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Talking Book Topics July–August 2017

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Library of Congress, Washington 2017
Catalog Card Number 60-46157
ISSN 0039-9183

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Contents

In Brief

Books for Adults

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Books for Children

Childrenʼs Fiction

Children’s Nonfiction

Foreign Language Books

Audio Magazines

 

In Brief

World War I centennial: Library of Congress exhibit, nationwide events, and minibibliography

The centennial of World War I has renewed interest in the first global conflict in modern times. When the conflict began in 1914, it was considered the war to end all wars. But World War I turned out to be radically different from earlier conflicts, with technological advances that included the first large-scale use of poison gas, barbed wire, tanks, machine guns, flamethrowers, and airplanes. By its end in 1918—with 17 million soldiers and civilians dead and 20 million wounded—the war had permanently changed society. As the poet Philip Larkin said, “Never such innocence again.”

To mark the centennial of the U.S. entry into the war this spring, the Library of Congress opened a major new exhibition: Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I. Echoes examines the upheaval of world war as Americans lived it, in the trenches and at home. Come experience the exhibit, located in the Southwest Gallery of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building in Washington DC until January 2019. For more information on the exhibit, visit https://go.usa.gov/xN9QV.

Memorials and remembrances of the Great War are also being held nationwide. To search for events in your local area, visit http://bit.ly/2rkGXWl External or call (202) 380-0725 during business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, to speak with a staff member at the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, who may be able to assist you.

The NLS collection has numerous titles dealing with many aspects of World War I. The following minibibliography concentrates on accounts by people who were there and recorded their experiences on the battlefield and at home in memoirs, fiction, and poetry. Your local cooperating library can help you find more titles about World War I. The digital braille and talking book titles can be downloaded from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website. All titles can be requested from your local cooperating library.

Memoirs and Interviews

Testament of Youth DB18598
by Vera Brittain
Rediscovered forty-five years after it was published, this is a record of the author’s experiences during the World War I years. Brittain tells not only of her own prematurely shattered youth, but that of an entire generation of young men and women who devoted themselves to the war effort. PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre presented the BBC series based on this memoir. 1933.

The Beauty and the Sorrow DB76649
by Peter Englund
Details the course of World War I from the perspectives of twenty individuals, including a twelve-year-old German girl, an American woman married to a Polish aristocrat, and an English nurse in the Russian army. Translated from Swedish. Violence. 2011.

Good-Bye to All That DB26218
by Robert Graves
At the age of thirty-four, the English poet published this autobiography, with much attention to his service with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in World War I. 1929.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph  DB16339
by T.E. Lawrence
Controversial classic of war and adventure describes the revolt in Arabia against the Turks from the viewpoint of the Englishman Lawrence, who took part in it. Includes portraits, philosophies, emotions, and dreams. Sir Winston Churchill ranked this as “one of the greatest books ever written in the English language.” 1926.

My Experiences in the First World War  DB49069
by John J. Pershing
Then-General of the Armies chronicles United States involvement in the Great War from Woodrow Wilson’s 1917 appointment of Pershing to command the American Expeditionary Forces in France through the Armistice in 1918. Won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for history under the title My Experiences in the World War. 1931.

The Camel Drivers: The 17th Aero Squadron in World War I DB54179 
by Otis Lowell Reed
Chronicles the experiences of one of two American squadrons loaned to the British to fly Sopwith Camels during the summer of 1918. Records the dangers and thrills of early aerial warfare, based on official and personal sources, interviews, letters, and diaries. 1996.

Fighting the Flying Circus  DB72115
by Eddie Rickenbacker
Eddie Rickenbacker’s memoir of the World War I air battles against the German Air Service. Describes the exploits and death of fellow pilot Quentin Roosevelt, the son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Foreword highlights Rickenbacker’s background as a developer of race-car technology and his formation of the Hat-in-the-Ring Squadron. 1919.

The Last of the Doughboys  DB77446
by Richard Rubin
Interviews with American veterans—all older than one hundred years at the time—from World War I. Records their battlefield experiences, including the horror of trench warfare and gas attacks, and lighter moments away from the front lines. Adds biographical and historical context. Violence and some strong language. 2013.

Literary Accounts

The Enormous Room DB14179
by E.E. Cummings
Satirical account of the poet’s experiences in a French prison camp during World War I. While volunteering as an ambulance driver in France, he was arrested for his association with another American who was his best friend. 1934.

Three Soldiers DB16423
by John Dos Passos
Eloquent tirade against the misery and degradation of life in the American army during World War I. Dominant symbol is the military machine which rules over the individual and leaves him without hope. Some strong language. 1921.

Regeneration BR10543, DB48082
by Pat Barker
Based on the true story of two men who met during World War I—Dr. William Rivers, a renowned neurologist, and Siegfried Sassoon, an officer and poet. In July 1917, Sassoon writes a letter protesting the war and is sent to the Craiglockhart War Hospital for evaluation. There he and Rivers debate the struggle between conscience and civic responsibility. Prequel to Eye in the Door (DB 48083). 1991.

Soldiers’ Pay DB65146
by William Faulkner
Donald Mahon, a gravely wounded World War I aviator, is met on a train by war widow Margaret Powers and doughboy Joe Gilligan. The two strangers accompany Donald to Georgia, where his homecoming disturbs the lives of his family, friends, and fiancée—who thought him dead. Faulkner’s first novel. 1926.

The Great War and Modern Memory  BR08280, DB31145
by Paul Fussell
Fussell, a professor of English literature and winner of the 1976 National Book Award for Arts and Letters, explores how historical events and society’s record of those events interact. He looks at the British experience during World War I through the eyes of the writers Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Edmund Blunden; through the poetry of David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, and Wilfred Owen; and through amateur memoirs of the men in the trenches. 1975.

The Good Soldier Schweik DB16415
by Jaroslav Hasek
Satire on human folly opens in Prague on the eve of World War I. The hero, an ex-soldier discharged from military service for chronic feeblemindedness, earns a living by selling mongrel dogs with forged pedigrees. With only his wits and peasant shrewdness to rely on, the good soldier manages to foil the Austro-Hungarian war machine and to escape from one misadventure after another by a hairbreadth. 1923.

A Farewell to Arms BR12510, DB49506
by Ernest Hemingway
Romance between American lieutenant Frederic Henry in the ambulance service in Italy during World War I and the English nurse Catherine Barkley, who tends him when he is wounded. When Catherine becomes pregnant, she refuses to marry Frederic. 1929.

Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology BR20567, DB78841
by Tim Kendall
An anthology of verse dealing with the Great War, which raged across the globe from 1914 to 1918. Includes poems by Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, and Robert Graves; by soldier-poets Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Rupert Brooke; and popular music-hall and trench songs. 2013.

The Middle Parts of Fortune DB16701
by Frederic Manning
Novel about World War I first published anonymously in England because of its frank language. Focusing on the brutality and futility of war, it evokes the desperation, weariness, and emotional exhaustion of the men in the trenches. Strong language. 1929.

Ashenden; or, the British Agent  DB55379
by W. Somerset Maugham
A collection of short stories about Ashenden, a writer, who becomes a spy for the Intelligence Department and moves to Geneva to recruit other agents and gather information. Based on Maugham’s own experiences during World War I. 1927.

All Quiet on the Western Front BR11984, DB54896
by Erich Maria Remarque
Classic World War I novel depicting the horrors and futility of armed conflict. Nineteen-year-old German private Paul Baumer relates the daily routine of ordinary soldiers in the trenches and tells how warfare affected him and his three classmates. Portrays young men who may have escaped bullets but were destroyed by their combat experience. 1929.

The Return of the Soldier DB32538
by Rebecca West
Chris Baldry, shell-shocked and home from the war on sick leave, remembers Jenny, his cousin, and Margaret, an early girlfriend, but not Kitty, his wife. He also appears to regain the vigor of his youth. But when the three women gamble an attempt to restore his memory, the result is a bittersweet surprise. This is Rebecca West’s first novel, published when she was twenty-four. 1918.

A Son at the Front DB43601
by Edith Wharton
Story about American painter John Compton, whose only child, George, is called to duty in World War I. As Compton and his ex-wife bicker about protecting their son, George transfers to the front lines and is killed in battle. His parents are devastated, but artist Compton experiences an epiphany in his view of war. 1923.

 

Books for Adults

Books listed in this issue of Talking Book Topics were recently sent to cooperating libraries. The complete collection contains a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books, including biographies, classics, westerns, mysteries, romances, and others.

Registered users may also immediately download all titles and magazines from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service at https://nlsbard.loc.gov. The free BARD Mobile app is available from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon’s Appstore for reading talking books on your personal smart phone or tablet. To learn more about the collection or to sign up for BARD, contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers and email addresses are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

Books within the headings Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction are listed alphabetically by subject category, author last name, and title. For example the title War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy would be listed in Adult Fiction under the Classics subject category and by the last name Tolstoy.

Note: A notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or descriptions of sex. The word “some” before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in “some strong language.” Commercials for which NLS does not have access to the print book may display the notice “unrated,” which means that the book may or may not contain violence, strong language, or descriptions of sex.

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Adult Fiction

Adventure

Crooked Kingdom
DB85601 18 hours 2 minutes
by Leigh Bardugo
read by various narrators
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Sequel to Six of Crows (DB82683). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates
DB86275 15 hours 45 minutes
by James L. Haley
read by Paul Boehmer
In 1801, Midshipman Bliven Putnam, the great-nephew of a Revolutionary War hero, heads to the Mediterranean on the USS Enterprise to engage with the Barbary pirates. He returns, years later, on the USS Constitution to cross the Libyan desert with General Eaton and assault Derna. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Family

Before We Visit the Goddess
DB85428 8 hours 3 minutes
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Three generations epitomize the fraught relationships between mothers and daughters. Sabitri was born poor in Bengal, India, but sought an education and a better life. Her daughter, Bela, left India, and had a daughter of her own in America. Each woman strives for independence while seeking connection. Some strong language. 2016.

Still Life with Tornado
DB86247 8 hours 58 minutes
by A.S. King
read by Karissa Vacker
Sixteen-year-old Sarah, a talented artist, slowly discovers the history of domestic violence in her family and learns why her brother left years earlier. Suddenly, Sarah is no longer able to create art and believes she is having an existential crisis. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Hot Milk
DB85892 9 hours 5 minutes
by Deborah Levy
read by Barbara Rappaport
Sofia has joined her mother, Rose, in southern Spain to seek out treatment for Rose’s mysterious medical condition at a specialized clinic. As Sofia spends time with the locals and her mother, hidden truths and secrets are revealed. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Behold the Dreamers
DB85537 12 hours 16 minutes
by Imbolo Mbue
read by Prentice Onayemi
2007. Cameroonian immigrants Jende and Neni Jonga are living in Harlem with their six-year-old son. Jende has been hired as a chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive, and they feel like their future is secure. But secrets abound and threaten their marriage. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

American Ace
DB83535 1 hour 23 minutes
by Marilyn Nelson
read by Marilyn Nelson
Sixteen-year-old Connor tries to help his depressed father, who learned upon his mother’s death that the man who raised him was not his biological father. Connor researches his family’s past and discovers that his dad’s father was probably a Tuskegee Airman. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Year of the Runaways
DB85331 19 hours 42 minutes
by Sunjeev Sahota
read by Terry Donnelly
Three young Indian men come to England looking for new lives. Randeep marries Narinder to get a visa, while Avtar concentrates on sending money home. Tochi, an untouchable, squats in the apartment below Narinder, having left India after his family was murdered. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

Lucky Boy
DB86763 16 hours 42 minutes
by Shanthi Sekaran
read by various narrators
After being detained for illegally entering the country from Mexico, Solimar Castro Valdez is forced to give her son up to foster parents Kavya and Rishi Reddy in Berkeley, California. While Soli fights to get her son back, Kavya comes to love the boy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Fantasy

Conspiracy of Ravens
DB86202 11 hours 18 minutes
by Lila Bowen
read by Robin Miles
Nettie Lonesome, now identifying as Rhett, struggles to adapt to his new magical nature while still keeping his humanity. An alchemist is killing people, leaving Rhett with a decision— stay with the Rangers or hunt on his own. Sequel to Wake of Vultures (DB82899). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Ink and Bone: The Great Library, Book 1
DB85432 14 hours 39 minutes
by Rachel Caine
read by Erik Sandvold
In a world where the personal ownership of a physical book is illegal, the Great Library controls content by using alchemy to deliver books via tablets. Black market smuggler Jess Brightwell is sent to the Great Library as a trainee and a spy. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Kushiel’s Avatar
DB85330 32 hours 27 minutes
by Jacqueline Carey
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
In an effort to save her childhood friend Hyacinthe from his imprisonment by the Master of Straits, Phèdre nó Delaunay makes a deal to help rescue Imriel, the son of the treacherous Melisande Shahrizai. Sequel to Kushiel’s Chosen (DBC00426). Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.

Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World
DB86266 19 hours 53 minutes
by P.C. Cast
read by Caitlin Davies
When her clan is torn apart by a deadly attack, Mari, an Earth Walker with unique healing powers, reveals her forbidden dual nature and forges a tumultuous alliance with a rival clan to save her people. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

A Shadow Bright and Burning: Kingdom on Fire, Book 1
DB86240 12 hours 52 minutes
by Jessica Cluess
read by Fiona Hardingham
When her unusual powers mark her as the one prophesied to lead the war against the Ancients, Henrietta trains to become the first female sorcerer in centuries— though the true nature of her ability threatens to be revealed. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Undead Series, Books 1– 5
DB85448 29 hours 27 minutes
by MaryJanice Davidson
read by Erin Jones
First five books, written between 2004 and 2006, in a series about Betsy Taylor, shopping enthusiast and vampire queen. Includes Undead and Unwed, Undead and Unemployed, Undead and Unappreciated, Undead and Unreturnable, and Undead and Unpopular. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Other Lands and The Sacred Band
DB84415 50 hours 36 minutes
by David Anthony Durham
read by various narrators
Books two and three of the Acacia series, written between 2009 and 2011. After the events of The War with the Mein (DB66162), Queen Corinn rules the Known Lands and raises Hanish Mein’s child Aaden, but faces threats of invasion from abroad. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2011.

Legacy of Kings
DB85252 16 hours 43 minutes
by C.S. Friedman
read by Peter Holdway
The souleaters are laying waste to the world, and sorceress Siderea Aminestas intends to use them for her own revenge. Kamala, the only female Magister, must forge alliances to defeat the souleaters. Sequel to Wings of Wrath (DB69129). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2011.

Caraval
DB86900 10 hours 20 minutes
by Stephanie Garber
read by Rebecca Soler
After their cruel father promises to give his daughter Scarlett away in an arranged marriage, Scarlett’s beloved sister, Tella, spirits her away to finally see the mysterious show Caraval. But then Tella is kidnapped by the show’s organizer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Blood for Blood
DB86733 12 hours 26 minutes
by Ryan Graudin
read by Christa Lewis
After the Axis powers win World War II, Jewish skinshifter Yael fails in her mission to kill Hitler. She finds herself being hunted while trying to finish what she started. Sequel to Wolf by Wolf (DB83121). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

My Lady Jane
DB85390 12 hours 2 minutes
by Cynthia Hand and others
read by Kristin Allison
When sixteen-year-old Edward, King of England, learns that he is dying, he plans to marry off his cousin Jane to secure their noble line. However, the groom-to-be turns into a horse by day, and the trio is drawn into a dangerous plot. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Night Shift
DB85477 10 hours 59 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Cynthia Farrell
A series of suicides at the crossroads in the tiny town of Midnight, Texas, has residents concerned. A demon lives under the crossroads, and it is up to local witch Fiji Cavanaugh to perform a ritual to keep the town safe. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Legacy of Kings
DB85435 17 hours 9 minutes
by Eleanor Herman
read by J.P. Linton
In an alternate Greece, the fates of four teens— Alexander of Macedonia, Katerina, Jacob, and Zofia, a Persian princess— become entwined. Love triangles, murder plots, and blood games ensue. Violence and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

The Forbidden Wish
DB85436 10 hours 51 minutes
by Jessica Khoury
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Forced to hide in the real world, Zahra, a female jinni, falls for her handsome master, Aladdin. When she is finally offered the freedom she longs for, Zahra wonders if it is worth the price. Some strong language. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

Closer to the Chest
DB86294 11 hours 33 minutes
by Mercedes Lackey
read by Nick Podehl
Someone is targeting prominent women of Valdemar, from the Court to the Collegia to the religious houses. Herald-Spy Mags and his wife, Amily, the King’s Own Herald, work together to discover who is behind the threats. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Midnight Star
DB86010 9 hours 9 minutes
by Marie Lu
read by various narrators
Adelina Amouteru has achieved the victory she desired, but the darkness within her threatens to spiral out of control. When a new danger appears, Adelina puts herself and every Elite at risk. Sequel to The Rose Society (DB83075). Some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Empire of Storms: A Throne of Glass Novel
DB85602 25 hours 21 minutes
by Sarah J. Maas
read by Elizabeth Evans
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to darkness. Sequel to Queen of Shadows (DB82439). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Den of Wolves
DB86295 16 hours 19 minutes
by Juliet Marillier
read by various narrators
Grim is asked to help rebuild a heartwood house at the nearby Wolf Glen. The lord there sends his daughter, Cara, away to Winterfalls during the project, which is shrouded in secrecy. Blackthorn and Grim struggle with being separated, especially as Blackthorn receives news of her enemy, Mathuin. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Soundless
DB86720 8 hours 20 minutes
by Richelle Mead
read by Kim Mai Guest
When her fellow villagers begin to lose their sight and face starvation, Fei finds herself on a journey from her isolated mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and romance will change her life forever. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2015

Heartless
DB86277 14 hours 36 minutes
by Marissa Meyer
read by Rebecca Soler
In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland (DB50842), Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Goldenhand: An Old Kingdom Novel
DB86021 11 hours 29 minutes
by Garth Nix
read by Heather Wilds
Six months after the events in Abhorsen (DB55530), Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier. There, she receives a message and warning from her long-dead mother about a witch with no face. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Battle Hill Bolero
DB86867 8 hours 17 minutes
by Daniel José Older
read by Daniel José Older
War has broken out between New York’s Council of the Dead and the rebels in the supernatural community. Council agent Carlos Delacruz finds himself in the middle of the conflict as he and his friends take a stand against the corruption in the Council. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Winged Histories
DB85461 12 hours 25 minutes
by Sofia Samatar
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
Four women get caught up in political upheaval. Tavis leaves behind the life of a noblewoman to become a soldier, leading a rebellion with her cousin Dasya against Olondria. Sequel to A Stranger in Olondria (DB81593). Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Iron Cast
DB86264 9 hours 45 minutes
by Destiny Soria
read by Christine Marshall
In 1919 Boston, best friends Corinne and Ada are hemopaths; their “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art. They perform illegally at an infamous gangster’s nightclub and con Boston’s elite— until the law closes in. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

General

13 Ways of Looking At a Fat Girl
DB84837 6 hours 50 minutes
by Mona Awad
read by Lindsay Ellison
As a lonely teenager, Lizzie believed that, to be happy, she had to be thin. As she grows up, Lizzie dates men online, never sending a picture. She decides to diet, but still feels like a fat girl inside. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

One Less Problem without You
DB86714 7 hours 40 minutes
by Beth Harbison
read by Orlagh Cassidy
Diana has just discovered that her husband, Leif, has been cheating on her. Leif’s stepsister, Prinny, runs a magical shop called Cosmos and fights with Leif over money. Chelsea, a struggling actress, works for Prinny. The three women must band together to get what they want. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Small Great Things
DB85761 16 hours 5 minutes
by Jodi Picoult
read by various narrators
A white supremacist couple forbids Ruth Jefferson— an experienced labor and delivery nurse who happens to be an African American— from touching their newborn. The next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Her hesitation leads to a court case. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Tuesday Nights in 1980
DB85433 10 hours 1 minute
by Molly Prentiss
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Set in the New York art world in 1980, the narrative follows New York Times art critic James Bennett and Argentinian painter Raul Engales. Both men experience a loss that threatens their relationship to art until Lucy, Raul’s muse, brings them back together. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Lily and the Octopus
DB85389 7 hours 59 minutes
by Steven Rowley
read by Gary Tipton
Ted Flask is an aging writer whose best friend is a dachshund named Lily. They live a quiet, happy life together until Lily is stricken with a brain tumor that Ted thinks of as an octopus. Ted fights for Lily, confronting the monster trying to take his companion. Some strong language. 2016.

Historical Fiction

The Boleyn Reckoning
DB84878 13 hours 1 minute
by Laura Andersen
read by Eva Wilhelm
Invasion by the Spanish and internal treason threaten the rule of King Henry IX, known as William. He still plans to marry his childhood friend Minuette, but secrets between her and their friend Dominic could destroy them all. Sequel to The Boleyn Deceit (DB78086). Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

The Summer Guest
DB85713 12 hours 2 minutes
by Alison Anderson
read by Laura Godfrey Dunlop
In 1888, Anton Chekhov and his family retreat to a country estate where he meets fellow doctor Zinaida Lintvaryova. Recently blinded, Zina trades a journal with Anton. In the present day, this journal reveals a hidden dimension of the Russian literary giant, and the search for a missing novel begins. 2016.

The Noise of Time
DB85395 5 hours 26 minutes
by Julian Barnes
read by David Hartley-Margolin
1936. Composer Dmitri Shostakovich has come to the attention of Stalin after his patron, Marshal Tukhachevsky, falls out of favor. He ruminates on his life as he fears imminent death. As his life progresses, his fear of the government never leaves him. Strong language. Bestseller. 2016.

The Other Einstein
DB86012 8 hours 32 minutes
by Marie Benedict
read by Mozhan Marno
Twenty-year-old Mitza Maric knows that, for her, math is easier than marriage, and so she goes to university in Zurich to study physics. There, she meets fellow student Albert Einstein. When he shows an interest in her, she reconsiders marriage, especially when it might affect her own career. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Undercover Ladies, Books 1– 3
DB85447 30 hours 27 minutes
by Margaret Brownley
read by Jennifer Hubbard
Three novels, written between 2014 and 2016, in the series featuring female Pinkerton detectives in 1880s Kansas and Arizona. Includes Petticoat Detective, Undercover Bride, and Calico Spy, in which operative Katie Madison, while undercover investigating the murder of two Harvey House waitresses in Calico, Kansas, falls for the sheriff. 2016.

The Hours Count
DB85391 9 hours 51 minutes
by Jillian Cantor
read by Kristin Allison
Millie Stein and her family move to the Knickerbocker Village in the 1940s and she becomes friends with Ethel Rosenberg. Millie’s marriage to her husband Ed is rocky, and they are drawn deeper into the circle of Communists that live in the neighborhood. Some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Girl Singer
DB86115 5 hours 47 minutes
by Mick Carlon
read by Dawn Ursula
In 1938, nineteen-year-old African American singer Avery Hall gets a chance to sing with Count Basie’s orchestra. She tours the country, returning to New York where she meets Karl, a young Jewish man who fled Nazi Germany. 2015.

The Atomic Weight of Love
DB85882 10 hours 54 minutes
by Elizabeth J. Church
read by Jennifer Van Dyck
As a college student, Meridian Wallace falls in love with her professor Alden Whetstone and abandons her burgeoning ornithology career to marry him. They move to Los Alamos for Alden’s career. Their marriage eventually falls apart, and Meridian falls in love again with a younger man. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Spy
DB86614 3 hours 52 minutes
by Paulo Coelho
read by various narrators
Paris, 1917. In her final week of life, Margaretha Zelle pens reminiscences from a prison cell. They detail her improbable personal journey from being a young Dutch newlywed to an exotic dancer and prostitute, and her ultimate transformation into the spy known as “Mata Hari.” Translated from the Portuguese. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Wonder
DB85758 12 hours 27 minutes
by Emma Donoghue
read by Kate Lock
In a cabin in rural Ireland, tourists and pilgrims visit the family of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who is believed to be surviving on manna from heaven. Lib Wright, a nurse during the Crimean War, is hired to watch over Anna. Lib fears for Anna’s well-being. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Victoria
DB86773 12 hours 27 minutes
by Daisy Goodwin
read by Anna Wilson-Jones
A novelization of the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria (1819– 1901). A young and inexperienced princess rises to the throne of one of the greatest empires in history. She must navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of court intrigue. Tie-in to PBS television series. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Railwayman’s Wife
DB85479 9 hours 45 minutes
by Ashley Hay
read by Pilar Witherspoon
New South Wales, 1948. Annika Lachlan loses her husband, Mackenzie, to a railway accident. She begins to pick up the pieces of her life and meets poet Roy McKinnon and Dr. Frank Draper, who are trying to recover from their war service. Literature and more cause their lives to intertwine. 2013.

The Orphan Mother
DB85757 10 hours 29 minutes
by Robert Hicks
read by Adenrele Ojo
Mariah Reddick, former slave of Carrie McGavock from The Widow of the South (DB60662), has built a life for herself as a midwife in Franklin, Tennessee. When her politically ambitious son is murdered, Mariah searches to uncover the truth behind the deadly act. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Tea Planter’s Wife
DB85768 16 hours 1 minute
by Dinah Jefferies
read by Avita Jay
Soon after she arrives in Ceylon in 1925 to live with her new husband, nineteen-year-old Englishwoman Gwendolyn Hooper realizes she barely knows him. She uncovers tantalizing secrets, but soon she is asked to hide her own after a party gone awry. Gwen does not know whom to trust. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Moor’s Account
DB85881 13 hours 20 minutes
by Laila Lalami
read by Neil Shah
Muslim slave Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico by his Spanish master conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez, recounts their failed expedition to Florida in 1527. When the greed for gold leaves Estebanico and the crew of six hundred men dwindles to three survivors, the remainders must adapt to the inhospitable land. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

Leopard at the Door
DB86762 12 hours 13 minutes
by Jennifer McVeigh
read by Katharine McEwan
In 1952, after six years with her grandparents in England, Rachel Fullsmith returns to her father’s Kenyan farm. Her father’s lover has taken over the household and thrown relationships into turmoil. Broader political upheaval reflects what is happening in the home, and Rachel struggles to find her place. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Barkskins
DB85407 31 hours 43 minutes
by Annie Proulx
read by Richard Davidson
1693. Young René Sel and Charles Duquet arrive in New France. Bound to Claude Trépagny for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters— barkskins. Life in the northern woods is rough, and, through to the early twenty-first century, their descendants continually fight to better their lives. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

Mothering Sunday: A Romance
DB85397 3 hours 34 minutes
by Graham Swift
read by Gabriella Cavallero
A writer reflects on a Sunday in the spring of 1924. It was the last time Jane Fairchild, a maid in service, would sleep with Paul Sheringham, son and heir of a neighboring estate, who was due to be married in two weeks. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Forbidden Orchid
DB86721 12 hours 16 minutes
by Sharon Biggs Waller
read by Katharine McEwan
Elodie, the eldest of ten sisters, sails from her home in England to China in 1861 to help her father search for a rare and valuable orchid. They are seeking the flower in an effort to save her family from a desperate situation. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Holidays

What Light
DB86601 6 hours 47 minutes
by Jay Asher
read by Mandy Siegfried
When Sierra’s family from Oregon opens up their Christmas tree lot in California for the season, she longs to be back home. That changes when she meets Caleb. Mistakes Caleb has made in the past reemerge and threaten their future, however. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Christmas Town
DB86731 4 hours 55 minutes
by Donna VanLiere
read by Donna VanLiere
Former foster child Lauren Gabriel is not a fan of the Christmas season, but when she witnesses a car accident, she is drawn into the small town of Grandon. She is recruited to help raise money for Glory’s Place— a center for single mothers and families in need. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Human Relationships

Kids of Appetite
DB85876 10 hours 3 minutes
by David Arnold
read by various narrators
Teens Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco sit in separate police interrogation rooms, telling about the misfits who brought them together and their journey, sparked by a message in an urn. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Mothers
DB86020 9 hours 57 minutes
by Britt Bennett
read by Adenrele Ojo
After her mother’s death, high school senior Nadia Turner has an affair with the local pastor’s son, Luke Sheppard, and gets pregnant. Nadia’s decision not to have the child and the secrets she keeps have a lasting impact on her life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Payback Series, Books 3– 4
DB85419 14 hours 3 minutes
by Wahida Clark
read by Teresa Willis
Two novels from 2012 and 2014 featuring characters from Payback with Ya Life (DB84630). In Payback Ain’t Enough, Shan and Briggen are expecting a second child when the streets lure them back in. Also includes Blood, Sweat and Payback. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

100 Days of Cake
DB85452 6 hours 48 minutes
by Shari Goldhagen
read by Mare Trevathan
The summer before her senior year at Coral Cove High, Molly deals with her depression by watching Golden Girls reruns with her cute coworker at FishTopia. But when she finds out that FishTopia is closing, Molly scrambles to adjust as her world collapses around her. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2016.

Guapa
DB85235 9 hours 42 minutes
by Saleem Haddad
read by John Haag
Over the course of a day, Rasa who is gay and living in an Arabic country, searches for his friend Maj, a drag queen. Maj has been arrested. Rasa also deals with the fallout of his grandmother discovering him with his lover. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Cure for the Common Universe
DB85424 9 hours 15 minutes
by Christian McKay Heidicker
read by Andy Pyle
Avid gamer Jaxon meets the girl of his dreams on the same day that his father stages an intervention and ships him off to video-game rehab. But can he get himself released in time for his date? Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Winter Storms
DB85810 6 hours 33 minutes
by Elin Hilderbrand
read by Erin Bennett
The Quinn family brace for a huge storm at the Winter Street Inn on Nantucket. Kelley Quinn is hoping he has beat his cancer diagnosis, while his adult children try to sort out their lives. Sequel to Winter Stroll (DB82793). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

This Is the Part Where You Laugh
DB85457 6 hours 27 minutes
by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
Travis and his best friend, Creature, spend a summer in a Eugene, Oregon, trailer park dealing with cancer, basketball, first love, addiction, gang violence, and work on a special novel-in-progress. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Relief Map
DB85192 6 hours 43 minutes
by Rosalie Knecht
read by Anne Hancock
Sixteen-year-old Livy is surviving the hot summer in Lomath, Pennsylvania, by babysitting and waitressing, when the power is cut off. It turns out the FBI is hunting for a man evading extradition, and secrets begin to emerge. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Holding Up the Universe
DB85878 9 hours 5 minutes
by Jennifer Niven
read by various narrators
When Libby, who happens to be overweight, and Jack, who has trouble recognizing faces, get tangled up in a cruel high-school game, they end up in counseling and detention— and the result surprises them both. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Mortifications
DB86017 9 hours 33 minutes
by Derek Palacio
read by William DeMeritt
In 1980, Uxbal Encarnación sends his wife, Soledad, and children, Isabel and Ulises, to America from Cuba with the Mariel boatlift. Instead of staying in Miami, the three head to Hartford, Connecticut, and they find their way to new lives. Then Uxbal calls them home to Cuba. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Square Root of Summer
DB85482 9 hours 25 minutes
by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
read by Pilar Witherspoon
Gottie Oppenheimer, a seventeen-year-old physics prodigy, navigates grief, love, and disruptions in the space-time continuum in one very eventful summer. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

A Word for Love
DB86869 7 hours 12 minutes
by Emily Robbins
read by Julia Whelan
American exchange student Bea is in Syria to study Arabic. While looking for the manuscript of an ancient Arabic love story, she becomes embroiled in the lives of her host family, who are dealing with political unrest and unrequited love stories of their own. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Jonathan Unleashed
DB86029 6 hours 54 minutes
by Meg Rosoff
read by Paige O’Malley
New Yorker Jonathan Trefoil hates his job, is confused by his relationship status, and has a tiny apartment of dubious legality. When he takes in his brother’s two dogs, they change his life and open him up to new experiences. Some strong language. 2016.

Today Will Be Different
DB85759 6 hours 31 minutes
by Maria Semple
read by Kathleen Wilhoite
Eleanor starts the day with plans to be her best self, but things quickly go off the rails. Her son is home sick, her husband is acting suspiciously, and an old employee brings news of her estranged sister. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Swing Time
DB86304 13 hours 48 minutes
by Zadie Smith
read by Pippa Bennett-Warner
Two biracial girls become friends through dance classes held in a London church, though they also live in the same public housing. One is raised among books and intellectual conversations. The other’s father is in prison. Their lives follow different, and unexpected, tracks. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots
DB85455 11 hours 26 minutes
by Jessica Soffer
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Lorca, desperate for the attention of her busy chef mother, befriends recent widow Victoria while taking cooking lessons. Victoria, an Iraqi Jewish immigrant, shares the recipes that she learned in childhood. They both work through family issues from past and present. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2013.

The Bitter Side of Sweet
DB84721 9 hours 4 minutes
by Tara Sullivan
read by Don Feldheim
Kept as slave labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother, Seydou, had given up hope, when a young girl arrives at the camp and rekindles the urge to escape. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Animators
DB86765 15 hours 26 minutes
by Kayla Rae Whitaker
read by Alex McKenna
Mel and Sharon have been best friends since their first class in college. After ten years, they are still artistic partners, but their fortunes are on the verge of changing. This forces them to reevaluate not only their own relationship, but their relationships with family and friends. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Family Tree
DB85562 14 hours 38 minutes
by Susan Wiggs
read by Carol Jacobanis
She was married, pregnant, and successful in her career as a TV producer before the accident. When Annie Rush wakes up after a year in a coma, she heads home to her family’s farm in Vermont to try to put her life back together. Some strong language. 2016.

A Hundred Hours of Night
DB85738 5 hours 51 minutes
by Anna Woltz
read by Kristin Allison
Furious at her father and his scandal, fifteen-year-old Emilia runs away from Amsterdam to New York City, where she meets Seth and his younger sister Abby. Then hurricane Sandy hits and plunges them into darkness. Translated from the original 2014 Dutch edition. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Humor

Hag-Seed
DB85879 8 hours 14 minutes
by Margaret Atwood
read by R.H. Thomson
A reimagining of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (DB35683). Theater artistic director Felix lives in a backwoods hovel, plotting retribution for the treachery that ruined his career. Haunted by thoughts of his dead daughter, Miranda, he uses a local prison theater group to exact his revenge. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Legal Themes

The Whistler
DB86026 13 hours 12 minutes
by John Grisham
read by Cassandra Campbell
A previously disbarred lawyer— now with a new identity— goes after a Florida judge who was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself— and the judge— to a sizable skim. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Sex, Lies, and Serious Money
DB86298 8 hours 11 minutes
by Stuart Woods
read by Tony Roberts
Fresh off the runway at Teterboro, Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstep, anxiously soliciting his help. But everything is not as it seems, when the client reveals the true nature— and value— of his recent turn of fortune. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Mystery and Detective

Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, Books 5– 8
DB85412 36 hours 22 minutes
by Susan Wittig Albert
read by Mary Kane
Four mysteries, written between 2008 and 2011, in the series featuring author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who moves to a farm in early-twentieth-century England. Includes The Tale of Briar Bank, The Tale of Applebeck Orchard, The Tale of Oat Cake Crag, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. Recipes included. 2011.

Behind the Shattered Glass: A Lady Emily Mystery
DB86928 10 hours 17 minutes
by Tasha Alexander
read by Bianca Amato
Lady Emily and her husband, Colin, have retreated to his ancestral estate in Derbyshire. One night, their neighbor, the Marquess of Montagu, interrupts a gathering and falls dead at their feet. They must discover which of the many suspects killed the youthful aristocrat. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

A Terrible Beauty
DB86899 8 hours 54 minutes
by Tasha Alexander
read by Bianca Amato
Lady Emily is with family and friends in Greece when her first husband, Lord Philip Ashton, whom she has thought long dead, returns. Unable to believe it is really Philip, Emily looks into his claims. She also investigates antiques traders dealing in stolen goods. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Leaving
DB85430 8 hours 17 minutes
by Tara Altebrando
read by Kristin Allison
Eleven years ago, six kindergartners disappeared on the first day of school. Now sixteen, five of them return to their families, with no memory of what happened to them. But they are determined to find out. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Margaret Truman’s Deadly Medicine: A Capital Crimes Novel
DB85297 11 hours 35 minutes
by Donald Bain
read by Catherine Byers
A Papua New Guinea doctor, who is developing a painkiller from native plants, is killed in his lab, and his plants are destroyed. His daughter, a medical researcher in D.C., enlists the help of PI Robert Brixton and others to investigate. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

No Man’s Land
DB86197 11 hours 39 minutes
by David Baldacci
read by various narrators
Special Agent John Puller’s mother, Jackie, vanished thirty years ago from Fort Monroe, Virginia. Now, military investigators, armed with a letter from Jackie’s friend, arrive in the hospital room of Puller’s father— a legendary three-star now sinking into dementia. They reveal that he has been accused of murdering Jackie. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Molly Murphy, Books 1– 4
DB85427 34 hours 36 minutes
by Rhys Bowen
read by various narrators
First four entries in the series featuring Molly Murphy, written between 2001 and 2005. Fleeing her beloved Ireland after killing a would-be rapist, Molly soon begins performing detective work in early-twentieth-century New York. Includes Murphy’s Law, Death of Riley, For the Love of Mike, and In like Flynn. 2005.

Gil Yates Private Investigator, Books 6– 9
DB85342 26 hours 0 minutes
by Alistair Boyle
read by Gary Tipton
Four capers, written between 2001 and 2012, featuring realtor Malvin Stark, who has reinvented himself as ace sleuth Gil Yates. Includes What Now, King Lear?; The Unholy Ghost; They Fall Hard; and The Ice Maiden Cometh Not, in which Gil is hired by a surgeon to disprove a suicide. 2012.

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel
DB85886 9 hours 3 minutes
by Alan Bradley
read by Jayne Entwistle
Ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce has returned to England. While delivering a message to a reclusive wood-carver, Flavia stumbles upon the poor man’s body hanging upside down on his bedroom door. She becomes energized by the prospect of a new investigation. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.

High Heat
DB85605 10 hours 11 minutes
by Richard Castle
read by Robert Petkoff
The beheading of a journalist— carried out by a New York City group pledging fealty to ISIS— becomes more than just another case for NYPD Captain Nikki Heat when the killers announce their next target is her husband, magazine writer Jameson Rook. Meanwhile, Nikki swears she has glimpsed her long-dead mother. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Cackleberry Club, Books 1– 6
DB85350 59 hours 34 minutes
by Laura Childs
read by Emily Ellet
After losing their husbands, three forty-something women open a small-town egg-themed cafe called the Cackleberry Club, but are then faced with a string of murder mysteries. Includes Eggs in Purgatory, Eggs Benedict Arnold, Bedeviled Eggs, Stake & Eggs, Eggs in a Casket, and Scorched Eggs. Includes recipes. Some strong language. 2014.

Scrapbooking Mystery Series, Books 8– 13
DB85484 53 hours 44 minutes
by Laura Childs
read by Eva Wilhelm
Six mysteries, written between 2010 and 2015, in the series featuring Carmela Bertrand, an amateur sleuth who owns the New Orleans scrapbooking shop called Memory Mine. Includes Fiber and Brimstone, Skeleton Letters, Postcards from the Dead, Gilt Trip, Gossamer Ghost, and Parchment and Old Lace. Some strong language. 2015.

So Long, Chief
DB86778 1 hour 0 minutes
by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
read by Christopher Ryan Grant
A short story in which a legendary retired police chief lies dying in a New York hospital bed. He gives cop-turned-PI Mike Hammer a mysterious key. Then, a second visitor murders the chief, mere days before he would have died from natural causes. Hammer is on the case. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Hilda Johansson, Books 5– 7
DB84525 24 hours 23 minutes
by Jeanne M. Dams
read by Eva Wilhelm
Three mysteries, written between 2005 and 2011, in the series featuring amateur sleuth Hilda Johansson, a young Swedish immigrant who worked as a housemaid for the Studebaker family in early 1900s South Bend, Indiana, until she married. Includes Crimson Snow, Indigo Christmas, and Murder in Burnt Orange. 2011.

Lethal Bayou Beauty
DB86863 7 hours 22 minutes
by Jana DeLeon
read by Cassandra Campbell
When Pansy Arceneaux returns to head up the Sinful, Louisiana, beauty pageant, CIA assassin Fortune Redding’s undercover identity as a former beauty queen makes her the perfect choice to cochair the event. But when abrasive Pansy turns up dead, Fortune must clear her own name without blowing her cover. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

Louisiana Longshot
DB86862 7 hours 22 minutes
by Jana DeLeon
read by Cassandra Campbell
With a price on her head from one of the world’s largest arms dealers, CIA assassin Fortune Redding poses as a librarian and former beauty queen while she hides in the small bayou town of Sinful, Louisiana. Her newly inherited dog immediately digs up a human bone in her backyard. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

Robert Amiss, Books 7– 12
DB84555 49 hours 25 minutes
by Ruth Dudley Edwards
read by various narrators
Six mysteries, written between 1996 and 2012, solved by sleuthing troubleshooter Robert Amiss and his friend Baroness Jack Troutbeck. Includes Murder in a Cathedral, Publish and Be Murdered, The Anglo-Irish Murders, Carnage on the Committee, Murdering Americans, and Killing the Emperors. Some strong language. 2012.

Friday on My Mind: A Frieda Klein Mystery
DB85821 9 hours 42 minutes
by Nicci French
read by Beth Chalmers
A bloated corpse turns up in the Thames with a hospital wristband reading Dr. F. Klein. Realizing in horror that it is her ex-boyfriend, Frieda Klein is certain the killer is a man who has never stopped haunting her. But the police consider Frieda their main suspect. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks
DB85543 9 hours 35 minutes
by Mark Frost
read by various narrators
A cocreator of the 1990– 1991 television series provides a wide-ranging history that deepens the mysteries of the iconic town and preps fans for the upcoming cable series. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Most Extraordinary Pursuit
DB86285 11 hours 12 minutes
by Juliana Gray
read by Nicola Barber
1906. After the passing of the Duke of Olympia, his personal secretary, Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove, is encouraged to travel with notorious rake Lord Silverton to track down the duke’s heir in Crete. But the heir is missing, and incidents like ransacked rooms and murder abound. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

No One Else Can Have You and Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen
DB85354 14 hours 11 minutes
by Kathleen Hale
read by Nanette Savard
Two mysteries, written between 2014 and 2016, featuring a Wisconsin teen investigating local cases. In No One Else Can Have You, Kippy searches for her best friend’s killer. In Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen, Kippy’s next case involves her boyfriend. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2016.

Benjamin January, Books 10– 13
DB84544 36 hours 11 minutes
by Barbara Hambly
read by Mark Delgado
Four mysteries, written between 2011 and 2014, featuring mixed-race former slave Benjamin January, a surgeon and music teacher in 1830s New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes The Shirt on His Back, Ran Away, Good Man Friday, and Crimson Angel, in which January reluctantly travels to dangerous Haiti. Some violence and some strong language. 2014.

Ghost Times Two: A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel
DB85771 10 hours 44 minutes
by Carolyn Hart
read by Ann Marie Lee
Bailey Ruth Raeburn’s latest mission is to guide the happy-go-lucky spirit of a deceased young man named Jimmy to the next life. But Jimmy is determined to watch over his still-living girlfriend, Megan, who is being blackmailed by a senior law partner at her firm. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Steeplejack
DB86278 11 hours 26 minutes
by A.J. Hartley
read by Noma Dumezweni
Seventeen-year-old Ang finds her new steeplejack apprentice dead on the same night that a historical icon is stolen, and she jumps at the chance to investigate when an ambitious politician offers her the job. Commercial audiobook. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

Posadas County, Books 18– 20
DB84531 27 hours 28 minutes
by Steven F. Havill
read by Mark Delgado
Three mysteries, written between 2013 and 2016, set in Posadas County, New Mexico. Includes NightZone, Blood Sweep, and Come Dark, in which a string of crimes and strange incidents requires Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman to call upon retired sheriff Bill Gastner for help. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

Joe DeMarco, Books 10– 11
DB85251 17 hours 51 minutes
by Mike Lawson
read by Robert Sams
Two mysteries, written in 2015 and 2016, featuring Congressional fixer Joe DeMarco. In House Rivals, he is far afield in Montana investigating death threats against the blogging granddaughter of the man who saved Congressman Mahoney’s life in Vietnam. Also includes House Revenge. Violence and strong language. 2016.

St. Just Mystery Series, Books 2– 3
DB85344 19 hours 2 minutes
by G.M. Malliet
read by Andy Pyle
Two murder mysteries, written in 2009 and 2010, for Detective Chief Inspector Arthur St. Just of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary to solve. In Death and the Lit Chick, a chick-lit mystery writer is found dead in a castle dungeon at a writers’ conference. Also includes Death at the Alma Mater. 2010.

A Murder in Time
DB85349 18 hours 48 minutes
by Julie McElwain
read by Terry Donnelly
Kendra Donovan, a brilliant FBI profiler, travels to England on the trail of a British aristocrat whom she blames for the deaths of her colleagues. She accidentally travels back two hundred years in time to 1815, where her criminal profiling skills soon come in handy. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

The Christmas Mystery: A Detective Luc Moncrief Mystery
DB86306 3 hours 23 minutes
by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
read by Jean Brassard
In the heart of the holiday season, priceless paintings have vanished from a Park Avenue murder scene. Now, dashing French detective Luc Moncrief must become a quick study in the art of the steal— before a cold-blooded killer paints the town red. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

French Kiss: A Detective Luc Moncrief Mystery
DB86296 3 hours 38 minutes
by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
read by Jean Brassard
Very handsome and charming French detective Luc Moncrief joined the NYPD for a fresh start— but someone wants to make his first big case his last. Welcome to New York. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Factory Series, Books 1– 5
DB84547 41 hours 19 minutes
by Derek Raymond
read by Kurt Elftmann
Five police procedurals, written between 1984 and 1993, in the series featuring an unnamed detective sergeant in the London Metropolitan Police’s Department of Unexplained Deaths. Includes He Died with His Eyes Open, The Devil’s Home on Leave, How the Dead Live, I Was Dora Suarez, and Dead Man Upright. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1993.

Bones on Ice: A Novella
DB86199 3 hours 30 minutes
by Kathy Reichs
read by Katherine Borowitz
In this novella featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, an earthquake leads to a body recovery on Mount Everest. Temperance is hired to identify the frozen corpse. But far from offering solace and closure, her findings only provoke more questions. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Milan Jacovich, Books 15– 18
DB85384 37 hours 34 minutes
by Les Roberts
read by various narrators
Four novels, written between 2011 and 2015, featuring Vietnam vet cop-turned-PI Milan Jacovich. Includes The Cleveland Creep; Whiskey Island; Win, Place, or Die; and The Ashtabula Hat Trick, in which Jacovich assists his girlfriend, Cleveland homicide detective Tobe Blaine, in an out-of-town double-murder investigation. Strong language and some violence. 2015.

Last Seen Leaving
DB86866 10 hours 25 minutes
by Caleb Roehrig
read by Josh Hurley
When Flynn’s girlfriend goes missing, people begin to suspect him of knowing something. As he struggles to uncover her secrets, he must also face the truth about himself. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Grantchester Mysteries, Books 4– 5
DB85171 19 hours 23 minutes
by James Runcie
read by various narrators
Two story collections, written in 2015 and 2016, in the series featuring Sidney Chambers, the vicar of Grantchester and amateur sleuth in 1960s Cambridge, England. Includes Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins and Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation. PBS tie-in. 2016.

Three for the Chair
DB85426 8 hours 3 minutes
by Rex Stout
read by Jon Huffman
Three capers. In the first, a brand new murder weapon totally disappears. In the second, two billionaires and two diplomats tangle with international intrigue and murder. A third murder features Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin as prime suspects. 1956.

Tony Valentine, Books 6– 7
DB85869 19 hours 0 minutes
by James Swain
read by Clay Teunis
Two books featuring ex-cop-turned-casino-grift-investigator Tony Valentine. In Deadman’s Poker, his son and partner, Gerry, walks into a con with a body count. In Deadman’s Bluff, a blind poker player is scamming the world’s largest poker tournament. Includes card hustler terms and poker protection tips. Strong language and some violence. 2006.

Miss Silver, Books 27– 28
DB85336 16 hours 39 minutes
by Patricia Wentworth
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Two mysteries, written between 1955 and 1958, for governess-turned-private-investigator Miss Maud Silver to solve. In The Gazebo, a woman is suspected in her hypochondriac mother’s death. In The Listening Eye, a deaf woman is in danger after she lip-reads plans for a robbery from across the room. 1958.

Occult and Horror

The Hellbound Heart
DB86114 3 hours 37 minutes
by Clive Barker
read by Ryan Dalusung
Frank Cotton learns of a puzzle box that can open a portal to a dimension of carnal sensuality. But the dimension is not what he expected, and he is trapped. When Frank disappears, his brother and sister-in-law move into his house. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 1986.

Feedback
DB85773 16 hours 36 minutes
by Mira Grant
read by Georgia Dolenz
Overlapping with the events of Feed (DB77374), an infection has spread, leaving the afflicted with only the uncontrollable impulse to feed. Twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters pursues the truth, while competing with the Masons and surrounded by the infected. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Apartment
DB85607 9 hours 25 minutes
by S.L. Grey
read by various narrators
Married couple Mark and Steph go on vacation to relax after a traumatizing break-in at home. Using a popular house-swapping website, they switch places with a Parisian couple. Their perfect holiday soon takes a deadly turn, however, as dark secrets from Mark’s past emerge. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Crimson Death
DB85890 24 hours 15 minutes
by Laurell K. Hamilton
read by Kimberly Alexis
Necromancer Anita Blake receives a call from Edward asking her to come to Ireland to investigate a spree of vampire killings in a supposedly vampire-free zone. Meanwhile, Anita’s vampire servant Damian suffers nightmares as his maker loses control of her creations. Sequel to Dead Ice (DB82137). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Good Girls
DB85298 10 hours 42 minutes
by Glen Hirshberg
read by Pilar Witherspoon
Following the events of Motherless Child (DB79511), Jess is still pursued by the vampire known as the Whistler. College student Rebecca attracts the attention of the Whistler, who sets her on a path that intersects Jess and her family. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Children of the Dark
DB85141 11 hours 53 minutes
by Jonathan Janz
read by Don Feldheim
In small-town Indiana, Will Burgess is a young man with a lot of troubles to bear, including poverty, a drug-addicted mother, and a bad case of unrequited love. Now an ancient evil is awakening and heading for Will’s town. Violence and strong language. 2016.

Certain Dark Things
DB86300 9 hours 26 minutes
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
read by Dan Bittner
Atl is a vampire on the run from the gang that killed her family. She is hiding out in Mexico City, one of the few places that have successfully banned the undead. There, she meets a young, homeless trash-picker named Domingo who offers to help her. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Call
DB86726 7 hours 27 minutes
by Peadar O’Guilin
read by Amy Shiels
Every teenager in Ireland dreads the one day that they will be subjected to “the call,” which whisks them away to battle monsters. With limited mobility due to polio, Nessa Doherty trains to survive and is determined to return alive. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Family Plot
DB85818 10 hours 37 minutes
by Cherie Priest
read by Kate Udall
Chuck Dutton bought the rights to the abandoned Withrow mansion for his architectural salvage company, and his daughter Dahlia is leading the crew on site. From the moment they arrive, the house seems to have an evil presence. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Asylum Series, Books 1– 3 and Prequel
DB85341 30 hours 50 minutes
by Madeleine Roux
read by Alec Volz
Books one through three and prequel, written between 2013 and 2016, featuring three teens attending New Hampshire College Prep. In Asylum, Dan, Abby, and Jordan investigate the disturbances plaguing them in their dorm that was once a sanatorium. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

This Savage Song: A Monsters of Verity Novel
DB85462 10 hours 3 minutes
by Victoria Schwab
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
As the heirs to opposing sides in the warring city of Verity, rebellious Kate Harker and August Flynn— a monster who can steal souls with a song— should never have met, but their connection reveals hidden truths. Violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Political Themes

The Boat Rocker
DB86271 6 hours 39 minutes
by Ha Jin
read by Edoardo Ballerini
Seven years after arriving in America, Feng Danlin works for a news agency whose website is read by Chinese all over the world. He is assigned to investigate his ex-wife, Yan Haili, her book, and her suspicious government ties. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Reputations
DB86873 5 hours 0 minutes
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
read by Robert Fass
Javier Mallarino, a vastly influential political cartoonist, holds the power to repeal laws, overturn rulings, and destroy careers. After four decades of this, however, an unexpected visit forces him to reevaluate his life and work. Originally published in Spanish in 2013. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Psychological Themes

Nutshell
DB85715 6 hours 16 minutes
by Ian McEwan
read by Brit Herring
Listening from within his mother Trudy’s womb, an unborn child learns about human behavior. He overhears how Trudy has left his father, John, and is now living with John’s brother, Claude, while the two plot John’s demise. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Religious Themes

Prairie State Friends, Books 1– 3
DB85441 27 hours 44 minutes
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
read by various narrators
Three romances set in an Amish community in Illinois, written in 2015 and 2016. In The Decision, Jonah Miller had a broken heart when he left Pennsylvania, but when he moves to Illinois and meets Elaine, he might just love again. Also includes The Gift and The Restoration. 2016.

Fire of Heaven Trilogy
DB85458 39 hours 7 minutes
by Bill Myers
read by Erik Sandvold
Three novels, written between 1996 and 1999, that trace the results of an experiment to recreate the blood of Christ. In Blood of Heaven, death row inmate Michael Coleman agrees to be a carrier. Also includes Threshold and Fire of Heaven. Some violence. 1999.

The God Hater
DB85456 7 hours 55 minutes
by Bill Myers
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
Nicholas Mackenzie, professor of philosophy and militant atheist, is threatened by men searching for his brother Travis. Travis has created a video game which he gets Nicholas to devise the moral rules for. Nicholas must soon decide whether or not to act as a god. 2010.

Romance

Suffer Love
DB85463 8 hours 53 minutes
by Ashley Herring Blake
read by Emily Ellet
Teens Hadley and Sam are caught up in the grip of their mutual attraction, but adultery, family secrets, and betrayal threaten to drive them apart. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

With This Ring
DB86293 9 hours 7 minutes
by Celeste Bradley
read by Victoria Aston
As the middle daughter of the impoverished Worthington family, Elektra hopes to use her beauty to wed well and restore the family’s fortunes. When she runs into rich lord Aaron Arbogast, newly returned to England, she decides to kidnap him. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

Texas Dreams Trilogy
DB85446 35 hours 27 minutes
by Amanda Cabot
read by Theresa Conkin
Three novels, written between 2009 and 2011, about three couples who find romance and the grace of God in the Hill Country of Texas in the 1850s. In Paper Roses, a mail-order bride’s future husband has died, and his brother feels responsible. Also includes Scattered Petals and Tomorrow’s Garden. 2011.

The Crown
DB85301 7 hours 18 minutes
by Kiera Cass
read by Laura Giannarelli
Events at the palace force Eadlyn to make an important choice, knowing that her Selection might not lead her to the fairytale ending her parents found. Sequel to The Heir (DB84199). For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Spellbound Falls, Books 1– 3
DB85339 29 hours 40 minutes
by Janet Chapman
read by various narrators
Three contemporary romances with a touch of magic, set in Maine. In Spellbound Falls, widow Olivia helps run a camp for families, where she meets Mac and his son Henry, new in town. Also includes Charmed by This Love and Courting Carolina. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2012.

Spellbound Falls, Books 4– 6
DB85385 32 hours 9 minutes
by Janet Chapman
read by various narrators
Three paranormal contemporary romances written in 2013 and 2014. The Heart of a Hero features Nicholas, once of Atlantis but now a security expert in small-town Maine. Also includes For the Love of Magic and The Highlander Next Door. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

Cocktail Series, Books 1– 5
DB85404 37 hours 38 minutes
by Alice Clayton
read by various narrators
Four contemporary romances and a novella, written between 2012 and 2015. In Wallbanger, Caroline moves into her new San Francisco apartment only to realize she can hear her neighbor’s amorous activities. Also includes Rusty Nailed, Screwdrivered, Mai Tai’d Up, and Last Call. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries
DB85880 3 hours 39 minutes
by Helen Fielding
read by Morwenna Banks
Bridget Jones, now divorced from Mark Darcy, is tired of hearing from her mother that she is running out of time to have a baby. A chance encounter with a handsome stranger and an unexpected hookup with Mark leave Bridget pregnant and unsure of the father’s identity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Lovely Reckless
DB86242 10 hours 55 minutes
by Kami Garcia
read by Cynthia Hopkins
Haunted by her boyfriend’s death, seventeen-year-old Frankie moves in with her undercover-cop dad and leaves a life of privilege behind. After starting at a public school, Frankie falls for Marco, a street racer with secrets of his own. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Duke of Pleasure
DB86775 10 hours 36 minutes
by Elizabeth Hoyt
read by Ashford MacNab
Alf disguises herself as a boy in order to roam the slums of London, dispensing justice as the ghost of Saint Giles. She saves the life of the Duke of Kyle, and he hires her for a dangerous job— investigate the Lords of Chaos. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Study of Seduction
DB85236 9 hours 5 minutes
by Sabrina Jeffries
read by Dale Allen
To avoid a persistent suitor, Lady Clarissa Lindsey gets Edwin Barlow, Earl of Blakeborough, to accompany her during the London season. Edwin is afraid Clarissa will just get in the way of his search for a wife. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Another Chance to Dream
DB85383 13 hours 16 minutes
by Lynn Kurland
read by Ilyana Kadushin
As a mere knight, Rhys cannot hope to marry Gwennelyn of Segrave, who is betrothed to another. But Gwen has loved Rhys since the first time she saw him, and when he gets a surprise opportunity, she hopes they can finally be together. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1998.

New York’s Finest, Books 1– 3
DB85418 28 hours 41 minutes
by Lauren Layne
read by Theresa Conkin
Three contemporary romances, written in 2015 and 2016, featuring three brothers who work for the NYPD. Includes Frisk Me, Steal Me, and Cuff Me, which is about homicide detective Vincent Moretti, whose family thinks he belongs with his partner, Jill. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Scoundrel and the Debutante
DB85230 9 hours 51 minutes
by Julia London
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Prudence Cabot longs for adventure, having had her marriage prospects damaged by the scandalous ways her two sisters found their husbands. She decides to help American Roan Matheson find his missing sister, setting off with him on a trip through the English countryside. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

When We Collided
DB86607 8 hours 22 minutes
by Emery Lord
read by various narrators
After the death of his father, seventeen-year-old Jonah struggles to hold his family and their restaurant together. Vivi, a new summer resident in Verona Cove, tempts him with her vibrant personality, but she harbors her own secrets. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Love by Numbers, Books 1– 3
DB85485 33 hours 46 minutes
by Sarah MacLean
read by Colleen Delany
Three Regency romances written between 2010 and 2011. In Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, a proper lady tires of following the rules. Also includes Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord and Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.

Highland Guard Series, Books 10– 12
DB85275 41 hours 57 minutes
by Monica McCarty
read by various narrators
Books ten through twelve, written between 2015 and 2016, are historical romances set in the fourteenth-century Scottish Highlands. In The Striker, a man loves the daughter of his sworn enemy. Also includes The Rock and The Ghost. Explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2016.

When the Moon Was Ours
DB86864 8 hours 20 minutes
by Anna-Marie McLemore
read by various narrators
Inseparable and special, best friends Miel and Sam try to stay out of reach of the four Bonner sisters, who are rumored to be witches and will do anything to possess the roses that grow out of Miel’s wrists. Descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

26 Kisses
DB85741 7 hours 35 minutes
by Anna Michels
read by Kristin Allison
When Veda’s boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her right after graduation, she embarks on a summer love quest to move on and move up: kiss twenty-six boys, one for each letter of the alphabet. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Brothers Sinister Series
DB84533 57 hours 49 minutes
by Courtney Milan
read by Eva Wilhelm
Four Victorian romance novels and three novellas written between 2012 and 2014. Includes The Governess Affair, The Duchess War, A Kiss for Midwinter, The Heiress Effect, The Countess Conspiracy, The Suffragette Scandal, and Talk Sweetly To Me. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.

Paris for One and Other Stories
DB86023 5 hours 47 minutes
by Jojo Moyes
read by various narrators
A novella and eight short stories, most about women searching for love and happiness. In the title piece, Nell splurges on a weekend getaway to Paris, only to be stood up by her boyfriend. Usually a careful planner, Nell forces herself to enjoy her trip alone. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Lady Bridget’s Diary and Chasing Lady Amelia
DB85399 16 hours 19 minutes
by Maya Rodale
read by various narrators
After an embarrassing debut at her first British ball, American heiress Bridget Cavendish vows to become a perfect lady and impress society in Lady Bridget’s Diary. Chasing Lady Amelia has heiress Amelia looking to have an adventure in London. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Fortune Favors the Wicked
DB85434 8 hours 18 minutes
by Theresa Romain
read by Gabriella Cavallero
When Royal Navy lieutenant Benedict Frost lost his sight, it ended his career. He hears of the theft of gold from the Royal Mint and decides to seek the treasure and collect the reward. Courtesan Charlotte Perry is determined to do the same. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Magic
DB85296 10 hours 47 minutes
by Danielle Steel
read by Nona Pipes
It began one summer night in Paris, the night of the White Dinner or Dîner en Blanc, where strangers gather by special invitation for a secret outdoor dinner party. Three couples are invited to the event, and their lives will never be the same. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love
DB85742 5 hours 29 minutes
by Sarvenaz Tash
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
Graham Posner tries to get his best friend and fellow comic-book collaborator, Roxana, to fall in love with him by planning the perfect weekend for her at New York Comic Con. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Science Fiction

War Factory: Transformation, Book 2
DB85867 20 hours 34 minutes
by Neal Asher
read by Patrick Downer
After the events of Dark Intelligence (DB81058), Thorvald continues hunting rogue artificial intelligence (AI) Penny Royal, and Sverl pursues a Prador hoping to use his kind to reignite war with humanity. Meanwhile, Penny Royal keeps the Polity at bay and seeks an old wartime manufacturing space station. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

Take Back the Sky
DB86855 8 hours 17 minutes
by Greg Bear
read by Jay Snyder
The conclusion of the War Dogs trilogy, set after the events of Killing Titan (DB84078). Marooned beneath the crust of Titan, Skyrine Michael Venn’s team faces danger from both Earth and the Antagonists. They must forget their training, team up with their enemies, and journey to the fabled Planet X. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Best of Bova, Volumes 1– 2
DB85454 30 hours 38 minutes
by Ben Bova
read by Stephen Van Doren
Volumes one and two of short fiction selected from across the career of award-winning hard-science fiction writer Ben Bova. Includes, among other stories, “The Long Way Back,” “A Country for Old Men,” “The Angel’s Gift,” and “Appointment in Sinai.” Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

The Forgetting
DB85885 13 hours 8 minutes
by Sharon Cameron
read by Therese Plummer
Every twelve years in a quiet city on an idyllic world, the residents break out in bloody chaos. In the aftermath, the population undergoes the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Shadows in Flight
DB86715 6 hours 25 minutes
by Orson Scott Card
read by various narrators
After the events of Shadow of the Giant (DB61776), Bean and his children flee into space, taking advantage of time dilation to give Earth’s scientists time to find a cure. The scientists fail, but the Delphikis make a discovery that will allow them to save both themselves and humanity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

Forsaken Skies: The Silence, Book 1
DB86284 20 hours 0 minutes
by D. Nolan Clark
read by Jack Hawkins
An unknown force targets a remote planet inhabited by a group of people that has separated itself from the rest of humanity in the pursuit of piety. A disparate group of pilots must band together to fight back. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Our Lady of the Ice
DB85294 18 hours 28 minutes
by Cassandra Rose Clarke
read by Carol Jacobanis
In Hope City, Antarctica, four individuals shape the city’s future. Eliana is a PI searching for passage to the mainland, Diego is a gangster’s right-hand man, Marianella is an aristocrat with a dangerous secret, and Sofia is an android who has begun to evolve. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Babylon’s Ashes
DB86849 20 hours 0 minutes
by James S.A. Corey
read by Jefferson Mays
After the events of Nemesis Games (DB82024), the Free Navy has crippled Earth and turned to the outer planets. To defeat this new power, old political powers call on Holden and his crew for a mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Every Anxious Wave
DB85503 8 hours 54 minutes
by Mo Daviau
read by Julian Thompson
After stumbling upon a wormhole in his bedroom, bar owner Karl Bender comes up with an unusual business plan: selling trips to see bands perform in the past. A typo leaves his friend trapped in the year 980, leading Karl to enlist the help of astrophysicist Lena Geduldig. Strong language. 2016.

The Internment Chronicles Trilogy
DB84248 22 hours 37 minutes
by Lauren DeStefano
read by Mary Kane
Trilogy, written between 2013 and 2016, featuring a floating city and a totalitarian monarchy. After a fellow classmate is found murdered in Perfect Ruin, sixteen-year-old Morgan questions her supposedly safe metropolis and government. Includes Burning Kingdoms and Broken Crowns. Some violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.

Extinction Game
DB85478 12 hours 22 minutes
by Gary Gibson
read by L.J. Ganser
Jerry Beche is rescued from a desolate Earth where he was the last man alive. He joins a team of specialists— all survivors of their own alternate Earths— to retrieve weapons and data in missions to other apocalyptic worlds. But Jerry begins to distrust his team. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

Dark Orbit
DB85423 11 hours 12 minutes
by Carolyn Ives Gilman
read by Jill Fox
The Twenty Planets of human civilization receive reports of a new habitable planet. Sara Callicot is recruited to monitor an unstable crewmate on the team sent to investigate this world. They soon discover that the planet is inhabited. Tensions rise after one crew member is killed and another disappears. Some strong language. 2015.

Not on Fire, but Burning
DB85254 10 hours 8 minutes
by Greg Hrbek
read by Don Feldheim
Dorian’s sister was killed in the bombing of California. Years later, America has broken into territories, and Muslims have been herded onto the old Indian reservations, blamed for the attack. When Dorian’s neighbor adopts a Muslim orphan, the act sets off a series of terrifying events. Strong language and some violence. 2015.

Flying
DB85425 7 hours 12 minutes
by Carrie Jones
read by Teresa Willis
When cheerleader Mana’s frumpy mom goes missing, the last thing she would ever imagine is that her mother is actually an alien hunter. But when her hot crush shoots acid out of his mouth, Mana starts believing. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Gemina
DB86022 12 hours 35 minutes
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
read by various narrators
When the space station Heimdall is invaded, Hanna, the captain’s pampered daughter, and Nik, a member of a notorious crime family, become allies to defeat the enemy. Sequel to Illuminae (DB83004). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Camp Alien
DB85450 19 hours 15 minutes
by Gini Koch
read by Kristin Allison
With Mastermind revealed— in Alien in Chief (DB84265)— Jeff and Kitty Katt face robots, enemy alliances, aliens, and planning a peace summit at Camp David. Amidst kidnappings, a hidden black site, and domestic troubles, they also find two hidden labs with deadly contents. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Her Brother’s Keeper
DB85408 16 hours 11 minutes
by Mike Kupari
read by Catherine Byers
Privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother, the heir to the Blackwood aristocracy, who was captured by a treacherous warlord while searching for treasure on the chaotic world of Zanzibar. While there, she will also uncover a mystery millions of years old. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Death’s End
DB86757 28 hours 53 minutes
by Cixin Liu
read by P.J. Ochlan
Half a century after the Doomsday Battle depicted in The Dark Forest (DB83083), the Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Then, Cheng Xin awakens from hibernation with knowledge of a long-forgotten program from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, possibly upsetting the delicate peace. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Hystopia
DB85603 10 hours 49 minutes
by David Means
read by Nicholas Tecosky
In this alternative history, President Kennedy was not assassinated, but America still has to deal with the consequences of the Vietnam War. The Psych Corps was invented to erase the traumatic memories of returning soldiers, but not everyone agrees to the procedure, including one savage killer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Rebellion
DB86777 6 hours 2 minutes
by Kass Morgan
read by various narrators
A fanatical cult determined to cleanse the war-ravaged Earth threatens the 100— who were once deliquent teens, but are now leaders among their people. Clarke sets off to make peace with these strangers. Meanwhile, Glass falls under the spell of the cult’s magnetic message. Sequel to Homecoming (DB80679). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Too like the Lightning
DB85852 23 hours 2 minutes
by Ada Palmer
read by Joe Wilson
In a utopian future— set in 2454— Mycroft Canner atones for his crimes by attempting to be useful to those around him. Elsewhere, Carlyle Foster works as a sensayer— a spiritual counselor to a civilization that has outlawed the public practice of religion. The pair encounter a boy who may destabilize everything. Some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Revision
DB85340 7 hours 11 minutes
by Andrea Phillips
read by Elaine Grant
After her boyfriend dumps her, Mira updates his online profile on Verity, the site he developed, to say that they have become engaged. To her surprise, he shows up only hours later with an engagement ring. A former colleague of Mira’s now fiancé explains the truth behind Verity. Strong language. 2015.

Black Tide Rising, Books 3– 4
DB83928 30 hours 40 minutes
by John Ringo
read by Laura Giannarelli
Books three and four, published in 2014 and 2015. In Islands of Rage & Hope, what was once a band of desperate survivors bobbing on the ocean has now become Wolf Squadron, humanity’s best hope, as they plan to retake the mainland. Also includes Strands of Sorrow. Violence and strong language. 2015.

Mission: Tomorrow
DB85476 12 hours 34 minutes
edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
read by Jason Culp
An anthology of short-form science fiction stories that focus on space exploration, travel, and adventure. Includes stories from, among others, Jack McDevitt, Alex Shvartsman, Robert Silverberg, Brenda Cooper, Mike Resnick, and Ben Bova. Some violence and some strong language. 2015.

The Chimes
DB85600 9 hours 24 minutes
by Anna Smaill
read by Luke Kempner
In an alternate London, nobody is able to form new memories, and the written word has been forbidden. Simon Wythern arrives in London seeking the truth about his parents’ fates. He soon discovers, however, that he has a gift that could change the city’s future. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Empire Games
DB86851 13 hours 26 minutes
by Charles Stross
read by Kate Reading
In 2020, Miriam Burgeson, commissioner of Britain’s shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research and Intelligence, is investigating the North American Commonwealth’s sudden rapid development. Meanwhile, Miriam’s estranged daughter spies from another timeline, working to bring down any “world-walkers” who might threaten national security. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Darger and Surplus, Books 1– 2
DB85413 22 hours 10 minutes
by Michael Swanwick
read by Mark Ashby
Books one and two of the series that follows con men Darger and Surplus, first published in 2011 and 2015. In Dancing with Bears, Darger and Surplus lie and cheat their way onto a caravan delivering the priceless Pearls of Byzantium. Also includes Chasing the Phoenix. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

After the Crown: The Indranan War, Book 2
DB86848 12 hours 34 minutes
by K.B. Wagers
read by Angèle Masters
Gunrunner-turned-empress Hail Bristol— dragged home to fulfill her role in the palace in Behind the Throne (DB85372)— now finds the Indranan empire on the brink of war. Hail must quickly form alliances if she has any hope of surviving her rule. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

At the Sign of Triumph
DB86738 34 hours 27 minutes
by David Weber
read by Oliver Wyman
After the events of Hell’s Foundations Quiver (DB83827), the Church of God Awaiting’s triumph over Charis and the Brethren of Saint Zherneau seemed inevitable. But after eight years of war, the Church stands on the brink of defeat. Then the Church makes a shocking decision— to embrace the forbidden technology Charis holds. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Last Year
DB86776 11 hours 23 minutes
by Robert Charles Wilson
read by Scott Brick
In the near future, doorways can be opened onto the past. One passage to late-nineteenth-century Ohio has been operating for most of a decade, and a man from the other side is determined to cross to the future for the woman he loves. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Pawn’s Gambit: And Other Stratagems
DB85728 15 hours 49 minutes
by Timothy Zahn
read by Alec Volz
A collection of pieces written by the acclaimed science fiction writer, with stories ranging from adventure science fiction to postapocalyptic tales and humorous fantasy. Including stories about a nonhostile alien visitor who might destroy humanity anyhow, love among the ruins of a postapocalyptic America, and a life-or-death game between a human and an alien. Some violence and some strong language. 2016.

Short Stories

Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard
DB85039 8 hours 32 minutes
by Isak Dinesen
read by Anne Hancock
Six short works of fiction from Danish author of Out of Africa (DB23011). Includes “Babette’s Feast,” in which a woman prepares a decadent meal for a community of religious ascetics, and the novella Ehrengard, about a rakish nobleman. 1963.

The Ancient Minstrel: Novellas
DB85337 6 hours 33 minutes
by Jim Harrison
read by David Hartley-Margolin
Collection of three novellas. The title novella focuses on an aging writer who is looking at his legacy. In Eggs, a Montana farm woman wants to have a baby. The Case of the Howling Buddhas features retired police detective Sunderson. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

Stranger Things Happen
DB85800 8 hours 45 minutes
by Kelly Link
read by Nora Achrati
Eleven short stories that are by turns magical, surreal, and chilling. In “Water off a Black Dog’s Back,” a young man meets his girlfriend’s parents. “The Specialist’s Hat” features a haunted house, two little girls, and an unusual babysitter. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

These Heroic, Happy Dead: Stories
DB85871 5 hours 56 minutes
by Luke Mogelson
read by various narrators
A collection of short stories studying the ways in which war changes the lives of both soldiers and civilians. Characters introduced in early stories reappear in later ones, and choices made have lasting consequences. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Public Library and Other Stories
DB86007 4 hours 15 minutes
by Ali Smith
read by Ali Smith
A collection of short fiction from award-winning author Ali Smith. As a whole, the collection focuses on what people do with books and what books do to people— how they shock, change, challenge, and teach. Also discusses the vital role of public libraries. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Children of the New World: Stories
DB86297 6 hours 1 minute
by Alexander Weinstein
read by David Aaron Baker
Collection of speculative short fiction that introduces readers to a world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and intuitive robots. Some characters inhabit a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification, while others live in a post-collapse landscape that must be rebuilt. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Miss Grief and Other Stories
DB85574 12 hours 41 minutes
by Constance Fenimore Woolson
read by Barbara Rappaport
Seven short stories first published between 1873 and 1892 by the niece of James Fenimore Cooper. The stories explore the worlds and communities she observed while traveling. Includes an introduction by Anne Boyd Rioux, who wrote a biography of the author, titled Constance Fenimore Woolson (DB84857). 2016.

Spies and Espionage

A Colder War
DB85300 10 hours 13 minutes
by Charles Cumming
read by Peter Holdway
When MI6’s most senior agent in Turkey dies mysteriously, agent Thomas Kell is brought back from disgrace to investigate. Kell discovers the existence of a mole and must track down the traitor’s identity. Sequel to A Foreign Country (DB75843), Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

The Polish Officer
DB85388 10 hours 34 minutes
by Alan Furst
read by Gregory Maupin
Captain Alexander de Milja is recruited into the Polish underground intelligence, even as Warsaw falls to Hitler. His first mission is to transport the national gold reserve to safety via a refugee train bound for Bucharest. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1995.

Liz Carlyle, Books 5– 8
DB85411 39 hours 2 minutes
by Stella Rimington
read by Faith Potts
Books five through eight of the series following MI5 officer Liz Carlyle, written between 2009 and 2014. In Present Danger, Liz travels to Northern Ireland to monitor brutally violent political groups. Also includes Rip Tide, The Geneva Trap, and Close Call. Violence and some strong language. 2014.

Suspense

This Was a Man: The Final Volume of the Clifton Chronicles
DB86289 12 hours 49 minutes
by Jeffrey Archer
read by Alex Jennings
This final installment of the Clifton Chronicles opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger? Who lives and who dies? Tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all of their lives into turmoil. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Innocents
DB85431 11 hours 0 minutes
by Ace Atkins
read by Joe Wilson
Former cheerleader Milly Jones dies after she is found walking down the road engulfed in flames. Ex-Army Ranger and ousted sheriff Quinn Colson pairs up with old friend and acting sheriff Lillie Virgil to hunt down Milly’s killer. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016.

The Cruelty
DB86856 12 hours 32 minutes
by Scott Bergstrom
read by Therese Plummer
When seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom’s father vanishes, she sets out across Europe under a new identity, hoping to find him and to bring him back alive, even if that means becoming as cruel as his captors. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Daisy in Chains
DB85604 12 hours 38 minutes
by Sharon Bolton
read by Antonia Beamish
Despite Hamish Wolfe’s conviction for brutally murdering women, he claims he is innocent and wants someone to investigate and write his story. Notorious defense attorney and writer Maggie Rose ignores his letters at first, but eventually she is won over by Wolfe’s charisma. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Bronx Requiem
DB86739 13 hours 13 minutes
by John Clarkson
read by Peter Berkrot
Only seventeen hours after Packy Johnson is released from serving seventeen years in juvenile detention and prison, he is found murdered. James Beck, ringleader of a tight clique of ex-cons based in Brooklyn’s Red Hook section, is determined to accord Packy a measure of justice. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye
DB86195 10 hours 23 minutes
by Michael Connelly
read by Titus Welliver
After thirty years with the LAPD, Harry Bosch is California’s newest private investigator. Bosch is soon hired by a reclusive billionaire to find the long-ago love of his life. Meanwhile— unable to leave cop work behind completely— Bosch volunteers for a tiny police department and tracks a serial rapist. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Odessa Sea
DB86196 12 hours 12 minutes
by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
read by Scott Brick
Dirk Pitt, the director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, and his colleague Al Giordino respond to a mysterious Mayday signal from a deserted ship that will draw them toward a deadly secret left over from the Cold War arms race. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Because I’m Watching
DB86241 11 hours 4 minutes
by Christina Dodd
read by Andi Arndt
Madeline Hewitson survived a mass killing when she was in college and was accused of her own lover’s murder. She moves to Virtue Falls, Washington, still haunted by her violent past. Reclusive vet Jacob Denisov has his own demons, but he thinks he can help Maddie. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The God’s Eye View
DB85442 15 hours 33 minutes
by Barry Eisler
read by Andy Pyle
When Evelyn, an NSA employee who hopes only to keep her head down, discovers the existence of a program code-named God’s Eye, she soon connects it to the mysterious deaths of a string of journalists and whistle-blowers. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Normal
DB86774 3 hours 26 minutes
by Warren Ellis
read by John Hodgman
Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist who contemplates ways to evade future doom, visits Normal Head to recover from work-related depression. A patient disappears from a locked bedroom, however, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. As investigations ensue, Dearden uncovers a conspiracy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Trespasser
DB85608 20 hours 8 minutes
by Tana French
read by Hilda Fay
Detective Antoinette Conway’s partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s joined the murder squad. They’re working what looks like a lovers’-quarrel-gone-bad case. Blond, pretty Aislinn Murray is dead in her catalog-perfect living room, next to a romantic dinner setting. But Antoinette has seen her somewhere before. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Treason
DB86203 12 hours 14 minutes
by Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley
read by Robert Fass
Major Brooke Grant has been fighting terrorism ever since her parents were murdered on 9/11. She is keenly aware that her enemy transcends borders. But a coordinated attack on the president at the funeral of a Washington power broker reveals that the enemy is hiding in plain sight. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Rising
DB86859 11 hours 59 minutes
by Heather Graham and Jon Land
read by Luke Daniels
After a football accident lands young Alex Chin in the hospital, his doctor and then his parents are murdered. Alex and his tutor, Samantha, flee. Racing to stay ahead of the killers, the pair work to figure out why Alex is being hunted before it’s too late. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Past Crimes
DB86032 12 hours 51 minutes
by Glen Erik Hamilton
read by Richard Davidson
Van Shaw was raised and mentored by his thieving grandfather, Dono, until a confrontation sent Van into the army a decade ago. Now a brief note from his estranged grandfather brings Van rushing back to Seattle— to find Dono bleeding out on his living room floor. Violence and strong language. Anthony Award. 2015.

The Killer in Me
DB85299 9 hours 32 minutes
by Margot Harrison
read by Catherine Byers
Every time seventeen-year-old Nina falls asleep, she connects with a serial killer and helplessly becomes a witness to the murders. Determined to stop him before he kills again, Nina, along with her friend Warren, embarks on a dangerous manhunt. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Razor Girl
DB85766 12 hours 22 minutes
by Carl Hiaasen
read by John Rubinstein
When Lane Coolman’s car is bashed from behind, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but. The driver of the other car is Merry Mansfield— the eponymous Razor Girl of the Florida Keys. The crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral out of control. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Gambler’s Anatomy
DB86013 10 hours 35 minutes
by Jonathan Lethem
read by Mark Deakins
Once a world-traveling backgammon hustler who believed he had psychic ability, Bruno Alexander is on a losing streak. He discovers he has a tumor growing in his face and heads home to Berkeley, where an old friend promises him a chance at an experimental surgery. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

I See You
DB86871 11 hours 0 minutes
by Clare Mackintosh
read by Rachel Atkins
On her train commute home one night, Zoe Walker sees her own face staring back at her from the newspaper in a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com. She learns that other women who’ve appeared in that ad have become the victims of increasingly violent crimes— including murder. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

The Outliers
DB85244 10 hours 42 minutes
by Kimberly McCreight
read by Cynthia Farrell
When her best friend Cassie goes missing and then sends a cryptic note pleading for help, Wylie sneaks off to find her, with the help of Jasper, Cassie’s boyfriend. What they discover is beyond their imaginations. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

The Chemist
DB86736 17 hours 3 minutes
by Stephenie Meyer
read by Ellen Archer
A former expert for a U.S. government agency so secret it doesn’t even have a name, she lives on the run after being labeled a liability. Her former handler offers her a way out if she takes one last job, but the information she acquires only puts her in greater danger. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Setup Man
DB86722 8 hours 1 minute
by T.T. Monday
read by Bruce Thomas
Johnny Adcock is an aging Major League pitcher with the perfect retirement plan— he moonlights as a PI. A case involving teammate Frankie Herrera’s wife quickly turns into the most dangerous of Adcock’s second career when Frankie is killed in a car accident, leaving far too many questions unanswered. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

Her Darkest Nightmare
DB85875 13 hours 3 minutes
by Brenda Novak
read by Therese Plummer
Evelyn Talbot’s high school boyfriend killed her three friends and tried to kill her. Twenty years later, Evelyn studies psychopaths at Hanover House, a maximum security facility located in a small Alaskan town. She meets a local cop concerned about the serial killers living near his community. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Come and Get Us
DB86850 2 hours 56 minutes
by James Patterson and Shan Serafin
read by January LaVoy
Miranda Cooper’s life takes a terrifying turn when an SUV deliberately runs her and her husband off a desolate Arizona road. With her husband badly wounded, she must run for help alone as his cryptic parting words echo in her head: “Be careful who you trust.” Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Killer Chef
DB86734 2 hours 27 minutes
by James Patterson and Jeffrey J. Keyes
read by Ari Fliakos
Novella cautions: eat, drink, and be murdered. Someone is poisoning diners in New Orleans’ best restaurants. Now it’s up to chef and homicide cop Caleb Rooney to catch a killer— who has an appetite for revenge. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Missing: A Private Novel
DB85772 6 hours 30 minutes
by James Patterson and Kathryn Fox
read by Daniel Lepaine
Craig Gisto promises Eliza Moss that his elite Private Sydney team will investigate the disappearance of her father. After all, as the CEO of a high-profile research company, Eric Moss shouldn’t be difficult to find. Except it’s not just Eric himself— every trace of him has also vanished. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Never Never
DB86854 7 hours 46 minutes
by James Patterson and Candice Fox
read by Federay Holmes
Harry Blue is the top sex crimes investigator in her department, but even she didn’t see this coming— her own brother arrested for the grisly murders of three women. Harry’s now assigned to a new town with a new partner. But is he actually a watchdog? Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Say No More: A Jane Ryland Novel
DB86276 10 hours 50 minutes
by Hank Phillippi Ryan
read by Xe Sands
When Boston reporter Jane Ryland reports a hit-and-run, she soon learns that she saw more than a car crash— she witnessed the collapse of an alibi. As Jane works on a campus sexual assault exposé, homicide detective Jake Brogan hunts for the murderer of a Hollywood screenwriter. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Monkeewrench, Books 1– 2
DB85449 21 hours 34 minutes
by P.J. Tracy
read by Barry Bernson
First two books, written in 2003 and 2004, in a crime series involving Grace MacBride, the founder of a game software company called Monkeewrench. In Monkeewrench, someone recreates the murders in the company’s new game even though it hasn’t been released yet. Also includes Live Bait. Violence and strong language. 2004.

War Stories

The Last Full Measure
DB86301 12 hours 52 minutes
by Trent Reedy
read by Andrew Eiden
A hero to many in Idaho, Danny Wright has little faith in the new government and begins to question their actions as things deteriorate, threatening to start World War III. Sequel to Burning Nation (DB81612). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2016.

Westerns

Day of Independence
DB85351 8 hours 55 minutes
by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone
read by Clay Teunis
In Last Chance, Texas, Abraham Hacker is a ruthless cattle baron who slaughters to defend his fertile land from anyone who might try to claim it. When Texas Ranger Hank Cannan arrives in town, however, he is ready to start a second revolution after seeing the terrorized townsfolk. Violence and strong language. 2014.

The Kerrigans, Books 1– 2
DB85343 15 hours 19 minutes
by William W. Johnstone
read by Jon Huffman
Two books, written in 2014 and 2015, about a clan of pioneers making their way across the frontier. In A Texas Dynasty, Kate Kerrigan begins leading her family on a thousand-mile trek to Texas. In The Lawless, Kate and her family face eviction and hired guns. Violence and strong language. 2015.

The Poacher’s Daughter: A Western Story
DB85386 17 hours 17 minutes
by Michael Zimmer
read by Madelyn Buzzard
After vigilantes hang her husband and burn down her cabin, Rose Edwards journeys to her childhood homeland, where she lived with her father, a trader. Soon, however, she finds herself a reluctant hero in a fight against the invading aristocracy. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

Adult Nonfiction

Arts

Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything
DB85480 11 hours 12 minutes
by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
read by Carol Jacobanis
A history of the popular television sitcom Seinfeld, which ran from 1989 to 1998. Covers the time from its beginnings as a star vehicle for stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld through the years it was “must-see TV,” and discusses the show’s lasting cultural impact. Bestseller. 2016.

Art History: A Very Short Introduction
DB85688 5 hours 14 minutes
by Dana Arnold
read by Jill Ferris
Examines all the major debates and issues in the field of art history. Explores writings over a broad time span, from Pliny to Pollock. Discusses iconography and symbolism, media and techniques of production, museum collections, and the interaction of philosophy and psychoanalysis with art history. Includes glossary. 2004.

Architecture: A Very Short Introduction
DB85582 4 hours 41 minutes
by Andrew Ballantyne
read by Gary Tipton
Architect and professor leads tour of buildings, past and present—landmarks, monuments, palaces, and cathedrals as well as homes and offices— to demonstrate how architecture contributes to understanding what was and is important to us. Discusses architectural history from technical, economic, political, and aesthetic perspectives. Includes glossary. 2002.

Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency
DB85868 26 hours 50 minutes
by James Andrew Miller
read by Joe Peck
A journalist chronicles the rise of hugely influential talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Covers CAA’s founding in the mid-1970s, the following decades of growth, and its inner power struggles. Based on hundreds of interviews with CAA’s founders, agents, actors, and industry executives. Strong language. Bestseller. 2016.

Turner: The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner
DB86025 17 hours 47 minutes
by Franny Moyle
read by John Sackville
An account of the life of J.M.W. Turner, one of Britain’s most famous landscape painters. Discusses the commitment of his mother to an insane asylum, the personal sacrifices he made for his career, and the odd double life he led in the last years of his life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep
DB85392 9 hours 53 minutes
by Michael Schulman
read by Kristin Allison
A journalist looks at one of the most celebrated actresses of all time. Using interviews and archival research, tracks Streep’s career from her childhood, early acting experiences, and unprecedented number of award-nominated roles, while highlighting her versatility as an actress. Some strong language. 2016.

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture
DB85801 13 hours 37 minutes
by Glen Weldon
read by Brit Herring
NPR contributor traces the history of Batman in comics, television, and film. Discusses story and character development and transition, artists and writers assigned to the comic, impact of the TV and film adaptations, and controversies including the killing of sidekick Robin in 1988. Analyzes concomitant development of fan culture. Strong language. 2016.

Film: A Very Short Introduction
DB85678 4 hours 30 minutes
by Michael Wood
read by Steven Carpenter
Explores the magic of motion pictures, analyzing some noteworthy cinema from around the world. Examines many aspects of film: the role of actors and stars, directors and the director’s cut, movement, animation, moviegoers, movie theaters, and the world film market. Investigates some genres, including westerns, musicals, and gangster films. 2012.

Astronomy

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
DB86766 12 hours 45 minutes
by Dava Sobel
read by Cassandra Campbell
Author of Galileo’s Daughter (DB48871) and Longitude (DB42442) chronicles the lives and work of women computers in the late-1800s. Women profiled include Williamina Fleming, Antonia Maury, Henrietta Leavitt, Annie Jump Cannon, and Cecilia Payne. Cannon created the stellar classification system still in use today. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Biography

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets
DB85592 14 hours 37 minutes
by Luke Dittrich
read by George Newbern
Explains how, in 1953, the author’s grandfather performed a radical new version of the then-common lobotomy on twenty-seven-year-old factory worker Henry Molaison, who had severe epilepsy. The operation failed, leaving him unable to create long-term memories. Over the next sixty years, he became the most-studied neuroscience patient in history. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

I’ll Never Write My Memoirs
DB83265 20 hours 8 minutes
by Grace Jones
read by Dawn Ursula
The singer, model, and actress tells her story. Born in Jamaica into a strict Pentecostal family, Jones rebelled and left for America. She eventually landed in New York, where she was part of the club scene and built a successful, if unconventional, career. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.

When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World
DB86015 8 hours 40 minutes
by Carli Lloyd
read by various narrators
Star of the US Women’s National Soccer Team tells the story of her life and career. She reflects on the time when she was at a crossroads, and contemplated quitting soccer. She recommitted to the game, trained hard, and went on to great success. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

How to Be a Woman
DB85393 9 hours 28 minutes
by Caitlin Moran
read by Mare Trevathan
A British TV writer combines humorous stories from her own life with observations on what it means to be a woman in today’s society. She discusses feminism and women’s rights, but also her own experiences with body issues and motherhood. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2011.

A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations
DB85804 9 hours 55 minutes
by Juliet Nicolson
read by Julie Teal
British historian examines the history of her family’s women going back seven generations. Her investigation takes her through nineteenth-century slums in Malaga; Washington, D.C., salons; a World War II-era English boarding school; London’s Chelsea neighborhood in the 1960s; and 1980s New York City. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Red Bandanna
DB85595 6 hours 36 minutes
by Tom Rinaldi
read by Tom Rinaldi
In 2001, Welles Crowther was a young man working in the World Trade Center. When the towers came down on September 11, people who survived described being helped to safety by Crowther, who did not himself survive the attack, identifying him by his signature red bandanna. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
DB85610 7 hours 44 minutes
by Phoebe Robinson
read by various narrators
Collection of essays by comedian and cohost of the podcast 2 Dope Queens, examining race, gender, and popular culture. Discusses, among other things, the history of black hair in entertainment, the treatment of women by the NFL, the role of the “black friend,” and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Solitary: The Crash, Captivity and Comeback of an Ace Fighter Pilot
DB85355 9 hours 5 minutes
by Giora Romm
read by Patrick Downer
The first Israeli Air Force fighter ace recounts his experiences after being shot down over the Nile Delta by an Egyptian missile. Romm describes his imprisonment, torture, interrogation, release, and return to service. Originally published in 2008 in Hebrew. Some violence. 2014.

Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities, and Daily Life
DB85915 8 hours 39 minutes
by Katherine Schneider
read by Suzanne Duvall
Retired psychologist and avid reader provides a year’s worth of daily— and often humorous— musings. Illustrates how she personally approaches life now that the circumstances of being blind from birth and struggling with fibromyalgia for two decades have been combined with issues that accompany aging. Includes a recommended reading list. 2013.

Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
DB85540 5 hours 37 minutes
by Elizabeth Vargas
read by Elizabeth Vargas
Television journalist describes growing up with anxiety— which began at age six when her father served in Vietnam— and how she eventually turned to alcohol for relief. She addresses rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who never found the right balance. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Business and Economics

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built
DB85345 10 hours 11 minutes
by Duncan Clark
read by Lou Harpenau
Former investment banker profiles Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company in the early 2000s, and its founder Jack Ma (born 1964). Discusses the development of the company, the impact of Ma’s early immersion in the English language, company culture, and more. Examines the role of Alibaba in the emerging Chinese consumer economy. 2016.

Advertising: A Very Short Introduction
DB85649 4 hours 2 minutes
by Winston Fletcher
read by Mark Delgado
Former chairman of England’s Advertising Association explains the goals of advertising and the ways it benefits society, the roles of creative agencies and media buyers, and the importance of market research. 2010.

The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture
DB85443 19 hours 13 minutes
by Pamela Haag
read by Bill Burton
A historian tackles the story of the gun industry in America. Focuses on Oliver Winchester, who was a shirtmaker prior to becoming a rifle manufacturer. Discusses how firearm companies like Winchester and Remington sought markets beyond the government and helped to create America’s gun culture. 2016.

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
DB86200 9 hours 46 minutes
by Tim Harford
read by Nicholas Guy Smith
Economics journalist explores the counterintuitive theory that innovation is fueled by disorder. Celebrates the benefits that messiness may have in our lives, asks why we resist it, and suggests we should embrace it instead. Uses research from neuroscience, psychology, social science, and business. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success
DB86004 8 hours 45 minutes
by Tracy Kidder
read by Paul Michael
Author of The Soul of a New Machine (DB17316) profiles Paul English, the cofounder and Chief Technical Officer of travel website Kayak, who also became CEO of a venture creation firm. Discusses the field of startup tech companies, the personalities drawn to them, and English’s successes and challenges. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace
DB86292 7 hours 45 minutes
by Lynn Povich
read by Susan Larkin
Firsthand account of the 1970 antidiscrimination lawsuit brought by forty-six of the female employees of Newsweek magazine who believed women were not given opportunities to advance. Povich started at the magazine as a secretary and researcher and helped organize the “revolt.” Basis of 2016 TV show. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2012.

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter
DB86737 9 hours 19 minutes
by David Sax
read by David Sax
Examination of businesses focused on analog solutions as digital technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. Discusses the resurgence of music on vinyl records, growth of paper and stationery industries, rejuvenation of film photography, and more. Analyzes market forces, both niche and widespread. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Environmental Economics: A Very Short Introduction
DB85675 4 hours 45 minutes
by Stephen Smith
read by Bob Moore
Economics professor explores economic thinking about environmental policy, the tradeoff between a cleaner environment and economic costs. Investigates policy instruments available to regulate pollution, alternatives to legislation, and how to value environmental benefits. Explains how markets operate and fail, the concept of negative externality, and cost-benefit analysis. 2011.

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
DB86600 15 hours 28 minutes
by Tim Wu
read by Marc Cashman
Author of The Master Switch (DB73418) examines the ways advertising, marketing, and propaganda are designed to attract attention. Traces the business models from nineteenth-century broadsheets to wartime propaganda in print and over the air to the Internet and visual media in the twenty-first century. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Career and Job Training

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
DB85877 6 hours 21 minutes
by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
read by various narrators
Stanford University professors present a design-centered process intended to assist in determining life and career goals and ways to accomplish them. While focusing on job hunting, they discuss reframing dysfunctional beliefs into positive ideas, recognizing actionable items, and conducting self-evaluation exercises. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do
DB85444 9 hours 41 minutes
by Chris Guillebeau
read by Alec Volz
Author of The Happiness of Pursuit (DB79419) presents a guide to identifying and obtaining the perfect job or career. Discusses life/work balance, gaining skills in your desired field, developing multiple streams of income, self-employment, marketing yourself and your work, knowing when to say no, and more. 2016.

Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace
DB86853 5 hours 17 minutes
by Christine Porath
read by Coleen Marlo
A management professor at Georgetown University presents her argument for encouraging and developing a civil workplace. Discusses the impacts of incivility on a business’s economics and workers’ personal health and provides self-assessment exercises and strategies for coping when faced with incivility. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Organize Tomorrow Today: 8 Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life
DB86653 5 hours 55 minutes
by Jason Selk and others
read by Christian Steiner
A performance coach, a business trainer, and a sports and business writer discuss habits used by elite business and sports people in their careers. Provides strategies for organizing your time, prioritizing projects, developing effective habits, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Computers

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
DB85764 6 hours 25 minutes
by Cathy O’Neil
read by Cathy O’Neil
Data scientist examines the usage of large sets of data and related mathematical models, commonly referred to as “big data.” Explains the ways this data affects economic and social advancement. Discusses credit scores and the ability to borrow money, insurance companies setting premiums, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Mincemeat: The Education of an Italian Chef
DB86764 9 hours 38 minutes
by Leonardo Lucarelli
read by Will Damron
Autobiography of Italian chef and restaurant consultant. Discusses learning to cook from his father, working in a kitchen while studying anthropology, and eventually stumbling into a cooking career. Describes his antics as a chef as well as the impact of personal relationships. Translated from the original Italian. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression
DB85825 13 hours 13 minutes
by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe
read by Barbara Rappaport
Examination of the impact of the American Great Depression on the culinary history of the country. Discusses the transformation of American rural and urban culture after World War I, the development of governmental aid programs, and the rise of fields such as home economics. 2016.

Crime

Who Killed These Girls? Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders
DB86011 15 hours 16 minutes
by Beverly Lowry
read by Amanda Carlin
Crime writer describes how, in 1991, the naked, bound-and-gagged bodies of four girls— each one shot in the head— were found in an Austin, Texas, yogurt shop. After eight years, two teenagers were tried, but their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned. The often misdirected investigation continues twenty-five years later. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy; the Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein
DB86246 7 hours 8 minutes
by James Patterson and others
read by Jason Culp
An examination of a case that scandalized one of America’s richest communities. Jeffrey Epstein rose from humble origins to the rarefied heights of New York City’s financial elite, but his taste for underage girls resulted in his downfall. Discusses the influence wealth brings to bear on the American justice system. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Once a Cop: The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man
DB86031 10 hours 55 minutes
by Corey Pegues
read by Jason Culp
The author recounts how he left life as a crack dealer in Queens by joining first the army and then the NYPD, where he rose to deputy inspector before retiring in 2013. Discusses his experiences with both sides of the law as an African American. Strong language and some violence. 2016.

Drama and Theater

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
DB84473 73 hours 21 minutes
edited by Michael Dobson and others
read by Jeremy Gage
Second edition of reference work, originally published in 2001, on the plays and legacy of William Shakespeare (1564?– 1616). Includes alphabetical entries on major themes, personages, sites, terms, and more associated with Shakespeare and his works, as well as overviews of the plays. 2015.

Education

Education: A Very Short Introduction
DB85672 4 hours 46 minutes
by Gary Thomas
read by Bob Moore
Traces the history of education, from Plato’s Academy to John Dewey’s Laboratory School and beyond. Considers the pros and cons of fact-based versus so-called progressive education, the application of child-development theories to schooling, and recent experiments with market-oriented school reforms. 2013.

Family

Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of 21st-Century Parenthood
DB86716 4 hours 52 minutes
by Drew Magary
read by Drew Magary
A humorous memoir by a GQ correspondent and Deadspin columnist about parenthood in early-twenty-first-century America that collects anecdotes from numerous families. The author reflects particularly on his own experiences to explore the anxieties, rationalizations, compromises, and love that come with raising children. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

Gardening

The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants That Everyone Can Grow
DB85029 8 hours 58 minutes
by Tovah Martin
read by Marsha Rehns
A gardening expert shares tips for growing foolproof houseplants, arguing that the key is to pick the right plant. Focuses on two hundred plants that are easy to find and hard to kill. With detailed information on care, including potting, watering, and fertilizing. 2015.

Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
DB86718 9 hours 22 minutes
by Andrea Wulf
read by Antonia Bath
A design historian explores the elemental passion shared by many American founding fathers— including Adams, Jefferson, Washington, and Madison— for gardening and agriculture. They believed that farming was the most noble of callings and the foundation for democracy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2011.

Government and Politics

The Butcher’s Trail: How the Search for Balkan War Criminals Became the World’s Most Successful Manhunt
DB85475 12 hours 9 minutes
by Julian Borger
read by Peter Johnson
Chronicles the pursuit and capture of the Balkan war criminals indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Recounts the fourteen-year manhunt and capture of Bosnian Serbian leaders Radovan Karadži? and Ratko Mladi?, as well as the arrest of Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, who became the first head of state to stand before an international tribunal for war crimes. Some violence. 2016.

The Three Battles of Wanat: And Other True Stories
DB85421 19 hours 14 minutes
by Mark Bowden
read by Alec Volz
A collection of journalist Bowden’s longer articles on war, as well as notable profiles, sports reporting, and essays on culture. The titular article, “The Three Battles of Wanat,” recounts one of the bloodiest days of the fighting in Afghanistan. Violence and strong language. 2016.

Who Rules the World?
DB86717 10 hours 14 minutes
by Noam Chomsky
read by Brian Jones
The well-known linguist, philosopher, and author of Deterring Democracy (DB34598) examines the waning American Century, the nature of American policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights. Chomsky argues that early twenty-first century American policy risks both catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The BRICS: A Very Short Introduction
DB85621 4 hours 49 minutes
by Andrew F. Cooper
read by Peter Johnson
Explains the origins of an international grouping that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS). Following the 2008 global financial crisis and the emergence of the G20, these nations have the potential to challenge the traditional economic predominance of the West. Discusses barriers to cohesion: different political systems, competing domestic priorities, territorial disputes among members. Describes a major initiative, the New Development Bank. 2016.

In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!
DB85594 6 hours 17 minutes
by Ann Coulter
read by Ann Coulter
Conservative personality argues that 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump is the right choice for conservative, moderate, and Democratic voters alike. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History
DB85883 13 hours 13 minutes
by John Dickerson
read by John Dickerson
Journalist recounts stories from past presidential campaigns. Includes gambits, failures of will before the microphone, and crack-ups of long-planned stratagems. Also recounts tales from historical campaigns. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Environmental Politics: A Very Short Introduction
DB85636 5 hours 24 minutes
by Andrew Dobson
read by Emily Ellet
Political scholar describes concerns, theories, and policy tools regarding humanity’s relationship with the environment. Discusses recognizing the intensification of human activity’s negative impact and seeking sustainability in light of resources depletion, population growth, and climate change. Reviews various ideologies, and relates the challenges of international agreements, failures, and successes. 2016.

Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction
DB85682 5 hours 57 minutes
by Klaus Dodds
read by Jeff Allin
Professor examines the history and developmental changes of a territory- and resources-based approach to international affairs, and its applications in everyday contexts. Explores the negative connotations of geopolitics (including associations with Nazism), and advocates not fixating on world powers to the exclusion of women, indigenous populations, and non-human inhabitants. 2014.

The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics
DB85874 12 hours 7 minutes
by Maureen Dowd
read by Elisabeth Rodgers
New York Times columnist traces psychologies and pathologies of the 2016 presidential election, having written extensively about the Democratic and Republican candidates in the past. Approaches the political climate with wry humor and acerbic analysis. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century
DB85410 11 hours 48 minutes
by Mark Engler and Paul Engler
read by Peter Johnson
An examination of nonviolent protest, including core principles that guide transformative unrest. The author pays particular attention to early-twenty-first-century movements like Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring, but insights are provided from historical activists as well. 2016.

American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper
DB85420 16 hours 18 minutes
by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson
read by Lou Harpenau
Political scientists detail the history of the development of the American economy based on a mixed economy of government investment in public services such as education, transportation, and more. They argue that cuts in government have hurt the economy and call for increased reinvestment. 2016.

Empire: A Very Short Introduction
DB85673 4 hours 47 minutes
by Stephen Howe
read by Robert Sams
Surveys the history of empires, whose legacies permeate all modern world news. Clarifies distinctions among imperialism, globalization, colonialism, and colonization. Examines land-based and sea-power-based imperial systems from ancient to modern times— their rise to dominance, persistence, eventual collapse, and the ensuing problems. 2002.

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In
DB86770 18 hours 36 minutes
by Bernie Sanders
read by various narrators
United States 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shares his experiences from the campaign trail and outlines his ideas for continuing to fight for a progressive agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment, and provides universal health care. Narrated by the author and actor Mark Ruffalo. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction
DB85632 4 hours 30 minutes
by Joseph M. Siracusa
read by Peter Johnson
Diplomacy expert analyzes five significant episodes, from the American Revolution to today’s globalization, to illustrate how the art of negotiation has varied, through entangling alliances and historic enmities, to affect the fate of nations. Sees diplomacy as key to resolving this century’s biggest challenges— climate change, nuclear weapons, and terrorism. 2010.

The Last Thousand: One School’s Promise in a Nation at War
DB85387 13 hours 3 minutes
by Jeffrey E. Stern
read by Bill Burton
An exploration of America’s final year of military occupation in Afghanistan and the lives of six members of the Marefat School as the school community prepares for the departure of American troops. Since the school was dependent on foreign forces for security, they had to adjust to the disappearance of that protection. 2016.

The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan
DB85591 22 hours 27 minutes
by J. Kael Weston
read by J. Kael Weston
An examination of the interplay between warfare and diplomacy as well as a close look at how America is viewed both by others and by itself, particularly within the context of conflicts in the Middle East in the early twenty-first century. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World
DB85437 8 hours 25 minutes
by Katherine Zoepf
read by Gabriella Cavallero
An examination of the changing lives of women throughout the Arab world in the early twenty-first century, including their complex societal roles and work. Describes the growing number of Arab women pursuing education, facing down tradition, living independently, and pursuing professional goals and greater rights and freedoms. 2016.

Home Management

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
DB86273 7 hours 14 minutes
by Therese Oneill
read by various narrators
A humorous exploration of womanhood in the Victorian era, including issues related to hygiene, health, beauty, marriage, sex, and general personal care. Topics discussed include what to wear, where to relieve oneself, menstruation, how to be the perfect wife, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding and Fixing Your Perfect House
DB85353 6 hours 21 minutes
by Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott
read by Bob Moore
Identical twin brothers and stars of the television show Property Brothers, among other home improvement shows, share lessons they have learned as they built their real-estate business. Discuss purchasing properties, home renovation, and selling a home— including determining a budget, identifying contractors, and staging design. Bestseller. 2016.

Humor

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual
DB85598 6 hours 39 minutes
by Luvvie Ajayi
read by Luvvie Ajayi
Collection of humorous essays by a popular-culture blogger. Examines cultural obsessions, bad behavior on the Internet, television shows created and promoted by Shonda Rhimes, racial media representation, and family use of social media. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places
DB85599 5 hours 34 minutes
by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
read by various narrators
Collection of humorous essays by this mother-daughter writing team chronicles a year in their lives in Philadelphia and Manhattan. Topics include such things as dating, book tours, and pets, but also addresses darker topics like hate mail and contemplating death. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Legal Issues

Family Law: A Very Short Introduction
DB85638 3 hours 47 minutes
by Jonathan Herring
read by Peter Johnson
The evolution of family law and the issues it addresses, including marriage, civil partnerships, and cohabitation; domestic violence; divorce and alimony; elder care; children’s rights; and child abuse. 2014.

Literature

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises
DB85714 13 hours 50 minutes
by Lesley M.M. Blume
read by Celeste Lawson
Journalist takes a close look at the period surrounding the writing of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (DB34114), from the author’s arrival in Paris in 1921 through the book’s publication in 1926 and beyond. Draws on letters and memoirs of Hemingway’s circle of literary contemporaries. Some strong language. 2016.

German Literature: A Very Short Introduction
DB85643 5 hours 57 minutes
by Nicholas Boyle
read by Ken Kliban
Prizewinning biographer of J.W. Goethe reflects on the national literature of Germany since the Middle Ages, the social and political settings from which it arose, and its impact. 2008.

Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction
DB85624 5 hours 21 minutes
by Richard Bradford
read by Jason Culp
Examines the genre’s characteristics, origins, and development in Britain, the United States, France, and elsewhere, discussing categories of hard-boiled (noir), espionage, thriller, and legal drama, among others. Investigates women’s roles as authors and characters. Questions crime fiction’s relegation to inferior status compared to the mainstream literary novel. 2015.

A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life
DB86287 6 hours 3 minutes
by Pat Conroy
read by Scott Brick
A collection of essays and other writings by the author of The Death of Santini (DB77742), who passed away in 2016. Also includes select pieces about him by friends. Entries discuss the breadth of his career, his impact on other writers, and his relationships with family and fans. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Biography: A Very Short Introduction
DB85622 6 hours 20 minutes
by Hermione Lee
read by Richard Davidson
Distinguished biographer proposes a definition and rules for writing about lives. Considers the cultural and historical background of different types of biographies, looks at the factors that affect biographers, and asks whether there are different strategies, ethics, and principles required for writing about one person compared to another. 2009.

The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People
DB85037 7 hours 24 minutes
edited by Bethanne Patrick
read by Anne Hancock
One hundred short essays examining books that personally influenced the essay’s author. Contributors include authors Margaret Atwood, Deborah Blum, Sarah MacLean, John Scalzi, and Vu Tran; chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall; actors Keith Carradine, Eric Idle, Kate Mulgrew, and Liev Schreiber; director Sofia Coppola; and politician Tom Davis, among many others. 2016.

Goethe: A Very Short Introduction
DB85644 4 hours 52 minutes
by Ritchie Robertson
read by Ken Kliban
Oxford University Germanic scholar surveys the work of J.W. Goethe (1749– 1832). Focuses on Goethe’s poetry, plays, and novels, but also discusses his interest in biology, geology, painting, and politics. Explores the influence of classicism, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and Napoleon Bonaparte on Goethe. 2016.

Marriage and Sex

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
DB85422 14 hours 39 minutes
by Emily Nagoski
read by Jill Fox
Health behaviorist details research into the biology of women’s sexuality. Discusses female physiology and the ways body parts work and interact during sexual arousal and intercourse, the impact of cultural mores on sexual expression, and more. Shares related anecdotes from her work as a sex educator. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.

Medicine and Health

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
DB86857 11 hours 5 minutes
by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel
read by Suzanne Toren
Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres’ role in the aging process joins forces with the health psychologist who has done original research on the topic. Explains how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres— thereby slowing disease and improving life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

You Are Not Your Pain: Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Restore Well-Being— An Eight-Week Program
DB85545 6 hours 57 minutes
by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman
read by Vidyamala Burch
Provides a set of mindfulness-based practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help relieve chronic pain and stress of illness. Helps identify secondary suffering, brought about when the mind becomes fixated on the anxiety of pain and begins to anticipate it, thereby making suffering worse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Autism: A Very Short Introduction
DB85589 4 hours 15 minutes
by Uta Frith
read by Laura Adducci
Emeritus professor of cognitive development at University College London explains the symptoms and what is known about the causes of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Discusses the growing awareness of autism in its many forms, the changing criteria for diagnosis, and savant talent. 2008.

Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction
DB85577 4 hours 40 minutes
by Aidan O’Donnell
read by Lou Harpenau
Anaesthetist demystifies the state of unconsciousness induced by drugs, how it differs from sleep, and how it affects the brain. Looks at past and current practices. Discusses pain; differences among topical, local, and general anaesthesia; pediatric and veterinary use; and side effects, risks, and future trends. Includes glossary. 2012.

AgeProof: Living Longer without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip
DB86652 12 hours 29 minutes
by Michael F. Roizen and others
read by various narrators
Today Show financial expert Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer Roizen explain the vital connection between health and wealth and how the same principles work for both. They provide a plan for both financial independence and biological strength, with action steps to get there. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future
DB85887 11 hours 37 minutes
by Caitlin Shetterly
read by Caitlin Shetterly
Shortly after she learned that her son had an alarming sensitivity to GMO corn, journalist Shetterly learned that she had the same condition. This expansion on her previously published viral Elle article focuses on the people, the science, and the corporations involved in GMO products. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Music

Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family
DB85756 8 hours 56 minutes
by Daniel Bergner
read by Ryan Vincent Anderson
African American opera singer Ryan Speedo Green was a juvenile delinquent with a difficult home life. Luckily a teacher noticed his singing talent and mentored him. A visit to the Metropolitan Opera in New York cemented his desire to become a professional opera singer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon
DB86758 18 hours 25 minutes
by Peter Ames Carlin
read by Adam Grupper
A portrait of influential singer and songwriter Paul Simon. Using research and interviews with friends and fellow musicians, the author traces Simon’s personal and musical development from his days with collaborator Art Garfunkel, his successful solo career, his hit album Graceland, and his later projects. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Not Dead Yet
DB86205 12 hours 16 minutes
by Phil Collins
read by Phil Collins
Musician who took up the drums at an early age tells of his childhood, his years with the band Genesis, his solo career, and his later experiences playing with other famous musicians. Personal stories include his struggles with addiction after his first retirement in 2007. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Is That All There Is? The Strange Life of Peggy Lee
DB85278 25 hours 12 minutes
by James Gavin
read by Kerry Dukin
Music journalist traces the life and career of influential singer, born Norma Deloris Egstrom, in 1920 in North Dakota. Her talent and ambition led to Hollywood and a career that spanned sixty years. Interviews and research show her dedication to her craft, but also her inner torment. Some strong language. 2014.

How to Listen to Jazz
DB85237 6 hours 59 minutes
by Ted Gioia
read by Bill Delaney
A musician who is also a music historian examines jazz. Aimed at listeners new to jazz, the content covers the origins of this musical form, its typical structure, the evolution of various styles of jazz, profiles of some famous innovators, and a look at jazz today. 2016.

Early Music: A Very Short Introduction
DB85633 4 hours 48 minutes
by Thomas Forrest Kelly
read by Emily Ellet
Harvard University professor discusses medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music and their present-day revival. Considers the challenges of re-creating early music, including the need to reproduce old instruments such as clavichords and lutes, and acknowledges some of the performers, teachers, and craftspeople who have kept these genres alive. 2011.

Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain
DB86860 7 hours 13 minutes
by Alan Light
read by Fred Berman
An editor from Rolling Stone tells the stories behind Prince’s 1983 album Purple Rain and the movie of the same name filmed that year. He provides behind-the-scenes details drawn from interviews with Prince’s musical collaborators, his friends, and the film’s director. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

My Voice: A Memoir
DB85767 7 hours 30 minutes
by Angie Martinez
read by Angie Martinez
New York City radio personality shares her experience hosting one of the most popular radio programs in the country. She shares personal and professional stories of her climb to the top and her twenty years at the biggest hip-hop stations in the country. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
DB86861 12 hours 24 minutes
by Blair Tindall
read by Amanda Ronconi
An oboist shares her struggles to make a living as a musician. The author was one of many professional musicians in New York trying to earn one of the few available spots in a prestigious orchestra. Basis for TV series of the same name. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2005.

Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar
DB86027 11 hours 53 minutes
by Brad Tolinski and Alan Di Perna
read by Rob Shapiro
Music journalist and the editor of Guitar World magazine explore the history of the electric guitar. They examine the evolution of the instrument and the inventors responsible, from early experiments in vibration amplification in the 1920s to twenty-first-century developments in guitars. With a foreword by Carlos Santana. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap
DB85531 15 hours 19 minutes
by Ben Westhoff
read by J.D. Jackson
A journalist looks at the West Coast rap artists who came to prominence in the late 1980s. Includes interviews with notable rappers and examines the way the music consciously glamorized “thug life,” sometimes with disastrous consequences for the artists themselves. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Nature and the Environment

Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth
DB86016 10 hours 52 minutes
by Jane Alexander
read by Jane Alexander
Actress, conservationist, and author of Command Performance (DB51526) examines the field of animal conservation. Discusses scientists researching the animals and their environments, her own travels to locations, and efforts to preserve conditions for the flourishing of future generations, both human and animal. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Deserts: A Very Short Introduction
DB85631 4 hours 24 minutes
by Nick Middleton
read by Jeremy Gage
Describes the climates, landscapes, plants, animals, and people of the world’s deserts. Explains natural phenomena such as sand dunes and mirages, the ways technology has opened deserts to urban development, and the causes and consequences of desertification of once-useful land. 2009.

The Earth: A Very Short Introduction
DB85671 5 hours 5 minutes
by Martin Redfern
read by Kurt Elftmann
Geologist describes our planet’s dynamic, interdependent systems and the delicate equilibrium that makes life possible. Explains the geophysical processes we cannot experience in geologic (deep) time (such as tectonic plate movement or the creation and erosion of mountain ranges) and those that occur in human time (like volcanoes and earthquakes). 2003.

Philosophy

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Others
DB84408 14 hours 44 minutes
by Sarah Bakewell
read by Mary Kane
A biographer explores the topic of existentialism through the lives of influential philosophers. While the café culture of 1930s Paris and lovers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir are a big focus, other important thinkers are profiled as well. Bestseller. 2016.

Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
DB85664 4 hours 18 minutes
by Simon Critchley
read by Mark Ashby
Traces the history of modern European philosophy, beginning with Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason in 1781. Discusses the ways continental thought differs from Anglo-American analytic philosophy— personified by the debate between Martin Heidegger and Rudolf Carnap— and the importance of Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of nihilism. 2001.

Foucault: A Very Short Introduction
DB85640 4 hours 4 minutes
by Gary Gutting
read by Jeremy Gage
Philosophy professor elucidates the life and works of the French thinker and the tension between aesthetic contemplation and political activism. Explores the metaphors of archaeology, geology, psychoanalysis, and problematization in analyzing his focus on marginalized groups and commitment to self-transformation. 2005.

Happiness: A Very Short Introduction
DB85645 5 hours 59 minutes
by Daniel M. Haybron
read by Carol Jacobanis
Philosophy professor explores what happiness is, what matters in life, what our priorities should be, and the role of virtue. Discusses the three basic theories of emotional condition, hedonism, and life satisfaction and their limitations. Examines the nature of well-being and how it differs from happiness. 2013.

Causation: A Very Short Introduction
DB85658 4 hours 20 minutes
by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum
read by Robert Sams
Theories of causation— one of the core topics in philosophy— and the debates surrounding them. Discusses the perspective of thinkers such as David Hume and Bertrand Russell, the role of free will, and the use of data in the search for causes. 2013.

The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction
DB85674 4 hours 35 minutes
by John Robertson
read by Steven Carpenter
Introduces the Enlightenment as an intellectual movement of eighteenth-century Europe associated with the public role of the philosopher. Discusses key ideas and driving factors of the movement: using reason to improve the human condition, anti-imperialism, the importance of the public sphere, the development of social contacts outside the church, and the burgeoning print culture. Explains the movement’s contribution to secularization, not by attacking religion but through skeptical inquiry. 2015.

Descartes: A Very Short Introduction
DB85668 3 hours 4 minutes
by Tom Sorell
read by Peter Holdway
Philosophy professor surveys the life and writings of French thinker Descartes, who made significant contributions to physics, mathematics, and optics. Explores his striving for an objective mathematical understanding of the physical world. Discusses accusations of heresy and atheism made against him, despite the benevolent God at the center of his metaphysics. 1987.

Conscience: A Very Short Introduction
DB85626 5 hours 48 minutes
by Paul Strohm
read by Carol Jacobanis
The origins of the concept of conscience in the Western world and what it has meant to people over the past two millennia. Examines the ideas of skeptics such as Dostoevsky and Freud and the ways social consensus and the church have shaped conscience. 2011.

Poetry

Milk and Honey
DB85396 0 hours 56 minutes
by Rupi Kaur
read by Gabriella Cavallero
Poems exploring the female and feminine experience. Works touch on moments of joy, sorrow, terror, confusion, empowerment, counsel, friendship, and more. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.

The Hatred of Poetry
DB85515 2 hours 0 minutes
by Ben Lerner
read by Bill Delaney
Poet and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” explores the virtues of poetry by using the hatred of the form as a starting point. Examines the use of punctuation and pronunciation to alter meaning. Highlights works by Claudia Rankine, the author of Citizen (DB81184), and others. 2016.

Psychology and Self-Help

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond
DB85445 11 hours 20 minutes
by Julia Cameron
read by Carol Dines
The author of The Artist’s Way (DB41149) addresses how retirees can pursue a creative life. Arranged as a twelve-week course in re-igniting creativity, she discusses how the newfound freedom of retirement can be a shock and gives readers tools for inspiration. 2016.

The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing
DB85770 6 hours 50 minutes
by Gavin Edwards
read by Gavin Edwards
Examination of the antics of actor and comedian Bill Murray and the presentation of ten principles for enjoying life. Discusses Murray’s well-known hijinks, such as playing “Guess Who?” with random people on the street, and lesser-known exploits, including doing dishes for a house party. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Intelligent Conversationalist: 31 Cheat Sheets That Will Show You How to Talk to Anyone about Anything, Anytime
DB85504 13 hours 13 minutes
by Imogen Lloyd Webber
read by Paige O’Malley
A journalist sets out to help those uncomfortable with small talk, employing thirty-one cheat sheets on a range of topics, including grammar, history, religion, economics, and culture. The author believes by prepping on a variety of subjects, one need never be at a loss for conversation. 2016.

America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks
DB86606 7 hours 15 minutes
by Ruth Whippman
read by Ruth Whippman
British journalist living in the United States looks at the ways Americans create stress by relentlessly pursuing happiness. Examines various self-help movements, management efforts to increase employee satisfaction, parenting, and social media. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Religion

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
DB85651 3 hours 54 minutes
by Julian Baggini
read by Bob Moore
Editor of the Philosophers’ Magazine asserts a positive view of atheism, arguing that someone who does not believe in God can still lead a positive, meaningful, and moral life. Challenges popular notions about atheism, including its supposed role in the atrocities of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. 2003.

Buddha: A Very Short Introduction
DB85620 3 hours 39 minutes
by Michael Carrithers
read by Ken Kliban
Anthropology professor describes the life and times of the religious leader whose teachings have survived through centuries and spread from India throughout Asia and onto the West. Discusses canonical forms, how his doctrines were preserved and modified, and why they continue to be relevant. 1983.

Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction
DB85579 5 hours 0 minutes
by Mark Chapman
read by Lou Harpenau
Historical theologian explains the Church of England and Anglicanism and their development through the centuries and across the globe. Highlights the religion’s distinctive theological features, controversies, independence from royal supremacy, changed relationships with political authority, conferences, and the challenges of globalization. 2006.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
DB85769 10 hours 15 minutes
by The Dalai Lama and others
read by various narrators
On the occasion of his eightieth birthday, the Dalai Lama hosted his friend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa, for a discussion on joy. Their five-day conversation is recounted by the moderator, Douglas Carlton Abrams. Subjects touched on include obstacles to joy, cultivating well-being, and others. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

On Living
DB86602 4 hours 13 minutes
by Kerry Egan
read by Kerry Egan
Chaplain shares her experiences working with people in hospice and their families. Discusses the spiritual impact of dying, examining the meaning of one’s own life, and the ways her work has affected her own healing process following a traumatic medical procedure. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction
DB85583 5 hours 1 minute
by Eddie S. Glaude
read by Jake Williams
The role of religious faith and practice in the lives of African Americans, from the time of slavery through the civil rights movement and the Obama years. Explores the influence of African traditions, the rise of urban megachurches, and the relationship of African American Muslims to global Islam. 2014.

Angels: A Very Short Introduction
DB85578 4 hours 14 minutes
by David Albert Jones
read by Lou Harpenau
Explores the definition, depictions, history, and activities of angels as guardians, messengers, helpers, healers, and warriors. Discusses their development in the three great Abrahamic religions, their gender transition from male to female in the nineteenth century, their enduring cultural appeal, and how they illuminate the mystery of life. 2010.

Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe
DB86008 6 hours 57 minutes
by Tom Krattenmaker
read by Tom Krattenmaker
Columnist for USA Today and communications director for Yale Divinity School argues that it is possible to believe in Jesus and follow his teachings but not be religious. Examines sociological research, personal experiences, and his work on religion in public life to bolster his case. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction
DB85650 5 hours 21 minutes
by Robin Le Poidevin
read by Patrick Downer
Professor of metaphysics at the University of Leeds offers a philosophical defense of agnosticism, which he argues is much more than “the ‘don’t know’ position on God’s existence.” Considers the reasons for being agnostic, how the agnostic should live, and ways to teach agnosticism. 2010.

A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sister Maura
DB86865 12 hours 23 minutes
by Eileen Markey
read by Karen White
Biography of Sister Maura Clarke (1931– 1980), one of four American women who were murdered by members of El Salvador’s military. Discusses Clarke’s childhood in Queens, New York; her calling to become a missionary; and her work with the poor in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume 1; Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism
DB82222 120 hours 52 minutes
edited by Jack Miles and others
read by Mark Ashby
Collection of foundational texts and writings about Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism. Includes analyses, historical overviews, and explanations of practice for each religion. Essays from Oscar Wilde, the Dalai Lama, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Rza of the Wu-Tang Clan. 2015.

Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction
DB85634 4 hours 44 minutes
by Geraldine Pinch
read by Emily Ellet
Egyptologist analyzes the myths that expressed the core values of the Nile River kingdom for three thousand years. Discusses the gods and goddesses of Egypt’s religious narratives; the legendary exploits of its rulers, including the pharaoh Tutankhamun; and the meaning of symbols such as the sacred eye. 2004.

The Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace
DB85451 10 hours 38 minutes
by Pedram Shojai
read by Jake Williams
Taoist monk provides tips and guidance on dealing with the stressors related to living in an urban, industrialized society. Discusses meditation, the importance of sleep, work lifestyle, dealing with food choices and gaining weight, personal interactions, and other issues. Some strong language. 2016.

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom
DB86299 14 hours 45 minutes
by Jack Weatherford
read by Mark Bramhall
Anthropologist details the rise of Genghis Khan (c. 1162– 1227), his personal non-religious philosophies, and his methods of government to enforce religious tolerance across his empire. Explores the impact of these governing attitudes on the development of the United States and its Constitution. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Science and Technology

No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon
DB85352 6 hours 24 minutes
by Buzz Aldrin
read by Patrick Downer
Astronaut who was one of the first two humans to walk on the moon shares thirteen lessons he has learned over the course of his life. Uses personal experiences to highlight each lesson and discusses his support of future manned space exploration programs, particularly to Mars. 2016.

Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction
DB85660 3 hours 39 minutes
by Peter Atkins
read by Mark Ashby
Former Oxford University professor and author of a widely used chemistry textbook explains the field’s core concepts and the ways chemical research has contributed to culture, pleasure, medicine, and civilization in general. 2015.

Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction
DB85580 3 hours 34 minutes
by Paul Bahn
read by Lou Harpenau
Examines the study of the human past based on material remains. Traces the history of archaeology from 2.5 million years ago to the present. Discusses the importance of establishing chronologies, how sites are defined, social implications of studying human remains, challenges in balancing public presentation with conservation, and new technologies. 1996.

The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
DB85409 13 hours 50 minutes
by Alex Bellos
read by George Holmes
Mathematician and journalist examines the ways numbers have influenced human life throughout history. Shares observations about the predominance of lower-value numbers in the Domesday Book, stories from other mathematicians, and profiles of personalities who engage with math and numbers in their everyday lives. 2014.

Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds
DB85802 11 hours 11 minutes
by Rachelle Bergstein
read by Nicola Daval
History of the fashion and business of diamonds. Traces the role of diamonds in culture by looking at their use by royalty, the elite, middle-class, businessmen, governments, entertainers, criminals, and more. Discusses the growth of the diamond industry, marketing, and ethical implications of mining, distributing, and owning diamonds. 2016.

Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction
DB85581 5 hours 24 minutes
by James Binney
read by Lou Harpenau
Oxford University astrophysicist explains the ways the immutable laws of physics can be applied to everything that lies beyond Earth and advance our understanding of the structure and evolution of stars, planetary systems, and galaxies. 2016.

Engineering: A Very Short Introduction
DB85635 5 hours 27 minutes
by David Blockley
read by Emily Ellet
A comprehensive exploration of the making and using of tools to fulfill human purposes. Examines five ages, from natural phenomena of gravity, heat, and electromagnetism to information and systems. Discusses creative problem solving, miniaturization of components, and the challenges inherent in managing risk, and explains how mobile phones and computers work. 2012.

Agriculture: A Very Short Introduction
DB85585 5 hours 4 minutes
by Paul Brassley and Richard Soffe
read by Jake Williams
Surveys agricultural production around the world, from multinational agribusinesses to family farmers. Topics include soils and crops, care and breeding of farm animals, modern and traditional farming methods, and the impacts of climate change and genetic modification. 2016.

Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction
DB85656 5 hours 9 minutes
by Eric H. Cline
read by Bob Moore
Biblical archaeology seeks to illuminate the ancient world over a two thousand-year period in the Middle East and North Africa, not necessarily to prove or disprove Bible stories. Cline traces its evolution from pioneers to the present, from pick and shovel to DNA analysis, petrography, magnetometers, and satellite photography. 2009.

Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction
DB85665 3 hours 59 minutes
by Peter Coles
read by Mark Ashby
Astrophysicist presents the evolution of the relatively new science seeking to answer ancient questions such as: How old is the universe? Is it infinite? How much matter does it hold and in what form? Examines Einstein’s relativity theory, Newton’s gravitation theory, black holes, Omega’s significance, and the Big Bang theory. 2001.

Crystallography: A Very Short Introduction
DB85623 4 hours 51 minutes
by A.M. Glazer
read by Catherine Byers
Former president of the British Crystallographic Association details mankind’s long fascination with crystals, the tools scientists use to discover their atomic structure and properties, and the practical applications of crystallography in medicine, industry, and technology. Previews future directions for research. 2016.

Time Travel: A History
DB85888 10 hours 2 minutes
by James Gleick
read by Rob Shapiro
Author of Chaos (DB27005) and The Information (DB73808) tackles the topic of time travel. Discusses the science behind the potential of it— through the work of Einstein, Feynman, and more— and its roots in literature such as H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (DB33367). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Algebra: A Very Short Introduction
DB85858 7 hours 27 minutes
by Peter M. Higgins
read by Emily Ellet
The inventor of Circular Sudoku, a professor in pure mathematics at England’s University of Essex, explains what he calls “the lingua franca of the mathematical sciences,” from linear equations to vector spaces and finite fields. 2015.

The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction
DB85587 4 hours 33 minutes
by Peter Holland
read by Jake Williams
Zoology professor discusses the animal kingdom’s evolution and the development of systems to order its vast diversity. Examines how the phylum, the fundamental unit of classification, is determined, and investigates many lesser known, unusual animals and their place on the phylogenetic tree of life. 2011.

Darwin: A Very Short Introduction
DB85667 4 hours 22 minutes
by Jonathan Howard
read by Kurt Elftmann
Overview of Charles Darwin’s life and work focuses on his theory of evolution by natural selection and the scientific foundation on which he built it. Critiques efforts to apply the Darwinian principle of “survival of the fittest” to economics, sociology, and other fields. 1982.

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
DB86024 6 hours 36 minutes
by Sam Maggs
read by Jodelle Ferland
Profiles of twenty-five women in the categories of science, medicine, espionage, innovation, and adventure. Features women from all over the world and across time, including Ada Lovelace (1815– 1852), Anandibai Joshi (1865– 1887), and Bessie Coleman (1892– 1926). Each section concludes with a Q&A and an interview with a twenty-first-century woman in a similar career. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters
DB86006 7 hours 24 minutes
by Christine Negroni
read by Christine Negroni
Aviation journalist with experience as an air safety investigator examines aircraft accidents since the 1930s, paying particular attention to the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 over the South China Sea in 2014. Presents her hypothesis that hypoxia— lack of oxygen— came into play, causing the crash. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction
DB85666 4 hours 55 minutes
by Fred Piper and Sean Murphy
read by Mark Ashby
A nontechnical overview of the art and science of code-making and code-breaking, exploring the historical and possible future impact. Explains algorithms and provides practice exercises for breaking them. Stresses the importance of key management and offers many examples of ciphers, including those thought to have been unbreakable. 2002.

Merlin’s Tour of the Universe: A Skywatcher’s Guide to Everything from Mars and Quasars to Comets, Planets, Blue Moons, and Werewolves
DB85038 4 hours 20 minutes
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
read by Joe Biedrzycki
Astrophysicist and author of The Pluto Files (DB69831) uses the concept of Merlin— an ancient visitor from the planet Omniscia in the Andromeda galaxy— to answer questions about human understanding of the universe. Topics covered include bodies in the solar system, scientific tools, and life beyond the Milky Way. 1989.

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction
DB85647 4 hours 42 minutes
by Bernard Wood
read by Doug Ramsdell
Paleoanthropologist summarizes what is known— and what is still unknown— about human evolutionary history. Explains how fossils are found and analyzed, the similarities and differences between the great apes— chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans— and modern humans, and the origins of Homo sapiens. 2005.

Social Sciences

The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen
DB85439 4 hours 43 minutes
by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
read by Patricia Kilgarriff
Journalist profiles many different types of world citizens, also known as cosmopolites. These individuals include rich people seeking tax havens, stateless people of countries like the UAE, “seasteaders” who reside on floating city-states, shady businessmen, and many others. 2015.

Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction
DB85642 7 hours 18 minutes
by Ken Binmore
read by Richard Davidson
Economics professor uses many kinds of games to illustrate the analysis of strategies for dealing with competitive social situations. Discusses theories of Von Neumann, Nash, and others, and demonstrates applications in economics, psychology, and warfare, explaining risk aversion, the backward induction argument, and the myth of the wasted vote. 2007.

Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea
DB85474 11 hours 32 minutes
by Mitchell Duneier
read by Ken Kliban
Sociologist examines research into the history and development of ghetto communities and their roles in the economic and ecologic health of community members. Focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century incarnations of ghettos, including Nazi-era Jewish ghettos, Chicago in 1944 and 1987, and Harlem in 1965 and 2004. 2016.

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
DB86771 19 hours 49 minutes
by Thomas L. Friedman
read by various narrators
Author of The World Is Flat (DB60317) and Hot, Flat, and Crowded (DB67562) examines the implications of a world where technological advances occur at an ever-increasing rate of speed. Discusses the impact on social psychology, global relations, and governmental policies. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Body: A Very Short Introduction
DB85655 5 hours 13 minutes
by Chris Shilling
read by Gary Telles
Sociologist emphasizes the necessity of studying humans as embodied beings, beyond physiology and biology, to understand society, identity, culture, and history. Illustrates the many ways the physical self has been valued or managed, and how it has influenced and been influenced by social and technological forces. 2016.

Sports and Recreation

99: Stories of the Game
DB86204 12 hours 12 minutes
by Wayne Gretzky
read by Mike Chamberlain
A history of hockey and the NHL by the man considered by many to be the greatest hockey player in history. Includes his own story of his years on the ice, a history of the game, and a look at hockey’s pivotal moments and star players. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

A Life Well Played: My Stories
DB85889 5 hours 44 minutes
by Arnold Palmer
read by various narrators
The professional golfer, who passed away in 2016, offers up advice while sharing his life story. Covers the first time his greenskeeper father put a club in his hand until his time on the Champions Circuit. Short chapters are divided into three sections: Golf, Life, and Business. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Stage and Screen

Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life
DB86272 10 hours 35 minutes
by Peter Ackroyd
read by Gildart Jackson
Novelist and biographer tackles the life of the famous director, known as a master of suspense. Looks at Hitchcock’s childhood, and how it might have influenced his dark cinematic vision. Each of his films is analyzed with behind-the-scenes anecdotes included. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific
DB86291 23 hours 32 minutes
by David Bianculli
read by David Bianculli
TV critic surveys some of the best shows to air on television, focusing on what he calls the current superlative era that began in 1999. Highlights five shows the author thinks are most significant in each of eighteen genres. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
DB85597 8 hours 3 minutes
by Carol Burnett
read by Carol Burnett
Actress and comedian reminisces about her groundbreaking TV program The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967 to 1978. Includes stories about the cast, guests, and some of her favorite skits from the show. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries
DB86769 14 hours 34 minutes
by Andy Cohen
read by Andy Cohen
Follow up to The Andy Cohen Diaries (DB80552) from the creator of the TV show Watch What Happens: Live. Discusses his tour with Anderson Cooper, the launch of his radio channel, and the various times he has offended celebrities. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
DB86644 4 hours 38 minutes
by Lauren Graham
read by Lauren Graham
Star of the TV show Gilmore Girls talks about her years on the show, the revival of the series in 2016, and other aspects of her life and acting career. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

George Lucas: A Life
DB86868 18 hours 20 minutes
by Brian Jay Jones
read by Jay Snyder
Biographer and author of Jim Henson (DB82632) tackles the subject of the legendary filmmaker famous for creating the Star Wars franchise. Profiles not only his creative side, but also the business acumen that changed Hollywood as much as his movies did. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin
DB85824 20 hours 37 minutes
by David Kaufman
read by Laura Giannarelli
Theater critic examines the life of one of Broadway’s iconic leading ladies. Covers her legendary portrayal of characters in famous musicals like South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and Peter Pan, as well as her relationship with her son and rumored love affairs with other actresses. Some strong language. 2016.

I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood’s Legendary Actresses
DB86302 7 hours 26 minutes
by Robert Wagner
read by Robert Wagner
Actor discusses the many actresses he knew and loved, starting with his first encounter with star Norma Shearer when he was eight. He stresses the strength shown by many of these women who, he believes, had a much harder time than their male counterparts. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Travel

My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home
DB86759 7 hours 38 minutes
by Lisa Anselmo
read by Lisa Anselmo
Former creative director at Time, Inc., reflects on the time in her life after the death of her controlling mother. Discusses her decision to buy an apartment in Paris, what appears at first to be a small home-improvement project, and the relationships she builds with her neighbors. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

When in French: Love in a Second Language
DB85807 7 hours 46 minutes
by Lauren Collins
read by Khristine Hvam
Staff writer for the New Yorker explores falling in love with her Frenchman husband when they meet in London. Discusses learning a second language, attempting to better understand your significant other when you don’t speak their native language, and navigating a new home with the same limitation. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Every Frenchman Has One
DB85516 4 hours 19 minutes
by Olivia de Havilland
read by Laura Giannarelli
In 1953, Academy Award-winning actress Olivia de Havilland married a Frenchman and moved to Paris. She shares stories of her experiences in the City of Light, her adaptation to life in France, and the culture shock of being a Hollywood actress in Paris in the 1950s. 1961.

U.S. History

The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
DB85550 4 hours 39 minutes
by Robert J. Allison
read by Judie Yuill
Professor of history presents a detailed examination of the origins of conflicts between American colonies and the thriving British empire. Describes the evolution from resistance to revolt, including military actions and commanders. Discusses the newly independent states’ efforts to create their governments. 2015.

Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend
DB86268 16 hours 11 minutes
by Deirdre Bair
read by Rob Shapiro
National Book Award-winning biographer provides an account of the entire life of legendary gangster Al Capone. Includes information from Capone’s personal testimony and family archival documents. Discusses his childhood, his multi-million-dollar Chicago-based bootlegging, prostitution, and gambling operations, and his ultimate capture and imprisonment. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South
DB86290 6 hours 7 minutes
by Adrienne Berard
read by Moe Egan
Journalist recounts how, in 1924, a Chinese-American family in Mississippi fought for the right to attend the local middle school. This fight prompted the very first U.S. Supreme Court case to challenge the constitutionality of racial segregation in public schools. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt
DB85486 12 hours 23 minutes
by Patrick H. Breen
read by Bob Moore
A recounting of the rebellion of Nat Turner and six other men against slaveholders in 1831. The author particularly examines the difficult choice the local black community faced in deciding whether to join the rebels or support their masters. Some violence. 2015.

The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt
DB85356 7 hours 23 minutes
by Eric Burns
read by Bob Moore
An examination of the life of President Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, the frail Quentin, and his relationship with his father. Particularly discusses how, after Roosevelt’s championing America’s entry into WWI, Quentin ultimately died in aerial combat. 2016.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 2: The Defining Years, 1933– 1938
DB86283 28 hours 58 minutes
by Blanche Wiesen Cook
read by Kate Reading
The second volume in a comprehensive biography of the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, who worked as a politician, diplomat, and activist. This volume covers the tumultuous era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the years leading up to World War II. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 1992.

American Political History: A Very Short Introduction
DB85575 4 hours 50 minutes
by Donald T. Critchlow
read by Lou Harpenau
Explores the ways American politics has changed since the nation’s founding. Topics include the rise of political parties, expansion of the electorate, disagreements over the federal government’s proper role, and the Constitution’s steadying influence in times of turmoil. 2015.

American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction
DB85652 5 hours 44 minutes
by David A. Gerber
read by Gary Telles
The social, economic, and political impact of immigration on the United States. Topics include the history of immigration law, demographic changes spawned by a wave of non-European immigration since the mid-1960s, and the future of assimilation. 2011.

The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944– 1945
DB86270 23 hours 18 minutes
by James D. Hornfischer
read by Pete Larkin
Historian implements primary sources and personal accounts from both Americans and Japanese to provide a narrative of the climactic end stage of the Pacific War. Focuses on the American invasion of the Mariana Islands in the summer of 1944 and the events triggered by that attack. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Herbert Hoover: A Life
DB86243 16 hours 30 minutes
by Glen Jeansonne
read by Mark Deakins
Historian describes the life of the controversial president, dismissing some previous assumptions about him. Jeansonne presents Hoover as a political progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Covers Hoover’s childhood, early career as an engineer, and political achievements. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Over Here: The First World War and American Society
DB85726 20 hours 31 minutes
by David M. Kennedy
read by Kerry Dukin
Historian analyzes America’s participation in World War I, as well as the impact on the home front. Discusses isolationist mentality, justifications for entering the war, the draft system, soldiers’ experiences, and the role of the United States in the postwar political landscape. 1980.

American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750– 1804
DB85884 18 hours 56 minutes
by Alan Taylor
read by Mark Bramhall
Examines the buildup to the American Revolutionary War, fueled by local conditions and resistance to control. The author posits that the revolution pivoted on western expansion and opposition to new British taxes. Also discusses fighting tactics and the lingering discord afterwards. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit
DB86033 33 hours 4 minutes
by James Traub
read by J.P. Linton
Biography of the sixth president of the United States— and son of the second— John Quincy Adams (1767– 1848). Discusses his early life as the son of a founding father, forays into political life— including roles as ambassador and secretary of state— presidency, family life, and the impact of his personality on political ambitions. 2016.

American Women’s History: A Very Short Introduction
DB85586 5 hours 24 minutes
by Susan Ware
read by Jill Ferris
Feminist biographer, author, and editor explains how American women’s lives transformed and were transformed by history, from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. Discusses slavery, gender expectations, effect of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, industrialization, and the economic contribution of women’s labor. Describes nineteenth-century women’s movements, including suffrage. 2015.

American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction
DB85576 4 hours 6 minutes
by Heather Andrea Williams
read by Lou Harpenau
Beginning with origins before the birth of Columbus, professor of African studies explores the forced transatlantic migrations from Africa to Europe and eventually to the Americas. Examines the legislation supporting enslavement systems and the conflicts between proslavery advocates and abolitionists. 2014.

World History

The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War
DB86009 15 hours 24 minutes
by H.W. Brands
read by Scott Brick
Historian recounts the conflicts that arose between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur in the aftermath of World War II as they worked to determine the future of America. Discusses tensions surrounding nuclear weapons, relations with the Soviet Union, the blockade of West Berlin, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction
DB85856 8 hours 7 minutes
by Paul Cartledge
read by J.P. Linton
Describes a huge expanse of time and territory by focusing on the characteristics, achievements, and influences of eleven major ancient Greek cities. Explores each city in detail, covering the politics, trade, social hierarchy, religion, and philosophy. Includes a Who’s Who of prominent names in Greek culture, a glossary, and a chronology. 2011.

The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
DB85641 4 hours 26 minutes
by William Doyle
read by Jeremy Gage
Examines “this crossroads of modern history,” the great eighteenth-century upheaval, and emphasizes that it was a series of developments taking place over years, not a single event. Explores its many contributing conditions and its legacies, and the overthrow of a world of unquestioning compliance. 2001.

Tears before the Rain: An Oral History of the Fall of South Vietnam
DB85459 18 hours 34 minutes
by Larry Engelmann
read by L.J. Ganser
Historian presents a collection of oral histories from people involved in the last days of South Vietnam before its collapse in 1975, and their lives afterward. People interviewed include American and South Vietnamese soldiers and officers, adult and child refugees, opposition military and politicians, and others. Violence and some strong language. 1990.

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
DB85241 23 hours 9 minutes
by Peter Frankopan
read by Ken Kliban
Frankopan realigns world history to an eastward orientation, chronicling the crucial role of the trade routes that connected the East and West in the rise of civilization. He begins with the first cities in Mesopotamia and covers significant phenomena such as the Roman Empire, the fall of Communism, and other events. 2015.

Scarlet Women: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans, Concubines, and Royal Mistresses
DB85295 15 hours 10 minutes
by Ian Graham
read by George Holmes
Profiles the lives of women throughout history known for their oft-illicit relationships with men in power. Includes, among others, the stories of Marie Duplessis, Clara Ward, Ninon de l’Enclos, and La Belle Otero, whose patrons included Kaiser Wilhelm II, King Edward VII, and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia. Some descriptions of sex. 2016.

The First World War: A Very Short Introduction
DB85639 4 hours 33 minutes
by Michael Howard
read by Jason Culp
Oxford and Yale historian describes Europe’s geopolitical landscape before the beginning of World War I in 1914 as well as recounting the war’s great battles, the United States’ entry into the conflict in 1917, and Germany’s surrender and its consequences. 2002.

The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction
DB85654 4 hours 29 minutes
by Ashley Jackson
read by Peter Holdway
Historian examines how and why Britain acquired colonies and became preeminent in naval strength and global trade. Explores the positive and negative impacts of mastering others’ resources, human and natural, and the empire’s impact on Britain. Identifies characteristics, what distinguished this empire from others, and how colonies achieved independence. 2013.

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
DB85593 12 hours 49 minutes
by Elizabeth Letts
read by Paul Boehmer
The true story of the rescue of priceless pedigreed horses during World War II from a Nazi program designed to engineer a master race of the finest purebred horses. American soldiers planned and executed a mission to kidnap the horses and smuggle them away. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction
DB85662 7 hours 19 minutes
by Robert J. McMahon
read by Patrick Downer
Historian traces the Cold War from its origins in the wreckage of World War II to German reunification in 1990. Explores the Cold War’s political, economic, and cultural impact on the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe, and the rest of the world. 2003.

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill
DB86014 10 hours 16 minutes
by Candice Millard
read by Simon Vance
The author of Destiny of the Republic (DB73787) provides a narrative of Winston Churchill’s lesser-known exploits during the Boer War. Describes his capture and subsequent escape across hundreds of miles of enemy territory, with nothing but a wad of cash and a few pieces of chocolate. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters
DB86735 5 hours 24 minutes
by Giles Milton
read by Giles Milton
The author of When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain (DB85312) delves once more into little-known colorful stories from across history. Depicts, among other things, an attempt to produce a human-ape hybrid and a plot to fly a plane into the Eiffel Tower. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Tunnels: Escapes under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill
DB86267 12 hours 0 minutes
by Greg Mitchell
read by John Lee
An account of two separate attempts to rescue East Germans by tunneling beneath the Berlin Wall. Television networks helped fund these attempts in return for being allowed to film them, but the footage was ultimately suppressed by the government for fear of raising international tension. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Australia: A Very Short Introduction
DB85689 5 hours 26 minutes
by Kenneth Morgan
read by Jake Williams
The geography, climate, history, and culture of Australia, with particular emphasis on Aboriginal life before and after the European colonization that began in the eighteenth century. Topics include convict settlement, the 1850’s gold rush, life in “the bush,” and Australia’s relationship with its Asia-Pacific neighbors. 2012.

King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England; the Road to Magna Carta
DB85253 11 hours 37 minutes
by Marc Morris
read by Steven Carpenter
A portrait of the tyrannical English king whose rule led to revolt and his subjects forcing the issuing of the Magna Carta. The author covers the king’s life, from his beginnings as a youngest son with limited prospects until his death during civil war and foreign invasion. 2015.

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
DB85755 9 hours 24 minutes
by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
read by various narrators
A depiction of the Pacific Theater of World War II in 1944 and 1945. General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and plotted a full-scale invasion of Japan, even as Oppenheimer and his team test their bomb. Told in the same style as Killing Reagan (DB83693). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction
DB85663 3 hours 51 minutes
by Matthew Restall and Felipe Fernández-Armesto
read by Mark Ashby
Two historians challenge what they say are long-standing myths about the sixteenth-century Spanish invaders— not soldiers of the king but armed entrepreneurs— who conquered the Aztec and Inca empires. Includes details on the often-overlooked African and native warriors who fought alongside the Spaniards. 2012.

Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died under Nazi Occupation
DB86732 17 hours 0 minutes
by Anne Sebba
read by Polly Stone
An examination of life for the female population of Paris during the years of Nazi occupation. Discusses their daily interactions with the German conquerors, their collaboration and resistance, and their frequent life-and-death decisions. Includes profiles of spies, foreigners, mothers, mistresses, fashion designers, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction
DB85590 5 hours 57 minutes
by Ian Shaw
read by Jeremy Gage
From early Egyptologists’ discoveries to modern scientific analyses, describes aspects of the great civilization. Discusses the importance of the Narmer Palette, discovered in 1898, in understanding Egyptian culture. Explores the meaning of history, hieroglyphs, kingship, issues of race and gender, religion, and death-related practices. Includes glossary. 2004.

The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction
DB85637 5 hours 30 minutes
by Christopher Smith
read by Emily Ellet
History of the Etruscan civilization, which flourished in central Italy from 900 BCE to 400 BCE. Explores the Etruscans’ origins, language, religion, economy, and art, and the fascination that later generations— from the Medici to modern-day tourists in Tuscany— have had for their culture. 2014.

The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East
DB85763 11 hours 41 minutes
by Jay Solomon
read by Rob Shapiro
Journalist describes how Iran’s nuclear development went unnoticed for years, the blunders of American presidential administrations in their subsequent engagements with Iran, and the nuclear agreement reached in 2015. Utilizes in-depth reporting and interviews with key players in the conflict. Provides his own assessment of US-Iran relations moving forward. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction
DB85646 5 hours 10 minutes
by Penelope Wilson
read by Carol Jacobanis
Explores the cultural significance of hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing system used in ancient Egypt for more than three thousand years. Explains the purpose of hieroglyphs, the clues used to interpret them, and what they have taught us about life in the Nile Valley kingdom. 2003.

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Books for Children

Listed books were recently sent to cooperating libraries. Books and magazines are also available for immediate download from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site at https://nlsbard.loc.gov. To order books or sign up for BARD, contact your local cooperating library. Regional library telephone numbers and email addresses are listed on the last pages of this magazine.

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

Children’s Fiction

Adventure

A Crack in the Sea
DB86760 9 hours 47 minutes
by H.M. Bouwman
read by various narrators
Pip, a young boy who can speak to fish, sets off on a great adventure with his sister, Kinchen. They are joined by twins with magical powers, refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam, and some helpful sea monsters. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2017.

The Gauntlet: Iron Man
DB86274 6 hours 11 minutes
by Eoin Colfer
read by Ari Fliakos
When billionaire genius Tony Stark attends the international eco-summit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place. Then an old enemy resurfaces, threatening to assassinate all the eco-ministers— and Iron Man as well. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Captain Awesome, Books 8– 11
DB85492 2 hours 31 minutes
by Stan Kirby
read by Anne Hancock
Four more humorous adventures, written in 2013 and 2014, featuring Eugene and his Sunnyview Superhero Squad. In Captain Awesome vs. the Spooky, Scary House, the heroes investigate a creepy dwelling. Includes Captain Awesome Gets Crushed, Captain Awesome and the Missing Elephants, and Captain Awesome vs. the Evil Babysitter. For grades 2-4. 2014.

When the Sea Turned to Silver
DB85606 7 hours 39 minutes
by Grace Lin
read by Kim Mai Guest
Pinmei, a storyteller’s granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor. Companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (DB70391). Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Welcome to Equestria! My Little Pony
DB85506 0 hours 16 minutes
by Olivia London
read by Sara Barnett
When Princess Cadance and Prince Shining Armor take a tour of Equestria, they send Twilight Sparkle postcards along the way, telling her all about the flying competitions, apple orchards, city galas, and more. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2016.

The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2
DB85762 10 hours 36 minutes
by Rick Riordan
read by Kieran Culkin
Thor’s hammer is missing again, but this time it has fallen into enemy hands. Magnus Chase and his friends must retrieve the hammer quickly to keep the mortal world safe. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.

Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas
DB86018 7 hours 52 minutes
by Jonathan W. Stokes
read by Ralph Lister
Twelve-year-old Addison Cooke’s Uncle Nigel unearths ancient Incan secrets in Peru. Soon after, Uncle Nigel is kidnapped by a shadowy organization intent on stealing the treasure! Addison and his friends race to decipher the clues first. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Time Traveling with a Hamster
DB86245 8 hours 34 minutes
by Ross Welford
read by Bruce Mann
Twelve-year-old Artificial lntelligence Chaudhury discovers his late father’s time machine and travels back to 1984 with his pet hamster to prevent the go-kart accident that took his father’s life. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Wonder Woman at Super Hero High
DB85609 5 hours 50 minutes
by Lisa Yee
read by Ashley Eckstein
Homeschooled on Paradise Island, Wonder Woman applies to Super Hero High School to finish her world-saving training. Once enrolled, she juggles friendships, intensive training, a roommate obsessed with social media, and a new experience for Wonder Woman— meeting boys. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Animals and Wildlife

Word of Mouse
DB86858 4 hours 16 minutes
by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
read by Nate Begle
After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his mouse family and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors and, hopefully, find his missing family. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Family

Return to Sender
DB86719 7 hours 34 minutes
by Julia Alvarez
read by various narrators
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter. But when he finds out that the migrants may not be in the country legally, he discovers that real friendship knows no borders. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2010.

Lucky Strikes
DB85481 10 hours 27 minutes
by Louis Bayard
read by Nona Pipes
After her mother passes away suddenly during the Great Depression, orphaned Melia struggles to keep her siblings together and run the family gas station— but first she must come up with a father. An opportunity presents itself when a homeless drifter passes through town. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.

Some Kind of Happiness
DB85460 7 hours 47 minutes
by Claire Legrand
read by Mare Trevathan
When Finley Hart is sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer, her anxiety and overwhelming sadness continue, except when she escapes into her writings. Soon, her stories turn mysteriously real, and Finley realizes she must save this magical world to save herself. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Mango, Abuela, and Me
DB85338 0 hours 8 minutes
by Meg Medina
read by Gabriella Cavallero
When Mia’s abuela comes to live with her and her parents in the city, Mia discovers that her grandmother can’t read the words inside her favorite book. Mia helps her abuela learn English, and she ends up learning some Spanish, too. For preschool-grade 2. 2015.

Fantasy

The Burning Tide: Fall of the Beasts; Spirit Animals
DB86727 4 hours 41 minutes
by Jonathan Auxier
read by Nicola Barber
Working in separate worlds to stop the awakening Wyrm, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan find a strange group of allies but need to work quickly to locate an ancient trap that could end the war. Sequel to The Return (DB85872). Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

The Bronze Key: Magisterium, Book 3
DB85873 8 hours 33 minutes
by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
read by Paul Boehmer
After a classmate’s shocking death at the Magisterium— a training school for young mages— Call, Tamara, and Aaron track down a sinister killer and end up risking their own lives in the process. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2016.

The Return: Fall of the Beasts; Spirit Animals
DB85872 4 hours 49 minutes
by Varian Johnson
read by Nicola Barber
Four heroes— Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan— face a terrible new danger: their enemy has the power to enslave others and take away spirit animals from their bonded owners. Sequel to Broken Ground (DB84227). Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Pennyroyal Academy
DB84735 8 hours 49 minutes
by M.A. Larson
read by Susan Duerden
A girl with no memory enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle witches and dragons. Under a harsh regimen, the girl, renamed Evie, begins to understand what it really means to be a princess. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2014.

Furthermore
DB85805 8 hours 14 minutes
by Tahereh Mafi
read by Bronson Pinchot
Twelve-year-old Alice Queensmeadow, with the help of her friend Oliver, travels through the dangerous, magical land of Furthermore to rescue her missing father and prove her own magical abilities. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Friendship

The Secret Cookie Club and Campfire Cookies
DB85416 10 hours 11 minutes
by Martha Freeman
read by Lindsay Ellison
In The Secret Cookie Club, Moonlight Ranch camp counselor Hannah tries to get four very different girls and a boy to bond over baking. After they return home, they decide to remain friends by exchanging letters and homemade cookies. The gang is reunited in Campfire Cookies. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Journey’s End
DB86269 6 hours 35 minutes
by Rachel Hawkins
read by Saskia Maarleveld
Faced with a mysterious, deadly fog bank in a seaside Scottish village, new friends Nolie and Bel look for ways to stop it and come across an ancient spell that requires magic, a quest, and a sacrifice. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Lola and I
DB85453 0 hours 7 minutes
by Chiara Valentina Segré
read by Gabriella Cavallero
A story about the special friendship between a young girl and her dog. For grades K-3. 2015.

Every Single Second
DB85394 6 hours 47 minutes
by Tricia Springstubb
read by Kristin Allison
When the older brother of twelve-year-old Nella’s former friend Angela makes a horrible mistake, their little community is suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Nella must choose between being there for Angela or being a bystander to a tragic situation. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Growing Up

The Best Worst Thing
DB85302 3 hours 52 minutes
by Kathleen Lane
read by Margaret Strom
Several hours after Maggie and her family return home from the mini-mart, they learn that it was robbed and the cashier shot and killed. Scared, Maggie sees injustice and danger everywhere and does not like it one bit. She tries to devise ways of controlling her world. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Kay Thompson’s Eloise, Books 1– 6
DB85490 0 hours 17 minutes
by Margaret McNamara and others
read by Anne Hancock
Six books, written between 2006 and 2009, starring Kay Thompson’s precocious Eloise. Includes Eloise and the Very Secret Room, Eloise at the Wedding, Eloise’s Pirate Adventure, Eloise’s Summer Vacation, Eloise Throws a Party!, and Eloise Visits the Zoo. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.

Flying Lessons and Other Stories
DB86761 4 hours 37 minutes
edited by Ellen Oh
read by various narrators
From basketball dreams and family fiascoes to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children’s authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in everyone. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2017.

Falling Over Sideways
DB86201 5 hours 48 minutes
by Jordan Sonnenblick
read by Miriam Volle
Thirteen-year-old Claire feels like her life is cursed, but things get much worse when her beloved father suddenly falls over with a stroke at breakfast, and her world quickly changes. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9. 2016.

Historical Fiction

The Inquisitor’s Tale; or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
DB85809 10 hours 25 minutes
by Adam Gidwitz
read by various narrators
Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound. The three youths join forces on a quest and race through France to escape persecution. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II
DB86730 7 hours 2 minutes
by Alan Gratz
read by Dan Bittner
1943. Thirteen-year-old Michael O’Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service. After joining the Hitler Youth, Michael stumbles on Projekt 1065. Suddenly, his situation becomes a lot more dangerous. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9. 2016.

Liberty
DB86729 3 hours 56 minutes
by Kirby Larson
read by various narrators
New Orleans, 1940s. Polio-survivor Fish Elliot and his neighbor Olympia team up to save a starving stray dog they call Liberty, and they find other unlikely allies willing to help. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2016.

The Bicycle Spy
DB86728 3 hours 49 minutes
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
read by Mark Turetsky
Twelve-year-old Marcel loves riding his bicycle and dreams of competing in the Tour de France, but it is 1942 and German soldiers are everywhere. One day, he discovers that it is not just bread he is delivering for his parents, but something more dangerous. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
DB85307 0 hours 30 minutes
by Robbie Robertson
read by Joe Peck
Hiawatha, a Mohawk, plots revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga chief, Tadodaho. But then he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists Hiawatha’s help in bringing the five nations together to share his vision of peaceful unity, and Hiawatha himself finds forgiveness. For grades 3-6. 2015.

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
DB86265 4 hours 59 minutes
by Megan Shepherd
read by Fiona Hardingham
Emmaline, a young girl living in a children’s hospital during World War II, discovers that an injured, winged horse has entered her world and needs her help. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

The Warden’s Daughter
DB86650 7 hours 2 minutes
by Jerry Spinelli
read by Carrington MacDuffie
Living with her father, a warden, in an apartment above a 1950s prison, Cammie O’Reilly struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who died saving her from harm when she was a baby. Cammie interacts with some of the reformed inmates. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Humor

Zootopia
DB85440 2 hours 38 minutes
retold by Suzanne Francis
read by J.P. Linton
Rookie police officer Judy Hopps, a bunny, teams up with a fast-talking, con-artist fox named Nick Wilde to crack a case. Adaptation of the Disney film version. For grades 2-4. 2016.

Scab for Treasurer? Secrets of a Lab Rat, Book 3
DB85465 2 hours 27 minutes
by Trudi Trueit
read by Oliver Wyman
When teacher’s pet “Never Missy” Malone— who never misses her multiplication tables— runs for class president, Scab dares to go up against her. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2011.

Mystery</h4

Inspector Flytrap, Books 1– 2
DB85898 1 hour 21 minutes
by Tom Angleberger
read by Steven Carpenter
In Inspector Flytrap, a Venus flytrap and his trusty assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate important cases at an art museum, a cookie shop, and a garden. In The President’s Mane is Missing, President Horse G. Horse requests their services at the Capitol Building! For grades K-3. 2016.

Summer of Lost and Found
DB85438 6 hours 53 minutes
by Rebecca Behrens
read by Martha Harmon Pardee
City girl Nell is forced to spend her summer in Roanoke, North Carolina, with her botanist mother. When she meets historical re-enactor Ambrose, they search for clues to what happened to the lost Roanoke colonists, turning her once boring vacation into a true adventure. For grades 5-8. 2016.

The World Series Curse: Ballpark Mysteries Super Special, Book 1
DB85536 1 hour 24 minutes
by David A. Kelly
read by Marc Cashman
It’s game five of the Red Sox versus the Cubs in the World Series. When someone starts messing with the team— ruining equipment, getting Cubs players in trouble, and stirring up an old baseball curse— Mike and Kate investigate, hoping to ensure the game is won fair and square. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2016.

Greetings from Somewhere, Books 1– 4
DB85488 2 hours 23 minutes
by Harper Paris
read by Lindsay Ellison
Compilation of four mysteries featuring the adventures of twins Ethan and Ella during a trip around the world. Includes The Mystery of the Gold Coin, The Mystery of the Mosaic, The Mystery of the Stolen Painting, and The Mystery in the Forbidden City. For grades K-3. 2014.

Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion
DB85939 5 hours 41 minutes
by R.A. Spratt
read by Nona Pipes
Eleven-year-old Friday quickly solves a new case at the police station while waiting to be questioned under strange terrorism charges. Meanwhile, there is a school bake-off scandal to deal with, and a new boy shows an interest in her. Sequel to Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (DB83715). For grades 3-6. 2014.

The Creeping Shadow: Lockwood and Co., Book 4
DB86872 12 hours 59 minutes
by Jonathan Stroud
read by Emily Bevan
A terrible crime forces Lockwood to turn to Lucy for help, setting them on the trail of dark secrets at the heart of London society. Their investigation stirs up forces both professional and personal that they may not be able to control. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9. 2016.

Scary Stories

School of the Dead
DB85417 7 hours 24 minutes
by Avi
read by Don Feldheim
When twelve-year-old Tony’s weird Uncle Charlie comes to live with his family, the two become close and research the paranormal. When Uncle Charlie dies suddenly, Tony enrolls in a strange new school. To Tony’s surprise, the impossible happens, and he begins to see ghosts. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Curse of the Boggin: The Library, Book 1
DB85760 5 hours 12 minutes
by D.J. MacHale
read by various narrators
Soon after supernatural phenomena begin occurring around Marcus O’Mara, he discovers a key that leads to The Library, where all the stories of the living and dead are kept. Its contents will help him and his friends solve a terrifying mystery. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.

The Gathering: Shadow House, Book 1
DB85765 4 hours 29 minutes
by Dan Poblocki
read by Dan Bittner
Some houses are more than just haunted— they’re hungry. Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi have been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there’s nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2016.

School

The School Day Fairies, Books 1– 4
DB85359 2 hours 20 minutes
by Daisy Meadows
read by Julie-Ann Elliott
Four school adventures featuring best friends Kirsty and Rachel, their secret fairy friends, and the mischievous Jack Frost. In Marissa the Science Fairy, the girls fight back against Jack Frost’s shenanigans. Includes Alison the Art Fairy, Lydia the Reading Fairy, and Kathryn the Gym Fairy. For grades 2-4. 2014.

Making Mistakes on Purpose
DB86019 6 hours 12 minutes
by Elise Primavera
read by Katherine Kellgren
At the start of the second term at the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents, one of the students doesn’t make it back to school, and her fellow classmates attempt to rescue her. Sequel to Ms. Rapscott’s Girls (DB80784). Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Science Fiction

Fuzzy
DB85754 5 hours 2 minutes
by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger
read by J.P. Linton
When Max befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, she helps him navigate Vanguard Middle School, and together they reveal the truth behind the Robot Integration Program. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Galaxy Zack, Books 1– 4
DB85357 2 hours 49 minutes
by Ray O’Ryan
read by David DeBoy
Moving from Earth to the futuristic planet Nebulon in 2120, eight-year-old Zack is nervous about starting school and meeting people and aliens in Hello, Nebulon! Compilation also includes Journey to Juno, The Prehistoric Planet, and Monsters in Space! For grades K-3. 2013.

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Children’s Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Did You Know? Animals
DB85305 2 hours 40 minutes
by Derek Harvey
read by Joe Peck
Presents random facts about animals around the world, including why jellyfish glow, why lice live in our hair, how bats find their food in the dark, and why dung beetles collect poop. For grades 2-4. 2016.

Biography

A Wicked History, Books 1– 4
DB85414 8 hours 35 minutes
by Sean Stewart Price and others
read by Joe Peck
Four biographies, written between 2009 and 2016, featuring some of the most destructive leaders in history. Includes the titles Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient World; Attila the Hun: Leader of the Barbarian Hordes; Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia; and Cixi: Evil Empress of China? For grades 6-9. 2016.

Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote
DB85899 0 hours 15 minutes
by Dean Robbins
read by Marsha Rehns
Recounts the story of suffragette Alice Paul (1885– 1977) and her campaign to win women the right to vote. Highlights Alice’s spunk and perseverance in her effort to convince President Woodrow Wilson and a stubborn country that it was time to change the Constitution. For grades K-3. 2016.

General

Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You
DB85927 4 hours 16 minutes
by Luke Reynolds
read by Jon Pinnow
Provides advice on school, self-confidence, and the changing relationships with peers, teachers, and parents that emerge during middle school. Uses activities to encourage students to put their experiences in perspective and to feel comfortable with who they are. For grades 5-8. 2016.

Geography

Getting to Know Our Planet, Books 1– 4
DB85306 0 hours 52 minutes
by Vicky Franchino and Josh Gregory
read by Bob Moore
Explore the environment of four different biomes. Discover the predominant types of vegetation, the creatures that thrive there, and what the climate is like. Includes African Savanna, Amazon Rain Forest, Antarctic Tundra, and Great Barrier Reef. For grades 2-4. 2016.

National Park Explorers, Books 1– 6
DB85415 0 hours 40 minutes
by Sara Gilbert
read by Joe Peck
Explorations of six national parks. The titles included are Death Valley, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. The author provides an overview of the natural characteristics and wonders of each park, the creatures that live there, and activities for visitors. For grades K-3. 2016.

History

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
DB86005 5 hours 44 minutes
by Kenneth C. Davis
read by various narrators
An examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people who were considered the property of four of America’s presidents. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.

Why Did the Whole World Go to War? And Other Questions about . . . World War II
DB85308 0 hours 39 minutes
by Martin W. Sandler
read by Joe Peck
Guide to understanding why the world went to war in World War II. Discusses Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s invasions, Japan’s attacks, major battles, spies, and more. For grades 4-7. 2013.

Action Force, Books 1– 4
DB85360 2 hours 50 minutes
by John Townsend
read by Patrick Downer
Four volumes featuring the global fighting units and soldiers of both the Allied and Axis countries during World War II. Volumes include Air Force, Army, Navy, and Special Operations. For grades 3-6. 2016.

Music

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
DB85304 0 hours 19 minutes
by Susan Hood
read by Peter Holdway
Recounts the story of Ada’s dream to play music in Cateura, a small town built on a landfill in Paraguay. Favio Chávez, an engineer and musician, recycled garbage into musical instruments and taught the kids to play, eventually earning global recognition. For grades K-3. 2016.

Science

Scientists in Action! Books 1– 4
DB85303 4 hours 26 minutes
by Diane Bailey and others
read by Gary Telles
Four books featuring different scientific fields of study and providing an overview of each discipline. Includes Archaeologists!, Astronauts!, Big-Animal Vets!, and Biomedical Engineers! For grades 5-8. 2016.

Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceShipOne
DB85358 3 hours 23 minutes
by Tim Grove
read by Patrick Downer
A chronicle of the history of flight told through milestones in aviation and spaceflight. Includes the first hot-air balloon ride in France, lunar modules, the Hubble Space Telescope, and more. For grades 5-8. 2016.

You and Your Body

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure
DB86874 3 hours 35 minutes
by Caroline Paul
read by Tara Sands
The author recounts a life of personal escapades and shares exhilarating stories of daring women in history. Provides confidence-building activities and tips to inspire girls to pursue a life of adventure and excitement. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2016.

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Foreign Language Books

Español

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

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

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

América: La Última Esperanza; Volumen II, desde un Mundo en Guerra hasta el Triunfo de la Libertad, 1914– 1989 (America: The Last Best Hope; Volume II, from a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom, 1914– 1989)
DB80982 30 horas 49 minutos
por William J. Bennett
leído por Peter Pereyra
El ex secretario de educación durante la presidencia de Ronald Reagan relata la historia de los Estados Unidos, desde la Primera Guerra Mundial hasta el final de la Guerra Fría, destacando los acontecimientos históricos positivos que llevaron a un aumento de la libertad y la igualdad. Traducido del inglés. Para lectores de alta secundaria y mayores. (Former secretary of education under President Reagan chronicles the story of the United States, from the First World War to the end of the Cold War, highlighting the positive historical events that led to increased liberty and equality. Violence. For senior high and older readers.) 2006.

El Cáncer: Un Libro Que Da Esperanza (Cancer: A Book of Hope)
DB83959 8 horas 1 minuto
por Lise Bourbeau
leído por Rocio Ramirez
Escritora de salud canadiense y experta en crecimiento personal explora las ramificaciones psicológicas y espirituales de el cáncer, basado en miles de casos y más de treinta años de investigación. Traducido del francés. (Canadian health writer and personal-growth expert explores psychological and spiritual ramifications of cancer, based on thousands of cases and more than thirty years of research. Translated from French.) 2013.

Una Casa Propia: Historias de Mi Vida (A House of My Own: Stories from My Life)
DB83970 13 horas 5 minutos
por Sandra Cisneros
leído por Rocio Ramirez
Una colección de historias verdaderas y reflexiones literarias que abarcan tres décadas y, en conjunto, forman una autobiografía al estilo rompecabezas, de la autora méxico-americana de La Casa en Mango Street (DB50975). Traducido del inglés. Lenguaje injurioso. (A collection of true stories and literary reflections spanning three decades, which together form an autobiography in the style of a jigsaw puzzle, from the Mexican-American author of La Casa en Mango Street (DB50975). Translated from English. Strong language.) 2016.

Tengo en Mí Todos los Sueños del Mundo (I Have inside Me All the Dreams of the World)
DB83963 16 horas 30 minutos
por Jorge Díaz
leído por María Pino
1916. Las vidas de diversos individuos — incluyendo una mujer recién casada, un soldado traumatizado en el frente austro-húngaro, una artista de variedades, un periodista, y una viuda— se entrelazan en un crucero español, el Príncipe de Asturias, con destino a Buenos Aires. (1916. The lives of diverse individuals— including a recent bride, a shell-shocked soldier, a variety artist, a newspaperman, and a widow— are intertwined on a Spanish cruise ship, the Príncipe de Asturias, bound for Buenos Aires.) 2016.

Muerte Súbita (Sudden Death)
DB83961 6 horas 21 minutos
por Álvaro Enrigue
leído por Jorge Pupo
Roma, 1599. Un juego de tenis singular se lleva a cabo con dos contendientes improbables: el joven artista lombardo llamado Caravaggio y el poeta español, Francisco de Quevedo. No sólo una pelota, pero distintos fragmentos de la cultura occidental— desde el Renacimiento hasta la Conquista— se sirven en la cancha de tenis pública. (Rome, 1599. A singular tennis game is played by two unlikely contenders: a Lombardy painter named Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo. Not only a ball, but distinct fragments of Western culture— from the Renaissance to the Conquest— are served on the public tennis court.) 2013.

El Viento de las Horas (Wind of the Hours)
DB83962 5 horas 19 minutos
por Ángeles Mastretta
leído por María Pino
Ciudad de México. Una mujer mayor reflexiona sobre el paso del tiempo a través de recuerdos formativos de su juventud. Revisando los detalles críticos de sus memorias, ella se encuentra con miembros de su familia, amigos, y maestros, así como sus propio pensamientos, reconstruyendo el mundo que la había formada. (Mexico City. An older woman reflects on the passage of time through the formative memories of her youth. Revisiting critical details of her own recollections, she encounters her family, friends, and teachers, as well as her own thoughts, reconstructing the world that formed her.) 2015.

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Audio Magazines

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

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

American History (bimonthly (6 issues))

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (10 issues)

Asimov’s Science Fiction (10 issues)

The Atlantic (10 issues)

Audubon (bimonthly (6 issues))

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

Bon Appétit (12 issues)

Consumer Reports (12 issues)

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

Cowboys and Indians (8 issues)

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

Diabetes Forecast (12 issues)

Discover (10 issues)

Ebony (12 issues)

The Economist (52 issues)

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (6 issues)

Foreign Affairs (6 issues)

France-Amérique (French; 11 issues)

Good Housekeeping (12 issues)

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

Horticulture (bimonthly (6 issues))

Humpty Dumpty (bimonthly (6 issues))

Magazine of the Month (12 issues)

Missouri Conservationist (12 issues)

Money (12 issues)

Muse (9 issues)

The Musical Mainstream (4 issues)

The Nation (34 issues)

National Geographic (12 issues)

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

National Geographic Traveler (bimonthly (6 issues))

National Review (24 issues)

The New Yorker (47 issues)

The New York Times Book Review (weekly)

O, The Oprah Magazine (12 issues)

Oklahoma Today (bimonthly (6 issues))

Outdoor Life (10 issues)

People (52 issues)

People en Español (Spanish; 11 issues)

Piano Technicians Journal (12 issues)

Playboy (12 issues)

QST (12 issues)

Quarterly Music Magazine (4 issues)

Rolling Stone (biweekly (24 issues))

Seventeen (6 issues)

Smithsonian (11 issues)

Sound & Vision (10 issues)

Southern Living (13 issues)

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Sports Illustrated (50 issues)

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

Travel & Leisure (12 issues)

True West (12 issues)

Vanidades (Spanish; 11 issues)

Vital Speeches of the Day (12 issues)

The Week (50 issues)

Wired (12 issues)

The Writer (12 issues)