Talking Book Topics--Jan.-Feb. 1997

Books for Adults--Nonfiction

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains books by many authors on fiction and nonfiction subjects, including biographies, classics, gothics, mysteries, romances, and others. Contact your cooperating library to learn more about the wide range of books available in the collection.In this listing, books on flexible disc are labeled with the code FD and cassette books with the code RC. All disc books have been recorded to play at the speed of 8 rpm; the cassette books play at 15/16 ips. Cassette titles marked with a dagger (+) were produced earlier on flexible discs. To order disc or cassette books, contact your cooperating library.

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

Ohitika Woman RC 37622
by Mary Brave Bird and Richard Erdoes
read by Pam Ward
2 cassettes
In the sequel to Lakota Woman (RC 32089), Brave Bird (formerly Crow Dog) continues her life story. After giving birth at seventeen at Wounded Knee in 1973, Brave Bird began a family with Sioux leader and medicine man Leonard Crow Dog. When this union failed, Brave Bird continued traditional ways but her life was marred by alcohol. Now remarried, clean, and back on the "res," Brave Bird is ready to fight again. Strong language. 1993.

DOS for Dummies, 2nd Edition RC 37977
by Dan Gookin
read by Dave Jackson
3 cassettes
DOS is the acronym for a disk operating system used by many personal computers to run software. DOS controls the storage and retrieval of information. Self-professed computer guru Gookin presents humorous instructions for the beginner and the confused on how to get DOS to do all of this. Included is a glossary. Covers all versions through DOS 6. 1993.

Collected Poems, 1953-1993 RC 38366
by John Updike
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
The earliest poems were written a year or so before Updike graduated from college, and they follow in chronological order, charting the course of his life over the next forty years. He writes about his feelings, about mundane things, about natural things, about places, and about almost anything that has to do with the real world. He also writes light verse, which he calls "cartooning with words," based on the world of information. 1993.

A Journey through Economic Time: A Firsthand View RC 38966
by John Kenneth Galbraith
read by Gregory Ricks
2 cassettes
A long-standing professor, observer, commentator, and interpreter of economics reflects on what he has seen and learned about worldwide economic and social currents since World War I. Galbraith's basic theme is how the economy has worked and how "war and peace, government and the market, ideology and ignorance have shaped its course." 1994.

Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Volume 2 RC 39628
by Karl Marx
read by Jake Williams
6 cassettes
Compiled by Friedrick Engels, Marx's lifelong partner, and published posthumously. This volume contains an extensive introduction by Ernest Mandel. The author continues with technical analyses of aspects of capitalism that were initiated in Volume 1, including the question of supply and demand and the ownership of private property. 1885.

Voyage to the Great Attractor: Exploring Intergalactic Space RC 39846
by Alan Dressler
read by Mo Lotman
3 cassettes
Seven scientists collaborated to study the nature of the universe through a survey of selected galaxies. They discovered that many galaxies are travelling at great speeds and concluded that they are being attracted by a large mass. Dressler also offers a behind-the-scenes look at how astronomers work together. All information is presented for the lay reader. 1994.

Finding God RC 39903
by Larry Crabb Jr.
read by Jeff Halberstadt
2 cassettes
In 1991 Crabb's older brother was killed in a plane crash. Crabb's difficulty in dealing with this loss led him to realize that he and, he believes, most Christians are preoccupied with themselves. He asserts that the only hope for escaping from pain and problems is to learn to trust God. Crabb discusses the pathway to finding God and the obstacles along the way. 1993.

More than Meets the Eye: The Story of a Remarkable Life and a Transcending Love RC 39905
by Joan Brock and Derek L. Gill
read by Ellen Frost
2 cassettes
Thirty-two-year-old Joan and her husband Joe were employed at the Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School when Joan suddenly lost the ability to see the color pink and soon was irreversibly blind. Then Joe was diagnosed with cancer and died. Joan and her daughter moved, and Joan obtained a "talking computer," spoke about her experience, and wed a high-school crush. 1994.

The Gospel According to Casey: Casey Stengel's Inimitable, Instructional, Historical Baseball Book RC 39906
by Ira Berkow and Jim Kaplan
read by Don Emmick
1 cassette
Two sportswriters combine the recollections of baseball greats with some of Casey Stengel's wisdom about the game and a few of his comments on the rest of life. Includes testimony before a Senate subcommittee hearing, during which members were no match for Casey's "Stengelese." Some strong language. 1992.

Blind Sighted: One Man's Journey from Sight to Insight RC 39917
by Marty Klein
read by Phil Regensdorf
2 cassettes
In 1976, by the age of twenty-eight, Marty Klein was completely blind. In 1990 he began writing his life story to explain how he changed from a sighted, confident, rebellious, and self-centered young man of the 1960s to a compassionate and responsible man in the 1990s--who happens to be blind. In his account, Klein discusses three main topics: the Vietnam War, drugs, and fate. Strong language. 1993.

More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen RC 39918
by Laurie Colwin
read by Miriam Wagner
2 cassettes
Thoughts about food, cookbooks, holiday meals, fast food, children's food, picnics, and waiting for dessert. Information on feeding jet lag, making jam, baking gingerbread, and roasting a turkey. Interspersed with the author's culinary tips are family stories and recipes for homey dishes, such as marinated brussels sprouts and mulligatawny soup. Suggested further reading: Home Cooking (RC 28912). 1993.

Balsamroot: A Memoir RC 39924
by Mary Clearman Blew
read by Marilyn Gleason
2 cassettes
Blew continues the tales of her family that she began in All but the Waltz (RC 34989). This time she focuses on her "Auntie" Imogene, herself, and her adult daughter from her first marriage, Elizabeth. Blew tells how her aunt's decline into dementia and her daughter's failed marriage result in both coming to live near her home in Idaho. Blew examines choices they have made in their lives and how these have affected her. Some strong language. 1994.

The Effective Executive RC 39934
by Peter F. Drucker
read by Anne Mullen
2 cassettes
Effectiveness can and must be learned, according to this management consultant. Drucker's approach, more practical than philosophic, begins with the premise that people must first learn self management. Essential practices include handling time, focusing on the contribution to an institution, building on strengths, concentrating, and making decisions. 1967.

Worshipful Company of Fletchers: Poems RC 39944
by James Tate
read by Arnie Warren
1 cassette
Prosaic images, such as "the cushions on the wicker couch need mending," form a backdrop for a poem about children telling ghost stories. Sometimes Tate weaves such ordinary objects as gum wrappers, Liberty dimes, and Indian-head pennies into his poems. And as he focuses on the creative process, he is amused by thoughts of others solemnly organizing his personal things. Winner of the National Book Award. 1994.

How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets of Good Communication RC 39958
by Larry King and Bill Gilbert
read by Jeff Halberstadt
1 cassette
King, host of his own radio and television talk-show programs, offers advice for communicating with others in both social and professional situations. He believes that listening to others and staying informed help people communicate better. 1994.

Autobiography of a Face RC 40052
by Lucy Grealy
read by Barbara Rappaport
2 cassettes
In fourth grade, the author had a toothache that turned out to be cancer. A portion of her jaw was eventually removed, leaving her face misshapened. Grealy describes her growing awareness that she was now odd-looking and her attempts to come to terms with people's reactions. After a series of failed surgeries, she had her jaw reconstructed as an adult, but she learned her belief that "when my face gets fixed, then I'll start living" was too simplistic. 1994.

Child of War, Woman of Peace RC 40274
by Le Ly and James Hayslip
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
In 1970 when Le Ly came to the United States with her two children to join her American husband, she discovered that the survival skills developed in the battlefields and black market of her native Vietnam did not count for much. She recounts her efforts to adjust to America and to reconcile the Vietnamese and American halves of her life. Sequel to When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (RC 31643). 1993.

The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War RC 40324
by Lynn H. Nicholas
read by Anne Hancock
4 cassettes
Describes the Nazis' attack on European artworks, documenting the pillage of entire countries and the destruction of "degenerate" art. Nicholas also tells how world leaders united to protect masterpieces while fighting the enemy, how ordinary people and experts made heroic efforts to save their treasures, and how the Allies sought to restore works to their rightful owners. 1994.

A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War RC 40510
by Stephen B. Oates
read by Mary Woods
3 cassettes
When the Civil War broke out, thirty-nine-year-old patent office employee Clara Barton yearned to be a Union soldier. Her second choice was to assist the troops, but she refused to join the organized aid efforts. Instead she collected and distributed items herself until finally allowed to move her operation to the front, where she also assisted doctors. Later she founded the American Association of the Red Cross. Violence. 1994.

Thomas Jefferson: A Life RC 40606
by Willard Sterne Randall
read by Frank Coffee
6 cassettes
Portrait of the founding father, with emphasis on his early life as a student and lawyer, his years in France, and his final days at Monticello. In addition to published sources, Randall draws on Jefferson's unpublished papers for the Virginian's views on the separation of church and state, race, slavery, public education, books, morality, religion, debt, the metric system, music, political philosophy, and more. 1993.

The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Accusations of Sexual Abuse RC 40627
by Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Drawing on twenty-five years of research, psychologist Loftus asserts that memories are a blend of fact and fiction and that childhood "memories" can easily be implanted in adults. The authors question some famous cases in which adults recall supposedly repressed traumatic events through therapy. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 1994.

In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs RC 40629
by Julia Child and Nancy Verde Barr
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Recipes from twenty-six chefs Child invited to her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for her PBS television series. The list includes Roberto Donna, Charlie Trotter, Jody Adams, Leah Chase, Jimmy Sneed, and Monique Barbeau. Each entry includes a brief biography of the chef and helpful hints from Child. Bestseller 1995.

Faithfull: An Autobiography RC 40717
by Marianne Faithfull and David Dalton
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
Faithfull was still a schoolgirl when she met the Rolling Stones. Although she fell for Keith Richards, she is best known for her relationship with Mick Jagger. Besides being the inspiration for rock songs, Faithfull became a singer and songwriter in her own right. She describes the drug-filled party life she led, including her marriages and suicide attempt. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1994.

I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation RC 40811
by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
read by Catherine Byers
5 cassettes
The author, an education professor at Harvard whose childhood home was often filled with "black intelligentsia" and who is unhappy with the way many sociologists portray middle-class blacks, looks at the lives of six midlife middle-class African Americans. Through extended conversations, these men and women discuss the past and current daily events that have shaped their lives and their feelings about race. 1994.

The Second World War: A Complete History RC 40822
by Martin Gilbert
read by Bruce Huntey
7 cassettes
This detailed account of the entire war in all regions focuses on the suffering and achievements of individuals. Gilbert incorporates anecdotes and personal accounts into his descriptions of battles, events behind the lines, the treatment of prisoners, and public attitudes in the warring countries. Companion to The First World War (RC 40464). Violence. 1989.

New Passages: Mapping Your Life across Time RC 40839
by Gail Sheehy
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
4 cassettes
In Passages, Sheehy considered life only to the age of fifty. Now she looks at later life as a "second adulthood." Sheehy updates her "passages" concept, briefly portrays adulthood, and describes the beginning of a second adulthood. She discusses male and female menopause, the art of aging, money for the future, and the joys of grandparenthood. Bestseller 1995.

Vanessa Redgrave: An Autobiography RC 41045
by Vanessa Redgrave
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
4 cassettes
At the birth of daughter Vanessa to actors Michael and Rachel Redgrave, Laurence Olivier announced that a great actress had arrived. She tells of her noted multigenerational thespian family, which continues with Vanessa's own talented children; discusses her forty years' worth of noted performances, including Guinevere in the movie Camelot; and explains her lifelong political leanings and activism. 1994.

The Life of Graham Greene, Volume 2: 1939-1955 RC 41053
by Norman Sherry
read by Patrick Horgan
4 cassettes
A detailed, documented account of the British writer's most creative years. Greene juggles relationships with his wife and mistresses, struggles with his religious beliefs, seeks out areas of political conflict, and works as a spy. Sherry points out how Greene's experiences are reflected in his novels and plays. Follows Graham Greene, Volume 1: 1904-1939 (RC 32360). Some violence. 1995.

The Cold War: A History RC 41074
by Martin Walker
read by Ed Blake
3 cassettes
Political commentator Walker declares the history of the cold war to be the history of the world from 1944 to 1992. He looks at the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the American-Soviet conflict over nuclear weapons, and the economic and political transformations that have taken place throughout the world as a result of the cold war. 1993.

The Generals' War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf RC 41075
by Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor
read by Ralph Lowenstein
5 cassettes
Gordon, chief Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times, and Trainor, a retired lieutenant general and military correspondent for the same paper, use recently declassified documents and interviews with generals and Washington politicans to provide an account of the war. Their emphasis is on the command decisions that shaped the battles. 1995.

Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism RC 41125
by Katha Pollitt
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Essays written in response to particular events, news stories, and ideas, such as family values, date rape, the dominance of boys in children's books, and choice in child-bearing. As a social critic, Pollitt examines all sides of these "women's issues," which she holds are relevant to the entire society. And she expresses impatience with people who are intellectually careless in presenting their arguments. 1994.

Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee by Their Son RC 41132
by Dodd Darin and Maxine Paetro
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Late singer-actor Bobby Darin and actress Sandra Dee married when she was sixteen, he was twenty-four, and both had skyrocketing careers. Drawing on discussions with friends and family members, their son, Dodd, describes their lives, including events in both parents' childhoods he believes contributed to their troubles as adults. Strong language. 1994.

Mary Kay: You Can Have It All; Lifetime Wisdom from America's Foremost Woman Entrepreneur RC 41136
by Mary Kay Ash
read by Yvonne Fair Tessler
2 cassettes
Ash, who has become successful as the head of Mary Kay Cosmetics, offers advice for women who want to achieve their goals of having fulfilling careers while still being wonderful wives and mothers. Ash, whose priorities are God first, family second, and career third, believes that women must always set these same priorities for themselves in order to be successful. Bestseller 1995.

Never Throw Out a Banana Again and 364 Other Ways to Save Money at Home without Knocking Yourself Out RC 41143
by Darcie Sanders and Martha M. Bullen
read by Jill Ferris
1 cassette
Simple, sensible ways to trim dollars off your family budget by saving pennies. Suggestions cover the kitchen, family room, nursery, closets, backyard, garage, stores, and bank. Some hints: don't take the kids grocery shopping, keep a sponge in the fruit and vegetable drawer to absorb moisture, and use the library. 1995.

What to Expect: The Toddler Years RC 41162
by Arlene Eisenberg and others
read by Kerry Cundiff
10 cassettes
The authors of What to Expect When You're Expecting (RC 36978) and What to Expect the First Year (RC 31632) now tackle the second and third years. A month-by-month guide discusses common traits and possible concerns specific to each age, and the second portion of the book covers aspects of the care, health, and safety of toddlers. Also included are common home remedies and more "best-odds" recipes emphasizing nutrients for good health. Bestseller 1994.

Voice Communication between Humans and Machines RC 41168
edited by David B. Roe and Jay G. Wilpon
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
Papers presented at a 1993 National Academy of Sciences colloquium entitled Human/Machine Communication by Voice. Topics include scientific bases of this form of communication, speech-recognition technology, technology for understanding natural language, applications of voice-processing technology, and technology in 2001. Author biographies included. 1994.

Training Employees with Disabilities: Strategies to Enhance Learning and Development for an Expanding Part of Your Workforce RC 41213
by William R. Tracey
read by Andy Chappell
3 cassettes
The president of a human resources consulting firm presents a handbook on specific disabilities, accommodation, and training methods. Tracey discusses legal requirements, programs, and services and lists sources of further information. 1995.

Jumping the Job Track: Security, Satisfaction, and Success as an Independent Consultant RC 41217
by Peter C. Brown
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
Guide to making it on one's own. Brown discusses initial steps toward independence, such as leaving a job, weighing risks versus rewards, marketing one's skills, getting clients, and separating business from private life. Each chapter ends with a profile of someone who has succeeded with the topic under discussion. The final section deals with other practical issues. 1994.

The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey RC 41221
by Joe Starita
read by Randy Atcher
3 cassettes
Details the traditional Sioux family's struggles from 1877 to the late twentieth century. Chief Dull Knife led a midwinter break from a deadly reservation to head for tribal homelands, George Dull Knife toured Europe with Buffalo Bill Cody to earn money for family needs, Guy Dull Knife fought in France during World War I, and Guy Dull Knife Jr. worked search-and-destroy missions in Vietnam. Violence. 1995.

Until the Twelfth of Never: The Deadly Divorce of Dan and Betty Broderick RC 41224
by Bella Stumbo
read by Madelyn Buzzard
5 cassettes
Betty Broderick bore four children while her young husband, Dan, completed medical and law school. Sixteen years later, millionaire Dan divorced Betty to marry the office worker he was having an affair with. As he denied Betty fair support payments and got custody of the children, she declined emotionally, finally killing Dan and his wife. Strong language and some violence. 1993.

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women RC 41227
by Geraldine Brooks
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
2 cassettes
Portrait of an oppressed class slowly achieving some liberation. During a six-year Middle East assignment, a Western journalist wears the veil and mixes with Muslims in a quest to understand women in the Islamic world. Brooks talked with fundamentalists and feminists, studied the Koran, witnessed surgical procedures to repair female genital mutilation, and gathered impressions of cultural traditions. 1995.

The Villagers: Changed Values, Altered Lives; the Closing of the Urban-Rural Gap RC 41232
by Richard Critchfield
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
Twenty-five years after first visiting villages in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States, Critchfield returns to many of the same villages to observe the changes that have taken place. He concludes that villages are in danger of losing their moral values as villagers move into more urban settings. Sequel to The Villages (in production). 1994.

Montserrat Caballé: Casta Diva RC 41235
by Robert Pullen and Stephen Taylor
read by Mitzi Friedlander
5 cassettes
Portrait of the Catalan-born soprano who, since her 1956 debut, has sung in nearly four thousand performances in spite of being plagued with poor health. Noting that Caball, has recorded an unusually large number of roles (thirty-four), the authors also include a critical discography of her performances. 1994.

Wedge: The Secret War between the FBI and CIA RC 41237
by Mark Riebling
read by Art Metzler
5 cassettes
Riebling chronicles the feud between the FBI and CIA since World War II. Using declassified documents and in-depth interviews with former agents from both agencies, the author discusses the terms of J. Edgar Hoover (FBI) and William J. Donovan (CIA) and the careers of James Jesus Angleton (CIA) and Aldrich Ames (CIA). He also suggests ways by which the agencies might work together. Some strong language. 1994.

American Technological Sublime RC 41239
by David E. Nye
read by John Richardson
3 cassettes
A professor at the Center for American Studies of Odense University, Denmark, discusses the nature of the sublime: an experience of astonishment, awe, and a degree of horror. Usually associated with natural phenomena like the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, the sublime is, Nye says, also found in human creations like the Empire State Building, the atomic bomb, and the space program. 1994.

Harry and Teddy: The Turbulent Friendship of Press Lord Henry R. Luce and His Favorite Reporter, Theodore H. White RC 41241
by Thomas Griffith
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
An editor of Time and Life dissects a complex friendship and details the policies and politics of the two magazines. Luce and White split over Luce's refusal to print White's reports criticizing General Chiang Kai-shek. White became a successful author, and Luce continued to promote his own political agenda in his magazines. 1995.

Charles Kuralt's America RC 41249
by Charles Kuralt
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
Following his retirement from CBS in 1994, Kuralt set out to spend a month each at favorite places during their best seasons. In his easygoing style, Kuralt describes the places he went and the people he met from Alaska to Key West and Louisiana to Maine. He comments on Charleston in the spring; Ketchikan, Alaska, in June; the lakes of Minnesota in July; and New York City at Christmas. Bestseller 1995.

Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s RC 41253
by Ann Douglas
read by Lynn Schrichte
6 cassettes
A professor of English and comparative literature interprets the Jazz Age, arguing that America was spurred by the "thrilling" World War I to develop a unique art. Discussing an array of writers, musicians, and artists, she portrays a decade shaped by the themes of "terrible honesty," a shedding of Victorian standards; repudiation of maternal control; the surge of black artists; and the "mongrel" mixing of styles. 1995.

Provençal Light RC 41256
by Martha Rose Shulman
read by Laura Giannarelli
3 cassettes
Shulman's love affair with the Provençal area of France inspired her to adapt the region's traditional recipes to fit her low-fat standards. The diet of Provence is inherently healthy, consisting mainly of vegetables, grains, legumes, and fish, and the author provides more than two hundred recipes that she finds have adapted well to fat reduction. 1994.

Altered Fates: Gene Therapy and the Retooling of Human Life RC 41261
by Jeff Lyon and Peter Gorner
read by Annie Wauters
6 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists expand on a topic they covered in a 1986 Chicago Tribune series. They track research enabling scientists to change the genetic code of human beings and recount attempts to apply gene therapy to specific diseases. The authors cite cases and discuss rivalry among researchers, ethical problems, and needed oversight. 1995.

Evelyn Waugh: A Biography RC 41262
by Selina Hastings
read by Vanessa Maroney
6 cassettes
Hastings recounts the entire life of the well-known British writer who died in 1966. Though successful professionally, the author of Brideshead Revisited (RC 14575) and other acclaimed novels abused alcohol and drugs and was known for his unpleasant personality. He married twice, reared a family, converted to Catholicism, and bitterly regretted changes in the church after Vatican II. 1994.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes RC 41265
by Langston Hughes
read by Marcia Churchill
4 cassettes
"What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / like a raisin in the sun?" asks Langston Hughes in "Harlem [2]," one of 860 poems presented here. Others include "Aesthete in Harlem," "Beaumont to Detroit: 1943," "Blues on a Box," "Easy Boogie," "Prayer Meeting," and "Sunset--Coney Island." Hughes often uses jazz rhythms to share the pain and joy of life in black America from the 1920s to the mid-1960s. The collection is edited by Arnold Rampersad. 1994.

Cuba on the Brink: Castro, the Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse RC 41270
by James G. Blight and others
read by Peter Gil
17 cassettes
Academics participating in the 1992 Havana conference with Soviet, Cuban, and U.S. policy makers present transcripts and analysis of the discussions. Attendees' memories of the 1962 crisis and documents, some declassified in the 1990s, lead the authors to conclude that Cuba's role and the risk of nuclear war were greater than previously supposed. 1993.

On the Real Side: Laughing, Lying, and Signifying--the Underground Tradition of African-American Humor That Transformed American Culture, from Slavery to Richard Pryor RC 41288
by Mel Watkins
read by Bob Moore
5 cassettes
Traces the development of African American humor from its African origins to the present. Watkins contrasts the authentic voice of black humor with traditional stereotypes and shows how comics of the 1960s and 1970s brought this true voice to movies and television. Some strong language. 1994.

A Way through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier RC 41290
by William C. Davis
read by Michael Consoli
4 cassettes
The author of many works on the South, including Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour (RC 35513), presents an account of life on the Trace from the early 1700s to the 1830s. The route, made up of animal and Indian trails, ran from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi. It brought explorers and settlers, but finally gave way to easier modes of transportation. 1995.

Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics RC 41330
by Peter Singer
read by Randy Atcher
2 cassettes
The animal rights advocate probes inconsistencies in legal decisions on abortion, treatment of persons with severe disabilities, "brain death," assisted suicide, and animal rights. He calls for a "Copernican revolution" against the religiously inherited idea that human beings are the center of the ethical universe and proposes new "commandments" for these issues. 1994.

Mother Love: Poems RC 41331
by Rita Dove
read by Mitzi Friedlander
1 cassette
The 1993-1995 U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner collects poems previously published elsewhere into a volume focusing on the myth of Demeter and Persephone. Loosely following the sonnet form, the poems express a mother's anxious care for her daughter and a daughter's experience in leaving her mother for the wider--and more dangerous--world. 1995.

Shared Values for a Troubled World: Conversations with Men and Women of Conscience RC 41334
by Rushworth M. Kidder
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
The author interviewed twenty-four distinguished individuals from diverse backgrounds, asking each to respond to a question about global ethics. From all the interviews, eight common values emerge: love, truthfulness, fairness, freedom, unity, tolerance, responsibility, and respect for life. 1994.

God: A Biography RC 41337
by Jack Miles
read by Lou Harpenau
4 cassettes
Miles, a former Jesuit, examines the Old Testament books in the order of their appearance in the Hebrew Bible (law, prophets, and writings) in order to show that God is "an amalgam of several personalities in one character." He portrays the literary figure of God as moving through many stages of development while progressing toward eventual reconciliation with the people he created. 1995.

A Very Easy Death RC 41340
by Simone de Beauvoir
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
1 cassette
Ironically titled, the book describes the author's mother's last thirty days, spent in a hospital. She suffers from cancer, a disease she has always feared, but she dies thinking otherwise. The book deals with her reactions and those of the author and her sister. 1965.

Family RC 41342
by Ian Frazier
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
While going through his parents' belongings after their deaths, Frazier found letters dating back to the time of the Civil War. Realizing he knew very little about his family's history, Frazier began research that took him back through two hundred years of middle-class life in small-town America and revealed how his forebears were affected by the social, economic, and domestic events in history. 1994.

My War RC 41347
by Andy Rooney
read by Barry Bernson
2 cassettes
The columnist and 60 Minutes commentator recounts his experiences as a reporter for the military's Stars and Stripes during World War II. Rooney worked mainly in Europe, where he witnessed numerous battles, the liberation of Paris, and the uncovering of Nazi death camps. His book is a mix of dramatic stories, humorous anecdotes, and personal opinions. 1995.

Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights RC 41348
by Nadine Strossen
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
3 cassettes
The president of the American Civil Liberties Union attacks efforts, especially by feminists, to ban pornography. She cites laws, ordinances, and court decisions, arguing that each attempt to censor only increases the oppression of women and that feminists who oppose pornography side with conservatives who think sex is bad. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1995.

The De-Moralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values RC 41349
by Gertrude Himmelfarb
read by Janis Gray
2 cassettes
Author of On Looking into the Abyss (RC 38430) reexamines the Victorian era for clues to the success of its family-oriented society. Himmelfarb discovers that secular values along with a commitment to public good were a much stronger force than Christian virtues. She believes the restoration of moral and civic standards would do wonders for modern society. 1994.

Consuming Culture: Why You Eat What You Eat RC 41350
by Jeremy MacClancy
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
An anthropologist takes a lighthearted look at food and its relationship to religious, cultural, and social influences. MacClancy examines past and present cultures worldwide for this study of the role of food in sex, language, class, power, friendship, magic, and religion. He also investigates taboos, fast food, cravings, table manners, and mealtimes. 1992.

The Color of Welfare: How Racism Undermined the War on Poverty RC 41351
by Jill Quadagno
read by Kerry Cundiff
2 cassettes
A sociology professor at Florida State University complains that America is, compared to most European nations, a "welfare state laggard." She blames opposition generated when the public perceived that programs to assist the disadvantaged would help blacks attain equality. Her scholarly account applies this theory to the New Deal, Social Security, and other programs. 1994.

Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement RC 41354
by Robert Gottlieb
read by Randy Atcher
3 cassettes
Explores the historical roots of the environmental movement from the 1890s; chronicles the rise and consolidation of conflicting ecological groups; and considers the importance of gender, ethnicity, and class on how environmental organizations define their issues, constituencies, tactics, and goals. 1993.

Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System RC 41358
by James Fallows
read by Butch Hoover
5 cassettes
A journalist looks at the Asian challenge to Western-style capitalism. Fallows warns that the American emphasis on individual enterprise and outmoded theories based on consumption and competition place the economy in grave danger. He points to the West's need to recognize how Japan's success depends upon cultural and nationalistic factors based on production. 1994.

The Language of Genes: Solving the Mysteries of Our Genetic Past, Present, and Future RC 41360
by Steve Jones
read by James DeLotel
2 cassettes
A genetics researcher explains the science in popular language, sometimes with humor. He compares genetic evolution to the development of languages, showing how each reveals a path by which to trace ancestry. He also discusses the use of genetics in treating diseases and speculates that social changes are slowing human evolution. 1993.

Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black RC 41361
by Gregory Howard Williams
read by John Polk
3 cassettes
As a child in Virginia, Gregory Williams believed his father, Tony, to be Italian. When Gregory's parents separated, he was shocked to meet his father's poor black family in Muncie, Indiana. Williams, now a law professor, describes how this change affected him. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Along the Edge of America RC 41376
by Peter Jenkins
read by Jack Fox
2 cassettes
Jenkins, author of A Walk across America (RC 14204) and Walk West (RC 17346), hit a low period after his divorce. Even though he had no boating experience, the cure he chose was taking a boat trip along the Gulf Coast. Jenkins describes the people and places he discovered during the two years he spent on the small boat, which he named Cooper after the dog who accompanied him on his earlier treks. 1995.

Going Where I'm Coming From: Memoirs of American Youth RC 41385
by Anne Mazer
read by Jill Fox
2 cassettes
Fourteen multicultural autobiographical tales of young people growing up in America. Some tales explain what it was like to immigrate to the United States, and others describe the experience of growing up within two cultures. In "Sound-Shadows of the New World," Ved Mehta, a blind student from India, arrives in America to attend a school for the blind. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians RC 41407
by James Welch and Paul Stekler
read by Gary Roan
2 cassettes
The 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn is a frequently portrayed event in American history. Welch covers the period from 1870 to 1890 to provide background and show the long-term effects. Using new research to reconcile firsthand accounts, he recounts the story of Custer's last stand from the point of view of the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes. 1994.

John Steinbeck: A Biography RC 41413
by Jay Parini
read by John Stratton
4 cassettes
Portrait of the American writer best known for the depression-era classic The Grapes of Wrath (RC 21574). Convinced of his talent and unashamed to work at menial jobs, if necessary, to support his calling, Steinbeck was not always respected by the literary world even though he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, but his novels were popular worldwide. The author assesses Steinbeck's work and probes his paradoxical character. 1995.

The History of the Blues: The Roots, the Music, the People; from Charley Patton to Robert Cray RC 41418
by Francis Davis
read by Christopher Hurt
3 cassettes
A companion volume to the PBS series. Davis combines legend, documentation, and speculation in an interpretive account. He discusses his definition of the blues and presents chronologically arranged profiles of individual musicians. Includes a discography, a bibliography, and a timeline linking blues milestones with contemporary events. Some strong language. 1995.

The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today RC 41432
by Helena Cronin
read by Patrick Horgan
5 cassettes
In his evolutionary thinking, Darwin grappled with the apparent anomalies of altruism and sexual ornamentation. Cronin traces the birth and development of Darwin's ideas. She then leads two philosophical discussions about natural selection, using the worker ant and the peacock to illustrate how more recent scientific study has resolved these anomalies. 1991.

Balzac: A Life RC 41433
by Graham Robb
read by Robert Blumenfeld
4 cassettes
Portrait of nineteenth-century French novelist Honoré de Balzac, whose excesses and contradictions in life matched or exceeded those in his work. Balzac's best-known book is The Human Comedy, an incomplete work with more than 2,000 characters. Robb relates Balzac's melodramatic personal life to his creation of the realistic novel. 1994.

Entry in an Unknown Hand RC 41436
by Franz Wright
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
Thirty-seven short poems first published in 1989 by the winner of the 1991 Whiting Award. A teacher at Emerson College in Boston, Wright was born in Vienna and traveled extensively in the United States, where he sets his poems. The title poem portrays a fear of everyday life, "To the Hawk" depicts the bird and its high-country world, and "Vermont Cemetery" describes fighting sleep while driving through the countryside. 1989.

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong RC 41440
by James W. Loewen
read by Ralph Lowenstein
3 cassettes
A professor of sociology at the University of Vermont argues that students have been made "stupid" by their study of U.S. history. He contrasts the "lies" he found in twelve popular history textbooks with the "truth" revealed in primary sources. For example, Helen Keller worked for socialism in her adulthood, and Patrick Henry owned slaves even as he made his famous speech. 1995.

Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox RC 41443
by Paul Goldstein
read by Ralph Lowenstein
2 cassettes
A professor of law at Stanford University probes troublesome aspects of the law from "fair use" photocopying to controlling the electronic capabilities of the "celestial jukebox." Should the law favor the creator's right to income or the consumer's right to use the product? Goldstein also points out differences between U.S. law and that of some European countries. 1994.

In the Fast Lane: A True Story of Murder in Miami RC 41446
by Carol Soret Cope
read by Richard Davidson
2 cassettes
In 1986 a fifty-two-year-old self-made millionaire, builder Stan Cohen, is shot to death in his Miami home while his thirty-five-year-old fourth wife, Joyce, is in another part of the house. Cohen's attorney son and news-anchor daughter suspect Joyce is behind the murder, and the police begin a search for evidence that finally results in Joyce's arrest and trial. Some strong language. 1993.

Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession RC 41448
by Robert C. Fuller
read by Frank Coffee
3 cassettes
The professor of religious studies at Bradley University defines the Antichrist as a satanic agent bent on leading believers astray in a prelude to the apocalyptic millennium. Fuller states that for historical reasons Americans have been especially prone to naming their enemies the Antichrist. "Antichrists" have included Native Americans, Catholics, Communists, and the New Age Movement. 1995.

Honor by Fire: Japanese Americans at War in Europe and the Pacific RC 41457
by Lyn Crost
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
A former war correspondent's account of the Japanese-American men, or nisei, who volunteered for military service during World War II. Crost portrays the brave soldiers who had to fight prejudice on the home front before they were allowed to join the combat forces in Europe and the military intelligence service in the Pacific. 1994.

An Independent Woman: The Autobiography of Edith Guerrier RC 41464
by Edith Guerrier
read by Lindsay Ellison
2 cassettes
Previously unpublished account of the self-sufficient woman who died in 1958 at age eighty-eight. Guerrier reminisces on a childhood shuttling between her father and other relatives and tells how need forced her to improvise a career at a time when women were just beginning to do so. She organized "girls clubs" for immigrant women, worked as a librarian, and founded an art pottery. 1992.

Cassette Books, 1995 RC 41476
by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
read by various narrators
4 cassettes
A catalog of talking books produced on cassette for adult and young adult readers during 1995. The nonfiction and fiction sections list books by subject categories. Separate listings identify books for young adult readers and for Spanish readers. 1995.

A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian RC 41479
by Judy Krizmanic
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
1 cassette
Using experiences of vegetarian teenagers, a former editor at Vegetarian Times describes what it is like to give up eating meat and using other animal products such as leather and explains why more and more young people are making these changes. She gives hints for gaining acceptance from family and friends and provides information and easy recipes for a nutritionally sound vegetarian diet. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1994.

High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never RC 41482
by Barbara Kingsolver
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
2 cassettes
Autobiographical essays from novelist who wrote Pigs in Heaven (RC 35911). In the title selection, Kingsolver, returning from an ocean vacation, inadvertently brings a hermit crab back to her desert home. After puzzling over his odd behavior, she decides her new pet is reacting to the tides of Tucson! Other selections discuss being a writer, a mother, and a desert dweller. Bestseller 1995.

The Menopause Industry: How the Medical Establishment Exploits Women RC 41483
by Sandra Coney
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
3 cassettes
The author expresses concern about hormone replacement therapy as a growing regimen for women entering menopause. Coney says drug companies have overemphasized the negative effects of aging to promote the sale of synthetic hormones, and that inaccurate ads overstate the losses of the older woman while downplaying the dangers of estrogen replacement. Contains anatomical descriptions. 1994.

Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure RC 41488
by Richard E. Byrd
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes (Reissue)
The account of the explorer's dangerous and dramatic five months of isolation at an observation base in Antarctica. 1938.

Middle Class Dreams: The Politics and Power of the New American Majority RC 41491
by Stanley B. Greenberg
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
The pollster for President Clinton and advisor to the Democratic Party analyzes the perceptions of middle America and shows how they have affected the fortunes of the two main parties throughout U.S. history. Citing polls and voting statistics, he argues that both "bottom up" and "top down" policies have failed and alienated the middle class. 1995.

The Chemistry of Conscious States: How the Brain Changes Its Mind RC 41495
by J. Allan Hobson
read by Bill Wallace
2 cassettes
Using personal experiences and those of others, a neuroscientist examines the mind and the brain and concludes that all mental activity is a continuous state of waking, deep sleep, and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep regulated by two distinct chemical systems. In lay language, Hobson explains what he believes occurs as the brain shuttles among these distinct states. 1994.

The Evolution of Racism: Human Differences and the Use and Abuse of Science RC 41496
by Pat Shipman
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
A paleoanthropologist tells how scientific attempts to understand the nature and genesis of the human race have led to the practice of eugenics and to racism. She traces this course from Darwin's theory through the Nazi Final Solution to the Human Genome Project and the search for genetic causes of crime. 1994.

Wrongful Death: A Medical Tragedy RC 41501
by Sandra M. Gilbert
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
Writer and English professor describes the devastating loss of her husband and colleague, Elliot Gilbert. In 1991, Elliot, sixty, was admitted to a University of California medical center for prostate surgery. During an extended stay in the recovery room, Elliot died. Sandra learned the initial explanation given the family was far from complete--Elliot's death was a result of medical negligence. Some strong language. 1995.

Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story RC 41502
by Randall Rothenberg
read by John Rayburn
4 cassettes
Into an account of Subaru of America's search for a new advertising agency, a former New York Times columnist weaves his theory of how strategy, famous names and images, slogans, hype, and media campaigns are, in the end, no match for the power of the consumer. 1994.

Ever After: A Father's True Story RC 41507
by William Wharton
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Novelist Wharton describes events surrounding the deaths of his thirty-six-year-old daughter Kate, her husband, and her two small daughters. They were killed in an automobile pileup caused by smoke from field burning in Oregon. After Wharton has a dream in which his late son-in-law asks him to help stop the burning, he attempts to change the laws that led to their deaths. Some strong language. 1995.

Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty RC 41509
by James Bovard
read by John Rayburn
4 cassettes
A journalist who has written for the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, and other publications inveighs against government intrusion on citizens' rights. Targets include zoning laws, right of eminent domain, environmental and banking regulations, drug and gun control, teacher licensing requirements, labor laws, and the IRS. Remedies proposed: legalize drugs and repeal regulations. 1994.

Emotional Intelligence RC 41511
by Daniel Goleman
read by Anne Flosnik
3 cassettes
The New York Times science writer argues that emotional intelligence is as much a factor of success as is the intelligence quotient. And because self-awareness and control of "toxic" emotions can, he says, be taught, he calls for education to guide children's emotional development. He also discusses ways adults can continue to grow emotionally. Bestseller 1995.

David Letterman's Book of Top Ten Lists and Zesty Lo-Cal Chicken Recipes RC 41513
by David Letterman and Steve O'Donnell
read by Gregory Gorton
1 cassette
Collection of humorous top ten lists from the Late Show with David Letterman. Example of a British nickname for Americans is "tea-dumping psychos," a rejected McDonald's slogan is "somewhat safer than smoking," and a way to tell you're at a bad airport is the "gift shop selling items from your just-checked luggage." Some strong language. Bestseller 1995.

Jacques Pépin's Simple and Healthy Cooking RC 41529
by Jacques Pépin
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Pépin, who has cooked for three French presidents, has taken recipes with high caloric or fat content and adapted them for a healthier lifestyle. He shows how appetizers, main courses, side dishes, and desserts can be made not only healthy but attractive and delicious. He also includes sample menus having less than 30 percent of their calories from fat--the percentage recommended by many doctors. 1994.

Nano: The Emerging Science of Nanotechnology; Remaking the World--Molecule by Molecule RC 41532
by Ed Regis
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
In popular, humorous style, Regis details the development of nanotechnology, the process of making anything from steak to diamonds by mechanically constructing its atoms and molecules. Physicist Richard Feynman proposed the idea, and K. Eric Drexler experimented with machines to carry out the process. Regis speculates on positive and negative uses of nanotechnology. 1995.

Diary of a Fat Housewife: A True Story of Humor, Heartbreak, and Hope RC 41539
by Rosemary Green
read by Cecelia Riddett
2 cassettes
Having fought obesity most of her adult life, the author began a diary in 1982 to record her range of feelings about the struggle. During the next ten years, her weight increased to 310 pounds after the birth of one of her six children, but she brought it back down to about two hundred pounds. 1995.

How Good People Make Tough Choices RC 41569
by Rushworth M. Kidder
read by Michele Schaeffer
2 cassettes
The founder of the Institute for Global Ethics and former columnist for the Christian Science Monitor offers guidelines for dealing with ethical dilemmas. Using anecdotes to illustrate conflicts between truth and loyalty, individual and community, short-term and long-term goals, and justice and mercy, Kidder shows how decisions are made using "ends-based," "rule-based," or "care-based" principles. 1995.

The Penny Whistle Traveling with Kids Book: Whether by Boat, Train, Car, or Plane--How to Take the Best Trip Ever with Kids of All Ages RC 41587
by Meredith Brokaw and Annie Gilbar
read by Madelyn Buzzard
1 cassette
Collection of ideas to help parents plan trips that the entire family will enjoy. Topics include rules of the road, planning a trip, games to play while traveling, exercises to do, travel journals, and food to take along--including recipes. 1995.

Flannery O'Connor: Literary Prophet of the South RC 41590
by Susan Balée
read by Janis Gray
1 cassette
The author of Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, available in Three by Flannery O'Connor (RC 32752), died at thirty-nine of lupus. After being diagnosed at twenty-five, O'Connor spent her adult years on her mother's southern dairy farm, writing and raising peacocks. Many of her short stories deal with racial or religious issues. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1995.

What Comes Next: The End of Big Government--and the New Paradigm Ahead RC 41601
by James P. Pinkerton
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
A former Bush White House assistant, the author is convinced our current structure of government is destined for "the ash heap of history." With humor and dash, he discusses his belief that a new paradigm, or pattern of thinking about government, must be adopted by all political parties, and offers ideas for an empowered, compassionate, and better America through collective action. 1995.

Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation RC 41639
by Jonathan Kozol
read by Gordon Gould
2 cassettes
Children in the South Bronx, who exhibit an amazing grace despite their often hopeless surroundings, speak about their lives. The residents dispel stereotypes of life in the ghetto. Their spirit of caring shines through, casting a spotlight on the real inhumanities that continue. 1995.

Nobody's Child: A Woman's Abusive Past and the Inspiring Dream That Led Her to Rescue the Street Children of Saigon RC 41644
by Christina Noble and Robert Coram
read by Terry Donnelly
2 cassettes
Noble spent a nightmarish childhood in the slums of Dublin. As an adult she had a dream of being in Vietnam, with a little girl reaching out to her. Almost twenty years later, she traveled to Vietnam and began helping the street children. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1994.

Most Way Home RC 41646
by Kevin Young
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
"Reward," an announcement of runaway slaves, introduces poems exploring the idea of "home" in the African American experience. In "Husbandry," the first of four sections, Young tells one family's story of life and death, love and loss. "The Spectacle" depicts a southern freak show. "Getting Religion" is about rituals, each sacred in its own way. "Beyond the Pale," the final section, contains poems with a contemporary view of life. 1995.

Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning RC 41648
by Julia Markus
read by Lisette Lecat
3 cassettes
Chronicles the celebrated love story of two nineteenth-century poets, whose admiration for one another's work led to courtship and marriage. Markus draws on many unpublished sources for this account of the younger, much-admired Browning's success in winning the heart of a reclusive, dependent woman and notes changes in their individual efforts during the fifteen-year partnership. 1995.

Princesse of Versailles: The Life of Marie Adelaide of Savoy RC 41719
by Charles Elliot
read by Cecelia Riddett
4 cassettes
Elliot's account of Marie Adelaide of Savoy is interwoven with the story of life at the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Marie is only ten when she arrives at Versailles to marry the duc de Bourgogne, but her arrival brings life back into what has become a dying court. Marie is portrayed as having a keen wit and also as kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and dignified. 1992.

Tales My Father Never Told RC 41723
by Walter D. Edmonds
read by Gary Telles
2 cassettes
The author of Drums along the Mohawk (RC 11697) and other historical novels and children's books writes about his own childhood, spent alternately in New York City and at the family dairy farm in the Adirondacks. The author tells anecdotes illustrating his uneasy relationship with his strong-willed father, who was fifty-three years old when Edmonds was born in 1904. 1995.

To Renew America RC 41734
by Newt Gingrich
read by John Rayburn
2 cassettes
Speaker of the House Gingrich believes America must reform to avoid drastic consequences. He offers six changes that would keep America "prosperous, free, and safe": renew its civilization, accelerate its entry into the "third-wave information age," rethink its competition in the world market, replace the welfare state with an opportunity society, reject centralized bureaucracy, and balance the federal budget. Bestseller 1995.

Archibald Grimké: Portrait of a Black Independent RC 41738
by Dickson D. Bruce
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
A history professor and author recounts the life of the activist who argued with both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois on how to obtain civil rights for blacks. Grimké was the son of a planter and his slave. His mother taught him independence, and his father's abolitionist sisters aided his education. An author and politician, Grimké served as consul to the Dominican Republic from 1894 to 1898. 1993.

Presenting Richard Peck RC 41751
by Donald R. Gallo
read by Jamie Horton
2 cassettes
Richard Peck was thirty-seven in 1971 when he quit his teaching job to write his first novel for young adults. He has written one young adult book almost every year since, including Bel-Air Bambi and the Mall Rats (RC 39020). Gallo discusses Peck's works (which also include poetry and essays) and sketches the author's life. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1993.

Dances with Trout RC 41760
by John Gierach
read by Jamie Horton
2 cassettes
Eighteen "fish stories." Though he is a serious fisherman, the author is not too involved in the sport to enjoy its quirkiness. An apt storyteller, he evokes a sense of being outdoors alongside a river and enjoying the rigors of fly-fishing. A party of five friends stalking salmon in Scotland have a rousing good time, even with a total catch of one fish. By the author of Trout Bum (RC 28522). Some strong language. 1994.

America's Dumbest Criminals: Based on True Stories from Law Enforcement Officials across the Country RC 41793
by Daniel R. Butler and others
read by Christopher Hurt
1 cassette
Humorous true stories of criminals who were their own worst enemies but a big help to the police. After coming home in a cab, a drunken man robs the driver at gunpoint. Another stickup man carefully disguises his face and vehicle but forgets to remove his maintenance uniform, which has his name and place of employment printed on it. Bestseller 1995.

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder RC 41918
by Lawrence Weschler
read by Frank Coffee
1 cassette
Weschler, staff writer for the New Yorker, describes the Museum of Jurassic Technology, which he had often heard about on his visits to Los Angeles and finally decided to visit. He discusses the bizarre display of natural marvels, like the hairy horn of an English woman who lived in 1688, he found inside. He segues into the origins of modern museums, a subject he learned about in his search for information about the strange exhibits. Bestseller 1995.


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