth century B.C. Kagan draws on the work of contemporary participant Thucydides and other ancient sources in detailing the rivalries, strategies, and main players in the conflict. 2003.

The Pity of It All: A History of Jews in Germany, 1743–1933    RC 57405
by Amos Elon
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Israeli historian and journalist depicts two centuries of Jewish participation in and identification with German culture. Elon traces Jewish assimilation into German society and explores individual contributions to the German intellectual community, beginning with philosopher Moses Mendelssohn’s arrival in Berlin in 1743 and ending with the rise of Nazism. 2002.

The Real Fidel Castro    RC 58396
by Leycester Coltman
read by Barry Bernson
3 cassettes
Drawing on personal observations and archival sources, former British ambassador to Cuba chronicles Castro’s life from his early political activism through exile, imprisonment, guerilla warfare, and ascent to power after a 1959 government takeover. Illuminates Castro’s shift from rebel to dictator, soldier to diplomat, and nationalist to Communist. 2003.

Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think    RC 58695
by Victor Davis Hanson
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
Classicist reexamines the outcomes of three lesser-known military engagements and how they changed the course of Western warfare, culture, and politics. Considers the long-term impact of the battles of Okinawa in World War II, Shiloh during the Civil War, and Delium where the Athenians were defeated in 424 B.C. 2003.

Sacred Geography: A Tale of Murder and Archeology in the Holy Land    RC 56683
by Edward Fox
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
2 cassettes
When sixty-seven-year-old American archeologist Albert Glock was murdered in 1992 in the West Bank, he was close to publishing a book on his lifework—excavating a site establishing historic Palestinian roots. A journalist investigates why he might have been killed. 2001.

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter    RC 57372
by Thomas Cahill
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
The author of Desire of the Everlasting Hills (RC 50633) continues his survey of civilizations by tracing the fifth-century-B.C. Greek rise to ascendency in democracy, philosophy, poetry, drama, music, architecture and the arts, and warfare. Strong language. 2003.

Secret Soldiers: The Story of World War II’s Heroic Army of Deception    RC 57974
by Philip Gerard
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Details unorthodox missions of the 23d Headquarters Special Troops, an eclectic group including artists, actors, and engineers whose overall purpose was battlefield deception. Gerard describes how inflatable tanks, special effects, camouflage, and radio mis-information were used to fool the German army and minimize Allied casualties. Some violence. 2002.

The Shaman’s Coat: A Native History of Siberia    RC 56629
by Anna Reid
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Historian and former Kiev correspondent for the Economist traverses Siberia to study its native tribes’ history, ancient traditions, and daily survival. Reconstructs tribal plights beginning with Russia’s first attempt at colonization in 1585. Holds that intolerant, oppressive Russian rule mirrors the experiences of other indigenous peoples. 2002.

The Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece, from Utopia to Crisis and Collapse    RC 58416
by Paul Cartledge
read by Lou Harpenau
2 cassettes
History of the Spartans in southern Greece from around 1100 B.C. to their demise one thousand years later. Focuses on 480–360 B.C. spanning Sparta’s repulse of Persian invaders, wars with Athens, and decline as a significant power. Studies the prominent role of women, training of warriors, important kings, and Sparta’s influence on western civilization. 2002.

The Storyteller’s Daughter    RC 58409
by Saira Shah
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Memoir by British-born Afghani writer of her visits to war-torn Afghanistan. In 1986 at age twenty-one she arrives as a war correspondent, later as documentary producer of Beneath the Veil during Taliban rule. Chronicles her attempts to reconcile bicultural values and interweaves her father’s legends of the homeland with her own reality. 2003.

Two Minutes over Baghdad    RC 58250
by Amos Perlmutter,
Uri Bar-Joseph
2 cassettes
Three academics discuss the 1981 Israeli Air Force preemptive attack destroying Iraq’s nuclear reactor at Osirak, including background circumstances and likely consequences. Suggests that Operation Babylon significantly affected the nature of ensuing events in the Middle East. 2003 foreword to second edition by Barry Rubin.

We Survived: Fourteen Histories of the Hidden and Hunted in Nazi Germany    RC 57732
by Eric H. Boehm
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Compilation by a World War II veteran of firsthand accounts from some individuals who resisted Nazi injustice in the 1930s and 1940s. Depicts underground movements of lawbreakers, fugitives, prisoners, and deserters who risked their lives for freedom on the "inner front." 1949.

Women in the Middle East: Tradition and Change    RC 57282
by Ramsay M. Harik and Elsa Marston
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Social history of women, mainly Arab and Muslim, in the Middle East from Morocco to Pakistan. The authors explain the diversity of the region and the varying roles that religion, family, education, work, and traditions play in the women’s lives. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

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Adult Fiction

Adventure

Baltic Mission: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 7    RC 57224
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to 1805 (RC 57223), Captain Drinkwater is ordered to the Baltic Sea as Napoleon extends his grip on Europe. Commanding the Antigone, Drinkwater deals with a discontented crew and a drunk lieutenant. Then an intercepted message puts him on a course to again face his nemesis, Santhonax. Strong language and some violence. 1988.

Beneath the Aurora: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 12    RC 57229
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1813. Captain Drinkwater has succeeded Lord Dungarth as head of the Royal Navy’s Secret Department. The discovery of a secret treaty with America sends him to Norway on a dangerous mission. Sequel to The Flying Squadron (RC 57228). Violence and strong language. 1995.

Blue Horizon    RC 57491
by Wilbur Smith
read by David Hartley-Margolin
6 cassettes
Southern Africa, eighteenth century. In this sequel to Monsoon (RC 49786), cousins Jim and Mansur Courtney continue trading throughout the continent in their fathers’ footsteps. When Jim spies Louisa Leuven, a beautiful Dutch convict aboard a slave ship, he sets out to rescue her. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

The Bomb Vessel: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 4    RC 57221
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1801. In this sequel to A Brig of War (RC 57220), Captain Drinkwater commands the Virago, an old ship sent to the Baltic as a bomb vessel. He would like to turn her back into a fighting vessel. In the process he takes aboard his fugitive brother, Edward. Some violence and some strong language. 1984.

A Brig of War: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 3    RC 57220
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to A King’s Cutter (RC 57219), Lieutenant Nathaniel Drinkwater is running routine missions on the brig Hellebore, when Admiral Nelson suddenly sends the brig to the Red Sea. Later British operations against the French bring Drinkwater face to face with two old enemies, Santhonax and Morris. Some violence and some strong language. 1983.

Captiva    RC 58544
by Randy Wayne White
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
South Florida. A fishing dispute turns deadly for vandal Jimmy Darroux, who dies when his homemade bomb explodes. Government agent-turned-marine biologist Doc Ford and his aging hippie friend Tomlinson locate Jimmy’s sexy widow and try to stop the escalating violence. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1996.

The Corvette: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 5    RC 57222
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Promoted for his services during the Battle of Copenhagen, Drinkwater, from The Bomb Vessel (RC 57221), is assigned to replace the wounded captain of the Arctic whaling fleet’s escort vessel. When a ship is lost during the whale hunt, Drinkwater must confront treachery and danger. Strong language and some violence. 1985.

Ebb Tide: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 14    RC 57231
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1843. In the years since The Shadow of the Eagle (RC 57230), Drinkwater has been knighted for his service to the English Crown. He is aboard the paddle-steamer Vestal, inspecting lighthouses along the coast of England, when tragedy strikes and he must confront his past. Violence and strong language. 1998.

1805: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 6
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Captain Drinkwater, commanding the Antigone in Admiral Nelson’s fleet, prepares to battle Napoleon. The French capture Drinkwater in circumstances beyond his control and keep him prisoner for much of the Battle of Trafalgar. Sequel to The Corvette (RC 57222). Strong language and some violence. 1985.

Everglades    RC 57575
by Randy Wayne White
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Sally Minster turns to her former lover, marine biologist Doc Ford, for help after her real-estate developer husband, Geoff, disappears. Doc investigates Geoff’s shady dealings in the Florida Everglades with a religious cult guru, whose schemes threaten Doc’s friends and the area’s ecology. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

The Flying Squadron: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 11    RC 57228
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Under False Colours (RC 57227), Captain Drinkwater, after a brief home stay in England, boards the Patrician in 1811 to escort Henry Vansittart—the King’s messenger—to America. While there Drinkwater uncovers information that later helps prevent a Royal Navy takeover by the United States. Violence and strong language. 1992.

From the Listening Hills    RC 56382
by Louis L’Amour
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
Posthumously published collection of twelve tales by well-known author of westerns. Contains his first and last short stories, "Anything for a Pal" and "The Moon of the Trees Broken by Snow," as well as a pair of World War II adventures, four westerns, a couple of football stories, and two crime tales. 2003.

Getting Mother’s Body    RC 57528
by Suzan-Lori Parks
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
1960s. African American Billy Beede’s wild mama is rumored to be buried with a trove of jewels in an Arizona grave now threatened by development. Billy—sixteen, pregnant, and broke—steals a truck and heads west from Texas with her uncle and one-legged aunt to find the treasure. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori, Book 2    RC 57935
by Lian Hearn
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Honor-bound, Otori Takeo abandons his love, Shirakawa Kaede, heiress to Maruyama, to join his ancestral tribe and train as an assassin. Kaede, refusing to marry, works to restore her lands and clings to hope that Takeo will return. Sequel to Across the Nightingale Floor (RC 54917). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Havoc’s Sword: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure    RC 58385
by Dewey Lambdin
read by Neil Hunt
3 cassettes
English Foreign Office spies meet captain Alan Lewrie in the Caribbean and order him back into the battle for French colony Saint Domingue. Using bribery, diplomacy, and the fledgling American navy, Lewrie confronts his archenemy Guillaume Choundas. Sequel to Sea of Grey (RC 58124). Strong language and some violence. 2003.

In Distant Waters: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 8    RC 57225
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Baltic Mission (RC 57224), Captain Drinkwater, now commanding Patrician, hangs a deserter and then sets sail for the Pacific Ocean. He deals with the threat of mutiny, captures a Spanish frigate, worries about a lurking Russian vessel, and is rewarded with a twist of fortune. Violence and strong language. 1988.

A King’s Cutter: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 2    RC 57219
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1792. In this sequel to An Eye of the Fleet (RC 57218), Nathaniel Drinkwater, now married, is asked by the Royal Navy to return to work, this time aboard the cutter Kestrel. He uncovers sinister networks of intrigue, deals with mutiny, and acquires a new nemesis—Edouard Santhonax. Some violence and some strong language. 1982.

Leaving Protection    RC 58314
by Will Hobbs
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Port Protection, Alaska. Sixteen-year-old Robbie signs on with captain Tor- sen to fish for salmon. Robbie realizes he’s in danger when he discovers Torsen secretly searching for valuable metal plaques laid by early Russian explorers to claim Alaska. Then a storm hits, imperiling them both. For senior high readers. 2004.

Logan’s Storm    RC 57217
by Ken Wells
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Logan, the father of Meely LaBauve (RC 51539), escapes the clutches of the law in Louisiana and flees with Chilly Cox to Mississippi. Joined by Catfish Annie, Logan heads for Florida to work on an alligator farm, but a killer hurricane interferes. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

Lost City: A Novel from the NUMA Files    RC 58714
by Clive Cussler
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
Kurt Austin leads the National Underwater and Marine Agency Special Assignments Team in investigating a series of strange occurrences, beginning with bizarre seaweed growth. Now scientists harvesting a life-prolonging enzyme are dying in an Atlantic Ocean area known as the Lost City. Some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

The Mangrove Coast    RC 57067
by Randy Wayne White
read by Michael Russoto
2 cassettes
Marine biologist and former intelligence agent Doc Ford, of Sanibel Island, Florida, is enlisted by a late friend’s daughter to find her mother. Gail Richardson has disappeared with her creepy psychotic lover. Doc traces the pair to Panama and finds that Gail is a virtual prisoner. Violence and strong language. 1998.

North of Havana    RC 58617
by Randy Wayne White
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Havana. South Florida marine biologist Doc Ford, a former U.S. agent, returns to help his hippie friend Tomlinson who was stranded after the Cuban government confiscated his boat. Accompanied by his lesbian buddy Dewey, Doc locates Tomlinson among anti-Castro revolutionaries. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1997.

Paradise    RC 58185
by Patrick Dennis
read by Faith Potts
3 cassettes (Reissue)
At an exclusive Acapulco resort, an eclectic group of rich and famous people is stranded when an earthquake separates the hotel site from the Mexican mainland. While the guests await rescue, second-rate television producer Jimmy Malvido arrives to broadcast their plight. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1971.

The Poseidon Adventure    RC 57051
by Paul Gallico
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The SS Poseidon, a giant ocean liner-turned-cruise ship, capsizes when caught by a tidal wave. The few remaining survivors struggle to stay alive until rescuers arrive. Some strong language. 1969.

A Private Revenge: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 9    RC 57226
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to In Distant Waters (RC 57225), Captain Drinkwater is now off the China coast attempting to refit the Patrician. An assignment to escort a convoy to Penang turns deadly when he discovers his old nemesis, Commander Morris, on board—with a mysterious cargo. Violence and strong language. 1989.

Sea of Grey: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure    RC 58124
by Dewey Lambdin
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Captain Alan Lewrie sets sail aboard HMS Proteus for the West Indies, where general Toussaint L’Ouverture leads a slave rebellion in France’s Saint Domingue colony. Lewrie patrols for privateers, French warships, and anything suspicious. Sequel to King’s Captain (RC 53006). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2002.

The Shadow of the Eagle: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 13    RC 57230
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Beneath the Aurora (RC 57229), Napoleon has abdicated as Emperor of France and gone into exile. But fears that Napoleon may try to escape to America has Captain Drinkwater posted to the Azores to prevent anyone from offering him aid. Violence and strong language. 1997.

Shark River    RC 57042
by Randy Wayne White
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Covert operative turned marine biologist Doc Ford spends a working holiday on luxurious Guava Key. When Ford foils a would-be kidnapping, he becomes the target of a drug lord. Ford encounters political intrigue and a Bahamian woman claiming to be his sister. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

Sharpe’s Havoc: Richard Sharpe and the Campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809    RC 58259
by Bernard Cornwell
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and his men are isolated by Napoleon’s forces in the Portuguese city of Oporto. While struggling to survive, Sharpe’s team also searches for missing nineteen-year-old English heiress Kate Savage who is being courted by a spy. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Sign-Talker: The Adventure of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition     RC 56803
by James Alexander Thom
read by Rick Rohan
3 cassettes
Fictitious reconstruction of the experiences of half-Shawnee, half-Frenchman George Pierre Drouillard (1773– 1810), a hired hunter and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Chronicles the monumental survey of the rugged American West and explores the spiritual culture of Native Americans and their struggles with early settlers. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Trojan Odyssey    RC 57180
by Clive Cussler
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
After meeting their father for the first time in Valhalla Rising (RC 52893), twins Summer and Dirk work for marine agency NUMA investigating a brown tide in the Caribbean, where they discover mysterious ancient relics. Meanwhile Dirk Sr. rushes to save a floating resort from a deadly hurricane. Some violence. Bestseller. 2003.

Under False Colours: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 10    RC 57227
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Captain Drinkwater, back from the China Sea, is on a secret mission to Russia. Overtly he is carrying military cargo designed covertly to put a wedge between France and Russia. When weather foils the plans, he develops his own strategy. Sequel to A Private Revenge (RC 57226). Violence and strong language. 1991.

Blind and Physical Handicaps

Blue Skies: The Coulter Family, Book 4    RC 57957
by Catherine Anderson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Carly Adams, born with lattice dystrophy, waited twenty-eight years to see. Celebrating her new vision with a friend at a bar, she meets Hank Coulter. Their brief encounter leaves her pregnant. Companion to Phantom Waltz (RC 53982). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Come Home, My Heart    RC 56383
by Phyllis Campbell
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Dr. Susan Perry, an obstetrician, becomes blind after a brain tumor is removed. Once rehabilitated, she moves to a poor, rural Virginia town. In her new career as a social worker, she becomes an integral part of the community and falls in love. 1988.

Coming to My Senses    RC 56381
by Pam Rice
read by Mimi Bederman
2 cassettes
Elderly widow Addie Marsh is losing her eyesight due to macular degeneration. Fighting to keep her lakeside home, she refuses to move to an assisted living facility. Instead, she learns to cope, deriving strength from her memories, a support group, and the friendship of a new neighbor abused by her boyfriend. 2001.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time    RC 56893
by Mark Haddon
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Christopher, who exhibits behavioral problems associated with autism, investigates the murder of his neighbor’s dog. His severely logical approach leads him down an unexpected path, bringing him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage while providing insight into the workings of his mind. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2002.

Fox River    RC 57720
by Emilie Richards
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Nine years ago Julia Warwick, heiress to a Virginia estate, married another man after Christian, her lover, was wrongly convicted of murder. Now, as Julia copes with inexplicable blindness, an exonerated Christian returns to find he has fathered Julia’s child. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter    RC 58532
by Carson McCullers
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Deep South, 1930s. John Singer, who is deaf and mute, feels content until his best friend, also mute, is committed to a mental institution. Singer, who can read lips, becomes the confidante of several town residents, all of whom want answers to their problems. Some strong language. 1940.

The Speed of Dark    RC 58560
by Elizabeth Moon
read by Brian Conn
3 cassettes
Born with autism at the dawn of the twenty-first century, Lou Arrendale is an independent adult working at a pharmaceutical company. When his boss pressures him to receive an experimental treatment that could reverse his condition, Lou worries how he will change and how he will feel being "normal." 2003.

Waiting for Sarah    RC 58207
by Bruce McBay and James Heneghan
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Mike loses his legs and his family in a car accident. When he’s back in school Sarah, a younger student, befriends him. As Mike slowly recovers from tragedy he learns that Sarah is a murdered girl’s ghost. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Classics

Appointment in Samarra    RC 58197
by John O’Hara
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Fast-moving first novel by journalist/critic John O’Hara (1905–1970) set in 1930s small-town Pennsylvania. As Gibbsville celebrates Christmas with parties, music, and liquor, aristocratic drunkard Julian English breaks with polite society in one rash moment, beginning his rapid descent to self-destruction. 1991 introduction by John Updike. Some strong language. 1934.

The Decameron    RC 57414
by Giovanni Boccaccio
read by Peter Gil
6 cassettes (Reissue)
One hundred tales reflecting life in fourteenth-century Italy, as narrated by men and women finding refuge in the country from a plague in Florence. Depicts adventures, customs, lusts, and loves of people representing all social strata from noblemen to peasants. Translation from Italian work completed around 1352. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1982.

Don Quixote    RC 57711
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
read by Peter Gil
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Spanish classic depicting the adventures of Don Quixote, an aging gentleman addled by chivalrous visions, who appoints himself a knight-errant and sets out with his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, on a quest to right the world’s wrongs. Originally published in two parts in 1605 and 1615. New translation by Edith Grossman. Bestseller. 2003.

Family

The Amateur Marriage    RC 57373
by Anne Tyler
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
Baltimore residents Michael Anton and Pauline Barclay fall in love at first sight at the start of World War II and marry impulsively. Remaining completely incompatible despite increasing prosperity, they spend the next five decades making themselves, and their three children, miserable. Bestseller. 2004.

The Amethyst Heart    RC 57263
by Penelope J. Stokes
read by Terry Hayes Sales
3 cassettes
Ninety-three-year-old Miss Amethyst Noble lives in the Mississippi ancestral home her grandfather built—a symbol of her family’s heritage—and resists her cash-poor son’s plan to sell the property and move her out. Miss Amethyst relates the history of Noble House to her difficult teenage great-granddaughter, hoping to pass the legacy to her instead. 2000.

The Best Awful    RC 57937
by Carrie Fisher
read by Norma Lana
2 cassettes
Suzanne Vale from Postcards from the Edge (RC 26595) moves from addiction recovery to relapse as she discovers her husband’s homosexuality and finds motherhood a burden. She quits taking medications, associates with an assortment of characters, and begins a downward spiral to madness from which she must rise. Strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Between Sisters    RC 58727
by Kristin Hannah
read by Mary Beth Wise
3 cassettes
Time and differences have kept divorce lawyer Meghann Dontess, from Distant Shores (RC 56933), and her sister, Claire, from the closeness they shared during a difficult childhood. Reunited for Claire’s wedding, they establish new bonds, and Meghann finds herself falling in love as well. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Blood of My Blood    RC 56371
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
read by Gillian Green
1 cassette
In this autobiographical first novel— unpublished until 2002—by the Pulitzer Prize winner for The Yearling (RC 33466), the author chronicles her growth as an artist. Includes portrayals of her sympathetic father; her cold, domineering mother; and some pioneer ancestors. 1928.

Bright Angel Time    RC 57069
by Martha McPhee
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Kate recounts her childhood experiences in the 1970s after her parents divorce. She and her sisters begin a new life wandering across the country in a turquoise camper after her mother becomes infatuated with a charismatic hippie. Companion to Gorgeous Lies (RC 57070). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1997.

Catalyst    RC 56005
by Laurie Halse Anderson
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Kate, a preacher’s daughter, is struggling to accept life’s challenges. She’s rejected by her chosen college and resents running the household. Then, after a fire, her father allows Teri, a much disliked schoolmate, and Teri’s little brother to move into her room. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

Celeste: Gemini Series    RC 58860
by V.C. Andrews
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
When Celeste’s twin brother, Noble, dies tragically, her obsessed mother makes her cut her hair, wear boys’ clothes, and impersonate him. Celeste virtually disappears until handsome Elliot Fletcher moves in next door and forces her to confront her true identity. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Chill Wind    RC 56891
by Janet McDonald
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
1 cassette
Nineteen-year-old Aisha from Spellbound (RC 56560) is living on welfare with her two children when her checks run out. Faced with homelessness, she is forced to try workfare until she discovers a job as a large-sized model. For senior high readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2002.

The Clock Winder    RC 58335
by Anne Tyler
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Baltimore, 1960. Eccentric elderly widow Pamela Emerson hires collegeage drifter Elizabeth Abbott as a live-in helper. Pamela’s unstable family, including her grown sons, rely increasingly on Elizabeth and absorb her into their bizarre and deadly personal dramas. Some violence. 1972.

Crown Jewel    RC 57921
by Fern Michaels
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Hollywood actor Ricky Lam’s relationship with his brother, Philip, grew distant after Ricky entered rehab. Fifteen years later, Philip dies tragically. With no hope of reconciliation, Ricky focuses on his illegitimate sons, his family’s business, his sister-in-law, and Philip’s secret past. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Death before Dishonour    RC 56686
by Barnaby Williams
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
4 cassettes
In 1914, British aristocrat Fish de Clare enters the fight against the Germans. Fish, who stammers, conducts himself admirably and returns to marry his cousin, Violet, and inherit the family title. And Fish’s son, Gawaine, fights in the next war. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1997.

Emma’s Secret    RC 57943
by Barbara Taylor Bradford
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
American designer Evan Hughes strongly resembles members of Emma Harte’s London family from To Be the Best (RC 27016). When Gideon Harte falls in love with Evan, Harte matriarch Paula probes grandmother Emma’s long-lost diary for clues to Evan’s lineage. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Father Figure    RC 56685
by Richard Peck
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette (Reissue)
Seventeen-year-old Jim and eight-year-old Byron are reunited with their father after their mother’s death. Jim was Byron’s father figure for years but now must find a new role for himself in the family. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1978.

The First Part Last    RC 57618
by Angela Johnson
read by Bruce Huntey
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old Bobby’s carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father. After tragedy strikes, he must care for his adored baby daughter, Feather, by himself. Despite mistakes, Bobby’s courage and love enable him to carry on with the aid of supportive adults and friends. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Flight Lessons    RC 56664
by Patricia Gaffney
read by Anne Hancock
3 cassettes
Thirty-six-year-old Anna Catalano returns home to run her aunt Rose’s restaurant on Maryland’s eastern shore despite the tensions in the family-run business. Anna falls in love with a bird photographer—the stepson of Rose’s dying boyfriend—while learning to forgive others and maintain peace in the kitchen. Some strong language. 2002.

Gorgeous Lies    RC 57070
by Martha McPhee
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Anton Furey, once the free-living and charismatic patriarch of a 1970s utopian commune, is dying of cancer. As extended family members gather at his deathbed, they vie for his affections and possessions. They struggle to cope with memories of their confused upbringing. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Hills at Home    RC 58022
by Nancy Clark
read by Erin Jones
4 cassettes
Massachusetts, 1989. Aging spinster Lily Hill’s serene life is shattered when various family members arrive for the summer—and forget to leave. Also appearing is Andy, a graduate student who wants to use the clan as the subject of his thesis on inter-gen erational dynamics. 2003.

Isle of Palms: A Lowcountry Tale    RC 56900
by Dorothea Benton Frank
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Anna Lutz Abbot considers South Carolina’s Isle of Palms her home, despite heartaches suffered there. She later returns to the island to make a place for herself and her daughter, Emily. She does so with spunk, heartbreak, and hilarious events as she gathers friends around. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Leaving Cecil Street    RC 58570
by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
West Philadelphia, 1969. Novel of Cecil Street neighbors’ lives. Joe loves his wife, Louise, but is haunted by memories of his club days playing sax. Their teenage daughter Shay helps her best friend cope with an unwanted pregnancy. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Little Children    RC 57891
by Tom Perrotta
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Sarah, mother and lapsed feminist, has a husband increasingly fond of Internet smut. She meets handsome would-be lawyer Todd at the kids’ playground. Their scandalous affair and a convicted child molester’s arrival disrupt life in this uneventful sleepy suburb. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Long for This World    RC 56889
by Michael Byers
read by Rick Rohan
3 cassettes
While studying a fatal aging disease in children, geneticist Dr. Henry Moss finds a potential cure that is unethical but will make him incredibly wealthy. Meanwhile, his nonpracticing physician wife and two teenage children struggle with unfulfilled expectations of their own. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Lucia, Lucia    RC 56867
by Adriana Trigiani
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Kit Zanetti visits her elderly Greenwich Village neighbor, Lucia Sartori, and learns the story of her life. In the 1950s, beautiful Lucia rejects the values of her large Italian family by working in the fashion industry, breaking off her engagement, and falling in love with a con man. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Marrying Mom    RC 57595
by Olivia Goldsmith
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Fed up with Florida, saucy sixty-nine-year-old widow Phyllis Geronomous leaves for New York to join her grown children. When Susan, Bruce, and Sharon find out about her move, they concoct a plan to get her out of their hair by marrying her off to a rich old man. 1996.

Milk Glass Moon: A Big Stone Gap Novel    RC 56539
by Adriana Trigiani
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Big Cherry Holler (RC 54798), Ave Maria MacChesney and her husband, Jack, are middle-aged parents when their daughter Etta becomes a strong-willed adolescent. Ave Maria soon learns the futility of trying to control Etta’s dreams. 2002.

Miranda’s Vines    RC 57903
by Kimberly Kafka
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Miranda and Bridie are lifelong, crisis-surviving friends. Miranda is riding the crest of her culinary career, and Bridie is a champion dogsled racer. Then disaster strikes both their lives, forcing them into drastic decisions and testing the bonds of their friendship. Strong language. 2004.

Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility    RC 57064
by Patricia Santana
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
San Diego, 1969. Fourteen-year-old Mexican American Yolanda’s older brother Chuy returns from the Vietnam War. But Chuy, suffering emotionally from his experiences, lands in trouble. Meanwhile, Yolanda and her sisters chafe under their father’s no-dating rule. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Mutant Message from Forever    RC 59028
by Marlo Morgan
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Australia, 1930s. Aboriginal twins are taken from their mother at birth and raised separately outside their culture. Beatrice becomes a church ward, Geoff is adopted by Americans. Years pass before Beatrice reconnects with her brother, then in a California jail. Companion to Mutant Message Down Under (RC 39560). Some violence. 1998.

My Sister’s Keeper    RC 58402
by Jodi Picoult
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
When Kate is diagnosed with a rare leukemia, her parents create test-tube baby Anna to save her life. After years of medical procedures, Anna, now thirteen, is expected to donate a kidney. She files for medical legal emancipation and throws the family into a fundamental moral crisis. 2004.

No Crystal Stair    RC 57455
by Eva Rutland
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Semiautobiographical novel about African American Ann Elizabeth Carter, who grows up in a privileged Atlanta neighborhood and whose life changes when she marries Californian Robert Metcalf, a lieutenant with the Tuskegee Airmen. They face many challenges that include a world war and the civil rights movement. Some strong language. 2000.

The Parting Glass    RC 58062
by Emilie Richards
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Peggy Donaghue and her two-year-old autistic son leave Cleveland to visit a cousin in Ireland who needs help unraveling a family mystery. When Peggy’s sisters Megan and Casey arrive, the secret is revealed. Sequel to Whiskey Island (RC 58098). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Purple Hibiscus    RC 58294
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
read by Lisette Lecat
2 cassettes
Nigeria. Kambili, fifteen, and her brother Jaja live in fear of their wealthy but violent father. They discover a freer world while visiting their aunt and cousins and try to change their lot when they return home. But tensions escalate, and tragedy strikes. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch    RC 58754
by Haywood Smith
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
The ever-cynical Lin Breedlove Scott is left penniless after her husband runs off with a stripper. Forced to return to her southern hometown, Lin reconnects with her eccentric family and old friends as she struggles to take charge of her life. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

A Risk Worth Taking    RC 58643
by Robin Pilcher
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
After London financier Dan Porter loses work and money in the dot-com crash, a reduced family lifestyle frustrates his wife and their three teenagers. Dan goes to Scotland on a halfhearted job search and finds something more valuable there. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Sometimes a Great Notion    RC 58184
by Ken Kesey
read by Gary Telles
6 cassettes (Reissue)
Oregon timber country. A bitter labor strike against old Henry Stamper’s lumber empire intensifies his two sons’ rivalry. Hank, rough-hewn like his father, is eventually provoked to fight his sensitive half-brother Lee, who has returned home intent on revenge. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1963.

The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way    RC 58367
by Linda Bruckheimer
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
For their mother Lila Mae’s seventy-fifth birthday, Rebecca Wooten St. Clair and her sister drive home to Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky, now threatened by powerful developers. Rebecca arrives just in time to help save their ancestral home from the wrecking ball. Sequel to Dreaming Southern (RC 47967). Bestseller. 2004.

A Sundog Moment: A Novel of Hope    RC 58689
by Sharon Baldacci
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Elizabeth Whittaker’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis changes her life forever. Her perfect marriage strains to the breaking point as she and her family cope with her new physical reality. Elizabeth prays for a sundog, a sun phenomena symbolizing hope, to renew her strength and faith. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Sweet Hush    RC 57604
by Deborah Smith
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Widowed young mother Hush McGillen’s hard work has made her family’s famed Georgia apple orchard prosper. Now her college student son brings home his new girlfriend, the U.S. president’s daughter, and her entourage—with life-changing effects all around. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Taste of Honey: A Carson Springs Novel, Book 2    RC 57244
by Eileen Goudge
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Forty-eight-year-old divorcée Gerry Fitzgerald reaches out to the daughter she gave up for adoption more than twenty years ago. Family, friends, and lovers stand by as mother and daughter work to establish a relationship. Sequel to Stranger in Paradise (RC 54224). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters    RC 57635
by Elisabeth Robinson
read by Linda Edmond
2 cassettes
Hollywood producer Olivia Hunt is struggling with a difficult film and abandonment by her lover when her sister Maddie in Ohio is diagnosed with leukemia. In letters to friends, relatives, and colleagues, Olivia relates shuttling between California and her hometown to comfort her family while keeping her movie afloat. Strong language. 2004.

Welcome to the Great Mysterious    RC 58660
by Lorna Landvik
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Broadway star Geneva Jordan finally agrees to return to Deep Lake, Minnesota, to baby-sit Rich, her thirteen-year-old nephew, while her twin sister takes a vacation. Once there, Geneva helps Rich, who has Down syndrome, and his best friend, who has cerebral palsy, while she finds love with a mailman. 2000.

West of the Jordan    RC 57565
by Laila Halaby
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Four Palestine-born female cousins experience individual problems growing up. Mawal stays in the Middle East following a traditional lifestyle. Soraya and Khadija, emigrés in California, are torn between cultures. Hala lives in Arizona but falls in love in Jordan. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Whiskey Island    RC 58098
by Emilie Richards
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
A carjacking brings ex-priest Niccolo Andreani into the lives of Megan Donaghue and her sisters Peggy and Casey, owners of Cleveland’s historic Whiskey Island Saloon. With Niccolo’s help, Megan solves a generations-old family mystery. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Fantasy

Alta    RC 58428
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
After years of captivity in Tia, Vetch escapes with dragon Avatre, whom he secretly raised. Returning home to Alta, Vetch, now called Kiron, teaches the Altan Jousters to train dragons in preparation for combat with Tia. Sequel to Joust (RC 58415). Some violence. 2004.

The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1    RC 58011
by Jonathan Stroud
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Seeking revenge, twelve-year-old apprentice magician Nathaniel calls up the djinni Bartimaeus, a demon, to steal an amulet from a powerful minister. But the theft has unforeseen consequences, and the sarcastic djinni has his own agenda. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 1    RC 58440
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Seven short stories describe vampire slayers from times past. In "A Good Run," a slayer in ancient Greece fights in the battle of Marathon. In "The White Doe," slayer Virginia Dare of the Roanoke lost colony is adopted by a tribe. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2001.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2    RC 58427
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Ten stories spanning the years 980 to 2000. In "Lady Shobu," reluctant heroine Kishi must seal a rift to the spirit realm in the Japanese imperial compound. Other demon slayers, including Buffy, combat evil in France, England, and the United States. For senior high readers. 2003.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 3    RC 58435
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Four stories about vampire slayers in times past. In "Dark of the Moon," an Anasazi girl guards her tribe from evil. In "The Code of the Samurai," fifteen-year-old American slayer India Cohen arrives in Japan to help combat forces of darkness. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Burning Stone: Crown of Stars, Volume 3    RC 56490
by Kate Elliott
read by Anne Flosnik
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Liath and her husband, Sanglant, fall from King Henry’s grace for Liath’s sorcery. When the couple discovers they are born of enemy camps, Liath must choose between destiny, her child, and the man she loves. Sequel to Prince of Dogs (RC 56489). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Child of Flame: Crown of Stars, Volume 4    RC 56491
by Kate Elliott
read by Anne Flosnik
8 cassettes in 2 containers
King Henry’s army marches south, leaving Wendar vulnerable to Quman attacks. Without his father’s support, Sanglant defends the kingdom, guarding his daughter and searching for Liath, who is lost in the land of the Aoi. Sequel to The Burning Stone (RC 56490). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Conan and the Spider God    RC 58779
by L. Sprague de Camp
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
For the boyish thrill of stealing his commander’s woman, Conan of Cimmeria, a captain in the Royal Guard, cuts short his promising career. His sudden flight from the capital city leads to further adventures, including a romance and a deadly encounter with the fierce spider god. Some violence. 1980.

Conan: The Road of Kings    RC 58898
by Karl Edward Wagner
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Facing the gallows for killing a captain of the guard, Conan takes advantage of a fellow prisoner’s rescue attempt to escape execution. When Conan learns his saviors are rebel soldiers of the White Rose army, he joins their blood- soaked insurrection against a tyrannical despot. Violence. 1979.

The Crusading Wizard: A Wizard in Rhyme, Book 7    RC 57212
by Christopher Stasheff
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
As barbarian hordes invade the Arabian empire, Queen Alisande of Merovence and Lord Wizard Matt, her husband, receive a call for help from Jerusalem. A fledgling enchantress with the power to turn into a cat accompanies Matt’s journey to the holy city to assess the threat. Sequel to The Haunted Wizard (RC 57140). 2000.

Dragon’s Kin: The Dragonriders of Pern    RC 57368
by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Mining is the life of Camp Natalon but it also took young Kindan’s family and the watch-wher dragon that protected them. Kindan’s newfound musical talent is sidelined while he raises another watch-wher and, with the help of his friend Nuella, assumes a new role in the community. 2003.

Dragonstar    RC 57976
by Barbara Hambly
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Imprisoned dragonslayer John Aversin is sentenced to die. His true love, Jenny, mourns John and the loss of her powers. But John escapes, and he and Jenny begin to discover their real purpose in life. Sequel to Knight of the Demon Queen (RC 51152). For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Exiles’ Return: The Ghatti’s Tale, Book 3    RC 57941
by Gayle Greeno
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
War is over, but unease grows between Canderis citizens and the mindreading Resonants. To save his people, Resonant Jenret Wycherley departs on a mission, leaving behind pregnant Doyce, who is researching the history of Seekers and their ghatti Bond-mates. Sequel to Mindspeakers’ Call (RC 57677). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

Exile’s Valor: A Novel of Valdemar    RC 57367
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Valdemar’s young queen, Selenay, thrust into power after her father’s premature death, is pressured by the council to marry and produce an heir. When Selenay falls for a mysterious foreign prince, her protector weaponsmaster Alberich and his friends become suspicious. Sequel to Exile’s Honor (RC 55524). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Fall of Neskaya: The Clingfire Trilogy, Book 1    RC 58454
by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Young Coryn Leynier’s secret mental gift (laran) is discovered by King Damian’s brother, who takes the youth away to perfect this unusually strong psychic power. But while Coryn trains, the brothers plot to exploit his abilities in order to rule all Darkover. Precedes Zandru’s Forge (RC 58475). Some descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Feline Wizard: A Wizard in Rhyme, Book 8    RC 57216
by Christopher Stasheff
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
In this sequel to The Crusading Wizard (RC 57212), Matt again takes leave of Merovence and Queen Alisande—this time to help find his kidnapped apprentice Princess Balkis, feline sorceress. While Matt investigates her disappearance in Maracanda, Balkis begins a perilous journey home accompanied by her new friend, Anthony. 2000.

First Rider’s Call: Green Rider, Book 2    RC 56909
by Kristen Britain
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
After helping save King Zachary’s throne, Green Rider Karigan G’ladheon wants to resume her old life. However, with Riders dying out she is recalled to duty by Lil Ambriodhe, dead for a millennium, who had founded the Riders. Sequel to Green Rider (RC 56903). For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Fool’s Fate: The Tawny Man, Book 3    RC 58122
by Robin Hobb
read by Jack Fox
6 cassettes
FitzChivalry Farseer, known as Tom Badgerlock, man-at-arms of the queen’s guard, joins Prince Dutiful’s quest to slay an icebound dragon, win the hand of Narcheska Elliania, and forge an alliance with the Out Islands. Sequel to Golden Fool (RC 55513). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

The Forbidden Tower: A Darkover Novel    RC 57254
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Tradition and a sacred caste system rule life on Darkover. But two couples—Damon and Ellemir Ridenow, and Andrew Carr and his wife, Ellemir’s sister Callista—dare defy the ancient law. The couples form a powerful, yet unnatural, alliance to resist the forces of Darkover. 1977.

The Gates of Dawn: The Chronicles of Blood and Stone, Volume 2    RC 56885
by Robert Newcomb
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
With their nation in chaos, Prince Tristan, his twin sister, and wizards Wigg and Faegan take refuge in a subterranean labyrinth. When the wizards’ power begins to fail, Tristan ventures forth to find a solution. Sequel to The Fifth Sorceress (RC 55732). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Gathering Storm: Crown of Stars, Volume 5    RC 56492
by Kate Elliott
read by Anne Flosnik
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Liath returns from walking the spheres, but her reunion with her husband, Sanglant, is brief—emperor Henry has been possessed by sorcery. Sanglant rides with an army of griffins, centaurs, Qumans, and humans to rescue his father. Meanwhile Liath must prevent a second sundering. Sequel to Child of Flame (RC 56491). Violence. 2003.

A Great and Terrible Beauty    RC 58201
by Libba Bray
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
After her mother’s 1895 murder in India, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle returns home to England to attend boarding school. There Gemma learns she has supernatural powers that lead her and three friends to a magical realm where she reconnects with her mother. But evil forces also abound. For senior high readers. 2003.

Green Rider: Green Rider, Book 1    RC 56903
by Kristen Britain
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Karigan G’ladheon, heading home through Green Cloak woods after expulsion from school, encounters a dying Green Rider. Accepting the Rider’s magic brooch and allowing his horse to guide her, Karigan agrees to carry his message to King Zachary—a perilous journey. Precedes First Rider’s Call (RC 56909). For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Immortalis: The Second Demonwars Saga, Book 3    RC 58511
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Michael Scherer
4 cassettes
Epic conclusion following Transcendence (RC 55136). Young Aydrian Boudabras solidifies his ambitions to usurp the throne of Honce-the-Bear and overtake neighboring Behren. As his power grows, so does his opposition. Alliances form and crumble in anticipation of the beginning of the end of the second Demon War. Some violence. 2003.

Jarka Ruus: High Druid of Shannara, Book 1    RC 56906
by Terry Brooks
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Twenty years after The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy (RC 51015, RC 53482, RC 56242), Grianne Ohms-ford has denounced her life as the Ilse Witch and destroyed Morgawr—but she still has enemies. When she disappears, Tagwen and her nephew Pen set out to find her. Some violence. Bestseller. 2003.

Jaws of Darkness: The Darkness Novels, Volume 5    RC 57820
by Harry Turtledove
read by Richard Hauenstein
5 cassettes
Kaunians of Forthweg still suffer under occupying Algarvian invaders, who fight an increasingly desperate battle against Unkerlant. Habakkuk, a ship made of ice and powered by sorcery, approaches Derlavai—possibly turning the tide of war. Sequel to Rulers of the Darkness (RC 56308). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Joust    RC 58415
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Vetch, a young Altan serf, works his family’s land under a cruel Tian master. Barely surviving, he meets an elite dragon rider who trains him as a dragon boy. Under the tutelage of Jouster Ari, Vetch learns the secrets of taming these reptiles—and dreams of freedom. Some violence. 2003.

King’s Dragon: Crown of Stars, Volume 1    RC 56488
by Kate Elliott
read by Anne Flosnik
4 cassettes
King Henry of Wendar and Varre is threatened by the nonhuman Eika to the north and by his half-sister Sabella’s rebellion within the realm. Two orphans, Liath and Alain—one a sorcerer’s daughter, one of unknown parentage—are drawn into the kingdom’s struggles. Precedes Prince of Dogs (RC 56489). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 1997.

The Lair of Bones    RC 57378
by David Farland
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Earth King Gaborn risks a perilous underground quest for the Lair of Bones, where he confronts the One True Master of mankind’s greatest enemy, the monstrous reavers. Meanwhile Gaborn’s adversary, Raj Ahten, who traded his humanity for a growing empire, gathers his forces. Sequel to Wizardborn (RC 52923). Violence. 2003.

The Last Light of the Sun    RC 58191
by Guy Gavriel Kay
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
A tale intertwining the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures linked by violence and the supernatural. A central figure is Bern Thorkellson, member of a Viking mercenary band that confronts rival Welsh clans. A fairy queen claims the soul of a fallen prince. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Legacy    RC 58634
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Beleaguered elf Drizzt Do’Urden finally found peace with friends at Mithril Hall. Restored dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer rules over his ancestral realm, and Catti-brie prepares to wed Wulfgar. Their tranquility will be short-lived, however, because Lloth, the dreaded Spider Queen, plots to destroy them. Followed by Starless Night (RC 51393). 1992.

Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy    RC 57953
edited by Robert Silverberg
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
5 cassettes
Eleven authors, including six contributors to Legends (RC 47544), return to fantasy worlds of their popular series. Anne McCaffrey revisits planet Pern, Raymond E. Feist writes of the Riftwar, and Tad Williams further explores Otherland network. Also features Terry Brooks, George R.R. Martin, and others. Some strong language. 2004.

The Lone Drow: Hunter’s Blades Trilogy, Book 2    RC 58628
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
After their near-devastating defeat in The Thousand Orcs (RC 58337), dwarves and humans flee the onslaught of King Obould Many-Arrows and his orc army. Dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden, having become separated from his companions, sets out alone across the Spine of the World to avenge the fallen. Violence. 2003.

Lost in a Good Book    RC 58054
by Jasper Fforde
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
In an alternate 1985 England, literary detective Thursday Next, from The Eyre Affair (RC 54764), faces her husband’s eradication by the corrupt Goliath Corporation. To rescue him, Thursday must retrieve an enemy from the pages of Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Raven." Great Expectations’ Miss Havisham assists. Some strong language. 2002.

Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment    RC 57055
by Mary Stewart
read by David Cutler
9 cassettes in 2 containers
Trilogy about the life of Britain’s King Arthur. In The Crystal Cave, the story begins with the wizard Merlin and his powers. The Hollow Hills continues with the birth of Arthur, who is exiled by his father. The Last Enchantment deals with Arthur’s first year as king. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1970.

Mindspeakers’ Call: The Ghatti’s Tale, Book 2    RC 57677
by Gayle Greeno
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
While the mindstealing Gleaners quietly build their powers, the Seekers work to prevent war between Canderis and Marchmont. On a more personal mission, Khar—a cat-like ghatti capable of mindspeech—salvages her bond with Seeker Doyce. Sequel to Finders-Seekers (RC 40281). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1994.

Mirror Mirror    RC 57764
by Gregory Maguire
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Montefiore, 1502. In this adaptation of "Snow White," Vincent de Nevada is dispatched to find the Tree of Knowledge, leaving his young daughter, Bianca, with evil Lucrezia Borgia. Lucrezia, fiercely jealous of Bianca’s beauty, orders her death. Rescued by the seven dwarves, Bianca discovers the truth in an ancient mirror. 2003.

Mistress of Dragons: The Dragonvarld Trilogy, Book 1    RC 58682
by Margaret Weis
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
To locate a renegade, the Parliament of Dragons sends Draconas, in human form, to abduct the Mistress of Dragons. The mission goes horribly awry when her true identity is revealed. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Monstrous Regiment: A Novel of Discworld    RC 57370
by Terry Pratchett
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Since Polly’s brother, Paul, joined the Borogravian army she has run her family’s inn, but without a male heir she stands to lose it. So she enlists disguised as "Oliver" and alongside a vampire, a zombie, and a troll tries to find Paul while they fight a war. Some violence. 2003.

New Spring: The Novel    RC 57628
by Robert Jordan
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Prequel to the Wheel of Time series. Sorceress initiate Moiraine journeys to find the infant prophesied to face the Dark One in the Last Battle. Her path crosses that of soldier Lan Man-dragoran, who fights to avenge the desecrated city whose throne he inherited. Some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Paladin of Souls    RC 57356
by Lois McMaster Bujold
read by Vanessa Maroney
4 cassettes
Free of the madness imprisoning her in The Curse of Chalion (RC 53074), widowed dowager Royina Ista of Chalion undertakes a pilgrimage of atonement. Accompanied by loyal followers, Ista contends with gods, demons, and soldier-bandits until she is rescued by the hero of her visions. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Pride of Kings    RC 57407
by Judith Tarr
read by Corrie James
4 cassettes
When England’s King Richard embraces Christianity and refuses the crown of pagan magic, the walls between realms fall in this twelfth-century medieval fantasy. Meanwhile, his brother John—aided by an exotic half-spirit youth—plots to mend the rift and take his throne. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2001.

Prince of Dogs: Crown of Stars, Volume 2    RC 56489
by Kate Elliott
read by Anne Flosnik
5 cassettes
After squelching Sabella’s revolt in King’s Dragon (RC 56488), King Henry and his allies plot to retake Gent from the Eika, who conquered the city and captured Prince Sanglant. Battle looms as Liath grieves for Sanglant. Alain, proclaimed a count’s heir, strives to prove his worth. Violence. 1998.

The Raven Warrior: The Tales of Guinevere, Volume 2    RC 56877
by Alice Borchardt
read by Erin Jones
4 cassettes
Guinevere—The Dragon Queen (RC 53659)—becomes a warrior to defend her country against the Saxons. With inadequate troops for her first battle, she risks using dark magic. Meanwhile, shape-shifter Black Leg encounters the Lady of the Lake. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Roma Eterna    RC 58464
by Robert Silverberg
read by L.J. Ganser
3 cassettes
Ten connected stories—some previously published—construct a fictional history of Rome from its absorption of neighboring barbarians and conquest of the New World to a second Hebrew exodus via a starship. Various historical stages, which span nearly fifteen hundred years, depict civil war, dictatorship, love affairs, and political intrigue. 1989.

Shadowmancer    RC 58691
by G.P. Taylor
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Obadiah Demurral, the power hungry vicar of Thorpe, attempts to become a god by dabbling in magic. Raphah arrives from Africa, recruits young locals Kate and Thomas, and with their help tries to retrieve an artifact that has been stolen from his temple. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower, Volume 6    RC 58365
by Stephen King
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
The journey to the Dark Tower continues. Possessed by demon-mother Mia, gunslinger Susannah Dean prepares to give birth in New York City. Meanwhile, Roland and Eddie tumble into an ambush in 1977 Maine. Sequel to Wolves of the Calla (RC 57355). Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Sorcery and Cecelia; or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country    RC 57183
by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
England, 1817. Two teenage cousins, Cecelia in the country and Kate in London, write to each other about their exploits—which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

A Sudden Wild Magic    RC 57417
by Diana Wynne Jones
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
Planet Earth suffers a series of environmental catastrophes that are caused by Arth, a parallel parasitic world. Hoping to prevent more problems, a group of benevolent witches board a modified bus and head for Arth. They aim to disrupt plans by infiltrating the celibate male society. Some descriptions of sex. 1992.

Talon of the Silver Hawk: Conclave of Shadows, Book I    RC 57087
by Raymond E. Feist
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Midkemia. On the verge of manhood, young Kieli alone survives the slaughter of his Orosini people. Vowing vengeance, he must first repay his rescuers —members of the conclave who adopt and train him to fulfill his destiny as Talon of the Silver Hawk. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Thousand Orcs: Hunter’s Blades Trilogy, Book 1    RC 58337
by R.A. Salvatore
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
Frost giants and human-like orcs sweep across the Spine of the World targeting dwarf strongholds, so a defense must be led by elf Drizzt Do’Urden and companions Wulfgar the barbarian, human female Catti-brie, and Mithral Hall king-apparent Bruenor Battlehammer. Violence. 2002.

The Time Traveler’s Wife    RC 57102
by Audrey Niffenegger
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Librarian Henry DeTamble first meets his future wife, Clare, when he is twenty-eight and Clare is twenty— but Clare has actually known Henry since she was six. Henry suffers from Chrono-Impairment, a disorder that catapults him sporadically through time, complicating the couple’s enduring love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Up in a Heaval: Xanth    RC 58393
by Piers Anthony
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
Umlaut Human seeks refuge at Castle Zombie and befriends a water serpent disguised as a dragon. Finding some undelivered letters in the castle’s dungeon, Sesame and Umlaut help forward one to Demon Jupiter—who subsequently hurls his red spot towards Earth and Xanth. Now they must stop the huge storm from destroying both worlds. 2002.

The Victorious Opposition: American Empire, Book 3    RC 56907
by Harry Turtledove
read by John Polk
5 cassettes
Third installment following The Center Cannot Hold (RC 54441) in alternate history series. In 1934 Jake Featherston becomes president of the Confederate States of America, where African Americans are being forcibly interned. Stumbling leadership in the United States prompts Featherston to contemplate another war. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Waifs and Strays    RC 56811
by Charles De Lint
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Fantasy stories about teenagers in many shapes and guises, collected from different stages of De Lint’s career. In "The Graceless Child," sixteen-year-old misfit Tetchie, who has troll blood, summons the courage to help the "dreamlord" fight his brother, Nightmare. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

The Well of Lost Plots    RC 58070
by Jasper Fforde
read by Yolande Bavan
3 cassettes
England, 1985. Unable to rescue her missing husband in Lost in a Good Book (RC 58054), pregnant literary detective Thursday Next retires to the Well of Lost Plots, where all fiction is created. As part of the Character Exchange Program, she joins Book-World’s police and investigates a murder. 2003.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West    RC 55810
by Gregory Maguire
read by Celeste Lawson
4 cassettes
Traces the life of the witch Elphaba from the Wizard of Oz (RC 51047), both before and after Dorothy arrives. After attending a university with her roommate Glinda, Elphaba learns that a despotic Wizard is threatening animal rights in Oz. Some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

Wild Magic: Fool’s Gold, Book 2    RC 56905
by Jude Fisher
read by MaryBeth Wise
4 cassettes
Following a disaster at the Allfair, the lands of Eyra and Istria are verging on war as magic slowly awakens. Confronting their destinies are swordmaker Katla Aransen and Rosa Eldi, who is ignorant of her true identity. Sequel to Sorcery Rising (RC 54832). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

A Wizard and a Warlord: The Rogue Wizard, Book 7    RC 57896
by Christopher Stasheff
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Continuing the mission to rid space of tyranny, Magnus d’Armand, with his tempestuous new companion, Alea, explores a planet whose inhabitants appear to have no government. The two encounter bandits and discover the existence of a secret society. Sequel to A Wizard in Midgard (RC 51064). Some violence. 2000.

A Wizard in a Feud: The Rogue Wizard, Book 9    RC 58203
by Christopher Stasheff
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
In this sequel to A Wizard in the Way (RC 58167), a computer malfunction forces renegade psychic savior Magnus d’Armand and his companion, Alea, to land their spaceship on a planet inhabited by faeries, elves, Druid priests, and feuding Celt-like clans. To make peace, they must introduce law. Some violence. 2001.

A Wizard in the Way: The Rogue Wizard, Book 8    RC 58167
by Christopher Stasheff
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Interstellar problem-solver Magnus d’Armand and his companion, Alea, reach a lost world where serfs suffer under tyrannical magician rulers. Magnus assumes the name Gar Pike and, with help from Alea and a pair of fugitives, encourages an uprising. Sequel to A Wizard and a Warlord (RC 57896). 2000.

Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower, Volume 5    RC 57355
by Stephen King
read by Fred Major
5 cassettes
In the sequel to Wizard and Glass (RC 45159), Roland and his companions continue their quest to the Dark Tower. In the village of Calla Bryn Sturgis, they meet disgraced priest Father Callahan who asks for help against the kidnapping wolves. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection    RC 57308
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
read by L.J. Ganser
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Thirty-nine stories, one essay, and thirteen poems from fairy tales to gothic horror by such authors as James Frenkel, Jeffrey Ford, Terry Dowling, Neil Gaiman, and Elizabeth Hand. Includes an overview of 2002’s works in this genre and a list of honorable mentions. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Zandru’s Forge: The Clingfire Trilogy, Book 2    RC 58475
by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
In the uneasy peace following The Fall of Neskaya (RC 58454), three young men develop their laran powers—Varzil Ridenow, future king Carolin Hastur, and Eduin Deslucido, who has vowed to avenge his family by destroying the Hastur clan. While Varzil and Carolin grow closer, Eduin plots against the unsuspecting Carolin. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

General

The Coldest Winter Ever    RC 57412
by Sister Souljah
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Gritty portrayal of the coming-of-age of Winter Santiaga, born in 1977 to a fourteen-year-old mother and a drug-dealing father in Brooklyn’s projects. The family’s lavish lifestyle falls apart when Winter’s mother is shot and her father is imprisoned, sending Winter to the streets. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven    RC 57004
by Mitch Albom
read by Erik Singer
1 cassette
Eddie spends his last hours on earth in his usual way, maintaining the Ruby Pier amusement park rides. But something goes wrong, and Eddie dies on his eighty-third birthday while trying to save a little girl. In heaven he meets five people who explain his life to him. Bestseller. 2003.

The Full Cupboard of Life    RC 58112
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Gaborone, Botswana. A wealthy woman hires Precious Ramotswe, head of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, to investigate the sincerity of several potential husbands. Precious resolves not only her client’s quandary but also her own fiancé’s reluctance to marry. Bestseller. 2003.

A Good Year    RC 58451
by Peter Mayle
read by Steven Crossley
2 cassettes
Londoner Max Skinner’s financial career is failing when he learns that he has inherited his uncle’s rundown vineyard in Provence, France. Californian Christie Roberts soon arrives to claim her stake to the estate. Meanwhile, a scandal erupts involving a secret stash of wine. Bestseller. 2004.

Gospel Choirs: Psalms of Survival in an Alien Land Called Home    RC 58603
by Derrick Bell
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
In this collection of essays and parables, a law professor uses fictional characters and gospel music references to express his position on racism, poverty, gender issues, affirmative action, the Republican Party’s 1995 Contract with America, and the Bell Curve theory. Companion to Faces at the Bottom of the Well (RC 36823). Some strong language. 1996.

If I Could    RC 57519
by Donna Hill
read by Lizan Mitchell
2 cassettes
Three years after divorcing her emotionally unsatisfying husband, forty-year-old African American journalist Regina Everette walks away from a promising career. Unemployed and unattached, Regina is determined to live and love on her own terms despite having two teenage children to support. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Love Me    RC 57363
by Garrison Keillor
read by John Lescault
2 cassettes
When bestselling first-time novelist Larry Wyler is offered a job at the New Yorker, he leaves Minnesota for New York City while his wife remains behind. But Larry suffers writer’s block and his second book bombs. Perhaps writing an advice column back home is the answer. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2003.

Miss Julia Meets Her Match    RC 58135
by Ann B. Ross
read by Terry Hayes Sales
2 cassettes
Sam is still courting the widow Miss Julia, but she is unsure about marrying again. Meanwhile she leases some property to a man wanting to build a religious theme park and learns more about her deceased husband’s indiscretions. Sequel to Miss Julia Hits the Road (RC 56262). 2004.

Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart    RC 58344
by Alice Walker
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Fifty-seven-year-old writer Kate and her artist-lover Yolo begin separate journeys: Yolo to Hawaii and Kate to the Colorado and Amazon rivers. In the course of adventures filled with snakes, shamans, and memories, both experience spiritual alignment while cleansing themselves of materialism, past loves, and tragedies. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Plowing the Dark    RC 58541
by Richard Powers
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
Divorced artist Adie Klarpol participates in constructing a virtual reality chamber in Seattle that conjures up everything imaginable. Meanwhile, in Lebanon, American teacher Taimur Martin is kidnapped and held hostage. The lives of Adie and Taimur eventually converge in cyber-reality. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2000.

Seek My Face    RC 57473
by John Updike
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
A young woman interviews elderly artist Hope Chafetz over the course of a spring day. Hope revisits her troubled marriages to painters and her personal struggle with self-expression, revealing the inner world of pop and abstract art in post-World War II America. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Staggerford    RC 56651
by Jon Hassler
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Miles Pruitt teaches at the same high school he graduated from, eats at the same cafe, and sees the same faces every day in the small town of Staggerford, Minnesota. But in one week of his routine life, surprises still happen. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1977.

Star    RC 58889
by Pamela Anderson
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
Affable small-town Florida tomboy "Star" becomes an overnight sensation when she is "discovered" and graces the cover of a gentlemen’s magazine and lands a role on a trashy television show. Throughout her adventures Star remains the same sweet girl. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Tourmaline    RC 57199
by Joanna Scott
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Murray Murdoch and his family flee financial ruin in mid-fifties America to Elba, where Murray dreams of striking it rich in semiprecious tourmaline. But, seduced by the island’s intrigues, he falls under suspicion in a local girl’s disappearance. In 1999, son Oliver returns to probe the events that nearly destroyed his father. 2002.

Waxwings    RC 57546
by Jonathan Raban
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
Seattle. By all outward appearances, Hungarian-born Englishman Tom Janeway—professor, NPR commentator, husband, and father—has been living the American dream for eight years. "Chick," an illegal alien recently arrived from China, is just beginning to make his own way. When circumstances bring the two immigrants together, they forge a friendship. Strong language. 2003.

Growing Up

The Battle of Jericho    RC 58023
by Sharon M. Draper
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
High school junior Jericho and his cousin Josh are invited to join a prestigious club at Frederick Douglass High. But the hazing the pledges have to go through causes Jericho to doubt the group’s benefits. Then a tragedy occurs. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Beast    RC 57388
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
When sixteen-year-old "Spoon" receives a scholarship to a New England prep school, he leaves Harlem and his girlfriend Gabi behind. Returning home at Christmastime, he discovers Gabi is a drug addict and he no longer is in step with street life. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Child of My Heart    RC 55346
by Alice McDermott
read by Susan McInerney
2 cassettes
Theresa, a beautiful fifteen-year-old girl, lives in East Hampton, Long Island, and takes care of children and pets for wealthy families during the beach season. She matures into a young woman the summer her sickly eight-year-old cousin Daisy visits her from New York. Some strong language. 2002.

Drift    RC 58993
by Manuel Luis Martinez
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
San Antonio, Texas. Sixteen-year-old Mexican American Robert Lomos, after being expelled from school, lives with his grandmother and works in dead-end jobs. But when he inherits college money, Robert changes his priorities and turns his life around. Descriptions of sex and strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things    RC 57557
by Carolyn Mackler
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Chubby fifteen-year-old Virginia of New York City is pressured by her family to look better. With help from her best friend, her first boyfriend, and a teacher, she overcomes her insecurities and asserts her personality. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Fat Kid Rules the World    RC 57835
by K.L. Going
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Seventeen-year-old suicidal, overweight loner Troy Billings finds a purpose in life when he meets homeless teenage musician Curt MacCrae and joins Curt’s band as a drummer. But Curt also has a self-destructive streak. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Flyy Girl    RC 58264
by Omar Tyree
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
3 cassettes
Tracy Ellison, a beautiful middle-class African American girl from Philadelphia, grows up spoiled and boy-crazy amidst the violence and drugs of the 1980s. Tracy eventually realizes that there is more to life than material goods. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1993.

For the Love of Money    RC 58277
by Omar Tyree
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
3 cassettes
Tracy Ellison, from Flyy Girl (RC 58264), moves to Los Angeles where she quickly becomes a screenwriter and movie star. When she returns home to Philadelphia, Tracy reconnects with old friends and relatives and looks for love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

Green Angel    RC 56667
by Alice Hoffman
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Called Green because of her talent for gardening, this fifteen-year-old changes her name to Ash after she loses her family to a disaster in a nearby city. She covers her body with dark tattoos that begin turning green as she responds to others’ needs. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Last Chance Texaco    RC 58742
by Brent Hartinger
read by Mary Beth Wise
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old orphan Lucy is sent to a group home located in an upscale neighborhood. She deals with her problems, finds a boyfriend, and begins to feel at home. But an arsonist sets cars on fire, and the foster kids are blamed. Strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

The Meaning of Consuelo    RC 58089
by Judith Ortiz Cofer
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Bookish Consuelo grows up in 1950s Puerto Rico where American influence is everywhere. She observes her parents’ disintegrating marriage and her younger sister Mili’s worsening mental illness before she leaves to begin her own life in the United States. For senior high readers. 2003.

Pool Boy    RC 56390
by Michael Simmons
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Spoiled California teen Brett must forego his wealthy lifestyle after his dad goes to prison for insider trading and his family has to survive on reduced income. Brett takes a job cleaning pools and learns to adjust to his new circumstances. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Staring Down the Dragon    RC 58183
by Dorothea N. Buckingham
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Rell returns to her Hawaii high school after successful cancer treatment. With the help of a psychologist, Rell readjusts to her parents, who argue all the time; her friends, some of whom are scared of her; and her own self-identity. For senior high readers. 2003.

Stone Garden    RC 57520
by Molly Moynahan
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old prep-school student Alice McGuire spends senior year mourning the murder of her best friend, Matthew Swan. When she teaches poetry to hard-core prison inmates, she learns about life beyond her sheltered environment. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The True Meaning of Cleavage    RC 56394
by Mariah Fredericks
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Jess and Sari, best buddies since seventh grade, are beginning their freshman year of high school. When sexy Sari becomes obsessed with a popular senior boy, Jess wonders whether her friendship with Sari will survive. For senior high readers. 2003.

True to Form    RC 55811
by Elizabeth Berg
read by Carolyn Hecker
2 cassettes
1961. Thirteen-year-old Katie Nash, from Durable Goods (RC 37047) and Joy School (RC 45179), has trouble fitting in and misses her old friends when she moves from Texas to Missouri with her widowed father. But a trip back home forces her to reevaluate her own discontent. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Twists and Turns    RC 57383
by Janet McDonald
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
With the help of some successful friends, Teesha and Keeba Washington from Chill Wind (RC 56891) try to promote their talents by opening a hair-braiding salon in their Brooklyn housing project. Plagued by problems, the sisters find it hard to make a profit. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Usual Rules    RC 58382
by Joyce Maynard
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Thirteen-year-old Wendy loses her mother on September 11, 2001. Remembering their last, contentious conversation, Wendy torments herself with guilt and grief. Her estranged father’s unexpected arrival prompts Wendy to leave her stepdad and half-brother in her quest for healing. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Historical Fiction

As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel    RC 56621
by Rudy Rucker
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Fictional biography of the sixteenth-century Flemish painter. Depicts Bruegel’s personal life and artistic career, reflecting the political turmoil of Catholic Spain’s occupation of the Calvinist-inclined Netherlands. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

Awakening: The Holts; an American Dynasty, Volume 10    RC 58575
by Dana Fuller Ross
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
New York, 1900. Sequel to Homecoming (RC 42633) relates events in the lives of Sally Holt, sixteen, and friend India Blackstone, twenty. Over the course of forty years they discover politics, art, husbands, and lovers and experience world wars and personal tragedies. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1995.

Aztec Blood    RC 57675
by Gary Jennings
read by Jonathan Davis
5 cassettes
New Spain, seventeenth century. In the former Aztec empire ruled by Spanish conquerors, Cristo the Bastardo—a mixed-blood "mestizo" educated by a priest and a healer—spies for a converted Jewish don and falls in love with a wealthy girl. Sequel to Aztec Autumn (RC 49267). Explicit descriptions of sex and violence. 2001.

The Beloved Enemy: The House of Winslow, Book 30    RC 57802
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Following The Pilgrim Song (RC 57839), Josh Winslow, released from prison, seeks work in Tennessee. He meets Kefira Reis, who fled New York after her boss abused her. When romance blossoms, Kefira encourages Josh to pursue his archaeological dream, but their pasts sorely test their love and faith. 2003.

The Birth of Venus    RC 57888
by Sarah Dunant
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
Renaissance Florence. Sixteen-year-old Alessandra Cecchi, the educated, artistic daughter of a wealthy merchant, is forced to marry an older man, who promises her freedom. Upon discovering his true intentions, she turns for love to an artist commissioned by her father. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Cloud of Sparrows    RC 58031
by Takashi Matsuoka
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Japan, 1861. Lord Genji, leader of a doomed clan, experiences a vision in which a foreigner saves his life. So influenced, he befriends Christian missionaries Emily Gibson and Matthew Stark (also a gunslinger). Genji’s actions alarm his tradition-bound enemies, who plot his demise and cement the destinies of these unlikely companions. Violence. 2002.

The Cock’s Spur    RC 56805
by Charles F. Price
read by Terence Aselford
2 cassettes
Hamby McFee, ex-slave of the Curtis family, still helps tend their land although he wants to leave the valley. Needing funds, he becomes involved in cockfighting. Consequently he helps others free themselves from the clutches of the area’s moonshine kingpin. Sequel to Freedom’s Altar (RC 51065). Violence and strong language. 2000.

Cyrus the Great    RC 59047
by Harold Lamb
read by Gordon Gould
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Sixth century, B.C. Fictionalized biography of Cyrus the Great, the king of Persia and founder of the Achaemenian dynasty and empire. Describes how Cyrus overthrew numerous kingdoms and freed Jews from captivity in Babylon, allowing them to return to Palestine. 1960.

Dawn on a Distant Shore    RC 57936
by Sara Donati
read by Gabriella Cavallero
4 cassettes
Northern New York, 1794. Elizabeth Bonner brings her children to Montreal to ransom her husband, Nathaniel, and his father, Hawkeye, from the French. To claim an inheritance a Scotsman kidnaps the children to return them to Europe. Sequel to Into the Wilderness (RC 57979). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2000.

Echoes    RC 58832
by Danielle Steel
read by Simon Prebble
2 cassettes
In 1915 Beata Wittgenstein, eldest daughter of an affluent German Jewish family, runs off to Switzerland to marry Antoine de Vallerand, a young French Catholic officer. But her newfound happiness and the future of her children are threatened by war. 2004.

The Fire-Eaters    RC 58897
by David Almond
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
England, 1962. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, adolescent Bobby Burns worries about his father’s illness. He is friends with eccentric fire-eater Mr. McNulty, wonder-working Ailsa Spink, and classmate Daniel Gower. Bobby believes in miracles, finding hope amidst disillusionment. For junior and senior high readers. Whitbread Award. 2003.

Freedom Land    RC 57659
by Martin L. Marcus
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Everglades and South Georgia, 1835. Living in a Seminole Territory sanctuary called Freedom Land is a colony of escaped slaves known as Maroons. The U.S. Army arrives to return them to their former owners and is met with armed resistance by Chief Osceola and his allies. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War    RC 58880
by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen
read by Nick Sullivan
4 cassettes
1863. Alternative version of the pivotal Civil War battle of Gettysburg: Confederate general Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia gain the advantage as they prepare to engage the Union Army of the Potomac. Some violence. 2003.

Gloriana’s Torch    RC 57674
by Patricia Finney
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes
Britain, 1580s. Following Unicorn’s Blood (RC 47381) English spy David Becket returns to Spain for information and to rescue colleague Simon Ames from the Inquisition. Ames’s wife, Rebecca, and her African slave, Merula, complicate matters by traveling with him. Some strong language. 2003.

Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish    RC 56671
by Richard Flanagan
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
Nineteenth century. Transported from England to the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), William Gould is indentured to the colony’s surgeon, a deranged biologist, and set to painting illustrations of fish. Gould’s hallucinatory mental voyages contrast starkly with the horrific realities of daily life. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

High on a Hill    RC 57911
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Henderson, Missouri; 1925. Twenty-one-year-old Annabel Lee Donovan wants her father to quit bootlegging and settle down. When former lawman Corbin Appleby arrives in town, Annabel falls deeply in love with him but fears he may be an agent investigating her dad’s "business." Violence, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2002.

The Hornet’s Nest: A Novel of the Revolutionary War    RC 57352
by Jimmy Carter
read by Erik Sandvold
4 cassettes
Former president’s first novel. Philadelphia Quakers Ethan and Epsey Pratt move to North Carolina, where they homestead until political troubles brew between the Regulators and the British. Relocating to Georgia in 1771 they develop local friendships with both Indians and settlers. Ethan joins the militia despite his religious beliefs. Bestseller. 2003.

Hugh Kenrick: Sparrowhawk, Book 2    RC 57731
by Edward Cline
read by David Cutler
4 cassettes
England, 1756. Unruly young Hugh Kenrick is raised to inherit his uncle’s royal title. When he becomes involved in a secret society that advocates overthrowing the monarchy, Hugh’s parents send him to the American colonies to finish his education and keep out of trouble. Sequel to Jack Frake (RC 55242). 2002.

I, Fatty    RC 58886
by Jerry Stahl
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Fictionalized memoir of "fat kid from Kansas" Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who escapes a dismal childhood and succeeds as a wise-guy comedian in vaudeville and silent films. With marital, weight, and substance-abuse problems and accused of rape and murder, Arbuckle ultimately exchanges fame for notoriety. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

The Indian Lover    RC 57391
by Garth Murphy
read by Ted Stoddard
4 cassettes
Easterner Bill Marshall travels to California—still owned by Mexico in the 1840s—to seek his fortune. He is persuaded by his Indian friend Pablo to marry Falling Star, the daughter of a chief. Bill lives among her people and becomes involved in their struggles. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Into the Wilderness    RC 57979
by Sara Donati
read by Gabriella Cavallero
5 cassettes
In 1792 spinster Elizabeth Middleton leaves England to join her brother and father in upstate New York to teach school. Once she’s there, her father is determined to marry her off to a wealthy doctor. But Elizabeth falls in love with Mohawk tribe member Nathaniel Bonner, son of Hawkeye. 1998.

The Lady and the Unicorn    RC 57587
by Tracy Chevalier
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Paris, 1490. Handsome, seductive painter Nicolas des Innocents is commissioned to design tapestries by nobleman Jean Le Viste. As the intricate design of the unicorn weaving develops, so does romance between Nicolas and Jean’s daughter, Claude. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Lake in the Clouds    RC 57904
by Sara Donati
read by Gabriella Cavallero
4 cassettes
Upstate New York, 1802. Nathaniel Bonner’s half-Mohawk daughter, Hannah, hides a pregnant escaped slave from a bounty hunter—who was Hannah’s childhood friend. Hannah, a healer, and her stepmother, Elizabeth, give refuge to other runaways heading to Canada. Sequel to Dawn on a Distant Shore (RC 57936). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Lord John and the Private Matter    RC 57169
by Diana Gabaldon
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
England, 1757. Lord John Grey tries to save his cousin from marrying a man he suspects of having syphilis. Grey gets sidetracked by a murder investigation that quickly reveals treason and scandal involving every level of English society. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2003.

Lords of the White Castle    RC 58566
by Elizabeth Chadwick
read by Mitzi Friedlander
5 cassettes
Twelfth-century England. A youthful rivalry between Prince John and courtier Fulke FitzWarin resurfaces when John, as king, refuses to grant Fulke’s rightful fiefdom. Fulke is also denied love: tempestuous Maude marries another. Renouncing his loyalty, Fulke becomes an outlaw determined to restore his legacy. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2000.

Mary, Queen of France    RC 57508
by Jean Plaidy
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
In this sequel to The Thistle and the Rose (RC 53989), Mary Tudor becomes Queen of France through an arrangement between her brother, Henry VIII, and the King of France. To the chagrin of her matchmakers, the passions of this spirited, beautiful, strong-willed woman rest elsewhere. 1964.

Moon Tide    RC 57776
by Dawn Clifton Tripp
read by Anne Hancock
2 cassettes
Follows the lives of three women in a small Massachusetts fishing town from 1913 to the devastating New England hurricane in 1938. The passions, longings, and memories of beautiful but reclusive Eve, her eccentric grandmother Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s mystical servant Maggie progress to a cataclysmic conclusion none of them is prepared for. 2003.

Noble House: A Novel of Contemporary Hong Kong    RC 57667
by James Clavell
read by Erik Sandvold
12 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Ian Dunross, the head of a time-honored trading house, is caught up in international intrigue, romance, and natural disaster while trying to save his business from bankruptcy. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1981.

Oblivion’s Altar: A Novel of Courage    RC 59023
by David Marion Wilkinson
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
The story of Kah-nung-da-tla-geh, or "Ridge Walker," a great Cherokee warrior and chief. In the six decades following the Revolutionary War, Ridge’s attempts at peace with the U.S. government through assimilation and negotiation ultimately fail, forcing him to decide the fate of his beleaguered people. Some violence. Spur Award. 2002.

The Other Boleyn Girl    RC 58873
by Philippa Gregory
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes
Fictional portrayal of Mary Boleyn and her siblings, Anne and George, at Henry VIII’s court, where the three were sent to advance the Howard family’s fortunes. Mary’s account takes her from her own affair with the king and her replacement by Anne to Anne’s execution. Some descriptions of sex. 2001.

People of the Owl: The First North Americans, Volume 11    RC 58480
by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
The adventures of teenaged Mud Puppy, who led the Owl Clan. A tale of clan intrigue, treachery, marriage alliances, and everyday events about 3,500 years ago in North America’s first true city, situated in what became northeastern Louisiana. Companion to People of the Masks (RC 49546). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

The Piano Tuner    RC 56648
by Daniel Mason
read by Constance Crawford
3 cassettes
October, 1886. British War Office asks mild-mannered piano tuner Edgar Drake to repair the instrument of an unorthodox officer on a peace-seeking mission in Burma. Leaving his wife behind, Drake travels to remote jungles, experiencing a perilous and seductive journey of self-discovery. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Pilgrim Song: The House of Winslow, Book 29    RC 57839
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
New York, 1929. Lewis Winslow’s future looks bright, despite his concern with the way his four children are turning out. Then the stock market crashes, and they must rely on their faith in God and a new family friend to see them through. Sequel to The Fiery Ring (RC 56760). 2003.

The Polished Hoe    RC 57403
by Austin Clarke
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
4 cassettes
Award-winning novel set on a small Caribbean island, mid-twentieth century. Mary-Mathilda, servant and mistress of the village’s plantation owner, summons detective Percy Stuart to confess to murder. Her nightlong statement, complicated by Percy’s romantic feelings, reveals a sordid history. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2003.

Pompeii    RC 57646
by Robert Harris
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Italy, A.D. 79. Pliny the Elder sends engineer Marcus Attilius Primus to Pompeii to investigate a water flow problem. Attilius examines the aqueduct, uncovers an embezzlement scheme, discovers the imminent eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, and attempts to rescue his new love. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Prelude: American Anthem, Book 1    RC 57449
by B.J. Hoff
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Three immigrant families find evangelism and opportunity in late-nineteenth-century America. Young Susanna Fallon, having come to New York to care for her niece, distrusts her deceased sister’s husband—a brilliant, blind composer. A Scottish physician contemplates his practice, and a poor Irish family journeys across the Atlantic. Followed by Cadence (RC 59179). 2002.

The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga, Book 1    RC 58000
by Edward Rutherfurd
read by Roy Avers
5 cassettes
Fictional portrayal of Irish history over eleven centuries from the sacrifice of Celtic warrior Conall to Druid gods in A.D. 430 through Henry VIII’s desecration of Catholic churches in 1537. Also focuses on the passions and struggles shaping the character of Dublin. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

A Regimental Affair    RC 57973
by Allan Mallinson
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
After his adventures in Honorable Company (RC 55644), Captain Matthew Hervey returns to England from India in 1817. Reassigned to the Sixth Light Dragoons, he pursues and marries Lady Henrietta. Meanwhile, his new commanding officer plots Hervey’s downfall, prompting a feud that culminates on the American frontier. Some violence. 2002.

The Sight of the Stars    RC 57821
by Belva Plain
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
1907. Nineteen-year-old Adam Arnring leaves his New Jersey home for a new life out west. Eventually he runs a business, marries, and starts a family. But a WWI tragedy brings a betrayal that will have repercussions for years to come. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Sign-Talker: The Adventure of George Drouillard on the Lewis and Clark Expedition     RC 56803
by James Alexander Thom
read by Rick Rohan
3 cassettes
Fictitious reconstruction of the experiences of half-Shawnee, half-Frenchman George Pierre Drouillard (1773–1810), a hired hunter and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition. Chronicles the monumental survey of the rugged American West and explores the spiritual culture of Native Americans and their struggles with early settlers. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Song of the Exile    RC 58711
by Kiana Davenport
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
Novel of two Hawaiian families from World War II to the islands’ statehood. Sunny joins her lover, jazz musician Keo, in Paris. Separated from each other by war, Sunny endures forced prostitution while Keo searches for her in Shanghai. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and some strong language. 1999.

The Stone Virgins    RC 58356
by Yvonne Vera
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
A tale portraying the gruesome atrocities committed during Zimbabwe’s decades-long struggle for liberation from British rule and the subsequent civil turmoil. Two sisters awaiting freedom in the village of Kezi—Nonceba and Thenjiwe—become victims of the violence in the 1980s. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong    RC 57660
by James Clavell
read by Erik Sandvold
7 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
Epic set in 1841 Hong Kong after England’s victory in the first Opium War. Focuses on Dirk Struan—pirate, dope smuggler, and supreme ruler of the most powerful trading company in the Orient. Some violence. 1966.

A Thread of Grace    RC 59663
by Mary Doria Russell
read by Cassandra Campbell
4 cassettes
1943. As Italy makes peace with the Allies, fourteen-year-old Belgian Claudette, her father Albert Blum, and other Jewish families prepare to march across the Alps to seek sanctuary in northern Italy. But Germany now occupies that country, and perils abound. Some strong language. 2005.

Time and Chance    RC 57669
by Sharon Kay Penman
read by George Holmes
5 cassettes
England, 1156–1171. Following the events of When Christ and His Saints Slept (RC 42212), King Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, share passion and beget many children, including sons Richard and John. Trouble arises when Henry appoints his friend Thomas Becket to be Archbishop of Canterbury. 2002.

The Valley of Horses    RC 57663
by Jean M. Auel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Ice Age heroine Ayla leaves her adoptive family and friends from The Clan of the Cave Bear (RC 52680) and sets out on her own. She reaches the Valley of Horses, where she rescues a young man from certain death and struggles against her growing attraction to him. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1982.

Versailles    RC 58801
by Kathryn Davis
read by Megan Burnett
1 cassette
Betrothed at fourteen to Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette leaves Austria for Versailles. History unfolds as she experiences court splendor, a queen’s extravagance, and the horrors of the French Revolution. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

War Path    RC 58990
by Kerry Newcomb
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
1750s. As the French and Indian War rages on, the Colonial militia is aided by the raw fighting force that is captain Johnny Stark. Stark’s legendary abilities make him and his lady warrior Molly prime targets of enemy forces. Based on the life of this American frontier hero. Violence. 2003.

When the Emperor Was Divine    RC 58157
by Julie Otsuka
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
The tale of a Japanese American family of four, interned at the start of World War II. After the father’s arrest, his ten-year-old daughter, seven-year-old son, and wife are relocated to Utah where they are detained for more than three years. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2002.

White Doves at Morning    RC 57442
by James Lee Burke
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
In 1861, Willie Burke, a young, hot-tempered Irishman, reluctantly joins the Confederate army. Meanwhile his abolitionist friend, Abigail Dowling, continues her dangerous struggle in Louisiana to free slaves—including beautiful Flower Jamison, whom Willie secretly taught to read and write. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Holidays

The Christmas Basket    RC 56364
by Debbie Macomber
read by Peggy Gilleland
1 cassette
Noelle McDowell hasn’t been home for the holidays in Rose, Oregon, in ten years because she didn’t want to risk running into Thom Sutton. Once she had planned to elope with him, but Thom jilted her. Now she’s home, it’s Christmas, and miracles do happen. 2002.

The Christmas Blessing    RC 58707
by Donna VanLiere
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
In this sequel to The Christmas Shoes (RC 58657), Nathan is in his third year of medical school but questions his ability to be a doctor. He also realizes he still has much to learn about life, faith, and blessings. And he will learn from heart patient Meghan Sullivan. 2003.

The Christmas Shoes    RC 58657
by Donna VanLiere
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Robert Layton has become focused on material things, and his marriage is in jeopardy. But on Christmas Eve 1985 when he crosses paths with a young boy whose mother is dying, the impact has a positive effect on both families for years to come. 2001.

The Christmas Thief: A Regan Reilly Mystery    RC 58834
by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
During a vacation weekend in Stowe, Vermont, lottery winner Alvirah Meehan and her friend private investigator Regan Reilly become involved in the case of a stolen Christmas tree. The tree, designated for Rockefeller Center, connects a scam artist, a swindled waitress, and a sparkling treasure. 2004.

A Little Yuletide Murder    RC 57577
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher is in Cabot Cove for the holidays when local farmer Rory Brent, who plays Santa Claus, is found murdered. Rumor points to Jake Walther as the main suspect. Jessica, concerned by the rush to judgment, investigates the case in time for the upcoming Christmas festival. 1998.

A Redbird Christmas    RC 58836
by Fannie Flagg
read by Fannie Flagg
1 cassette
Terminally ill Oswald Campbell leaves Chicago to spend his last Christmas in a small Alabama town. The single women there want his attention, and an abandoned young girl who is lame needs a Christmas miracle. 2004.

Shepherds Abiding: A Mitford Christmas Story    RC 57174
by Jan Karon
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
This sequel to In This Mountain (RC 54446) centers on Reverend Kavanagh’s restoration of an old créche. He transforms himself as he renews the decrepit set and as he interacts with the community: Hope at the bookstore, Andrew at the antiques shop, and the owners of the Main Street Grill. Bestseller. 2003.

Something to Celebrate    RC 57518
by Felicia Mason andothers read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Three stories of holiday romance by African American authors. As the New Year approaches in Brenda Jackson’s "Truly Everlasting," Trask and Felicia discover they are meant for each other. Others find love in "The First Noel" by Felicia Mason and Margie Walker’s "Kwanzaa Kupendi." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Human Relationships

An Act of Love    RC 56225
by Nancy Thayer
read by Cyn Delafield
2 cassettes
Linda and Owen McFarland’s marriage falls apart when Linda’s teenage daughter Emily attempts suicide after being raped. Emily accuses her older stepbrother Bruce of the attack, but he vehemently denies it. Each parent struggles with conflicting emotions until the truth finally comes out. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1997.

All over Creation    RC 56826
by Ruth Ozeki
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Elderly Idaho potato farmers Lloyd and Momoko Fuller run a seed company while neighbors Cassie and Will Quinn experiment with genetically modified products. When the Fullers’ health fails, Cassie persuades their estranged daughter to return. Meanwhile an anti-biotech group befriended by Lloyd targets an agribusiness. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Amazing Interlude and The Street of Seven Stars    RC 56783
by Mary Roberts Rinehart
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
In "The Amazing Interlude," Sara Lee Kennedy leaves her fiancé during the First World War to join the Red Cross in Belgium. There she falls in love with a shell-shocked soldier. In "The Street of Seven Stars," an American musician living in Austria must choose between love and career. 2000.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons    RC 58768
by Lorna Landvik
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Five small-town Minnesota neighbors form a book club and lasting friendships. There’s Faith, a lonely housewife; Audrey, the resident sex queen; Kari, the oldest; Slip, the activist; and Merit, an abused wife. They share three decades of personal dramas. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Bay of Souls    RC 58490
by Robert Stone
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Bored Midwestern college professor Michael Ahearn succumbs to the erotic temptations of a new professor. Leaving behind his son and wife, Michael travels to a Caribbean island at Lara Purcell’s invitation and finds himself embroiled in life-threatening decisions regarding love, voodoo, and smuggling. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Beach Girls    RC 59071
by Luanne Rice
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Hubbard’s Point, Connecticut. Nine-year-old Nell seeks links to her deceased mother, Emma. Jack, Nell’s father, shelters her from his sister Maddie, who knows a painful secret about Emma’s untimely death. Emma’s reclusive childhood friend, Stevie, feels drawn to Nell and to Jack. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Between Friends    RC 57949
by Debbie Macomber
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Jillian Lynn Lawton and Lesley Louise Adamski, both born in 1948, become friends growing up. Through a series of diary entries, letters, and news articles, the two girls share the events of their lives—dating, marriage, children, divorce, and widowhood—that take them in different directions yet keep them close over the years. 2002.

The Book of Salt    RC 58470
by Monique Truong
read by Frank Coffee
2 cassettes
A fictional account by Bình, a live-in Vietnamese cook for American literary figures Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, describing his experiences during five years in their Paris household between 1929 and 1934. Interwoven are Bình’s reminiscences about his upbringing and troubled past in Vietnam. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Brick Lane    RC 57490
by Monica Ali
read by Gabriella Cavallero
3 cassettes
Nazneen, an eighteen-year-old girl from a small Bangladesh village, is wed to much older Chanu in an arranged marriage and moves to London where her Muslim religious, social, and moral traditions clash with Western culture. Transformed by the experience, she embraces new freedoms and examines the role of fate in her life. 2003.

Claws    RC 57276
by Will Weaver
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Popular sixteen-year-old Jed is carefree until Laura, a junior at another high school, tells him about the affair his father is having with her mother. Jed’s life begins to unravel after the teenagers confront their errant parents and the marriages falter. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

A Company of Three    RC 58561
by Varley O’Connor
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
New York, 1970s. Robert from New Jersey, Patrick from New England, and Irene from Kansas begin their acting careers and promise one another lifelong support. But complicated love affairs, inner demons, and diverging careers challenge their mutual pledge. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Fall of Rome    RC 57790
by Martha Southgate
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Cultures clash when Rashid Bryson, a black scholarship student, arrives at a prestigious boys’ boarding school. African American teacher Jerome Washington and white colleague Jana Hansen become involved with Bryson’s education, the racial tension, and each other. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2002.

Five Women    RC 57248
by Rona Jaffe
read by Madelyn Buzzard
4 cassettes
1995. Five women meet weekly at the Yellowbird bar in Manhattan. As they share their past relationships with parents, children, and spouses, and their hopes for the future, Billie, Gara, Felicity, Kathryn, and Eve find the courage to begin new lives. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1997.

Fleur de Leigh in Exile    RC 58876
by Diane Leslie
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Fleur de Leigh is sent to Arizona’s Rancho Cambridge West, the cheapest boarding school in the country. Despite some prejudice and the stress of being new, Fleur survives —though a night of dorm-room mischief could lead to trouble. Sequel to Fleur de Leigh’s Life of Crime (RC 48527). Some strong language. 2003.

The Fortress of Solitude    RC 57374
by Jonathan Lethem
read by Gary Telles
5 cassettes
Brooklyn, 1970s. Dylan Ebdus, who is white, moves into a black neighborhood where he becomes the victim of bullies. His only friend is neighbor Mingus Rude, an African American his own age. Growing up over the next few decades the two choose different lifestyles. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2003.

Girlfriends    RC 57406
by Anita Bunkley and Sandra Kitt
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Three novellas describing the bonds between professional African American women facing life’s trials. In Sandra Kitt’s "The Heart of the Matter," tragedy reunites Katherine and Danika after nearly fifteen years. Friendships are also tested in Anita Bunkley’s "At the End of the Day" and Eva Rutland’s "Choices." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Good Faith    RC 58129
by Jane Smiley
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
In 1982, small town real estate broker Joey Stratford has two encounters that complicate his life. He meets wheeler-dealer Marcus Burns, who lures him into a speculative venture, and he begins an affair with a married woman, Felicity, daughter of his partner Gordon Baldwin. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Half a Heart    RC 58584
by Rosellen Brown
read by Margaret Strom
4 cassettes
A white Houston doctor’s wife locates the daughter she had relinquished years before to her persuasive black professor lover in Mississippi. The recent high school graduate, Ronnee, hides a secret agenda as mother and daughter awkwardly become acquainted and deal with reactions from others. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Handbook for Boys    RC 54621
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old Jimmy Lynch, on probation for assault, is mentored by three senior citizens in a Harlem barbershop. Over time Jimmy absorbs their advice on choices and responsibility. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Iceland    RC 56282
by Jim Krusoe
read by Bruce Nelson
2 cassettes
An unconventional and humorous story of one man’s experience with love and death. Critically ill Paul visits "the Institute" to find a new internal organ. Instead he has a romantic encounter with the caretaker. The memory of their affair persists through his strange and surreal adventures. Some descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Inner Circle    RC 59019
by T. Coraghessan Boyle
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Taking Dr. Kinsey’s marriage course in college is a daring, revelatory experience for John Milk in 1939 and leads him to become a research assistant in Kinsey’s human sexuality project. Over two decades, John’s devotion to the doctor’s investigations threatens his marriage. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Islands    RC 58315
by Anne Rivers Siddons
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Upon marrying Charleston’s Lewis Aiken, MD, Anny Butler not only finally gains a real family but also joins the "Scrubs" social circle. These longtime friends of Lewis’s share leisure time at their Sullivan’s Island communal beach house until misfortune plagues the group. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Jane Austen Book Club    RC 58362
by Karen Joy Fowler
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Sylvia, lesbian daughter Allegra, friend Jocelyn, French teacher Prudie, senior citizen Bernadette, and bachelor Grigg meet to discuss Jane Austen’s works. Over the next few months, each participant’s life is influenced differently by personal interpretations of the novels. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Junior’s Leg    RC 57211
by Ken Wells
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Thirty-year-old, alcoholic, one-legged Junior Guidry—the schoolhouse bully of Meely LaBauve (RC 51539)—reluctantly agrees to help albino Iris Mary, on the run from the Mafia, when she stumbles on his trailer in a Louisiana swamp. The couple find both trouble and love. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2001.

The Kite Runner    RC 57457
by Khaled Hosseini
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
An Afghan in California recalls a fateful 1975 day in Kabul that seared his soul at age twelve—the day he won a kite tournament and abandoned a younger companion to rape. That cowardice keeps haunting him during exile in America until the opportunity for atonement arises—back in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Last Girls    RC 56536
by Lee Smith
read by Susan McInerney
3 cassettes
Twelve college coeds, inspired by Huck Finn, rafted down the Mississippi River in June 1965. Now, in 1999, four of them reunite to relive that journey and mourn one of their own. Memories surface as the women reexamine their lives. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Losers’ Club    RC 56010
by John Lekich
read by Rick Wiseman
2 cassettes
Jerry, a high school bully who extorts money from his classmates, challenges Alex and his Losers’ Club friends to a holiday decorating contest. Alex, who has cerebral palsy, and his buddies surpass everyone’s expectations—and Alex gets a girlfriend too! For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Love    RC 57353
by Toni Morrison
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Even after the death of seaside resort owner Bill Cosey, his women—widow Heed, granddaughter Christine, and mistress Celestial—continue their feuds. These members of the town’s African American former elite reminisce about the man they loved and hated. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2003.

Marjorie Morningstar    RC 56674
by Herman Wouk
read by Anne Hancock
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Beautiful New York teenager Marjorie Morgenstern, a student at Hunter College in the late 1930s, decides to become an actress, repudiating the values of her traditional Jewish family. Joining a summer stock troupe, she embarks on a disastrous affair with its charismatic director. Some strong language. 1955.

Mrs. Kimble    RC 57665
by Jennifer Haigh
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Three women thought they had found the perfect man when they married Ken Kimble. First wife Birdie met the minister in the 1960s. Thirty-nine-year-old Joan stole him away in 1969, and much younger Dinah snagged him a decade later. The Mrs. Kimbles eventually discover his lies. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Priestly Sins    RC 58119
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Wholesome, prairie-bred Father Herman Hoffman, having witnessed a young boy’s rape in the parish rectory, exposes sexual abuse and cover-ups in the Church hierarchy. Herman risks his reputation by testifying against the guilty priest and the corrupt institutionalized system. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Reinhart in Love    RC 57045
by Thomas Berger
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Twenty-one-year-old overweight ex-corporal Carlo Reinhart leaves the army’s psycho ward and returns home, where he is confronted with the new terrors of civilian life in postwar America. His parents, various moneymaking schemes, and fumbling encounters with the opposite sex wreak havoc with his abraded sensitivities. Sequel to Crazy in Berlin (RC 57041). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1962.

Reinhart’s Women    RC 57062
by Thomas Berger
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Carl Reinhart, a large and sensitive man, has always been fascinated by women and cooking. When, to his delight, he suddenly achieves celebrity status as a TV chef, all sorts of women surround him—desiring, imposing, accusing, or seeking his reassurances. Sequel to Vital Parts (RC 57053). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1981.

Reservations Recommended    RC 57068
by Eric Kraft
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Newly divorced Matthew Barber is a Boston toy company executive who moonlights as restaurant critic B.W. Beath. While he surveys dining rooms and their customers with his mistress and sardonically observes modern social life, his own reels out of control. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1990.

A Ship Made of Paper    RC 58035
by Scott Spencer
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
A racially motivated attack sends white Manhattan lawyer Daniel Emerson back to his hometown. Living with his girlfriend and her daughter, he becomes infatuated with a married African American graduate student. Attraction brings trouble during a snowstorm as they contemplate race, desire, and love. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Shooter    RC 58327
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
A high school tragedy related from multiple viewpoints: interviews, reports, and journals. Seventeen-year-old Len shoots a football player to death, injures several others, and commits suicide. His troubled friends recall Len’s problems. In the surrounding culture no one is completely innocent nor completely guilty. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Shop on Blossom Street    RC 58642
by Debbie Macomber
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Three diverse women—tough girl Alix, hopeful mother Carol, and unhappy wife Jacqueline—attend a beginners’ knitting class hosted by cancer survivor Lydia in her Seattle yarn store. The four become friends and make unexpected discoveries about themselves and each other. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

A Simple Habana Melody (from When the World Was Good)    RC 56641
by Oscar Hijuelos
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
1947. Aging Cuban composer Israel Levis, although mistaken for a Jew and imprisoned by Nazis occupying Paris, survived the Holocaust. He makes a nostalgic Havana homecoming—a changed man with fond memories of prewar life and of his impossible love for singer Rita Valladares. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

Sisters    RC 57185
by Anita Richmond Bunkley and others
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
2 cassettes
Three novellas portray African American women bound by family loyalty but torn by romantic conflicts. In Sandra Kitt’s "Homecoming," sisters are divided by the Hollywood success of one and the love interest of the other. Includes Eva Rutland’s "Guess What’s Cooking" and Anita Bunkley’s "Into Tomorrow." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

The Spirit of Covington    RC 57454
by Joan Medlicott
read by Terry Hayes Sales
3 cassettes
When fire destroys the farmhouse of Amelia, Grace, and Hannah, the three devastated ladies and Hannah’s daughter, Laura, seek temporary refuge elsewhere. The stress of rebuilding, losing their keepsakes, and living apart affects their relationships. Sequel to From the Heart of Covington (RC 54508). 2003.

The Swallows of Kabul    RC 58094
by Yasmina Khadra
read by Ken Kliban
1 cassette
In war-torn Afghanistan, two couples’ lives, branded by Taliban rule, cross paths. Zunaira, a self-imposed shut-in; husband Mohsen, dazed by atrocity; jailer Atiq, young yet old enough to mourn lost beauty; and his wife, Musarrat, desperate and dying, come together as Atiq attempts to save Zunaira from execution. Violence. 2002.

Ten Little Indians: Stories    RC 58463
by Sherman Alexie
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Nine stories about modern day Native Americans. In "Do You Know Where I Am?" college sweethearts rescue and return a stranded cat to its owners—an act that unexpectedly defines their future relationship. "Search Engine" depicts a student looking for a fellow native who disappeared thirty years earlier after winning a Pulitzer prize for poetry. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Too Many Men    RC 56865
by Lily Brett
read by Anne Hancock
4 cassettes
Forty-three and thrice-divorced, successful New York City businesswoman Ruth Rothwax convinces her father, Edek, to accompany her to his childhood home in Poland. As Edek relives painful memories of Nazi occupation and Auschwitz, Ruth searches for meaning as a child of Holocaust survivors. Strong language and some violence. 1999.

Vital Parts    RC 57053
by Thomas Berger
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Carl Reinhart is a middle-aged, overweight, unsuccessful businessman with a nagging wife, hippie son, and fat daughter. After running into former high school classmate Bob Sweet, Reinhart is manipulated into donating his body to cryonic science—freezing of dead humans to await a cure for their diseases. Sequel to Reinhart in Love (RC 57045). Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1970.

What Dreams May Come    RC 58019
by Richard Matheson
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
When Chris Nielsen dies in a car accident, his spirit cannot let go of his beloved wife, Ann. The afterlife is not complete without her. Now another tragedy threatens to separate them forever. Chris must risk his very soul to save Ann from an eternity of despair. 1978.

A Whistling Woman    RC 57683
by A.S. Byatt
read by Laura Giannarelli
4 cassettes
Teeming, panoramic novel of social change in 1960s England, centered on recently divorced Frederica Potter from Babel Tower (RC 42872), now a BBC talk show host. Into her orbit come radical psychoanalysts, disaffected academics, followers of a charismatic religious mystic’s, and snail researchers. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

Humor

The Ascent of Rum Doodle    RC 57275
by W.E. Bowman
read by Barry Bernson
1 cassette
In a parody of the sport, a hapless group of British mountaineers attempts to climb a 40,000-and-a-half-foot peak in the Himalayas with the help of 30,000 local porters. Introduction by Bill Bryson. 1956.

Away Laughing on a Fast Camel: Even More Confessions of Georgia Nicolson RC 58377
by Louise Rennison
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Following Dancing in My Nuddy-pants (RC 56064) English schoolgirl Georgia Nicolson continues her journal. She describes her trying existence at school and home and falling in love with a local Italian American singer. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Crying of Lot Forty-Nine    RC 58507
by Thomas Pynchon
read by Annie Wauters
1 cassette
Satirical novel on the subculture of southern California. While executor of her former lover’s estate, Oedipa Maas becomes involved with a worldwide conspiracy to subvert the public mail system and a gang of zanies trying to kick the love habit. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1965.

The High Price of a Good Man    RC 57505
by Debra Phillips
read by Lizan Mitchell
2 cassettes
Twenty-eight-year-old Queenisha Renae Sutton is a confident African American refusing to let her quest for the perfect man interfere with life. Queenie’s search could end at a charity’s date auction, where she buys herself one night with celebrity look-alike Zeke Washington. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Lunch at the Piccadilly    RC 57416
by Clyde Edgerton
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Bachelor Carl Turnage visits his favorite aunt during her convalescence at a North Carolina nursing home. But Aunt Lil and some friends there crave adventure and find it when they steal a car. Meanwhile Carl joins a preacher’s band at the home and attempts romance with a social worker. Some strong language. 2003.

Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses    RC 57672
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Londoners Lucy, Izzie, and Nesta are best friends but when Izzie meets a fabulous new boy she refuses to leave the house in case he calls. Her friends and mum try persuading her to get on with her life, yet she resists. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Mates, Dates, and Designer Divas    RC 57680
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
When Jamaican Italian Nesta of London begins dating a wealthy boy, she pretends to be well-off even though her family has hit hard times. She also risks alienating her friends Izzie and Lucy by withholding the truth. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras    RC 57640
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Londoners Lucy, Izzie, and Nesta are best friends but fourteen-year-old Lucy feels she looks young for her age and longs to grow up. Then after she falls in love at first sight she begins having different problems. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Mates, Dates, and Mad Mistakes    RC 58871
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
To revamp her image, Londoner Izzie pierces her belly button without her mum’s approval. Matters worsen when her mother reads her personal diary. Her mates Nesta, Lucy, and T.J. worry that biker Josh Harper, Izzie’s older crush, might be a bad influence. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Mates, Dates, and Sleepover Secrets    RC 58476
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
T.J. (Theresa Joanne) is lonely when her best friends move away and boys ignore her. When she becomes acquainted with Lucy, T.J. is happy but worries whether Lucy’s friends Nesta and Izzie will accept her into their group. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Mates, Dates, and Sole Survivors    RC 58455
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Lucy feels left out when her friends Izzie and Nesta have boyfriends to spend the summer with. After she meets Daniel at a weekend retreat, the two become inseparable. But eventually Lucy is smothered by the relationship and needs a break. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Mermaids on the Moon    RC 57566
by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
From a small town in Indiana, France goes to Mermaid Springs, Florida, in search of her missing mother, Grendy, a synchronized swimmer. In the process, France discovers truths about her family, her mother’s colorful circle of friends, and herself. 2002.

Older but Wilder: More Notes from the Pasture    RC 56395
by Effie Leland Wilder
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
In this sequel to Over What Hill? (RC 45171), Miss Hattie has her knee replacement "retreaded" and returns to FairAcres. She describes humorous events at the retirement home, including becoming pen pals with local school children, stealing the founder’s portrait, and raising money for a swimming pool. 1998.

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination    RC 58550
by Helen Fielding
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Author of Bridget Jones’s Diary (RC 46267) introduces English freelance journalist Olivia Joules. While covering a style story in Miami Olivia is attracted to playboy Pierre Ferramo, an Osama bin Laden look-alike. After a local cruise ship explodes, Olivia crisscrosses the globe to unearth Pierre’s secrets. Strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

The Princess and the Pauper    RC 57975
by Kate Brian
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Sixteen-year-old Princess Carina of Vineland trades places with her look-alike, poverty-stricken Julia Johnson of Los Angeles, so Carina can have some freedom and attend a rock concert. But complications arise when it’s time to end the impersonation. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Princess in Pink: The Princess Diaries, Volume 5    RC 58085
by Meg Cabot
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Mia, last seen in Princess in Waiting (RC 56102), is dying to go to the prom with her boyfriend. The trouble is, Michael isn’t interested, Mia’s mom is having a baby, and a city-wide strike might cancel all plans. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

The Princess Present: A Princess Diaries Book    RC 58912
by Meg Cabot
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Mia is spending the holidays in Genovia with her father and grand-mère but insists that her boyfriend, Michael, and his sister, Lilly, come to visit. When royal duties take precedence, Mia has a hard time keeping Michael to herself. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Second Helpings    RC 58114
by Megan McCafferty
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
In a sequel to Sloppy Firsts(RC 58148), angst-ridden Jessica enters her senior year at Pineville High. She is confused about her relationship with Marcus, misses her best friend who moved to Tennessee, and decides to attend Columbia University in New York. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

She Is Me    RC 57003
by Cathleen Schine
read by Patricia Kalember
2 cassettes
Manhattan professor Elizabeth Bernard moves to Los Angeles with boyfriend Brett and their son in tow to write a screenplay based on Madame Bovary. Both her ailing mother and grandmother live there and urge her to marry Brett. But Elizabeth fears commitment and, besides, has fallen for someone else. Strong language. 2003.

Shopaholic and Sister    RC 58896
by Sophie Kinsella
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
When Becky returns from her round-the-world honeymoon with two truckloads of souvenirs, she learns that real married life means making adjustments, including a budget. Meanwhile she meets her half-sister, Jessica, who is a frugal environmentalist and hates shopping! Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Sloppy Firsts    RC 58148
by Megan McCafferty
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Brainy sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling of Pineville, New Jersey, spends a year moping when her best friend moves away and her family obsesses about her sister’s upcoming wedding. At school Jess despises the cliques and being boyfriendless. Followed by Second Helpings (RC 58114). Strong language. For senior high readers. 2001.

With You in Spirit    RC 58346
by Steven Cooper
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Gay, Native American, and Jewish Graydove Hoffenstein, heir to a parking meter fortune, defends his mother who is jailed for murdering his father. The eccentric family hires blind medium Brenda Cloudholder to intervene at their haunted Vineyard estate. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Legal Themes

Corruption of Blood: A Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi Mystery
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Assistant New York D.A. Butch Karp is summoned to Washington, D.C., to reopen the investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy. Karp’s wife, Marlene Ciampi, takes on a different case, eventually intersecting with her husband’s probe. Meanwhile a killer targets witnesses. Violence and strong language. 1995.

Death Row: A Ben Kincaid Novel    RC 58943
by William Bernhardt
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Erin Faulkner’s testimony as sole survivor of her family’s slaughter sent Ray Goldman to Oklahoma’s death row. Seven years later with Goldman’s life at stake, Erin admits to defense attorney Ben Kincaid that she lied. Her apparent suicide forces Ben to investigate. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Killer Smile    RC 58316
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Kimberly Schraf
3 cassettes
Philadelphia attorney Mary DiNunzio tackles a complicated case. During World War II Italian American detainee Amadeo Brandolini supposedly committed suicide in a U.S. internment camp. While Mary tries to obtain reparations from the government for the Brandolini estate, someone tries to silence her. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

The Kingmaker    RC 57298
by Brian Haig
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
JAG attorney Major Sean Drummond, last seen in Mortal Allies (RC 54157), defends Brigadier General Bill Morrison on a charge of spying for the Russians. Drummond uncovers a conspiracy to frame his client and exposes the real power behind Russia’s postwar government. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Legal Tender    RC 57153
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
When Bennie Rosato’s partner and ex-boyfriend, Mark Biscardi, is murdered after announcing his plans to dissolve their Philadelphia law firm, police suspect Bennie. Upon falling under suspicion for two more killings, Bennie becomes a fugitive in a desperate race to prove her innocence. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Life Sentence    RC 58478
by David Ellis
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
When Jon Soliday, childhood friend and current attorney for state senator Grant Tully, is accused of murder, the investigation leads to a decades-old secret the two men have kept hidden since they were teens. Additional killings and blackmail threaten to unravel their lives. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Moment of Truth    RC 58284
by Christiane Heggan
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
To jump-start her practice, Washington, D.C., attorney Kate Logan agrees to represent high-profile fugitive Todd Buchanan, prime suspect in the two-year-old murder of his wife, Molly. Kate hopes that by taking the case she won’t lose her boyfriend, Mitch—a cop and Molly’s brother. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

Presumption of Death    RC 56870
by Perri O’Shaughnessy
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
After avoiding disbarment in Unfit to Practice (RC 54806), attorney Nina Reilly takes time off to spend with her lover Paul in her hometown of Carmel Valley, California. When her former assistant’s son, Wish Whitefeather, is accused of arson and murder nearby, Nina defends him. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Retribution    RC 57811
by Jilliane Hoffman
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Miami. As state prosecutor C.J. Townsend builds her high-profile case against the "Cupid" serial killer, police apprehend suspect William Bantling, the man who raped her twelve years before. Despite special agent Falconetti’s concern, C.J. vows to see Bantling punished. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Second Chair    RC 57813
by John Lescroart
read by Fred major
3 cassettes
Attorney Dismas Hardy of The First Law (RC 55773) assists his associate, Amy Wu, in defending seventeen-year-old Andrew Bartlett, accused of murdering his girlfriend and his English teacher. Wu believes he’s guilty. But Hardy uncovers evidence suggesting Bartlett’s innocence and implicating a serial killer. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

The Secret Hour    RC 58086
by Luanne Rice
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Widowed defense attorney John O’Rourke, consumed by a Connecticut murder case, finds it increasingly difficult to raise his children alone. Hope arrives when marine biologist Kate Harris needs his help in finding her sister—a possible victim of John’s notorious client. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Sullivan’s Law    RC 58379
by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
California. Single mom, part-time law student, and overworked probation officer Carolyn Sullivan receives a new parolee, brilliant schizophrenic Daniel Metroix, who has served twenty-three years for killing the police chief’s son. Suspecting he’s innocent, Carolyn investigates further, jeopardizing her career and her life. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Suspicion of Madness    RC 57824
by Barbara Parker
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
When a nineteen-year-old former client confesses to murder and attempts suicide at his parents’ private resort on Lindeman Key, Florida attorneys Anthony Quintana and Gail Connor—a romantically involved legal duo—investigate. As a tropical storm brews, they grow suspicious of mysterious islanders. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Unlucky in Law    RC 58744
by Perri O’Shaughnessy
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Defense attorney Nina Reilly joins her PI lover, Paul, in California. Paul proposes, and to postpone answering, Nina gets absorbed in her latest case: an unlucky criminal charged with grave robbing and murder, in a trial linked to tsarist Russia. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Literature

Appointment in Samarra
by John O’Hara
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Fast-moving first novel by journalist/critic John O’Hara (1905–1970) set in 1930s small-town Pennsylvania. As Gibbsville celebrates Christmas with parties, music, and liquor, aristocratic drunkard Julian English breaks with polite society in one rash moment, beginning his rapid descent to self-destruction. 1991 introduction by John Updike. Some strong language. 1934.

Cry, the Beloved Country    RC 57559
by Alan Paton
read by David Toney
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The classic story of Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo’s search for his delinquent son, Absalom, in 1940s Johannesburg, South Africa. Kumalo’s experiences are set against a background of a land and people struggling not only with overwhelming racial injustice but also with disintegration of tribal culture and traditional family bonds. 1948.

Death Comes for the Archbishop    RC 56535
by Willa Cather
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A tale about the exploits of Bishop Jean Latour and Father Joseph Vaillant, French Catholic priests who organized pioneer and Indian missions throughout the newly created diocese of New Mexico in the second half of the nineteenth century. 1927.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips    RC 57794
by James Hilton
read by John Lescault
1 cassette (Reissue)
Chronicles sixty years in the life of Mr. Chipping, an English schoolmaster who arrives at exclusive Brookfield in 1870 with much enthusiasm but little experience. At first unpopular, Mr. Chips eventually develops a more personal relationship with his students and becomes a legend by the time they must say goodbye. 1933.

The Green Ray    RC 58789
by Jules Verne
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Young Scotswoman Helena Campbell postpones an arranged marriage until she can see a legendary green ray from the setting sun that supposedly will enable her never to be deceived in affairs of the heart. Accompanying her on the quest are two uncles and two would-be suitors. 1883.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter    RC 58532
by Carson McCullers
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Deep South, 1930s. John Singer, who is deaf and mute, feels content until his best friend, also mute, is committed to a mental institution. Singer, who can read lips, becomes the confidante of several town residents, all of whom want answers to their problems. Some strong language. 1940.

Heart of Darkness with The Congo Diary and Up-River Book    RC 58105
by Joseph Conrad
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes
Allegorical tale in which Marlow, a wandering seaman, recounts a journey into the heart of the Belgian Congo where he confronted human savagery. Centenary edition includes "The Congo Diary" and "Up-River Book," Conrad’s notes documenting his 1890 visit to the region. 2002 foreword by A.N. Wilson. Some strong language. 1902.

If Beale Street Could Talk    RC 58492
by James Baldwin
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Bittersweet love story between nineteen-year-old African American Tish Rivers and her lover, Fonny, who met on the streets as children. Tish is pregnant with their child and remains hopeful, while Fonny, an artisan wrongly accused of rape, awaits trial in jail. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1974.

If He Hollers Let Him Go    RC 58656
by Chester Himes
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Los Angeles, 1940s. Shipyard worker Bob Jones, a black man, has become a foreman. Still he feels "scared, walled in, locked up" because of the racism he encounters daily. Accused of raping a white woman, he loses his job, his girlfriend, and his freedom. Some violence and some strong language. 1945.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit    RC 58699
by Sloan Wilson
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
1953. Tired of struggling to make ends meet working for a charitable arts foundation, Tom Rath secures a well-paying but morally empty corporate public relations position. But Rath’s compromises magnify family problems and aggravate unresolved issues from his wartime past. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1955.

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Short Works    RC 58171
by Mark Twain
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Sixteen short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, by celebrated author Mark Twain. In the title piece, a mysterious stranger plots an elaborate scheme to expose hypocrisy in a small town. Also includes "My Boyhood Dreams" and "My First Lie, and How I Got Out of It." Contains 2002 introduction. 1898.

The Mrs. Dalloway Reader    RC 58332
edited by Francine Prose
read by Kimberly Schraf
3 cassettes
Selection of critical essays exploring the evolution and impact of Virginia Woolf’s 1925 classic novel Mrs. Dalloway and the companion piece, "Mrs. Dalloway’s Party." Includes the two works, Woolf’s journal entries and letters regarding the works’ creation, and various writers’ commentary. Includes editor’s introduction. 2003.

Naked Lunch    RC 57547
by William S. Burroughs
read by Gary Telles
3 cassettes
Graphic, postmodern satire depicting a world of drug addicts, narcotics police, ward psychologists, and sex through the altered perceptions of a delirious junkie. New edition with some passages restored from Burroughs’s original manuscript published in 1959 but omitted in later editions. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2001.

The Outcry    RC 56670
by Henry James
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Early-twentieth-century satire on the rich. While wealthy American Breckenridge Bender travels to England to buy heirlooms from cash-poor British aristocrats, Lord Theign of Dedborough tries to marry off his daughter in order to pay family debts. James’s last novel. 1911.

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc    RC 58488
by Mark Twain
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Fictional biography of French heroine Saint Joan of Arc (1412–1431) told from the viewpoint of her page, secretary, and lifelong friend, Sieur Louis de Conte. Describes her early childhood, the "voices" that prompted her to aid the dauphin, the fight for Orleans, and her eventual capture, trial, and martyrdom. 1895.

Snopes: The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion    RC 56745
by William Faulkner
read by John Polk
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Saga of the Snopes family of mythical Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi, from the Civil War into the twentieth century. The trilogy, consisting of The Hamlet (1940), The Town (1957), and The Mansion (1959), is presented here as a unified work, following the author’s original intentions. 1994.

Sometimes a Great Notion    RC 58184
by Ken Kesey
read by Gary Telles
6 cassettes (Reissue)
Oregon timber country. A bitter labor strike against old Henry Stamper’s lumber empire intensifies his two sons’ rivalry. Hank, rough-hewn like his father, is eventually provoked to fight his sensitive half-brother Lee, who has returned home intent on revenge. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1963.

Tar Baby    RC 58646
by Toni Morrison
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Son, a black fugitive, invades the West Indian home of a retired millionaire, upsetting the racially diverse household. He captivates pampered Jadine, a black fashion model. Their ideologically complicated love affair plays out from the Caribbean to Manhattan. Includes 2004 foreword by the author. Strong language. 1981.

The Way of All Flesh    RC 57204
by Samuel Butler
read by David Cutler
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Satirical portrayal by notable Victorian novelist, in a partly autobiographical piece, of the relations between Ernest Pontifex and his pious, self-righteous parents. Being the son of a middle-class English clergyman and a sanctimonious mother makes for an unhappy childhood, followed by dismal university years and an unsuitable marriage. Literature—and an aunt’s bequest—become his salvation. 1903.

Medical Themes

My Sister’s Keeper    RC 58402
by Jodi Picoult
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
When Kate is diagnosed with a rare leukemia, her parents create test-tube baby Anna to save her life. After years of medical procedures Anna, now thirteen, is expected to donate a kidney. She files for medical legal emancipation and throws the family into a fundamental moral crisis. 2004.

The Speed of Dark    RC 58560
by Elizabeth Moon
read by Brian Conn
3 cassettes
Born with autism at the dawn of the twenty-first century, Lou Arrendale is an independent adult working at a pharmaceutical company. When his boss pressures him to receive an experimental treatment that could reverse his condition, Lou worries how he will change and how he will feel being "normal." 2003.

A Sundog Moment: A Novel of Hope    RC 58689
by Sharon Baldacci
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Elizabeth Whittaker’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis changes her life forever. Her perfect marriage strains to the breaking point as she and her family cope with her new physical reality. Elizabeth prays for a sundog, a sun phenomena symbolizing hope, to renew her strength and faith. Some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Mystery and Detective

Acceleration    RC 57917
by Graham McNamee
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Seventeen-year-old Duncan works at the Toronto subway lost-and-found for the summer. When he finds a diary that may belong to a serial killer the police aren’t interested. To find the murderer before he strikes again, Duncan gets his buddies to help him. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2003.

Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate    RC 57991
by M.C. Beaton
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
Abandoned by her ex-husband and depressed about awkward advances from her novelist neighbor, John Armitage, Agatha Raisin is briefly revitalized by the church’s extraordinarily good-looking new curate. When he is found murdered, police suspect the local vicar, Alf Bloxby. To clear Bloxby’s name, Agatha and John investigate. 2003.

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House    RC 58482
by M.C. Beaton
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
Shortly after Agatha returns from London, handsome new neighbor Paul, having heard of her sleuthing prowess, offers their services to a crotchety cottager who claims to suffer supernatural disturbances. Agatha and Paul investigate when elderly Mrs. Witherspoon is later found dead at home. 2003.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?    RC 58890
by Sidney Sheldon
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Four Kingsley International Group think-tank scientists die mysteriously around the globe. Two widows—New Yorker Diane Stevens, who recently testified against the Mafia, and Paris model Kelly Harris—unite to expose KIG’s nefarious CEO, Tanner Kingsley. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Ashes to Ashes: An Inner Sanctum Mystery    RC 58557
by Emma Lathen
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The New York Archdiocese plans to sell a parochial school to realtors who will replace the building with high-rise apartments. Wall Street banker John Putnam Thatcher, Sloan Guaranty Trust’s acting president, finds himself in a legal battle as parishioners fight back. A riot, a bomb scare, and murder ensue. 1971.

Aunt Dimity: Snowbound    RC 58529
by Nancy Atherton
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
When a blizzard interrupts her hike through the English countryside, Lori Shepherd seeks refuge in Ladythorne Abbey, where she encounters two suspicious backpackers and the abbey’s eccentric, gun-wielding caretaker. Believing her fellow travelers are would-be robbers, Lori turns to ghostly Aunt Dimity for guidance. 2004.

The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery    RC 59036
by Ruth Rendell
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
As epic flooding descends upon Sussex, chief inspector Wexford investigates the case of the two missing Dade children, fifteen-year-old Giles and thirteen-year-old Sophie, and their weekend sitter, Joanna Troy. The trail leads to shady suspects and a strange motive while Wexford copes with his own daughter’s problems. Some violence. 2002.

Back Bay    RC 58322
by William Martin
read by Michael Russotto
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Harvard grad student Peter Fallon is drawn into the search for George Washington’s priceless silver tea set, which disappeared during the British invasion in the War of 1812. Generations of the Boston Pratt clan have also pursued the Paul Revere treasure. Some violence. 1979.

Bad Business    RC 57842
by Robert B. Parker
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Boston private detective Spenser, last seen in Back Story (RC 55751), is hired by Marlene Rowley to track her philandering husband, Trenton, CFO of an energy firm. Trenton’s subsequent murder at his office leads Spenser to investigate a wife-swapping ring and corporate corruption. Strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Bad Chemistry    RC 57387
by Nora Kelly
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Vancouver professor Gillian Adams takes a sabbatical and travels to Cambridge, England, to meet her boyfriend, Scotland Yard detective Edward Gisborne. Their vacation plans are derailed while they solve a dual murder that is shrouded by professional rivalries, clandestine relationships, and feminist overtones. Some violence. 1993.

Bangkok Eight    RC 56818
by John Burdett
read by Rick Rohan
3 cassettes
Buddhist detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police, son of a Thai prostitute and an American soldier, investigates an African American marine’s murder by snakes. Teamed with FBI agent Kimberley Jones, Sonchai also seeks revenge for his partner’s death during the investigation. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

The Best American Mystery Stories, 2003    RC 57428
edited by Michael Connelly
read by Susan McInerney
3 cassettes
Twenty short mystery stories by authors including Mike Doogan, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, and George Pelecanos. In "When the Women Come Out to Dance," a former stripper and wife of a wealthy Pakistani employs a domestic to help resolve marital problems. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Big Bad Wolf: An Alex Cross Mystery    RC 57095
by James Patterson
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
2 cassettes
Following Four Blind Mice (RC 55046) Alex Cross leaves the D.C. police department and joins the FBI. During his first case, a kidnapping and slavery ring run by the Russian mob, he fights for custody of his youngest son. Violence and strong language. 2003.

The Bishop Goes to the University: A Blackie Ryan Mystery    RC 57666
by Andrew M. Greeley
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Bishop Blackwood "Blackie" Ryan investigates the murder of a visiting Russian Orthodox monk in the monk’s office at a southside Chicago university. Suspects include four other professors, but intelligence agents, foreign gangsters, and even the Vatican may be involved. 2003.

Black as He’s Painted    RC 58242
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The president of an African republic plans a goodwill mission to England, but someone seems intent on including murder in his itinerary. Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard, a former classmate of the president, finds himself in a ticklish predicament when he’s put in charge of security precautions. Some strong language. 1973.

Black Lotus    RC 58175
by Laura Joh Rowland
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Tokyo, 1693. Shogun’s private detective Sano Ichiro investigates a triple murder camouflaged as arson at the Black Lotus Temple. Sano’s wife, Reiko, interviews fifteen-year-old orphan Haru, a witness. Convinced of Haru’s innocence, Reiko sets out to expose a suspicious Buddhist sect. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Blacklist    RC 57240
by Sara Paretsky
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
While inspecting the vacant family manor for longtime client Darraugh Graham, private investigator V.I. Warshawski stumbles upon the bodies of African American reporter Marcus Whitby and teenager Catherine Bayard. Somehow the families are connected in scandal and deceit going back to the McCarthy era. Bestseller. 2003.

Blind Alley    RC 58833
by Iris Johansen
read by Bernadette Dunne
2 cassettes
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan reconstructs a victim’s face—one who eerily resembles Eve’s adopted daughter Jane. While a serial killer targets Jane look-alikes, Jane’s recurrent nightmares track the path of the murderer to her door. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

The Blind Man of Seville    RC 57899
by Robert Wilson
read by Dan Toohey
4 cassettes
Seville, Spain. Chief inspector Javier Falcón investigates a wealthy businessman’s brutal murder and other killings that follow. When he connects the victims to his father in some shady dealings, Falcón, with the help of a blind psychologist, delves into his painful past. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2003.

Blood Sinister: An Inspector Bill Slider Mystery    RC 57929
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
When left-wing journalist Phoebe Agnew is found murdered in her London flat, Detective Inspector Bill Slider dismisses his feelings about her work targeting police corruption and investigates. His primary suspect is a government advisor rumored to be her lover. Meanwhile, his girlfriend considers moving to Amsterdam. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 1999.

The Blue Edge of Midnight    RC 56676
by Jonathon King
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Max Freeman stopped being a Philadelphia cop the night he killed a twelve-year-old child in self-defense. Max lives a solitary life near the Florida Everglades and is still haunted by the young boy’s face. His peaceful existence is shattered when he uncovers the dead face of another child. Strong language. 2002.

The Body in the Attic: A Faith Fairchild Mystery    RC 58716
by Katherine Hall Page
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her minister husband will teach at Harvard Divinity School. Settling into their temporary home, Faith finds two things disturbing: her ex-boyfriend Richard Morgan’s sudden reappearance and a 1946 diary in the attic. Includes recipes. 2004.

The Body in the Basement: A Faith Fairchild Mystery    RC 58641
by Katherine Hall Page
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Faith Fairchild’s next-door Maine neighbor, Pix, checks on the Fairchilds’ island summer cottage and discovers wrapped in a valuable quilt the dead body of Mitchell Pierce, a handyman who dabbled in antiques. Sharing her friend Faith’s inquisitive nature, Pix resolves to solve the murder. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 1994.

Bold Sons of Erin: An Abel Jones Mystery, Book 5    RC 57497
by Owen Parry
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
At President Lincoln’s request, Major Abel Jones—last seen in Honor’s Kingdom (RC 57524)—returns home to Pennsylvania in 1862 to inspect the grave of a Union general’s Irish assassin. When the exhumation reveals the body of a slain young woman instead, Abel investigates both murders. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Bookman’s Promise: A Cliff Janeway Novel    RC 58743
by John Dunning
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
For a mere $29,500, book collector and ex-cop Cliff Janeway purchases a three-volume Civil War-era book. After an elderly Baltimore woman claims it belonged to a collection stolen from her grandfather, Janeway investigates and discovers that the book holds secrets for which many would kill. Some strong language. 2004.

The Bottoms    RC 57393
by Joe R. Lansdale
read by David Toney
2 cassettes
East Texas, 1930s. Young Harry Collins and his sister discover the body of a brutally murdered African American woman in a riverbed. When their father, a constable, investigates a string of killings, local racial tensions hinder him. Strong language and some violence. Edgar Allan Poe Award. 2000.

The Breathtaker    RC 57636
by Alice Blanchard
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Oklahoma. In the aftermath of a devastating twister, widowed police chief Charlie Grover discovers the bodies of three apparent tornado victims. When autopsies reveal foul play, Charlie— aided by storm-chasing specialist Willa Bellman—races to stop a killer using cyclones to camouflage murder. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Burglar on the Prowl    RC 57989
by Lawrence Block
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Bernie Rhodenbarr, New York bookseller and intrepid thief from The Burglar in the Rye (RC 48926), is asked by a friend to rob a surgeon who stole the friend’s mistress. Bernie’s attempted heists implicate him in a triple homicide. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Call Each River Jordan: An Abel Jones Mystery, Book 3    RC 58265
by Owen Parry
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
Union major Abel Jones arrives at the Civil War’s front lines to investigate the killing of forty runaway slaves— the third such racially motivated massacre presumably by southern renegades. General Grant then sends him on a dangerous mission to parley with the Confederates and find the murderers. Violence. 2001.

Castle Rouge: An Irene Adler Mystery    RC 57479
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by Lisette Lecat
4 cassettes
After Jack the Ripper—whom detective Irene Adler (and Sherlock Holmes) helped to capture in Paris— escapes from custody, Irene’s husband and her friend Nell vanish. With help from an American prostitute and others, Irene travels throughout Europe to rescue her loved ones and corner her nemesis. Sequel to Chapel Noir (RC 57499). Some violence. 2002.

Cat in a Neon Nightmare: A Midnight Louie Mystery    RC 58460
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by J.P. Linton
2 cassettes
Feline detective Midnight Louie enters the Las Vegas crime scene when a high-class call girl is found dead. The main suspect is her last client, radio personality Matt Devine, a friend of Louie’s human roommate. Louie and a new partner—his unacknowledged daughter, Miss Midnight Louise—help crack the case. Some strong language. 2003.

The Cat Who Talked Turkey    RC 57377
by Lilian Jackson Braun
read by Bob Askey
1 cassette
A dead body found on his property slightly dims Moose County columnist Jim "Qwill" Qwilleran’s excitement over a new bookstore and a neighboring town’s upcoming bicentennial. After wild turkeys, rare for the area, suddenly appear, Qwill looks to his clairvoyant cat, Koko, for answers. Bestseller. 2004.

The Cat Who Wasn’t a Dog    RC 57210
by Marian Babson
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Aging British actresses Trixie Dolan and Evangeline Sinclair accompany Dame Cecile Savoy to the taxidermist to have her beloved dead Pekinese stuffed. They discover the owner murdered and rescue a rare cat. Meanwhile, the housekeeper where they are staying as guests disappears, their hostess’s antagonistic stepmother arrives, and Trixie’s daughter panics writing a cookbook. 2003.

Chapel Noir: An Irene Adler Mystery    RC 57499
by Carole Nelson Douglas
read by Lisette Lecat
4 cassettes
Paris, 1889. Irene Adler and her sidekick Nell assist police when two courtesans are murdered in an upscale brothel. The killings resemble Jack the Ripper’s gruesome crimes in London, investigated earlier by rival detective Sherlock Holmes. He joins the Paris inquiry, continuing the war of wits from Irene’s Last Waltz (RC 42996). Some violence. 2001.

Children of the Storm    RC 55871
by Elizabeth Peters
read by Barbara Rappaport
3 cassettes
Amelia Peabody’s family—including twin grandchildren—return to Egypt after World War I to continue archaeological work. Violence plagues their work site, including kidnapping, theft, and a nemesis from the past. Sequel to The Golden One (RC 54161). 2003.

The Christmas Garden Affair: A Gardening Mystery    RC 57461
by Ann Ripley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
PBS television gardener and occasional crime-solver Louise Eldridge is losing ratings to her sexy cable TV rival Bunny Bainfield. They finally meet at a Christmas season gardening conference hosted by the incoming first lady. When Bunny is murdered at the shindig, Louise becomes a suspect and decides to investigate. Some strong language. 2002.

A Christmas Journey    RC 57836
by Anne Perry
read by Terry Hayes Sales
1 cassette
Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould, a budding sleuth from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries, attends a holiday party at which her friend Isobel cruelly insults a young widow who commits suicide later that night. Feeling guilty, Isobel goes with Vespasia to visit the victim’s mother in Scotland where they uncover a shocking secret. 2003.

The Christmas Thief: A Regan Reilly Mystery    RC 58834
by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
During a vacation weekend in Stowe, Vermont, lottery winner Alvirah Meehan and her friend private investigator Regan Reilly become involved in the case of a stolen Christmas tree. The tree, designated for Rockefeller Center, connects a scam artist, a swindled waitress, and a sparkling treasure. 2004.

Cold Day in July    RC 57468
by Stella Cameron
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Marc Girard fears that a recently discovered body may be his estranged sister. Returning to his sleepy Louisiana hometown, he persuades a former girlfriend, Dr. Reb O’Brien, to help him investigate. They form a dangerous team, convinced the death was not accidental. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

The Conspiracy Club    RC 57112
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes
Psychotherapist Jeremy Carrier’s romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder. Considered a suspect, Jeremy is compelled by another killing, an enigmatic colleague, and a series of anonymous clues to find the culprit. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Cradle Will Fall    RC 58176
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by MaryBeth Wise
2 cassettes (Reissue)
While hospitalized, New Jersey prosecutor Katie DeMaio spies from her window a man loading a woman’s body into a car. Later, she helps medical examiner Richard Carroll investigate a questionable suicide. Richard suspects Edgar Highley—Katie’s new doctor—and fears the worst when Katie disappears. Some violence and some strong language. 1980.

The Cross-legged Knight: An Owen Archer Mystery    RC 57919
by Candace Robb
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
York, England; 1371. Owen Archer, captain of the guard, is assigned to protect the life of the visiting bishop of Winchester. But the priest’s dwelling is set on fire, and the body of a woman is discovered in the ashes. Archer and his wife, Lucie, investigate. 2002.

Custard’s Last Stand: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes    RC 57676
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Colonel Custard stays at Mennonite Magdalena Yoder’s inn while planning to open a five-star resort in town. When she discovers the colonel’s plot, Magdalena tries to prevent him from getting a zoning permit. As she protests at town hall, the colonel is found murdered—forcing her to investigate. 2003.

Dance Hall of the Dead    RC 58053
by Tony Hillerman
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Navajo police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn faces a possible murder in the disappearance of a Zuñi youth and his Navajo best friend shortly before an important annual Zuñi religious ceremony. Some violence. 1973.

The Dangerous Hour: A Sharon McCone Mystery    RC 58865
by Marcia Muller
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
San Francisco PI Sharon McCone’s newfound success is threatened when one of her operatives is arrested for stealing city supervisor Alex Aguilar’s credit card. As she investigates the case, she uncovers Aguilar’s secrets and dodges her lover’s marriage proposal. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

Dark Hollow    RC 58071
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Former New York cop Charlie Parker from Every Dead Thing (RC 58055) has avenged his murdered family and retreats to Maine as a detective-for-hire. A case of unpaid child support turns to murder, and the obvious suspect, the victim’s ex-husband, disappears. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Days of the Dead    RC 58644
by Barbara Hambly
read by Frank Coffee
3 cassettes
1835. Freedman Benjamin January and his new wife, Rose, travel from New Orleans to Mexico City to help a friend accused of poisoning the son of a mentally unstable landowner. Benjamin investigates while Don Prospero awaits an upcoming holy day when he believes his slain son will reveal the killer. Some violence. 2003.

Dead for Life: A Conrad Voort Mystery    RC 58616
by Ethan Black
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes
Wendall Nye, a former high school teacher turned serial killer, targets people who’ve harmed him, including Manhattan detective Conrad Voort. Voort, threatened with dismissal by his superiors, races to uncover the identity of Nye—whose motives, moreover, reveal political corruption. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Dead Irish    RC 58133
by John Lescroart
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
San Francisco. Ex-cop Dismas Hardy, currently a bartender, unofficially investigates his friend Eddie Cochran’s apparent suicide. Dismas, coping also with unresolved feelings for his ex-wife, identifies possible murder motives and examines the role of Eddie’s compassionate, conflicted priest. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1989.

Death at the Spring Plant Sale: A Gardening Mystery    RC 57460
by Ann Ripley
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
At her friend Emily Holley’s insistence, PBS television gardener and amateur sleuth Louise Eldridge attends the spring plant sale of a Washington, D.C., area garden club. Louise had hoped to film some beautiful floral footage, but instead ends up investigating the murder of the club’s president. Some violence. 2003.

Death in Precinct Puerto Rico: A Luis Gonzalo Novel, Book 2    RC 58381
by Steven Torres
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Elena Maldonado is murdered after returning home from the hospital with her newborn baby. Sheriff Luis Gonzalo suspects Elena’s drunk and abusive husband whom she planned to divorce. Further violence and a complicated investigation lead to more questions—including who will care for the child. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Death of a Poison Pen    RC 58283
by M.C. Beaton
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Scottish Highland constable Hamish Macbeth, while investigating poisonous pen letters sent to several Lochdubh residents, is confronted by murders that suggest peril to anyone who questions the letters. The town reporter and a visitor seeking romance complicate his efforts to resolve the case. 2004.

Death of a Village    RC 57984
by M.C. Beaton
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette
Scottish constable Hamish Macbeth is avoiding a promotion, investigating local crimes, and arguing with pretty reporter Elspeth Grant as he patrols the seaside village of Stoyre. When it appears that the town is in the grip of a strange religious revival, Macbeth moves there to learn more. 2003.

Death Row: A Ben Kincaid Novel    RC 58943
by William Bernhardt
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Fifteen-year-old Erin Faulkner’s testimony as sole survivor of her family’s slaughter sent Ray Goldman to Oklahoma’s death row. Seven years later with Goldman’s life at stake, Erin admits to defense attorney Ben Kincaid that she lied. Her apparent suicide forces Ben to investigate. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Death Trap: An Alaska Mystery    RC 58678
by Sue Henry
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes
Forced by an injury to miss this year’s Iditarod race, musher Jessie Arnold works the booth at the Alaska state fair. The festivities are interrupted when a murder occurs, Jessie’s beloved lead dog disappears, and Jessie herself goes missing. Old flame Alex Jensen returns to launch a search. Some strong language. 2003.

Deception on All Accounts    RC 57448
by Sara Sue Hoklotubbe
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Part-Cherokee Sadie Walela has reached a good point in her life. She now has a farm, a rising position at a bank, and a new romance. All this changes when the bank is robbed and a colleague murdered, and Sadie becomes a primary suspect. Some violence. 2003.

Deep Pockets    RC 58134
by Linda Barnes
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Tenured Harvard professor Wilson Chaney hires Carlotta Carlyle, Boston cop turned private detective, to investigate a blackmail threat he received. Chaney admits to an affair with a student, details of which threaten his reputation, but now the young woman’s mysterious death and another fatality escalate the case. Strong language. 2004.

The Deserter: Murder at Gettysburg    RC 57958
by Jane Langton
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Homer Kelly’s wife, Mary, wants to clear the name of her Civil War ancestor, Seth Morgan, accused of deserting the Union during the Battle of Gettysburg. In narrative alternating between past and present, the Kellys come to suspect Seth’s former Harvard classmate and comrade-at-arms, Otis Pike. Some strong language. 2003.

Destination Murder: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery    RC 57727
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher accompanies a friend, a member of a railroad association, on a three-day train trip through scenic British Columbia. There she meets club president Alvin Blevin, an unlikable character who is later poisoned. Jessica searches for clues with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 2003.

Divided in Death: An Eve Dallas Mystery    RC 57938
by J.D. Robb
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New York City, 2059. Detective Eve Dallas investigates a double homicide when her tycoon husband’s trusted security specialist, Reva Ewing, is suspected of murdering her artist spouse and his mistress. A suspicious computer virus and more killings indicate a techno-terrorist attack. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Don’t Turn Your Back on the Ocean: A Jeri Howard Mystery    RC 57452
by Janet Dawson
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
While visiting her family in Monterey, California, Oakland private detective Jeri Howard learns about pelican mutilations, ocean dumping, sabotage at her mother’s upscale restaurant, and a murder accusation leveled at her cousin Bobby. Investigating, Jeri suspects these events are linked—and uncovers still more crimes. Some violence and some strong language. 1994.

Double Helix    RC 58477
by Nancy Werlin
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Eighteen-year-old Eli Samuels, a superb athlete and student whose mother is dying, works for Dr. Quincy Wyatt, a Nobel Prize-winning genetic engineer. When Eli notices that Kayla, a coworker, eerily resembles his once beautiful mother, he uncovers a shocking family secret. For senior high readers. 2004.

Dragon Bones: China Crime    RC 58879
by Lisa See
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Chinese inspector Liu Hulan investigates an American archaeologist’s murder near the Yangzi River Three Gorges Dam project. Hulan’s estranged American husband, David Stark, arrives to look into antiquities theft. The two cases become entwined, and more fatalities occur. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Dragon King’s Palace    RC 58342
by Laura Joh Rowland
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Edo, Japan; 1694. Traveling to Mt. Fuji to escape the heat, the shogun’s mother’s entourage is ambushed, the troops slain, and the women kidnapped. Among them is Reiko, wife of Sano, the emperor’s private investigator. While Reiko schemes to protect her honor, Sano resorts to desperate measures. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Edge of Doom    RC 57985
by Amanda Cross
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Professor Kate Fansler, having learned that elderly stranger Jay Smith is her biological father, is especially shocked when he disappears soon after meeting her. When Kate, her husband Reed, and her eldest brother, Laurence, investigate, they discover illegal and murky incidents in Jay’s past. Some strong language. 2002.

Eighteen    RC 58719
by Jan Burke
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Eighteen short mystery and suspense stories by Edgar Award winner and author of Nine (RC 55576). In "Mea Culpa," a disabled boy believes his stepfather will kill his mom. Includes "Miscalculation," about the wartime service of the oceanliner Queen Mary, "Unharmed," "The Muse," and others. Some violence. 1993.

Enough Rope: Collected Stories    RC 57078
by Lawrence Block
read by Roy Avers
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Eighty-four short stories that span five decades of the mystery writer’s work and incorporate series characters from his novels including Chip Harrison, Martin Ehrengraf, Matthew Scudder, Bernie Rhodenbarr, and J.P. Keller. Also contains independent tales of suspense. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

Evan Only Knows: A Constable Evans Mystery    RC 57948
by Rhys Bowen
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
Constable Evan Evans and his fiancée, Bronwen, are visiting their families in South Wales when a gang member who murdered Evans’s father years before is arrested for killing a young woman. When the accused pleads innocent, Evans embarks on the unsavory business of freeing him. Some strong language. 2003.

Every Dead Thing    RC 58055
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Haunted by his wife’s and daughter’s grisly unsolved murders, detective Charlie Parker left the NYPD. Working unofficially as a private investigator, he follows a missing young woman’s trail to New Orleans and, he hopes, to his family’s killer. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Everywhere That Mary Went    RC 58152
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Newly widowed attorney Mary DiNunzio is in line to become partner at one of Philadelphia’s upscale corporate law firms. But a series of frightening telephone calls, notes, and stalking by someone unknown put her career on hold as she fights for her life. Some strong language. 1993.

Exit Wounds    RC 57119
by J.A. Jance
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Cochise County, Arizona. Sheriff Joanna Brady, pregnant and running for reelection, investigates the killings of a woman and her seventeen dogs. Meanwhile two television reporters are murdered with similar antique bullets. The case reveals family secrets involving incest and bigamy. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Fatal Remains: A Marti MacAlister Mystery    RC 57561
by Eleanor Taylor Bland
read by MaryBeth Wise
2 cassettes
African American detective Marti MacAlister from Windy City Dying (RC 57253) and her partner, Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik, investigate suspicious deaths near an archaeological dig. These recent mysteries soon expose long-kept secrets of the past that involve Native American history and the Underground Railroad. Some strong language. 2003.

Fear Itself    RC 56886
by Walter Mosley
read by Don Cheadle
2 cassettes
Los Angeles, 1955. African-American bookstore owner Paris Minton agrees to help his friend, Fearless Jones, locate his missing boss. Their search becomes entangled with the affairs of millionaire Winifred L. Fine, her priceless family diary, murder, and extortion. Sequel to Fearless Jones (RC 52362). Violence and strong language. 2003.

A Few Minutes past Midnight: A Toby Peters Mystery    RC 54629
by Stuart M. Kaminsky
read by Rick Wiseman
1 cassette
A mysterious man threatens to harm Charlie Chaplin unless he stops making a movie about a serial killer. The actor hires private investigator Toby Peters. Peters’s sleuthing unearths so many Chaplin enemies that the private eye enlists the help of his policeman brother, Phil Pevsner. Some strong language. 2001.

Fox Evil    RC 58947
by Minette Walters
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
A Dorset, England, coroner cites natural causes in the death of elderly Ailsa Lockyer-Fox, an advocate against animal cruelty. Her husband James’s secretive behavior, however, arouses suspicion as he begins a desperate search for the granddaughter who could save his name—and his life. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

Freaky Green Eyes    RC 57887
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Fourteen-year-old Francesca "Franky" Pierson relates events during the year her mother leaves home for long periods and then disappears. Initially sympathizing with her father, a former football star-turned-broadcaster, Franky eventually discovers the truth about her parents’ relationship—and her mom’s murder. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Frumious Bandersnatch: A Novel of the 87th Precinct    RC 57809
by Ed McBain
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Two masked men snatch twenty-year-old hip-hop diva Tamar from a party on a yacht in New York City’s harbor. Detectives Steve Carella and Cotton Hawes, of the 87th Precinct, assist the FBI in the search for the kidnappers. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Fudge Cupcake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery    RC 58266
by Joanne Fluke
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
After teaching a cooking class Minnesota baker Hanna Swensen, from Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (RC 57480), empties the trash and discovers Sheriff Grant’s body in a dumpster. When her sister Andrea’s husband, Bill (the sheriff’s rival in an upcoming election), becomes a suspect, Andrea urges Hanna to investigate. Includes recipes. 2004.

Full Blast: Full Series    RC 58159
by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Newspaperwoman Jamie Swift, and millionaire Max Holt’s relationship intensifies as they investigate a string of murders in Beaumont, South Carolina. The town is sizzling: the baker spikes his brownies with aphrodisiacs, a kinky lingerie store opens, and Jamie starts a personal ads column. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Gone Tomorrow: A Bill Slider Mystery    RC 57462
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
In a London park near Shepherd’s Bush, a groundskeeper finds a well-dressed man’s body—stabbed in the heart, sitting on a swing, carrying a stack of cash but no identification. To investigate, Detective Inspector Bill Slider takes to the streets while struggling with his assorted personal relationships. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

Guardian of the Horizon    RC 58038
by Elizabeth Peters
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Egypt, 1907. Archaeologist family headed by Amelia Peabody and husband Emerson accepts a hazardous mission to Lost Oasis to save their friend Prince Tarek, who is suffering from a strange sickness. They encounter constant deceptions and dangers on the desert trek, ultimately finding themselves victims of a ruse to dethrone the prince. 2004.

Heart Trouble: A Callahan Garrity Mystery    RC 58555
by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Just as her sideline cleaning business takes off, private investigator Callahan Garrity is hired by Atlanta socialite Whitney Dobbs, recently acquitted of a drunk-driving, hit-and-run homicide that ignited racial tensions. Whitney wants the assets her rich husband hid after filing for divorce. The case becomes a murder investigation. Strong language and some violence. 1996.

Help Me Please    RC 57650
by Barbara D’Amato
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Hours after the high-profile kidnapping of three-year-old Danni Gaston, a new web site appears on the Internet featuring live, twenty-four-hour images of the child being held in isolation. Chicago police detective Polly Kelly and the FBI race to find Danni and apprehend the cyber-terrorists who took her. Strong language. 1999.

High Country    RC 57964
by Nevada Barr
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Park ranger Anna Pigeon, from Flashback (RC 55511), works undercover as a waitress at Yosemite National Park after four young employees mysteriously vanish. Frustrated with the investigation, Anna embarks on a rugged backcountry trek, finding a crashed plane, a drug cache, and angry gunmen. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

Hollywood Tough    RC 58429
by Stephen J. Cannell
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Shane Scully and his new wife, Alexa, both Los Angeles police officers, uncover a Mafia plot to take over film unions. They set up a phony movie company to expose the mob—but can’t prevent a starlet’s murder and a street gang war. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2003.

Honor’s Kingdom: An Abel Jones Mystery, Book 4    RC 57524
by Owen Parry
read by Nick Sullivan
3 cassettes
Major Abel Jones, from Faded Coat of Blue (RC 50818), is sent to London in 1862 to investigate the murder of a fellow Union agent trying to stifle Britain’s Confederate sympathies and prevent the South from purchasing warships. Abel is soon enmeshed in intrigues of British politicians who appear to have something to hide. 2002.

Hot Pursuit    RC 57397
by Nora Kelly
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Professor Gillian Adams quit her job and moved to London to be with her lover, Edward, a policeman. She reconnects with her old friend Charlotte, whose actress daughter is being stalked by a perverted fan. When Gillian discovers Charlotte’s body, she becomes involved in a murder investigation. Some strong language. 2002.

Hotspur    RC 57451
by Rita Mae Brown
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
A body is found on land used by the Jefferson Hunt Club in Virginia. Jane "Sister" Arnold, the hunt master from Outfoxed (RC 50586), surreptitiously investigates the club’s members when the corpse is identified as a young flirt who disappeared with her boyfriend twenty-one years earlier. Some strong language. 2002.

The House Sitter: A Peter Diamond Mystery    RC 59049
by Peter Lovesey
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes
When psychological profiler Emma Tysoe’s body, strangled, is found on a Sussex beach, detective superintendent Peter Diamond assists local forces. Diamond soon discovers a link to a serial killer known as the "Ancient Mariner," who kept a list of well-known intended victims. Some strong language. 2003.

The Ice Maiden    RC 57137
by Edna Buchanan
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Discovery of burglar’s body reopens a fourteen-year-old rape and murder case. A survivor, an ice sculptor, lives in seclusion. Miami News reporter Britt Montero attempts to melt the Ice Maiden’s chilly defenses before the crook’s accomplices finish what they started. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2002.

The Jupiter Myth: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery    RC 58581
by Lindsey Davis
read by George Holmes
3 cassettes
Britannia, A.D. 75. Suave Roman auditor Marcus Didius Falco and his family are still in the island province when the native king dispatches Falco to investigate a royal courtier’s murder. The search leads to a female gladiator and criminals from Rome. Sequel to A Body in the Bathhouse (RC 56614). Some violence. 2002.

Killer.app    RC 57281
by Barbara D’Amato
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
A high-tech thriller. When her cyber-savvy sister, Sheryl Birch, winds up in a coma after a mysterious accident, Chicago cop Susannah Figueroa investigates. She suspects the mishap and certain murders may be linked to the secret database Sheryl discovered while working at megacorporation SJR DataSystems. Violence and some strong language. 1996.

The Killing Kind    RC 58245
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Maine private detective Charlie Parker investigates the apparent suicide of Grace Peltier, a graduate student researching the disappearance of a local fundamentalist sect. When the group’s mass grave is discovered, Parker suspects the Fellowship, a shadowy religious organization. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Kills    RC 58014
by Linda Fairstein
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper’s latest case involves the rape of investment banker Paige Vallis, whose attacker is also accused of abusing his ten-year-old son. When Paige is killed, Alex finds connections to an elderly Harlem murder victim. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Last Lessons of Summer    RC 57898
by Margaret Maron
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
Amy Steadman, heiress to a children’s book empire, visits the North Carolina farmhouse of her late grandmother, Frances Barbour, to put the valuable estate, and her own life, in order. While sorting through her inheritance, Amy seeks answers to her mother’s long-ago suicide and Frances’s recent murder. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Last Lullaby: An Eve Diamond Novel    RC 58638
by Denise Hamilton
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
L.A. reporter Eve Diamond accompanies a U.S. Customs supervisor meeting a plane from China. Shots ring out leaving three people dead and a two-year-old toddler missing. Eve and a score of unsavory characters search for the child amongst the immigrant population. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Legal Tender    RC 57153
by Lisa Scottoline
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
When Bennie Rosato’s partner and ex-boyfriend, Mark Biscardi, is murdered after announcing his plans to dissolve their Philadelphia law firm, police suspect Bennie. Upon falling under suspicion for two more killings, Bennie becomes a fugitive in a desperate race to prove her innocence. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery    RC 57480
by Joanne Fluke
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Bakery owner Hannah Swensen of Lake Eden, Minnesota—last seenin Blueberry Muffin Murder (RC 55213)—enlists the help of two sometime boyfriends when middle-aged flirt Rhonda Scharf is murdered after consuming one of Hannah’s pies. As Hannah investigates, her family urges her to settle down. Includes recipes. 2003.

Letter from Home    RC 57369
by Carolyn Hart
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Gretchen Gilman receives a letter prompting a flood of memories from her girlhood when a friend’s mother was murdered. It’s World War II, and Gretchen, a thirteen-year-old cub reporter for the town paper, seeks the truth and loses her innocence. Now, fifty years later, the truth finds her. 2003.

Life Sentence    RC 58478
by David Ellis
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
When Jon Soliday, childhood friend and current attorney for state senator Grant Tully, is accused of murder, the investigation leads to a decades-old secret the two men have kept hidden since they were teens. Additional killings and blackmail threaten to unravel their lives. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

The Little Sister    RC 56533
by Raymond Chandler
read by Conrad Feininger
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Orfamay Quest, a mousy office girl from Kansas, hires private-eye Philip Marlowe to locate her missing brother, Orrin. Marlowe suspects Orfamay has not told the whole story as he trails Orrin through blackmail and murder. Some strong language. 1949.

A Little Yuletide Murder    RC 57577
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher is in Cabot Cove for the holidays when local farmer Rory Brent, who plays Santa Claus, is found murdered. Rumor points to Jake Walther as the main suspect. Jessica, concerned by the rush to judgment, investigates the case in time for the upcoming Christmas festival. 1998.

Luck of the Draw    RC 57560
by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Summoned to their parents’ home in Miami, Cuban American Esmeralda Montoya and three siblings learn their mother vividly dreamed of getting back and restoring the family’s confiscated Havana casino, La Estrella. But planning the return must wait until Esmeralda finds Diamond, her youngest sister missing in Las Vegas. Some strong language. 2003.

Maggie Needs an Alibi    RC 56795
by Kasey Michaels
read by Coleen Delany
2 cassettes
When bestselling mystery writer Maggie Kelly’s Regency-era characters come to life in her Manhattan living room, she is sure she is dreaming. It is Saint Just and his sidekick who come to her rescue, however, after she is accused of poisoning her publisher and former lover. Strong language. 2002.

Majoring in Murder    RC 57578
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher is teaching a class at an Indiana college when a tornado strikes and one of two professors who didn’t seek emergency shelter is soon discovered dead. Jessica doubts the death was accidental, instead suspecting foul play. As she investigates, Jessica becomes embroiled in campus politics. 2003.

The Mangrove Coast    RC 57067
by Randy Wayne White
read by Michael Russoto
2 cassettes
Marine biologist and former intelligence agent Doc Ford, of Sanibel Island, Florida, is enlisted by a late friend’s daughter to find her mother. Gail Richardson has disappeared with her creepy psychotic lover. Doc traces the pair to Panama and finds that Gail is a virtual prisoner. Violence and strong language. 1998.

Martinis and Mayhem    RC 57551
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
On a San Francisco publicity tour, mystery writer Jessica Fletcher visits a women’s prison and encounters inmate Kimberly Steffer, a children’s book author convicted of murdering her husband. After reading Kimberly’s diary, Jessica doubts her guilt. With help from Scotland Yard inspector George Sutherland, a potential romantic interest, Jessica offers her sleuthing services. 1995.

The McCone Files    RC 57496
by Marcia Muller
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Fifteen investigative case files of San Francisco private detective Sharon McCone trace her two decades at the All Souls Legal Cooperative, from the beginning of her career there to her eventual relocation of the business to a swanky new office. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

McNally’s Alibi: An Archy McNally Novel by Vincent Lardo    RC 57525
by Vincent Lardo
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Hunting for the manuscript of Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers, Archy McNally becomes involved in a sting operation in which he is a primary murder suspect. Unravelling the mystery, McNally encounters a scandal comprising rich eccentrics, shady antiques dealers, and tangled relationships. 2002.

McNally’s Chance: An Archy McNally Novel by Vincent Lardo    RC 57679
by Vincent Lardo
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Archy McNally is hired by author Sabrina Wright to find her missing husband and daughter. His search, unsuspected at first, leads him once again into the lives of Palm Beach’s wealthiest, most prestigious families and into Wright’s carefully spun web of deceit. 2001.

McNally’s Dare: An Archy McNally Novel by Vincent Lardo    RC 57647
by Vincent Lardo
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Archy McNally delves into the private lives of the Palm Beach elite after the death of a young caterer. His inquiry raises suspicions about the victim’s connections to a wealthy family and about a benefactor’s true identity. 2003.

The Mistress of Alderley    RC 58755
by Robert Barnard
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Retired actress Caroline Fawley lives contentedly on an estate near Leeds with her children. Her married lover, wealthy Marius Fleetwood, visits every weekend. When Fleetwood is murdered, Detective Sergeant Peace leads an investigation that turns up numerous suspects with good reason to kill, including various offspring, lovers, and ex-spouses. Strong language. 2002.

Monday Mourning    RC 58549
by Kathy Reichs
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, in Montreal to testify at a murder trial, also helps her lover, homicide detective Andrew Ryan, investigate the remains of three women discovered in a pizza parlor basement. A potential witness is also murdered. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

The Monkey’s Raincoat    RC 58199
by Robert Crais
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Ellen Lang hires private detective Elvis Cole to find her philandering husband, Mort, who has disappeared with their school-age son. When Mort, a Hollywood talent agent, turns up dead and Ellen is kidnapped, Elvis uncovers ties to illegal drugs. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1987.

Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus, Volume 1    RC 57661
by Michael Bond
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
Three novels featuring a retired French police inspector-turned-food-critic and his bloodhound, Pommes Frites. While tasting the best each restaurant has to offer, the critic also uncovers mayhem and murder in Monsieur Pamplemousse, Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Secret Mission, and Monsieur Pamplemousse on the Spot. 1983.

Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus, Volume 2    RC 57946
by Michael Bond
read by Robert Blumenfeld
4 cassettes
Four novels featuring a French food critic, once a police inspector, and his dog, Pommes Frites. In Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Cure, he heads for a spa to lose weight and discovers little old ladies dying off. Also includes Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft, Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates, and Monsieur Pamplemousse Rests His Case. 1987.

Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus, Volume 3    RC 58279
by Michael Bond
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
Three stories featuring a French food critic, once a police inspector. In "Monsieur Pamplemousse Stands Firm" the first female colleague is hired. In "Monsieur Pamplemousse on Location," along with his bloodhound, Pommes Frites, he finds crime on a movie set. In "Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Train" he travels to Rome. 1992.

Mr. Paradise    RC 57710
by Elmore Leonard
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes
Model Kelly has accompanied roommate Chloe on her job as escort to elderly Mr. Paradiso when two gunmen kill Chloe and her client. Wanting Paradiso’s fortune, the crooks coerce Kelly into impersonating Chloe. While a Detroit investigating detective falls for "Chloe," she tries to dodge the murderers. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Mrs. Roberto; or, The Widowy Worries of the Moosepath League: Moosepath League Chronicles    RC 58531
by Van Reid
read by Mitzi Friedlander
4 cassettes
Maine, 1897. Tobias Walton continues to woo Miss Phileda McCannon and with aide-de-camp Sundry Moss sets out to visit Sundry’s uncle. Instead they become unexpected guests at the eccentric Fern Farm. Meanwhile, fellow Moosepathians, searching for elusive parachutist Mrs. Roberto, run afoul of Fuzz Hadley’s gang. 2003.

Muletrain to Maggody: An Arly Hanks Mystery    RC 58670
by Joan Hess
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Maggody police chief Arly Hanks has her hands full with the filming of a Civil War reenactment and the revelation that Confederate gold is hidden nearby. As the townspeople and film crew compete to find the treasure, some senior citizens mysteriously die and Arly’s old flame returns. Some strong language. 2004.

Murder at a Vineyard Mansion: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery    RC 58710
by Philip R. Craig
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Chappaquiddick aristocrat Maud Mayhew hires private detective J.W. Jackson, from A Vineyard Killing (RC 57831), to prove her errant son, Harold, didn’t kill night watchman Ollie Mattes. But before J.W. can investigate, Harold, himself, is murdered. The trail leads J.W. to some of the island’s most prominent families. 2004.

Murder on the QE2    RC 57581
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher receives free passage aboard the luxury ocean liner in return for giving lectures and writing a play to entertain fellow passengers. When a famous actress is murdered, Jessica is recruited as the ship’s spokeswoman and considers the eclectic group of suspects. 1997.

The Murder Room    RC 57164
by P.D. James
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
When museum trustee Neville Dupayne votes to close the institution he is murdered in a gruesome way that mimics one of the exhibits. Commander Adam Dalgliesh, still in love with Emma Lavenham from Death in Holy Orders (RC 51889), investigates. But more deaths occur. Bestseller. 2003.

My Sister’s Keeper    RC 57734
by Nora Kelly
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
At the University of the Pacific Northwest, sexist issues and ongoing feminist struggles cloud the awarding of the Carver Grant. In an atmosphere of assaults and violence, a student is murdered. Gillian Adams and her Scotland Yard boyfriend investigate. Some violence. 1992.

The Narrows    RC 58047
by Michael Connelly
read by Len Cariou
2 cassettes
Retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch investigates the death of his pal Terry McCaleb from A Darkness More than Night (RC 51468). Disgraced FBI agent Rachel Walling tracks down serial killer Bob Backus, her former boss. The two cases merge as more bodies are discovered. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Nick’s Trip    RC 56542
by George P. Pelecanos
read by Conrad Feininger
2 cassettes
Private investigator Nick Stefanos is tending bar in Washington, D.C., when old friend Billy Goodrich asks him to find his missing wife. Nick agrees and uncovers lies and deception amid shady business deals. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1993.

Old Wounds    RC 57748
by Nora Kelly
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Historian Gillian Adams returns to the Hudson River Valley to care for her ailing mother and guest-lecture at the local college. Soon a student’s murder rocks the campus and poses ugly questions about some of Gillian’s childhood friends. Meanwhile, her Scotland Yard lover, Edward, comes to visit. Some strong language. 1998.

A Palette for Murder    RC 57576
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Vacationing with friends in the idyllic Hamptons, mystery writer Jessica Fletcher gives in to her secret passion and takes a painting class. The foray turns deadly when a young nude model dies suddenly. Jessica investigates and discovers a possible connection to the deaths of an artist and, more recently, a reporter. 1996.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Crime: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes     RC 57950
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Hollywood comes to Amish country with a film crew on location at Magdalena Yoder’s Pennsylvania Dutch inn. But on the first day of shooting, the movie’s assistant director is found dead in the barn—impaled on a pitchfork. The police chief suspects Magdalena, who then decides to solve the crime herself. 1995.

A Pawn for a Queen: An Ursula Blanchard Mystery    RC 58087
by Fiona Buckley
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Widowed again, Ursula looks forward to a quiet retirement from the queen’s court—but not yet. When her treasonous cousin, Edward, heads for Scotland with a list of families loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots—Elizabeth’s rival for the throne of England—Ursula sets out to stop him. Some violence. 2002.

The Perfumed Sleeve    RC 58303
by Laura Joh Rowland
read by Robert Sams
2 cassettes
Japan, 1694. Sano, the shogun’s private detective, honors fellow samurai Makino Narisada’s posthumous request to determine whether Makino’s own death was murder. Sano, with his wife Reiko under cover, fears the investigation will implicate dangerous leaders of rival political factions. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Photo Finish    RC 58275
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Montague Reece invites Scotland Yard’s Roderick Alleyn and artist wife Troy to his New Zealand estate and commissions Troy to paint his mistress, opera star Sommita. As Roderick tries to protect the singer from a nuisance photographer, rumors of drug involvement surface and Sommita is found murdered. 1980.

Picture Me Dead    RC 58386
by Heather Graham
read by Sharon Murray
3 cassettes
After spying a friend lying nearly dead on I-95, south Florida police cadet Ashley Montague investigates. Her search leads to homicide detective Jake Dilessio, who is consumed by a bizarre murder reminiscent of past cult killings. Together they explore possible links—and their desire. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2003.

Poison Blonde: An Amos Walker Mystery    RC 58388
by Loren D. Estleman
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Detroit private detective Amos Walker assists blackmailed Latin entertainer Gilia Cristobal (her assumed name) who fled arrest in her native land. Complicating matters is Gilia’s manager—drug dealer Hector Matador— Walker’s old enemy. When the blackmailer is murdered, Walker investigates. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

A Presumption of Death    RC 57963
by Jill Paton Walsh and Dorothy L. Sayers
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
2 cassettes
Hertfordshire, England; 1940. Harriet, wife of Lord Peter Wimsey, is living in the country with her children while her husband is away fighting. After an air raid drill in the village, a glamorous city-bred girl doing wartime farmwork is found murdered. Harriet assists the police superintendent with the investigation. 2002.

Provence—to Die For    RC 57580
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Vacationing in France, Jessica Fletcher takes cooking lessons from chef Emil Bertrand that are cut short when he is killed. Bertrand’s lover is arrested. But after the murder weapon surfaces at the country farmhouse where Jessica is staying, the mystery writer turns her attention to houseguest Mallory Cartright, an American teenager. 2002.

R Is for Ricochet    RC 58104
by Sue Grafton
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Convicted embezzler Reba Lafferty’s dying father hires PI Kinsey Millhone to keep Reba out of trouble upon her release from prison. But the wealthy thirty-two-year-old party girl resumes her previous lifestyle and involves Kinsey in burglary, revenge, and eventually murder. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Reckless Abandon    RC 57959
by Stuart Woods
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington and Orchid City, Florida, police chief Holly Barker team up to capture a mass murderer who is safeguarded in the witness protection program. Barrington and Barker discover they have a strong attraction to each other and that the CIA is interested in the case. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Rendezvous Eighteenth    RC 58521
by Jake Lamar
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Ricky Jenks, an African American expatriate in Paris, agrees to help his hated cousin Cash, a doctor, find his runaway wife. Ricky soon uncovers Cash’s shady business dealings and enters a world of drugs, fraud, murder, and sexual deviance. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Resurrection Men: A John Rebus Mystery    RC 57947
by Ian Rankin
read by Graeme Malcolm
3 cassettes
When insubordinate Edinburgh detective inspector John Rebus is sent to the police college for retraining, he is also recruited to obtain evidence of crimes by other troublemaking class members. The group researches a cold murder case that becomes entwined with a current investigation embroiling the suspected cops. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Return of the Black Widowers    RC 58389
by Isaac Asimov
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Sixteen stories, some previously unpublished in any collection, involving the Black Widowers club members who gather monthly to dine and solve a brainteasing puzzle. The men ponder mysteries ranging from murder and theft to an umbrella’s seemingly inexplicable disappearance into a space warp. Foreword by Harlan Ellison. Some strong language. 2003.

The Rule of Four    RC 58297
by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Princeton seniors Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris unravel the secrets of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a baffling Renaissance text. Using the Rule of Four, they decode a hidden crypt’s location and quickly face revelations, bizarre events, and even death. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Rum and Razors    RC 57579
by Donald Bain
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Bestselling mystery writer Jessica Fletcher of Cabot Cove, Maine, is vacationing in St. Thomas when hotel owner and friend Walter Marschalk is murdered. Jessica uses her talent for sleuthing to assist the local police in finding the killer. 1995.

Rumpole and the Primrose Path: A Rumpole Mystery    RC 57977
by John Mortimer
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette
Six stories featuring British barrister Rumpole, now recovering from his near-fatal heart attack in Rumpole Rests His Case (RC 55589). In the title piece, Rumpole investigates a fellow patient’s mysterious death at the Primrose Path convalescent home in Sussex. Back in London he takes on five other cases. 2002.

Scenarios: A "Nameless Detective" Casebook    RC 58413
by Bill Pronzini
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Fourteen short mysteries spanning thirty-five years of "nameless" San Francisco PI stories. In "It’s a Lousy World," Nameless vindicates a friend suspected of—and shot for—robbing a liquor store. Also includes "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" and "Incident in a Neighborhood Tavern." Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors RC 58506
edited by Eleanor Taylor Bland
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Twenty-two short mysteries featuring African American characters. In Hugh Holton’s "The Werewolf File," Chicago police confront a supernatural killer. Also includes "Bombardier" by Walter Mosley and stories by Gar Anthony Haywood, Penny Mickelbury, Grace F. Edwards, and others. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Shadow of Death: A Brady Coyne Mystery    RC 59033
by William G. Tapply
read by L.J. Ganser
2 cassettes
Suspicious of senate-candidate Ellen Stoddard’s evasive husband, her campaign manager asks Boston attorney Brady Coyne, a friend of Ellen’s, to hire a private investigator. When the detective is murdered and Ellen’s husband disappears, Brady claims attorney-client privilege and investigates on his own. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Shadow of the Wind    RC 58940
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Barcelona, 1945. Young Daniel Sempere selects Julián Carax’s The Shadow of the Wind when his father takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Daniel loves the novel, investigates the author’s life and death, and meets a cast of characters hiding deadly secrets. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2001.

Shadows of Glory: An Abel Jones Mystery, Book 2    RC 58243
by Owen Parry
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Major Abel Jones, from Faded Coat of Blue (RC 50818), is sent to upstate New York by President Lincoln in 1862 to investigate two murders of federal agents and hints of a possible immigrant insurrection. Jones encounters a deadly plot against the Union and gets help from a beautiful mystic. Some strong language. 2000.

Silver Pigs: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery    RC 58069
by Lindsey Davis
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes
Imperial Rome, A.D. 70. In the first book in the series private investigator Marcus Didius Falco assists Sosia Camillina, a senator’s sixteen-year-old niece, whose uncle has hidden in her bank box a stash of valuable lead ingots from Britain. Prequel to Shadows in Bronze (RC 36464). 1989.

Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories    RC 56534
by Walter Mosley
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
Seven interconnected short stories featuring Easy Rawlins in 1960s Los Angeles. Rawlins assists pals who are in trouble and encounters arson, murder, and mayhem. He also searches for his friend Mouse, who he suspects may still be alive. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Sleuth of Baghdad: The Inspector Chafik Stories    RC 57257
by Charles B. Child
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Fifteen tales of mystery and intrigue set in 1940s Baghdad featuring police inspector Chafik J. Chafik and his sergeant Abdullah. In "The Inspector Is Discreet," they suspect the father of an Englishman’s murdered Iraqi mistress did her in to avenge the family’s honor. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Something’s Down There    RC 57654
by Mickey Spillane
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Former government agent Mako Hooker, spending his retirement fishing, is recalled to action when a sea creature nicknamed the "eater" attacks boats and old war mines resurface. A film company headed by a former mobster arrives to film the investigation. Some strong language. 2003.

The Spirit Line    RC 58343
by Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Preparing for her upcoming Navajo womanhood ceremony, fifteen-year-old Crystal Manyfeathers weaves a traditional rug but omits the spirit line—a flaw intentionally woven as a tribute to Spider Woman. When the rug disappears, Crystal and her friend Junior, a healer’s apprentice, launch a search. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Stone Cold: A Jesse Stone Novel    RC 57469
by Robert B. Parker
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
A pair of sadistic serial killers set their sights on small-town Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone. Jesse stalks his stalkers while he also deals with three rapists, his own drinking, and his ex-wife. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Strange Brew: A Callahan Garrity Mystery    RC 58149
by Kathy Hogan Trocheck
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
On a stormy Halloween night, Atlanta cleaning lady and part-time PI Calla- han Garrity discovers the body of prospective microbrewery owner Jackson Poole. An aging flower child named "Wuvvy," recently evicted by Poole, is the main suspect. But she contacts Garrity for help—then also turns up dead. Strong language. 1997.

Strangers in Town: Three Newly Discovered Mysteries by Ross Macdonald    RC 58431
by Ross Macdonald
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Three previously unpublished detective stories by author Ross Macdonald, born Kenneth Millar (1915–1983). Includes "Death by Water," which features investigator Joe Rogers; and "Strangers in Town" and "The Angry Man," both starring southern California private eye Lew Archer. Comprehensive introduction by editor Tom Nolan provides biographical information on the author. 2001.

The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery    RC 58888
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Edinburgh. Isabel Dalhousie, editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, witnesses a young man’s fatal fall in a concert hall and becomes convinced that his death is not suicide. Following intuition, Isabel investigates, assisted by a frosty banker, an upright housekeeper, and her niece’s rejected boyfriend. Bestseller. 2004.

Tears of the Giraffe    RC 57445
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Mma Ramotswe of The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency (RC 55503) in Botswana takes on more cases involving missing people, cheating spouses, and thieves. She also contends with her foster children and her fiancé. 2000.

Ten Big Ones: A Stephanie Plum Novel    RC 58499
by Janet Evanovich
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, from To the Nines (RC 56437), and her sidekick, Lula, witness a convenience store robbery. Because Stephanie can identify the culprit, she is a hit-list target. Stephanie tracks a killer and suppresses her attraction to Ranger. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Therapy    RC 58111
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Psychologist Alex Delaware helps LAPD pal Milo Sturgis investigate a double homicide on lover’s lane. The male victim had been in treatment with celebrity therapist Mary Lou Koppel, but Mary herself is murdered before Alex can learn her secrets. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Thou Shalt Not Grill: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes    RC 58261
by Tamar Myers
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
For the Hernia, Pennsylvania, bicentennial celebration, residents plan to open a time capsule buried in 1904. But a guest at Magdalena Yoder’s inn is found dead at the ceremonial site and the container is missing. Magdalena discovers that all her guests have reasons for wanting to find it. Some strong language. 2004.

The Truth Hurts    RC 58408
by Nancy Pickard
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Florida author Marie Lightfoot receives e-mails demanding she collaborate on a book about her own murder. Cooperating with her would-be killer leads Marie back to her Alabama hometown to confront her parents’ racist past. Sequel to Ring of Truth (RC 52443). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

The Unfinished Clue    RC 58282
by Georgette Heyer
read by George Holmes
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Wealthy general Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, giving a house party, is murdered in his study. Scotland Yard Inspector Harding finds prime suspects in hapless widow Fay; the butler; and a cabaret dancer, the victim’s unsuitable future daughter-in-law. All have justification and means to kill the unlikable, verbally abusive host. 1934.

The Vig    RC 58138
by John Lescroart
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Rusty Ingraham warns his friend San Francisco lawyer-turned-bartender Dismas Hardy that convict Louis Baker is out on parole. When Rusty goes missing, Dismas tries to convince police that Louis, among a jumble of suspects, killed him. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1990.

Vineyard Deceit: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery    RC 57603
by Philip R. Craig
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
A Middle Eastern king and his entourage descend on the island to recover a stolen national treasure of emeralds. While ex-Boston cop Jeff "J.W." Jackson helps local police oversee the exchange, the jewels vanish, and so does Jackson’s lady friend, Zee. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1992.

A Vineyard Killing: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery    RC 57831
by Philip R. Craig
read by Ray Foushee
1 cassette
Millionaire real-estate developer Donald Fox and his brother Paul arrive on the island to buy up land from residents holding dubious titles, including former cop J.W. Jackson. No one is surprised when Paul is shot, but he may not have been the intended target. Both men have made enemies. 2003.

A Visible Darkness    RC 58400
by Jonathon King
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Following The Blue Edge of Midnight (RC 56676), former Philadelphia cop Max Freeman is pulled again from his isolated Everglades refuge to help an old friend. Assisted by agent Sherry Richards, Max investigates the suspicious deaths of elderly black Fort Lauderdale widows. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Visions in Death: An Eve Dallas Mystery    RC 58864
by J.D. Robb
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New York City, 2059. Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates a series of murders, their horrific details foreseen by a psychic—whom Eve reluctantly consults. After a near-fatal assault on her partner, Eve and husband Roarke attempt to resolve the nightmare. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

War and Peas: A Jane Jeffry Mystery    RC 58655
by Jill Churchill
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Sleuthy single mother Jane Jeffry participates in a Civil War reenactment at the Snellen Museum’s annual pea festival during which the museum director is shot to death. Jane utilizes her volunteer hours at the museum and her relationship with detective VanDyne to identify suspects, including a disgruntled Snellen heir. 1996.

The Way the Crow Flies    RC 57171
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
read by Kimberly Schraf
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Ontario, Canada; 1962. A girl is strangled on a military base where eight- year-old Madeleine McCarthy and classmates are being molested by their teacher. Meanwhile, Madeleine’s father is safeguarding an ex-Nazi scientist. Their secrets involving the murder day lead to more tragedy. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

What Happened to Lani Garver    RC 56888
by Carol Plum-Ucci
read by MaryBeth Wise
2 cassettes
Sixteen-year-old Claire struggles with increasing concerns about a recurrence of her leukemia and her mother’s alcoholism until an enigmatic newcomer Lani—who is either a boy, a girl, or perhaps a "floating angel"—helps her get control of her life at the risk of his own. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

When in Rome    RC 58274
by Ngaio Marsh
read by Graeme Malcolm
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Under cover on an international drug smuggling investigation, Scotland Yard inspector Roderick Alleyn accompanies a motley group of sightseers on a tour of Italian ruins. When their unscrupulous guide disappears and a postcard vendor is murdered, Alleyn advises the travelers not to leave town before the killer is apprehended. 1971.

Whisker of Evil    RC 58182
by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
Virginia postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, from The Tail of the Tip-Off (RC 55754), finds horse breeder Barry Monteith bleeding to death. After another killing, two rabies cases, and discovery of a ring owned by a long-missing woman, Harry’s sleuthy four-legged cohorts help investigate. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

The White Road    RC 58472
by John Connolly
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Maine private detective Charlie Parker assists attorney Elliot Norton in South Carolina. They defend a nineteen-year-old African American man accused of killing his wealthy white girlfriend. Parker is soon embroiled in the area’s racial tensions. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Winds of Change: A Richard Jury Mystery    RC 58862
by Martha Grimes
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
London, England. After being hospitalized in The Grave Maurice (RC 55003) superintendent Richard Jury investigates a five-year-old girl’s murder. Evidence of sexual abuse leads to a ring of pedophiles and to the body of a woman on a wealthy businessman’s estate. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Windy City Dying: A Marti MacAlister Mystery    RC 57253
by Eleanor Taylor Bland
read by MaryBeth Wise
2 cassettes
Chicago. After thirteen years, Adrian Quinn is out of prison and out for revenge, targeting the loved ones of those who convicted him, including African American detective Marti MacAlister. With the death toll rising, MacAlister investigates, and troubled children she once counseled provide clues. Violence and some strong language. 2002.

Winterkill    RC 58323
by C.J. Box
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
A sudden winter storm doesn’t stop a madman stalking federal employees in Wyoming’s Twelve Sleep National Forest. Game warden Joe Pickett finds a brutally murdered supervisor and then an injured manager whom someone left to die. Then Joe’s foster daughter April is kidnapped. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

With This Puzzle, I Thee Kill    RC 58422
by Parnell Hall
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Crossword puzzle columnist Cora Felton has asked her less-than-enthusiastic niece, Sherry, to be her maid of honor at an upcoming double wedding ceremony in which Sherry’s friend, Brenda, will also be tying the knot—with Sherry’s abusive ex-husband, Dennis. Threatening cryptograms and murder disrupt the pending nuptials. 2003.

Occult and Horror

The Association    RC 56461
by Bentley Little
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Barry, a horror writer, and his wife, Maureen, leave California for a gated community in Utah where they discover bizarre neighbors and a homeowners’ association that sanctions killing pets and murdering members who break the rules. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chronicles    RC 57172
by Anne Rice
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
When Mona Mayfair, a mortal witch near death, arrives at Blackwood Farm (RC 54945), vampire Lestat reluctantly saves her by turning her into a vampire. Drawn into the complex saga of the Mayfair witches’ lives, he falls for Dr. Rowan Mayfair. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2003.

Dangerous Girls    RC 57708
by R.L. Stine
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Twins Destiny and Livvy, home from their jobs as summer camp counselors, discover they have become vampires. The high school seniors desperately seek the "Restorer" so they can return to normal even as their friends are being murdered. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Dhampir    RC 57598
by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Magiere earns a living claiming to hunt vampires while her half-elf partner, Leesil, impersonates one. When they retire to Miiska to run a tavern, they are unaware that a group of real vampires lives there. And Magiere soon discovers her own true nature. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Good House    RC 58397
by Tananarive Due
read by Madelyn Buzzard
4 cassettes
African American talent agent Angela Toussaint returns to her late grandmother’s house in Washington state where Angela’s son committed suicide two years earlier. With her high school sweetheart, Angela investigates the tragedy and battles ancient supernatural forces that possessed her family. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident     RC 58074
by Eleanor Druse
read by Barbara Caruso
2 cassettes
Maine. While visiting a hospitalized friend, elderly Eleanor "Sally" Druse has a near-death experience. After other disturbing events she investigates a decades-old tragedy and puts to rest one young victim’s spirit. Literary basis for Stephen King’s television miniseries. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 14    RC 57556
edited by Stephen Jones
read by Mary Kane
4 cassettes
Twenty short horror stories from 2002 written by Neil Gaiman, Don Tumasonis, Nicholas Royle, Jay Russell, Basil Copper, and others. Includes an overview of the year’s horror fiction and "Necrology 2002," a listing of horror genre writers, authors, performers, and technicians who died in 2002. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Night Blooming: From the Chronicles of Saint-Germain    RC 57273
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
read by Fred Major
4 cassettes
A.D. 796. Gynethe Mehaut, an albino woman, is believed to be possessed by demons. When vampire Hiernom Rakoczy de Santus Germainius is ordered to accompany Gynethe to a papal hearing in Rome, passion ignites between these two night-dwellers. But in trying to save Gynethe, Rakoczy may damn her soul forever. 2002.

The Night Class    RC 59125
by Tom Piccirilli
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
College senior Caleb Prentiss, plagued by stigmata since his sister’s suicide, obsesses over the murder of Sylvia Campbell, who was killed in his dorm room over winter vacation. He suspects a faculty cover-up and learns the terrifying truth during an evening of madness. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Odd Thomas    RC 56919
by Dean Koontz
read by David Toney
2 cassettes
Thomas, a twenty-year-old short order cook, possesses the paranormal ability to see dead people and predict violence. Thomas’s premonitory vision of mass murder activates when he meets "Fungus Man," who is surrounded by bodachs, malevolent spirits that foretell bloodshed. Thomas uses his insights to deter catastrophe. Violence. Bestseller. 2003.

Second Glance    RC 58036
by Jodi Picoult
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Vermont. Developers acquiring property from an elderly scientist spark protests from Native Americans claiming the site is a burial ground. After a rash of unexplained phenomena, ghost hunter Ross Wakeman—suicidal since his fiancée’s death—investigates. The paranormal activity shows disturbing links to eugenics projects in the 1920s and 1930s. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

The Shuttered Room and Other Tales of Terror    RC 54788
by H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth
read by Conrad Feininger
1 cassette (Reissue)
Six tales of horror. In the title piece Abner Whateley’s grandfather left him a strange letter instructing him to destroy every living thing in a shuttered room. Abner did not understand the message until he saw dusty prints and a monstrous creature squatting on the bed. 1971.

The Taking    RC 58300
by Dean Koontz
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Twenty-eight-year-old Molly Sloan and her husband, Neil, awaken to terrifying news of impending global disaster. As they lose all communication and watch an eerie fog settle on their small California town, Molly, Neil, and their neighbors brace themselves against the onslaught of evil. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Waiting for Sarah    RC 58207
by Bruce McBay and James Heneghan
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Mike loses his legs and his family in a car accident. When he’s back in school, Sarah, a younger student, befriends him. As Mike slowly recovers from tragedy he learns that Sarah is a murdered girl’s ghost. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection    RC 57308
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
read by L.J. Ganser
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Thirty-nine stories, one essay, and thirteen poems from fairy tales to gothic horror by such authors as James Frenkel, Jeffrey Ford, Terry Dowling, Neil Gaiman, and Elizabeth Hand. Includes an overview of 2002’s works in this genre and list of honorable mentions. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Political Themes

Balance of Power    RC 57366
by Richard North Patterson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes
The wedding of U.S. president Kerry Kilcannon, of Protect and Defend (RC 51353), and journalist Lara Costello leads to tragedy when Lara’s sister Joan and others are gunned down by Joan’s abusive husband. Kilcannon’s subsequent efforts to eradicate gun violence pit him against Washington’s powerful gun lobby. Some violence. 2003.

The Consignment    RC 58331
by Grant Sutherland
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
A former army ranger in the Gulf War who saw his men killed by U.S.-made weapons sold to the enemy, Ned Rourke works undercover for the Defense Intelligence Agency investigating illegal arms trading. When his partner is killed, Rourke vows to complete the mission—even at the cost of his marriage. Violence and strong language. 2003.

The Fortunes of Wangrin    RC 58076
by Amadou Hampaté Bâ
read by Peter Jay Fernandez
3 cassettes
Drawing on traditional oral literature, Malian scholar and novelist Hampaté Bâ (1900–1991) tells the story of an ambitious native interpreter for a French colonial officer in West Africa. Standing between two conflicting cultures and value systems, Wangrin tries to work both sides of the street, with consequences that are comic and painful. 1973.

The Last Days    RC 57970
by Joel C. Rosenberg
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Senior presidential advisor Jon Bennett and his CIA partner, Erin McCoy, are in Jerusalem to implement an Arab-Israeli peace plan. When Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is assassinated Gaza erupts in violence. Meanwhile, a suicide bomber approaches Washington, D.C. Sequel to The Last Jihad (RC 55521). Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Snow    RC 58863
by Orhan Pamuk
read by Robert Blumenfeld
4 cassettes
Poet Ka returns to Turkey after years of exile in Germany. While trying to rekindle romance with a childhood friend, he investigates the suicide of several religious "head-scarf" girls. Meanwhile a blizzard cuts off the town and a military coup occurs. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2002.

The Zero Game    RC 57375
by Brad Meltzer
read by Scott Brick
3 cassettes
Capitol Hill staffers Harris Sandler and Matthew Mercer join a clandestine game in which participants bet anonymously on outcomes of minor legislation. When Matthew is murdered, Harris’s investigation leads him and his ally, a seventeen-year-old Senate page, to a defunct South Dakota gold mine. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Psychological Themes

Acid Row    RC 57205
by Minette Walters
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
The residents of a bleak housing project in England riot when they discover a pedophile is living among them and a ten-year-old girl is missing. When young Dr. Sophie Morrison is taken hostage by the pedophile, black ex-con Jimmy James attempts a rescue. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Beautiful Room Is Empty    RC 56517
by Edmund White
read by Bruce Nelson
2 cassettes
American Midwest, 1950s. Narrator comes to terms with his homosexuality, having struggled from prep school through college with his self-deprecation, desire, and role in the gay community. Concludes with New York’s Stonewall uprising. Sequel to A Boy’s Own Story (RC 56516). Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1988.

A Boy’s Own Story    RC 56516
by Edmund White
read by Bruce Nelson
2 cassettes
Autobiographical novel of boyhood homosexual awakening. Emotionally distant from his divorced parents, the protagonist craves men’s love and affection—especially his father’s. At boarding school, he leaves his childhood behind in one defining moment. Precedes The Beautiful Room Is Empty (RC 56517). Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1982.

Due Preparations for the Plague    RC 57313
by Janette Turner Hospital
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Lowell Hawthorne’s mother died in the 1987 hijacking of Air France Flight 64, an event haunting him and survivor Samantha Raleigh, now nineteen. Samantha is convinced that American intelligence—and Lowell’s agent father—knew about the fated flight, a theory supported by classified documents Lowell discovers after his father’s death. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Face    RC 57424
by Benjamin Zephaniah
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
British teen Martin Turner is injured in a car accident that disfigures his face. After convalescing, Martin returns to school and, with the help of his parents and gymnastics teammates, accepts the changes in his life—including benighted social attitudes about looking different. For junior and senior high readers. 1999.

Good Grief    RC 58313
by Lolly Winston
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton, widowed after three years of marriage, experiences all the emotional stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and overeating. Acceptance accompanies a madcap new life with college friend Ruth in Oregon, where Sophie mentors a wild teenager and ventures out on dates. Some strong language. 2004.

His Mother’s Son    RC 57331
by Cai Emmons
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Jana changes her identity after her brother commits a horrific crime and is incarcerated. Years later, Jana—now a physician—is alarmed by her young son’s violent tendencies and becomes overly strict, alienating her husband and forcing her to relive the past. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Keeping Watch    RC 58304
by Laurie R. King
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
Since the Vietnam war Allen Carmichael has been a soldier. He fights underground now and outside the law to rescue abused and exploited children. He postpones retirement and takes one last case to save twelve-year-old Jamie from his father. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Lost    RC 57834
by Joy Fielding
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Toronto divorcée Cindy Carver’s twenty-one-year-old daughter, Julia, fails to return home after an audition with a famous Hollywood director. Cindy suspects all her acquaintances in the disappearance—even her ex-husband. She feels remorse that she never really connected with her self-absorbed firstborn. Some strong language. 2003.

The Man in My Basement    RC 57632
by Walter Mosley
read by Ernie Hudson
1 cassette
Thirty-three-year-old Sag Harbor embezzler Charles Blakey is about to lose his late mother’s ancestral home when a white man makes him an offer he can’t refuse: mysterious Anniston Bennet gives Charles a small fortune to rent the basement for a few weeks, with certain conditions. Some strong language. 2004.

Nights of Rain and Stars    RC 58933
by Maeve Binchy
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Four strangers—American, English, Irish, and German—on holiday in a Greek village come together after they witness a tragic boating accident. Each of them is trying to escape from a troublesome situation back home. As they become friends and lovers, two locals help them to attain perspective and self-knowledge. Bestseller. 2004.

Old School    RC 57703
by Tobias Wolff
read by Steven Carpenter
1 cassette
A scholarship student recounts his final year at a private school of strong literary, class, and honor traditions where growth and character are nurtured. An annual writing contest, sponsored in conjunction with a visiting celebrity author, is an academic highlight posing identity problems for the young man. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Our Lady of the Forest    RC 57721
by David Guterson
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
A sickly sixteen-year-old runaway living in a Washington state rain forest sees visions of the Virgin Mary. As the news spreads, Ann Holmes becomes a disciple of sorts while young priest Father Collins, unemployed logger Tom Cross and his paralyzed son, and others seek redemption. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Pleasure of My Company    RC 56936
by Steve Martin
read by Steve Martin
1 cassette
Obsessive-compulsive Daniel Cambridge rarely leaves his shabby Santa Monica apartment but is visited twice weekly by Clarissa, a student shrink. When Clarissa and her baby hide out at his place, his grandmother dies, and he wins an essay contest, Daniel is forced to become part of the real world. Strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Something Happened    RC 58200
by Joseph Heller
read by Gregory Gorton
4 cassettes (Reissue)
Disillusioned with the life he once had such high hopes for, forty-year-old sales executive Bob Slocum tries to come to grips with his work and family. In a stream-of-consciousness style, Bob ruminates about his past, present, and future until something unimaginable happens. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 1966.

The Stepford Wives    RC 56376
by Ira Levin
read by Cyn Delafield
1 cassette
Joanna moves to an idyllic small town with her husband and children. She soon notices that all of the housewives appear to be beautiful but brainless zombies, and the men disappear nightly into their mysterious clubhouse. 2002 introduction by Peter Straub. Some strong language. 1972.

Vernon God Little    RC 58032
by D.B.C. Pierre
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
After a Texas high school massacre, fifteen-year-old sole survivor Vernon Little becomes a suspect. Stalked by the media, Vernon flees to Mexico only to be apprehended and brought to trial for murder. A picaresque satire on American mores. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Booker Prize. 2003.

What Harry Saw    RC 56538
by Thomas Moran
read by Bruce Nelson
3 cassettes
Penetrating journey into the mind of Australian veteran Harry Hull. Returning from the Vietnam War scarred and traumatized, he struggles to cope. Harry’s post-war existence is full of emotional and complicated relationships—he has an alcoholic father and a stormy love life. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2002.

Religious Themes

After the Rains    RC 57682
by Deborah Raney
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
High school student Natalie Camfield, just a child in Beneath a Southern Sky (RC 57150), is involved in a tragic alcohol-related car accident killing her best friend. Later Natalie leaves college and her boyfriend to assist her missionary father in Colombia where she confronts her guilt and finds new love. 2002.

Babylon Rising: Babylon Rising, Book 1    RC 57737
by Tim LaHaye and Greg Dinallo
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes
Field archaeologist Michael Murphy is summoned by Methuselah, who provides him the clues for obtaining a menacing yet valuable and powerful biblical artifact. It is also sought by others who are directed by the Seven and who will stop at nothing to unearth the object and implement its powers. 2003.

The Beloved Enemy: The House of Winslow, Book 30    RC 57802
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
Following The Pilgrim Song (RC 57839), Josh Winslow, released from prison, seeks work in Tennessee. He meets Kefira Reis, who fled New York after her boss abused her. When romance blossoms, Kefira encourages Josh to pursue his archaeological dream, but their pasts sorely test their love and faith. 2003.

Beneath a Southern Sky    RC 57150
by Deborah Raney
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Missionary Daria Camfield returns home, grieving her husband’s death. She overcomes her loss and falls in love again—but is shocked to learn that her husband is still alive. Now Daria discovers that her faith in God will help her resolve her dilemma. 2001.

The Betrayal: Abram’s Daughters, Book 2    RC 56399
by Beverly Lewis
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Pennsylvania Dutch country, 1947. Jonas Mast, working in Ohio as a carpenter’s apprentice, plans to marry Amish teenager Leah Ebersol after he returns to Gobbler’s Knob and is baptized. But their future faces obstacles because of lustful behavior by Leah’s sister during her rumschpringe, prebaptism years. Sequel to The Covenant (RC 56398). 2003.

Beyond the Gathering Storm    RC 57470
by Janette Oke
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Christine and Henry Delaney, adopted siblings and devoted Christians, remain close when faced with matters of the heart. Henry, in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is overwhelmed by compassion for a widowed young mother. Christine has feelings for her new boss’s son. Sequel to When Hope Springs New (RC 26777). 2000.

Candle in the Darkness: Refiner’s Fire    RC 58048
by Lynn Austin
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
1856. After Caroline Fletcher’s mother dies, the fifteen-year-old leaves her family’s Virginia plantation to live with relatives in Philadelphia. There she joins the antislavery movement and becomes a determined abolitionist. Caroline returns home just as her father, cousin, and fiancé go off to war. 2002.

Changing Habits    RC 58256
by Debbie Macomber
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes
Three high school girls, Angelina, Kathleen, and Joanna, become novices at a Catholic convent in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As nuns, they pursue different professions and develop a close relationship. Eventually all three decide to leave the sisterhood, but they continue to remain friends. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Fire by Night: Refiner’s Fire    RC 58075
by Lynn Austin
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
1861. Disguised as a man, nineteen-year-old Phoebe Bigelow enlists with the Union army. Meanwhile, Philadelphia socialite Julia Hoffman joins the Christian Commission, volunteering as a nurse to help wounded soldiers. The heroic young women meet on the front lines. Sequel to Candle in the Darkness (RC 58048). Some violence. 2003.

A Gathering Place: A Cape Light Novel, Book 3    RC 57487
by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Home Song (RC 56726), residents of Cape Light, Massachusetts, confront life’s problems. Mayor Emily still fears Dan will leave town. Her daughter Sara develops a shaky relationship with Luke. Charlie and Lucy have marital problems, Digger suffers memory loss, and Reverend Ben experiences a crisis of faith. 2003.

Glorious Appearing: The End of Days    RC 57944
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Seven years after the Rapture, millions of people, Global Community members, and the Tribulation Force are gathering in the Middle East. Nicolae Carpathia still believes his ultimate triumph is close at hand, until Jesus arrives in his Glorious Appearing. Sequel to Armageddon (RC 55878). Violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Great Lion of God    RC 56627
by Taylor Caldwell
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
6 cassettes (Reissue)
A novel of the life of Saul, later to be St. Paul, who, as the pious and intellectual son of a wealthy Roman Jewish family, was both a scholar and a poet with a sense of sin and desire for forgiveness that overshadowed his entire life. 1970.

The Keys of the Kingdom    RC 57245
by A.J. Cronin
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Father Francis Chisholm, a Scottish priest, becomes a missionary in a remote Chinese village in 1902, where he labors for thirty-six years. His story is full of devotion, struggle, love, and adventure. 1941.

The Listener    RC 57768
by Taylor Caldwell
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
Depicts the search for personal salvation and inner peace through communication with God. Fifteen disparate persons—among them a lovely young woman, a self-made tycoon, and talented African American man—seek out the tireless "listener" behind a curtain to figure out why they were born, how they must live, and where their destinies lie. 1960.

Mary, Called Magdalene    RC 56687
by Margaret George
read by Anne Hancock
5 cassettes
On her first pilgrimage to Jerusalem, young Mary of Magdala unearths a beautiful idol that she keeps hidden from everyone. By the time she is married, the demonic idol is the first of six that will possess Mary, who finds relief and salvation through Jesus. 2002.

A New Beginning: The Journals of Corrie and Christopher, Book 2    RC 57955
by Michael Phillips
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
California, 1868. In this sequel to The Braxtons of Miracle Springs (RC 55852) newlyweds Corrie and Christopher shock their deeply religious families by deciding to move back east. Meanwhile Corrie’s brother Zack becomes the new town sheriff. 1997.

A New Leaf: A Cape Light Novel, Book 4    RC 57967
by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
In this sequel to A Gathering Place (RC 57487), residents of a close-knit New England community confront new challenges. Divorced single mother Molly Willoughby is losing her faith in love—until the arrival of widower Dr. Matthew Harding. Meanwhile, Reverend Ben Lewis helps policeman Tucker Tulley deal with an unwelcome visitor. 2004.

The Pilgrim Song: The House of Winslow, Book 29    RC 57839
by Gilbert Morris
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
New York, 1929. Lewis Winslow’s future looks bright, despite his concern with the way his four children are turning out. Then the stock market crashes, and they must rely on their faith in God and a new family friend to see them through. Sequel to The Fiery Ring (RC 56760). 2003.

Season of Blessing    RC 57255
by Beverly LaHaye and Terri Blackstock
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Times and Seasons (RC 53473), the women of Cedar Circle again come together to support each other. When Sylvia discovers she has breast cancer, her friends rally around to give her love and prayers even as they struggle with concerns of their own. 2002.

Southern Storm: Cape Refuge, Book 2    RC 55881
by Terri Blackstock
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
After island police chief Matthew Cade, of Georgia’s Cape Refuge (RC 55880), runs over a pedestrian who already suffers a bullet wound, Cade vanishes—last seen with the victim’s wife. Cade’s friend Blair Owens is determined to find him, putting her faith in a god she has always doubted. Violence. 2003.

A Time to Dance    RC 57529
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
John and Abby Reynolds are about to inform their children their twenty-one year marriage is over when their daughter announces her engagement. They decide to remain silent until after Nicole’s wedding. Yet neither can ignore God’s voice encouraging them to rekindle their love. Prequel to A Time to Embrace (RC 57509). 2001.

A Time to Embrace: A Story of Hope, Healing, and Abundant Life    RC 57509
by Karen Kingsbury
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
In this sequel to A Time to Dance (RC 57529), John and Abby Reynolds are back together and believe they can handle anything. However, their faith will be greatly tested as John struggles in his coaching job, Nicole and Matt have family problems, and tragedy strikes. 2002.

When Tomorrow Comes    RC 58150
by Janette Oke
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
As World War II escalates, dilemmas face adopted siblings Christine and Henry Delaney. Henry, a Mountie, prepares to marry, and Christine relies on faith to navigate the uncertainties of work and love and to decide about a return to northern Canada. Sequel to Beyond the Gathering Storm (RC 57470). 2001.

Romance

About Adam    RC 57515
by Stella Cameron
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
London, 1824. Princess Desirée returns to Mayfair Square determined to show Adam Chillworth she is no longer a child, but the portrait artist again denies her passion. As Desirée works to win Adam’s love, enemies from his secretive past resurface, endangering them both. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

After Dark    RC 58500
by Jayne Castle
read by Mary Beth Wise
2 cassettes
Licensed para-archaeologist Lydia Smith has plans to resume her career after a trauma curtailed her ability to work. But first she must deal with a dead colleague and a client with a hidden agenda. Followed by After Glow (RC 58524). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

After Glow    RC 58524
by Jayne Castle
read by Mary Beth Wise
2 cassettes
Sequel to After Dark (RC 58500). Para-archaeologist Lydia Smith discovers a second dead body: a former professor who insisted on revealing some information about Lydia’s Lost Weekend. Meanwhile she tries to untangle her relationship with client Emmett London. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Again the Magic    RC 58255
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
1844. Twelve years ago, Lady Aline Marsden fell in love with John McKenna, one of her father’s servants, who was sent away when their infatuation was discovered. Now, having made his fortune in America, McKenna returns to seduce and abandon Aline to avenge his heartbreak. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Ain’t She Sweet?    RC 57702
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Returning home to Mississippi after fifteen years, thrice-divorced Sugar Beth Carey is not welcomed by women she treated like dirt, hearts she broke, or schoolteacher Colin Byrne, whose career she destroyed. Initially Colin plots her humiliation but begins falling in love. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

All She Can Be    RC 58503
by Fern Michaels
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Forty-three-year-old divorced romance writer Rita Bellamy is completing her novel at a Pennsylvania lakeside cottage. Determined to reinvent herself, she finds new love with marine biologist Twigg Peterson, ten years younger than she is. Complications arise when Rita’s visiting daughter develops feelings for Twigg. Explicit descriptions of sex. 1983.

All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School    RC 58194
by Janette Rallison
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
High school cheerleader Samantha Taylor bombs her SAT scores. To compensate she decides to run for student council president. Even though her nemesis, Logan Hansen, bets that she can’t be nice enough to people to get elected, she and Logan fall in love. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Almost a Wife    RC 57651
by Eva Rutland
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
Lisa Reynolds, just fired as a well-paid marketing director, doesn’t expect problems finding a new high-status job. Yet several months later she is cleaning houses. But when she begins working for Tray Kingsley, she finds herself caring deeply for the children in his care, and for him. 2000.

Almost Forever    RC 58421
by Linda Howard
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
Max Conroy’s boss wants to take over Bronson Alloys. When assigned the task of infiltrating the company, Max realizes that the only way to get in is through secretary Claire Westbrook. But his plan did not include falling in love with her. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1986.

Baby Momma Drama    RC 58078
by Carl Weber
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
Two African American sisters bond as they cope with man troubles. Faithful to her smooth-talking boyfriend incarcerated in jail, Jasmine finds him embracing his baby’s mother on visiting day. Meanwhile, preparing to marry another man, Stephanie resumes an affair with her first child’s father. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2003.

The Bachelor List    RC 58123
by Jane Feather
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
London’s spirited Duncan sisters— Constance, Prudence, and Chastity— start a matchmaking service and pen an anonymous suffragist broadsheet. Meanwhile politician Max Ensor courts Constance, but Max, not knowing that Constance is behind the scandalous publication, sets out to expose the writers. Followed by The Bride Hunt (RC 58142). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Bath Tangle    RC 58647
by Georgette Heyer
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes (Reissue)
At the reading of her late father’s will, Lady Serena Carlow is outraged to learn her inheritance will be held by a trustee: her former fiancé, the marquis of Rotherham, whom she jilted. She cannot receive her fortune until she weds—with Rotherham’s consent. 2004 foreword by Candace Camp. 1955.

Bergdorf Blondes    RC 58108
by Plum Sykes
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Manhattan. In a world of fake tans, artificial blondes, and $325 jeans, a London-born brunette who calls herself "Moi," department-store heiress Julie Bergdorf, and her fellow Park Avenue princesses hunt for perfect husbands. Moi’s broken engagement tests her faith in love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Bet Me    RC 58276
by Jennifer Crusie
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Thirty-three-year-old Minerva Dobbs’s boyfriend not only dumps her right before her sister’s wedding but also bets his buddy, Cal Morrisey, that Min will sleep with Cal. Min overhears them and, although she plans revenge, she falls in love instead. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Blue Skies: The Coulter Family, Book 4    RC 57957
by Catherine Anderson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Carly Adams, born with lattice dystrophy, waited twenty-eight years to see. Celebrating her new vision with a friend at a bar, she meets Hank Coulter. Their brief encounter leaves her pregnant. Companion to Phantom Waltz (RC 53982). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Bride Hunt    RC 58142
by Jane Feather
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
The Duncan sisters, professional matchmakers and anonymous editors of a controversial London broadsheet, are sued for libel. Bookish middle sister Prudence proposes a barter to barrister Gideon Malvern: he defends their case, they find him a bride. Sequel to The Bachelor List (RC 58123). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Bride of Willow Creek    RC 57398
by Maggie Osborne
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Angelina Bertoli, separated for ten years from prospector Sam Holland, hunts him down for a divorce. To her surprise, he has children, one of whom needs surgery. Financial difficulties force them together into the family life that may be all they ever wanted. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

Calder Promise: The Calder Saga, Volume 8    RC 58870
by Janet Dailey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Laura Calder meets two men in Europe who pursue her: Boone Rutledge, son of a Texas billionaire, and Sebastian Dunshill, earl of Crawford. One man is a threat to her family. Sequel to Shifting Calder Wind (RC 57507). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Can You Keep a Secret?    RC 58052
by Sophie Kinsella
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
On a flight to London, Emma Corrigan shares her deepest secrets with a seat- mate. After landing safely, Emma expects life to return to normal—but then she discovers the fellow traveler is none other than her "mega-boss," Jack Harper. He keeps finding reasons to cross Emma’s path. Strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Captivated    RC 57700
by Nora Roberts
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Monterey, 1990s. Researching his latest film about contemporary witchcraft, L.A. screenwriter Nash Kirkland interviews new age shopowner and rumored sorceress Morgana Donovan. Morgana’s powers enchant Nash, a skeptic of both magic and love, who learns to believe in both. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1992.

Castles in the Mist    RC 58241
by Josie Litton
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Traveling to England to learn of her heritage, Brianna becomes aware of the Akoran Vanax’s interest in marrying her. Back in Akora they encounter tensions that threaten their romance and the political stability of their homeland. Sequel to Kingdom of Moonlight (RC 58084). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Charmed and Enchanted: The Donovan Legacy, Book 3    RC 58931
by Nora Roberts
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Continues the story of the Donovan cousins from Entranced (RC 58725). In Charmed, witch Anastasia keeps her abilities hidden until fate steps in. In Enchanted, love waits while Liam learns to trust his new neighbor with the truth about his family’s legacy. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

The Christmas Basket    RC 56364
by Debbie Macomber
read by Peggy Gilleland
1 cassette
Noelle McDowell hasn’t been home for the holidays in Rose, Oregon, in ten years because she didn’t want to risk running into Thom Sutton. Once she had planned to elope with him, but Thom jilted her. Now she is home, it’s Christmas, and miracles do happen. 2002.

Come Home, My Heart    RC 56383
by Phyllis Campbell
read by Mimi Bederman
1 cassette
Dr. Susan Perry, an obstetrician, becomes blind after a brain tumor is removed. Once rehabilitated, she moves to a poor, rural Virginia town. In her new career as a social worker, she becomes an integral part of the community and falls in love. 1988.

Confessions of a Not It Girl    RC 58535
by Melissa Kantor
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old New Yorker Jan has trouble keeping up with school, boys, her family, and her perfect best friend, Rebecca. She finally makes sense out of her hectic life and finds romance with the son of her mom’s best friend. For senior high readers. 2004.

Crescent    RC 57071
by Diana Abu-Jaber
read by Jennifer Mendenhall
3 cassettes
Thirty-nine-year-old Iraqi American chef Sirine works in Los Angeles, where her Iranian and Iraqi customers worry about the war back home. She falls in love with a professor who wants to return to Baghdad to find out what happened to his family under Saddam Hussein’s rule. 2003.

A Dark Champion    RC 58351
by Kinley MacGregor
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
At a tournament, warrior lord Stryder of Blackmoor meets Rowena de Vitry, an idealistic lady who detests war and knights. Both have sworn off marriage, but a king’s clever scheme and an assassin’s deadly vendetta bring them together. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

The Dogs of Babel    RC 56295
by Carolyn Parkhurst
read by Erik Singer
2 cassettes
Linguist Paul Iverson grieves for his wife, Lexy, who died after mysteriously falling from a tree. Lorelei, their dog, is the only witness. Paul attempts to teach Lorelei to talk in order to determine whether the fall was an accident or suicide, all the while reliving his memories of Lexy. Strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Don’t Look Now: A Clare Westbrook Novel    RC 57120
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Lawyer Clare Westbrook is shocked when her boss is killed. She soon discovers she was the intended target. Afraid for herself and determined to protect her young niece, whose father is being released from prison, Clare gets help from former boyfriend and homicide detective Tony Sonterra. Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2003.

Dove’s Way    RC 57932
by Linda Francis Lee
read by Faith Potts
2 cassettes
1891. Her father’s death forces Finnea Winslet to leave their African home and return to Boston—to a family and society she barely remembers. Struggling to adjust, she is unexpectedly reunited with Matthew Hawthorne, the man with a scarred face and troubled soul who saved her life. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

Dream Island    RC 58061
by Josie Litton
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
1811. Joanna Hawkforte stows away on a frigate bound for the mythical island of Akora where she hopes to use her special psychic ability to find her missing brother, Royce. With the reluctant help of Alex Darcourt, an Akoran prince, Joanna uncovers mysteries surrounding Royce’s disappearance. Followed by Kingdom of Moonlight (RC 58084). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Duchess in Love    RC 57930
by Eloisa James
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
Regency England. Gina was wed as a young girl to Cam Serrard, a duke. Cam fled to Greece after the ceremony, but returns twelve years later to give Gina an annulment so she can remarry. The couple unexpectedly fall in love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Emily and the Scot    RC 57215
by Kathryn Smith
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
Great Britain, 1819. Eighteen-year-old Lady Emily Fitzgerald flees the London social scene to avoid marriage. At her half-brother’s estate in Scotland she meets Jamie MacLaughlin and reconsiders. For senior high readers. 2003.

Entranced    RC 58725
by Nora Roberts
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
PI Mel Sutherland, searching for a kidnapped child, agrees to meet Sebastian Donovan, gifted with the ability to find missing people. Although Mel feels skeptical of such psychic powers, she learns to believe in Sebastian’s gift and his love. Follows Captivated (RC 57700). Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1992.

Family Affairs    RC 57540
by Sandra Kitt
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
African American gallery owner Gayla dislikes the new exhibit, especially when she recognizes its artist, ex-con Dak, a streetwise kid Gayla’s mother raised as her own. Despite having success and a loving boyfriend, Gayla is drawn into an intense encounter with her past. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1999.

Flavor of the Week    RC 58116
by Tucker Shaw
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Shy teenager Cyril weighs 240 pounds due to his talent as a chef. He’s in love with Rose, but she falls for his buddy Nick. Cyril reluctantly agrees to cook dishes that Nick can claim as his own creations to help him win Rose’s heart. Includes recipes. For senior high readers. 2003.

Fox River    RC 57720
by Emilie Richards
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
Nine years ago Julia Warwick, heiress to a Virginia estate, married another man after Christian, her lover, was wrongly convicted of murder. Now, as Julia copes with inexplicable blindness, an exonerated Christian returns to find he has fathered Julia’s child. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

A Gentleman’s Honor: A Bastion Club Novel, Book 3    RC 57742
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
London, 1816. Alicia Carrington’s daring masquerade as a widow is nearly exposed when Tony Blake, Viscount Torrington, discovers her standing over her blackmailer’s body. As Blake investigates the murder, he is torn between truth and desire. Sequel to The Lady Chosen (RC 57359). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Got to Be Real: Four Original Love Stories    RC 57430
by E. Lynn Harris and others
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Short romances by four contemporary African American male authors. In "Kenya and Amir," ladies’ man Amir fights for the only woman he has ever loved. Also included is "Money Can’t Buy Me Love" by E. Lynn Harris, author of A Love of My Own (RC 54842). Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2000.

The Hatwearer’s Lesson    RC 58495
by Yolanda Joe
read by Melissa Maxwell
2 cassettes
Grandma Ollie calls it a bad omen when her pen runs dry as she enters granddaughter Terri’s engagement into her Bible. Then Terri, a successful African American attorney, learns her fiancé Derek is cheating. Ollie helps Terri choose between Derek and new love-interest Lynnwood. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

A Heart Speaks    RC 58615
by LaVyrle Spencer
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Two novellas. In Forsaking All Others, Allison Scott, photographer, is looking for the perfect man for a book cover contract. She finds him in Richard Lang—who becomes more than a model. In A Promise to Cherish, Lee Walker, a construction estimator, grabs the wrong suitcase at the airport and ends up meeting Sam Brown of Brown and Brown, whose bid just happens to be lower. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1986.

Hearts    RC 57819
by Stef Ann Holm
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
1901. Suspended for teaching human sexuality to her students, Truvy Valentine goes visiting in Harmony, Montana. At twenty-five, she is an old maid. Bodybuilder Jake Brewster may change that—if he can get past her prim, proper exterior. Sequel to Honey (RC 57804). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

High Meadow    RC 58494
by Joan Wolf
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Kate Foley is raising her late sister’s son, Ben, on her Connecticut horse farm. When Ben’s biological father, New York Yankees pitcher Daniel Montero, discovers he has a son, he seeks joint custody. Kate rejects Daniel at first, but they gradually fall in love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Highlander Unbound    RC 58118
by Julia London
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
1816. Captain Liam Lockhart, on leave from his Highland regiment, searches in London for a treasure that will save his family estate. When Liam meets socialite Ellen Farnsworth, he has no idea that she too is on a mission—one that will intertwine their fates. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Honey    RC 57804
by Stef Ann Holm
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
Harmony, Montana. Beautiful Camille Kennison manages her father’s losing baseball team. In need of money, Alex Cordova—a star professional pitcher who retired in 1898—agrees to join the team. He and Camille gradually fall in love. Sequel to Hooked (RC 57841). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Hooked    RC 57841
by Stef Ann Holm
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
Muckraker Matthew Gage goes undercover in Harmony, Montana, to investigate cheating in the annual fly-fishing tournament. Meanwhile, suffragette Meg Brooks, feeling thwarted in her career plans, decides to marry. The two meet under dubious circumstances. Sequel to Harmony (RC 47402). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1999.

Hope’s Highway    RC 58037
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Missouri, 1933. On a California-bound truck caravan, Margie Kinnard meets rancher Brady Hoyt. Margie and Brady grow close despite her father’s antagonism. But the travelers must contend with robbers and other dangers. Sequel to Mother Road (RC 57613). Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

The Ideal Bride: The Cynster Family, Book 12    RC 58058
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Kristin Allison
3 cassettes
England, 1825. Seeking a suitable bride, rising politician Michael Anstruther-Wetherby sets his sights on Elizabeth Mollison. When Elizabeth’s aunt, young widow Caroline Sutcliffe, tricks Michael into discounting Elizabeth, he turns his attention to Caroline herself. The two fall in love, but sinister incidents torment Caroline. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

An Invitation to Seduction    RC 58317
by Lorraine Heath
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
England, 1881. American Kitty Robertson feels happy about her engagement to the marquess of Farthingham until she meets the notorious duke of Weddington. Privy to a secret that could doom the innocent bride, Weddington determines to end the betrothal and seduce Kitty. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Irish Bride    RC 59078
by Alexis Harrington
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Ireland, 1855. An accident forces Farrell Kirwan to marry her betrothed’s brother, Aidan O’Rourke, and flee to New Orleans. As the unlikely couple copes with their union, they are trailed by someone from their past who is determined to bring Aidan to justice and make Farrell his own. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Island Dreams/Sueños Isleños    RC 58954
by Erica Fuentes
read by Maria Pino
2 cassettes
Widowed mom Mickey Campos de Vasco vows to succeed on her own. The last thing she wants is a man complicating her life and her promising career. But she meets Mauricio, a dashing Cuban doctor, who upsets her plans. Some descriptions of sex. English/Spanish language. ( La viuda Mickey Campos de Vasco está deter- minada de trunfar por sus proprios medios. Lo menos que necesita es un hombre que le complique la vida y su carrera prometedora. Pero su vida cuidadosamente planificada cambia cuando conoce a Mauricio, un gallardo médico cubano. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual. Edición bilingüe en español e inglés.) 2000.

Key of Knowledge: Key Trilogy, Book 2    RC 57678
by Nora Roberts
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Sequel to Key of Light (RC 57639). Malory, Zoe, and Dana hold keys to the mystical Box of Souls ending sorcerer Kane’s curse. Malory opened the first box. Dana must unlock the second. Clues rest in the past, present, and future. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Key of Light: Key Trilogy, Book 1    RC 57639
by Nora Roberts
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
At a mysterious cocktail party, art gallery manager Malory Price, with Dana Steele and Zoe McCourt, attempts to unravel an ancient legend. Dana’s brother, Flynn, helps Malory find the first key. Precedes Key of Knowledge (RC 57678). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

Key of Valor: Key Trilogy, Book 3    RC 57681
by Nora Roberts
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Following friends Malory and Dana, hairdresser Zoe McCourt has one month to find the third and final key to undo an ancient spell. Concerned, Bradley Vane vows to protect Zoe and her son. Sequel to Key of Knowledge (RC 57678). Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Kingdom of Moonlight    RC 58084
by Josie Litton
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Princess Kassandra of Dream Island (RC 58061) fulfills her dreams by traveling from Akora to England, where she is captivated by former Akoran prisoner Lord Royce Hawkforte. But unrest in her homeland demands her return, and unexpected events compel her to lead the government. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Kissing Game    RC 58536
by Kasey Michaels
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
When Lady Allegra Nesbitt (Ally) accompanies her practical-joker father to London, the only social invitation they receive is from the mysterious Armand Gauthier. Ally and Armand become a couple as he helps extricate her father from a joke gone bad, and she helps Armand uncover his true identity. Some descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Lady Chosen: A Bastion Club Novel, Book 2    RC 57359
by Stephanie Laurens
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
England, 1815. Tristan Wemyss, earl of Trentham and member of the fledgling Bastion Club, must marry within the year to claim his inheritance. When a burglar threatens his lovely neighbor, Leonora Carling, Tristan gladly offers his services. Precedes A Gentleman’s Honor (RC 57742). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Lady in Question    RC 57913
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
London, 1820. Unbeknownst to recently widowed Delia Wilmont, her elderly butler is actually viscount Anthony St. Stephens in disguise, an English agent sent to protect her. Passion, confusion, and intrigue ensue when Delia, impersonating her twin sister, meets Tony as himself. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

L’Affaire    RC 58631
by Diane Johnson
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Wealthy American Amy Hawkins stays at an exclusive French ski resort as part of her self-improvement plan. Getting involved with the Venn family, two of whom lie comatose in a hospital, lands her in a legal battle. Companion to Le Mariage (RC 50349). Some strong language. 2003.

Laird of the Mist    RC 58172
by Elizabeth English
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Deirdre Maxwell’s dreams fade in a joyless marriage—until she meets her husband’s new swordsman. Alistair Kirallen, former royal guardsman on the Scottish borderlands, is now a blade-for-hire driven to avenge his foster brother’s death. Sequel to The Border Bride (RC 56030). Violence, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2002.

The Last Promise    RC 58030
by Richard Paul Evans
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Italy, 1999. Eliana, an American, is trapped in a loveless marriage. Her frequently absent Italian husband will not let her return to America with their son. When Alessio has an asthma attack, Eliana calls on new neighbor Ross Story for help. As they fall in love, they must each reevaluate their lives. 2002.

Living Large    RC 57315
by Rochelle Alers and Francis Ray
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
2 cassettes
Four novellas by bestselling authors featuring plus-size African American women finding love and happiness at turning points in their lives. "Reunion" portrays a curvaceous divorcée who falls for the former class geek, now a gorgeous god. In "Surprise!" fifty-something Elizabeth Howell drops a bombshell on her unsuspecting husband. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Lookin’ for Luv    RC 58491
by Carl Weber
read by Bill Quinn
3 cassettes
Four African American coworkers at a tough New York City school turn to a telephone dating service. Kevin needs a woman his mother will like. Antoine seeks someone to share his poetry. Tyrone falls for the wife of principal Maurice, who struggles with marriage. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2000.

Lover’s Lane    RC 58066
by Jill Marie Landis
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Carly Nolan emotionally survives her fiancé Rick’s death in an automobile accident, but when his wealthy parents file for their grandson’s custody she goes into hiding. Later she meets PI Jake Montgomery, and her life changes dramatically. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

A Loving Scoundrel    RC 58260
by Johanna Lindsey
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Danny, a street-living London lass dressed as a lad, helps gentleman rake Jeremy Malory steal back jewels lost in a card game. Intrigued by her spunk, Jeremy hires her as a maid. When Danny poses as his new love, someone recognizes her, endangering her future. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Magnolia Moon: Callahan Brothers Trilogy, Book 3    RC 57043
by JoAnn Ross
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
L.A. detective Regan Hart obtains papers from Nate Callahan that indicate she may be adopted. Regan travels to Blue Bayou, Louisiana, to uncover the truth. There, she and Nate research her past and fall in love. Sequel to River Road (RC 55262). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Man of the House    RC 57324
by Felicia Mason and Doris Johnson
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Three contemporary romances featuring African American fathers in love. In Adrianne Byrd’s "One in a Million," successful businessman Gregory Woods reunites with a former lover and the nine-year-old son he never knew he had. Includes Felicia Mason’s "The Dreamers" and Doris Johnson’s "Father at Heart." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Mirrored Life    RC 57971
by Anita Bunkley
read by Gail Nelson
3 cassettes
After being imprisoned for robbery, twenty-year-old African American Sara Jane Talbot is free. She moves to Dallas, changes her name, becomes an R and B diva’s stylist, and finds romance. But someone wants to destroy her new life. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2002.

Mother Road    RC 57613
by Dorothy Garlock
read by Mitzi Friedlander
3 cassettes
Oklahoma, 1932. When a mysterious Texan called Yates pulls into her brother-in-law Andy’s gas station, Leona Dawson is wary—even after he saves Andy’s life. Leona gradually begins to trust Yates, but a tragedy tests their burgeoning love. Precedes Hope’s Highway (RC 58037). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

My Fine Lady    RC 58252
by Yolanda Joe
read by Gail Nelson
2 cassettes
Imani and Taz, her lover and lyric writer, dream of her becoming a hip-hop star. Hearing a street performance, music professor Orenthal Hopson accepts a bet to turn Imani into a traditional jazz singer. Through him, she achieves success—in an unlikely way. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

My Heart’s Desire    RC 57187
by Andrea Kane
read by Corrie James
3 cassettes
Lady Alexandria Cassel wanted only to escape the London season and see her father in Canada when she stowed away on La Belle Illusion. But once she’s in Canada, her father insists she marry the ship’s captain to save her reputation. Later Alexandria discovers she has married Lord Cairnham. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.

Naughty Marietta    RC 57409
by Nan Ryan
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Texas. Cole Heflin is about to be hanged when his life is saved by Maxwell Lacey, a dying man who wants to see his granddaughter just one time. In return, Cole is to travel to Colorado and bring back Marietta, an aspiring opera singer. Unfortunately Cole is forced to kidnap her. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Naughty or Nice    RC 57510
by Eric Jerome Dickey
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Three Los Angeles sisters—Frankie, Livvy, and Tommie—all suffer from miserable love lives as the holiday season approaches. Frankie turns to the Internet, Livvy has an affair to punish her cheating husband, and Tommie recovers from an abusive relationship. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2003.

No Angel    RC 57360
by Penny Vincenzi
read by Gabriella Cavallero
5 cassettes
Heedless of the constraints on women at the turn of the century, Celia schemes to have both a family and a job at her husband’s London publishing firm. Her successes mount while she deals with World War I, women’s suffrage, and a new love. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

Northern Lights    RC 58932
by Nora Roberts
read by Michele Schaeffer
3 cassettes
Lunacy, Alaska. New sheriff Nate Burke finds the job challenging. While the former cop recovers from his Baltimore partner’s violent death, he investigates an unsolved crime that threatens his current life and love, fiery bush pilot Meg Galloway. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2004.

On a Night like This    RC 57637
by Ellen Sussman
read by Barbara Goodson
2 cassettes
Chef Blair Clemens, single mother of a sixteen-year-old, is dying of cancer. When screenwriter Luke Bellingham tracks her down for their twenty-fifth high school reunion, sparks fly. Nevertheless, Luke is still longing after his estranged wife, and Blair must cope with her illness. Strong language. 2004.

Once More with Feeling    RC 57333
by Emilie Richards
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Affluent housewife Elisabeth is involved in an automobile accident and wakes up in the body of a sexy television celebrity. With her own memories and Gypsy’s attitude, Elisabeth gets a second chance at life—and discovers the importance of what she’s left behind. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1996.

One Night of Scandal    RC 56896
by Teresa Medeiros
read by Coleen Delany
2 cassettes
Regency England, 1825. Before a London party, young Carlotta Fairleigh is discovered kissing Hayden St. Clair, a notorious neighbor dubbed the "Murderous Marquess," and is forced into marriage. At his Cornwall estate, Carlotta contends with Hayden’s daughter while investigating his first wife’s mysterious death. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Only by Your Touch    RC 57588
by Catherine Anderson
read by Sharon Murray
3 cassettes
Divorced from her abusive husband, Chloe Evans starts over with her son Jeremy in Jack Pine, Oregon. She hesitates to get involved with reclusive veterinarian and rumored murderer, Ben Longtree, who helps Jeremy’s sick puppy. However, Ben is not the man she should fear. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Paid Companion    RC 58248
by Amanda Quick
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
The earl of St. Merryn hires Elenora Lodge to act as his fiancée and accompany him in London social circles. Elenora, eager for the freedom that income provides, accepts the position only to be drawn into a murder investigation, household turmoil, and unexpected love. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

A Palestine Affair    RC 56834
by Jonathan Wilson
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
Jerusalem, 1924. English artist Bloomberg and his American wife, Joyce, a non-Jewish Zionist, arrive in British-ruled Palestine to begin a new life. After a murder in their garden, Joyce has an affair with Robert Kirsch, the British policeman investigating the crime. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Playboy    RC 58881
by Carly Phillips
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Tired of his marriage-minded mother’s hints and exasperated by unwanted advances from local admirers, divorced police officer Rick Chandler asks commitment-shy Kendall Sutton to pose as his lover. She agrees, determined to tame both her personal demons and Rick’s playboy ways. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Price: Bitter Creek Saga    RC 58246
by Joan Johnston
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Luke Creed’s ambition is to become a partner in his Houston law firm. He discovers that a colleague may be covering up information regarding a diabetic drug his daughter takes. An old girlfriend helps Luke take on the firm and a pharmaceutical company. Sequel to The Loner (RC 54170). Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Prospect Street    RC 58063
by Emilie Richards
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
When her marriage ends abruptly, Faith Bronson moves with her two children into her mother’s historic Georgetown row house, scene of her sister’s kidnapping decades ago. Faith soon meets handsome neighbor Pavel Quinn, who harbors a dark secret connected to the mystery. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

The Pursuit of Marriage    RC 58192
by Victoria Alexander
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
London, 1821. Beautiful, independent Cassandra Effington wagers with Viscount Berkley over who can first find the perfect partner for the other. Matchmaking mothers and outside forces raise the stakes as the competitors discover theirs is the ideal match. Sequel to The Lady in Question (RC 57913). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Pursuit: The English Garden, Book 4    RC 57061
by Lori Wick
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
1813. Edward Steele’s voyage home to Collingbourne from Africa is delayed when he comes to the aid of two fellow passengers. Edward soon discovers one is a woman on the run to protect her children. Sequel to The Visitor (RC 57052). 2003.

The Rake: Lessons in Love    RC 59007
by Suzanne Enoch
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Six years ago notorious Viscount Dare spoiled both Lady Georgiana Halley’s innocence and future hopes, all for a wager. Now she’s determined to teach him a lesson, with a simple plan: seduce Dare, win his affections, and break his heart. But then he proposes. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

The Rescue: The English Garden, Book 2    RC 57044
by Lori Wick
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
England, 1811. Following The Proposal (RC 57040), the Jenningses and Palmers get new neighbors when Robert Weston claims his inheritance. On the way to his estate, Weston acquires a wife in a most unusual manner: Anne falls off a ladder into his arms, and her religious—and unstable—father insists they marry. 2002.

Return to Me    RC 57730
by Rosemary Rogers
read by Colleen Delany
3 cassettes
After the Civil War, Cameron Logan is reunited with her Union officer husband, Jackson. Headstrong Cameron wants to return to her family’s ravaged Mississippi plantation. Meanwhile, Jackson’s new orders to hunt down southern renegades pair him with an old flame. Sequel to An Honorable Man (RC 55860). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Return to Oak Valley    RC 57526
by Shirlee Busbee
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
After her brother’s apparent suicide, Shelly Granger returns to the family ranch, old friends, and betrayed love in the California hometown she abandoned seventeen years earlier. While coping with her grief, she discovers the unexpected truth behind shocking family secrets. Followed by Coming Home (RC 58877). Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2002.

Rhapsody    RC 57450
by Felicia Mason
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
College sweethearts William Buster Dixon, an African American songwriter, and Dr. Lenore Foxwood are reunited at the reading of a friend’s will. To collect her million-dollar inheritance, Lenore must spend one week living with Billy, who broke her heart fifteen years earlier. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1997.

The Rocky Road to Romance    RC 58987
by Janet Evanovich
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Daisy Adams is an enterprising Washington, D.C., graduate student whose cookbook for dogs earned her a five-minute show on the local radio station. When the station’s traffic reporter is injured, Daisy—not thinking about possible consequences—jumps at the chance to take over the higher paying job. Descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1991.

Sam’s Letters to Jennifer    RC 58826
by James Patterson
read by Anne Heche
1 cassette
When grieving widow Jennifer returns to Lake Geneva, the resort town where her grandmother Samantha, "Sam," is in a coma, Jennifer finds letters addressed to her from Sam detailing the love of Sam’s life, someone not her husband. Jennifer also rekindles a romance with a childhood friend. Bestseller. 2004.

Second Chance    RC 58629
by Danielle Steel
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
At the Paris couture shows, forty-two-year-old Fiona Monaghan, editor-in-chief of a chic New York fashion magazine, falls for conservative advertising executive John Anderson, a widowed father. Their whirlwind romance leads to marriage, divorce, then a passionate rekindling—and deciding to try again. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

See Jane Score    RC 58334
by Rachel Gibson
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Reporter Jane Alcott is assigned to cover Seattle’s hockey team, but she achieves more than she expects—especially when she tries to get the scoop on the team’s secretive goalie, Luc Martineau. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

She Went All the Way    RC 57433
by Meggin Cabot
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Action hero Jack Townsend and screenwriter Louise "Lou" Calabrese are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness after their helicopter pilot crashes while trying to kill them. Despite their mutual dislike, they work together to survive the elements and hired killers—and fall in love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

The Sherbrooke Twins    RC 57945
by Catherine Coulter
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
England, 1830. The saga of the Sherbrookes continues with the tale of twins James and Jason. Having sown their wild oats, the brothers are ready to settle down. Tragically, before romance can blossom, someone tries to kill their father. Follows Pendragon (RC 54043). Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Shifting Calder Wind: The Calder Saga, Volume 7    RC 57507
by Janet Dailey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Texas. When Chase Calder regains consciousness, he has amnesia but is sure someone tried to kill him. Chase and his rescuer, Laredo Smith, decide to let everyone except his daughter-in-law, Jessy, think he is dead while they search for the shooter. Sequel to Green Calder Grass (RC 54999). Some strong language. 2003.

Shotgun Bride: The McKettrick Brothers, Book 2    RC 57177
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
1885. Marshal Kade McKettrick must marry and produce an heir in order to inherit the Triple M Ranch. He falls inexplicably in love with Mandy Sperrin although she is impersonating a nun so she can hide from her outlaw stepfather. Some strong language. 2003.

Shotgun Wedding    RC 57176
by Maggie Osborne
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Annie Malloy is unwed, pregnant, and a "new modern woman" in an age of intolerance. The talk of the town and shame of her family, she cannot marry the outlaw father of her child. Instead she marries admirer Sheriff Jesse Harden, and her secrets return to haunt her. 2003.

Sisters    RC 57185
by Anita Richmond Bunkley and others
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
2 cassettes
Three novellas portray African American women bound by family loyalty but torn by romantic conflicts. In Sandra Kitt’s Homecoming, sisters are divided by the Hollywood success of one and the love interest of the other. Includes Eva Rutland’s Guess What’s Cooking and Anita Bunkley’s Into Tomorrow. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1996.

Slightly Dangerous    RC 58530
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
The unmarried, aloof, aristocratic duke of Bewcastle, Wulfric Bedwyn, meets lively but lowborn widow Christine Derrick at a house party. Wulfric proposes that she become his mistress, but Christine sets the record straight. Sequel to Slightly Sinful (RC 58180). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Slightly Scandalous    RC 57714
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Visiting Bath, England, Lady Freyja Bedwyn is surprised when a stranger bursts into her room and begs her to hide him. Joshua Moore, the Marquess of Hallmere, then makes a daring request—for Freyja to pose as his betrothed and help thwart his family’s matchmaking schemes. Sequel to Slightly Wicked (RC 57749). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Slightly Sinful    RC 58180
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Left for dead at the Battle of Waterloo, Alleyne Bedwyn is rescued by Rachel York. Although suffering from memory loss, Alleyne agrees to help Rachel regain her fortune by posing as her husband. The masquerade embroils them in scandal. Sequel to Slightly Tempted (RC 57746). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Slightly Tempted    RC 57746
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
Belgium, 1800s. During the Battle of Waterloo, exiled earl Gervase Ashford is protector of Lady Morgan Bedwyn. Unbeknownst to her, Gervase bears a long-standing grudge against her brother, Wulfric, and is tempted to seduce her to exact revenge. Sequel to Slightly Scandalous (RC 57714). Explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Slightly Wicked    RC 57749
by Mary Balogh
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
A chance carriage accident incites a passionate tryst between strangers Judith Law and Lord Rannulf Bedwyn. Afterwards, they part—she to her wealthy aunt’s estate and a life of servitude, he off to marry well. Both are shocked when Rannulf unknowingly arrives to court Judith’s cousin. Sequel to Slightly Married (RC 56471). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Some Enchanted Evening    RC 58632
by Christina Dodd
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
During a revolution princesses Clarice, Amy, and Sorcha flee to England for safety. Clarice and Amy end up in Scotland, where Clarice supports them by selling face cream. The earl of Hepburn takes advantage of Clarice while seeking revenge against an enemy. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Somebody’s Knocking at My Door    RC 58080
by Francis Ray
read by Melissa Maxwell
3 cassettes
Kristen Wakefield is devastated when forced to resign as curator of a New Orleans museum and forgo a project on nineteenth-century African American art. Enter Rafe Crawford, an old acquaintance still struggling with childhood abuse. Romance may help them both—if Rafe will let it. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Something to Celebrate    RC 57518
by Felicia Mason and others
read by Catherine Byers
2 cassettes
Three stories of holiday romance by African American authors. As the New Year approaches in Brenda Jackson’s "Truly Everlasting," Trask and Felicia discover they are meant for each other. Others find love in "The First Noel" by Felicia Mason and Margie Walker’s "Kwanzaa Kupendi." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

The Summer I Dared    RC 58542
by Barbara Delinsky
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
While visiting her aunt’s small Maine island, Manhattan homemaker Julia Bechtel survives a ferry collision, as does divorced lobsterman Noah Prine. United by the tragedy that killed nine others, Julia and Noah investigate the accident, reevaluate their lives, and find solace together. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Sunny Chandler’s Return    RC 58662
by Sandra Brown
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
A friend’s wedding brings Sunny Chandler back from New Orleans to her hometown and to the runaway-bride scandal she hoped to leave behind. Local sheriff Ty Beaumont quickly takes an interest, but before Sunny can pursue a romance she must put rumors to rest. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1987.

Sweet Memories    RC 58065
by LaVyrle Spencer
read by Norma Lana
2 cassettes
Twenty-five-year-old Theresa, although looking forward to Christmas when her brother Jeff will be home on military leave, is annoyed that Jeff is bringing along his friend Brian. But Brian soon quells Theresa’s inhibitions about her abundant breasts and awakens passions she never before imagined. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1984.

Taming the Scotsman    RC 56897
by Kinley MacGregor
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
Eleanor "Nora" Alexander seeks out Ewan MacAllister, a man her father fears, as her means of escaping from Scotland and an arranged marriage. Ewan agrees to take Nora to England and unexpectedly falls in love with the troublesome young lady. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Tar Baby    RC 58646
by Toni Morrison
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Son, a black fugitive, invades the West Indian home of a retired millionaire, upsetting the racially diverse household. He captivates pampered Jadine, a black fashion model. Their ideologically complicated love affair plays out from the Caribbean to Manhattan. 2004 foreword by the author. Strong language. 1981.

The Texan’s Wager    RC 57747
by Jodi Thomas
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Cedar Point, Texas; 1883. Thrown off a wagon train and wanting to avoid jail, Bailee and two other women accept the sheriff’s offer of a "wife lottery." Bailee marries a reclusive man who doesn’t speak in her presence. Precedes When a Texan Gambles (RC 57371). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

This Calder Range: The Calder Saga, Volume 1    RC 59051
by Janet Dailey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes (Reissue)
1878. Determined young rancher Chase Calder and his beautiful but practical bride, Lorna, ride to the unspoiled Montana territory. As they dream of freedom and riches, old grudges and debts follow them to the new land. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1982.

311 Pelican Court: Cedar Cove, Book 3    RC 57922
by Debbie Macomber
read by Margaret Strom
3 cassettes
This sequel to 204 Rosewood Lane (RC 55516) focuses on Rosie and Zach, recently divorced by Judge Olivia Lockhart with an unusual stipulation. Cedar Grove’s other main gossip topic is the identity of the man who died at the local bed-and-breakfast. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

This Must Be Love    RC 58320
by Kasey Michaels
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Jane Preston goes undercover as an escort for a prestigious retreat in Cape May. Professor Patrick Romanowski, a.k.a. bestselling author J.P. Roman, also plans to attend. Both want to expose the scandals of New Jersey senator Aubrey Harrison. The two team up and fall in love. Some strong language. 2003.

To Burn    RC 58403
by Claudia Dain
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Barbarian Wulfred enslaves Melania, a defiant Roman woman, when he and fellow Saxon warriors conquer a villa in Britannia. In a battle of wills, Wulfred takes her as his wife while Melania plots to kill him despite a growing attraction. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2002.

Twelve Times Blessed    RC 58414
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
read by Mitzi Friedlander
4 cassettes
Widowed mother True Dickinson celebrates her forty-third birthday at a Cape Cod bar, where she meets Hank Bannister, ten years her junior. That night, during a blizzard, he saves her life. Their relationship moves fast, but not fast enough to elude Hank’s needy ex-girlfriend. Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2003.

The Wedding    RC 56908
by Nicholas Sparks
read by Tom Wopat
2 cassettes
Jane and Wilson Lewis have been married for thirty years. Wilson realized a year ago that the love was gone from his marriage. With the help of Jane’s father, Noah Calhoun, from The Notebook (RC 43180), Wilson sets out to make his wife fall in love with him again. Bestseller. 2003.

The Wedding Game    RC 58700
by Jane Feather
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
London. Chastity Duncan and her sisters—anonymous matchmakers—seek a wealthy, well-connected wife for Douglas Farrell, an up-and-coming doctor seemingly indifferent to love. Chastity finds Douglas a suitable candidate, but Douglas would rather have Chastity. Sequel to The Bride Hunt (RC 58142). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

When a Texan Gambles    RC 57371
by Jodi Thomas
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Sarah Andrews is married to Sam Gatlin in a "wife lottery." Days later when Sarah discovers Sam stabbed in the back, they must get out of town fast. Together they embark on adventures involving violence and romantic discovery. Sequel to The Texan’s Wager (RC 57747). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

When He Was Wicked: A Bridgerton Novel    RC 58722
by Julia Quinn
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
England, 1820. Notorious rake Michael Stirling finally falls for beautiful Francesca Bridgerton, but she marries his cousin John. When John suddenly dies, Michael flees, afraid to comfort the grieving widow. Four years later he returns to claim his inheritance— and Francesca’s heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

When Strangers Marry    RC 58461
by Lisa Kleypas
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
New Orleans, 1805. On the run from her abusive stepfather and an arranged marriage, spirited mademoiselle Lysette Kersaint finds herself in the home of wealthy widower Maximilien Vallerand. Discovering that Lysette’s betrothed is his own sworn enemy, Max uses her to exact revenge. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1992.

Science Fiction

Captain’s Peril: A Star Trek Novel    RC 58868
by William Shatner
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Jim Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard vacation on Bajor, diving among the ruins of an ancient sunken city. They arrive at the archaeological site to find the director murdered and the camp without communications or power. When Picard disappears, Kirk draws on lessons from the past to uncover the truth. 2002.

The Collapsium    RC 56678
by Wil McCarthy
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
Set in futuristic time, when programmable matter and newly discovered "collapsium" ensure limitless power and immortality, scientist Marlon Sykes threatens to destroy the solar system for his own nefarious purposes. His intellectual equal, scientist Bruno de Towaji, must race to stop the cataclysm. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge    RC 56827
by Vernor Vinge
read by Terence Aselford
4 cassettes
Contains almost all of this Hugo Award-winner’s science fiction short stories from his first, "Apartness" (1965), to "Fast Times at Fairmont High" more than three decades later. Most speculate on social and political effects of new technology. 2001.

Conquistador    RC 56118
by S.M. Stirling
read by Mark Ashby
4 cassettes
California, 1946. Twenty-four-year-old WWII vet John Rolfe accidentally discovers a dimensional portal into a parallel world. This California is inhabited by Indians—not white settlers, that is until Rolfe brings some of his war buddies and their families. Developments are intertwined with 2009 complications. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Cryptonomicon    RC 57249
by Neal Stephenson
read by Richard Hauenstein
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Epic tale of World War II, cryptography, and high-tech finance. Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, mathematical genius and Allied codebreaker, joins other individuals in clandestine encryption operations. Years later, those secrets could liberate or destroy the cybertech revolution. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Locus Award. 1999.

Darwin’s Children    RC 57812
by Greg Bear
read by Roy Avers
3 cassettes
Near Washington, D.C. Twelve years after the discovery of the retrovirus SHEVA, featured in Darwin’s Radio (RC 50676), children born with the genetic mutation are growing up. Feared and hated by the public, these "virus children," including the daughter of scientists Mitch Rafelson and Kaye Lang, become targets of persecution. Strong language. 2003.

Eye in the Sky    RC 59096
by Philip K. Dick
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Sightseeing at California’s Belmont Bevatron, unemployed missile technician Jack Hamilton, wife Marsha, and six others become victims of a lab accident. They awaken in a world of Old Testament morality gone awry—a perilous, hilarious realm of plagues and damnation. Together they must find a way home. Some violence. 1957.

Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction    RC 58418
edited by Sharyn November
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Sixteen short stories. In "The Baby in the Night Deposit Box," Penny learns her true identity after living for eighteen years in the bank where she was abandoned as an infant. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2003.

For Love and Glory    RC 57106
by Poul Anderson
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Surveying Earth-like planet Jonna, Lissa Windholm discovers an artifact of the long-lost race called Forerunners. She also encounters fellow human Torben Hebo, who seeks to make a profit. Years later they reunite for a dangerous venture when Hebo claims to know the whereabouts of an operating Forerunner base. 2003.

For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs    RC 57792
by Robert A. Heinlein
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
In 1939 naval flier Perry Nelson loses consciousness in a car accident and awakens in the year 2086. Rescued by the lovely Diana, Nelson faces a new world of politics, economics, and individual freedoms. Previously unpublished first novel by Hugo Award-winning author. 2004 introduction by Spider Robinson. Some strong language. 1939.

Forge of Heaven: The Gene Wars, Book 2    RC 58325
by C.J. Cherryh
read by Michael Russotto
3 cassettes
From orbiting Concord Station, where humans and alien ondat coexist, Procyon Stafford observes immortal Gene War survivor Marak Trin Tain rebuild his planet’s biosphere. But the arrival of a ship from Earth upsets the delicate balance of power. Sequel to Hammerfall (RC 52458). Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Have Space Suit, Will Travel    RC 55814
by Robert A. Heinlein
read by Russ Weinstein
2 cassettes
High school senior Kip Russell longs to go to the moon but is kidnapped by space pirates. He meets other prisoners on a flying saucer—an eleven-year-old girl named Peewee and a strange creature they call the Mother Thing. For junior and senior high readers. 1958.

Mars Crossing    RC 56660
by Geoffrey A. Landis
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
After two crews die on an expedition to Mars, a third takes on the challenge in 2028. The four men and two women experience equipment failure and supply shortages. Their only chance for survival is a three-thousand-mile trek to a return module, which holds two. Strong language. 2000.

The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories    RC 55815
by Philip K. Dick
read by Gary Telles
4 cassettes
Eighteen science fiction short stories, among them "The Minority Report," in which police commissioner John Anderton invents a preventive crime system to identify criminals before they commit offenses. When Anderton is marked as the next aggressor, he must flee for his life. 1987.

The Moon’s Shadow: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 8    RC 58147
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old Jaibriol exchanges himself for a Eubian Trader—his uncle —and assumes the throne of Skolia’s rival empire, Eube. The son of parents from both societies, Jai struggles to conceal his telepathic abilities as he works for peace. Sequel to Spherical Harmonic (RC 58121). Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Mortal Engines    RC 58198
by Philip Reeve
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
In the distant future, when big cities rove about on wheels and chase smaller towns, apprentice Tom Natsworthy is shoved out of London by Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine. Aided by disfigured Hester Shaw, Tom seeks answers to the planet’s plight in the perilous Out-Country. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Omega    RC 57357
by Jack McDevitt
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
A vast system of deadly energy (an omega cloud) sweeping toward Earth (but still 900 years away) changes course and threatens another closer planet inhabited by a fledgling humanoid society. Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins coordinates Earth’s urgent rescue mission while attempting to conceal it from the aliens. Sequel to Chindi (RC 54848). 2003.

Pandora’s Star    RC 58258
by Peter F. Hamilton
read by L.J. Ganser
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Retired NASA pilot Wilson Kime is recruited by the Intersolar Commonwealth to investigate a distant star’s sudden disappearance. When Kime discovers the star and a potentially dangerous alien race hidden behind an energy barrier, the Commonwealth prepares its defenses. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle, Volume 1    RC 57054
by Neal Stephenson
read by Robert Sams
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Tale of science, alchemy, and absurd adventure in seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Europe and America. Features great minds and historical figures—mathematician Dr. Daniel Waterhouse, who experiences the scientific revolution, and vagabond king "Half-Cocked" Jack Shaftoe, who rescues a young woman from a harem. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2003.

Ringworld’s Children    RC 58419
by Larry Niven
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
In 2893 Earth-born explorer Louis Wu encounters interplanetary and interspecies intrigue on Ringworld, a ribbon-like artificial habitat circling a distant star. Threatened by war and new weaponry, Ringworld places its future with its children. Sequel to The Ringworld Throne (RC 44067). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Robot Dreams    RC 56820
by Isaac Asimov
read by Michael Russoto
3 cassettes
Twenty-one science fiction stories about robots and intelligent computers. In the title story, roboticist Susan Calvin must ponder what possible dangers could arise from humanoid machines that dream. In "The Last Question," a supercomputer weighs the ultimate fate of the universe. 1986.

The Sky So Big and Black    RC 57086
by John Barnes
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Orbital Resonance (RC57085) Teri Murray’s only wish is to quit school, marry her boyfriend, and join her father in "ecospecting" Mars. But after an atmospheric catastrophe Teri has to save herself and the other surviving humans. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Skyfall: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 9    RC 58140
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Foreign affairs councillor Roca Skolia accompanies bard Eldrinson Valdoria to his mountain fortress where they fall in love. Snowbound, Roca misses a critical assembly meeting that could mean war with the Eubians. Sequel to The Moon’s Shadow (RC 58147). Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Snow Crash    RC 57673
by Neal Stephenson
read by L.J. Ganser
4 cassettes
Hiro Protagonist, swordsman and freelance hacker, delivers pizzas for a Mafia-owned distributor until he loses his job. Broke and unemployed, Hiro visits the virtual-reality realm known as the Metaverse. There he encounters "snow crash," a computer virus and designer drug capable of destroying systems and users. Strong language. 1992.

Spherical Harmonic: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Volume 7    RC 58121
by Catherine Asaro
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Having escaped an enemy raid, empathic mathematician Dyhianna Selei, the Ruby Pharaoh, awakens on a distant moon after the Radiance War. Her search for surviving relatives thrusts her into Skolian politics. Sequel to The Quantum Rose (RC 56766). Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

Star Wars: A Clone Wars Novel; Shatterpoint    RC 56882
by Matthew Stover
read by Chuck Benson
3 cassettes
Jedi Master Mace Windu’s former student Depa Billaba disappears while training guerrilla fighters in the jungles of Haruun Kal, Mace’s homeworld. A cryptic clue found at the scene of a massacre hints at Depa’s involvement and a deeper madness, sending Mace on a journey to bring her back—or destroy her. 2003.

Star Wars: Survivor’s Quest    RC 57972
by Timothy Zahn
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Luke Skywalker and his wife, Mara, lead a diplomatic mission to inspect wreckage of the Jedi expedition destroyed fifty years ago by enemies. The mission, escorted by alien hosts and a mysterious New Republic impersonator, arrives at the remains and finds survivors. Follows the Corellian Trilogy (RC 41492, RC 42545, RC 42546). 2004.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Balance Point    RC 58271
by Kathy Tyers
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
The planet Duro, though nearly uninhabitable, is the only option for refugees fleeing the relentless invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong. Leia supervises the relocation plan, while Jedi—including Han’s young son, Jacen— arrive to help keep the fragile peace. Sequel to Agents of Chaos II, Jedi Eclipse (RC 52417). 2000.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; Dark Journey    RC 57990
by Elaine Cunningham
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
With the enemy in pursuit and her brother Jacen in the hands of the Yuuzhan Vong, Jaina Solo takes refuge in the Hapes Cluster. But Jaina, grief-stricken and obsessed with revenge, is blind to threats against her and to the evil consuming her. Sequel to Star by Star (RC 54045). 2002.

Star Wars: The New Jedi Order; the Unifying Force    RC 57358
by James Luceno
read by Chuck Benson
4 cassettes
With Luke, Mara, and their crew still off searching for the living world of Zonama Sekot, Han and Leia volunteer for a critical rescue mission. Meanwhile, discontent breeds revolt among the Yuuzhan Vong. Both sides prepare for the final epic battle that will decide the fate of the universe. 2003.

Time’s Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1    RC 58073
by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
read by John Horton
2 cassettes
Eurasia, 2037. United Nations peacekeepers crash land only to discover civilization is reassembled into a patchwork of eras dating from prehistory. Alexander the Great’s army and nineteenth-century British troops join forces as Genghis Khan’s horde approaches Babylon and a lone radio signal. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 2004.

Trading in Danger: Vatta’s War, Book 1    RC 57103
by Elizabeth Moon
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Kylara Vatta is expelled from a military academy for a seemingly small indiscretion. To rebuild her self-confidence, her father sends her on a mission to command the scrapyard-bound cargo ship Glennys Jones. As captain, she expands the mission and finds herself in the middle of a space war. Bestseller. 2003.

Utopia    RC 57401
by Lincoln Child
read by Michael Scherer
3 cassettes
The robotic attractions at Nevada’s high-tech Utopia theme park turn violent, endangering the lives of visitors. Andrew Warne, designer of the computer system that controls the robots, is summoned to help uncover the sinister truth by the park manager—his ex-girlfriend, Sarah Boatwright. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Way Station    RC 58565
by Clifford D. Simak
read by John Polk
2 cassettes (Reissue)
As keeper of Earth’s only galactic transfer station, 124-year-old civil war veteran Enoch Wallace has been attending to visitors and facilitating interstellar communication for over a century. When his charts indicate Earth’s impending destruction, his alien friends offer a solution that seems worse than the disaster itself. Hugo Award. 1963.

Whole Wide World    RC 57912
by Paul McAuley
read by Steve Douglas-Craig
2 cassettes
In the aftermath of the InfoWar, when surveillance cameras all over London are linked to an artificial intelligence system, a young art student’s brutal murder is broadcast on the Internet. Called to investigate, John—an alcoholic cop assigned to the computer crime unit—discovers a web of high-tech intrigue. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Witches of Karres    RC 58044
by James H. Schmitz
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Captain Pausert, a commercial space trader, rescues what he thinks are three slave girls on the planet of Porlumma. But Maleen, Goth, and the Leewit are actually witches with special powers. The authorities are after all of them. For junior and senior high readers. 1966.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection    RC 56499
edited by Gardner Dozois
read by Richard Hauenstein
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Editor reviews the status of science fiction published in 2002 and presents twenty-five stories by masters of the genre. The collection includes literary works by new writers and by established authors such as Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, Gregory Benford, Michael Swanwick, and Ian McDonald. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection    RC 58677
edited by Gardner Dozois
read by Erin Jones
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Review of the year 2003’s science fiction presents twenty-nine tales by masters of the genre. New or established authors include Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Harry Turtledove, and Robert Reed. A brief introduction prefaces each story. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Sea Stories

Baltic Mission: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 7    RC 57224
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to 1805 (RC 57223), Captain Drinkwater is ordered to the Baltic Sea as Napoleon extends his grip on Europe. Commanding the Antigone, Drinkwater deals with a discontented crew and a drunk lieutenant. Then an intercepted message puts him on a course to again face his nemesis, Santhonax. Strong language and some violence. 1988.

Beneath the Aurora: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 12    RC 57229
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1813. Captain Drinkwater has succeeded Lord Dungarth as head of the Royal Navy’s Secret Department. The discovery of a secret treaty with America sends him to Norway on a dangerous mission. Sequel to The Flying Squadron (RC 57228). Violence and strong language. 1995.

The Bomb Vessel: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 4    RC 57221
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1801. In this sequel to A Brig of War (RC 57220), Captain Drinkwater commands the Virago, an old ship sent to the Baltic as a bomb vessel. He would like to turn her back into a fighting vessel. In the process he takes aboard his fugitive brother, Edward. Some violence and some strong language. 1984.

A Brig of War: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 3    RC 57220
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to A King’s Cutter(RC 57219), Lieutenant Nathaniel Drinkwater is running routine missions on the brig Hellebore, when Admiral Nelson suddenly sends the brig to the Red Sea. Later British operations against the French bring Drinkwater face to face with two old enemies, Santhonax and Morris. Some violence and some strong language. 1983.

The Corvette: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 5    RC 57222
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Promoted for his services during the Battle of Copenhagen, Drinkwater, from The Bomb Vessel (RC 57221), is assigned to replace the wounded captain of the Arctic whaling fleet’s escort vessel. When a ship is lost during the whale hunt, Drinkwater must confront treachery and danger. Strong language and some violence. 1985.

Ebb Tide: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 14    RC 57231
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1843. In the years since The Shadow of the Eagle (RC 57230), Drinkwater has been knighted for his service to the English Crown. He is aboard the paddle-steamer Vestal, inspecting lighthouses along the coast of England, when tragedy strikes and he must confront his past. Violence and strong language. 1998.

1805: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 6
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Captain Drinkwater, commanding the Antigone in Admiral Nelson’s fleet, prepares to battle Napoleon. The French capture Drinkwater in circumstances beyond his control and keep him prisoner for much of the Battle of Trafalgar. Sequel to The Corvette (RC 57222). Strong language and some violence. 1985.

The Flying Squadron: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 11    RC 57228
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Under False Colours (RC 57227), Captain Drinkwater, after a brief home stay in England, boards the Patrician in 1811 to escort Henry Vansittart—the King’s messenger—to America. While there Drinkwater uncovers information that later helps prevent a Royal Navy takeover by the United States. Violence and strong language. 1992.

Havoc’s Sword: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure    RC 58385
by Dewey Lambdin
read by Neil Hunt
3 cassettes
English Foreign Office spies meet captain Alan Lewrie in the Caribbean and order him back into the battle for French colony Saint Domingue. Using bribery, diplomacy, and the fledgling American navy, Lewrie confronts his archenemy Guillaume Choundas. Sequel to Sea of Grey (RC 58124). Strong language and some violence. 2003.

In Distant Waters: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 8    RC 57225
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Baltic Mission (RC 57224), Captain Drinkwater, now commanding Patrician, hangs a deserter and then sets sail for the Pacific Ocean. He deals with the threat of mutiny, captures a Spanish frigate, worries about a lurking Russian vessel, and is rewarded with a twist of fortune. Violence and strong language. 1988.

A King’s Cutter: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 2    RC 57219
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
1792. In this sequel to An Eye of the Fleet (RC 57218), Nathaniel Drinkwater, now married, is asked by the Royal Navy to return to work, this time aboard the cutter Kestrel. He uncovers sinister networks of intrigue, deals with mutiny, and acquires a new nemesis—Edouard Santhonax. Some violence and some strong language. 1982.

The Poseidon Adventure    RC 57051
by Paul Gallico
read by Michael Scherer
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The SS Poseidon, a giant ocean liner-turned-cruise ship, capsizes when caught by a tidal wave. The few remaining survivors struggle to stay alive until rescuers arrive. Some strong language. 1969.

A Private Revenge: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 9    RC 57226
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to In Distant Waters (RC 57225), Captain Drinkwater is now off the China coast attempting to refit the Patrician. An assignment to escort a convoy to Penang turns deadly when he discovers his old nemesis, Commander Morris, on board—with a mysterious cargo. Violence and strong language. 1989.

Sea of Grey: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure    RC 58124
by Dewey Lambdin
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Captain Alan Lewrie sets sail aboard HMS Proteus for the West Indies, where general Toussaint L’Ouverture leads a slave rebellion in France’s Saint Domingue colony. Lewrie patrols for privateers, French warships, and anything suspicious. Sequel to King’s Captain (RC 53006). Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2002.

The Shadow of the Eagle: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 13    RC 57230
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Beneath the Aurora (RC 57229), Napoleon has abdicated as Emperor of France and gone into exile. But fears that Napoleon may try to escape to America has Captain Drinkwater posted to the Azores to prevent anyone from offering him aid. Violence and strong language. 1997.

Sharpe’s Havoc: Richard Sharpe and the Campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809    RC 58259
by Bernard Cornwell
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and his men are isolated by Napoleon’s forces in the Portuguese city of Oporto. While struggling to survive, Sharpe’s team also searches for missing nineteen-year-old English heiress Kate Savage who is being courted by a spy. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Under False Colours: A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel, Book 10    RC 57227
by Richard Woodman
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Captain Drinkwater, back from the China Sea, is on a secret mission to Russia. Overtly he is carrying military cargo designed covertly to put a wedge between France and Russia. When weather foils the plan, he develops his own strategy. Sequel to A Private Revenge (RC 57226). Violence and strong language. 1991.

Short Stories

Amber’s Mirage and Other Stories    RC 58457
by Zane Grey
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Five short stories of survival in Arizona’s deserts. Includes "The Saga of the Ice Cream Kid," about the West before barbed wire and railroads, and "Amber’s Mirage," a romantic tale of a young man’s quest for gold and the woman he loves. 1928.

The Best American Mystery Stories, 2003    RC 57428
edited by Michael Connelly
read by Susan McInerney
3 cassettes
Twenty short mystery stories by authors including Mike Doogan, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, and George Pelecanos. In "When the Women Come Out to Dance," a former stripper and wife of a wealthy Pakistani employs a domestic to help resolve marital problems. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The Best American Short Stories, 2003: Selected from U.S. and Canadian Magazines     RC 57653
selected by Walter Mosley
read by Ken Kliban
4 cassettes
This collection features twenty stories exploring the extremes of human emotion. In Anthony Doerr’s "The Shell Collector," a blind naturalist accidentally discovers the healing powers of a deadly snail. Also includes "Rationing" by Mary Yukari Waters, "Baby Wilson" by E.L. Doctorow, and works by Kevin Brockmeier, Edwidge Danticat, and others. 2003.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 1    RC 58440
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Seven short stories describe vampire slayers from times past. In "A Good Run," a slayer in ancient Greece fights in the battle of Marathon. In "The White Doe," slayer Virginia Dare of the Roanoke lost colony is adopted by a tribe. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2001.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2    RC 58427
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Ten stories spanning the years 980 to 2000. In "Lady Shobu," reluctant heroine Kishi must seal a rift to the spirit realm in the Japanese imperial compound. Other demon slayers, including Buffy, combat evil in France, England, and the United States. For senior high readers. 2003.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 3    RC 58435
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Four stories about vampire slayers in times past. In "Dark of the Moon," an Anasazi girl guards her tribe from evil. In "The Code of the Samurai," fifteen- year-old American slayer India Cohen arrives in Japan to help combat forces of darkness. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Caprices    RC 58726
by Sabina Murray
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Nine stories about men and women affected by World War II’s devastating Pacific campaign. In "Guinea," two American soldiers lost in the jungle— one Irish, one Italian—learn what bonds them together. The title piece portrays the fatal encounter of a young girl and a Japanese soldier. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge    RC 56827
by Vernor Vinge
read by Terence Aselford
4 cassettes
Contains almost all of this Hugo Award-winner’s science fiction short stories from his first, "Apartness" (1965), to "Fast Times at Fairmont High" more than three decades later. Most speculate on social and political effects of new technology. 2001.

The Early Stories, 1953–1975    RC 57642
by John Updike
read by Jim Zeiger
7 cassettes in 2 containers
More than one hundred short pieces originally published in the New Yorker and other magazines. Includes the Olinger and Tarbox sagas as well as "Pigeon Feathers," "The Family Meadow," and "The Witnesses." Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2003.

Eighteen    RC 58719
by Jan Burke
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Eighteen short mystery and suspense stories by Edgar Award winner and author of Nine (RC 55576). In "Mea Culpa," a disabled boy believes his stepfather will kill his mom. Includes "Miscalculation," about the wartime service of the oceanliner Queen Mary, "Unharmed," "The Muse," and others. Some violence. 1993.

Enough Rope: Collected Stories    RC 57078
by Lawrence Block
read by Roy Avers
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Eighty-four short stories that span five decades of the mystery writer’s work and incorporate series characters from his novels including Chip Harrison, Martin Ehrengraf, Matthew Scudder, Bernie Rhodenbarr, and J.P. Keller. Also contains independent tales of suspense. Some violence and some strong language. 1999.

Fabulous Small Jews    RC 58639
by Joseph Epstein
read by Ken Kliban
3 cassettes
Set in Jewish Chicago, eighteen short stories portray characters from different walks of life as they confront change, from impending parenthood to old age. Imbued with Yiddish intonations and armed with wit, Don Juan Zimmerman, Felix Emeritus, the third Mrs. Kessler, and others face the future with aplomb. 2003.

Face Relations: Eleven Stories about Seeing beyond Color    RC 59119
edited by Marilyn Singer
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Anthology explores issues of racial identity and communication among teenagers. In "Snow" by Sherri Winston, African Americans belittle Haitians at school. In "Hum" by Naomi Shihab Nye, a blind neighbor in Texas befriends a shunned Palestinian boy. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2004.

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories    RC 58764
by John Murray
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Collection of eight stories focusing on the emotions of professional persons in the fields of science, medicine, and nature trying to cope with problems and understand their lives. Includes "The Hill Station," an award-winning piece in which an American-born microbiologist visits Bombay—her parents’ homeland—and breaks away from her well-ordered existence. Some strong language. 2003.

Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction    RC 58418
edited by Sharyn November
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Sixteen short stories. In "The Baby in the Night Deposit Box," Penny learns her true identity after living for eighteen years in the bank where she was abandoned as an infant. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2003.

Football’s Best Short Stories    RC 58128
edited by Paul D. Staudohar
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Twenty-one stories and one classic poem, published between 1909 and 1997, by renowned authors. Includes John Updike’s "In Football Season," which evokes the wonderment of youth at Friday night high school games; an excerpt from Howard Nemerov’s The Homecoming Game; and pieces by Ellery Queen, Damon Runyon, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and others. 1998.

From the Listening Hills    RC 56382
by Louis L’Amour
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
Posthumously published collection of twelve tales by well-known author of westerns. Contains his first and last short stories, "Anything for a Pal" and "The Moon of the Trees Broken by Snow," as well as a pair of World War II adventures, four westerns, a couple of football stories, and two crime tales. 2003.

Got to Be Real: Four Original Love Stories    RC 57430
by E. Lynn Harris and others
read by Richard Hauenstein
3 cassettes
Short romances by four contemporary African American male authors. In "Kenya and Amir," ladies’ man Amir fights for the only woman he ever loved. Also included is "Money Can’t Buy Me Love" by E. Lynn Harris, author of A Love of My Own (RC 54842). Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2000.

Great Dream of Heaven: Stories    RC 56661
by Sam Shepard
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Eighteen short stories portraying unfulfilled, often desperate individuals forced to recognize who they really are. In "The Remedy Man," a boy observes the grim contest between a man and an ill-tempered stallion. In "Blinking Eye," a woman transporting her mother’s ashes to the funeral stops to help an injured hawk. 2002.

The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told    RC 57897
edited by Lamar Underwood
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Twenty-eight diverse stories reinforcing the connection between the fisherman and his environment, from inland rivers to the blue water of the Gulf Stream. Includes Ernest Hemingway’s "Now I Lay Me," an excerpt from The Yearling, and work by notable angling writers. Brief introductions preface each story. 2000.

Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults    RC 57853
edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
read by Jonathan Davis
3 cassettes
Twenty-nine tales of Filipinos and Filipino Americans dealing with their culture, families, friends, and fears as they grow to maturity. In "Lola Sim’s Handkerchief," a teenager becoming more Americanized is estranged from her grandmother. In "Lolo’s Bride," a fifteen-year-old’s widowed grandfather returns from the Philippines with a twenty-year-old wife. For senior high readers. 2003.

A Heart Speaks    RC 58615
by LaVyrle Spencer
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Two novellas. In Forsaking All Others, Allison Scott, photographer, is looking for the perfect man for a book cover contract. She finds him in Richard Lang—who becomes more than a model. In A Promise to Cherish, Lee Walker, a construction estimator, grabs the wrong suitcase at the airport and ends up meeting Sam Brown of Brown and Brown, whose bid just happens to be lower. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1986.

Killer in the Rain    RC 56541
by Raymond Chandler
read by Conrad Feininger
3 cassettes (Reissue)
Eight short stories originally published in pulp magazines by the author of The Big Sleep (RC 32657). Featured is a hard-boiled private investigator looking for justice. In the title piece, the nameless protagonist tries to salvage a client’s love life. Some violence and some strong language. 1964.

The Lottery and Other Stories    RC 57928
by Shirley Jackson
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
A collection of twenty-five unusual short stories by the author of "The Lottery." In the title piece, a village puts a terrifying twist on the luck of the draw. In "The Witch," a stranger on the train tells a chilling tale of murder to a small boy. Some violence. 1948.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 14    RC 57556
edited by Stephen Jones
read by Mary Kane
4 cassettes
Twenty short horror stories from 2002 written by Neil Gaiman, Don Tumasonis, Nicholas Royle, Jay Russell, Basil Copper, and others. Includes an overview of the year’s horror fiction and "Necrology 2002," a listing of horror genre writers, authors, performers, and technicians who died in 2002. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.

Man of the House    RC 57324
by Felicia Mason and others
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Three contemporary romances featuring African American fathers in love. In Adrianne Byrd’s "One in a Million," successful businessman Gregory Woods reunites with a former lover and the nine-year-old son he never knew he had. Includes Felicia Mason’s "The Dreamers" and Doris Johnson’s "Father at Heart." Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

The McCone Files    RC 57496
by Marcia Muller
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Fifteen investigative case files of San Francisco private detective Sharon McCone trace her two decades at the All Souls Legal Cooperative, from the beginning of her career there to her eventual relocation of the business to a swanky new office. Some violence and some strong language. 1995.

Memories of Sun: Stories of Africa and America    RC 58024
edited by Jane Kurtz
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Short stories and poems by African and American writers about cross-cultural connections and "third culture kids," those who inhabit two worlds without a firm foothold in either. Describes safaris, life among the bush-men, African folktales, and transitions to adulthood. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2004.

The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories    RC 55815
by Philip K. Dick
read by Gary Telles
4 cassettes
Eighteen science fiction short stories, among them "The Minority Report," in which police commissioner John Anderton invents a preventive crime system to identify criminals before they commit offenses. When Anderton is marked as the next aggressor, he must flee for his life. 1987.

New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2003    RC 56863
edited by Shannon Ravenel
read by Ray Childs
3 cassettes
Eighteenth annual collection of southern short stories, with a preface by Roy Blount Jr. In "Rich People" by Lucy Corin, a young woman visiting friends discovers paté in their refrigerator. In Steve Almond’s "The Soul Molecule," the narrator meets a former college friend who has a bullet in his head. Some strong language. 2003.

New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2004    RC 58394
edited by Shannon Ravenel
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Nineteenth annual collection of southern short stories. In Edward P. Jones’s "A Rich Man," a search for lost youth yields more than expected. Includes Ann Pancake’s "Dog Song" and Jill McCorkle’s "Intervention," a tale of a woman’s devotion to her alcoholic husband. Preface by Tim Gautreaux. Some strong language. 2003.

Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith     RC 56857
by Patricia Highsmith
read by Madelyn Buzzard
4 cassettes
Collection of short stories from the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley (RC 50315), complete with plot twists, misfits, and murderers. In "A Dangerous Hobby," a misogynistic kleptomaniac faces discovery. In "Music to Die By," a postal employee plots the extermination of his coworkers. Some violence. 2002.

Prize Stories 2003: The O. Henry Awards    RC 57264
edited by Laura Furman
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Anthology of twenty pieces of North American short fiction that describe the human condition—love, war, repression, and life-changing moments. Includes Anthony Doerr’s "The Shell Collector," Denis Johnson’s "Train Dreams," and selections by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Marjorie Kemper, and A.S. Byatt. Some strong language. 2003.

Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses, 2004    RC 57828
edited by Bill Henderson
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Short stories, poems, memoirs, and essays from forty-three notable noncommercial presses. Among sixty-two selections are "Election Eve" by Evan Connell, "Three Girls" by Joyce Carol Oates, and work by Jonathan Lethem, Richard Powers, and others. Introduction by the editor. 2004.

The Return of the Black Widowers    RC 58389
by Isaac Asimov
read by Richard Hauenstein
2 cassettes
Sixteen stories, some previously unpublished in any collection, involving the Black Widowers club members who gather monthly to dine and solve a brainteasing puzzle. The men ponder mysteries ranging from murder and theft to an umbrella’s seemingly inexplicable disappearance into a space warp. Foreword by Harlan Ellison. Some strong language. 2003.

Robot Dreams    RC 56820
by Isaac Asimov
read by Michael Russoto
3 cassettes
Twenty-one science fiction stories about robots and intelligent computers. In the title story, roboticist Susan Calvin must ponder what possible dangers could arise from humanoid machines that dream. In "The Last Question," a supercomputer weighs the ultimate fate of the universe. 1986.

Rumpole and the Primrose Path: A Rumpole Mystery    RC 57977
by John Mortimer
read by Graeme Malcolm
1 cassette
Six stories featuring British barrister Rumpole, now recovering from his near-fatal heart attack in Rumpole Rests His Case (RC 55589). In the title piece, Rumpole investigates a fellow patient’s mysterious death at the Primrose Path convalescent home in Sussex. Back in London he takes on five other cases. 2002.

Scenarios: A "Nameless Detective" Casebook    RC 58413
by Bill Pronzini
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Fourteen short mysteries spanning thirty-five years of "nameless" San Francisco PI stories. In "It’s a Lousy World," Nameless vindicates a friend suspected of—and shot for—robbing a liquor store. Also includes "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" and "Incident in a Neighborhood Tavern." Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Servants of the Map: Stories    RC 56356
by Andrea Barrett
read by Jennifer Mendenhall
2 cassettes
Barrett weaves scientific exploration, healing, and the search for truth throughout these nineteenth- and twentieth-century stories. In the title story, British surveyor Max Vigne writes his wife only reassuringly of his Himalayan experiences. Vigne’s travels lead him to question "Who am I? . . . Have I any scientific talent at all?" 2002.

Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors RC 58506
edited by Eleanor Taylor Bland
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
Twenty-two short mysteries featuring African American characters. In Hugh Holton’s "The Werewolf File," Chicago police confront a supernatural killer. Also includes "Bombardier" by Walter Mosley and stories by Gar Anthony Haywood, Penny Mickelbury, Grace F. Edwards, and others. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

T The Shuttered Room and Other Tales of Terror
by H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth
read by Conrad Feininger
1 cassette (Reissue)
Six tales of horror. In the title piece Abner Whateley’s grandfather left him a strange letter instructing him to destroy every living thing in a shuttered room. Abner did not understand the message until he saw dusty prints and a monstrous creature squatting on the bed. 1971.

Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories    RC 56534
by Walter Mosley
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
Seven interconnected short stories featuring Easy Rawlins in 1960s Los Angeles. Rawlins assists pals who are in trouble and encounters arson, murder, and mayhem. He also searches for his friend Mouse, who he suspects may still be alive. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

The Sleuth of Baghdad: The Inspector Chafik Stories    RC 57257
by Charles B. Child
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
Fifteen tales of mystery and intrigue set in 1940s Baghdad featuring police inspector Chafik J. Chafik and his sergeant Abdullah. In "The Inspector Is Discreet," they suspect the father of an Englishman’s murdered Iraqi mistress did her in to avenge the family’s honor. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

Sweet Land Stories    RC 58345
by E.L. Doctorow
read by Michael Russotto
1 cassette
Five short stories about faith, love, and abuse of power. In "A House on the Plain," a son abets his mother’s murderous greed; in "Jolene: A Life," a young woman navigating some bad relationships reaches a bruised but resolute independence. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Tales of the American West: The Best of Spur Award-Winning Authors    RC 56372
edited by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Fifteen western short stories spanning the frontier experience. "The Indian Summer of Nancy Redwing" by Harry W. Paige depicts the despair of a reservation woman at home alone on her thirty-fifth birthday. Loren D. Estleman’s "The Cat King of Cochise County" is a comic tale about the discoverer of chicken wire. 2000.

Ten Little Indians: Stories    RC 58463
by Sherman Alexie
read by Nick Sullivan
2 cassettes
Nine stories about modern day Native Americans. In "Do You Know Where I Am?" college sweethearts rescue and return a stranded cat to its owners—an act that unexpectedly defines their future relationship. "Search Engine" depicts a student looking for a fellow native who disappeared thirty years earlier after winning a Pulitzer prize for poetry. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Westward: A Fictional History of the American West; Twenty-eight Original Stories Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Western Writers of America     RC 58267
edited by Dale L. Walker
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
Anthology of original western stories captures the westward legacy from a North American’s first glimpse of a horse in sixteenth-century Kansas to a 1913 gunbattle in a Utah copper mine. Authors include Loren D. Estleman, Don Coldsmith, John Jakes, and Richard S. Wheeler. Some strong language. 2003.

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection    RC 57308
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
read by L.J. Ganser
8 cassettes in 2 containers
Thirty-nine stories, one essay, and thirteen poems from fairy tales to gothic horror by such authors as James Frenkel, Jeffrey Ford, Terry Dowling, Neil Gaiman, and Elizabeth Hand. Includes an overview of 2002’s works in this genre and a list of honorable mentions. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection    RC 56499
edited by Gardner Dozois
read by Richard Hauenstein
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Editor reviews the status of science fiction published in 2002 and presents twenty-five stories by masters of the genre. The collection includes literary works by new writers and by established authors such as Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, Gregory Benford, Michael Swanwick, and Ian McDonald. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection    RC 58677
edited by Gardner Dozois
read by Erin Jones
7 cassettes in 2 containers
Review of the year 2003’s science fiction presents twenty-nine tales by masters of the genre. New or established authors include Michael Swanwick, Nancy Kress, Harry Turtledove, and Robert Reed. A brief introduction prefaces each story. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.

Spies and Espionage

Absolute Friends    RC 57589
by John Le Carré
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Unassuming Bavarian tour guide Ted Mundy is actually a retired British double agent. After September 11, 2001, old friend and former colleague Sasha contacts him with a new mission: to stop an impending war in Iraq and become very rich in the process. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2003.

A Death in Vienna    RC 57796
by Daniel Silva
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
A war-claims office bombing in Vienna prompts Israeli Mossad agent Gabriel Allon, now an art restorer, to investigate neo-Nazi Vogel. Allon, last seen in The Confessor (RC 55724), also discovers that on the death march from Auschwitz his mother was tortured by camp supervisor Radek—now Ludwig Vogel. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Dr. No    RC 58875
by Ian Fleming
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Deadly danger awaits James Bond when he goes to the Caribbean to locate two missing agents. His antagonist is a maniacal doctor with an array of fantastic weapons and dreams of unlimited conquest. Some violence and some strong language. 1958.

The Matarese Circle    RC 58249
by Robert Ludlum
read by David Hartley-Margolin
4 cassettes (Reissue)
An organization called "The Matarese" is financing terrorist groups around the world. Secret agents Vasili Taleniekov, a Russian, and American Brandon Scofield forget long-standing personal and ideological enmity to track down the leader. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1982.

Memorial Day    RC 58405
by Vince Flynn
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
CIA agent Mitch Rapp leads a commando raid into Pakistan and uncovers an Al Qaeda plot to unleash a nuclear device in the United States on Memorial Day. Even with the bomb successfully disarmed, Rapp fears his team has not thwarted the terrorists’ plans. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne in The Bourne Legacy    RC 58648
by Eric Van Lustbader
read by Bruce Huntey
3 cassettes
Georgetown University professor and ex-covert operative David Webb is framed for the murders of two CIA officials, one his former handler. Hunted by feds and a mysterious assassin, Webb assumes the Bourne identity to stay alive and stop a killer. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

The Tristan Betrayal    RC 57548
by Robert Ludlum
read by Gregory Gorton
4 cassettes
Playboy spy Stephen Metcalfe journeys to Moscow during World War II to enlist the help of his former lover, Russian ballerina Lana. Their mission is to recruit her current Nazi beau to the Allied cause. Meanwhile Metcalfe is tracked by a German assassin. Some violence and some strong language. 2003.

Two O’Clock, Eastern Wartime    RC 58614
by John Dunning
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
In 1942, author Jack Dulaney escapes from a chain gang to help his long-lost love, Holly Carnahan, locate her missing father. He writes for a radio station in a New Jersey beach town, which is vulnerable to a German attack. The two unearth a network of spies and murder. Some strong language. 2001.

Sports

The Chief    RC 57983
by Robert Lipsyte
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
In this sequel to The Brave (RC 37362), boxer Sonny Bear continues his quest for victory with the encouragement of fledgling writer Martin Witherspoon. Meanwhile, Hollywood agents attempt to exploit Sonny as a Native American idol, and his uncle needs his help solving problems on the reservation. For junior and senior high readers. 1993.

Football’s Best Short Stories    RC 58128
edited by Paul D. Staudohar
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Twenty-one stories and one classic poem, published between 1909 and 1997, by renowned authors. Includes John Updike’s "In Football Season," which evokes the wonderment of youth at Friday night high school games; an excerpt from Howard Nemerov’s The Homecoming Game; and pieces by Ellery Queen, Damon Runyon, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and others. 1998.

The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told    RC 57897
edited by Lamar Underwood
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Twenty-eight diverse stories reinforcing the connection between the fisherman and his environment, from inland rivers to the blue water of the Gulf Stream. Includes Ernest Hemingway’s "Now I Lay Me," an excerpt from The Yearling, and work by notable angling writers. Brief introductions preface each story. 2000.

Home of the Braves    RC 56013
by David Klass
read by Neil Berman
2 cassettes
Joe, captain of his New Jersey high school soccer team, is threatened when Antonio arrives from Brazil and becomes the star player. Tension mounts when Antonio begins dating Joe’s secret crush, Kristine. Plus, a gang begins bullying other students. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

How I Fell in Love and Learned to Shoot Free Throws    RC 57541
by Jon Ripslinger
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Seventeen-year-old Danny Henderson, a lousy basketball player, has a crush on Angel McPherson, star of the girls’ team in their high school. Angel helps Danny with his game, but her embarrassment about her family life causes problems in their relationship. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Natural    RC 58059
by Bernard Malamud
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Roy Hobbs is a born athlete who should be a baseball hero, but his lifestyle interferes with his career. Roy’s misplaced love for Memo Paris, the team manager’s niece, overrules his passion for baseball and makes him agree to throw a play-off game. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1952.

Scratch: An Eddie Caminetti Novel    RC 58950
by Troon McAllister
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Golf hustler Eddie Caminetti teams up with a physicist to help out his friend and former caddie. Their revolutionary golf ball storms the market, incites a counterfeiting scandal, and brings charges of foul play from rival Tommy Trevillian. When Eddie offers to settle the case on the green, Tommy accepts. Strong language. 2003.

Screwball    RC 58514
by David Ferrell
read by Eric Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
When the Boston Red Sox acquire rookie Ron Kane and his scorching fastball, it could mean the end of "the curse" and an eighty-year slump. Manager Augie Sharkey anticipates a great season, but something isn’t quite right: it seems wherever they play, a killer strikes. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Slider    RC 58305
by Patrick Robinson
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Twenty-year-old pitcher Jack Faber, an impoverished farmer’s son hoping to play in the majors, spends the summer at an elite baseball camp. But after he returns to college, a jealous coach destroys Jack’s confidence, causing him to doubt his abilities and quit the game. His camp buddies help restore his self-assurance. Strong language. 2002.

Warrior Angel    RC 57982
by Robert Lipsyte
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
After winning the heavyweight championship in The Chief (RC 57983), depressed boxer Sonny Bear loses interest in life. An unbalanced teen fan, who calls himself the "warrior angel," helps him set his priorities and continue his career. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Wild Pitch    RC 58008
by Mike Lupica
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
"Showtime" Charlie Stoddard was twenty-five when an injury ended his pitching career with the New York Mets in 1988. At forty, he’s divorced and spends his days drinking and his nights with nameless women. That is, until physical therapy revitalizes his arm—and his big-league dreams. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2002.

Suspense

The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel    RC 57481
by Robert Ludlum and Gayle Lynds
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
When U.S. president Samuel Castilla learns that a Chinese freighter carrying weapons-making chemicals is headed for Iraq, he wants proof before inciting an international incident. Covert-One agent Jon Smith goes to work as Castilla also copes with news that China holds a prisoner claiming to be his long-lost father. Some violence. 2003.

Always a Thief    RC 59009
by Kay Hooper
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Morgan West’s upcoming museum exhibit is bait for a dangerous thief known as Nightshade. Cat burglar Quinn, supposedly helping authorities, takes the opportunity to get closer to Morgan, who can no longer deny an attraction. Sequel to Once a Thief (RC 55330). Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Avenger    RC 57280
by Frederick Forsyth
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
New Jersey lawyer Calvin Dexter, a former Vietnam "tunnel rat," becomes a secret assassin after his daughter’s murder. He is hired by billionaire Steve Edmond whose idealistic grandson is killed in Bosnia by Serbian warlord Zoran Zilic. But the CIA doesn’t want Zilic dead. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Bad Men: A Thriller    RC 58469
by John Connolly
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Dutch Island, Maine. Suspicious incidents foretell the recurrence of a violent local history. Sensing evil, policeman "Melancholy" Joe Dupree watches over newcomer Marianne Elliot, who is hiding from her abusive husband, Moloch. Soon Moloch’s vicious gang approaches the island intent on revenge. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Beachcomber    RC 57271
by Karen Robards
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Christy Petrino quits her job when she discovers that the law firm she works for and her fiancé are involved with the mob. Now, with her life at stake, she must deliver a package to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, where she faces more danger—a serial killer. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Blind Faith    RC 57649
by Christiane Heggan
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Philadelphia investigative reporter Kelly Robolo looks into the disappearance of her best friend’s husband, a vice president of Atlantic City’s Chenonceau casino. Kelly hopes to join forces with hunky cop Nick McBride, whose father—also a worker at Chenonceau—met with foul play there. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2001.

Blinded: An Alan Gregory Novel    RC 57725
by Stephen White
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Colorado psychotherapist Alan Gregory of The Best Revenge (RC 55671), counsels Gibbs Storey who fears her husband, Sterling, is a killer. When therapy reveals the couple’s swinging lifestyle and Gibbs’s possible motives for the accusation, Alan turns to detective Sam Purdy. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

Blowout: An FBI Thriller    RC 58633
by Catherine Coulter
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Married FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock curtail their vacation after Supreme Court judge Stewart Califano is strangled in the law library while debating the death penalty for juvenile psychopaths. Later, two of his clerks are also killed. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

The Body of David Hayes    RC 58438
by Ridley Pearson
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Seattle police lieutenant Lou Boldt investigates a case involving his bank executive wife, Liz, a past affair of hers, unrecovered fraud money, and the Russian mob. Lou hopes to solve the case while protecting Liz’s reputation and keeping his family together. Violence and strong language. 2004.

The Broker    RC 58930
by John Grisham
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
The CIA pressures lame-duck president Arthur Morgan into releasing jailed lobbyist Joel Backman, who obtained stolen satellite software six years before. The Agency spirits Backman to Italy to use him for bait, leaks his whereabouts, and waits to see who kills him. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2005.

Capital Crimes    RC 57122
by Stuart Woods
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
Following The Run (RC 50093), former Georgia senator William Lee is now the U.S. president while his wife, Kate, heads the CIA. When ex-agent Ted Fay assassinates right-wing politicians, Lee names the FBI to handle the investigation and orders his wife to help. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Catch Me    RC 57668
by A.J. Holt
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Before she entered the witness protection program, rogue FBI agent and computer expert Jay Fletcher, last seen in Watch Me (RC 42014), helped capture serial killer Billy Bones. Now escaped, Billy taunts Jay and U.S. marshal Jack Dane with a vengeful, bloody murder spree. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Cold Springs    RC 58619
by Rick Riordan
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Nine years after his teenage daughter overdosed on heroin, Chadwick escorts troubled kids to a tough-love Texas boarding school. Now he’s hired to help Mallory Zedman, the daughter of his former mistress, who is wanted for questioning in a murder directly linked to his past. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

The Color of Death    RC 58679
by Elizabeth Lowell
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Gem cutter Kate Chandler creates seven beautiful sapphire stones from a single rough one. When her half-brother Lee, her jewel courier, disappears, Kate investigates with help from rogue FBI agent Sam Groves, who believes Lee is a thief. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

Crumbtown    RC 58195
by Joe Connelly
read by Michael Russotto
2 cassettes
Bank robber Don Reedy is paroled early to act as consultant on a television show based on his life. Back in his hometown, he decides to rob the TV actors reenacting his crime. He also falls in love with a Russian bartender. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Cry No More    RC 57175
by Linda Howard
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Milla Boone’s son is a few months old when he is snatched from her arms by a baby-smuggling ring. Ten years later Milla is still searching for him but now has help from James Diaz, who has his own agenda. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

Dark Justice: Sean Dillon Series    RC 58861
by Jack Higgins
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
White House operative Blake Johnson is dispatched to London after thwarting an assassination attempt linked to a U.K. terror organization. Johnson’s British counterpart, ex-IRA enforcer Sean Dillon, follows the trail to oil magnate Belov, an associate of Russian president Putin. Sequel to Bad Company (RC 56701). Some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Dead Aim    RC 57283
by Thomas Perry
read by Jack Fox
3 cassettes
Relaxing at the beach, Santa Barbara multimillionaire Robert Mallon averts tragedy by saving a beautiful woman from drowning herself. Days later, when she succeeds in ending her life, Mallon investigates the woman—only to become the target of an assassin. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2002.

Dead and Gone    RC 58663
by Andrew Vachss
read by Ray Foushee
2 cassettes
PI Burke is hired to be the middleman in a ransom swap for a kidnapped boy. But it turns out he was set up to be murdered. After months in the hospital, Burke goes underground to find his betrayers and runs into an underworld of pedophiles. Strong language and some violence. 2000.

Death of a Citizen    RC 57783
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Fifteen years after undercover service in World War II, Matt Helm is leading a peaceful suburban life as a husband and father in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A former fellow agent named Tina suddenly reappears, demanding his help and threatening his family. Some violence and some strong language. 1960.

Deception Point    RC 57939
by Dan Brown
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes
Just as NASA is targeted by presidential candidate senator Sedgewick Sexton’s budget investigations, the agency makes an astonishing discovery in the arctic ice. In verifying the news, White House intelligence liaison Rachel Sexton, the senator’s daughter, uncovers evidence of scientific trickery. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2001.

Do No Harm    RC 58375
by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz
read by John Polk
4 cassettes
Two female practitioners at the UCLA Medical Center are savagely attacked by a madman who is apprehended and brought to the hospital for treatment. A mutinous staff, angry cops, and bloodthirsty media hinder Dr. David Spier as he faces an ethical dilemma and grossly underestimates the criminal mind. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2002.

Don’t Look Now: A Clare Westbrook Novel    RC 57120
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
Lawyer Clare Westbrook is shocked when her boss is killed. She soon discovers she was the intended target. Afraid for herself and determined to protect her young niece, whose father is being released from prison, Clare gets help from former boyfriend and homicide detective Tony Sonterra. Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2003.

The Enemy    RC 58309
by Lee Child
read by Christopher Walker
3 cassettes
1990. After two-star General Kramer dies in a cheap motel in North Carolina, someone flees the scene with a briefcase full of secrets. Hours later the general’s wife is found murdered. MP major Reacher and female MP lieutenant Summer investigate, uncovering a military conspiracy. Violence and some strong language. 2004.

Everyone Dies: A Kevin Kerney Novel    RC 58729
by Michael McGarrity
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
In one disturbing day, Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney argues with his pregnant wife, views the body of a murdered defense attorney, and finds his horse maliciously destroyed. Macabre killings continue as Kerney races to find a connection before his family falls to the madman. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Fifty-two Pickup    RC 57057
by Elmore Leonard
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Self-made Detroit millionaire Mitch Mitchell is blackmailed by three losers after having a brief affair with a stripper. When Mitch refuses to pay, murder, kidnapping, and more extortion follow. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1974.

Firestorm    RC 57890
by Iris Johansen
read by Mary Kane
2 cassettes
Brad Silver, helping the U.S. president, hires telepathic fire investigator Kerry Murphy to find disgruntled pyromaniac James Trask, who headed a scratched Defense Department project. Brad, in return, helps Kerry identify the arsonist who killed her mother. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

The Footprints of God    RC 58942
by Greg Iles
read by Mark Ashby
3 cassettes
Dr. David Tennant is working on a government program: building a computer that can think. The scientists begin suffering neurological symptoms, and when a murder occurs David and his psychiatrist, Rachel Weiss, flee. Rachel tries to decipher David’s religious visions as the computer takes over. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Foul Matter    RC 57107
by Martha Grimes
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Bestselling novelist Paul Giverney agrees to sign with a new publisher if it drops respected author Ned Isaly. Publishing house president Bobby Mackenzie instead hires two hit men, Candy and Karl, to bump off Ned. But the assassins have second thoughts after investigating whether their target deserves to die. Strong language. 2003.

The Future Scrolls    RC 57364
by Fern Michaels
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Alexander Mendeneres will do anything to protect some scrolls entrusted to his Argentinean family centuries ago. After his wife flees to New York with the treasure, Mendeneres hopes to find her by using their ten-year-old daughter, Maria, as bait. Befriending Maria, Manhattan editor Dani Arnold is drawn into dangerous activities and unexpected romance. Bestseller. 2001.

Ghost Image    RC 56379
by Joshua Gilder
read by Dan Bloom
3 cassettes
At San Francisco Memorial Hospital, plastic surgeon Jackson Maebry discovers that the brutally beaten and burned patient is his lover. He saves her life and tries to restore her beauty. But other suspicious deaths lead to a number of suspects, including the doctor himself. Some violence and some strong language. 2002.

The Godfather Returns: The Saga of the Family Corleone    RC 58835
by Mark Winegardner
read by Scott Brick
4 cassettes
Continues the family saga begun in The Godfather (RC 25677). Michael Corleone engages in private and public maneuvering to establish himself as the victor among New York’s crime families. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Golden Buddha    RC 57099
by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon, the state-of-the-art vessel disguised as a freighter in Flood Tide (RC 45276), are assigned to return control of Tibet to the Dalai Lama by making deals with the Chinese and the Russians. The mission depends on locating an ancient golden Buddha. Bestseller. 2003.

The Gospel of Judas    RC 55217
by Simon Mawer
read by Geoffrey Centlivre
3 cassettes
Biblical scholar Father Leo Newman travels to Jerusalem to translate a newly discovered scroll believed to be a fifth gospel written by the apostle Judas. Meanwhile he is having an affair with a married woman, reminiscent of his mother’s past. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

Harbor    RC 59022
by Lorraine Adams
read by Ken Kliban
2 cassettes
Twenty-four-year-old Aziz, a survivor of Algerian civil war atrocities, stows away to Boston. He falls in with other undocumented Muslim immigrants engaging in petty criminal behavior. Their actions come to the attention of the FBI, who suspects they may be terrorists. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2004.

Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel    RC 58988
by Stephen Hunter
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
1953. Arkansas state cop and ex-marine Earl Swagger, of Pale Horse Coming (RC 54363), accompanies a congressional party to Cuba where he is recruited to assassinate young revolutionary Fidel Castro. The assignment pits him against a Russian who is protecting Castro. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Havana Run    RC 58554
by Les Standiford
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
Building contractor John Deal is resurrecting his south Florida company— ruined by his presumed-dead father— when a stranger offers him a lucrative but dubious opportunity in post-Castro Cuba. The feds discover the offer and want Deal to help them. Once in Havana, Deal uncovers the truth about his dad. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2003.

Hidden Prey    RC 58107
by John Sandford
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Duluth, Minnesota. When ex-KGB agent Rodion Oleshev is found dead on a city dock, police, the FBI, and Russian officials want answers. Special investigator Lucas Davenport from Naked Prey (RC 56232) and Moscow cop Nadya Kalin team up to solve the crime. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

A Hole in Texas    RC 58829
by Herman Wouk
read by Jonathan Davis
2 cassettes
Physicist Guy Carpenter worked on the underground Super Collider in Texas searching for the Higgs boson, an elusive subatomic particle, until Congress scrapped the project. When a team of Chinese scientists—including Guy’s ex-girlfriend—claim to have discovered the boson, mild-mannered Guy finds himself at the center of the media blitz. 2004.

Hunting in Harlem    RC 57500
by Mat Johnson
read by Bill Quinn
2 cassettes
Bobby, Cedric, and Horus join Horizon Realty’s "Second Chance Program" to rehabilitate ex-cons and revitalize Harlem by remodeling dilapidated brownstones for resale to African American professionals. But after troublesome tenants begin to die in accidents, crime reporter Piper Goines becomes suspicious of Horizon and investigates. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

The Intelligencer    RC 58144
by Leslie Silbert
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Kate Morgan, a New York private eye and Renaissance scholar, attempts to unravel the 1593 murder of court spy and playwright Christopher Marlowe. She turns up a sixteenth-century encoded intelligence manuscript that contains information as deadly today as it was five hundred years ago. 2004.

Into the Inferno    RC 57658
by Earl Emerson
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes
Months after responding to a tractor trailer accident on the freeway, fire- fighters are dying. Jim Swope knows that he has only one week to live, and with the help of a victim’s sister, he traces the illness to a chemical warehouse. Violence and strong language. 2003.

Just One Look    RC 58163
by Harlan Coben
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Well-ordered happy lives are upended when Grace Lawson finds among current family snapshots a compromising picture of her husband taken twenty years ago. First he disappears, shaken, after Grace confronts him, and then a serial killer infiltrates the quiet neighborhood. Some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Kill the Messenger    RC 58551
by Tami Hoag
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
L.A. bike messenger Jace Damon picks up a delivery from shady lawyer Lenny Lowell. But the address leads to an empty lot, and someone tries to kill him. Returning to Lowell’s office, Jace finds cops investigating Lowell’s murder. He goes underground with the package. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Kiss Me while I Sleep    RC 58926
by Linda Howard
read by Madelyn Buzzard
2 cassettes
Liliane Mansfield has worked as a hired CIA assassin for nineteen years. When several personal friends are killed, Lily decides to take matters into her own hands. Agent Lucas Swain, sent to stop her, finds himself drawn into Lily’s game. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

The Little Friend    RC 55856
by Donna Tartt
read by MaryBeth Wise
5 cassettes
1960s Mississippi. Nine-year-old Robin Dufresnes is found hanging from a tree. Twelve years later, his tomboyish sister Harriet, an infant at the time of the murder, begins to search for the killer. With the help of her friend Hely, she concentrates on drug dealer Danny Ratliff. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2002.

Man Eater    RC 57626
by Ray Shannon
read by Fred Major
2 cassettes
When gorgeous Hollywood producer Ronnie "Raw" Deal foils a hit by breaking up a fight between contract killer Neon Polk and a streetwalker, Ronnie makes a dangerous enemy. After another terrifying encounter with Polk, she turns to an ex-con-turned-screenwriter for advice. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Matchstick Men    RC 56384
by Eric Garcia
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
Roy and Frankie are two aging flimflam artists waiting to pull one last score. Roy, suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, is reunited with Angela, the teenage daughter he never knew he had, and decides to go straight. Unfortunately Angela wants to learn the game. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

The Morning After    RC 57799
by Lisa Jackson
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
A sadistic killer stalks Savannah, burying victims alive. Taken off the case, detective Pierce Reed turns to journalist Nikki Gillette for information, but her doggedness irritates him. Then she becomes a target, and Pierce appoints himself her personal bodyguard. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Murder List    RC 58887
by Julie Garwood
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Chicago. To expose shady self-help guru Lawrence Shields, hotel heiress Regan Madison attends a seminar where Shields instructs participants to list people they want gone. When Regan’s nominees start dying, detective Alec Buchanan vows to protect her. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Never Look Back: A Clare Westbrook Novel    RC 59011
by Linda Lael Miller
read by Barbara Pinolini
2 cassettes
After Don’t Look Now (RC 57120), lawyer Clare Westbrook establishes an office in a tough Phoenix neighborhood, where she is nearly killed on opening day. But is she or her policeman boyfriend the target? Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

The Night Caller    RC 57662
by John Lutz
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Retired NYPD lieutenant "Coop" Cooper, whose cancer is in remission, suspects a serial killing when his and his ex-wife’s daughter is murdered. Investigating similar deaths, Coop finds hope for justice, and perhaps love, when he meets Cara, whose sister also died. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

The Night Watcher    RC 57606
by John Lutz
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Someone is murdering wealthy Manhattan residents by burning them alive in their apartments. NYPD homicide detective Ben Stack and his partner, Rica Lopez, who is in love with Ben, race to find the arsonist killer while the "Torcher" watches from the shadows. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2002.

No Place like Home    RC 59519
by Mary Higgins Clark
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
Celia Nolan is horrified when her new husband surprises her with a gift. He has bought the New Jersey house where, at age ten, Celia accidentally killed her mother while trying to protect her from an estranged husband. Now a killer is threatening Celia’s new family. Bestseller. 2005.

The Other Daughter    RC 57961
by Lisa Gardner
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
When twenty-nine-year-old Melanie Stokes, adopted at age nine by a Boston doctor whose first daughter was murdered, learns her real father was a serial killer, she resolves to find the connection between her birth parents and the family she thought she knew. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.

Paranoia    RC 57827
by Joseph Finder
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
When Adam Cassidy, a low-level employee of Wyatt Telecommunications, is caught rerouting funds, he receives two options—face embezzlement charges or become a spy at Trion Systems, Wyatt’s largest competitor. Risking exposure, Adam infiltrates Trion but ultimately finds his loyalties tested. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

The Perfect Husband    RC 57707
by Lisa Gardner
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Two and a half years ago, Tess Williams helped put her husband, serial killer Jim Beckett, a former police officer, behind bars. Now he’s escaped, and as a desperate manhunt mobilizes, Tess hires ex-marine J.T. Dillon to teach her self-defense. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1998.

Persuader    RC 58168
by Lee Child
read by Christopher Walker
3 cassettes
Federal agents recruit ex-military cop Jack Reacher to recover their colleague, who disappeared investigating "rug importer" Zachary Beck. Deep inside Beck’s fortress-like Maine estate, Jack discovers the illegal trader’s real menace—a former intelligence officer: the sadistic killer he thought he eliminated a decade ago. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2003.

Plan of Attack    RC 58411
by Dale Brown
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
No longer in charge of Air Battle Force (RC 56547), demoted aerial warfare expert Patrick McLanahan cannot prevent a Russian sneak attack from devastating U.S. strategic air forces. McLanahan’s only option is to convince his superiors to undertake a daring counterstrike. Some strong language. 2004.

Ransom    RC 57800
by Danielle Steel
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
After recently widowed Fernanda Barnes’s youngest child is abducted, San Francisco detective Ted Lee arrives to run the police operation. The kidnappers, ex-cons Peter Morgan and Carl Waters, mistakenly believe that Fernanda was left wealthy—but she can’t come up with the money they demand. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Resolved: A Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi Mystery    RC 56892
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
read by Gregory Gorton
3 cassettes
Helped by terrorists, convicted killer Felix Tighe escapes from prison and returns to the New York streets seeking payback from those who put him behind bars—including assistant DA Butch Karp. With Karp’s wife, Marlene, in self-imposed exile, Tighe unleashes his demonic assault on Karp’s daughter, Lucy. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

Runaway Heart    RC 58436
by Stephen J. Cannell
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
While hospitalized for heart problems, attorney Herman Strockmire learns an employee has been murdered after downloading a biotech firm’s files. Postponing surgery, Strockmire, his daughter Susan, and ex-cop Jack Wirta uncover a government project to genetically engineer manlike creatures as disposable soldiers. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Santa Fe Rules    RC 58179
by Stuart Woods
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Stranded at an airport, film producer Wolf Willett reads a newspaper reporting the triple homicide of his actress wife, Julia, his partner, Jack—and himself. Obviously still alive, Wolf staves off arrest and hires attorney Ed Eagle to investigate Julia’s sleazy past. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1992.

Scimitar SL-2    RC 59039
by Patrick Robinson
read by John Horton
3 cassettes
British SAS officer-turned-Hamas leader Ravi Rashood plots to devastate the U.S. East Coast by firing a nuclear-tipped guided cruise missile into a Canary Island volcano to cause a tidal wave. Former national security advisor admiral Arnold Morgan launches the hunt for the terrorists’ submarine. Strong language and some violence. 2004.

See How She Dies    RC 58939
by Lisa Jackson
read by Mary Beth Wise
3 cassettes
Oregon, 1993. Adria Nash, possibly kidnapped years ago, investigates her birthright as wealthy London Danvers in Portland. Caught between feuding families and stalked by her mother’s killer, Adria has only one ally— Danvers black sheep Zachary. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 1994.

Sense of Evil    RC 56901
by Kay Hooper
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
South Carolina. With no leads to the serial killer stalking blond, beautiful women, police chief Rafe Sullivan needs help. The FBI sends in gorgeous Isabel Adams, a clairvoyant profiler who is flaxen-haired—a feature that could make her the next victim. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2003.

Shades of Red    RC 59664
by Doris Mortman
read by Kimberly Farr
3 cassettes
Sixty-year-old Vera Hart’s public life is under siege: someone is using tainted copies of her beauty products to kill women and sabotage her cosmetics empire. Vera’s private life is also disintegrating because of the sibling rivalry between her daughters. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2005.

Skinny Dip    RC 58649
by Carl Hiaasen
read by Fred Major
3 cassettes
Joey’s biologist husband Chaz throws her overboard during a cruise because he thinks that she knows he’s faking Everglades water samples. Joey is rescued by former cop Mick Stranahan, who helps her in a plan to drive Chaz insane. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller. 2004.

Skyhook    RC 58359
by John J. Nance
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
For a top secret project, engineer Ben Cole developed software allowing remote steering of aircraft—but it fails the test flight, and Ben suspects sabotage. The same day, April Rosen’s parents survive a suspicious plane crash. Ben and April meet while searching for answers. Some strong language. 2003.

The Sniper’s Wife    RC 56375
by Archer Mayor
read by Dan Bloom
2 cassettes
When his ex-wife appears to have died from an overdose, Detective Willy Kunkle—nicknamed "The Sniper" in Vietnam—returns to the streets of New York and the life he abandoned. Kunkle struggles with ghosts from his past as he pursues the truth. Strong language and some violence. 2002.

Sphere of Influence    RC 56117
by Kyle Mills
read by John Lescault
3 cassettes
Mark Beamon, the outspoken and unorthodox special agent in charge of the FBI’s Phoenix office, is pulled from his dead-end position into the war against terrorism. Beamon faces off with organized crime, heroin trafficking, and murder as he goes undercover to investigate a new al-Qaeda crisis. Violence and strong language. 2002.

Split Second    RC 56904
by David Baldacci
read by Scott Brick
2 cassettes
Secret Service agent Sean King’s career ended with the assassination of a presidential candidate he was guarding. Eight years later, Sean’s past converges with agent Michelle Maxwell, protecting another politician who is kidnapped, and with former coworker and lover Joan Dillinger, investigating that abduction. Michelle—and more murders—convince Sean the incidents are related. Some violence. Bestseller. 2003.

3rd Degree: A Women’s Murder Club Mystery    RC 57633
by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
read by Carolyn McCormick
2 cassettes
The Women’s Murder Club, last seen in 2nd Chance (RC 54159), reconvenes to stop domestic terrorist attacks in San Francisco. Detective Lindsay Boxer, lawyer Jill Bernhardt, physician Claire Washburn, and reporter Cindy Thomas assist Joe Molinari of Homeland Security, who falls for Lindsay. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

Tijuana Straits    RC 58937
by Kem Nunn
read by Annie Wauters
2 cassettes
U.S.-Mexico border. Ex-con surfer-turned-worm farmer Sam Fahey takes in Magdalena Rivera, a young environmental activist from Tijuana, after she barely escapes a murder attempt. While Magdalena recuperates under Sam’s protection, she tries to identify the would-be killers before they finish the job. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

To the Bone    RC 57413
by Neil McMahon
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
San Francisco emergency room doctor Carroll Monks fails to save actress Eden Hale who had a breast augmentation operation hours earlier. Facing a malpractice lawsuit, Monks makes inquiries and learns that other patients of Hale’s cosmetic-surgeon guru have ended up dead. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2003.

True Valor: Uncommon Heroes, Book 2    RC 57765
by Dee Henderson
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Lieutenant Grace Yates, a self-assured Naval pilot, is in love with major Bruce Stanton, an Air Force para-rescue jumper. Sharing deep religious convictions, both have been deployed to the Middle East. When Grace’s plane goes down, it becomes Bruce’s job to rescue her. Sequel to True Devotion (RC 57753). 2002.

Truth or Dare    RC 57978
by Jayne Ann Krentz
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Arizona. Psychic interior designer Zoe, of Light in Shadow (RC 55520), and her second husband, private investigator Ethan Truax, are settling into newlywed life when someone begins stalking Zoe and her friend Arcadia. Ethan uncovers suspects from their collective pasts. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Twisted    RC 58837
by Jonathan Kellerman
read by Lindsay Crouse
3 cassettes
L.A. detective Petra Connor juggles difficult cases, departmental sabotage, and personal fallout. A further complication is grad student whiz kid Isaac Gomez, who links serial murders by statistical analysis. Together Petra and Isaac seek a killer. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descrip- tions of sex. 2004.

White Hot    RC 58892
by Sandra Brown
read by Sharon Murray
3 cassettes
Destiny, Louisiana. Sayre Lynch returns home after her brother’s questionable suicide. She investigates the death as charges of labor unrest, bribery, and murder envelop other relatives. Darker secrets emerge while she develops a love/hate relationship with a close family associate. Descriptions of sex and strong language. Bestseller. 2004.

War Stories

The Battle    RC 56662
by Patrick Rambaud
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Fictionalized account of Napoleon’s first major land defeat at the Battle of Essling in May 1809. Marshal Masséna led his troops against the Austrians outside of Vienna but was forced to retreat. In two days more than forty thousand lay dead. Violence. Winner of two French literary awards. 2000.

The Caprices    RC 58726
by Sabina Murray
read by Mark Ashby
2 cassettes
Nine stories about men and women affected by World War II’s devastating Pacific campaign. In "Guinea," two American soldiers lost in the jungle— one Irish, one Italian—learn what bonds them together. The title piece portrays the fatal encounter of a young girl and a Japanese soldier. Violence and strong language. 2002.

The Dirty Dozen    RC 56679
by E.M. Nathanson
read by Ray Childs
5 cassettes (Reissue)
Europe, 1944. Twelve U.S. military renegades serving life sentences or facing execution are given a last-chance mission behind Nazi lines. Led by captain John Reisman, the convicts endure a rigorous training, and are then dropped in France ahead of the Normandy invasion. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1965.

The Green Berets    RC 58872
by Robin Moore
read by David Hartley-Margolin
3 cassettes (Reissue)
A civilian journalist accompanying the U.S. Army Special Forces on various missions in Vietnam during the early 1960s describes the exploits and spirit of the elite troops known as Green Berets. Based on Moore’s own experiences; made into a John Wayne movie. Violence and some strong language. 1965.

Johnny Got His Gun    RC 58188
by Dalton Trumbo
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Classic antiwar novel presents the internal monologue of a young soldier maimed during World War I. Hospitalized Joe Bonham, drifting in and out of consciousness, is beset by past memories and present horrors. 1990 introduction by Vietnam veteran/author Ron Kovic. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1939.

Retreat, Hell! The Corps, Book 10    RC 57586
by W.E.B. Griffin
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Korea, 1950. Major Ken McCoy organizes a rescue mission for brigadier general Fleming Pickering’s pilot son amid conflicting reports of Chinese forces in the North. Meanwhile, Pickering mediates an escalating dispute between General MacArthur and President Truman. Sequel to Under Fire (RC 53772). Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2004.

Storm Warning    RC 58280
by Jack Higgins
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes (Reissue)
1944. During World War II, some loyal German expatriates trapped in Brazil plot to return to their homeland on the three-masted sailing ship Deutschland. With five nuns also aboard as passengers, captain Eric Berger and his crew attempt an impossible voyage across an ocean dominated by British and American navies. 1976.

War and Remembrance    RC 56764
by Herman Wouk
read by Roy Avers
9 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
In the sequel to The Winds of War (RC 56737), navy captain Victor Henry and his sons Warren and Byron join in the fight against the Nazis and the Japanese. Meanwhile Byron’s Jewish wife and son are stranded in Europe and sent to a prison camp. Some strong language. 1978.

The Winds of War    RC 56737
by Herman Wouk
read by Roy Avers
8 cassettes in 2 containers (Reissue)
In 1939, commander Victor Henry of the U.S. Navy is assigned to Berlin as a naval attaché. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he sees sons Warren and Byron go off to war, his daughter Madeline caught in a love affair, and his wife Rhoda contemplating divorce. Some strong language. 1971.

Westerns

Absaroka Ambush: The First Mountain Man, Book 3    RC 58395
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Preacher and his fellow mountain men help a detachment of U.S. soldiers escort some women across the mountains. When cutthroats attack the wagon train and kidnap the women, Preacher launches a rescue. Sequel to Blood on the Divide (RC 53030). Violence and some strong language. 1993.

Amber’s Mirage and Other Stories    RC 58457
by Zane Grey
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Five short stories of survival in Arizona’s deserts. Includes "The Saga of the Ice Cream Kid," about the West before barbed wire and railroads, and "Amber’s Mirage," a romantic tale of a young man’s quest for gold and the woman he loves. 1928.

The Big Country    RC 57772
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Baltimore sea captain James McKay travels to Texas to reunite with his bride-to-be and purchase a ranch offered by Miss Julie Maragon. Julie’s neighbors, however, have other plans for the property. They aren’t afraid to start trouble with a greenhorn, so McKay is forced to prove himself. 1957.

Blackfoot Messiah: The First Mountain Man, Book 7    RC 57611
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Commissioned by the U.S. government to guide an untrained platoon to a Wyoming fort, Preacher sets out with two longtime friends. He discovers a plot by some white men to incite a war leading to total destruction of the Indians. Sequel to Preacher and the Mountain Caesar (RC 59567). Violence. 1996.

Blood of the Mountain Man: The Mountain Man, Book 11    RC 57288
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Gunfighter Smoke Jensen inherits the Montana estate of his deceased sister Janey, a prominent "businesswoman." Smoke rides north to the isolated mining town and meets his young niece, Jenny, who’s been harassed by men who want her land. Smoke’s wife Sally arrives in time to help Jenny learn to shoot. 1992.

Buckskin Man    RC 57777
by Tom W. Blackburn
read by Ray Childs
1 cassette
When his Santa Fe, New Mexico, trading company suspiciously burns to the ground, Jim King vows to collect compensation from his rival, the head of Duval and Company. The desire for revenge takes Jim to St. Louis and back. Meanwhile he must decide how to deal with an impending massacre. 1956.

By Sorrow’s River: The Berrybender Narratives, Book 3    RC 57968
by Larry McMurtry
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
In this sequel to The Wandering Hill (RC 57942), Lord Berrybender and his mountain men continue their trek from the Rocky Mountains to Santa Fe. Heroine Tasmin’s strength and wisdom bind them as they brave infidelity, heat, thirst, Indian attacks, and group members’ unrelenting seductions. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Code of the Mountain Man: The Mountain Man, Book 8    RC 57620
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
The outlaws that shot up the town of Big Rock, Colorado, and put a bullet in Smoke Jensen’s wife have made their last mistake. In the 1880s a man should leave justice to the law, but that doesn’t stop Smoke from tracking the largest gang in the West. 1991.

Comstock Lode    RC 58493
by Louis L’Amour
read by Jim Zeiger
3 cassettes (Reissue)
1849. Soon after young Val Trevallion accompanies his family from England to America for a shot at the California gold rush, thieves kill his parents. Orphan Val grows up, becomes a successful miner, and awaits the opportunity for revenge. Some violence and some strong language. 1981.

Courage of the Mountain Man: The Mountain Man, Book 10    RC 57832
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
With young hands and his wife, Sally, on the chuck wagon, gunfighter Smoke Jensen rides north to sell his herd to eager easterner T.J. Duggan. Duggan’s neighbor, however, runs the largest cattle operation in Montana and doesn’t like competition. When Smoke arrives, he gets both trouble and a surprise. 1992.

The Cowboy with the Tiffany Gun    RC 57209
by Aaron Latham
read by Michael Russoto
3 cassettes
Continues the Arthurian-themed western begun in Code of the West (RC 56584). Seventeen-year-old Percy accompanies his mother, Revelie, to Texas after Revelie’s former lover is shot. Percy, ignorant of their affair, seeks to recover the legendary ax his late father pulled from an anvil. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Deliverance    RC 57981
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
1841. Barnaby Skye and his Crow wife live near the Mexican border, where a Cheyenne woman implores them to find her two children who have been sold into slavery in Mexico. Joined by colonel Jean Childress of Texas, Barnaby soon runs into trouble. Some strong language. 2003.

The First Mountain Man: The First Mountain Man, Book 1    RC 57247
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Oregon Trail, 1837. East of the Absaroka Range, the mountain man called Preacher encounters an unfriendly band of Arapaho and their terrified captives. Preacher frees the missionaries—two men and two women—and promises them safety, although toting four greenhorns through hostile territory won’t be easy. Precedes Blood on the Divide (RC 53030). 1991.

Fury of the Mountain Man    RC 58371
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Mountain man Smoke Jensen is summoned to Mexico by his old friends Carbone and Martine. The gunslingers-turned-ranchers have angered outlaw Gustavo Carvajal and await Smoke’s arrival before taking on an army of bandits in a range war. Some strong language. 1993.

Going Home: A Barnaby Skye Novel    RC 56987
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
In 1832 Barnaby Skye receives an offer he can’t resist—a voyage from Fort Vancouver to London to obtain a pardon for deserting the Royal Navy and then a job with the Hudson’s Bay Company. But Skye barely survives the ship’s stopover in Mexican California. 2000.

The Happy Man: A Novel of California Ranch Life    RC 57833
by Robert Easton
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Collection of fictional vignettes describing the men and their life at Thomas Ordway’s El Dorado Investment Company in 1930s California. The ranch hands relate tales of daily events at the stockyard where Ordway turned beef into dollars by buying and feeding cattle to fatten them up for slaughter. 1943.

Hombre    RC 56001
by Elmore Leonard
read by Chuck Benson
1 cassette
A stagecoach robbery in 1884 reveals the true character of the victims—especially of John Russell, known as Hombre. He was shunned for his Apache ties by his travel companions, until they needed his physical prowess to save them. Made into a 1967 movie with same title. 1961.

Law of the Mountain Man: The Mountain Man, Book 5    RC 57600
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
With his wife and baby in Arizona, gunfighter Smoke Jensen feels the pull of the High Lonesome wilderness and unknowingly rides into a fierce Idaho range war. Forced to choose sides, Smoke agrees to help a family being bullied by Jud Vale and his gang—but first he must learn what’s behind the harassment. 1989.

The Ordeal of Jason Ord    RC 58376
by Lewis B. Patten
read by John Polk
1 cassette (Reissue)
Wyoming. Kind Jim Hunnicutt hires sixteen-year-old runaway Jason Ord and wills his ranch to the boy. When Jim is killed soon after, Jason flees— pursued by the murderer, by a cattle rustler, and by a sheriff intent on hanging Jason for the crime. Some violence and some strong language. 1973.

Outcasts of Canyon Creek    RC 58705
by Clay Fisher
read by Jack Fox
1 cassette
Texan Ben Allison stops the hang-ing of a young mulatto accused by Montana vigilantes of raping and axing a dance hall girl. Ben, determined that the boy, innocent or not, will receive a fair trial, escapes Canyon Creek with him. Some violence and some strong language. 1972.

Preacher: The First Mountain Man    RC 57278
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Long before attaining fame as the mountain man called Preacher, a twelve-year-old boy named Arthur leaves his Ohio family in 1813 and ventures westward. Art makes friends and enemies, lives with the Shawnee, and learns to shoot in the U.S. Army— all along the way to becoming a man and a legend. Some strong language. 2002.

Pursuit of the Mountain Man: The Mountain Man, Book 9    RC 57630
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
While his wife, Sally, is visiting family back east, world-famous gunfighter Smoke Jensen heads north toward Wyoming. Smoke soon learns he’s being followed by German aristocrat Frederick von Hausen and his hired hunting party. They want to see just how tough Smoke really is—and they’re about to find out. 1991.

Quest of the Mountain Man    RC 58369
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Visionary William Van Horne comes to Colorado looking for experienced mountain men to help him find a suitable route for the new Canadian railroad. Gunfighter-turned-rancher Smoke Jensen with his team of old friends must soon contend with mountains, Indians, and some dangerous cross-border bandits. Some strong language. 2003.

Restitution    RC 55606
by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Prosperous Utah rancher Truman Jackson and his wife, Gracie, are respected neighbors in Cottonwood until Truman feels compelled to confess his teenage outlaw past. He wants to repay man and God for his gang’s transgressions, but doesn’t foresee the immediate consequences. 2001.

Return of the Mountain Man: The Mountain Man, Book 2    RC 57261
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
1 cassette
Reputed outlaw Smoke Jensen is seeking revenge, and he’s got his sights on bandits Potter, Richards, Stratton, and their gunmen. Using the alias Buck West, Smoke heads for Idaho Territory and the town of Bury—which is exactly what he intends to do to those responsible for murdering his wife, baby, and other family members. 1986.

The Ruthless Range and Death Rides a Black Horse    RC 59126
by Lewis B. Patten
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Two novels by Spur Award-winning western writer. In The Ruthless Range, reluctant gunfighter Jason Mellor helps defend a lovely widow’s ranch. In Death Rides a Black Horse, fifteen-year-old Frank Halliday stands to inherit his late father’s spread when he comes of age—if he lives that long. Some violence. 1963.

The Sergeant’s Lady    RC 58340
by Miles Hood Swarthout
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Arizona Territory, late 1800s. General Nelson Miles and sergeant Ammon Swing of the U.S. cavalry battle Geronimo and his band of fierce Apache warriors. Rancher Jacob Cox and his spunky sister, Martha, who soon finds herself smitten with the sergeant, are caught in the middle. Violence. 2003.

Smoky Valley    RC 57758
by Donald Hamilton
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
Peace-loving John Parrish, a little dude from the East, is provoked into killing a tough hombre out West, where Parrish has been living for three years. He contends with many dangers and woman problems on his way to belonging on a ranch. Some strong language. 1954.

Stallions at Burnt Rock    RC 58318
by Paul Bagdon
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Texas, 1870s. To prove she raises the best ranch horses in the West, Lee Morgan agrees to race her prize stallion in Burnt Rock’s upcoming festival, despite her fears of unchristian behavior. As gamblers and gunslingers pour into town, their lawlessness threatens everything she loves. Some violence. 2003.

Summer of Pearls    RC 56653
by Mike Blakely
read by Ray Childs
2 cassettes
In 1944, at eighty-four, Ben Crowell recalls events of 1874, his fourteenth summer. Then, during the pearl rush in Port Caddo, Texas, Judd Kelso, a local riverboat captain, was murdered, and Ben witnessed greed, was rescued from a steamboat explosion, and fell in love. Some strong language. Spur Award. 2000.

Tales of the American West: The Best of Spur Award-Winning Authors    RC 56372
edited by Richard S. Wheeler
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Fifteen western short stories spanning the frontier experience. "The Indian Summer of Nancy Redwing" by Harry W. Paige depicts the despair of a reservation woman at home alone on her thirty-fifth birthday. Loren D. Estleman’s "The Cat King of Cochise County" is a comic tale about the discoverer of chicken wire. 2000.

Tough Saddle    RC 58090
by Matt Stuart
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
Big Five ranch foreman Link Asbell knows that a top hand’s fiery death and a neighboring rancher’s shooting are no coincidence: both men had obstructed rival Double Diamond’s cattle run. Link fights fire with lead to save the spread and his future with its lovely owner, Sue Vincent. 1959.

Trek of the Mountain Man    RC 58432
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Colorado mountain man Smoke Jensen is cleared of charges for an old crime. But some unknowing Texas bounty hunters still pursue him, hoping to collect a $10,000 reward. Not finding Smoke, they kidnap his strong-willed wife for ransom money and head into the wintry mountains. Smoke vows to find them. Some violence. 2002.

Vengeance of the Mountain Man    RC 58433
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
A young gunfighter rallies a band of Mexican and Texan outlaws to help him track down and exact revenge on Colorado mountain man Smoke Jensen for shooting off his ear. The town of Big Rock rallies to defend the benefactor of the town’s well being. Violence and some strong language. 1997.

The Wandering Hill: The Berrybender Narratives, Book 2    RC 57942
by Larry McMurtry
read by Chuck Benson
2 cassettes
Continues an aristocratic English family’s misadventures, begun in Sin Killer (RC 54826), in the early 1830s American West. Abandoning their steamboat stuck in the icy river, the Berrybender expedition members settle in for the winter at the trading post of Pierre Boisdeffre. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

War of the Mountain Man    RC 58370
by William W. Johnstone
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Smoke and his wife, Sally, take a vacation to Hell’s Creek, Montana, to visit Sally’s college roommate and her husband. They did not plan on running into Max Huggins and his band of outlaws or restoring order to a lawless land. Some violence. 1990.

Westward: A Fictional History of the American West; Twenty-eight Original Stories Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Western Writers of America     RC 58267
edited by Dale L. Walker
read by Bob Askey
3 cassettes
Anthology of original western stories captures the westward legacy from a North American’s first glimpse of a horse in sixteenth-century Kansas to a 1913 gunbattle in a Utah copper mine. Authors include Loren D. Estleman, Don Coldsmith, John Jakes, and Richard S. Wheeler. Some strong language. 2003.

Widow’s Watch: The Gunsmith    RC 59045
by J.R. Roberts
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
Gunslinger Clint Adams hops a train to Byrne, Kansas, when the pretty widow of a murdered friend begs him for help. Jennifer’s husband crossed the wrong guy—crooked railroad man Owen Prowler—and paid the price. Now Prowler is after Jennifer. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2003.

Woman Chief    RC 58095
by Benjamin Capps
read by Jill Ferris
2 cassettes (Reissue)
A ten-year-old Atsina Indian girl is mistakenly captured by Antelope Man, a Crow horse raider who wanted a son. Refusing to be a typical slave, she learns a man’s skills. After killing three Blackfeet warriors, she steadily gains respect from her adopted people. Based on a true story. 1979.

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Nonfiction

Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal
by David Konow
read by John Lescault
3 cassettes
History of the music genre that evolved from the blues in England in the late 1960s. Discusses the careers of heavy metal’s most notorious groups including Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Metallica, Def Leppard, and Guns N’ Roses. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground    RC 57906
by David Beckham
read by Steve Douglas-Craig
3 cassettes
Autobiography by a legendary British soccer player and cultural icon. Beck- ham describes his London childhood, his marriage to "Posh" Spice Girl Victoria Adams in 1999, and his leaving Manchester United to sign with a Spanish team, Real Madrid. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens    RC 56665
by Franz Metcalf
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Provides information on Buddha and his teachings, applying Buddhist philosophy to issues facing teenagers, such as family relations, school, body changes, sexual attraction, friendship, and personal ethics—without preaching religious conversion. Includes introductions to meditation and further study. Some descriptions of sex. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Bush v. Gore: Controversial Presidential Election Case    RC 57466
by Diana K. Sergis
read by Butch Hoover
1 cassette
Discusses the 2000 Supreme Court landmark decision that resulted in Texas governor George W. Bush becoming the forty-third U.S. president. Describes the contested ballot recounts in Florida, battles in state and federal courts, and constitutional arguments presented to the nation’s highest court by Bush and his challenger, Vice President Albert Gore. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Closing the Gap: A Strategy for Bringing Parents and Teens Together    RC 56365
by Jay McGraw
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Manual written by the young adult author of Life Strategies for Teens (RC 51563), suggesting ways both parents and teens can reconnect by working out differences, respecting each other, and gaining a balance between control and independence. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Companions in Courage: Triumphant Tales of Heroic Athletes    RC 56833
by Pat LaFontaine
read by Erik Synnestvedt
2 cassettes
Collection of inspirational stories of athletes who have overcome incredible obstacles to become successful. LaFontaine encourages readers to realize that individuals, even though unable to always control what happens to them, do have a choice in how they respond. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2000.

A Different Way of Seeing: Youth with Visual Impairments and Blindness RC 58329
by Patricia Souder
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Follows a young girl’s coping with sudden vision loss. Includes descriptions of various visual disorders, their causes, and the kinds of help that adaptive devices like white canes and guide dogs can provide to people with diminished sight. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna    RC 57478
by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
read by Frank Coffee
1 cassette
Virginia teacher recounts his childhood as a member of a nomadic tribe in northern Kenya. Describes running from lions, tending cattle, being circumcised at thirteen to become a "warrior," attending boarding school, searching for his wandering village during vacations, and leaving home to study in the United States. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Fire in the Heart: A Spiritual Guide for Teens    RC 58546
by Deepak Chopra
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette
Noted Hindu author and physician uses his own youthful experiences to provide a plan for teens who are seeking their own spiritual paths. Answers universal philosophical questions and offers suggestions for improving relationships. For senior high readers. 2004.

Fiske New SAT Insider’s Guide    RC 58291
by Edward B. Fiske and Bruce G. Hammond
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Preparation and test-taking strategies for high school students taking the revised version of the SAT college entrance exam. Provides practice problems for each section of the standardized test—critical reading, math, and writing. Discusses coaching courses, the new PSAT, and tactics used by top-scoring students. For senior high readers. 2004.

Frederick Douglass: For the Great Family of Man    RC 57522
by Peter Burchard
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Biography of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), an escaped slave from Maryland who became an abolitionist, a crusader for women’s rights, and an advisor to president Abraham Lincoln. Discusses Douglass’s personal life, his professional accomplishments, and his influence before and after the Civil War. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Hidden from History: The Lives of Eight American Women Scientists    RC 58587
by Kim K. Zach
read by Margaret Strom
1 cassette
Collective biography of eight female scientists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries who excelled in their male-dominated fields. Describes the background and achievements of biochemist Gertrude Elion, biologist/ geneticist Nettie Stevens, astronomer Annie Cannon, anatomist Florence Sabin, and computer scientist Grace Hopper, among others. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

The Hidden Powers of Animals: Uncovering the Secrets of Nature    RC 58120
by Karl P.N. Shuker
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Explains wild and domestic animal behavior via scientific research on psychic pets, whale strandings, fainting goats, talking apes, homing horses, and waltzing worms, among other species. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Hip-Hop Divas    RC 56526
edited Vibe magazine
read by Tracy Mickens-Hundley
3 cassettes
Chronicles the struggles and triumphs of women performers in the world of hip-hop music. Includes essays on the lives and careers of fifteen stars, such as Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim, and TLC. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America’s Bill of Rights    RC 57925
by Russell Freedman
read by Ted Stoddard
1 cassette
Describes the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution and explains how they are applied as well as tested. Examples of challenges include a suit brought on behalf of schoolchildren who were required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and rap musicians sued for obscenity. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from around the World    RC 57850
retold by Virginia Hamilton
read by Lindsay Ellison
1 cassette
Twenty-five myths from around the globe describe the creation of the world. Includes "First Man, First Woman" from the Bible, "Bursting from the Hen’s Egg" from China, and "An Endless Sea of Mud" from Africa. For junior and senior high readers. 1988.

Jam Master Jay: The Heart of Hip Hop    RC 58097
by David E. Thigpen
read by Bill Quinn
1 cassette
Biography of the rap group Run-DMC founding member who was murdered in 2002 in his music studio. Traces Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell’s childhood in Queens, New York; his rise in the recording business; and his mysterious death. Discusses the hip-hop subculture. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Jon Bon Jovi    RC 58423
by Laura Jackson
read by Alec Volz
2 cassettes
Biography of songwriter and rock star Bon Jovi, born in 1962. Traces his career from small New Jersey club gigs to formation of his own band in 1983 and subsequent award-winning albums. Also describes his film and TV acting roles. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

LeBron James: The Rise of a Star    RC 58354
by David Lee Morgan Jr.
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Sportswriter traces the life of NBA’s number one 2003 pick: Akron, Ohio, high school phenom LeBron James. Describes the athlete’s upbringing in a rough neighborhood, the work ethic that led to his success on the basketball court, and controversies he faced. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Let’s Talk: Sharing Our Thoughts and Feelings during Times of Crisis    RC 57267
by Michele Alpern
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Offers teens practical information on coping with stressful events such as death, divorce, job loss, and disasters. Suggests ways to deal with depression and anxiety and outlines strategies for establishing good communication. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

More than a Label: Why What You Wear or Who You’re with Doesn’t Define Who You Are    RC 56368
by Aisha Muharrar
read by Coleen Delany
1 cassette
Recent high school graduate surveys more than 1,000 teens to examine how school cliques, designer labels, and other social dividers create problems. Suggests ways for teenagers to overcome negative unspoken rules in school and to accept people as individuals. For senior high readers. 2002.

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir    RC 58528
by Samantha Abeel
read by Kimberly Schraf
2 cassettes
Abeel, both gifted and learning disabled, describes being different at school. Discusses her diagnosis of dyscalculia, which compromises sequential processing required for spelling, telling time, remembering locker combinations, and understanding math and grammar. Relates learning coping skills in a prescribed special ed math class. For senior high readers. 2003.

On My Own: The Ultimate How-To Guide for Young Adults; a Manual for Excelling in Your Independent Life    RC 56840
by Sally Taylor
read by Barbara Pinolini
4 cassettes
A guide for people leaving home to live independently for the first time. Includes advice on jobs, budgeting, health care issues, substance abuse, relationships, and other social skills. Also provides information on how to become a good citizen. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

One Hundred Words Every High School Graduate Should Know    RC 58357
edited by American Heritage Dictionaries
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
The American Heritage College Dictionary web site list of vocabulary words evolved into a published book by popular demand. For senior high and older readers. Bestseller. 2003.

Teen Life in the Middle East    RC 58136
edited by Ali Akbar Mahdi
read by Carol Dines
3 cassettes
A social history describing the daily lives of young adults in twelve Middle Eastern nations and territories. Includes a country profile as well as an overview of the region’s typical family including their education, recreation, and religious and cultural practices. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Teens with the Courage to Give: Young People Who Triumphed over Tragedy and Volunteered to Make a Difference    RC 56366
by Jackie Waldman
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Thirty teenagers share their experiences overcoming hardship and finding fulfillment by helping others. In "The Fight for Life" a teen suffering from depression starts a suicide prevention program. In "Born to Win" a one-legged amputee wins races wearing a prosthesis and visits kids in hospitals. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.

They Broke the Law—You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime    RC 57838
by Thomas A. Jacobs
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
Juvenile-court judge presents twenty-one cases involving teenagers who came before him for punishment. Reviews each teen’s background, details of the crime and arrest, mitigating factors, and penalty options so the reader can decide. Reveals actual sentence and offender’s response in court and later. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2003.

Thura’s Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq    RC 58523
by Thura Al-Windawi
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Nineteen-year-old Iraqi author, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, shares the diary of her life during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Describes the bombing of Baghdad, the first weeks of postwar occupation, and her family’s ambivalence toward political and social events. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

The Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens: The Seven Keys to Weight Freedom RC 57801
by Jay McGraw
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
As a companion to television host Dr. Phil McGraw’s The Ultimate Weight Solution (RC 57111), his son, Jay McGraw, offers teenagers strategies to improve their self-image. Identifies seven keys for weight management including exercising and eating right. For junior and senior high and older readers. Bestseller. 2003.

Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials    RC 58015
by Marc Aronson
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Explores the history behind the 1692 trials in Salem, Massachusetts, that a group of teenage Puritan girls brought on by accusing others of witchcraft. Quotations from primary sources help the reader interpret motives behind the accusations that led to twenty-five people being hanged. For senior high readers. 2003.

Women in the Middle East: Tradition and Change    RC 57282
by Ramsay M. Harik and Elsa Marston
read by Jill Fox
1 cassette
Social history of women, mainly Arab and Muslim, in the Middle East from Morocco to Pakistan. The authors explain the diversity of the region and the varying roles that religion, family, education, work, and traditions play in the women’s lives. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: College    RC 58593
by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Practical techniques for planning a successful transition to college. Basic rules cover getting settled in the dorm, eating cafeteria food, staying safe at parties, and focusing in the classroom. Includes tips for avoiding laundry and for pulling an all-nighter. For senior high readers. 2004.

Writing Winning Reports and Essays    RC 58668
by Paul B. Janeczko
read by Patricia McDermott
2 cassettes
Outlines strategies for writing successful research reports and essays. Gives basic guidelines for using note cards, citing sources, outlining, and writing drafts. Provides samples of completed papers. Suggests ideas by school subject and offers research tips. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Young Adult’s Guide to a Business Career    RC 58693
by M.J. Giles
read by Carol Dines
1 cassette
Guide for students who are choosing a career. Gives examples of jobs in a variety of fields, highlighting both positive and negative aspects and listing skills and education needed. Profiles include work in computers, accounting, finance, management, and marketing. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Young Adult’s Guide to Business Communications    RC 58626
by Kristi L. Thomason-Carroll
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Outlines the interpersonal skills a new graduate needs for success in the workplace. Covers applying for a job, interviewing, making a good first impression, and using proper written and verbal communication. Includes sample resumés and letters. For senior high and older readers. 2004.

Fiction

Acceleration    RC 57917
by Graham McNamee
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Seventeen-year-old Duncan works at the Toronto subway lost-and-found for the summer. When he finds a diary that may belong to a serial killer the police aren’t interested. To find the murderer before he strikes again, Duncan gets his buddies to help him. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2003.

All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School    RC 58194
by Janette Rallison
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
High school cheerleader Samantha Taylor bombs her SAT scores. To compensate she decides to run for student council president. Even though her nemesis, Logan Hansen, bets that she can’t be nice enough to people to get elected, she and Logan fall in love. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1    RC 58011
by Jonathan Stroud
read by Erin Jones
3 cassettes
Seeking revenge, twelve-year-old apprentice magician Nathaniel calls up the djinni Bartimaeus, a demon, to steal an amulet from a powerful minister. But the theft has unforeseen consequences, and the sarcastic djinni has his own agenda. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Away Laughing on a Fast Camel: Even More Confessions of Georgia Nicolson RC 58377
by Louise Rennison
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Following Dancing in My Nuddy-pants (RC 56064) English schoolgirl Georgia Nicolson continues her journal. She describes her trying existence at school and home and falling in love with a local Italian American singer. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Battle of Jericho    RC 58023
by Sharon M. Draper
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
High school junior Jericho and his cousin Josh are invited to join a prestigious club at Frederick Douglass High. But the hazing the pledges have to go through causes Jericho to doubt the group’s benefits. Then a tragedy occurs. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Beast    RC 57388
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
When sixteen-year-old "Spoon" receives a scholarship to a New England prep school, he leaves Harlem and his girlfriend Gabi behind. Returning home at Christmastime, he discovers Gabi is a drug addict and he no longer is in step with street life. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 1    RC 58440
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Seven short stories describe vampire slayers from times past. In "A Good Run," a slayer in ancient Greece fights in the battle of Marathon. In "The White Doe," slayer Virginia Dare of the Roanoke lost colony is adopted by a tribe. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2001.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 2    RC 58427
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Ten stories spanning the years 980 to 2000. In "Lady Shobu," reluctant heroine Kishi must seal a rift to the spirit realm in the Japanese imperial compound. Other demon slayers, including Buffy, combat evil in France, England, and the United States. For senior high readers. 2003.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer, Volume 3    RC 58435
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Four stories about vampire slayers in times past. In "Dark of the Moon," an Anasazi girl guards her tribe from evil. In "The Code of the Samurai," fifteen-year-old American slayer India Cohen arrives in Japan to help combat forces of darkness. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2003.

Catalyst    RC 56005
by Laurie Halse Anderson
read by Constance Crawford
2 cassettes
Kate, a preacher’s daughter, is struggling to accept life’s challenges. She’s rejected by her chosen college and resents running the household. Then, after a fire, her father allows Teri, a much disliked schoolmate, and Teri’s little brother to move into her room. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

The Chief    RC 57983
by Robert Lipsyte
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
In this sequel to The Brave (RC 37362), boxer Sonny Bear continues his quest for victory with the encouragement of fledgling writer Martin Witherspoon. Meanwhile, Hollywood agents attempt to exploit Sonny as a Native American idol, and his uncle needs his help solving problems on the reservation. For junior and senior high readers. 1993.

Chill Wind    RC 56891
by Janet McDonald
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
1 cassette
Nineteen-year-old Aisha from Spellbound (RC 56560) is living on welfare with her two children when her checks run out. Faced with homelessness, she is forced to try workfare until she discovers a job as a large-sized model. For senior high readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2002.

Claws    RC 57276
by Will Weaver
read by Brian Conn
1 cassette
Popular sixteen-year-old Jed is carefree until Laura, a junior at another high school, tells him about the affair his father is having with her mother. Jed’s life begins to unravel after the teenagers confront their errant parents and the marriages falter. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Confessions of a Not It Girl    RC 58535
by Melissa Kantor
read by Margaret Strom
2 cassettes
Seventeen-year-old New Yorker Jan has trouble keeping up with school, boys, her family, and her perfect best friend, Rebecca. She finally makes sense out of her hectic life and finds romance with the son of her mom’s best friend. For senior high readers. 2004.

Dangerous Girls    RC 57708
by R.L. Stine
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
Twins Destiny and Livvy, home from their jobs as summer camp counselors, discover they have become vampires. The high school seniors desperately seek the "Restorer" so they can return to normal even as their friends are being murdered. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Dhampir    RC 57598
by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Magiere earns a living claiming to hunt vampires while her half-elf partner, Leesil, impersonates one. When they retire to Miiska to run a tavern, they are unaware that a group of real vampires lives there. And Magiere soon discovers her own true nature. For senior high readers. 2003.

Double Helix    RC 58477
by Nancy Werlin
read by Erik Sandvold
2 cassettes
Eighteen-year-old Eli Samuels, a superb athlete and student whose mother is dying, works for Dr. Quincy Wyatt, a Nobel Prize-winning genetic engineer. When Eli notices that Kayla, a coworker, eerily resembles his once beautiful mother, he uncovers a shocking family secret. For senior high readers. 2004.

Dragonstar    RC 57976
by Barbara Hambly
read by Kristin Allison
2 cassettes
Imprisoned dragonslayer John Aversin is sentenced to die. His true love, Jenny, mourns John and the loss of her powers. But John escapes, and he and Jenny begin to discover their real purpose in life. Sequel to Knight of the Demon Queen (RC 51152). For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Drift    RC 58993
by Manuel Luis Martinez
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
San Antonio, Texas. Sixteen-year-old Mexican American Robert Lomos, after being expelled from school, lives with his grandmother and works in dead-end jobs. But when he inherits college money, Robert changes his priorities and turns his life around. Descriptions of sex and strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things    RC 57557
by Carolyn Mackler
read by Colleen Delany
2 cassettes
Chubby fifteen-year-old Virginia of New York City is pressured by her family to look better. With help from her best friend, her first boyfriend, and a teacher, she overcomes her insecurities and asserts her personality. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Emily and the Scot    RC 57215
by Kathryn Smith
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
Great Britain, 1819. Eighteen-year-old Lady Emily Fitzgerald flees the London social scene to avoid marriage. At her half-brother’s estate in Scotland she meets Jamie MacLaughlin and reconsiders. For senior high readers. 2003.

Exiles’ Return: The Ghatti’s Tale, Book 3    RC 57941
by Gayle Greeno
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
War is over, but unease grows between Canderis citizens and the mindreading Resonants. To save his people, Resonant Jenret Wycherley departs on a mission, leaving behind pregnant Doyce, who is researching the history of Seekers and their ghatti Bondmates. Sequel to Mindspeakers’ Call (RC 57677). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

Face    RC 57424
by Benjamin Zephaniah
read by David Cutler
1 cassette
British teen Martin Turner is injured in a car accident that disfigures his face. After convalescing, Martin returns to school and, with the help of his parents and gymnastics teammates, accepts the changes in his life—including benighted social attitudes about looking different. For junior and senior high readers. 1999.

Face Relations: Eleven Stories about Seeing beyond Color    RC 59119
edited by Marilyn Singer
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Anthology explores issues of racial identity and communication among teenagers. In "Snow" by Sherri Winston, African Americans belittle Haitians at school. In "Hum" by Naomi Shihab Nye, a blind neighbor in Texas befriends a shunned Palestinian boy. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Fall of Rome    RC 57790
by Martha Southgate
read by Bruce Huntey
2 cassettes
Cultures clash when Rashid Bryson, a black scholarship student, arrives at a prestigious boys’ boarding school. African American teacher Jerome Washington and white colleague Jana Hansen become involved with Bryson’s education, the racial tension, and each other. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2002.

Fat Kid Rules the World    RC 57835
by K.L. Going
read by Alec Volz
1 cassette
Seventeen-year-old suicidal, overweight loner Troy Billings finds a purpose in life when he meets homeless teenage musician Curt MacCrae and joins Curt’s band as a drummer. But Curt also has a self-destructive streak. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Father Figure    RC 56685
by Richard Peck
read by Erik Synnestvedt
1 cassette (Reissue)
Seventeen-year-old Jim and eight-year-old Byron are reunited with their father after their mother’s death. Jim was Byron’s father figure for years but now must find a new role for himself in the family. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 1978.

Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction    RC 58418
edited by Sharyn November
read by Madelyn Buzzard
3 cassettes
Sixteen short stories. In "The Baby in the Night Deposit Box," Penny learns her true identity after living for eighteen years in the bank where she was abandoned as an infant. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2003.

The Fire-Eaters    RC 58897
by David Almond
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
England, 1962. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, adolescent Bobby Burns worries about his father’s illness. He is friends with eccentric fire-eater Mr. McNulty, wonder-working Ailsa Spink, and classmate Daniel Gower. Bobby believes in miracles, finding hope amidst disillusionment. For junior and senior high readers. Whitbread Award. 2003.

The First Part Last    RC 57618
by Angela Johnson
read by Bruce Huntey
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old Bobby’s carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father. After tragedy strikes, he must care for his adored baby daughter, Feather, by himself. Despite mistakes, Bobby’s courage and love enable him to carry on with the aid of supportive adults and friends. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

First Rider’s Call: Green Rider, Book 2    RC 56909
by Kristen Britain
read by Annie Wauters
4 cassettes
After helping save King Zachary’s throne, Green Rider Karigan G’ladheon wants to resume her old life. However, with Riders dying out she is recalled to duty by Lil Ambriodhe, dead for a millennium, who had founded the Riders. Sequel to Green Rider (RC 56903). For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Flavor of the Week    RC 58116
by Tucker Shaw
read by Gary Tipton
1 cassette
Shy teenager Cyril weighs 240 pounds due to his talent as a chef. He’s in love with Rose, but she falls for his buddy Nick. Cyril reluctantly agrees to cook dishes that Nick can claim as his own creations to help him win Rose’s heart. Includes recipes. For senior high readers. 2003.

Flyy Girl    RC 58264
by Omar Tyree
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
3 cassettes
Tracy Ellison, a beautiful middle-class African American girl from Philadelphia, grows up spoiled and boy-crazy amidst the violence and drugs of the 1980s. Tracy eventually realizes that there is more to life than material goods. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 1993.

For the Love of Money    RC 58277
by Omar Tyree
read by Saidah Arrika Ekulona
3 cassettes
Tracy Ellison, from Flyy Girl (RC 58264), moves to Los Angeles where she quickly becomes a screenwriter and movie star. When she returns home to Philadelphia, Tracy reconnects with old friends and relatives and looks for love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

Freaky Green Eyes    RC 57887
by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Laura Giannarelli
1 cassette
Fourteen-year-old Francesca "Franky" Pierson relates events during the year her mother leaves home for long periods and then disappears. Initially sympathizing with her father, a former football star-turned-broadcaster, Franky eventually discovers the truth about her parents’ relationship—and her mom’s murder. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips    RC 57794
by James Hilton
read by John Lescault
1 cassette (Reissue)
Chronicles sixty years in the life of Mr. Chipping, an English schoolmaster who arrives at exclusive Brookfield in 1870 with much enthusiasm but little experience. At first unpopular, Mr. Chips eventually develops a more personal relationship with his students and becomes a legend by the time they must say goodbye. For senior high and older readers. 1933.

A Great and Terrible Beauty    RC 58201
by Libba Bray
read by Vanessa Maroney
3 cassettes
After her mother’s 1895 murder in India, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle returns home to England to attend boarding school. There Gemma learns she has supernatural powers that lead her and three friends to a magical realm where she reconnects with her mother. But evil forces also abound. For senior high readers. 2003.

Green Angel    RC 56667
by Alice Hoffman
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Called Green because of her talent for gardening, this fifteen-year-old changes her name to Ash after she loses her family to a disaster in a nearby city. She covers her body with dark tattoos that begin turning green as she responds to others’ needs. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Green Rider: Green Rider, Book 1    RC 56903
by Kristen Britain
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Karigan G’ladheon, heading home through Green Cloak woods after expulsion from school, encounters a dying Green Rider. Accepting the Rider’s magic brooch and allowing his horse to guide her, Karigan agrees to carry his message to King Zachary—a perilous journey. Precedes First Rider’s Call (RC 56909). For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults    RC 57853
edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
read by Jonathan Davis
3 cassettes
Twenty-nine tales of Filipinos and Filipino Americans dealing with their culture, families, friends, and fears as they grow to maturity. In "Lola Sim’s Handkerchief," a teenager becoming more Americanized is estranged from her grandmother. In "Lolo’s Bride," a fifteen-year-old’s widowed grandfather returns from the Philippines with a twenty-year-old wife. For senior high readers. 2003.

Handbook for Boys    RC 54621
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Chuck Young
1 cassette
Sixteen-year-old Jimmy Lynch, on probation for assault, is mentored by three senior citizens in a Harlem barbershop. Over time Jimmy absorbs their advice on choices and responsibility. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Have Space Suit, Will Travel    RC 55814
by Robert A. Heinlein
read by Russ Weinstein
2 cassettes
High school senior Kip Russell longs to go to the moon but is kidnapped by space pirates. He meets other prisoners on a flying saucer—an eleven-year-old girl named Peewee and a strange creature they call the Mother Thing. For junior and senior high readers. 1958.

Home of the Braves    RC 56013
by David Klass
read by Neil Berman
2 cassettes
Joe, captain of his New Jersey high school soccer team, is threatened when Antonio arrives from Brazil and becomes the star player. Tension mounts when Antonio begins dating Joe’s secret crush, Kristine. Plus, a gang begins bullying other students. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

How I Fell in Love and Learned to Shoot Free Throws    RC 57541
by Jon Ripslinger
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
Seventeen-year-old Danny Henderson, a lousy basketball player, has a crush on Angel McPherson, star of the girls’ team in their high school. Angel helps Danny with his game, but her embarrassment about her family life causes problems in their relationship. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Last Chance Texaco    RC 58742
by Brent Hartinger
read by Mary Beth Wise
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old orphan Lucy is sent to a group home located in an upscale neighborhood. She deals with her problems, finds a boyfriend, and begins to feel at home. But an arsonist sets cars on fire, and the foster kids are blamed. Strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Leaving Protection    RC 58314
by Will Hobbs
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Port Protection, Alaska. Sixteen-year-old Robbie signs on with captain Tor Torsen to fish for salmon. Robbie realizes he’s in danger when he discovers Torsen secretly searching for valuable metal plaques laid by early Russian explorers to claim Alaska. Then a storm hits, imperiling them both. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Losers’ Club    RC 56010
by John Lekich
read by Rick Wiseman
2 cassettes
Jerry, a high school bully who extorts money from his classmates, challenges Alex and his Losers’ Club friends to a holiday decorating contest. Alex, who has cerebral palsy, and his buddies surpass everyone’s expectations—and Alex gets a girlfriend too! For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses    RC 57672
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Londoners Lucy, Izzie, and Nesta are best friends but when Izzie meets a fabulous new boy she refuses to leave the house in case he calls. Her friends and mum try persuading her to get on with her life, yet she resists. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Mates, Dates, and Designer Divas    RC 57680
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
When Jamaican Italian Nesta of London begins dating a wealthy boy, she pretends to be well-off even though her family has hit hard times. She also risks alienating her friends Izzie and Lucy by withholding the truth. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras    RC 57640
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Londoners Lucy, Izzie, and Nesta are best friends but fourteen-year-old Lucy feels she looks young for her age and longs to grow up. Then after she falls in love at first sight she begins having different problems. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Mates, Dates, and Mad Mistakes    RC 58871
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
To revamp her image, Londoner Izzie pierces her belly button without her mum’s approval. Matters worsen when her mother reads her personal diary. Her mates Nesta, Lucy, and T.J. worry that biker Josh Harper, Izzie’s older crush, might be a bad influence. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Mates, Dates, and Sleepover Secrets    RC 58476
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
T.J. (Theresa Joanne) is lonely when her best friends move away and boys ignore her. When she becomes acquainted with Lucy, T.J. is happy but worries whether Lucy’s friends Nesta and Izzie will accept her into their group. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

Mates, Dates, and Sole Survivors    RC 58455
by Cathy Hopkins
read by Kristin Allison
1 cassette
Lucy feels left out when her friends Izzie and Nesta have boyfriends to spend the summer with. After she meets Daniel at a weekend retreat, the two become inseparable. But eventually Lucy is smothered by the relationship and needs a break. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

The Meaning of Consuelo    RC 58089
by Judith Ortiz Cofer
read by Gabriella Cavallero
1 cassette
Bookish Consuelo grows up in 1950s Puerto Rico where American influence is everywhere. She observes her parents’ disintegrating marriage and her younger sister Mili’s worsening mental illness before she leaves to begin her own life in the United States. For senior high readers. 2003.

Mindspeakers’ Call: The Ghatti’s Tale, Book 2    RC 57677
by Gayle Greeno
read by Kristin Allison
4 cassettes
While the mindstealing Gleaners quietly build their powers, the Seekers work to prevent war between Canderis and Marchmont. On a more personal mission, Khar—a cat-like ghatti capable of mindspeech—salvages her bond with Seeker Doyce. Sequel to Finders-Seekers (RC 40281). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1994.

Mortal Engines    RC 58198
by Philip Reeve
read by Vanessa Maroney
2 cassettes
In the distant future, when big cities rove about on wheels and chase smaller towns, apprentice Tom Natsworthy is shoved out of London by Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine. Aided by disfigured Hester Shaw, Tom seeks answers to the planet’s plight in the perilous Out-Country. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility    RC 57064
by Patricia Santana
read by Laura Giannarelli
2 cassettes
San Diego, 1969. Fourteen-year-old Mexican American Yolanda’s older brother Chuy returns from the Vietnam War. But Chuy, suffering emotionally from his experiences, lands in trouble. Meanwhile, Yolanda and her sisters chafe under their father’s no-dating rule. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

People of the Owl: The First North Americans, Volume 11    RC 58480
by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
read by Jim Zeiger
5 cassettes
The adventures of teenaged Mud Puppy, who led the Owl Clan. A tale of clan intrigue, treachery, marriage alliances, and everyday events about 3,500 years ago in North America’s first true city, situated in what became northeastern Louisiana. Companion to People of the Masks (RC 49546). Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Pool Boy    RC 56390
by Michael Simmons
read by Gary Roan
1 cassette
Spoiled California teen Brett must forego his wealthy lifestyle after his dad goes to prison for insider trading and his family has to survive on reduced income. Brett takes a job cleaning pools and learns to adjust to his new circumstances. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Princess and the Pauper    RC 57975
by Kate Brian
read by Gabra Zackman
2 cassettes
Sixteen-year-old Princess Carina of Vineland trades places with her look-alike, poverty-stricken Julia Johnson of Los Angeles, so Carina can have some freedom and attend a rock concert. But complications arise when it’s time to end the impersonation. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Princess in Pink: The Princess Diaries, Volume 5    RC 58085
by Meg Cabot
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Mia, last seen in Princess in Waiting (RC 56102), is dying to go to the prom with her boyfriend. The trouble is: Michael isn’t interested, Mia’s mom is having a baby, and a city-wide strike might cancel all plans. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

The Princess Present: A Princess Diaries Book    RC 58912
by Meg Cabot
read by Erin Jones
1 cassette
Mia is spending the holidays in Genovia with her father and grandmère but insists that her boyfriend, Michael, and his sister, Lilly, come to visit. When royal duties take precedence, Mia has a hard time keeping Michael to herself. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Purple Hibiscus    RC 58294
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
read by Lisette Lecat
2 cassettes
Nigeria. Kambili, fifteen, and her brother Jaja live in fear of their wealthy but violent father. They discover a freer world while visiting their aunt and cousins and try to change their lot when they return home. But tensions escalate, and tragedy strikes. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Second Helpings    RC 58114
by Megan McCafferty
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
In a sequel to Sloppy Firsts (RC 58148), angst-ridden Jessica enters her senior year at Pineville High. She is confused about her relationship with Marcus, misses her best friend who moved to Tennessee, and decides to attend Columbia University in New York. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

Shadowmancer    RC 58691
by G.P. Taylor
read by John Polk
2 cassettes
Obadiah Demurral, the power hungry vicar of Thorpe, attempts to become a god by dabbling in magic. Raphah arrives from Africa, recruits young locals Kate and Thomas, and with their help tries to retrieve an artifact that has been stolen from his temple. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Shooter    RC 58327
by Walter Dean Myers
read by Christopher Walker
1 cassette
A high school tragedy related from multiple viewpoints: interviews, reports, and journals. Seventeen-year-old Len shoots a football player to death, injures several others, and commits suicide. His troubled friends recall Len’s problems. In the surrounding culture no one is completely innocent nor completely guilty. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Sky So Big and Black    RC 57086
by John Barnes
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
In this sequel to Orbital Resonance (RC57085) Teri Murray’s only wish is to quit school, marry her boyfriend, and join her father in "ecospecting" Mars. But after an atmospheric catastrophe Teri has to save herself and the other surviving humans. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Sloppy Firsts    RC 58148
by Megan McCafferty
read by Erin Jones
2 cassettes
Brainy sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling of Pineville, New Jersey, spends a year moping when her best friend moves away and her family obsesses about her sister’s upcoming wedding. At school Jess despises the cliques and being boyfriendless. Followed by Second Helpings (RC 58114). Strong language. For senior high readers. 2001.

Sorcery and Cecelia; or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, Being the Correspondence of Two Young Ladies of Quality regarding Various Magical Scandals in London and the Country    RC 57183
by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
read by Corrie James
2 cassettes
England, 1817. Two teenage cousins, Cecelia in the country and Kate in London, write to each other about their exploits—which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Spirit Line    RC 58343
by Aimée Thurlo and David Thurlo
read by Colleen Delany
1 cassette
Preparing for her upcoming Navajo womanhood ceremony, fifteen-year-old Crystal Manyfeathers weaves a traditional rug but omits the spirit line—a flaw intentionally woven as a tribute to Spider Woman. When the rug disappears, Crystal and her friend Junior, a healer’s apprentice, launch a search. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Staring Down the Dragon    RC 58183
by Dorothea N. Buckingham
read by Andrea Frierson-Toney
1 cassette
Fifteen-year-old Rell returns to her Hawaii high school after successful cancer treatment. With the help of a psychologist, Rell readjusts to her parents, who argue all the time; her friends, some of whom are scared of her; and her own self-identity. For senior high readers. 2003.

The True Meaning of Cleavage    RC 56394
by Mariah Fredericks
read by Constance Crawford
1 cassette
Jess and Sari, best buddies since seventh grade, are beginning their freshman year of high school. When sexy Sari becomes obsessed with a popular senior boy, Jess wonders whether her friendship with Sari will survive. For senior high readers. 2003.

True to Form    RC 55811
by Elizabeth Berg
read by Carolyn Hecker
2 cassettes
1961. Thirteen-year-old Katie Nash, from Durable Goods (RC 37047) and Joy School (RC 45179), has trouble fitting in and misses her old friends when she moves from Texas to Missouri with her widowed father. But a trip back home forces her to reevaluate her own discontent. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Twists and Turns    RC 57383
by Janet McDonald
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
With the help of some successful friends, Teesha and Keeba Washington from Chill Wind (RC 56891) try to promote their talents by opening a hair-braiding salon in their Brooklyn housing project. Plagued by problems, the sisters find it hard to make a profit. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Usual Rules    RC 58382
by Joyce Maynard
read by Jill Fox
3 cassettes
Thirteen-year-old Wendy loses her mother on September 11, 2001. Remembering their last, contentious conversation, Wendy torments herself with guilt and grief. Her estranged father’s unexpected arrival prompts Wendy to leave her stepdad and half-brother in her quest for healing. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

Waifs and Strays    RC 56811
by Charles De Lint
read by Erik Synnestvedt
3 cassettes
Fantasy stories about teenagers in many shapes and guises, collected from different stages of De Lint’s career. In "The Graceless Child," sixteen-year-old misfit Tetchie, who has troll blood, summons the courage to help the "dreamlord" fight his brother, Nightmare. For senior high and older readers. 2002.

Waiting for Sarah    RC 58207
by Bruce McBay and James Heneghan
read by Mark Ashby
1 cassette
Mike loses his legs and his family in a car accident. When he’s back in school, Sarah, a younger student, befriends him. As Mike slowly recovers from tragedy he learns that Sarah is a murdered girl’s ghost. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

Warrior Angel    RC 57982
by Robert Lipsyte
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
After winning the heavyweight championship in The Chief (RC 57983), depressed boxer Sonny Bear loses interest in life. An unbalanced teen fan, who calls himself the "warrior angel," helps him set his priorities and continue his career. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

West of the Jordan    RC 57565
by Laila Halaby
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
Four Palestine-born female cousins experience individual problems growing up. Mawal stays in the Middle East following a traditional lifestyle. Soraya and Khadija, emigrés in California, are torn between cultures. Hala lives in Arizona but falls in love in Jordan. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

What Happened to Lani Garver    RC 56888
by Carol Plum-Ucci
read by MaryBeth Wise
2 cassettes
Sixteen-year-old Claire struggles with increasing concerns about a recurrence of her leukemia and her mother’s alcoholism until an enigmatic newcomer Lani—who is either a boy, a girl, or perhaps a "floating angel"—helps her get control of her life at the risk of his own. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

When the Emperor Was Divine    RC 58157
by Julie Otsuka
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
The tale of a Japanese American family of four, interned at the start of World War II. After the father’s arrest, his ten-year-old daughter, seven-year-old son, and wife are relocated to Utah where they are detained for more than three years. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2002.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West    RC 55810
by Gregory Maguire
read by Celeste Lawson
4 cassettes
Traces the life of the witch Elphaba from the Wizard of Oz (RC 51047),

both before and after Dorothy arrives. After attending a university with her roommate Glinda, Elphaba learns that a despotic Wizard is threatening animal rights in Oz. Some explicit descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 1995.

The Witches of Karres    RC 58044
by James H. Schmitz
read by Gary Tipton
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Captain Pausert, a commercial space trader, rescues what he thinks are three slave girls on the planet of Porlumma. But Maleen, Goth, and the Leewit are actually witches with special powers. The authorities are after all of them. For junior and senior high readers. 1966.

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Spanish and Bilingual

Nonfiction

American Chica: Dos Mundos, Una Infancia (American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood)    RC 58955
por Marie Arana
leído por María Pino
3 cassettes
La autora es redactor principal de la revista Washington Post Book World. Habla de su educación bicultural en América del Sur durante los años 1950 como hija de un ingeniero peruano y una mujer norteamericana de pelos rubios que era músico. Entregándose a sus recuerdos, Arana cuenta cómo se las arreglaba con su herencia bi-cultural. (Editor of the Washington Post Book World recounts her bi-cultural upbringing in South America in the 1950s as the daughter of a Peruvian engineer married to a blonde American musician. She reminisces about coming to terms with her dual heritage.) 2003.

Apariciones: Una Historia Verdadera (Grave’s End: A True Ghost Story)    RC 56977
por Elaine Mercado
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
La autora y su familia presenciaron extrañas manifestaciones después de mudarse a su nueva casa en un barrio de Brooklyn en 1982. Por fin, Mercado y su familia buscaron la ayuda de una médium y un famoso parapsicólogo para descifrar los secretos de la casa y librarse de las siniestras apariciones. (Relates the frightening manifestations the author and her family witnessed after moving into their new Brooklyn home in 1982. The author describes how they finally sought a medium and a famous parapsychologist to investigate the apparitions and rid their home of the evil presences.) 2003.

Celia: Mi Vida (Celia: My Life)    RC 58956
por Celia Cruz
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Autobiografía de la famosa cantante afrocubana, publicada poco después de su muerte en 2003. Mundialmente conocida como "La Reina de la Salsa," Cruz cuenta de su vida y de los comienzos de su carrera en La Habana que después abrió el camino para un fenomenal éxito internacional. Cuenta de su exilio voluntario de Cuba después de la ascendencia del regimen castrista. También habla de su matrimonio de muchos años y de sus relaciones con otros músicos. (Autobiography by the Afro-Cuban singer, the "Queen of Salsa," who died in 2003. Reminisces about her upbringing and early career in Havana and her road to international success. Recalls her voluntary exile after Castro came to power, her long marriage, and associations with other musicians.) 2004.

Conmigo Día tras Día: Momentos para la Reflexión (With Me Day after Day) RC 56985
por Juan Pablo II
leído por Luis Alfonso Omana
4 cassettes
Compendio de los escritos y sermones del Papa Juan Pablo II que ofrecen instrucción, inspiración y oraciones para cada dia del año y que se tratan de temas como "compartir con otros," "estar en paz," "la gran prueba divina," "la familia cristiana en el mundo moderno" y "la oración en familia."(Collection of the writings and sermons of Pope John Paul II arranged to provide instruction, inspiration, and prayer for each day of the year. Themes include sharing with others, being at peace, divine revelations, the Christian family in the modern world, and praying as a family.) 1984.

Cruzando al Más Allá: Las Historias atrás de las Historias (Crossing Over: The Stories behind the Stories)    RC 56965
por John Edward
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
El celebre psíquico médium y anfitrión de televisión habla de sus experiencias comunicándose con las personas muertas—o sea "las personas que han cruzado al más allá." Presenta las historias de varias personas que encuentran paz y conocimiento comunicándose espiritualmente con seres queridos del otro lado. Lenguaje injurioso. (Reminiscences of the psychic medium and television show host. Edward discusses how to communicate with those who have died and passed on to an afterlife, or "crossed over." Recounts incidents of encountering spirits that help the living. Some strong language.) 2001.

Cuentos Folklóricos Latinoamericanos: Fábulas de las Tradiciones Hispanas e Indígenas (Latin American Folk Tales: Fables from Hispanic and Indigenous Traditions)    RC 58953
compilado por John Bierhorst
leído por Luis Omana
4 cassettes
Antología de más de 100 cuentos folk-lóricos de veinte paises hispano-hablantes, incluso los Estados Unidos. Incluyen cuentos basados en los mitos precolombianos, leyendas coloniales que remontan a la Europa medieval y al Oriente anciano, y cuentos dinámicos del siglo XX que representan las tradiciones orales de las gentes indígenas del nuevo mundo. Incluye notas y glosario de culturas indígenas. (Anthology of more than one hundred folktales from twenty Spanish-speaking countries, including the United States. The tales include narratives based in pre-Columbian myths, colonial legends with European and Oriental origins, and dynamic stories from twentieth-century oral traditions of native populations. Includes notes and glossary of indigenous peoples.) 2003.

La Dieta South Beach: El Delicioso Plan Diseñado por un Médico para Asegurar el Adelgazamiento Rápido y Saludable (The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss)    RC 56981
por Arthur Agatston
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
Un cardiólogo presenta un régimen de tres fases para las personas que sufren de sobrepeso. El programa enseña cómo evitar comidas que tienen carbohidratos y grasas malos y encontrar los buenos para corregir los problemas de sobrepeso. Da enfasís en la importancia de no pasar hambre durante el régimen de dieta. Incluye recetas y menús. Bestseller. (Description of a three-phase program developed by a Florida cardiologist to help his overweight patients. The plan involves eating the right carbohydrates and fats to correct the body’s reaction to foods previously causing weight problems. Includes menus and recipes. Bestseller.) 2004.

Dones de Gracia: Una Colección de Encuentros Personales con la Virgen María (Gifts of Grace: A Gathering of Personal Encounters with the Virgin Mary)    RC 58964
por Lone Jensen
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Presenta una colección de cuarenta y una historias verdaderas de personas que conocían el poder de la Virgen María. Cuenta el caso de una mujer paralizada con MS que sana milagro-samente; la experiencia de una joven drogadicta que logra sobreponerse a sus adicciones; y la historia de una mujer que sueña con la Virgen María. (A compilation of forty-one reports about people who have experienced the power of the Virgin Mary. Individuals include a woman claiming to have been cured instantly of multiple sclerosis, a reformed drug addict, and a woman visited by the Virgin Mary in a dream.) 1996.

The Selected Poems of Federico García Lorca/Selección de Poemas de Federico García Lorca    RC 58741
por Federico García Lorca
leído por Peter Gil
1 cassette
(Poemas del famoso dramaturgo español que salieron entre 1921 y 1936. Se incluye el poema "Lamento para Ignacio Sánchez Mejías," que se trata del toreador famoso y amigo de García Lorca que fue muerto en la corrida a las cinco de la tarde. Edición bilingüe, con una breve introducción en inglés. (Representative poems in English and Spanish from works originally published between 1921 and 1936. Includes "Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías," about a famous Spanish bullfighter and friend of García Lorca who was killed in the bullring at five in the afternoon. Includes a short preface in English.) 1955.

Sueños: Lo que Significan para Usted (Dreams and What They Mean to You)    RC 56978
por Migene González-Wippler
leído por Juan Ramírez
2 cassettes
Una psicóloga de sueños explica por qué soñamos, repasando la historia y teoría de los sueños, y enseñando cómo interpretarlos , recordarlos, controlarlos, y cómo evitar las pesadillas. La segunda parte del libro comprende un diccionario de los símbolos, eventos y objetos que se ven en los suenos. (A psychologist explains why we dream. Discusses the history and theory of dreaming; interpreting, recording, and controlling dreams; and avoiding nightmares. Includes a dictionary of the symbols, events, and objects associated with dreams.) 1996.

Fiction

Armagedón: La Batalla Cósmica de Todos los Tiempos (Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages)    RC 56968
por Tim LaHaye y Jerry B. Jenkins
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
En el último año de la Gran Tribulación, se forjan nuevas alianzas cuando mueren varios miembros del Comando Tribulación. Y el mundo se convierte en un peligroso barril de pólvora cuando millones de personas se juntan en el Medio Oriente con el anticristo para librar la guerra y esperar la Manifestación Gloriosa. Sigue a El Remanente (RC 54954). Violencia. (In the Great Tribulation’s last year new alliances form when many members of the force die. Then the world becomes a powder keg as millions gather for war with the Antichrist in the Middle East, where they await the Glorious Appearing. Sequel to El Remanente (RC 54954). Violence.) 2003.

Cartas a los Espíritus de los Muertos (Letters to the Souls of the Dead) RC 56967
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Jordi Arnot y los otros empleados de un resorte mediterráneo van encontrando muñecas plásticas hinchables para erótomanos que aparecen simulando que habían sido asesinados. Aún más extraño es el siniestro mago Hugo Zattoni que sabe comunicarse con los espíritus de los muertos por el baile sensual de su hermosa hija. (Jordi Arnot and the other employees of a Mediterranean resort come across some strange things. Someone is leaving inflatable plastic sex dolls around the place in positions that parody murder. And then there is the sinister magician Hugo Zattoni who communicates with spirits of the dead through his daughter.) 1983.

Los Cazadores de Mamuts (The Mammoth Hunters)    RC 56960
por Jean M. Auel
leído por María Pino
6 cassettes
Rechazada por el clan que la crió, Ayla, a los dieciocho años y acompañado por su amante Jondalar, se encuentra con el clan Mamutoi que son cazadores de mamuts. Tercer libro de la serie Los Hijos de la Tierra que tiene lugar en la Europa de la época glacial. Descripciones explícitas del sexo. (Rejected by the clan that reared her, Ayla takes her chances with the mammoth-hunting Mamutoi, attended by her lover, Jondalar. Third volume of the Earth’s Children saga set in Ice Age Europe. Sequel to Valle de los Caballos (RC 54971). Explicit descriptions of sex.) 1985.

Las Cinco Personas que Encontrarás en el Cielo (Five People You Meet in Heaven)     RC 58961
por Mitch Albom
leído por Luis Alfonso Omana
2 cassettes
Eddie es un viejo que acaba de cumplir sus ochenta y tres años. Pasa sus últimas horas ocupándose con su aburrida rutina de trabajo—manteniendo los carritos del Ruby Pier parque de atraciones. Pero algo va mal con los carritos, y Eddie muere en un accidente intentando salvar a una niña. En el cielo encuentra a cinco personas que le hablan de su vida terrenal. (Eddie spends his last hours on earth in his usual way, maintaining the Ruby Pier amusement park rides. Something goes wrong, and Eddie dies on his eighty-third birthday while trying to save a little girl. In heaven he meets five people who explain his life to him.) 2003.

El Club Social de las Chicas Temerarias (Dirty Girls Social Club)    RC 56963
por Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez
leído por María Pino
3 cassettes
Seis amigas latinas formaron el club social de las chicas temerarias durante sus días en la Universidad de Boston. Ahora Lauren, Elizabeth, Sara, Rebecca, Usnavys, y Amber—mujeres de genios muy diferentes—se encuentran dos veces al año para comer juntas, chismear y comprar notas en el complicado camino de la vida y el amor. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual. (Since graduating from Boston University, "las sucias"—Lauren, Elizabeth, Sara, Rebecca, Usnavys, and Amber—get together twice a year. The Latina women, as varied as the culture they represent, meet in a restaurant to share their perspectives on relationships, complications, and triumphs in their lives. Some explicit descriptions of sex.) 2003.

El Código Da Vinci (The Da Vinci Code)    RC 58957
por Dan Brown
leído por María Pino
4 cassettes
El profesor Robert Langdon investiga el asesinato del renombrado conservador del Louvre. Le ayuda la criptóloga parisina, Sophie Neveu. Siguiendo una clave misteriosa tras otra y descifrando mensajes ocultos, los dos llegan a descubrir que dos secretas sociedades católicas se luchan en busca del Grial Sagrado. Contiene algunas descripciones de violencia y lenguaje injurioso. (Professor Robert Langdon investigates the crime scene where the Louvre’s curator was murered. Joining him is French cryptologist Sophie Neveu. The clues left behind pit two Catholic societies against each other in search of the Holy Grail. Some violence and some strong language.) 2003.

Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold)    RC 56964
por Gabriel García Márquez
leído por Juan Ramírez
1 cassette
En un pequeño pueblo sudamericano un hombre es asesinado por haber deshonrado a una mujer antes de la boda de ella. Veintisiete años más tarde un hombre del pueblo vuelve a narrar la historia del crimen, precipitándose hacia una desconcertante conclusión: que los asesinos no eran sino el pueblo entero. Lenguaje injurioso. (In a small South American village a merchant is murdered for seducing a bride before her wedding. Twenty-seven years later, the narrator gradually reconstructs events, revealing with mounting horror the day that a whole community shared complicity for a man’s death. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.) 1981.

El Diablo Azul (The Blue Devil)    RC 58102
por ;ngels Gimeno
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Ada queda asolada cuando su querido hermano intenta suicidarse. Mientras él yace en coma al borde de la muerte, Ada trata de comprender lo que pasó con su hermano, un joven hombre alegre y desenfadado que tanto amaba la vida. Al mismo tiempo, se relaciona con una mujer cuyo hijo también yace en coma en el mismo cuarto del hospital. Descripciones de índole sexual. (Ada is devastated when her beloved brother, a carefree, life-loving young man, attempts suicide. As he lingers in a near-death coma, Ada struggles to understand what happened and commiserates with a woman whose son also lies unconscious in the same hospital room. Descriptions of sex. Spanish language. 2004.)

Es Cuestión de Suerte (Luck of the Draw)    RC 58962
por Carolina García-Aguilera
leído por María Pino
3 cassettes
Esmeralda Montoya, una mujer cubanoamericana, y sus hermanos, acuden a la llamada de su madre y se reúnen en la casa familiar de Miami. Su madre anuncia que la familia tiene que planear el regreso a Cuba para revivir el Casino familiar, La Estrella, que fue confiscado por el regimen de Castro. Pero el plan requiere la presencia de todos los hermanos, y resulta que la hermana menor, Diamante, ha desaparecido en Las Vegas. Obligan a Esmeralda que vaya a Las Vegas en busca de ella. Contiene lenguaje injurioso. (Summoned to their parents’ home in Miami, Cuban American Esmeralda Montoya and three siblings learn their mother vividly dreamed of recovering and restoring the family’s confiscated Havana casino, La Estrella. But plans must wait until Esmeralda finds young sister Diamond, missing in Las Vegas. Some strong language.) 2004.

La Gaviota Canibal (The Cannibal Seagull)    RC 56972
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
En el palacete privado que se llama La Gaviota, la duquesa Giacomonova celebra banquetes extraños en los cuales huespedes que llevan antefaces devoran pasteles cocinados en la forma de víctimas sacrificiales. Y los pasteles parecen humanos en todos los detalles. Aunque no tiene pruebas, el inspector Fournier está convencido que la duquesa manda rituales aún más atroces que un canibalismo simulado. (Duchess Giacomonova throws strange parties in the Seagull Palace where masked guests devour a cake prepared in the shape of a lifelike sacrificial victim. Although he can’t prove it, Inspector Fournier is convinced the duchess is involved in rituals moresinister than parodied cannibalism.) 1989.

El General en Su Laberinto (The General in His Labyrinth)    RC 56982
por Gabriel García Márquez
leído por Peter Gil
2 cassettes
Novela de los últimos siete meses de la vida de Simón Bolívar, el "Gran Liberator" de América del Sur. Sabiendo que la muerte está cerca, el General emprende un nostálgico viaje por el río Magdalena hacia el mar, donde revive las pasiones, los triunfos y las traiciones de una vida épica. (Fictional account of the last seven months of Simón Bolívar’s life. Knowing his end is near, South America’s "Great Liberator" makes a final journey down the Magdalena River to the sea, reflecting back on a lifetime’s passions, triumphs, and failures. Some strong language.) 1989.

Los Hijos del Inmortal (Children of the Immortal)    RC 56970
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Ronald Hoover, el propietario despótico de Golden Fat, el planeta mas rico de la galaxia, emplea a Joc Seny, el aventurero del espacio, para que emprenda una misión peligrosa entre las estrellas. Joc Seny y la tripulación del cosmonave Tralla Nova viajan en busca del antídoto que salvará al hijo predilecto de Ronald Hoover que sufre de la picadura envenenosa de una araña bicéfala. (Ronald Hoover, despotic ruler and owner of Golden Fat, the richest planet in the galaxy, hires space adventurer Joc Seny to search the stars for an antidote to save his son and heir from the bite of a poisonous two-headed spider.) 1983.

Las Llanuras del Tránsito (The Plains of Passage)    RC 56971
por Jean M. Auel
leído por María Pino
7 cassettes en 2 cassos
Ayla emprende un viaje peligroso con su amante Jondalar en busca de la gente de Jondalar por las anchas praderas de la Europa de la Edad del Hielo. Cuarto libro de "Los Hijos de la Tierra." Sigue a Los Cazadores de Mamuts (RC 56960). Contiene descripciones explícitas de índole sexual. (Ayla undertakes a dangerous journey with her lover Jondalar back to his people across the plains of Ice-Age Europe. Fourth volume of the Earth’s Children saga. Sequel to Los Cazadores de Mamuts (RC 56960). Explicit descriptions of sex.) 1991.

Los Malditos (The Bad Men)    RC 56956
por Ralph Barby
leído por Peter Gil
1 cassette
Después de rescatar a la maestra Becky Peyton de un secuestrador, Miguel Ramírez llega al pueblo de Eagle Pass en busca de su hermano a quien no ha visto hace mucho tiempo. Los dos hermanos necesitan empleo y se unen a una banda cuyo jefe es Ciryl Adams. Esto resulta ser un error mortal para todo el mundo. (After saving schoolteacher Becky Peyton from a kidnapper, Miguel Ramírez looks up his long lost brother in Eagle Pass. They need work and hire on with a band headed by Cyril Adams. Unfortunately, this turns out to be a deadly mistake for everyone.) 1987.

Maullidos en la Noche (Night Screams)    RC 56969
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Después de un accidente automobilístico por una carretera aislada y neblinosa del campo alsaciano de Francia, Maurcie Oyat busca ayuda en una mansión oscura y lugubre. Aquí encuentra gatos salvajes enjaulados, y conoce al dueño de éstes—una mujer hermosa que igual a los gatos exhibe siniestros característicos felinos. (After being involved in a car accident along a lonely, mist-shrouded country road in France, Maurice Oyat looks for help in a dark, forbidding mansion. There he discovers several savage-looking caged cats and their owner, a beautiful woman who herself possesses sinister feline characteristics.) 1977.

Once Minutos (Eleven Minutes)    RC 56976
por Paulo Coelho
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
Destrozada por sus primeros amores, María empieza una odisea sexual trabajando como prostituta en Ginebra. Mientras la vida que le corresponde es del sexo por el sexo mismo, al fin conoce a un joven pintor por el cual llega a descubrir su propria luz interior y la posibilidad del sexo sagrado en el contexto de amor. Contiene descripciones explícitas de índole sexual. (Disappointed by love, María begins working as a prostitute in Geneva. While pursuing a life of sex for hire, she has a chance encounter with a young painter that leads her to a new awareness about sex in the context of love. Explicit descriptions of sex.) 2003.

Un Pájaro Llamado Leonard (A Crow Named Leonard)    RC 56973
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Vie, una au-pair francesa, se preocupa más y más por los niños Chandler después de la muerte de su madre. Míster Chandler es rico pero cínico y canalla, mientras su hijo cree que su difunta madre es bruja y que su verdadero padre es un gran pajarraco que se llama Leonard. (French au pair Vie becomes increasingly concerned over the Chandler children after the death of their mother. Mr. Chandler is rich but an uncaring, cynical cad. His young son believes his dead mother is a witch and his real father is a huge crow named Leonard.) 1989.

Las Películas de mi Vida (The Movies of My Life)    RC 58952
por Alberto Fuguet
leído por Luis Omana
2 cassettes
Beltrán Soler, un chileno-americano trabaja como sismólogo, pero vive una vida aburrida, fragmentada y disfuncional. Recuerda a su familia, su carrera, y las experiencias de su vida que salen vívidas y recordables sólo cuando las asocia con las películas que vió durante muchos años. (Chilean American Beltrán Soler works as a seismologist but otherwise leads a fragmented, boring, and dysfunctional existence. He recalls a lifetime made vivid only when he can associate his family, career, and experiences with the popular movies he has seen over a lifetime.) 2003.

Que Bailen Sus Espíritus (Let Their Spirits Dance)    RC 56983
por Stella Pope Duarte
leído por María Pino
3 cassettes
Treinta años después de la pérdida de su hermano mayor en Vietnam, Teresa y su familia todavía lidian con las héridas de dolor y tristeza. Ahora, la madre de Teresa quiere visitar el monumento del Muro de Vietnam en Washington, D.C., y Teresa y sus hermanos superan sus problemas personales para acompañarla. Contiene lenguaje injurioso. (Thirty years after losing her older brother in Vietnam, Teresa and her family are still grieving. Because their elderly mother wants to travel cross country to visit the Vietnam Memorial, Teresa and her siblings put aside their personal problems and decide to accompany her. Strong language.) 2003.

Querido Muñeco (Beloved Doll)    RC 56979
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Dafne trae a casa un muñeco de payaso, sin saber exactamente como lo cogió. Empieza a oir el llanto incorpóreo de un niño y a pasar pesadillas horribles. Cuando sus amigas de casa y sus novios experimentan cosas siniestras, Dafne cree que haya una maldad que se asocie con el muñeco. Descripciones de índole sexual. (Dafne brings a clown doll home to her apartment—without knowing exactly how she got it—and begins hearing a sobbing child’s disembodied voice and having horrible nightmares. When sinister things happen to her roommates and their boyfriends, Dafne suspects an evil associated with the doll. Descriptions of sex.) 1989.

Los Refugios de Piedra (Shelters of Stone)    RC 56984
por Jean M. Auel
leído por María Pino
7 cassettes en 2 casos
Sigue la saga de la época glacial que se desarrolló en el libro Las Llanuras del Tránsito (RC 56971). Ayla y Jondalar—acompañados de dos caballos y un lobo—llegan a las cavernas de los zelandones—la gente de Jondalar. Pero no todos los zelandones los reciben con agrado— algunos temen las influencias y costumbres de Ayla. Y Ayla tiene que recurrir a todas sus habilidades para ganar una aceptación. Contiene descripciones de índole sexual. (Saga of prehistoric society continues from Las Llanuras del Tránsito (RC 56971). Ayla, Jondalar, their two horses, and a wolf arrive at the caves of the Zelandoni—Jondalar’s people—and receive a mixed welcome. Ayla, as an outsider with strange customs, strives to win acceptance. Explicit descriptions of sex.) 2002.

El Regreso Glorioso: Los Ultimos Días (Glorious Appearing: The End of Days)     RC 58963
por Tim LaHaye y Jerry B. Jenkins
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
A los siete años de la Raptura, se reúnen en el Oriente Medio millones de personas que representan la Comunidad Global y el Comando Tribulación. Nicolás Carpatia todavía cree que su último triunfo está por venir—hasta que el Regreso Glorioso revela la llegada de Jesús. Sigue a Armagedón (RC 56968). Descripciones de violencia. (Seven years after the Rapture, millions of people, Global Community members, and the Tribulation Force are gathering in the Middle East. Nicolae Carpathia still believes his ultimate triumph is close at hand, until Jesus arrives in his Glorious Appearing. Sequel to Armagedón (RC 56968). Violence.) 2004.

Una Sencilla Melodía Habanera (A Simple Habana Melody)    RC 56962
por Oscar Hijuelos
leído por Juan Ramírez
3 cassettes
Corre el año 1947, e Israel Levis, un compositor cubano regresa a Cuba después de haber sido equivocadamente encarcelado por judío durante la ocupación nazista de Francia. Ya viejo y cambiado, Levis llega a La Habana arrollado en las memorias nostálgicas de su vida pasada y, sobre todo, de su amor no correspondido por la hechizante Rita Valladares, una cantante para quien Levis había escrito su canción más famosa. (1947. Aging Cuban composer Israel Levis, although mistaken for a Jew and imprisoned by Nazis occupying Paris, has survived the Holocaust. He makes a nostalgic Havana homecoming—a changed man with fond memories of prewar life and of his impossible love for singer Rita Valladares.) 2002.

La Tajada de Oro (A Share of Gold)    RC 56974
por Ralph Barby
leído por Luis Alfonso Omana
1 cassette
El pistolero Copper Hair es empleado por el inglés Stanley Forsite para que mantenga ley y orden en Black Valley. Desconocidos chantajistas amenazan el plan de Forsite de explotar carbón en Black Valley, pero Copper se preocupa más por la seguridad de la hija hermosa de Forsite. (Gunfighter Copper Hair hires on with Englishman Stanley Forsite to keep the peace in Black Valley. Unknown blackmailers jeopardize Forsite’s plan to mine coal, but Copper’s true concern is for the safety of Forsite’s beautiful daughter.) 1987.

El Viejo y la Ninfa (The Old Man and the Nymph)    RC 56980
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
Zara, una estudiante universitaria, queda pobre después de la muerte de sus padres. Buscando ayuda, visita a su tío viejo que es el dueño de una vasta granja apícola en el campo. Los grandes enjambres de abejas no son una amenaza para Zara, y en efecto las abejas la protegen. Pero Zara sabe pronto que hay algo temible entre el viejo y sus abejas. (Left penniless after her parents’ deaths, university student Zara visits her long lost great-uncle on his plantation apiary. The millions of swarming honey bees pose no threat to her and actually protect her. However, something is terrifying about her uncle when he’s with the bees.) 1989.

La Zorra (The Vixen)    RC 56975
por Ralph Barby
leído por María Pino
1 cassette
La Zorra es una mujer cincuentona de belleza salvaje pero de genio violento y carente de escrúpulos. Ella y su camada de hijos maleantes bajan por el río Missouri perpetrando asesinos y deleitos. Pero cuando llegan al pueblo de Topeka, la Zorra y su banda tienen que contarse con la ley y justicia a manos del comisario Marcel Hatman. (The Vixen is a rough-and-tumble, fiftyish woman with a well-preserved, savage beauty but an unscrupulous and violent nature. She and her brood of cutthroat sons travel down the Missouri River leaving murder and mayhem in their wake. One man, Topeka marshal Marcel Hatman, is determined to stop them.) 1987.

Bilingual

Island Dreams/Sueños Isleños    RC 58954
por Erica Fuentes
leído por María Pino
2 cassettes
La viuda Mickey Campos de Vasco está determinada de trunfar por sus proprios medios. Lo menos que necesita es un hombre que le complique la vida y su carrera prometedora. Pero su vida cuidadosamente planificada cambia cuando conoce a Mauricio, un gallardo médico cubano. Algunas descripciones de índole sexual. Edicíon bilingüe en inglés y español. (Widowed mom Mickey Campos de Vasco vows to succeed on her own. The last thing she wants is a man complicating her life and her promising career. But she meets Mauricio, a dashing Cuban doctor, who upsets her plans. Some descriptions of sex. Bilingual book in English and Spanish.) 2000.

Selección de Poemas de Federico García Lorca/The Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca    RC 58741 por
leído por Peter Gil
1 cassette
Poemas del famoso dramaturgo español que salieron entre 1921 y 1936. Se incluye el poema "Lamento para Ignacio Sánchez Mejías," que se trata del toreador famoso y amigo de García Lorca que fue muerto en la corrida a las cinco de la tarde. Con una breve introducción en inglés. (Representative poems in English and Spanish from works originally published between 1921 and 1936. Includes "Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías," about a famous Spanish bullfighter and friend of García Lorca who was killed in the bullring at five in the afternoon. Includes a short preface in English.) 1955.

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