Talking Book Topics

July-August 1998
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. Cassette books are labeled with the code RC and play at 15/16 ips. To order 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."

The Source of My Strength RC 39969
by Charles Stanley
read by Dick Jenkins
2 cassettes
Stanley offers a message to those who are burdened by emotional baggage. He believes that by giving painful memories and hurtful experiences over to Christ, a person can be free to move on with life. He offers words of comfort and healing to those who are lonely, fearful, frustrated, or burned out; feeling persecuted, guilty, or inferior; or suffering from abuse. 1994.

Signs of Life: The Language and Meanings of DNA RC 39987
by Robert Pollack
read by Maxine Wasserman
2 cassettes
Pollack shows how medicine and science are working to understand the way the human body reads DNA, the molecules carrying the encoded information that governs all the cells in the body. He views DNA as a text and argues that molecular biology is like the study of semiotics in that both disciplines analyze symbols. 1994.

P.S.: A Memoir RC 40931
by Pierre Salinger
read by Phil Regensdorf
3 cassettes
Autobiography of President Kennedy's press secretary. A self-proclaimed child prodigy on the piano, Salinger received medals as a Marine and worked as a journalist, an investigator for Robert Kennedy, and, at thirty-five, White House press secretary. Salinger later moved to France and became the ABC Television bureau chief in Paris for fifteen years. Some strong language. 1995.

Coping with Asthma RC 40933
by Carolyn Simpson
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
Provides information to young adults who have asthma and to family members. Discusses at length what asthma is, what causes and triggers it, how to treat it, and how to live with it. The information is presented from the point of view that asthma can be effectively managed and that it affects the whole family. Lists resource organizations and books for further reading. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Iron Man: The Cal Ripken Jr. Story RC 40934
by Harvey Rosenfeld
read by Phil Regensdorf
2 cassettes
This biography of the Baltimore Orioles shortstop was completed just before he broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played. Rosenfeld chronicles Cal Jr.'s career in the majors, which began in 1978, and discusses his baseball-oriented family. Ripken's father, who wrote the book's introduction, is a former pro ballplayer and Orioles manager. Cal Jr.'s brother Billy also joined the Orioles as second baseman. 1995.

My Life in High Heels RC 40939
by Loni Anderson
read by Marilyn Gleason
3 cassettes
Actress Loni Anderson describes her happy childhood and modeling jobs, a disastrous first marriage and the birth of her daughter, her rise in show business including a starring role in sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, and a second failed marriage. She then answers the tabloids by giving her view of her romance, marriage, and bitter divorce with Burt Reynolds. Some strong language. Bestseller 1995.

Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations on Loving and Working for Children RC 40943
by Marian Wright Edelman
read by Graci Ragsdale
1 cassette
Edelman says she started out to write a policy book, "but out tumbled prayers instead." Her collection includes prayers from well-known authors, statesmen, and the Bible. Major topics are the rituals of parenting, the struggle toward personal faith and courage, the need for justice for children, and the creation of community commitment to children's welfare. 1995.

Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995 RC 40946
by Adrienne Rich
read by Marilyn Gleason
1 cassette
The poet, born in Baltimore in 1929 and winner of many awards, fellowships, and prizes, offers a collection, some of it previously published. Themes are serious, often based on historical events, war, and social problems. "Revolution in Permanence (1953, 1993)" concerns Ethel Rosenberg, executed for spying in 1953; "Calle Vision" sketches grim scenes, including a fire in a poultry-processing plant. 1995.

English Papers: A Teaching Life RC 40948
by William H. Pritchard
read by Phil Regensdorf
2 cassettes
The author, literary critic, and professor of English at Amherst College reviews his life as an academic. He describes his education, his work as a reviewer, his early life at Amherst, and his distress as Amherst changed from an elite, white, male school focused on the classics into a more diverse institution with a less traditional curriculum. 1995.

If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? RC 40949
by Cynthia Heimel
read by M.E. DePalma
1 cassette
Columnist Heimel, who wrote Get Your Tongue Out of My Mouth, I'm Kissing You Good-bye (RC 37995), has compiled another collection of humorous pieces. She muses on her life in Los Angeles with six dogs, her friends in their early forties who are all pregnant, and her continuing quest to understand men and dating. A sample thought: since jeans come out of the dryer "any size they want to be," it's safest to stick with sweatpants. Strong language. 1995.

Straight Talk about Cults RC 40952
by Kay Marie Porterfield
read by Gregory Ricks
1 cassette
A counselor explains the three distinctive characteristics of cults: a living, charismatic leader who claims to have ultimate wisdom, an authoritarian power structure, and rigid boundaries. She discusses the history of cults and explains who joins cults, how members are recruited, what it's like to be in a cult, and how to get out of one. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Seeds of Disquiet: One Deaf Woman's Experience RC 40970
by Cheryl M. Heppner
read by Anne Mullen
1 cassette
The author says that as a profoundly deaf child, she was taught to adapt to the hearing world. But after two strokes left Heppner completely deaf, she learned sign language, and then realized how frustrating her earlier life had been. She eventually became an advocate for deaf people. 1992.

Beluga: A Farewell to Whales RC 40973
by Pierre Béland
read by Jeff Halberstadt
2 cassettes
A scientist predicts extinction of the beluga whales of the St. Lawrence River as the result of human pollution. Describes the belugas, their interaction with human civilization, and his own research on the whales. Presents evidence to support his dismal prediction. 1996.

I Speak for This Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate RC 41669
by Gay Courter
read by Barbara Rappaport
4 cassettes
Intrigued to learn that a nonprofessional volunteer could champion the rights of a child, novelist Gay Courter entered the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program in 1989. Detailing her cases, she describes striving to ensure that each child assigned to her by the court had a safe place to live and legal, psychological, educational, and medical services. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences RC 41790
by Richard Pryor
read by Chuck Young
2 cassettes
At fifty-four, comedian Richard Pryor reflects on growing up in a whorehouse. After the army, Pryor tried stand-up comedy, which led to movies, television, albums, and celebrity. Along the way he indulged in "drugging, drinking, and relationship excesses." In 1986 he began experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.

Last House on the Road: Excursions into a Rural Past RC 41815
by Ronald Jager
read by Phil Regensdorf
2 cassettes
Philosopher Jager wrote about growing up on a Michigan farm in Eighty Acres (RC 33973). In what he calls a natural sequel, he continues his memoirs, describing his years in a Cape Cod-style farmhouse on a hundred acres in New Hampshire. He and his wife researched and restored the abandoned house, and he details the changes that occurred to the house and the land over the years. 1994.

Teen Dads: Rights, Responsibilities, and Joys RC 41817
by Jeanne Warren Lindsay
read by Miriam Wagner
1 cassette
This guide offers teenage fathers and fathers-to-be information on what it means to be a father and shows how forty-one young men have responded to the challenge. Discusses pregnancy; birth; and child development, care, and discipline through toddler age. Also discusses planning for the child's future and for the birth of other children. For senior high and older readers. 1993.

Holy the Firm RC 42191
by Annie Dillard
read by Kimberly Schraf
1 cassette
Living alone in Puget Sound, the author is inspired by the beauty and violence of nature. Her creativity and spirituality become interwoven with the elements around her. 1977.

Uncollected Poems RC 43124
by Rainer Maria Rilke
read by Robert Blumenfeld
1 cassette
One hundred and ten poems, written between 1908 and 1923, presented in both the original German and in English. Translator Edward Snow asserts that this period "between great works" was actually a creative and fertile one, despite critical opinion, as evidenced by "The Spanish Trilogy" and "The Raising of Lazarus." 1996.

A Boy No More RC 43287
by Paxton Davis
read by Phil Regensdorf
2 cassettes
In this sequel to A Boy's War (RC 43286), Paxton Davis recollects his homecoming from World War II to an America grateful to its veterans. He recounts his heady college days at Johns Hopkins, his years as a reporter learning the news business, and his later career as professor of journalism. 1992.

The Nutrition Bible: A Comprehensive, No-Nonsense Guide to Foods, Nutrients, Additives, Preservatives, Pollutants, and Everything Else We Eat and Drink RC 43411
by Jean Anderson and Barbara Deskins
read by Margaret Strom
8 cassettes in 2 containers
An encyclopedic discussion on topics from vitamin A to zwieback. Gives the nutrient content for many foods and includes low-calorie recipes. 1995.

A Breed Apart: An Illustrated History of Goaltending RC 43438
by Douglas Hunter
read by Dave Jackson
3 cassettes
A history of goaltending in hockey, one of professional sports' most challenging positions. Hunter traces its origins to 1875--when the goalie played without pads or special equipment--and profiles twelve of the most renowned goalies. He also discusses the impact of longer seasons; the slapshot; and faster, more brutal play. 1995.

The Home Ranch RC 43673
by Ralph Moody
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes (Reissue)
At twelve years, Ralph, also known as Little Britches, hires on to be a summer trail hand for Mr. Batchlett. Ralph is eager to prove himself and to earn the dollar a day his family needs after Father's death. The boy thrives on the hard work of the trail and the Colorado ranch. Companion to Man of the Family (RC 43672). 1956.

Mary Emma & Company RC 43674
by Ralph Moody
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes
Continues the autobiographical saga of the Moody family in this sequel to The Home Ranch (RC 43673). Mother, or Mary Emma, moves the family to Massachusetts. This means a big adjustment for Ralph, for whom life without horses is unthinkable. Mother's gentle strength is tested as she keeps the hardworking family together. 1961.

Gift of Power: The Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man RC 43686
by Archie Fire Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes
read by Robert Sams
3 cassettes
Story of a Native American's transformation from being a violent and troubled alcoholic to becoming a medicine man and spiritual leader. Chronicles Lame Deer's life from his service as a Korean War soldier and Hollywood stuntman to his spiritual conversion at his father's deathbed. Describes sacred ceremonies such as the sweatlodge and Sundance. 1992.

The Flight: Confessions of an Argentine Dirty Warrior RC 43694
by Horacio Verbitsky
read by Peter Gil
2 cassettes
A retired Argentine naval officer breaks the code of silence and confesses his involvement in the routine execution of political dissidents during his country's "dirty war" from 1976 to 1983. Describes abducting, torturing, and pushing civilians to their death from military aircraft. Violence. 1996.

Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America's Fall from Grace RC 43704
by David Beers
read by Jeff Baker
2 cassettes
A middle-class baby boomer recalls growing up during the cold war, an era of optimism and prosperity. Chronicles his father's career, going from dedicated naval aviator and Lockheed space engineer to disenchanted critic of the corporate culture. Laments the loss of public faith in government and corporations. 1996.

Citizen Perot: His Life and Times RC 43708
by Gerald Posner
read by Rick Rohan
3 cassettes
A portrait of billionaire and controversial third-party presidential candidate Ross Perot. Traces his early life in rural Texas, his navy years, his success with IBM, and his path to fortune as a data-processing entrepreneur. Recounts Perot's efforts on behalf of Vietnam POWs and hostages in Iran. Assesses Perot's political career. 1996.

The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society RC 43716
by Dinesh D'Souza
read by Jeff Baker
5 cassettes
The Indian-born research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Illiberal Education (RC 33148) attacks conventional wisdom about racism in America. A "self-described conservative," he faults "cultural relativism," which presumes an equality of cultures, and calls for reinstatement of universal standards of behavior and social responsibility. Bestseller 1995.

Testaments Betrayed: An Essay in Nine Parts RC 43721
by Milan Kundera
read by Steven Carpenter
2 cassettes
A discursive examination of the development of the European novel, focusing on the works of Rabelais, Cervantes, Kafka, and others. Celebrates the element of humor as "an invention bound up with the birth of the novel." Explores the kinship between novelist and musical composer. 1995.

The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century RC 43727
by Jay Winter and Blaine Baggett
read by Michael Consoli
3 cassettes
Chronicles the events and aftermath of World War I, the conflict that set the stage for twentieth-century history. Portrays both the military and the cultural context of the war, viewing the leaders, combatants, and citizens whose lives and futures were transformed by the conflagration. Companion volume to the PBS series. Violence. 1996.

False Impressions: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes RC 43737
by Thomas Hoving
read by Terence Aselford
3 cassettes
Surveys the world of art forgery through the centuries. Recounts case histories in which inauthentic artworks were foisted on curators, art collectors, and other experts. Examines forgers' motives and offers methods for detecting fake works of art. 1996.

A Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African-American Religious History RC 43869
by Albert J. Raboteau
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Essays on the religious history of African Americans. Discusses how Christianity was introduced to slaves and eventually became the foundation for the social and political lives of black Americans. Traces the development of separate churches and the emergence of black liberation theology. 1995.

Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee RC 43925
by Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen Warrior
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Chronicles the Indian rights movement from 1969 to 1973. Recounts the takeover of Alcatraz, the seizure of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building in Washington, D.C., and the seige at Wounded Knee. Critiques those incidents and the movement. 1996.

Linda Goodman's Sun Signs RC 44018
by Linda Goodman
read by Suzanne Toren
3 cassettes (Reissue)
In separate chapters on each of the twelve astrological sun signs, the author describes the zodiac and the people born under each sign. Each section portrays human characteristics of personalities known as the man, the woman, the child, the boss, and the employee. Bestseller 1970.

Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African American Achievement RC 44030
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Alan Steinberg
read by Bob Moore
2 cassettes
Presents a historical gallery of heroes of African descent, recounting the stories of their contributions to the nation. The subjects include sixteenth-century explorer Estevanico, Crispus Attucks at the Boston Massacre, and Rosa Parks, who valiantly kept her seat on a segregated bus in 1955. 1996.

Witnessing America: The Library of Congress Book of Firsthand Accounts of Life in America, 1600-1900 RC 44055
edited by Noel Rae
read by Barry Bernson
5 cassettes
Compendium of narratives--taken from letters, diaries, memoirs, court records, pamphlets, and periodicals--documenting three centuries of the American experience. Each chapter addresses a theme: arriving, upbringing, pairing, working, housing, eating, playing, praying, erring, ailing, and departing. Some violence and some strong language. 1996.

Lincoln RC 44059
by David Herbert Donald
read by Lou Harpenau
6 cassettes
Pulitzer Prize winner David Donald analyzes Lincoln's presidency from a psychological perspective, looking at the information and background the sixteenth president brought to his decisions. Donald's biography incorporates insights from the Abraham Lincoln Papers, which were sealed at the time of earlier major biographies. The influences of Lincoln's loving stepmother, his beautiful and well-connected wife, and others on his life are explored. 1995.

Optimal Wellness RC 44060
by Ralph Golan
read by Butch Hoover
8 cassettes
Handbook on health and wellness that emphasizes a naturopathic and preventive approach to health care. Golan offers detailed advice for dealing with ten "common denominators of illness" such as the toxic bowel, the sluggish liver, and food allergies. He also includes a self-care reference guide for treating common ailments using nutritional, herbal, and homeopathic remedies. 1995.

Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs RC 44068
by Michael Novacek
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
A paleontologist's account of a grueling 1993 field expedition to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, which resulted in one of the most extensive dinosaur fossil discoveries in history. Describes the specimens that were found and discusses their meaning and scientific importance. 1996.

The Best American Essays, 1996 RC 44079
edited by Geoffrey C. Ward
read by Andy Chappell
3 cassettes
Twenty-two selections that include Nicholson Baker on books as furniture; Stanley Crouch on Michael Jackson; Gerald Early on Afrocentrism; Joyce Carol Oates on her troubled childhood neighbors; Joan Acocella on Willa Cather; and Darryl Pinckney on Louis Farrakhan and the Million Man March. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries RC 44080
by James B. Stewart
read by Lou Harpenau
3 cassettes
A fast-paced narrative covering alleged scandals in the Clinton White House. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Stewart gives detailed accounts of Vincent Foster's death, the sexual harassment allegations of Paula Jones, the first lady's profitable investments, and the Whitewater scheme. Describes the impact of these matters on those involved and on national policy. Some strong language. Bestseller 1996.

First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy RC 44088
by Stephen R. Covey and others
read by Gary Tipton
3 cassettes
Author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (RC 32592) and two of his colleagues present the fourth-generation approach to time management. More than doing things right or efficiently, it focuses on doing the right things. Discussed are the "principles of peace" and the authors' prescription for avoiding the main obstacles to fulfillment, meaning, and joy. Bestseller 1994.

Reminiscences RC 44090
by Douglas MacArthur
read by Roy Avers
4 cassettes
Memoirs of the twentieth-century American combat general whose fifty-year career brought him both glory and condemnation. His service spanned the administrations of eight presidents, and provides a view of military history in this century. 1964.

Outrageous Practices: The Alarming Truth about How Medicine Mistreats Women RC 44091
by Leslie Laurence and Beth Weinhouse
read by Kerry Cundiff
4 cassettes
Assails the medical profession for discriminating against women as patients, research subjects, and health-care practitioners. Asserts that women tend to be excluded from research studies, receive inferior clinical care, and suffer from a gender bias that "genitalizes" their ailments. 1994.

Cold War: The American Crusade against World Communism 1945-1991 RC 44092
by James A. Warren
read by Brian Conn
2 cassettes
Chronicles America's worldwide struggle against communism from 1945 through 1991. Explores the ideologies, goals, and policies of the United States and the Soviet Union and traces the global effects of the long conflict between the superpowers. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1996.

The Sibling Society RC 44095
by Robert Bly
read by John Richardson
2 cassettes
Bly discusses the transformation of America from a heirarchical, paternalistic society to a self-indulgent, regressive youth culture. He decries the ill effects of a "parentless" society: rampant consumerism, absentee fathers, juvenile delinquency, and a dearth of heroes. Bly prescribes mentoring and spiritual anchoring to help restore balance and direction in society. 1996.

A History of Reading RC 44111
by Alberto Manguel
read by Robert Blumenfeld
3 cassettes
Essays explore the six-thousand-year history of reading. The author elaborates on such topics as the various ways people learn to read; censorship, book burning, and the "forbidden reading" of African American slaves; the evolution of the shape and form of books; reading in public versus reading in private; and the notion of reading as a metaphor. 1996.

The Atlas RC 44120
by William T. Vollmann
read by Ed Blake
3 cassettes
A travelogue of stories about people around the globe, mostly in tragic circumstances. Tells of war victims in Sarajevo, squalor in Cambodia, and crack addiction and prostitution in San Francisco. Depicts humanity in the context of violence, suffering, and alienation. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. 1996.

What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism RC 44121
by David S. Ariel
read by Suzanne Toren
2 cassettes
Ariel, president of the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies, covers the major ethical, ritual, and theological topics that concern all sects of Judaism. He addresses the questions: What are the enduring Jewish beliefs? How have these beliefs developed over the years? And what are the distinctive beliefs of Judaism today? 1995.

Eyewitness to America: 500 Years of America in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen RC 44136
edited by David Colbert
read by Bruce Huntey
5 cassettes
A collection of firsthand reports on pivotal events in American history. These authentic accounts convey the urgency and attitudes of their times concerning significant issues and themes in American life from 1492 through 1994. Bestseller 1997.

North American Indians RC 44153
by George Catlin
read by Bill Wallace
4 cassettes
Letters written 1832-1839 by artist George Catlin during his journey to depict the Plains Indians. Sensing that the growing animosity of whites would lead to destruction of the tribes, he gives detailed descriptions of Indian lives and customs. He writes of his admiration of the people he studied and strongly criticizes their mistreatment. Introduction by Peter Matthiessen notes the importance of Catlin's portraits of a vanishing culture. 1989.

The Best American Poetry, 1996 RC 44164
edited by Adrienne Rich
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
Seventy-five poems by American writers. Includes Sherman Alexie's thoughts on the death penalty in "Capital Punishment"; Margaret Atwood's reflections on her youth amidst the torched remains of a home in "Morning in the Burned House"; and Jane Kenyon's meditation on mortality in "Reading Aloud to My Father." Some strong language. 1996.

A Civil War: Army vs. Navy; a Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry RC 44165
by John Feinstein
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Chronicles the 1995 season for the West Point and the Annapolis football teams. Portrays the strict military discipline and academic demands of both institutions, which most college football players never experience. Recounts the tense rivalry of the annual Army-Navy game. 1996.

My Lives RC 44173
by Roseanne Arnold
read by Mary Woods
1 cassette
Arnold looks at the bumpy sides of her life as daughter, mother, wife, and star. She discusses the abuse she suffered at the hands of her parents, disagreements with her siblings, giving up a child for adoption, marriage, the birth of three other children, divorce, marriage to Tom Arnold, and her desire to control her own television shows. Companion to Roseanne (RC 30341). Strong language. Bestseller 1994.

Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris RC 44183
by Richard Kluger
read by John Rayburn
7 cassettes
In this history of the American tobacco industry, Kluger documents its impact--and ill effects--on society. He points to evidence of smoking's addictive nature, its hazards to health, and the tobacco industry's active role in suppressing this information from the public. Some strong language. 1997 Pulitzer Prize winner. 1996.

The Joslin Guide to Diabetes: A Program for Managing Your Treatment RC 44185
by Richard S. Beaser
read by Jill Ferris
3 cassettes
This guidebook to diabetes self-care is divided into six sections: understanding diabetes, treating diabetes with nutrition and exercise, treating diabetes with medication, monitoring and adjusting your treatment program, special challenges of diabetes, and living with diabetes. Includes an appendix of food choice lists. 1995.

Have No Fear: The Charles Evers Story RC 44193
by Charles Evers and Andrew Szanton
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
Memoir of the controversial older brother of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Recounts the brothers' hardscrabble youth in the racist South, their rise to success in separate worlds, Medgar's death, and Charles's ascent to political prominence. Strong language. 1997.

Unpuzzling Your Past: A Basic Guide to Genealogy RC 44197
by Emily Anne Croom
read by John Richardson
3 cassettes
Designed for people who want to know more about their family tree but don't know where to begin. Croom suggests the initial source be the immediate family. She covers topics such as the meaning of names, looking beyond the family, and checking state and federal sources. Companion to Genealogist's Companion and Sourcebook (RC 44198). 1995.

Reason in the Balance: The Case against Naturalism in Science, Law, and Education RC 44201
by Phillip E. Johnson
read by John Richardson
2 cassettes
Johnson questions a dominant cultural belief that God is an illusion and that nature is all there is. Assails the assumptions behind this position and their effect on basic American social and legal decisions. Propounds a philosophical approach that combines faith with scientific discovery. 1995.

Parenting the Fussy Baby and High-Need Child: Everything You Need to Know--from Birth to Age Five RC 44205
by William and Martha Sears
read by Patricia McDermott
3 cassettes
A guide to responsive parenting of challenging and difficult children, including those with intense feelings, hyperactivity, or overly demanding natures. Offers practical advice for recognizing and dealing with the problems of high-need babies and avoiding parental burnout. 1996.

The Melatonin Miracle: Nature's Age-Reversing, Disease-Fighting, Sex-Enhancing Hormone RC 44213
by Walter Pierpaoli and William Regelson
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
Physicians explain their research on the hormone melatonin, which regulates many functions including other hormonal activity and sleep cycles. As people age, the brain's pineal gland decreases melatonin production. The authors recommend taking melatonin to boost the immune system, fight cancer, and treat other aspects of aging such as eye disorders. Bestseller 1995.

You Can if You Think You Can RC 44221
by Norman Vincent Peale
read by Randy Atcher
2 cassettes (Reissue)
Peale uses true stories of men and women from all walks of life to show how to develop an inner power that will help solve problems, build self-trust, and master nameless vague fears. 1974.

Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival? A Scientific Detective Story RC 44222
by Theo Colborn and others
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
2 cassettes
Argues that environmental contamination by synthetic chemicals is harming wildlife and humans worldwide. Presents scientific evidence that PCBs, DDT, and dioxins cause serious developmental and reproductive anomalies in a variety of species. 1996.

Every Woman's Handbook for Preventing Cancer: More Than One Hundred Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk RC 44228
by Roberta Altman
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
Sections on the body, the home and workplace, and the environment each include an alphabetical listing of things that will and will not help women avoid cancer. Also includes descriptions of the most common cancers affecting women in 1996, a glossary, and a list of organizations and resources. 1996.

The Best American Essays, 1994 RC 44231
edited by Tracy Kidder
read by Andy Chappell
3 cassettes
Twenty-one essays by American writers. Includes Nicholson Baker's history of archaic punctuation in "Survival of the Fittest"; Darcy Frey's account of an impoverished African American teen's basketball aspirations in "The Last Shot"; and Vicki Hearne's thoughts on performing orangutans in "Can an Ape Tell a Joke?" Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1994.

A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned RC 44238
by Jane Tompkins
read by Mitzi Friedlander
2 cassettes
A professor critically examines her life in academia. Unhappy both as a pupil and as a teacher, she indicts the existing educational system as overly structured and authoritarian and advocates a more holistic, low-stress pedagogy that relates closely to the interests of the student. 1996.

Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America RC 44240
by Mel White
read by Brian Conn
3 cassettes
Memoir of Christian conservative Mel White, who, after fifty years, came to terms with his homosexual nature. Formerly a ghostwriter for leaders of the religious right, White became so antagonized by its gay bashing that he came out publicly and embraced the cause of gay liberation. 1994.

The Best American Essays, 1995 RC 44247
edited by Jamaica Kincaid
read by John Richardson
3 cassettes
Twenty essays by American writers. Includes Maxine Kumin's paean to vegetable gardening in "Jicama, without Expectation"; Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s thoughts on the politics of hair in "In the Kitchen"; Bernard Cooper's first encounter with a transvestite in "Burl's"; and Edward Hoagland's adulterous memoir in "Strange Perfume." Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Pursuit of WOW! Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times RC 44248
by Tom Peters
read by Roy Avers
2 cassettes
A noted business advisor offers 210 ideas for succeeding in the "brazen new world" of the postindustrial economy. Entreats readers to avoid being average in a crowd of look-alikes. Rather he urges that people step out and, if necessary, "fail with a flair in pursuit of something neat." 1994.

The Scariest Place on Earth: Eye to Eye with Hurricanes RC 44251
by David E. Fisher
read by Butch Hoover
2 cassettes
A firsthand account of Hurricane Andrew, "the worst disaster ever to hit the United States," which struck south Florida in 1992. Explains hurricanes: what they are, how they develop, and what can be done to protect against them. 1994.

All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence RC 44291
by Fox Butterfield
read by Mary Kane
3 cassettes
Examines the history of the Bosket family and its legacy of violence, beginning with the first-known slave ancestors. Butterfield focuses on recent generations, particularly Willie Bosket, who is considered the most violent criminal in New York state history. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

The Life of Timon of Athens RC 44322
by William Shakespeare
read by John Horton
1 cassette
Early seventeenth-century play, most likely unfinished but printed in the First Folio of 1623. It is a satire on Timon, an extravagant Athenian nobleman, who becomes bankrupt and loses his friends. He retires to a cave in the woods where he meets and talks with Alcibiades, an Athenian captain in exile. Timon discovers gold and finds some who would renew their friendship. But he expresses his disdain for treasure and leaves an epitaph that curses humankind. 1967.

A Healing Family RC 44337
by Kenzaburo Oe
read by Lewis Grenville
1 cassette
Author's account of his family's life and experiences with his handicapped son, who was born with a brain deformity. Relates the challenges of coping with the boy's physical and mental limitations, as well as the joy of watching him progress to the point of becoming a successful composer as an adult. 1996.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona RC 44339
by William Shakespeare
read by Gordon Gould
1 cassette
First printed in the folio of 1623, this is a romantic comedy about two sets of lovers. Proteus is in love with Julia, who returns his affection. Valentine goes to Milan and falls in love with Silvia. When Proteus visits his friend in Milan, he too falls for Silvia. Meanwhile, Julia, dressed as a boy, becomes a page to Proteus. Complications and heartbreaks ensue, but finally Julia's constancy brings her success in love. 1964.

Muhammad RC 44357
by Michael Cook
read by Ed Blake
1 cassette
Life of the Arab merchant turned prophet and politician who established a religious state in western Arabia in the 620s. Cook discusses the history of monotheism; Koranic law; the concepts of the hijra, the jihad, and the umma; the importance of Mecca; and the origins of Islam. 1983.

Rhinestone Cowboy: An Autobiography RC 44364
by Glen Campbell
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Campbell recalls his rise from an impoverished Arkansas childhood through working as an on-demand studio musician to becoming a recording star in the 1960s and hosting his own television show in the 1970s. He discusses the negative impact of drugs, alcohol, and womanizing on his life and the spiritual rebirth that ultimately saved him. 1994.

Living the Dream: My Life and Basketball RC 44381
by Hakeem Olajuwon
read by Bob Moore
3 cassettes
Olajuwon recalls his life as a basketball star: leaving his native Nigeria to attend the University of Houston; leading his team to the NCAA Final Four; winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Houston Rockets; and competing against such legendary players as Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, and Michael Jordan. 1996.

Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? RC 44383
by Ann Rule
read by Barbara Pinolini
4 cassettes
In 1986, Cheryl Keeton's body is found in an overturned van on Portland's Sunset Highway. It looks like a traffic accident, but Cheryl has been bludgeoned to death. She left behind a note incriminating her estranged husband, Brad Cunningham, much to the shock of his physician girlfriend. Strong language and violence. 1995.

Gary Soto: New and Selected Poems RC 44384
by Gary Soto
read by Rick Rohan
1 cassette
Short-lined, down-to-earth poems reflect Soto's youth in Fresno, California, and aspects of Chicano life. "The Elements of San Joaquin" presents reflections of a farm worker; "Oranges" has a boy buy dime candy for his girl with a nickel and an orange; "Pink Hands" compares changes in the Catholic Church with the loss of childhood innocence. Some descriptions of sex. National Book Award finalist. 1995.

The Right to Privacy RC 44422
by Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy
read by Annie Wauters
3 cassettes
Explores the constitutional right to privacy, recounting and discussing various instances of claimed violations of that right. Examines cases involving police strip-searching, the right to die, intrusions by the press, voyeurs, employee monitoring, and privacy in cyberspace. Strong language. 1995.

Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir RC 44445
by Claire Bloom
read by Anne Flosnik
2 cassettes
Bloom covers some of the same time period as her previous memoir, Limelight and After (RC 19684), which dealt mainly with her professional life as an actress. Here she concentrates on her failed marriages and love affairs, primarily her long, tortured relationship with novelist Philip Roth. 1996.

The Activist Cancer Patient: How to Take Charge of Your Treatment RC 44476
by Beverly Zakarian
read by Sharon Murray
2 cassettes
An advocate for cancer patients entreats cancer victims to take an active role in their own care. Offers guidance on becoming medically informed, directing one's own treatment, and making decisions about clinical trials, experimental drugs, and health insurance options. 1996.

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul RC 44493
by Leslie Gourse
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
Life story of the legendary gospel, blues, and soul singer. Gourse discusses Franklin's struggles--being an unwed teenage mother, enduring two troubled marriages, and suffering legal and tax problems--as well as her triumphs: sixteen Grammy awards, seventeen top-ten records, and national acclaim for her powerful singing. For junior and senior high readers. 1995.

Benjamin Graham: The Memoirs of the Dean of Wall Street RC 44533
by Benjamin Graham
read by Barry Bernson
3 cassettes
Memoir of the man widely regarded as the original financial analyst of Wall Street. Recounts his Jewish immigrant childhood and education in New York City, his personal life and avocations, and his early career in the brokerage business, where he developed the revolutionary strategy of value investing in the 1920s. 1996.

Mia and Woody: Love and Betrayal RC 44537
by Kristi Groteke
read by Carol Dines
2 cassettes
Groteke, nanny for Mia Farrow's young children, describes the events surrounding Farrow's discovery that her longtime lover, actor-director Woody Allen, was having an affair with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Shortly after, Farrow and Allen's adopted seven-year-old daughter Dylan accused Allen of fondling her. Some strong language. 1994.

The Perfect Interview: How to Get the Job You Really Want RC 44544
by John D. Drake
read by John Richardson
1 cassette
Drake pulls from his own experiences in human resources and from those of other executives to detail strategies for a successful interview. He tells how to land the job from preparing for the interview to negotiating compensation. Each chapter ends with skill-builder exercises. 1991.

Colon Cancer and the Polyps Connection RC 44606
by Stephen Fisher
read by John Rayburn
2 cassettes
A layperson's guide to understanding and preventing colorectal cancer, written by a former patient. Chronicles his own battle with the disease and explores causes, symptoms, detection, treatment, and prevention of this second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. 1995.

Eagle's Plume: The Struggle to Preserve the Life and Haunts of America's Bald Eagle RC 44610
by Bruce E. Beans
read by Jake Williams
3 cassettes
The author examines the bald eagle, its symbolism in American culture, and its struggle to avoid extinction. He discusses the formidable forces opposing the eagles' survival--hunters, egg collectors, lumbermen, developers, and toxins--and the determined efforts by scientists, activists, and government officials to save the national bird. Some strong language. 1996.

One Man's America: A Journalist's Search for the Heart of His Country RC 44612
by Henry Grunwald
read by Jake Williams
5 cassettes
A former chief editor of Time magazine chronicles his life and national events during the late twentieth century. He recounts his immigrant youth, his rise through the ranks at Time, Inc., and his later service as United States ambassador to Austria, his native country. 1997.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man RC 44616
by Henry Louis Gates
read by Jake Williams
2 cassettes
Profiles of prominent African American males, including James Baldwin, Colin Powell, and Louis Farrakhan. Traces their careers, including the challenges, struggles, and achievements that have marked their lives. Assesses their impact on the black community and American society. Strong language. 1997.

The Romanovs: The Final Chapter RC 44622
by Robert K. Massie
read by Bill Wallace
3 cassettes
Chronicles the work of historians, journalists, and scientists to locate and identify the remains of the last Russian tsar and his family. Discusses the 1918 execution and interment, subsequent denials by Soviet authorities, the recovery of the remains, arguments among forensic experts, claims that family members had survived, and conclusions based on DNA testing. 1995.

No Intermissions: The Life of Agnes de Mille RC 44624
by Carol Easton
read by Jill Ferris
4 cassettes
Best known for her choreography of the musical Oklahoma, Agnes de Mille combined ballet with folk and modern styles to create a new look in American dance. She also was influential as the author of several books on the art. Here, her strong personality is described as both a help and a hindrance during her life of struggle. 1996.

Seeds of Man: An Experience Lived and Dreamed RC 44625
by Woody Guthrie
read by Bob Askey
4 cassettes
Memoir of the folksong writer's youthful gold-prospecting trip to the Big Bend country of southern Texas during the Great Depression. Partly imagined, the story relates the hazards, hardships, and pleasures of his adventure. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 1976.

Locked in the Cabinet RC 44640
by Robert B. Reich
read by Butch Hoover
3 cassettes
A former secretary of labor chronicles his experiences in "the best job I ever had." Recounts his interactions with the president and other politicians, his battles with powerful corporations, and his dealings with labor leaders. Describes his personal crusade to narrow the gap between rich and poor. Strong language. Bestseller 1997.

Look Up for Yes RC 44651
by Julia Tavalaro and Richard Tayson
read by Terry Hayes Sales
2 cassettes
Now sixty, Julia Tavalaro relates how her life changed dramatically when she was thirty-two and awoke from a stroke-induced coma paralyzed and without speech. Julia endured six years of neglect and abuse from attendants who considered her a vegetable before she was finally taught to communicate using a letter board and eye movements. Some strong language. 1997.

Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage down the Wildest River in Borneo RC 44659
by Tracy Johnston
read by Carole Jordan Stewart
2 cassettes
A middle-aged journalist describes her harrowing adventure by raft on the raging currents of Borneo's Boh River. She recounts the perils and plagues of the trip, including the wild rapids and whirlpools, leeches and attacking bees, and tropical disease amid the unrelenting heat of the steaming jungle. Strong language. 1992.

Savages RC 44677
by Joe Kane
read by Jim Zeiger
2 cassettes
A journalist chronicles his venture into the Ecuadorian rain forest to live among the Huaorani, an ancient nation of some 1,300 Indians. Recounts the desperate efforts of the Huaorani to defend their continued existence against governments and oil companies who would exploit and despoil their land. 1995.

The Symposium RC 44686
by Plato
read by Jim Zeiger
1 cassette
This Platonic dialog explores the philosophy of love and physical desire. Various views on the subject are offered, while Socrates opines that love goes beyond sensuality and can guide one to a realization of absolute beauty in the world of the ideal. 1951.

I'll Always Have Paris: A Memoir RC 44689
by Art Buchwald
read by Bob Askey
2 cassettes
Continuing his autobiography begun in Leaving Home (RC 37938), Buchwald writes of his years in France in the 1940s and 1950s. He arrived in Paris with plans to attend school, but instead spent time at sidewalk cafés, became the food critic for the Paris Herald Tribune, and married Ann, with whom he adopted three children. Some strong language. 1996.

A Call for Revolution: How Government Is Strangling America--and How to Stop It RC 44698
by Martin L. Gross
read by Christopher Walker
2 cassettes
A scathing indictment of the federal government for alleged profligacy, inefficiency, and corruption on a broad scale. Enumerates scores of wasteful programs and corrupt practices. Calls for a "citizen revolution" to "clean up all that has gone wrong." 1993.

Past Due: A Story of Disability, Pregnancy, and Birth RC 44699
by Anne Finger
read by Michele Schaeffer
1 cassette
A disabled woman discusses her life as a polio survivor, abortion clinic worker, and mother. She recounts her difficult pregnancy, her planned home delivery, her emergency C-section in a hospital, and her adjustment to the possibility of having a disabled child. Strong language. 1990.

The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence RC 44704
by Carl Sagan
read by Ted Stoddard
2 cassettes
Essays by an award-winning scientist about the possible development of human intelligence, written for nonspecialists. Discusses the biological functions of sleep, increasing brain size, and language learning among chimpanzees. Chronicles advances in understanding the brain and implications for the future. Bestseller 1977.

The Girl with the Brown Crayon RC 44724
by Vivian Gussin Paley
read by Dani Carr
1 cassette
Paley writes of her last year as a kindergarten teacher and how an African American five-year-old, Reeny, affects her mostly Caucasian and Asian classmates. Reeny uses a brown crayon to color a picture of herself because a felt marker is too dark. When Reeny identifies with the little brown mouse in Leo Lionni's book, Paley launches a year-long study of how Lionni's stories relate to life. 1997.

Strength to Love RC 44735
by Martin Luther King
read by John Stratton
1 cassette (Reissue)
Fifteen sermons by the African American pastor who dedicated his life to civil rights. Three were written in Georgia prisons, and all express Dr. King's Christian views and his application of biblical truths to intellectual uncertainties, emotional involvements, and spiritual weaknesses. 1963.

The Only Way I Know RC 44808
by Cal Ripken and Mike Bryan
read by Erik Sandvold
3 cassettes
Memoir of Cal Ripken, who in 1995 broke Lou Gehrig's record of playing 2,130 consecutive games. His feat established him as a baseball great and earned new acclaim for his team, the Baltimore Orioles. Traces Ripken's baseball life from the Little League to the majors, highlighting triumphs and setbacks. Also discusses how the sport has changed over the past fifteen years. Bestseller 1997.

News of a Kidnapping RC 44812
by Gabriel García Márquez
read by Gabriella Cavallero
2 cassettes
A Nobel Prize-winning writer's factual account of the 1990 political abduction of prominent Colombian citizens by drug trafficker Pablo Escobar. Starkly chronicles the hostages' seizures, their ordeals in captivity, and their ultimate releases or deaths. Strong language and violence. Bestseller 1997.

The Jackie Robinson Reader: Perspectives on an American Hero RC 44819
edited by Jules Tygiel
read by David Hartley-Margolin
2 cassettes
Robinson expert chronicles the life of the first African American major league baseball player. Tygiel uses contributions by Roger Kahn, Red Barber, Wendell Smith, Malcolm X, Arthur Mann, and others including Jackie Robinson himself to detail Robinson's extraordinary accomplishments and to depict a life filled with heroism, controversy, and athletic brilliance. Some strong language. 1997.

Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined RC 44843
by Drew Carey
read by Gregory Gorton
2 cassettes
Drew Carey writes about beginning his career as a stand-up comic in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and later starring in The Drew Carey Show. Topics include the problems with censors and what costar Mimi is really like. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

Miracle Cures: Dramatic New Scientific Discoveries Revealing the Healing Powers of Herbs and Vitamins and Other Natural Remedies RC 44862
by Jean Carper
read by Nanette Savard
2 cassettes
The author discusses how natural remedies are used in various countries to lower cholesterol, sharpen memory, fight infections, and otherwise improve health. She presents evidence supporting the value of these cures, describes how they work, and offers advice on proper usage. Bestseller 1997.

Killer Instinct: How Two Young Producers Took on Hollywood and Made the Most Controversial Film of the Decade RC 44864
by Jane Hamsher
read by Nanette Savard
2 cassettes
Hamsher recounts how she and her partner, Don Murphy, both recent film school graduates, optioned the script of Natural Born Killers and made a hit movie. She chronicles their uphill battle to bring their project to fruition despite lawsuits and opposition from Hollywood moguls. Strong language. Bestseller 1997.

Like Cats and Dogs RC 44869
edited by Kenneth Jernigan
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
The nine essays in this collection describe ways in which blind people often learn to live comfortably in their environment, emphasizing harmony and friendship with one's surroundings, rather than misunderstanding and frustration. Eight of the selections are written by blind people. 1997.

Wall-to-Wall Thanksgiving RC 44870
edited by Kenneth Jernigan
read by Terence Aselford
1 cassette
Ten short essays by National Federation of the Blind members focusing on how they have overcome difficulties they faced growing up and how their views on these problems changed as they grew older. The title selection tells how Barbara Pierce handled a Thanksgiving celebration in England. 1997.

Even the Stars Look Lonesome RC 44898
by Maya Angelou
read by Connie Winston
1 cassette
Twenty essays on topics such as aging, fame, family, marriages, sexuality, and Africa. In "A House Can Hurt, a Home Can Heal," Angelou discusses how her marriage breakup was related to her house, and the contentment she felt in her new home. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

Rock This! RC 45013
by Chris Rock
read by L.J. Ganser
1 cassette
Monologues and jokes from the black comedian Chris Rock. Rock started on the Saturday Night Live comedy show and graduated to his own television spot, the Chris Rock Show. Rock explores current social issues such as racism, poverty, drugs, and sex. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1997.

Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life after Death RC 45101
by James Van Praagh
read by Michael Stanton
2 cassettes
The author tells of his life as a spiritual medium and how he has developed and used his rare gift to help others. He shares his experiences in facilitating after-death communication between grief-stricken persons and their lost loved ones, offering a positive message of a spiritual afterlife. Bestseller prevailing culture and values. 1997.


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