Talking Book Topics May-June 2024

Volume 90, Number 3

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Table of Contents

In Brief

Magazine changes at NLS

Three new magazines have been added to the NLS audio magazine collection:

Best Friends (six issues a year): “Best Friends magazine is the nation’s most uplifting magazine for pet lovers. Full of engaging stories, happy tales of rescue and gorgeous photos, the magazine is the official publication of Best Friends Animal Society, a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets.” — from the Best Friends website

Magnolia Journal (four issues a year): “The Magnolia Journal is a quarterly magazine by Chip and Joanna Gaines containing inspiration for life and home. Useful as a resource and a guide to living well, the Magnolia Journal contains stories, recipes, tips, and useful information you will refer back to again and again.” — from the Magnolia Journal website

Mother Jones (six issues a year): “Mother Jones is a nonprofit American progressive magazine that focuses on news, commentary, and investigative journalism on topics including politics, environment, human rights, health and culture.” — from the Mother Jones website

In addition, Overseas Outlook, the newsletter for the NLS Overseas Service, is now available as an audio magazine. American History magazine has been discontinued, as it is no longer available as a print publication for our producers to narrate.

All audio magazines will be available on BARD for download once production is complete. Patrons may also contact their cooperating network libraries to subscribe on cartridge.

New versions of BARD Mobile for iOS and Fire OS available

NLS has recently released BARD Mobile version 2.0.0 for Fire OS and BARD Mobile 2.2.2 for iOS. Both are available for immediate download on your phone or tablet.

BARD Mobile 2.0.0 for Fire OS supports Fire OS versions 7 and 8 and includes the following enhancements:

  • WebView has been replaced with a full in-app search, including search for music and titles in international languages.
  • Improved Spanish language app version support.
  • Various bug fixes, including:
  • Fixed skipping back by chapter.
  • Sleep timer no longer toggles off when user navigates away from tab.
  • Moving books to a subfolder no longer causes other books to disappear from the Audiobooks folder.

BARD Mobile iOS version 2.2.2 supports iOS versions 15 through 17 and includes the following enhancements:

  • The app can now be operated by voice commands for playback and navigation, including stopping and resuming playback, fast-forwarding and rewinding by various intervals, and setting a sleep timer or a bookmark. Users can add Siri shortcuts in the app’s settings.
  • Improved international language search options allow users to set up to four languages in the app’s settings and then filter search results by selecting a preferred language.
  • Color contrast between selected and unselected search categories has been increased. This update enhances visibility with Smart Invert, Classic Invert, and Dark Mode on.
  • Various bug fixes, including:
  • Fixed the tone to speed toggle.
  • Get Books and Bookshelf now return only titles matching the type selected in the Show Me setting, i.e., Audio Only / Braille Only / Both Audio and Braille.

Newsstand
The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned below are not part of the NLS program, and their listings do not imply endorsement or support. Prices and details about listed items were correct at the time of listing but are subject to change.

BlindShell Mobile offers free wireless plan

In February 2024, BlindShell USA, makers of accessible cell phones for the blind and visually impaired, launched a free monthly wireless promotional plan. The BlindShell Mobile plan offers unlimited talk and text, a free SIM card, and 5GB of data per month at no cost. It is available to households at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or households whose members meet a variety of other criteria. For more information, including eligibility guidelines, visit https://blindshellusa.com/promo.

New NASA documentary on sonification

NASA recently released a short documentary, “Listen to the Universe,” that explores sonification, the process of converting radio telescope data into sound so that blind and low-vision astronomers and enthusiasts have equal access. To view it free of charge, visit https://plus.nasa.gov/video/listen-to-the-universe External, or go to https://chandra.si.edu/sound External to learn more about the sonification program.

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.

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.

Patrons now have access to richer, more detailed descriptions of new titles added to the NLS collection. NLS now uses publisher-provided book descriptions for most new titles. These longer descriptions give patrons more insight into book content, making it easier for patrons to identify titles of interest. These descriptions appear in the NLS Catalog, on BARD, and in NLS publications as “Provided by publisher” and are taken verbatim from the publisher. These descriptions do not represent the position of the Library of Congress and may reference other works or supplementary materials not available from NLS or in the NLS edition.

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.” Commercial audiobooks 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.

Adult Fiction

Adventure

Lights Out
DB116453 5 hours 51 minutes
by Chris Grabenstein
read by Aaron Landon
"Daniel X is finally ready to take on the universe's most evil alien outlaw that killed his parents years ago, but he will need all his friends—and superpowers—to make it out alive." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2015.
DB116453 Lights Out

What the River Knows
DB117124 16 hours 40 minutes
by Isabel Ibañez
read by Ahmed Hamad
"Set in 1884, nineteen-year-old Inez travels to Egypt after the sudden death of her parents to uncover the truth about their deaths, and as she attempts to unravel the mysteries her parents sought, she becomes a pawn in a larger game that threatens to kill her. Bolivian-Argentinian Inez Olivera belongs to the glittering upper society of nineteenth century Buenos Aires, and like the rest of the world, the town is steeped in old world magic that’s been largely left behind or forgotten. Inez has everything a girl might want, except for the one thing she yearns the most: her globetrotting parents—who frequently leave her behind. When she receives word of their tragic deaths, Inez inherits their massive fortune and a mysterious guardian, an archeologist in partnership with his Egyptian brother-in-law. Yearning for answers, Inez sails to Cairo, bringing her sketch pads and an ancient golden ring her father sent to her for safekeeping before he died. But upon her arrival, the old world magic tethered to the ring pulls her down a path where she soon discovers there’s more to her parent’s disappearance than what her guardian led her to believe. With her guardian’s infuriatingly handsome assistant thwarting her at every turn, Inez must rely on ancient magic to uncover the truth about her parent’s disappearance—or risk becoming a pawn in a larger game that will kill her." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117124 What the River Knows

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 5
DB115514 7 hours 29 minutes
by Fujino Omori
read by Shawn Hertel
"Bell, along with his adventuring party of Welf the swordsmith and Lilly the supporter, has made it into the middle floors of the Dungeon, but the schemes of another party have stranded them there! Hestia's going to need to send help, but will the rescuers arrive in time to save Bell and his friends from the monster that's got them cornered? The familia myth of the boy and the goddess continues!" — Amazon. Translated from the 2014 Japanese edition. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2016.
DB115514 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 5

Lion's Legacy
DB115302 6 hours 42 minutes
by L.C. Rosen
read by Shawn Hertel
"Seventeen-year-old Tennessee Russo joins his estranged father in his search for ancient rings belonging to the Sacred Band of Thebes. Seventeen-year-old Tennessee Russo's life is imploding. His boyfriend has been cheating on him, and all his friends know about it. Worse, they expect him to just accept his ex's new relationship and make nice. So when his father, a famous archaeologist and reality show celebrity whom he hasn't seen in two years, shows up unexpectedly and offers to take him on an adventure, Tennessee only has a few choices: 1. Stay, mope, regret it forever. 2. Go, try to reconcile with Dad, become his sidekick again. 3. Go, but make it his adventure, and Dad will be the sidekick. The object of his father's latest quest, the Rings of the Sacred Band of Thebes, is too enticing to say no to. Finding artifacts related to the troop of ancient Greek soldiers, composed of one-hundred-and-fifty gay couples, means navigating ruins, deciphering ancient mysteries, and maybe meeting a cute boy. But will his dad let Tennessee do the right thing with the rings if they find them? And what is the right thing? Who does queer history belong to? Against the backdrop of a sunlit Greek landscape, author L. C. Rosen masterfully weaves together adventure, romance, and magic in a celebration of the power of claiming your queer legacy." — Provided by publisher. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB115302 Lion's Legacy

Blindness and Disabilities

The Sign for Home: A Novel
DB116605 14 hours 13 minutes
by Blair Fell
read by Blair Fell
"Arlo Dilly is young, handsome, and eager to meet the right girl. He also happens to be DeafBlind, a Jehovah’s Witness, and under the strict guardianship of his controlling uncle. His chances of finding someone to love seem slim to none. And yet, it happened once before: many years ago, at a boarding school for the Deaf, Arlo met the love of his life—a mysterious girl with onyx eyes and beautifully expressive hands which told him the most amazing stories. But tragedy struck, and their love was lost forever. Or so Arlo thought. After years trying to heal his broken heart, Arlo is assigned a college writing assignment which unlocks buried memories of his past. Soon he wonders if the hearing people he was supposed to trust have been lying to him all along, and if his lost love might be found again. No longer willing to accept what others tell him, Arlo convinces a small band of misfit friends to set off on a journey to learn the truth. After all, who better to bring on this quest than his gay interpreter and wildly inappropriate Belgian best friend? Despite the many forces working against him, Arlo will stop at nothing to find the girl who got away and experience all of life’s joyful possibilities." — Provided by publisher. Strong language, some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB116605 The Sign for Home: A Novel

Forever Is Now
DB117358 7 hours 15 minutes
by Mariama Lockington
read by Angel Pean
"When sixteen-year-old Sadie, a Black bisexual recluse, develops agoraphobia the summer before her junior year, she relies on her best friend, family, and therapist to overcome her fears. On a perfect summer day, wrapped in her girlfriend's arms. Sadie feels safe. She's been struggling to manage her chronic anxiety, and is hopeful better times are ahead. When her girlfriend reveals some unexpected news, and the two witness a violent incident of police brutality, Sadie's whole world is upended in an instant. Not feeling safe anywhere, Sadie retreats inside her self. When her therapist diagnoses Sadie with agoraphobia, she starts on a path of healing. Her best friend, Evan, updates her on the protests taking place in their city. How can you show up for your community when you can't even leave your house?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117358 Forever Is Now

Family

The Colors of My Past
DB116008 4 hours 2 minutes
by Laura Esquivel
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"Like Water for Chocolate trilogy is an ode to feminine independence and the best recipe for the maladies of our times: estrangement, eating disorders, social media. María, addicted to food, is abandoned by her husband after the birth of their first child. In the midst of an avalanche of racist and sexist attacks, she is rescued by her estranged grandmother Lucía, who leads her to discover Tita's Diary. Through this historic document, María is able to reconnect with her roots and discover family secrets as she dives into a world of alchemy and transformation of the natural world that she had never experienced before. The Colors of My Past is a novel that will not leave any reader indifferent, an epic of several generations of free and passionate women who never back down in the face of adversity." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2019.
DB116008 The Colors of My Past

Fantasy

Six Crystal Princesses
DB115715 13 hours 42 minutes
by Piers Anthony
read by Kathryn Markey
"Young Vinia is enjoying her life with her boyfriend, Prince Ion. They complement each other perfectly: her telekinesis helps him walk, and his ambiance abolishes all allergens, allowing her to breathe freely. But Ion and his twin, Hilda, are bored with their easy royal lives and are restless for an adventure. While telling the story of how their parents met, the twins remember their mother was once captured by a dragon and frozen in crystal along with a half dozen other strong-willed princesses. She managed to escape, but the six other maidens continue to be held captive—which gives Vinia, Ion, Hilda, and Hilda's caprine-crossbreed boyfriend the perfect excuse to embark on a quest. But first they must get the approval of their parents—and the Good Magician. Since Vinia is the protagonist in this story (though she's much more comfortable as a background character), it's up to her to complete the Magician's challenges. And then comes their greatest test: to free the princesses from their patriarchal prison, frozen in place by the Dragon with the Girl Tattoo." — Provided by publisher. 2022.
DB115715 Six Crystal Princesses

The Librarian of Crooked Lane: The Glass Library, Book 1
DB117295 8 hours 14 minutes
by C.J. Archer
read by Marian Hussey
"Librarian Sylvia Ashe knows nothing about her past, having grown up without a father and a mother who refused to discuss him. When she stumbles upon a diary that suggests she's descended from magicians, she's skeptical. After all, magicians are special, and she's just an ordinary woman who loves books. She seeks answers from a member of the most prominent family of magicians, but she quickly learns that finding the truth won't be easy, especially when he turns out to be as artless as her, and more compelling and dangerous than books. War hero Gabe is gifted with wealth, a loving family, and an incredible amount of luck that saw him survive four harrowing years of a brutal war without injury. But not all injuries are visible. Burying himself in his work as a consultant for Scotland Yard, Gabe is going through the motions as he investigates the theft of a magician-made painting. But his life changes when he unwittingly gets Sylvia dismissed from her job and places her in danger. After securing her new employment in a library housing the world's greatest collection of books about magic, Gabe and Sylvia's lives become intwined as they work together to find both the painting and the truth about Sylvia's past before powerful people can stop them. But sometimes the past is better left buried..." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB117295 The Librarian of Crooked Lane: The Glass Library, Book 1

A Soul of Ash and Blood
DB115815 21 hours 34 minutes
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
read by Andrew Randall
"A great primal power has risen. The Queen of Flesh and Fire has become the Primal of Blood and Bone—the true Primal of Life and Death. And the battle Casteel, Poppy, and their allies have been fighting has only just begun. Gods are awakening across Iliseeum and the mortal realm, readying for the war to come. But when Poppy falls into stasis, Cas faces the very real possibility that the dire, unexpected consequences of what she is becoming could take her away from him. Cas is given some advice, though—something he plans to cling to as he waits to see her beautiful eyes open once more: Talk to her. And so, he does. He reminds Poppy how their journey began, revealing things about himself that only Kieran knows in the process. But it's anybody's guess what she'll wake to or exactly how much of the realm and Cas will have changed when she does." — Provided by publisher. Violence, strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2023.
DB115815 A Soul of Ash and Blood

The Scarlet Alchemist
DB117121 11 hours 55 minutes
by Kylie Lee Baker
read by Natalie Naudus
"In an alternate Tang Dynasty China, aspiring royal alchemist Zilan, who has the ability to resurrect the dead, arrives in the capital to compete against the best alchemists in the country and becomes drawn into the dangerous political games of the royal family." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117121 The Scarlet Alchemist

Terminal
DB117511 9 hours 6 minutes
by J.L. Bryan
read by Carla Mercer-Meyer
"Ellie Jordan and her apprentice Stacey investigate a house in an elaborate planned community that was only half-built before it went bankrupt, leaving an instant ghost town with only a few residents. The entity haunting this house is a banshee that feeds on sadness and misery. Unfortunately for Ellie, this is no simple haunting but just one symptom of the cursed land on which the suburban community was built. The old railroad line running through the nearby woods might just be a conduit for lost souls, including dark spirits with ill intentions toward the living. Ellie soon finds herself facing one of the most complex and difficult hauntings she's seen in her career." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
DB117511 Terminal

The Magicians' Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1
DB115042 14 hours 6 minutes
by Trudi Canavan
read by Lindsey Pierce
"'We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.' This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders . . . and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield. What the Magicians' Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control." — Provided by publisher. Some violence. 2001.
DB115042 The Magicians' Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1

The Serpent in Heaven
DB116839 8 hours 57 minutes
by Charlaine Harris
read by Eva Kaminsky
"#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Charlaine Harris returns to her alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power, in this fourth installment of the Gunnie Rose series. Felicia, Lizbeth Rose's younger half-sister and student at the Grigori school within the capital of the New Holy Russian Empire in San Diego, is caught between secrets and powerful family struggles. As a distant relative to the Tsar, she provides an essential service to him with blood transfusions for his hemophilia, and she is thus given rare access and dismissed as if cattle. At the Grigori school she is seen as a charity case, a poor orphan with no prospects and no sign of magical prowess—the latter which Felicia keeps purposefully hidden. And yet, when a kidnapping attempt is made upon Felicia her past and her future crash together in violent ways. Continuing immediately after The Russian Cage, this fantastical fourth book takes a sidestep, exploring the Holy Russian Empire while also showcasing the dynamic depths of magic within Harris's alternate North America in curious mysteries. Felicia, it turns out, is far more than the Russian-Mexican waif Lizbeth rescued, and though the journey she is on is filled with magical assassins and desperation, Felicia will discover her courage and never give in to the limitations imposed upon her. The Serpent in Heaven continues the saga of the Gunnie Rose series with an extraordinary twist, yet filled with the magic-fueled mystery and romance Harris's readers expect." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB116839 The Serpent in Heaven

Starling House
DB116445 12 hours 29 minutes
by Alix E. Harrow
read by Natalie Naudus
"Opal is a lot of things—orphan, high school dropout, full-time cynic and part-time cashier—but above all, she's determined to find a better life for her younger brother Jasper. One that gets them out of Eden, Kentucky, a town remarkable for only two things: bad luck and E. Starling, the reclusive nineteenth century author of The Underland, who disappeared over a hundred years ago. All she left behind were dark rumors—and her home. Everyone agrees that it's best to ignore the uncanny mansion and its misanthropic heir, Arthur. Almost everyone, anyway. I should be scared, but in the dream I don't hesitate. Opal has been obsessed with The Underland since she was a child. When she gets the chance to step inside Starling House—and make some extra cash for her brother's escape fund—she can't resist. But sinister forces are digging deeper into the buried secrets of Starling House, and Arthur's own nightmares have become far too real. As Eden itself seems to be drowning in its own ghosts, Opal realizes that she might finally have found a reason to stick around. 'In my dream, I'm home.' And now she'll have to fight. Welcome to Starling House: enter, if you dare." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116445 Starling House

The Thorns Remain
DB116885 14 hours 48 minutes
by JJA Harwood
read by Eilidh Beaton
"From the Sunday Times bestselling historical fantasy author of The Shadow in the Glass comes a tour-de-force of faerie bargains, perfect for fans of The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, Mexican Gothic, and Ten Thousand Doors of January. A dance with the fae will change everything 1919. In a Highland village forgotten by the world, the young people who remain after war and flu will soon head south to make something of themselves. Moira Jean and her friends venture to the forest for a last night of laughter before parting ways. Moira Jean is being left behind. She too planned to leave once – but her lover died in France and, with him, her future. The friends light a fire and dance. But, with every twirl about the flames, strange new dancers thread between them, music streaming from the trees. The Fae have joined the dance. Suddenly Moira Jean finds herself all alone, her friends spirited away. For the Fae feel left behind and forgotten too. Led by the darkly handsome Lord of the Fae, they are out to make themselves known once more. Moira Jean must enter into a bargain with the Lord to save her friends – and fast, for the longer they spend with the Fae, the less like themselves they will be upon return. If Moira Jean cannot save her friends before Beltane, they will be lost forever... Bewitching, threaded with Highland charm, and sparkling with romance, this fairy tale will carry you away." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116885 The Thorns Remain

The Jasad Heir
DB116443 18 hours 9 minutes
by Sara Hashem
read by Peter Ganim
"Ten years ago, the kingdom of Jasad burned. Its magic was outlawed. Its royal family murdered. At least, that's what Sylvia wants people to believe. The Heir of Jasad escaped the massacre, and she intends to stay hidden, especially from the armies of Nizahl that continue to hunt her people. But a moment of anger changes everything. When Arin, the Nizahl Heir, tracks a group of Jasadi rebels to her village, Sylvia accidentally reveals her magic—and captures his attention. Now Sylvia's forced to make a deal with her greatest enemy: Help him hunt the rebels in exchange for her life. A deadly game begins. Sylvia can't let Arin discover her identity, even as hatred shifts into something more between the Heirs. And as the tides change around her, Sylvia will have to choose between the life she wants and the one she abandoned." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116443 The Jasad Heir

Her Radiant Curse
DB116587 13 hours 20 minutes
by Elizabeth Lim
read by Mirai
"Two sisters, one as beautiful as the moon and the other monstrous, must fight to save each other when a betrothal contest goes wrong." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116587 Her Radiant Curse

Assistant to the Villain
DB117271 13 hours 58 minutes
by Hannah Nicole Maehrer
read by Em Eldridge
"'ASSISTANT WANTED: Notorious, high-ranking villain seeks loyal, levelheaded assistant for unspecified office duties, supporting staff for random mayhem, terror, and other Dark Things In General. Discretion a must. Excellent benefits.' With ailing family to support, Evie Sage's employment status isn't just important, it's vital. So when a mishap with Rennedawn's most infamous Villain results in a job offer—naturally, she says yes. No job is perfect, of course, but even less so when you develop a teeny crush on your terrifying, temperamental, and undeniably hot boss. 'Don't find evil so attractive, Evie.' But just when she's getting used to severed heads suspended from the ceiling and the odd squish of an errant eyeball beneath her heel, Evie suspects this dungeon has a huge rat . . . and not just the literal kind. Because something rotten is growing in the kingdom of Rennedawn, and someone wants to take the Villain—and his entire nefarious empire—out. Now Evie must not only resist drooling over her boss but also figure out exactly who is sabotaging his work . . . and ensure he makes them pay. After all, a good job is hard to find." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117271 Assistant to the Villain

The Scarlet Veil
DB116855 18 hours 43 minutes
by Shelby Mahurin
read by Saskia Maarleveld
"After being sworn in as the Chasseurs' first huntswoman, Célie wants to protect Belterra alongside her fiancé and captain, Jean Luc, but her past haunts her—like how she failed to protect her sister—and a new evil is rising, with its mesmerizing eyes locked on her. Six months have passed since Célie took her sacred vows and joined the ranks of the Chasseurs as their first huntswoman. With her fiancé, Jean Luc, as captain, she is determined to find her foothold in her new role and help protect Belterra. But whispers from her past still haunt her, and a new evil is rising—one that Célie herself must vanquish, unless she falls prey to the darkness." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116855 The Scarlet Veil

The Bone Shard War
DB116536 19 hours 40 minutes
by Andrea Stewart
read by Emily Woo Zeller
"Lin Sukai has won her first victory as Emperor, but the future of the Phoenix Empire hangs in the balance – and Lin is dangerously short of allies. As her own governors plot treason, the Shardless Few renew hostilities. Worse still, Lin discovers her old nemesis Nisong has joined forces with the rogue Alanga, Ragan. Both seek her death. Yet hope lies in history. Legend tells of seven mythic swords, forged in centuries past. If Lin can find them before her enemies, she may yet be able to turn the tide. If she fails, the Sukai dynasty—and the entire empire—will fall." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116536 The Bone Shard War

Bravely
DB113689 9 hours 44 minutes
by Maggie Stiefvater
read by Fiona Hardingham
"When a supernatural being appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent of demolishing the realm, Princess Merida, under the watchful eyes of the gods, embarks on a series of epic journeys to save those she loves from ruin." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2022.
DB113689 Bravely

The Lies of the Ajungo
DB115588 2 hours 58 minutes
by Moses Ose Utomi
read by Gregory Maupin
"They say there is no water in the City of Lies. They say there are no heroes in the City of Lies. They say there are no friends beyond the City of Lies. But would you believe what they say in the City of Lies? In the City of Lies, they cut out your tongue when you turn thirteen, to appease the terrifying Ajungo Empire and make sure it continues sending water. Tutu will be thirteen in three days, but his parched mother won't last that long. So Tutu goes to his oba and makes a deal: she provides water for his mother, and in exchange he will travel out into the desert and bring back water for the city. Thus begins Tutu's quest for the salvation of his mother, his city, and himself. The Lies of the Ajungo opens the curtains on a tremendous world, and begins the epic fable of the Forever Desert. With every word, Moses Ose Utomi weaves magic." — Provided by publisher. Some violence and some strong language. 2023.
DB115588 The Lies of the Ajungo

The Sword of the South
DB115763 26 hours 41 minutes
by David Weber
read by Jared Zak
"'Know thyself.' It’s always good to know who you are, but sometimes that's a little difficult. Kenhodan has no last name, because he has no past . . . or not one he remembers, anyway. What he does have are a lot of scars and a lot of skills—some exhilarating and some terrifying—and a purpose. Now if he only knew where he'd gotten them and what that purpose was. Wencit of Rm, the most powerful wizard in the world, knows the answers to Kenhodan's questions, but he can't or won't share them with him. Except to inform him that he's a critical part of Wencit's millennium-long battle to protect Norfressa from conquest by dark sorcery. Bahzell Bahnakson, champion of Tomank, doesnt know those answers and the War God isn't sharing them with him. Except to inform Bahzell that the final confrontation with the Dark Lords of fallen Kontovar is about to begin, and that somehow Kenhodan is one of the keys to its final outcome. Wulfra of Torfo doesn't know those answers, either, but she does know Wencit of Rm is her implacable foe and that somehow Kenhodan is one of the weapons he intends to use against her . . . assuming she can't kill both of them first. But in the far northern port city of Belhadan, an eleven-year-old girl with a heart of harp music knows the answers to all of Kenhodan's questions. . . and dares not share them with anyone, even the ancient wild wizard who loves her more dearly than life itself. It's not easy to face the future when you can't even remember your own past, but if saving an entire world from evil sorcerers, demons, devils, and dark gods was easy, anyone could do it." — Provided by publisher. Violence. 2015.
DB115763 The Sword of the South

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth
DB116589 10 hours 48 minutes
by Andrew Joseph White
read by Raphael Corkhill
"Set in an alternate Victorian England where mediums control the dead, sixteen-year-old autistic transgender boy Silas must expose a power-hungry secret society while confined to a cruel finishing school designed to turn him into the perfect wife." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116589 The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

General

Be Mine: A Frank Bascombe Novel
DB116480 12 hours 30 minutes
by Richard Ford
read by Richard Poe
"Now in the twilight of life, a man who has occupied many colorful lives—sportswriter, father, husband, ex-husband, friend, real estate agent—Bascombe finds himself in the most sorrowing role of all: caregiver to his son, Paul, diagnosed with ALS. On a shared winter odyssey to Mount Rushmore, Frank, in typical Bascombe fashion, faces down the mortality that is assured each of us, and in doing so confronts what happiness might signify at the end of days." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116480 Be Mine: A Frank Bascombe Novel

The Ministry of Fear
DB113865 7 hours 26 minutes
by Graham Greene
read by Kristen Allison
"'In London during the Blitz, an amnesiac must outwit a twisted Nazi plot in this master thriller' of espionage, murder, and deception' (Time). On a peaceful Sunday afternoon, Arthur Rowe comes upon a charity fete in the gardens of a Cambridgeshire vicarage where he wins a game of chance. If only this were an ordinary day. Britain is under threat by Germany, and the air raid sirens that bring the bazaar to a halt expose Rowe as no ordinary man. Recently released from a psychiatric prison for the mercy killing of his wife, he is burdened by guilt, and now, in possession of a seemingly innocuous prize, on the run from a nest of Nazi spies who want him dead. Pursued on a dark odyssey through the bombed-out streets of London, he becomes enmeshed in a tangle of secrets that reach into the dark recesses of his own forgotten past. And there isn't a soul he can trust, not even himself. Because Arthur Rowe doesn't even know who he really is." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2018.
DB113865 The Ministry of Fear

The Breakaway: A Novel
DB116602 13 hours 35 minutes
by Jennifer Weiner
read by Jenni Barber
"Thirty-three-year-old Abby Stern has made it to a happy place. True, she still has gig jobs instead of a career, and the apartment where she's lived since college still looks like she's just moved in. But she's got good friends, her bike, and her bicycling club in Philadelphia. She's at peace with her plus-size body—at least, most of the time—and she's on track to marry Mark Medoff, her childhood summer sweetheart, a man she met at the weight-loss camp that her perpetually dieting mother forced her to attend. Fifteen years after her final summer at Camp Golden Hills, when Abby reconnects with a half-his-size Mark, it feels like the happy ending she's always wanted. Yet Abby can't escape the feeling that some­thing isn't right...or the memories of one thrilling night she spent with a man named Sebastian two years previously. When Abby gets a last-minute invi­tation to lead a cycling trip from NYC to Niagara Falls, she's happy to have time away from Mark, a chance to reflect and make up her mind. But things get complicated fast. First, Abby spots a familiar face in the group—Sebastian, the one-night stand she thought she'd never see again. Sebastian is a serial dater who lives a hundred miles away. In spite of their undeniable chemistry, Abby is determined to keep her distance. Then there's a surprise last-minute addition to the trip: her mother, Eileen, the woman Abby blames for a lifetime of body shaming and insecurities she's still trying to undo. Over two weeks and more than seven hundred miles, strangers become friends, hidden truths come to light, a teenage girl with a secret unites the riders in unexpected ways...and Abby is forced to reconsider everything she believes about herself, her mother, and the nature of love." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116602 The Breakaway: A Novel

Historical Fiction

The Invisible Hour
DB116603 7 hours 49 minutes
by Alice Hoffman
read by Jessie Mueller
"One brilliant June day when Mia Jacob can no longer see a way to survive, the power of words saves her. The Scarlet Letter was written almost two hundred years earlier, but it seems to tell the story of Mia's mother, Ivy, and their life inside the Community—an oppressive cult in western Massachusetts where contact with the outside world is forbidden, and books are considered evil. But how could this be? How could Nathaniel Hawthorne have so perfectly captured the pain and loss that Mia carries inside her? Through a journey of heartbreak, love, and time, Mia must abandon the rules she was raised with at the Community. As she does, she realizes that reading can transport you to other worlds or bring them to you, and that readers and writers affect one another in mysterious ways. She learns that time is more fluid than she can imagine, and that love is stronger than any chains that bind you. As a girl Mia fell in love with a book. Now as a young woman she falls in love with a brilliant writer as she makes her way back in time. But what if Nathaniel Hawthorne never wrote The Scarlet Letter? And what if Mia Jacob never found it on the day she planned to die?" — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116603 The Invisible Hour

Absolution: A Novel
DB117265 10 hours 11 minutes
by Alice McDermott
read by Jesse Vilinsky
"American women—American wives—have been mostly minor characters in the literature of the Vietnam War, but in Absolution they take center stage. Tricia is a shy newlywed, married to a rising attorney on loan to navy intelligence. Charlene is a practiced corporate spouse and mother of three, a beauty and a bully. In Saigon in 1963, the two women form a wary alliance as they balance the era’s mandate to be 'helpmeets' to their ambitious husbands with their own, inchoate impulse to 'do good' for the people of Vietnam. Sixty years later, Charlene’s daughter, spurred by an encounter with an aging Vietnam vet, reaches out to Tricia. Together, they look back at their time in Saigon, taking wry account of that pivotal year and of Charlene’s altruistic machinations, and discovering as they do how their own lives as women on the periphery—of politics, of history, of war, of their husbands’ convictions—have been shaped and burdened by the same sort of unintended consequences that followed America’s tragic interference in Southeast Asia." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117265 Absolution: A Novel

Resurrection Walk
DB117211 10 hours 34 minutes
by Michael Connelly
read by Christine Lakin
"Defense attorney Mickey Haller is back, taking the long shot cases, where the chances of winning are one in a million. After getting a wrongfully convicted man out of prison, he is inundated with pleas from incarcerated people claiming innocence. He enlists his half-brother, retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, to weed through the letters, knowing most claims will be false. Bosch pulls a needle from the haystack: a woman in prison for killing her husband, a sheriff’s deputy, but who still maintains her innocence. Bosch reviews the case and sees elements that don’t add up, and a sheriff’s department intent on bringing quick justice in the killing of one of its own. Now Haller has an uphill battle in court, a David fighting Goliaths to vindicate his client. The path for both lawyer and investigator is fraught with danger from those who don’t want the case reopened and will stop at nothing to keep the Haller-Bosch dream team from finding the truth." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB117211 Resurrection Walk

The Exchange: After The Firm
DB116410 9 hours 4 minutes
by John Grisham
read by Edoardo Ballerini
"What became of Mitch and Abby McDeere after they exposed the crimes of Memphis law firm Bendini, Lambert & Locke and fled the country? The answer is in The Exchange, the riveting sequel to The Firm, the blockbuster thriller that launched the career of America’s favorite storyteller. It is now fifteen years later, and Mitch and Abby are living in Manhattan, where Mitch is a partner at the largest law firm in the world. When a mentor in Rome asks him for a favor that will take him far from home, Mitch finds himself at the center of a sinister plot that has worldwide implications—and once again endangers his colleagues, friends, and family. Mitch has become a master at staying one step ahead of his adversaries, but this time there’s nowhere to hide." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116410 The Exchange: After The Firm

Trial
DB117213 18 hours 12 minutes
by Richard North Patterson
read by William DeMeritt
"A Black eighteen-year-old voting rights worker, Malcolm Hill, is stopped by a white sheriff's deputy on a dark country road in rural Georgia. His single mother, Allie, America's leading voting rights advocate, restlessly awaits his return before police inform her that Malcolm has been arrested for murder. In Washington D.C., the rising, young, white congressman Chase Brevard of Massachusetts is watching the morning news with his girlfriend, only to find his life transformed in a single moment by the appearance of Malcolm's photograph. Suddenly all three are enveloped in a media firestorm that threatens their lives—especially Malcolm's." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117213 Trial

Mystery and Detective

To Brie or Not to Brie
DB115528 10 hours 13 minutes
by Avery Aames
read by Laura Hatch
"Charlotte Bessette—owner of Fromagerie Bessette, known by locals as The Cheese Shop—has a lot on her plate: setting a date with her fiancé, feeding the actors in her grandmother’s production of Hamlet, and planning the menu for her best friend and cousin’s upcoming wedding. At least her new creation—sinfully delicious Brie blueberry ice cream—has turned out perfectly. Just days before the wedding, a stranger turns up dead in the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor's freezer, his head bashed with a container of Charlotte's signature ice cream. But this stranger turns out to be more than he seems, and his death threatens to unravel all that Charlotte has worked for. She has no choice but to add one more thing to her to-do list: find the killer before the villain destroys all that she loves." — Provided by publisher. 2013.
DB115528 To Brie or Not to Brie

All That Is Hidden
DB116451 10 hours 10 minutes
by Clare Broyles
read by Nicola Barber
"New York, Autumn, 1907: Former private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is happy with her place in the world. She and her policeman husband, Daniel, have built quite a life for themselves in Greenwich Village, in their modest-yet-beautiful home in Patchin Place, filled with family, friends, and laughter. Molly and Daniel have a good marriage, a true partnership where they value each other’s opinions in all things. So when he tells her they’re moving to a fancy home on Fifth Avenue—and that he’s running for the sheriff of New York—Molly is left reeling. Daniel begs Molly to trust him, but why would he run for sheriff on the Tammany ticket? A party known more for kickbacks and quid pro quo than anything else, it used to be everything Daniel despised. So what’s changed? And why didn’t he discuss it with her beforehand? Molly can’t help but wonder what Daniel’s got himself tangled up in...and whether he needs her help to get out. In this next installment in this beloved series All That Is Hidden, the incomparable Molly is drawn into the dangerous world of politics, forced to navigate through the webs of lies and deceit that are hidden behind a veil of vast wealth and grandeur." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116451 All That Is Hidden

Murder by Invitation Only
DB117462 10 hours 7 minutes
by Colleen Cambridge
read by Jennifer Dixon
"A murder will occur tonight at Beecham House . . . Who could resist such a compelling invitation? Of course, the murder in question purports to be a party game, and Phyllida looks forward to using some of the deductive skills she has acquired thanks to her employer, Mrs. Agatha, who is unable to attend in person. The hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Wokesley, are new to the area, and Phyllida gladly offers their own overwhelmed housekeeper some guidance while events get underway. Family friends have been enlisted to play the suspects, and Mr. Wokesley excels in his role of dead body. Unfortunately, when the game's solution is about to be unveiled, the participants discover that life has imitated art. Mr. Wokesley really is dead! In the absence of Inspector Cork, Phyllida takes temporary charge of the investigation, guiding the local constable through interviews with the Murder Game actors. At first, there seems no motive to want Mr. Wokesley dead . . . but then Phyllida begins to connect each of the suspects with the roles they played and the motives assigned to them. It soon becomes clear that everyone had a reason to murder their host—both in the game and in real life. Before long, Phyllida is embroiled in a fiendishly puzzling case, with a killer who refuses to play by the rules . . ." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117462 Murder by Invitation Only

The Lies That Bind: A Bibliophile Mystery
DB115789 8 hours 36 minutes
by Kate Carlisle
read by Erin Jones
"When it comes to rare books and antiquities, Brooklyn Wainwright is a master. Which is why she's returned home to San Francisco to teach a bookbinding class at Bay Area Book Arts. Unfortunately, BABA director Layla Fontaine is a horrendous host who pitches fits and lords over her subordinates. With the help of her beau, British security officer Derek Stone, Brooklyn manages to put up a brave face and endure. Unfortunately, someone else is not so forgiving. Layla is found dead of a gunshot wound, and Brooklyn is bound and determined to investigate. But when Layla's past ends up intertwined with Derek's, Brooklyn realizes that the case is much more personal than she thought—and that the killer might want to close the book on her for good." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some violence. 2010.
DB115789 The Lies That Bind: A Bibliophile Mystery

The Golden Gate: A Novel
DB116781 13 hours 25 minutes
by Amy Chua
read by Amy Chua
"In Berkeley, California, in 1944, Homicide Detective Al Sullivan has just left the swanky Claremont Hotel after a drink in the bar when a presidential candidate is assassinated in one of the rooms upstairs. A rich industrialist with enemies among the anarchist factions on the far left, Walter Wilkinson could have been targeted by any number of groups. But strangely, Sullivan’s investigation brings up the specter of another tragedy at the Claremont, ten years earlier: the death of seven-year-old Iris Stafford, a member of the Bainbridge family, one of the wealthiest in all of San Francisco. Some say she haunts the Claremont still. The many threads of the case keep leading Sullivan back to the three remaining Bainbridge heiresses, now adults: Iris’s sister, Isabella, and her cousins Cassie and Nicole. Determined not to let anything distract him from the truth—not the powerful influence of Bainbridges’ grandmother, or the political aspirations of Berkeley’s district attorney, or the interest of China's First Lady Madame Chiang Kai-Shek in his findings—Sullivan follows his investigation to its devastating conclusion. Chua’s riveting debut brings to life a historical era rife with turbulent social forces and groundbreaking forensic advances, when race and class defined the very essence of power, sex, and justice, and introduces a fascinating character in Detective Sullivan, a mixed race former Army officer who is still reckoning with his own history." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116781 The Golden Gate: A Novel

Unnatural Death: A Scarpetta Novel
DB117467 11 hours 51 minutes
by Patricia Cornwell
read by January LaVoy
"In this thrilling new installment of Patricia Cornwell’s #1 bestselling Scarpetta series, chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta finds herself in a Northern Virginia wilderness examining the remains of two campers wanted by federal law enforcement. The victims have been savaged beyond recognition, and other evidence is terrifying and baffling, including a larger-than-life footprint. After one of the most frightening body retrievals of her career, Scarpetta must discover who would commit murders this savage, and why." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117467 Unnatural Death: A Scarpetta Novel

The Watchmaker's Hand
DB117469 9 hours 52 minutes
by Jeffery Deaver
read by Edoardo Ballerini
"When a New York City construction crane mysteriously collapses, causing mass destruction and injury, Rhyme and Sachs are on the case. A political group claims responsibility for the sabotage and threatens another attack in twenty-four hours, unless its demands are met. The clock is ticking. Then a clue reveals to Rhyme that his nemesis, known as the Watchmaker, has come to town to fulfill his promise of murdering the criminalist. Now Rhyme and Sachs have to dodge his brilliant scheme to destroy them both, while racing against time to stop the construction site terrorists. With New York in a panic, Rhyme and his team must unravel a handful of plots as tightly wound as a timepiece—before more cranes fall, raining down death and destruction from above." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117469 The Watchmaker's Hand

The Enchanters: A Novel
DB116780 19 hours 14 minutes
by James Ellroy
read by Craig Wasson
"Los Angeles, August 4, 1962. The city broils through a midsummer heat wave. Marilyn Monroe ODs. A B-movie starlet is kidnapped. The overhyped LAPD overreacts. Chief Bill Parker’s looking for some getback. The Monroe deal looks like a moneymaker. He calls in Freddy Otash. The freewheeling Freddy O: tainted ex-cop, defrocked private eye, dope fiend, and freelance extortionist. A man who lives by the maxim 'Opportunity is love.' Freddy gets to work. He dimly perceives Marilyn Monroe’s death and the kidnapped starlet to be a poisonous riddle that only he has the guts and the brains to untangle. We are with him as he tears through all those who block his path to the truth. We are with him as he penetrates the faux-sunshine of Jack and Bobby Kennedy and the shuck of Camelot. We are with him as he falters, and grasps for love beyond opportunity. We are with him as he tracks Marilyn Monroe’s horrific last charade through a nightmare L.A. that he served to create — and as he confronts his complicity and his own raging madness. It’s the Summer of ’62, baby. Freddy O’s got a hot date with history. The savage Sixties are ready to pop. It’s just a shot away. The Enchanters is a transcendent work of American popular fiction. It is James Ellroy at his most crazed, brilliant, provocative, profanely hilarious, and stop-your-heart tender. It is a luminous psychological drama and an unparalleled thrill ride. It is, resoundingly, the great American crime novel." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116780 The Enchanters: A novel

Horror in the Highlands
DB115701 5 hours 37 minutes
by Alison Golden
read by Sandra Murphy
"A secluded island. A dark and stormy night. A treasure worth its weight in cake… Reverend Annabelle Dixon, a madcap vicar with a taste for sweets and a nose for crime, has agreed to fill in for the local minister on the tiny Scottish island of Blodraigh. For Annabelle, it’s a chance to get away, and spend some time with her brother and young niece, who live on the storm-swept island. But she has no idea she’s about to be drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue when a dead body connected to a mysterious theft plunges the island's secretive community into chaos. Annabelle’s passion for desserts is matched only by her desire for justice and as a violent storm approaches the island’s rocky shores, she is determined to find the killer, and expose the secret that threatens those she loves. But as she begins her investigation, she must struggle against the incompetent local police, as well as a community steeped in suspicion and gossip. With time running out, can Annabelle solve the mystery before the culprits strike again? Or before the islanders take matters into their own hands? Or will she need to call in reinforcements from the mainland in the shape of Inspector Nicholls?" — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2017.
DB115701 Horror in the Highlands

The Missing Heiress
DB117069 5 hours 35 minutes
by Robert Goldsborough
read by L. J. Ganser
"The daughter of a steel magnate disappears, and Nero and Archie must forge ahead with an investigation in this new mystery from the award–winning author. Archie Goodwin's very good friend Lily Rowan spends much of her time—and considerable financial resources—helping women in need, from underpaid workers to mistreated wives. But at the moment she's particularly concerned about one woman: her best friend, Maureen, a beautiful socialite who's been incommunicado for two weeks. After Archie helps Lily comb through Maureen's deserted Park Avenue penthouse, and Lily contacts each of her friend's well-heeled suitors, they still don't know much more than when they started. Then Archie tries to track down Maureen's estranged half-brother, but he seems to have vanished as well. Fortunately, Archie's employer, Nero Wolfe, has a soft spot for Lily. He volunteers to step in—just in time, too, as this missing-person case soon becomes a murder case . . . " — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117069 The Missing Heiress

Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake
DB116511 9 hours 52 minutes
by Sarah Graves
read by Susan Boyce
"Jake and Ellie are taking a break from perfecting their chocolate-pizza recipe to cater a housewarming party hosted by movie-icon Ingrid Merryfield. Miss Merryfield is famous for her old-Hollywood glamour. Her new home, Cliff House, has a reputation too—for being haunted. But she isn't concerned, and some of her guests even try to summon a spirit during the party, using a Ouija board. What arrives instead is a freak autumn storm that downs an ancient tree, traps everyone on the property, and leads them to stumble upon a hidden room—where they find film critic Audrey Dalton, apparently frightened to death. Though Jake and Ellie don't intend to get stirred into the mix, there's no avoiding it—especially when they discover a locket in the victim's hand, with a picture of Ellie and the word next" on it. Is someone trying to write her out of the script too? Jake and Ellie begin sifting through suspects and motives, a search that takes them from a long-lost family graveyard to an antique smokehouse and finally to Cliff House's overgrown gardens. Is there some ghostly presence involved—or a flesh-and-blood villain? And either way, can they ensure that Ellie avoids meeting her very own, very permanent Hollywood ending?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB116511 Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake

We'll Never Tell
DB116932 9 hours 29 minutes
by Wendy Heard
read by Brian Troxell
"While investigating an infamous Hollywood murder mystery for their final YouTube episode, four teenagers visit the scene of the crime, but one does not come out alive, leaving the others to solve crimes old and new—or die trying. No one at Hollywood High knows who's behind We'll Never Tell—a viral YouTube channel where the anonymous creators trespass behind the scenes of LA's most intriguing locales. The team includes CASEY, quiet researcher and trivia champ; JACOB, voice narrator and video editor, who is secretly dating EDDIE, aspiring filmmaker; and ZOE, coder and breaking-and-entering extraordinaire. Now senior year is winding down, and with their lives heading in different directions, the YouTubers vow to go out with a bang. Their last episode will be filmed at the infamous 'Valentini murder house,' which has been left abandoned, bloodstained, and untouched since a shocking murder/suicide in 1972. When the teens break in, they capture epic footage. But someone trips an alarm, and it's a mad dash to get out before the police arrive—at which point they realize only three of them escaped instead of four. Jacob is still inside, slain and bleeding out. Is his attack connected to the historic murder, or is one of their crew responsible? A week of suspicions and cover-ups unfolds as Casey and her remaining friends try to stay alive long enough to solve murder mysteries past and present. If they do, their friendship may not survive. If they don't, the house will claim more victims." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116932 We'll Never Tell

Follow Me Home
DB116041 10 hours 36 minutes
by D.K. Hood
read by Libby McKnight
"Her bare arms are scratched and bleeding as she runs through the forest. The light fades behind her but she must keep running. She knows what will happen to her if she stops... The body of Amos Price lies in a pool of blood on the polished floor of an otherwise empty house in the small town of Black Rock Falls. With no signs of a break in, and no clues left at the scene, Detective Jenna Alton is at a loss. But as the team begins to unpick the life of the reclusive victim, they discover a disturbing link between Amos and the disappearance of several young girls in the county going back years. Days later, Ely Dorsey's body is found in a remote motel on the outskirts of town. Jenna fears not only that the murders are connected to the missing girls, but that the killer hasn't finished yet. As Jenna tries to work out who will be next, the killer suddenly sends her deputy, David Kane, messages. Is she being taunted? Or does the murderer want to be caught? And will Jenna discover who's behind these killings before more people die?" — Provided by publisher. Violence and strong language. 2018.
DB116041 Follow Me Home

Paws to Remember
DB117070 7 hours 35 minutes
by Sofie Kelly
read by Cassandra Campbell
"Librarian Kathleen Paulson and her enchanted felines get involved in a cold case that is putting people in very hot water in the newest installment of this New York Times bestselling series. When a water leak repair results in a body being found behind the walls of the store run by the artists' co-op that Kathleen's friend, Maggie, is part of, everyone is completely mystified as to whose body it is and who hid it there. But as the dust settles, her boyfriend, Detective Marcus Gordon, begins to suspect the body could belong to a young woman who disappeared more than thirty years ago. When a friend with a connection to the young woman asks Kathleen to look into the circumstances around the disappearance, she and her cats—who have special feline talent for catching felons—find themselves digging up secrets that at least one person in Mayville Heights would much prefer stay buried." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117070 Paws to Remember

Judge Me Not: A Novel
DB116183 6 hours 11 minutes
by John D. MacDonald
read by Doug Tisdale
"One way or another, change is coming to Deron, New York. The city has long been terrorized by Lonnie Raval, a ruthless bully whose political machine carried him all the way into the mayor’s office. After suffering through years of corruption, kickbacks, and psychological torture, the people of Deron have finally achieved a wave of reforms. Bright young go-getter Teed Morrow has been hired as part of the team cleaning up city hall. There’s just one problem. Teed has his own laundry list of bad behavior—and that includes getting involved with Lonnie’s wife. He knows he’s playing with fire—but it’s not until he wakes to find her murdered that Teed realizes how badly he’s about to get burned." — Provided by publisher. Violence, some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1951.
DB116183 Judge Me Not: A Novel

A Death in Eden: A Sean Stranahan Mystery
DB110391 9 hours 53 minutes
by Keith McCafferty
read by Rick Holmes
"The seventh novel in the acclaimed Sean Stranahan mystery series: Scarecrows are appearing in the cliffs above the Smith River in Montana, and state investigator Harold Little Feather, is trying to discover the culprit leaving the hay figures in the cliffs, with signs painted that read 'No Smith River Mine—Not on My Watch.' The event is related to a copper mine project that threatens the river, but his investigation takes an ominous turn when a little girl claims that a scarecrow chased her in the night. At the same time, Sean Stranahan and his friend 'Rainbow' Sam Meslik have been contracted as guides to float a party down the river, which includes the manager of the mine project and the president of 'Save Our Smith,' a grassroots organization devoted to stopping the project. Both men grew up on the Smith on neighboring ranches. When a dead body is found in the park, it's revealed that the two have a shared history that runs much deeper and darker than their opposing viewpoints." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
DB110391 A Death in Eden: A Sean Stranahan Mystery

The Sweet Remnants of Summer
DB117072 7 hours 31 minutes
by Alexander McCall Smith
read by Davina Porter
"Everyone's favorite moral philosopher, Isabel Dalhousie, finds herself caught up in a delicate dispute between members of a prominent family while her husband, Jamie, is dragged into an internecine rivalry of his own. When Isabel is invited to serve on the advisory committee of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, her husband, Jamie, expresses concern about the demands on her time. Never one to duck an obligation, however, Isabel says she'd be happy to join. There she meets a woman named Laura, whose husband—a prominent wine merchant from an illustrious family—and son are at odds. Laura asks whether Isabel might arbitrate between them. Isabel is reluctant to intervene in a familial drama, but, always one for practical and courteous solutions to theoretical problems, she feels obligated to help. Will the demands on her moral attention never cease? Meanwhile, having criticized Isabel for getting involved in the affairs of others, Jamie does precisely that himself. He's helping to select a new cellist for his ensemble but suspects that the conductor's attention may be focused on something other than his favored candidate's cello skills. Jamie feels it's important that the most qualified applicant gets the job—but how to determine whether the conductor has the right qualifications in mind? With so many complicated and fraught issues demanding their attention, Isabel and Jamie will have to tap deep into their reserves of tact and goodwill as they navigate the tricky and turbulent waters of these emotional matters." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB117072 The Sweet Remnants of Summer

The Last Devil to Die: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery
DB116412 10 hours 54 minutes
by Richard Osman
read by Fiona Shaw
"It’s rarely a quiet day for the Thursday Murder Club. Shocking news reaches them—an old friend has been killed, and a dangerous package he was protecting has gone missing. The gang’s search leads them into the antiques business, where the tricks of the trade are as old as the objects themselves. As they encounter drug dealers, art forgers, and online fraudsters—as well as heartache close to home—Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim have no idea whom to trust. With the body count rising, the clock ticking down, and trouble firmly on their tail, has their luck finally run out? And who will be the last devil to die?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116412 The Last Devil to Die: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery

Alex Cross Must Die
DB117380 8 hours 55 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Inger Tudor
“'Drop whatever you’re doing, Detective Cross, and head to Reagan Airport,' DC Metro Police dispatch says. 'A jet just crashed and exploded on the runway. The chief and the FBI want you and John Sampson there pronto.' Cross and Sampson race to the crash site. The plane didn’t fail—it was shot down by a stolen Vietnam War–era machine gun. The list of experts who can operate the weapon is short. And time before another lethal strike runs even shorter. Especially for Detective Cross." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB117380 Alex Cross Must Die

The Rattle-Rat
DB115650 9 hours 17 minutes
by Janwillem van de Wetering
read by Mark Ashby
"Douwe Scherjoen was a well-to-do livestock dealer from the remote Dutch province of Friesland. Then his corpse was found, half-charred by flames, floating in a dory in Amsterdam's harbor. No one knows why he was in the nation's capital, far from the bucolic pleasures of his native village of Dingjum. But since Grijpstra is Friesian by birth and can understand the dialect, he and his partner de Gier are dispatched to find the killer—or at least the motive for the crime. And they discover that while no one, not even his wife, liked the victim, the culprit is the unlikeliest suspect of all." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some violence. 1985.
DB115650 The Rattle-Rat


Occult and Horror

The Sleep Experiment
DB115603 8 hours 6 minutes
by Jeremy Bates
read by Guy Williams
"In 1954, at the start of the Cold War, the Soviet military offered four political prisoners their freedom if they participated in an experiment requiring them to remain awake for fourteen days while under the influence of a powerful stimulant gas. The prisoners ultimately reverted to murder, self-mutilation, and madness. None survived. In 2018, Dr. Roy Wallis, an esteemed psychology professor at UC Berkeley, is attempting to recreate the same experiment during the summer break in a soon-to-be demolished building on campus. He and two student assistants share an eight-hour rotational schedule to observe their young Australian test subjects around the clock. What begins innocently enough, however, morphs into a nightmare beyond description that no one could have imagined—with, perhaps, the exception of Dr. Roy Wallis himself." — Amazon. Violence, strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019.
DB115603 The Sleep Experiment

After Life: A Blue Bloods Novel
DB116722 9 hours 35 minutes
by Melissa de la Cruz
read by Taylor Meskimen
"After defeating Lucifer and sacrificing the love of her life, Schuyler wakes up back in New York but soon discovers she is in an alternate reality where Lucifer is alive and well and she is the only person who can defeat him. After defeating Lucifer and sacrificing Jack, the love of her life, Schuyler wakes up back in New York safe and sound. Only it's not quite the New York she knows—and she's not in her regular body. She looks different, her parents are both alive and well—and Jack is not dead, but has no idea who she is. Turns out this is an alternate reality—one where Lucifer is alive and well and the Mayor of New York. Blue Bloods are luring humans to clinics to drain their blood, and Jack is Lucifer's right hand man. It seems Schuyler was sent here to defeat Lucifer. Again. And that she's the only person in this universe or any universe that can defeat him." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2022.
DB116722 After Life: A Blue Bloods Novel

The Night House
DB116769 6 hours 27 minutes
by Jo Nesbø
read by Michael Crouch
"In the wake of his parents' tragic deaths in a house fire, fourteen-year-old Richard Elauved has been sent to live with his aunt and uncle in the remote, insular town of Ballantyne. Richard quickly earns a reputation as an outcast, and when a classmate named Tom goes missing, everyone suspects the new, angry boy is responsible for his disappearance. No one believes him when he says the telephone booth out by the edge of the woods sucked Tom into the receiver like something out of a horror movie. No one, that is, except Karen, a beguiling fellow outsider who encourages Richard to pursue clues the police refuse to investigate. He traces the number that Tom prank called from the phone booth to an abandoned house in the Black Mirror Wood. There he catches a glimpse of a terrifying face in the window. And then the voices begin to whisper in his ear... 'You know who I am. She's going to burn. The one you love is going to burn. There's not a thing you can do about it.' When another classmate disappears, Richard must find a way to prove his innocence—and preserve his sanity—as he grapples with the dark magic that is possessing Ballantyne and pursuing his destruction. Then again, Richard may not be the most reliable narrator of his own story." — Provided by publisher. Translated from the Norwegian edition. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116769 The Night House

A Darker Shade of Noir: New Stories of Body Horror by Women Writers
DB116308 9 hours 0 minutes
edited by Joyce Carol Oates
read by Jessica Wortham
"'While the common belief is that body horror' as a subgenre of horror fiction dates back to the 1970s, Joyce Carol Oates suggests that Medusa, the snake-haired gorgon in Greek mythology, is the 'quintessential emblem of female body horror.' In A Darker Shade of Noir: New Stories of Body Horror by Women Writers, Oates has assembled a spectacular cast to explore this subgenre focusing on distortions to the human body in the most fascinating of ways." — Provided by publisher. Violence, strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2023.
DB116308 A Darker Shade of Noir: New Stories of Body Horror by Women Writers

The Third Evil
DB115534 4 hours 4 minutes
by R.L. Stine
read by MacKenzie Beyer
"Corky is tormented night after night by dreams of her dead sister, Bobbi. What terrifying message is Bobbi trying to tell her? When the evil begins again—more horrible, more gruesome than ever—Corky knows it is up to her to learn the century-old secrets and destroy the evil spirit's power for good. But so many have died already—will Corky be next?" — Provided by publisher. Some violence. For junior and senior high and older readers. 1992.
DB115534 The Third Evil

Religious Themes

This Homeward Journey: The Mountain Series, Book 10
DB109160 7 hours 1 minute
by Misty M. Beller
read by Kristin Allison
"After her husband’s death, Rachel Gray is finally free from the turmoil his addictions caused. She wants nothing more than a new life with her twelve-year-old son. If she can reach her brother in the wilderness of the Canadian territories, they'll have help to start over in peace. She knows better than to put her life in the hands of another man, but she never expected the Montana mountains to be so treacherous. When two brothers invite her to join their small group traveling to the same area, she refuses. After she and her son narrowly escape a bear attack, she's forced to admit they need the safety of numbers in this untamed land. If the men prove dangerous, she can always leave with her son and strike out alone again. Seth Grant has made some bad choices in his life, but God healed him from the addiction that mired him in his sins. Now, he's determined to live the life God called him to, starting with a journey northward to see the Canadian mountain both his brother and sister have fallen in love with. When he discovers the woman and boy who plan to travel the same mountain trail, he can't fathom why she refuses to join in the safety of their larger group. Though her decision seems unwise, he has no other choice but to pray God provides her protection. Despite Rachel's best efforts, she can't seem to fight her attraction to Seth—until a secret from his past proves he's not at all the man she thought. When a new peril threatens her son's life, she must choose between trusting in what she can control, or the man who her heart says is trustworthy, no matter his previous sins. The path she chooses just may determine whether she can step into the new life God has in store for them all." — Provided by publisher. 2019.
DB109160 This Homeward Journey: The Mountain Series, Book 10

The Emerald Tide
DB116579 7 hours 15 minutes
by Davis Bunn
read by Graham Winton
"Just when he thought he’d buried his past and was moving on . . . Four years after his wife’s death, art history teacher Derek Gaines has finally made a kind of peace with himself. He tries his best to stave off memories. His days are ones of familiar routine. Guarded against further pain, he keeps relationships at a safe distance. It’s all part of his necessary transition to surviving alone. If anything is truly responsible for Derek making it back from the brink it’s his edifying work as a consultant for auction houses—and indulging a consuming sideline job: tracking stolen art. But Derek’s latest hunt will lead him toward challenges both professional and personal—that he’s not prepared to face . . . He discovered the art of falling in love again . . . Joining Derek on his quest is Kelly Reid, the new junior vice president of gallery operations at Christies Los Angeles. She is driven, ambitious, fiercely passionate about her work—and a fellow wounded kindred spirit. Bitterly immune to men’s promises, she’s never letting herself be vulnerable again. Yet even as trust and affection remain frightening territory, a tenuous start to her partnership with Derek slowly builds toward something more. And soon, both will be tested beyond anything they could have imagined—in the deepening mystery of a lost painting, and in matters of the heart, which can be the greatest mystery of all." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB116579 The Emerald Tide

Dark of Night
DB116503 8 hours 11 minutes
by Colleen Coble
read by Talon David
"As if the last few months haven’t been hard enough—complete with threats on her life and the return of her first love, Jon—Annie has to figure out whether or not to believe a woman who claims to be her sister, Sarah, who was abducted twenty-four years ago at age five. Annie’s eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, has plenty of questions about what’s going on in her mother’s life—but there are some stories Annie doesn’t want uncovered. As Annie grapples with how to heal the gulf between her and her would-be sister and make room in her daughter’s life for Jon, she’s professionally distracted by the case of yet another missing hiker in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A woman named Michelle Fraser has now been abducted, and though the woman’s estranged husband is at the top of their suspect list, Annie and her colleagues will need to dig deeper to determine whether these recent mysteries are truly as unrelated as they seem." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116503 Dark of Night

Her Pretend Amish Boyfriend: Surprised by Love
DB115851 10 hours 47 minutes
by Rachel J. Good
read by MacKenzie Beyer
"Hiding a painful secret, valley newcomer Noah Riehl is looking for a fresh start with few complications. He hopes his job at the Farmer’s Market will give him the quiet life he craves. But light-hearted Caroline Hartzler has other ideas. She practically falls in love with him at first sight. And when she asks Noah for a not-so-simple favor—and won’t take no for answer—he finds himself reluctantly agreeing… Caroline refuses to listen to the gossip that has followed Noah into the valley, or even to her own daed’s warnings. She’s taken with Noah and his gentle, generous spirit. In fact, he’s the perfect person to help her discourage an unwanted suitor—by pretending they’re courting. Yet the more time they spend together, the more Caroline must remind herself that their relationship is just a temporary ruse. But she’s not the only one struggling . . . Secretly, Noah’s feelings for Caroline deepen more than he thought possible, helping him renew his faltering faith. But when rumors about his past threaten to ruin them both, they must pray that the truth leads them to the blessed union they long for . . . " — Provided by publisher. 2023.
DB115851 Her Pretend Amish Boyfriend: Surprised by Love

Redeeming Grace
DB114700 7 hours 43 minutes
by Emma Miller
read by Elizabeth Rose
"With nowhere to turn, penniless widow Grace Yoder travels with her young son to the Amish community of Seven Poplars. She hopes to reunite with the Plain father she never knew—and become part of the community. Though her father is deceased, his new family still welcomes her. Grace is overcome with gratitude. But when handsome family friend and Mennonite John Hartman offers her a job in his veterinarian office, Grace discovers a beautiful bridge between the two worlds. And prays John will ask her to stay by his side." — Provided by publisher. 2012.
DB114700 Redeeming Grace

Romance

Remember Me
DB116726 12 hours 2 minutes
by Mary Balogh
read by Rosalyn Landor
"Philippa, elder daughter of the Earl of Stratton, grew up eagerly anticipating a glittering debut and a brilliant marriage. Then her brother caught their father out in a clandestine affair and denounced him publicly. The whole family was disgraced, and Philippa's hopes grew dim, then were fully shattered when she overheard the dashing, handsome Marquess of Roath viciously insult her upon learning of her father's identity. Only years later does Philippa find the courage to go to London at last to meet the ton. She is an instant success and enjoys a close friendship with the granddaughter of a duke. Only one man can spoil everything for her, but surely he will not be in London this year. The Duke of Wilby is nearing death and has tasked his grandson and heir, Lucas Arden, Marquess of Roath, with marrying and producing a son before it is too late. Lucas, who usually shuns London, goes there early in the Season in the hope of finding an eligible bride before his grandparents come and find one for him. He is instantly attracted to his sister's new friend, until that young lady asks a simple question: 'Remember me?' And suddenly he does remember her, as well as the reason why the daughter of the Earl of Stratton is the one woman he can never marry—even if his heart tells him she is the only woman he wants. Unfortunately for Philippa and Lucas, the autocratic duke and his duchess have other ideas and believe them to be perfect for each other. They will simply not take no for an answer. Telling Philippa the full truth is the hardest thing Lucas has ever faced, and the discovery of it will change them both before they discover the healing power of love." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116726 Remember Me

Sweet Talk
DB116668 5 hours 47 minutes
by Cara Bastone
read by Chris Brinkley
"It’s officially booty o’clock, I’m alone again in my kitchen choking down a slice of terrible chocolate cake…and I’m pretty sure I just got drunk texted by the man I have a ginormous crush on. I’ve been daydreaming about Eliot Hoffman’s dimples for two months, and even though I’m sure this was a mistake on his end, it doesn’t mean it’s not an opportunity on mine. It’s the middle of the night, and I just wanna talk to him. So I text him back. And then somehow we keep talking… ALL NIGHT. We’re both insomniacs, so talking all night soon turns into talking EVERY night. And talking about nothing soon turns into talking about something. And here we go from in-depth analysis of reality TV to my relationship with my family, to his amazing artwork. There’s no topic we don’t cover... Except for who I really am. It’s the only question of his I won’t answer. As my crush turns into an avalanche of Eliot, I think of him all the time now. But if he knew who I was, the entire house of cards we’ve built this relationship on would come toppling down. I want him to be mine, but we might never be more than just a sweet dream...." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB116668 Sweet Talk

Love in Winter Wonderland
DB117292 7 hours 36 minutes
by Abiola Bello
read by Ben Bailey Smith
"Seventeen-year-olds Trey and Ariel embark on a hate-to-love journey when they band together to save Trey's family's business, the longest-running Black-owned bookshop in London. Trey Anderson balances the pressures of school popularity with a job at his family's beloved local bookshop, Wonderland. Quirky, creative Ariel Spencer needs tuition for the prestigious art program of her dreams, and an opening at Wonderland is the answer. When Trey and Ariel learn that Wonderland is on the brink of being shut down by a neighborhood gentrifier, they team up to stop the doors from closing before the Christmas Eve deadline—and embark on a journey that will change them forever." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117292 Love in Winter Wonderland

The Art of Scandal
DB117026 10 hours 29 minutes
by Regina Black
read by Mela Lee
"On the night of her husband Matt’s fortieth birthday, Rachel Abbott receives a sexy, explicit text from her husband that she quickly realizes was meant for another woman. Divorce is inevitable, and Rachel is determined not to leave her thirteen-year marriage empty handed. Meanwhile, Matt, a rising star mayor with his eye on the White House, can’t afford a messy split in the middle of his reelection campaign. They strike a deal: Rachel gets one million dollars and their lavish house in the wealthy DC suburb of Oasis Springs, as long as she keeps playing the ideal Black trophy wife until the election. Then Rachel meets Nathan Vasquez, a very handsome, very lost twenty-six-year-old artist, and their connection makes Rachel forget about being the perfect politician’s wife. As Rachel reawakens Nathan’s long-dormant artistic aspirations, their attraction becomes impossible to resist. But secrets are hard to keep in a town like Oasis Springs, and Nathan has a few of his own. With the risk of scandal looming and their hearts on the line, they’ll have to decide whether the possibility of losing everything is worth taking a chance on love." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117026 The Art of Scandal

Secret of the Moon Conch
DB116764 12 hours 50 minutes
by David Bowles
read by Ana Osorio
"In modern Mexico, Sitlali is all alone after the death of her beloved abuela. Targeted by a dangerous gang member, she flees to the United States. As a memento, she takes with her an ancient conch shell. In 1521, Calizto is trapped in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. He has fought valiantly for his people against Spanish invaders, but hope is fading. Desperate, he takes up a sacred conch and sounds a plea to the gods. The conch holds magic neither understand. The magic allows them to communicate across centuries. With each conversation, they fall deeper in love. But as danger threatens, will they find a way to be truly together?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116764 Secret of the Moon Conch

Hard Line
DB115675 9 hours 3 minutes
by Pamela Clare
read by MacKenzie Beyer
"A woman dragged into danger… Dr. Samantha Park’s life is shaken when her best friend and research partner dies barely two months into their eight-month stretch at the South Pole. She hasn’t begun to face her loss when men from Cobra International Security arrive to recover sensitive military components from a crashed satellite—and ask her to come with them. As a scientist, she has always been suspicious of the military, and flying across Antarctica in austral winter is more like suicide than a rescue mission. But when she hears what’s at stake, she agrees to help and is forced to put her trust in Thor Isaksen, the tall, broad-shouldered Dane who leads the Cobra team. The only man who can keep her alive… Thor served as an elite soldier in Afghanistan and spent two years as part of a Danish spec-ops unit patrolling sea ice in the Arctic. He’s used to the cold and constant darkness. That’s why he’s been tapped to lead this mission. Under orders to do whatever he must to keep a dangerous weapon from falling into enemy hands, he’s prepared for every scenario—except one. Samantha, with her blue eyes and brilliant mind, takes him by surprise. She’s confident in her abilities as a scientist and yet so unsure of herself as a woman. Stuck at the station with his team until the weather clears, he can’t ignore the growing attraction he feels for her even if she’s the last thing he should be doing on the job. A killer who will destroy them all… As temperatures drop to one hundred below, the heat between Thor and Samantha flares out of control. But a killer is lurking on station, someone with an agenda that threatens not only the lives of every person there, but also global peace. It will take all of Thor’s skill and strength to stop the murderous traitor—and keep himself and the woman he loves alive." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.
DB115675 Hard Line

The Summer I Turned Pretty
DB116483 6 hours 2 minutes
by Jenny Han
read by Lola Tung
"Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2022.
DB116483 The Summer I Turned Pretty

Iris Kelly Doesn't Date
DB117264 11 hours 56 minutes
by Ashley Herring Blake
read by Kristen DiMercurio
"Everyone around Iris Kelly is in love. Her best friends are all coupled up, her siblings have partners that are perfect for them, and her parents are still blissfully married. And she’s happy for all of them, truly. Iris doesn’t want any of that—dating, love, romance. She’ll stick to her commitment-free hookups, thanks very much, except no one in her life will just let her be. Everyone wants to see her settled down, but she holds firmly to her no dating rule. There’s only one problem—Iris is a romance author facing an imminent deadline for her second book, and she’s completely out of ideas. Perfectly happy to ignore her problems as per usual, Iris goes to a bar in Portland and meets a sexy stranger, Stefania, and a night of dancing and making out turns into the worst one-night stand Iris has had in her life. To get her mind off everything, Iris tries out for the lead role in a local play, a queer retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, but comes face-to-face with Stefania, whose real name turns out to be Stevie. Desperate to save face in front of her friends, Stevie asks Iris to play along as her girlfriend. Iris is shocked, but when she realizes the arrangement might provide her with some much-needed romantic content for her book, she agrees. As the two women play the part of a happy couple, lines start to blur, and they’re left wondering who will make the real first move...." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117264 Iris Kelly Doesn't Date

The Problem with Him
DB114041 10 hours 46 minutes
by Rachel Higginson
read by Elizabeth Hart
"I’m over men. I’m done with them. Or at least the ones that work in my kitchen. Fine, one man in particular. Wyatt Shaw is cocky and condescending and so far out of his element that he doesn’t know which way is up. Or how to run his brand new kitchen all by himself. That’s where I come in. Sous chef extraordinaire. Second in command. Bane of his existence. I am the reason Wyatt’s doing so well as the new executive chef of one of our city’s most prestigious restaurants. He has me to thank for his glowing accolades and five-star write-ups. Only if you were to ask him, he’d say I’m his biggest problem. Despite his discouragement and bullish behavior, I’ve set two goals for myself. The first? I’m going to fight my way to the top of this male-dominated industry and claim my own award-winning kitchen. The second? I’m going to do whatever it takes to ignore Wyatt and his rare smiles and the thickening tension that’s started to simmer between us. Wyatt Shaw might be Durham’s new shining star. He might be up for a James Beard Award. He might be my new boss and key to my future success, but he’s also in my way. So he can keep his smoldering looks and secret kisses. And he can be the one that figures out how to make it through service without getting distracted by me. I’m not the problem. The problem is him." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
DB114041 The Problem with Him

Finding Perfect: A Novella
DB117195 1 hour 47 minutes
by Colleen Hoover
read by Jason Carpenter
"Friends Daniel, Six, Holder, Sky, and Breckin are planning to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with a Friendsgiving dinner at Sky’s parents’ house. But things have been off within the tightknit group and when Daniel reaches out to Six to ask the hard questions he hasn’t dared to bring up since they last spoke about their shared secret, he’s dismayed to learn that it’s this very secret bringing a cloud over the holiday. Suddenly, Daniel must do everything he can to find answers for the one person he loves the most in the world, but will this search only lead to despair." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB117195 Finding Perfect: A Novella

Brothersong
DB113224 19 hours 36 minutes
by TJ Klune
read by Kirt Graves
"In the ruins of Caswell, Maine, Carter Bennett learned the truth of what had been right in front of him the entire time. And then it—he—was gone. Desperate for answers, Carter takes to the road, leaving family and the safety of his pack behind, all in the name of a man he only knows as a feral wolf. But therein lies the danger: wolves are pack animals, and the longer Carter is on his own, the more his mind slips toward the endless void of Omega insanity. But he pushes on, following the trail left by Gavin. Gavin, the son of Robert Livingstone. The half-brother of Gordo Livingstone. What Carter finds will change the course of the wolves forever. Because Gavin's history with the Bennett pack goes back further than anyone knows, a secret kept hidden by Carter's father, Thomas Bennett. And with this knowledge comes a price: the sins of the fathers now rest upon the shoulders of their sons." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB113224 Brothersong

Ryan and Avery
DB116395 8 hours 52 minutes
by David Levithan
read by Jamie K. Brown
"Tells the story of blue-haired Ryan and pink-haired Avery, two boys who meet at a queer prom, through their first 10 dates as they fall in love amidst snowstorms, groundings, meeting parents, heartbreak, and every day and date in between. When Ryan and Avery
met at a queer prom, they felt an instant connection. This is the of their first 10 dates: the tender hopes, the skittish fears, the difficulty of introducing someone into your pre-existing life. There is always the possibility of heartbreak—and the chance that maybe, just maybe, you've found the right person to love." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116395 Ryan and Avery

Better Hate Than Never
DB117047 11 hours 38 minutes
by Chloe Liese
read by Charlotte North
"Katerina Wilmot and Christopher Petruchio shared backyards as kids, but as adults they won’t even share the same hemisphere. That is, until Kate makes a rare visit home, and their fiery animosity rekindles into a raging inferno. Despite their friends’ and families' pleas for peace, Christopher is unconvinced Kate would willingly douse the flames of their enmity. But when a drunken Kate confesses she’s only been hostile because she thought he hated her, Christopher vows to make peace with Kate once and for all. Tempting as it is to be swept away by her nemesis-turned-gentleman, Kate isn’t sure she can trust his charming good-guy act. When Christopher’s persistence and Kate’s curiosity lead to an impassioned kiss, they realize 'peace' is the last thing that will ever be possible between them. As desire gives way to deeper feelings, Kate and Christopher must decide if it’s truly better to hate than to never risk their hearts—or if they already gave them away long ago." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117047 Better Hate Than Never

The Best Is Yet to Come
DB109039 7 hours 22 minutes
by Debbie Macomber
read by Thérèse Plummer
"A new beginning in charming Oceanside, Washington, is exactly what Hope Godwin needs after the death of her twin brother. There are plenty of distractions, like her cozy cottage with the slightly nosy landlords next door, and a brewing drama among her students at the local high school. Even having settled quickly into the community, Hope still feels something is still missing. That is, until her landlords convince her to volunteer at their animal shelter. There she meets Shadow, a rescue dog that everyone has given up on. But true to her name, Hope believes he's worth saving. Like Shadow, shelter volunteer Cade Lincoln Jr. is suffering with injuries most can't see. A wounded ex-marine, Cade identifies with Shadow, assuming they are both beyond help. Hope senses that what they each need is someone to believe in them, and she has a lot of love to give. As she gains Shadow’s trust, Hope notices Cade begins to open up as well. Finding the courage to be vulnerable again, Cade and Hope take steps toward a relationship, and Hope finally begins to feel at peace in her new home. But Hope's happiness is put to the test when Cade’s past conflicts resurface, and Hope becomes embroiled in the escalating situation at the high school. Love and compassion are supposed to heal all wounds, but are they enough to help Hope and Cade overcome the pain of their past and the obstacles in the way of a better future?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB109039 The Best Is Yet to Come

Rivals
DB116585 12 hours 35 minutes
by Katharine McGee
read by Brittany Pressley
"In an alternate America, Beatrice, now queen, and her siblings Samatha and Jefferson struggle to untangle their personal lives and settle into their new political roles while the country hosts the world's monarchs at the League of Kings conference." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2022.
DB116585 Rivals

Summer Reading
DB114676 11 hours 25 minutes
by Jenn McKinlay
read by Kelsey Navarro Foster
"For Samantha Gale, a summer on Martha’s Vineyard at her family’s tiny cottage was supposed to be about resurrecting her career as a chef, until she’s tasked with chaperoning her half-brother, Tyler. The teenage brainiac is spending his summer at the local library in a robotics competition, and there’s no place Sam, who has dyslexia, likes less than the library. And because the universe hates her, the library’s interim director turns out to be the hot-reader guy whose book she accidentally destroyed on the ferry ride to the island. Bennett Reynolds is on a quest to find his father, whose identity he’s never known. He’s taken the temporary job on the island to research the summer his mother spent there when she got pregnant with him. Ben tells himself he isn't interested in a relationship right now. Yet as soon as Sam knocks his book into the ocean, he can’t stop thinking about her. An irresistible attraction blossoms when Ben inspires Sam to create the cookbook she’s always dreamed about and she jumps all in on helping him find his father, and soon they realize their summer fling may heat up into a happily ever after." — Provided by publisher. Include supplementary material. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB114676 Summer Reading

Three Kisses, One Midnight
DB110170 7 hours 51 minutes
by Sandhya Menon
read by Becca Q. Co
"Told in interconnected stories, three witchy best friends brew a love potion on Halloween that is said to produce a love that will last forever as long as it is sealed by true love's kiss before the stroke of midnight. The town of Moon Ridge was founded 400 years ago and everyone born and raised there knows the legend of the young woman who perished at the stroke of twelve that very same night, losing the life she was set to embark on with her dearest love. Every century since, one day a year, the Lady of Moon Ridge descends from the stars to walk among the townsfolk, conjuring an aura upon those willing to follow their hearts' desires. This year at Moon Ridge High, a group of friends known as The Coven will weave art, science, and magic during a masquerade ball unlike any other. Onny, True, and Ash believe everything is in alignment to bring them the affection, acceptance, and healing that can only come from romance—with a little help from Onny's grandmother's love potion. But nothing is as simple as it first seems. And as midnight approaches, The Coven learns that it will take more than a spell to recognize those who offer their love and to embrace all the magic that follows." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2022.
DB110170 Three Kisses, One Midnight

The Shop around the Corner
DB115854 6 hours 52 minutes
by Anne-Marie Meyer
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"I finally got Shelby back into my life, and I'll be damned if I lose her again. I'll find a way to make everyone happy...I have to. Shelby: I thought I was getting stronger, but now, I'm not so sure. Tamara is back in Miles' life, and I want to say that it doesn't affect us—that he loves me and that is all that should matter—but every time I see Belle, I see myself. I would give anything to change the circumstance of my childhood, and if there's a chance that Miles and Tamara can make it work, I wouldn't forgive myself if I stood in their way. Miles thinks there's a way for everyone to be happy...but I'm not so sure. And I don't think it's a risk I'm willing to take. Abigail: I thought I was content with my life. My business is booming. I have a boyfriend. Sabrina is coming out of the darkness that seemed to have taken over her since Samuel's birth. But for some reason, I'm not happy. I blame Bash. I hate that he's randomly showing up at the shop as if he's trying to protect me. I hate that he's in their kitchen apartment, shirtless, with a dark, hooded look in his eyes, while Anders in distracted by videos games and beer in his room. But I really hate that when I need someone the most, Bash is the one that shows up to help me. And when I find out what he did for Sabrina? I hate him even more." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2022.
DB115854 The Shop around the Corner

A Holly Jolly Ever After
DB116954 11 hours 36 minutes
by Julie Murphy
read by Chris Brinkley
"Kallum Lieberman is the funny one. As the arguably lesser of the three former members of the boy band INK, he enjoyed his fifteen minutes of fame and then moved home where he opened a regional pizza chain called Slice, Slice, Baby! He’s living his best dad bod life, hooking up with bridesmaids at all his friends’ weddings. But after an old one-off sex tape is leaked and quickly goes viral, Kallum decides he’s ready to step into the spotlight again, starring in a sexy Santa biopic for the Hope Channel. Winnie Baker did everything right. She married her childhood sweetheart, avoided the downfalls of adolescent stardom, and transitioned into a stable adult acting career. Hell, she even waited until marriage to have sex. But after her perfect life falls apart, Winnie is ready to redefine herself—and what better way than a steamier-than-a-steaming-hot-mug-of-cider Christmas movie? With decade old Hollywood history between them, Winnie and Kallum are both feeling hesitant about their new situation as costars…especially Winnie who can’t seem to fake on screen pleasure she’s never experienced in real life. She’s willing to do the pleasure research—for science and artistic authenticity, of course. And there’s no better research partner than her bridesmaid sex tape hall of fame costar, Kallum. But suddenly, Kallum’s teenage crush on Winnie is bubbling to the surface and Winnie might be catching feelings herself. They say opposites attract, but is this holly jolly ever after really ready for its close-up?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116954 A Holly Jolly Ever After

Crazy Rich Cajuns
DB117032 7 hours 25 minutes
by Erin Nicholas
read by Betsy Moore
"He wears suits and ties. He'll one day inherit a fortune. He has a law degree. He shines his shoes, for God's sake. What is she doing attracted to a guy like him? But she is. She so is. She drives air boats on the bayou, drinks and cusses, and gives city boys in suits a hard time just for fun. Why can't he get her out of his mind? But he can't. He definitely can't. A weekend trip to Savannah for a fancy-schmancy party with his highfalutin family is the surefire way to prove that they have nothing in common but intense chemistry. And to maybe scratch this I've-never-wanted-anyone-like-I-want-you itch once or twice. Or five times. But it takes only about 24 hours for the bayou girl and the city boy to figure out that they don't really know much at all—about each other, or about themselves. And figuring all of this out is going to be downright crazy." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB117032 Crazy Rich Cajuns

Teach the Torches to Burn: A Romeo & Juliet Remix
DB117359 12 hours 10 minutes
by Caleb Roehrig
read by Max Meyers
"Verona, Italy. Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Romeo dreams of a quiet life with someone who loves him just as he is. But as the heir to the Montague family, he is expected to give up his 'womanly' artistic pursuits and uphold the family honor—particularly in their centuries-old blood feud with a rival family, the Capulets. Worse still, he is also expected to marry a well-bred girl approved by his parents and produce heirs. But the more Romeo is forced to mingle with eligible maidens, the harder it is to keep his deepest secret: He only feels attracted to other boys. In an attempt to forget his troubles for just one night, Romeo joins his cousin in sneaking into a Capulet party. During a fateful encounter in the garden, he meets the kindest, most beautiful boy he's ever met, and is shocked to learn he's Valentine, the younger brother of one of his closest friends. He is even more shocked to discover that Valentine is just as enamored with Romeo as Romeo is with him. So begins a tender romance that the boys must hide from their families and friends, each of them longing for a world where they could be together without fear. And as the conflict between the Montagues and Capulets escalates out of control, Romeo and Valentine find themselves in danger of losing each other forever—if not by society's scorn, then by the edge of a blade." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117359 Teach the Torches to Burn: A Romeo & Juliet Remix

Things We Left Behind
DB116194 20 hours 6 minutes
by Lucy Score
read by Sandra Murphy
"Lucian Rollins is a lean, mean vengeance-seeking mogul. On a quest to erase his father’s mark on the family name, he spends every waking minute pulling strings and building an indestructible empire. The more money and power he amasses, the safer he is from threats. Except when it comes to the feisty small-town librarian that keeps him up at night… Sloane Walton is a spitfire determined to carry on her father’s quest for justice. She’ll do that just as soon as she figures out exactly what the man she hates did to—or for—her family. Bonded by an old, dark secret from the past and the dislike they now share for each other, Sloane trusts Lucian about as far as she can throw his designer-suited body. When bickering accidentally turns to foreplay, these two find themselves not quite regretting their steamy one-night stand. Once those flames are fanned, it seems impossible to put them out again. But with Sloane ready to start a family and Lucian refusing to even consider the idea of marriage and kids, these enemies-to-lovers are stuck at an impasse. Broken men break women. It’s what Lucian believes, what he’s witnessed, and he’s not going to take that chance with Sloane. He’d rather live a life of solitude than put her in danger. But he learns the hard way that leaving her means leaving her unprotected from other threats. It’s the second time he’s ruthlessly cut her out of his life. There’s no way she’s going to give him a third chance. He’s just going to have to make one for himself." — Provided by publisher. Strong language, some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2023.
DB116194 Things We Left Behind

Chaser: A Dive Bar Novel
DB110168 8 hours 46 minutes
by Kylie Scott
read by Will Damron
"Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she's pregnant. Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she'd had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it's Eric who comes to the rescue. There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
DB110168 Chaser: A Dive Bar Novel

See You Yesterday
DB116265 12 hours 32 minutes
by Rachel Lynn Solomon
read by Emily Lawrence
"After reliving the same day for months, eighteen-year-old Barrett reluctantly teams up with her nemesis Miles to escape the time loop, and soon finds herself falling for him, but what she does not know is what they will mean to each other if they finally make it to tomorrow." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2022.
DB116265 See You Yesterday

Give Me a Sign
DB116721 9 hours 26 minutes
by Anna Sortino
read by Elizabeth Robbins
"Seventeen-year-old Lilah, who wears hearing aids, returns to a summer camp for the Deaf and Blind as a counselor, eager to improve her ASL and find her place in the community, but she did not expect to also find romance along the way." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116721 Give Me a Sign

Happiness
DB116573 6 hours 42 minutes
by Danielle Steel
read by Dan John Miller
"Sabrina Brooks is a wildly successful bestselling author of gripping thrillers. Unlike her fictional characters, Sabrina lives a quiet life in the Berkshires with her two beloved dogs. But behind this peaceful exterior is a dark, painful past. As a child raised by an emotionally distant father, Sabrina rarely felt love. And as an adult, her marriage twisted into an abusive relationship from which she had to escape. Sabrina channeled that fear into her writing, and now she has everything she’s ever wanted. Until the arrival of a mysterious letter disrupts it all, declaring that Sabrina, as the only living relative of her recently deceased uncle, is now the heir to his title and estate outside London. This shocking news forces her to cross the Atlantic and see the manor for herself, stirring up her father’s past and the secrets he kept. Determined to sell the estate quickly and return home, Sabrina is surprised by how much she loves roaming the gardens and exploring the historic manor. She can’t help but admire her surroundings, especially with the handsome estate attorney, Grayson Abbott, acting as her tour guide. As she learns more about the family history, Sabrina begins to wonder what life would be like as 'Lady Brooks,' and if she could upend the stability she has worked so hard for. Is she brave enough to choose a different path?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116573 Happiness

Trusting Taylor
DB116662 8 hours 39 minutes
by Susan Stoker
read by Lucy Rivers
"Former military man turned government assassin Kellan 'Eagle' Trowbridge isn’t looking for love. He’d rather keep his head down at his cover job as an employee of Silverstone Towing. That all changes, however, when he meets Taylor Cardin. Beautiful, smart, and witty Taylor instantly falls for the mysterious tow truck driver, who comforts her both in the aftermath of the car crash she sees firsthand and when the police dismiss her as a credible witness because of her prosopagnosia, or face blindness. Eagle, on the other hand, can remember every person he’s ever met—and the two counterparts forge an immediate connection. But someone else is just as intrigued by Taylor’s unique condition as Eagle is…and his intentions are downright deadly. Soon, Eagle and Taylor are too caught up in each other to see the danger that’s approaching. But as time runs out, they’ll discover their love isn’t the only thing fighting to survive." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB116662 Trusting Taylor

Darius: A Black Dagger Brotherhood Love Story
DB116773 6 hours 59 minutes
by J.R. Ward
read by Jim Frangione
"Darius, son of Marklon, isn’t looking for love the night destiny comes to claim him. He’s also not interested in crashing his new car. But when a human woman runs out into the road and he must swerve to avoid killing her...everything goes off course. Disillusioned by his King’s lack of leadership and the losses in the war against the Lessening Society, Darius finds purpose in protecting a woman he cannot make his own. Love finds a way, however—until the truth of what he is comes out and she leaves him in horror. Unbeknownst to them both, Anne is carrying his young, a female who is destined to be Queen—and after a tragic reunion, he vows to protect their daughter. Resigned to perpetual sadness, he is determined to serve the memory of his beloved no matter the cost...unless by some miracle, fate sees fit to once again bring them together." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB116773 Darius: A Black Dagger Brotherhood Love Story

Science Fiction

Purgatory's Shore
DB110350 22 hours 22 minutes
by Taylor Anderson
read by P. J. Ochlan
"The United States, 1847. A disparate group of young American soldiers are bound to join General Winfield Scott's campaign against Santa Anna at Veracruz during the Mexican-American War. They never arrive. Or rather . . . they arrive somewhere else. The untried, idealistic soldiers are mostly replacements, really; a handful of infantry, artillery, dragoons, and a few mounted riflemen with no unified command. And they've been shipwrecked on a terrible, different Earth full of monsters and unimaginable enemies. Major Lewis Cayce, late of the 3rd US Flying Artillery, must unite these men to face their fears and myriad threats, armed with little more than flintlock muskets, a few pieces of artillery, and a worldview that spiritually and culturally rebels against virtually everything they encounter. It will take extraordinary leadership and a cadre of equally extraordinary men and women to mold frightened troops into an effective force, make friends with other peoples the evil Holy Dominion would eradicate, and reshape their 'manifest destiny' into a cause they can all believe in and fight for. For only together will they have any hope of survival." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB110350 Purgatory's Shore

Trinity
DB115315 10 hours 4 minutes
by Dave Bara
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
"The Rim rebellion was glorious—and doomed from the start. Brilliant Rim Confederation Navy space ship captain Jared Clement skuttled his career and professional life by joining the rebels against the overwhelming force of the 5 Suns Alliance. The rebel cause was just. That didn't matter. Ten years later, Clement regrets nothing, but would prefer to be left alone to his thoughts and drink. But a new chance to command a ship of incredible potential is thrust in his lap—humanity's first truly faster-than-light vessel. The destination: Trinity, a newly discovered star system where strange signs of possible space farers may lead to humanity's first alien encounter. Or to interstellar war. Humanity is on the brink of a new age, and everything depends on one crusty star ship captain, his gritty crew, and the Beauregard, a ship that was never meant to wage war turned into a weapon-bristling battleship that will either propel humanity to ultimate destruction—or into a new starfaring age of exploration and conflict. And along the way, a noble lost cause—one Captain Jared Clement—may finally get his revenge. And find his redemption." — Provided by publisher. Some violence, some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.
DB115315 Trinity

Bridge: A Novel of Suspense
DB116884 13 hours 32 minutes
by Lauren Beukes
read by Lisa Cordileone
"It was a game they played; the other worlds, the other lives. It was part of her mom's grand delusions. It wasn't real. Unless it was... Bridget Kittinger has always been paralyzed by choices. It has a lot to do with growing up in the long shadow of her mother, Jo, a troubled neuroscientist. Jo's obsession with one mythical object, the 'dreamworm'—which she believed enabled travel to other worlds—led to their estrangement. Now, suddenly, Jo is dead. And in packing up her home, Bridge finds a strange device buried deep in Jo's freezer: the dreamworm. Against all odds, it actually can open the door—to all other realities, and to all other versions of herself, too. Could Bridge find who she should be in this world, by visiting the others? And could her Jo still be alive somewhere? But there's a sinister cost to trading places, and others hunting the dreamworm who would kill to get their hands on it . . . Across a thousand possible lives, from Portland to Haiti, from Argentina to the alligator-infested riverways of North Carolina, Bridge takes readers on a highly original thrill ride, pushing the boundaries of what we know about mothers and daughters, hunters and seekers, and who we each choose to be." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116884 Bridge: A Novel of Suspense

Light Bringer
DB116610 30 hours 13 minutes
by Pierce Brown
read by Tim Gerard Reynolds
"'Darrow returns as Pierce Brown's New York Times bestselling Red Rising series continues in the thrilling sequel to Dark Age. Brown's plots are like a depth charge of nitromethane dropped in a bucket of gasoline. His pacing is 100% him standing over it all with a lit match and a smile, waiting for us to dare him to drop it.'—NPR, on Dark Age. 'The measure of a man is not the fear he sows in his enemies. It is the hope he gives his friends.'—Virginia au Augustus. The Reaper is a legend, more myth than man: the savior of worlds, the leader of the Rising, the breaker of chains. But the Reaper is also Darrow, born of the red soil of Mars: a husband, a father, a friend. The worlds once needed the Reaper. But now they need Darrow. Because after the dark age will come a new age: of light, of victory, of hope." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB116610 Light Bringer

Dual Memory
DB116833 13 hours 8 minutes
by Sue Burke
read by André Santana
"Antonio Moro lost everything to the Leviathan League, ruthless global pirates. Now he's alone in a city on an Arctic island fighting Freebooters with nothing but lies and the mistaken idea that he's a spy. When things look bleak, he discovers an unusual ally. His new personal assistant program, Par Augustus, is a nascent A. I. He's also insolent, extroverted, moody, and not quite legal. Together, they forge an uneasy alliance and create a rebellion from unlikely recruits to defend the island city. The hitch? No one else can ever know. Especially the humans." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116833 Dual Memory

Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century
DB115624 24 hours 54 minutes
Edited by Orson Scott Card
read by Jared Zak
"In much of the science fiction of the past, the twenty-first century existed only in the writers’ imaginations. Now that it’s here, it’s time to take a look back at the last one hundred years in science fiction through the works of the most celebrated and acclaimed authors of the century—to see where we’ve been and just how far we’ve come. Along with a critical essay by Orson Scott Card reassessing science fiction in the twentieth century, Masterpieces includes short fiction by writers who have forged a permanent place for science fiction in the popular culture of today...and tomorrow. It offers a glimpse of the greatest works that mixed science with fiction in trying to figure out humanity’s place in the universe. Featuring bold, brave, and breathtaking stories, this definitive collection will stand the test of time in both this century and those to come." — Provided by publisher. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.
DB115624 Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century

Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith Star Wars
DB109267 17 hours 15 minutes
by Adam Christopher
read by William DeMeritt
"The Empire is dead. Nearly two decades after the Battle of Endor, the tattered remnants of Palpatine’s forces have fled to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. But for the heroes of the New Republic, danger and loss are ever-present companions, even in this newly forged era of peace. Jedi Master Luke Skywalker is haunted by visions of the dark side, foretelling an ominous secret growing somewhere in the depths of space, on a dead world called Exegol. The disturbance in the Force is undeniable . . . and Luke’s worst fears are confirmed when his old friend Lando Calrissian comes to him with reports of a new Sith menace. After Lando’s daughter was stolen from his arms, he searched the stars for any trace of his lost child. But every new rumor leads only to dead ends and fading hopes—until he crosses paths with Ochi of Bestoon, a Sith assassin tasked with kidnapping a young girl. Ochi’s true motives remain shrouded to Luke and Lando. For on a junkyard moon, a mysterious envoy of the Sith Eternal has bequeathed a sacred blade to the assassin, promising that it will answer the questions that have haunted him since the Empire fell. In exchange, he must complete a final mission: Return to Exegol with the key to the Sith’s glorious rebirth—Rey, the granddaughter of Darth Sidious himself. As Ochi hunts Rey and her parents to the edge of the galaxy, Luke and Lando race into the mystery of the Sith’s lingering shadow and aid a young family running for their lives." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2022.
DB109267 Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith Star Wars

The Naked God
DB117129 48 hours 41 minutes
by Peter Hamilton
read by John Lee
"The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing 'the possessed' to infiltrate more worlds. Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal doesn't quite match her own. The campaign to liberate Mortonridge from the possessed degenerates into a horrendous land battle, the kind which hasn't been seen by humankind for six hundred years; then some of the protagonists escape in a very unexpected direction. Joshua Calvert and Syrinx fly their starships on a mission to find the Sleeping God, which an alien race believes holds the key to overthrowing the possessed. The Naked God is the brilliant climax to Peter F. Hamilton's awe-inspiring Night's Dawn trilogy." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
DB117129 The Naked God

Hel's Eight
DB115817 8 hours 44 minutes
by Stark Holborn
read by Caroline Hewitt
"Ten 'Doc' Low is a medic with a dark past, riding the wastes of the desert moon Factus, dispensing medicine to the needy and death to those who cross the laws of the mysterious Seekers. Cursed by otherworldly forces, she stays alone to keep herself safe, and to keep others safe from her...But when she experiences a terrifying vision of conflict and the deaths of those she once called friends, she must drag herself back to the land of the living to stop a war before it begins. With rebellion brewing, the Accord’s grip on the Outer Moons weakening and a sinister tycoon buying up all land in sight, Ten must find allies where she can and face the past in order to save the future. The cost will be greater than she could ever have imagined...A wild, adrenaline-packed, whip-smart crash of storytelling and shoot-outs, ideal for fans of Becky Chambers' Wayfarers and Alex White's Salvagers." — Provided by publisher. Some violence and some strong language. 2023.
DB115817 Hel's Eight

The Terraformers
DB113293 13 hours 21 minutes
by Annalee Newitz
read by Emily Lawrence
"Destry's life is dedicated to terraforming Sask-E. As part of the Environmental Rescue Team, she cares for the planet and its burgeoning eco-systems as her parents and their parents did before her. But the bright, clean future they're building comes under threat when Destry discovers a city full of people that shouldn't exist, hidden inside a massive volcano. As she uncovers more about their past, Destry begins to question the mission she's devoted her life to, and must make a choice that will reverberate through Sask-E's future for generations to come." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB113293 The Terraformers

The Last One: A Novel
DB116455 12 hours 23 minutes
by Alexandra Oliva
read by Mike Chamberlain
"She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far. It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game. Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes. But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
DB116455 The Last One: A Novel

Lost in Time
DB110974 11 hours 32 minutes
by A.G. Riddle
read by John Skelley
"PANGEA, 202,320,641 BC Quantum physicist Sam Anderson is trapped, 202 million years in the past. Sam has helped create a machine able to unpick the threads of spacetime, casting objects eternally into the past. It's useful only as a permanent means of disposal—and in a world where criminals need to be punished, that's exactly how it will be used. But Sam's invention will become his undoing, the judicial penalty for a crime that he confessed to, but didn't commit. It's a death sentence. Now he's on a raw and hostile planet, stalked by dinosaurs, in the midst of a mass extinction event, and unlikely to survive the night. But he can't give up, because he has to save his family, who are 202 million years in the future. UNITED STATES, AD 2027 Adeline is an orphan—her mother died three years ago when she was sixteen, and her father is lost 202 million years ago, in the late Triassic. Adeline knows he sacrificed his life to save hers, but her determination to find the truth reveals more questions. What has unnerved her father's ex-colleagues? What are they secretly digging for in the desert? Adeline will do whatever it takes to get to the truth, because somewhere, 202 million years in the past, her father is still alive." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB110974 Lost in Time

Ashes of Man
DB117510 22 hours 38 minutes
by Christopher Ruocchio
read by Samuel Roukin
"The fifth novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire. The galaxy is burning. With the Cielcin united under one banner, the Sollan Empire stands alone after the betrayal of the Commonwealth. The Prophet-King of the Cielcin has sent its armies to burn the worlds of men, and worse, there are rumors... whispers that Hadrian Marlowe is dead, killed in the fighting. But it is not so. Hadrian survived with the help of the witch, Valka, and together they escaped the net of the enemy having learned a terrible truth: the gods that the Cielcin worship are real and will not rest until the universe is dark and cold. What is more, the Emperor himself is in danger. The Prophet-King has learned to track his movements as he travels along the borders of Imperial space. Now the Cielcin legions are closing in, their swords poised to strike off the head of all mankind." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB117510 Ashes of Man

Day of the Predator
DB115797 11 hours 21 minutes
by Alex Scarrow
read by Gregory Maupin
"With teens Maddy, Liam, and Sal on their first solo assignment for a secret agency, Liam is sent back in time to prevent the murder of the father of time travel by a terrorist group, but due to a nuclear accident, he ends up in the late cretaceous period where the biggest threat is not from the legendary tyrannosaur." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2010.
DB115797 Day of the Predator

Hell Divers X: Fallout
DB117505 13 hours 3 minutes
by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
read by R. C. Bray
"Much is lost, but hope in one man remains...In a shocking betrayal, Captain Rolo has vaporized the supercarrier Immortal with a nuclear warhead, all but wiping out the Vanguard army. Little does he know that King Xavier and the surviving Hell Diver and Cazador teams from Brisbane were not aboard. In Panama, Outpost Gateway has suffered a very different disaster: attack by carnivorous vines. Director Rodger Mintel sent out a desperate SOS as the voracious coils ripped into the bunker. At the Vanguard Islands, Charmer has framed Michael Everhart for two murders. Michael's wife, Layla, is frantic to prove his innocence as evidence against him mounts. Back in Queensland, knights of the Coral Castle dragged captive Hell Diver Kade Long to their leader, known as the Forerunner, before locking him in a cell in the Coral Castle. The truth of what happened at Brisbane is spreading, and so is radiation from the nuclear blast. The fallout threatens everything in its path, putting the Coral Castle and X's remaining forces in dire peril." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117505 Hell Divers X: Fallout

The End of Men
DB116460 12 hours 4 minutes
by Christina Sweeney-Baird
read by Aysha Kala
"Only men carry the virus. Only women can save us all. The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland—a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic—and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien—a women's world. What follows is the immersive account of the women who have been left to deal with the virus's consequences, told through first-person narratives. Dr. MacLean; Catherine, a social historian determined to document the human stories behind the male plague"; intelligence analyst Dawn, tasked with helping the government forge a new society; and Elizabeth, one of many scientists desperately working to develop a vaccine. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways the absence of men has changed society, from the personal—the loss of husbands and sons—to the political—the changes in the workforce, fertility, and the meaning of family. In The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird turns the unimaginable into the unforgettable." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB116460 The End of Men

Lords of Uncreation
DB116778 20 hours 53 minutes
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
read by Sophie Aldred
"Idris Telemmier has uncovered a secret that changes everything – the Architects’ greatest weakness. A shadowy Cartel scrambles to turn his discovery into a weapon against these alien destroyers of worlds. But between them and victory stands self-interest. The galaxy’s great powers would rather pursue their own agendas than stand together against this shared terror. Human and inhuman interests wrestle to control Idris’ discovery, as the galaxy erupts into a mutually destructive and self-defeating war. The other great obstacle to striking against their alien threat is Idris himself. He knows that the Architects, despite their power, are merely tools of a higher intelligence. Deep within unspace, where time moves differently, and reality isn’t quite what it seems, their masters are the true threat. Masters who are just becoming aware of humanity’s daring – and taking steps to exterminate this annoyance forever." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116778 Lords of Uncreation

The Fresco
DB114691 16 hours 3 minutes
by Sheri S. Tepper
read by Seth Garcia
"The bizarre events that have been occurring across the United States — 'unexplained oddities' tracked by Air Defense, mysterious disappearances, shocking deaths — seem to have no bearing on Benita Alvarez-Shipton's life. That is, until the soft-spoken thirty-six-year-old bookstore manager is approached by a pair of aliens asking her to transmit their message of peace to the powers in Washington. An abused Albuquerque wife with low self-esteem, Benita has been chosen to act as the sole liaison between the human race and the Pistach, who have offered their human hosts a spectacular opportunity for knowledge and enrichment. But ultimately Benita will be called upon to do much more than deliver messages — and may, in fact, be responsible for saving the Earth. Because the Pistach are not the only space-faring species currently making their presence known on her unsuspecting planet. And the others are not so benevolent." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some violence. 2009.
DB114691 The Fresco

Far from the Light of Heaven
DB116459 9 hours 7 minutes
by Tade Thompson
read by Clifford Samuel
"The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having traveled light-years to bring one thousand sleeping souls to a new home among the stars. But when first mate Michelle Campion rouses, she discovers some of the sleepers will never wake. Answering Campion’s distress call, investigator Rasheed Fin is tasked with finding out who is responsible for these deaths. Soon a sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel, one that will have repercussions for the entire system—from the scheming politicians of Lagos station, to the colony planet Bloodroot, to other far-flung systems, and indeed to Earth itself." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB116459 Far from the Light of Heaven

Dead Space
DB116458 9 hours 4 minutes
by Kali Wallace
read by Abby Craden
"Hester Marley used to have a plan for her life. But when a catastrophic attack left her injured, indebted, and stranded far from home, she was forced to take a dead-end security job with a powerful mining company in the asteroid belt. Now she spends her days investigating petty crimes to help her employer maximize its profits. She's surprised to hear from an old friend and fellow victim of the terrorist attack that ruined her life—and that surprise quickly turns to suspicion when he claims to have discovered something shocking about their shared history and the tragedy that neither of them can leave behind. Before Hester can learn more, her friend is violently murdered at a remote asteroid mine. Hester joins the investigation to find the truth, both about her friend's death and the information he believed he had uncovered. But catching a killer is only the beginning of Hester's worries, and she soon realizes that everything she learns about her friend, his fellow miners, and the outpost they call home brings her closer to revealing secrets that very powerful and very dangerous people would rather keep hidden in the depths of space." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB116458 Dead Space

Short Stories

The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories
DB115753 22 hours 38 minutes
edited by Jhumpa Lahiri
read by Kathryn Markey
"This landmark collection brings together forty writers that reflect over a hundred years of Italy's vibrant and diverse short story tradition, from the birth of the modern nation to the end of the twentieth century. Poets, journalists, visual artists, musicians, editors, critics, teachers, scientists, politicians, translators: the writers that inhabit these pages represent a dynamic cross section of Italian society, their powerful voices resonating through regional landscapes, private passions and dramatic political events. This wide-ranging selection curated by Jhumpa Lahiri includes well known authors such as Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante and Luigi Pirandello alongside many captivating new discoveries. More than a third of the stories featured in this volume have been translated into English for the first time, several of them by Lahiri herself." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2019.
DB115753 The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories

Boundless: Twenty Voices Celebrating Multicultural and Multiracial Identities
DB115544 11 hours 46 minutes
edited by Ismée Williams
read by Kathryn Markey
"When identities cross boundaries, with love that knows no bounds. From platonic and romantic love to grief and heartbreak, these stories explore navigating life at the intersection of identities, and what it means to grow up surrounded by a multitude of traditions, languages, cultures, and interpersonal dynamics. Returning to a father's homeland. Trying to fit in at chaotic weddings and lavish birthday parties where not all are welcome. Processing grief at family gatherings. Figuring out how to share the news of a new relationship with loved ones. This collection celebrates multicultural and multiracial characters at the helm of their own narratives, as they approach life with a renewed sense of hope and acceptance." — Amazon. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB115544 Boundless: Twenty Voices Celebrating Multicultural and Multiracial Identities

Suspense and Thrillers

Missing Molly
DB117461 7 hours 59 minutes
by Natalie Barelli
read by Lucy Price-Lewis
"Everyone has secrets, and Rachel Holloway is no exception. She's worked hard to keep the past where it belongs: dead and buried. And so far, she's been very successful. But now the small newspaper where she works wants to produce a podcast on a cold case: the disappearance twelve years ago of young Molly Forster. Some secrets should never see the light of day, and, as far as Rachel is concerned, whatever happened to little Molly is one of them. Rachel has a life now—a boyfriend she loves and a three-year-old daughter she adores—and she will do anything to protect them. But to do that, no one can ever know that she is Molly Forster." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB117461 Missing Molly

And Don't Look Back
DB117279 9 hours 34 minutes
by Rebecca Barrow
read by Jade Wheeler
"After her mother's death, teen Harlow pieces together the truth of her family's past and what her mom was hiding from." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117279 And Don't Look Back

Serve & Protect
DB115670 12 hours 56 minutes
by L.J. Breedlove
read by Andy Pyle
"Seattle Police Lieutenant Nick Rodriguez is worried about a growing number of domestic violence calls where the accused is a gun hoarder. Worried enough that he gives Mac Davis a call one morning at 2 a.m. to the house where a man just shot his wife and two children. Mac Davis, a local cop reporter and former Marine who might qualify as a gun hoarder himself, doesn't like 2 a.m. calls to crime scenes. He especially doesn't like it when he watches them haul out body bags that are obviously children. It isn't the first case. It won't be the last. Someone is building a network of white-collar weekend warriors. Someone wants a bunch of angry white men with large arsenals. He's called Sensei. And he wants Mac to join up. If not? Well, then Sensei has other plans for him. Plans Mac won't like." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some violence. 2020.
DB115670 Serve & Protect

Clive Cussler Condor's Fury
DB116403 13 hours 0 minutes
by Graham Brown
read by Scott Brick
"On a NUMA training mission in the Caribbean, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala catch a distress call from a nearby freighter. Leaping into action, they locate a damaged vessel and a dead captain clutching a shotgun. While searching the freighter for clues, Kurt and Joe are ambushed by crew members who seem terrified and disoriented, almost brainwashed. The trawler they were hauling has vanished, taken—the men say—by baffling lights that circled the ship. Kurt and Joe deduce that the men are suffering from Havana Syndrome, which deepens the mystery and raises the stakes. Soon, they’re confronting Cuban mercenaries who plan to use magnificent modern airships to hijack a nuclear submarine—culminating in a life-or-death showdown in the skies." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116403 Clive Cussler Condor's Fury

The Hike
DB116942 10 hours 31 minutes
by Lucy Clarke
read by David Johansen-Menkin
"No help. No cell coverage. No one to hear them scream. Burned-out by both her marriage and work, Liz is desperate for an escape. More than that, she craves an adventure, a total reset. So, when she plans a vacation with her three best friends, she persuades them to spend four nights camping in the stunning mountains of Norway. Following a trail that climbs through lush valleys, towering peaks, and past jewel-blue lakes, Liz is sure that the hike is just what they need. But as they stride farther from civilization, it becomes clear that the women are not the only ones looking to lose themselves in the mountains. The wilderness hides secrets darker than they could ever have imagined, and if they’re not careful . . . not all of them will return." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116942 The Hike

The Bride
DB115759 11 hours 8 minutes
by Wendy Clarke
read by Terry Donnelly
"The moment Joanna told me she was engaged, I had this awful feeling that something was wrong. We used to speak on the phone every day. Growing up I spent more time at her house than I did at my own. I’d always imagined what it would be like to see her get married, and now I didn’t even know her fiancé’s name. She asked me to come and meet Mark and I intended to tell her to slow down. You can’t know someone for a month and be sure that you want to spend the rest of your lives together. When I got to Joanna’s front door, only Mark was there. He was charming and gorgeous and nothing but nice to me, and I started to understand. And then he told me that Joanna was missing." — Provided by publisher. Strong language. 2020.
DB115759 The Bride

The Last Girls Standing
DB117349 9 hours 40 minutes
by Jennifer Dugan
read by Mia Hutchinson-Shaw
"As the only two survivors of a summer camp massacre, Sloan and her girlfriend Cherry form a seemingly unbreakable bond, but as Sloan discovers more about the attack she begins to suspect Cherry may be more than just a survivor." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117349 The Last Girls Standing

Until I Find You
DB117468 9 hours 40 minutes
by Rea Frey
read by Samantha Desz
"2 floors. 55 steps to go up. 40 more to the crib. Since Rebecca Gray was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, everything in her life consists of numbers. Each day her world grows a little darker and each step becomes a little more dangerous. Following days of feeling like someone’s watching her, Bec awakes at home to the cries of her son in his nursery. When it’s clear he’s not going to settle, Bec goes to check on him. She reaches in. Picks him up. But he’s not her son. And no one believes her. One woman’s desperate search for her son . . . In a world where seeing is believing, Bec must rely on her own conviction and a mother’s instinct to uncover the truth about what happened to her baby and bring him home for good." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB117468 Until I Find You

The Running Grave: A Cormoran Strike Novel
DB116417 34 hours 17 minutes
by Robert Galbraith
read by Robert Glenister
"Private Detective Cormoran Strike is contacted by a worried father whose son, Will, has gone to join a religious cult in the depths of the Norfolk countryside. The Universal Humanitarian Church is, on the surface, a peaceable organization that campaigns for a better world. Yet Strike discovers that beneath the surface there are deeply sinister undertones, and unexplained deaths. In order to try to rescue Will, Strike’s business partner, Robin Ellacott, decides to infiltrate the cult, and she travels to Norfolk to live incognito among its members. But in doing so, she is unprepared for the dangers that await her there or for the toll it will take on her. . ." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116417 The Running Grave: A Cormoran Strike Novel

The Shape of Night
DB116660 9 hours 26 minutes
by Tess Gerritsen
read by Hillary Huber
"After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava Collette flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch. In that isolated seaside mansion, Ava finally feels at peace...until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who still resides there. Rumor has it that Captain Jeremiah Brodie has haunted the house for more than a century. One night, Ava confronts an apparition, who feels all too real, and who welcomes her into his world - and into his arms. Even as Ava questions her own sanity, she eagerly looks forward to the captain’s ghostly visits. But she soon learns that the house she loves comes with a terrible secret, a secret that those in the village don’t want to reveal: Every woman who has ever lived in Brodie’s Watch has also died there. Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-and-blood killer at work? A killer who is even now circling closer to Ava?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB116660 The Shape of Night

Did I Say You Could Go
DB114052 9 hours 47 minutes
by Melanie Gideon
read by Caitlin Davies
"When Ruth, a wealthy divorcée, offers to host the Hillside Academy kindergarten meet-and-greet, she hopes this will be a fresh start for her and her introverted daughter, Marley. Finally, they'll be accepted into a tribe. Marley will make friends and Ruth will be welcomed by the mothers. Instead, the parents are turned off by Ruth's ostentatious wealth and before kindergarten even begins, Ruth and Marley are outcasts. The last guest to arrive at the meet-and-greet is Gemma, a widow and a single mother to her daughter, Bee. Ruth sets her sights on the mother-daughter duo, and soon the two families are inseparable. Ruth takes Gemma and Bee on Aspen vacations, offers VIP passes to Cirque du Soleil, and pays for dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants. For Gemma, who lives paycheck to paycheck, Ruth's largesse is seductive, but as the years go by, she can't shake the feeling that she's accruing an increasingly unpayable debt. When Ruth's affair with a married Hillside dad is exposed, and she's publicly shunned, Gemma uses it to sever ties with Ruth. Six years later, when Gemma finds herself embroiled in a scandal of her own—Ruth comes to her defense. Their renewed friendship rehabilitates their reputations, but once again, Gemma starts to feel trapped as Ruth grows more and more obsessed with their relationship. A relentless page-turner, Did I Say You Could Go is the story of friendships steeped in lies and duplicity. It's about two families who, when pushed to extremes, cross the line with devastating results." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB114052 Did I Say You Could Go

Or Else
DB116311 7 hours 59 minutes
by Joe Hart
read by Alec Volz
"When novelist Andy Drake returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father, a reconnection with his childhood friend Rachel escalates into a secret love affair. For Rachel, struggling to maintain the facade of a picture-perfect life, it’s an escape from an emotionally abusive marriage. Then Andy receives an anonymous note warning him to end the affair. Or else. Whoever’s been watching is going to make Andy pay. Weeks later, Rachel’s husband, David, is shot to death. Rachel and her two young sons vanish without a trace. One misstep, one careless reveal, and Andy could look as guilty as sin. Clue by clue, as his investigation into the mystery unfolds, Andy discovers that he and Rachel weren’t the only ones keeping secrets. Nothing in this quiet neighborhood is as it seems. No one peeking from behind the curtains of their homes can be trusted. And the worst is yet to come. Because David isn’t the only one who will die." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some violence. Edgar Award. 2022.
DB116311 Or Else

Dead End Girls
DB113273 8 hours 14 minutes
by Wendy Heard
read by Natalie Naudus
"Desperate to escape suffocating expectations and menacing families, seventeen-year-old Maude and her step-cousin Frankie fake their own deaths while on a family vacation in Hawaii, with deadly consequences." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2022.
DB113273 Dead End Girls

The Two Faces of January
DB115791 9 hours 48 minutes
by Patricia Highsmith
read by Erin Jones
"In a grubby Athens hotel, Rydal Keener is bored and killing time with petty scams. But when he runs into another American, Chester MacFarland, dragging a man’s body down the hotel hall, Rydal impulsively agrees to help, perhaps because Chester looks like his father. Then Rydal meets Colette, Chester’s younger wife, and captivated, becomes entangled in their sordid lives, as the drama marches to a shocking climax at the ruins of the labyrinth at Knossos. A winner of a Crime Writers of America award, The Two Faces of January was the basis of a film starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac." — Provided by publisher. Some violence and some strong language. 1964.
DB115791 The Two Faces of January

Freak
DB116513 10 hours 38 minutes
by Jennifer Hillier
read by Talmadge Ragan
"Inside a maximum-security prison cell, Abby Maddox is serving twenty years for slashing Seattle PD officer Jerry Isaac's throat during the harrowing capture of her former lover, serial killer Ethan Wolfe. To the demented fans, lunatics, and creeps on the outside, she is a celebrity. But to Jerry, now a private investigator whose scarred neck and tortured speech are daily reminders of Abby's vicious attack, she alone may be the key to solving a new wave of murders. Because this killer has been sending her love letters, and carving a message on the victims' bodies: Free Abby Maddox. With the help of intuitive criminology student Danny Mercy, Puget Sound State professor Sheila Tao, and seasoned detective Mike Torrance, Jerry must coax the shattering truth from isolated, dangerous Abby—before her number one fan takes another life in the name of a killer's perverted idea of justice." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
DB116513 Freak

Distant Sons
DB117063 12 hours 22 minutes
by Tim Johnston
read by Shaun Taylor-Corbett
"What if? What if Sean Courtland’s old Chevy truck had broken down somewhere else? What if he’d never met Denise Givens, a waitress at a local tavern, and gotten into a bar fight defending her honor? Or offered a ride and a job to Dan Young, another young man like Sean, burdened by secrets and just drifting through town? Instead, over the course of just a few short weeks, Sean and Dan form a deep friendship as they get drawn into the lives of the people they meet—from Denise and her father, to Marion Devereaux, who needs some work done on his house, to Corinne Viegas, a savvy detective with top-notch instincts—all haunted in different ways by the disappearance of three young boys decades ago, in the 1970s. And as these characters converge, an irreversible chain of events is set in motion that culminates in shattering violence, and the revelation of long-buried truths." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117063 Distant Sons

The Half Sister
DB117208 10 hours 15 minutes
by Sandie Jones
read by Kristin Atherton
"Meet the half-sister, and unravel the ties that blind us. THE TRUTH Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father. THE LIE But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister. THE UNTHINKABLE As the fallout starts, it's clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn't as perfect as it appears." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB117208 The Half Sister

The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear
DB113878 1 hour 13 minutes
by Eric Van Lustbader
read by David Hartley-Margolin
"This was to be one of the greatest nights of Nicholas Linnear's life—a crowning achievement. After taking over his family's company and quadrupling its size, he has gambled it all on a liquid natural gas trade with the Chinese, a deal worth untold billions. Is that why he just woke up in a pinewood coffin? In honor of the ebook publication of the original Nicholas Linnear novels—The Ninja,The Miko, and White Ninja—Eric Van Lustbader returns to the series for a new heart-stopping adventure. Drugged to the brink of death, Linnear reemerges in a desperate attempt to save his business and find the people who tried to bury him alive. No time has passed for Nicholas Linnear. The Ninja is as deadly as ever, and his blade is just as sharp." — Provided by publisher. Some violence, some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014.
DB113878 The Death and Life of Nicholas Linnear

Thin Air
DB117280 9 hours 11 minutes
by Kellie M. Parker
read by Bailey Carr
"Seventeen-year-old boarding school student Emily Walters is selected for an opportunity of a lifetime—she'll compete abroad for a cash prize that will cover not only tuition to the college of her choice, but will lift her mother and her out of poverty. But almost from the moment she and 11 other contestants board a private jet to Europe, Emily realizes somebody is willing to do anything to win. Between keeping an eye on her best friend's flirty boyfriend and hiding her own dark secrets, she's not sure how she'll survive the contest, much less the flight. Especially when people start dying...As loyalties shift and secrets are revealed, Emily must figure out who to trust, and who's trying to kill them all, before she becomes the next victim." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117280 Thin Air

12 Months to Live: Jane Smith Has a Year to Live, Unless They Kill Her First
DB116350 9 hours 36 minutes
by James Patterson
read by Eva Kaminsky
"Tough-as-nails criminal defense attorney Jane Smith is hip-deep in the murder trial of the century. Actually, her charmless client might’ve committed several murders. She’s also fallen in love with a wonderful guy. And an equally wonderful dog, a mutt. But Jane doesn’t have much time. She’s just received a terminal diagnosis giving her twelve months. Unless she’s murdered before her expiration date." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB116350 12 Months to Live: Jane Smith Has a Year to Live, Unless They Kill Her First

Last Call: A Daley & Fernandez Novel
DB115604 6 hours 50 minutes
by Sheldon Siegel
read by Shawn Hertel
"Mike wasn’t expecting the early-morning call from his 86-year-old uncle. Big John Dunleavy arrived at his namesake bar to find the body of San Francisco police officer Eddie Corcoran in the alley, a bloody knife at his side. Corcoran was a tough cop whose life went off the rails after his partner was killed two years earlier. Infidelity and alcohol abuse led his wife to file for divorce. Excessive force and harassment while arresting drug dealers and the homeless resulted in his recent suspension from the force. Corcoran was on the verge of permanently losing his job, custody of his children and everything. He didn’t think he’d lose his life. All signs point to Big John’s grandson Joey as the killer. Witnesses reported that Joey and the cop argued at the bar shortly before last call. The alleged murder weapon is Joey’s Boy Scout knife. The only fingerprints are his. Big John begs Mike to represent Joey. Mike and his team of ex-wife/boss (Rosie) and brother/P.I. (Pete) embark on a desperate search for the truth that takes them around San Francisco — from the foggy streets of the Sunset to the colorful corners of the Mission to the homeless encampments in Golden Gate Park to the drug-infested hotels in the Tenderloin. Can they find justice for Joey before the bars close?" — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2022.
DB115604 Last Call: A Daley & Fernandez Novel

Mr. Clarinet
DB110589 16 hours 28 minutes
by Nick Stone
read by Joy Jones
"There was nothing waiting for ex-cop Max Mingus when he walked out of Attica Prison after serving hard time for murder—his adored wife died in a car crash while he was locked up. Now Miami’s one-time top detective is haunted by an empty house, bad memories…and an impossible job offer for obscenely good money. Three years ago, Charlie Carver, the five-year-old son of a powerful Haitian billionaire, vanished. His father is offering Max $15 million to bring the boy back—or, at the very least, to find his body and deliver his abductors. Max knows he should turn this case down. There’s no way the kid is still alive, and pursuing his ghost means plunging headfirst into Haiti, a steaming island hotbed of crime, greed, voodoo, and corruption. And the three detectives who preceded Mingus are all dead…or worse. But Max has nothing left to lose—even if his investigation stirs up a murky evil that can swallow a man whole…and leads him to the soul-destroying truth about a terrifying local myth, a child-stealing nightmare called 'Mr. Clarinet.'" — Dust jacket. Violence and strong language. 2007.
DB110589 Mr. Clarinet

Everglades Assault
DB115669 4 hours 23 minutes
by Randy Striker
read by Jack Fox
"MacMorgan is living the good life on his stilt house a mile off Fleming Key. The skies are as blue as the sea, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. But there’s a storm coming in the form of the beautiful April Yarborough. She’s the daughter of an old pal, and she’s come to ask for the kind of help only MacMorgan can provide. The Yarboroughs have been in Florida longer than anyone can remember. Even today, many of them live off the grid, deep in the Everglades. Now, someone is waging a campaign of violence and destruction to drive them off their cherished swampland. And when MacMorgan dives into the fray, he finds that the deadliest danger in the swamp isn’t quicksand or ’gators, but big money—armed with some big guns." — Provided by publisher. Violence, strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1982.
DB115669 Everglades Assault

Grand Cayman Slam
DB115795 4 hours 30 minutes
by Randy Striker
read by Jack Fox
"When Dusky gets a call for help from his old buddy Capt. Wes O'Davis, he knows there's big trouble brewing. O'Davis has been set up to take the fall on a murder rap by a gang of kidnappers whose latest victim is the son of Sir Conan James and Lady James, British aristocracy with powerful connections. The ransom note gave them three days to pay up, or their boy dies. But now that Dusky MacMorgan is involved, that gives the kidnappers only three days to live…" — Provided by publisher. Violence, strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1982.
DB115795 Grand Cayman Slam

I'm Not Done with You Yet
DB116943 10 hours 46 minutes
by Jesse Q. Sutanto
read by Eunice Wong
"Jane is unhappy. A struggling midlist writer whose novels barely command four figures, she feels trapped in an underwhelming marriage, just scraping by to pay a crippling Bay Area mortgage for a house—a life—she’s never really wanted. There’s only ever been one person she cared about, one person who truly understood her: Thalia. Jane’s best and only friend nearly a decade ago during their Creative Writing days at Oxford. It was the only good year of Jane’s life—cobblestones and books and damp English air, heady wine and sweet cider and Thalia, endless Thalia. But then one night ruined everything. The blood-soaked night that should have bound Thalia to Jane forever but instead made her lose her completely. Thalia disappeared without a trace, and Jane has been unable to find her since. Until now. Because there she is, her name at the top of the New York Times bestseller list: A Most Pleasant Death by Thalia Ashcroft. When she discovers a post from Thalia on her website about attending a book convention in New York City in a week—'Can’t wait to see you there!'—Jane can’t wait either. She’ll go to New York City, too, credit card bill be damned. And this time, she will do things right. Jane won’t lose Thalia again." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116943 I'm Not Done with You Yet

We Don't Swim Here
DB116732 8 hours 37 minutes
by Vincent Tirado
read by iiKane
"She is the reason no one goes in the water. And she will make them pay. Bronwyn is only supposed to be in rural Hillwoods for a year. Her grandmother is in hospice, and her father needs to get her affairs in order. And they're all meant to make some final memories together. Except Bronwyn is miserable. Her grandmother is dying, everyone is standoffish, and she can't even go swimming. All she hears are warnings about going in the water, despite a gorgeous lake. And a pool at the abandoned rec center. And another in the high school basement. Anais tries her hardest to protect Bronwyn from the shadows of Hillwoods. She follows her own rituals to avoid any unnecessary attention—and if she can just get Bronwyn to stop asking questions, she can protect her too. The less Bronwyn pays attention to Hillwoods, the less Hillwoods will pay attention to Bronwyn. She doesn't get that the lore is, well, truth. History. Pain. The living aren't the only ones who seek retribution when they're wronged. But when Bronwyn does more exploring than she should, they are both in for danger they couldn't expect." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116732 We Don't Swim Here

The Beautiful and the Wild
DB117197 7 hours 40 minutes
by Peggy Townsend
read by Karissa Vacker
"It’s summer in Alaska and the light surrounding the shipping-container-turned-storage shed where Liv Russo is being held prisoner is fuzzy and gray. Around her is thick forest and jagged mountains. In front of her, across a clearing, is a low-slung cabin with a single window that spills a wash of yellow light onto bare ground. Illuminated in that light is the father of her child, a man she once loved. A man who is now her jailor. Liv vows to do anything to escape. Carrying her own secrets and a fierce need to protect her young son, Liv must navigate a new world where extreme weather, starvation, and dangerous wildlife are not the only threats she faces. With winter’s arrival imminent, she knows she must reckon with her past and the choices that brought her to the unforgiving Alaskan landscape if she is ever going to make it out alive. A story of survival in the wilds of Alaska, The Beautiful and the Wild explores the question of whether we can ever truly know the person we love—or ourselves." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117197 The Beautiful and the Wild

Seven Demons
DB116869 9 hours 25 minutes
by Aidan Truhen
read by Christian Coulson
"Meet Jack Price and the Seven Demons: Doc, the evil mad scientist presently using Jack for sex; Rex, an explosives expert who doesn’t ask too many questions so long as something goes boom; Volodya, a Ukrainian assassin who may or may not be a cannibal; Charlie, a comic book artist with computer skills and an anarchist bent; Lucille, whose specialty is razor-edged hugs; and Jack’s predecessor, Fred, who doesn’t contribute a whole lot owing to being a severed head on a stick. Finally there’s Jack himself, former coffee magnate turned cocaine dealer turned First Demon, but basically just a guy trying to get along. Jack has a problem. The Seven Demons
don’t have a contract, and there’s nothing more volatile than a gang of deadly killers with nothing to do. Luckily, a shadowy Eurotrash businessman wants them to pull off the heist of a lifetime, breaking into a bank that makes Fort Knox look like the corner candy store. Jack thinks this will be a nice little diversion for his crew . . . until a rosy-cheeked, lederhosen-wearing little psychopath named Evil Hansel stabs him with an oyster knife, and the whole situation goes completely to hell. Someone isn’t playing straight, and in a game of double crosses, Jack Price will do anything—literally, anything—to come out on top." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB116869 Seven Demons

Hatchet Girls
DB117288 9 hours 30 minutes
by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
read by Daisy Guevara
"In Fall River, Massachusetts, home to New England's infamous Bridgewater Triangle, Tessa must prove her brother innocent of murdering his girlfriend's parents with an axe, a mystery that proves all too close to the Lizzie Borden murders one hundred years earlier." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117288 Hatchet Girls

Their Vicious Games
DB116591 12 hours 21 minutes
by Joelle Wellington
read by Ariel Blake
"Eighteen-year-old Adina Walker, a scholarship student at a prestigious academy, faces the consequences of a single mistake and competes in a high-stakes contest hosted by the wealthy Remington family, where she uncovers unsettling truths about the sponsors and the contest's high stakes." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB116591 Their Vicious Games

How to Find a Missing Girl
DB117355 10 hours 27 minutes
by Victoria Wlosok
read by Gail Shalan
"Seventeen-year-old amateur sleuth Iris and her sapphic detective agency investigate the disappearance of Iris's cheerleader ex-girlfriend, who also happens to be the creator of a notorious true-crime podcast about Iris's missing older sister." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117355 How to Find a Missing Girl

Westerns

Stairs of Sand: A Western Story
DB115590 10 hours 20 minutes
by Zane Grey
read by Gary Tipton
"The beautiful, young, and headstrong Ruth Virey gets herself in trouble with her fiery temper and impulsive ways. Willing to risk anything to escape her life at a barren desert water-hole, she finds herself having jumped from the frying pan into the fire until Adam Wansfell, her husband's brother and murderer, shows up and professes his love for her. Excitement rises to a smashing climax when, in their fight to retain possession of a priceless waterhole, Ruth and Adam come face to face with the law and the man they both believed to be dead. In Stairs of Sand, the desert country of Southern California and the amazingly beautiful canyon country of Arizona come vividly to life as the background of this thrilling Zane Grey story of life in the bold, action-packed days when the west was still a frontier." — Provided by publisher. Some violence, some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1928.
DB115590 Stairs of Sand: A Western Story

Death & Texas
DB117148 9 hours 44 minutes
by J.A. Johnstone
read by John Little
"WELCOME TO JOHNSTONE COUNTRY. WATCH YOUR BACK. From the bestselling chroniclers of the American West comes a brand new series of gun-blazing adventures that could only happen in Texas. Meet Cullen McCabe, a Lone Star sheriff who learned—the hard way—that there are two sure things in life ... DEATH TEXAS The great state of Texas is a land of opportunity. For outlaws. And horse thieves. And cattle rustlers. Not to mention bank robbers, train robbers, and anythingthat-ain't-nailed-down robbers. The state's governor, Richard B. Hubbard, is at the end of his rope. He wants to clean up Texas once and for all—and he's desperate enough to try something crazy: hire a man who can do what the Texas Rangers can't. A man not tied down by a wife or children. Or rules. Who's not afraid to go outside the law. Who will protect the good people of Texas at any cost—and put the blast on anyone who gets in his way. ... He needs a man like Cullen McCabe, a small town sheriff." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB117148 Death & Texas

Buchanan's Big Fight
DB113870 4 hours 25 minutes
by Jonas Ward
read by Stephen Van Doren
"'Buchanan, we all know about that little gun in your belt buckle. Put your hands behind your head.' The crowd had come to see Buchanan's buddy, Coco Bean, fight in the ring. The Cutler gang, however, wasn't interested in the odds, only the take, which they planned to steal. About the only thing standing between the Cutlers and all that money was Buchanan. And what they wanted almost as much as the money was to see Buchanan dead. So they baited the trap with his lusty lady friend, Madeline Velvet—and waited for Buchanan." — Provided by publisher. Violence and strong language. 2019.
DB113870 Buchanan's Big Fight

Grizzly Killer: Sacred Ground
DB115695 9 hours 37 minutes
by Lane R. Warenski
read by Dwayne Glapion
"It is a long and treacherous journey to the mountains, some braved the dangers to escape the sure death from a rich and powerful man, while others were looking for the freedom they have never known. For some it was a job, a job that paid much better than working in Saint Louis, as others hoped to find their riches in the fur trade. For Gabe and his new wife Jenny, they had to escape the reaches of a father seeking vengeance. For Toby and Letty they were running toward freedom they did not understand. Zach Connors better known as Grizzly Killer and his partners made the trip to Rendezvous to trade for supplies that Gabe and Toby were helping bring to the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous. While their wives Jenny and Letty followed behind in a lone wagon. The question they are all asking: will they find their own Sacred Ground?" — Provided by publisher. Some violence. 2021.
DB115695 Grizzly Killer: Sacred Ground

Adult Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Service Dog Training Guide: A Step-by-Step Training Program for You and Your Dog
DB115292 3 hours 45 minutes
by Jennifer Hack
read by Erin Jones
"Master service dog training at home with this easy step-by-step guide. Service dogs are life-changing for people with a range of physical and mental disabilities. But getting one can be complicated and expensive. The Service Dog Training Guide offers you an easy, step-by-step program for you and your dog to follow at home. Bone up on everything from basic exercises to essential service dog tasks that will guide you and your dog on the best training path. You'll also find an overview of different types of service and support dogs, breeds, and equipment for training. The step-by-step instructions will help you teach your dog everything from retrieving items to reminding someone to take medication. The Service Dog Training Guide includes: A multi-path approach—Weigh crucial factors to determine which type of service dog tasks—psychiatric, medical, or mobility assistance—your dog is best suited for. Easy-to-follow—All exercises are broken down into clear and complete step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting tips to help general readers train their own service dog. The power of positive reinforcement—Learn to communicate effectively with your dog by motivating them to learn faster with praise and rewards. Make a difference in someone's life with this practical approach to training your own service dog." — Provided by publisher. 2020.
DB115292 Service Dog Training Guide: A Step-by-Step Training Program for You and Your Dog

The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems
DB117412 6 hours 20 minutes
by Matt Simon
read by Jonathan Todd Ross
"On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber's anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators. These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution's most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
DB117412 The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems

The Loneliest Polar Bear: A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World
DB117350 7 hours 43 minutes
by Kale Williams
read by Karen Murray
"The heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own. Six days after giving birth, a polar bear named Aurora got up and walked away from her den at the Columbus Zoo, leaving her tiny squealing cub to fend for herself. Hours later, Aurora still hadn't returned. The cub was furless and blind, and with her temperature dropping dangerously, the zookeepers entrusted with her care felt they had no choice: They would have to raise one of the most dangerous predators in the world by hand. Over the next few weeks, a group of veterinarians and zookeepers worked around the clock to save the cub, whom they called Nora. Humans rarely get as close to a polar bear as Nora's keepers got to their fuzzy charge. But the two species have long been intertwined. Three decades before Nora's birth, her father, Nanuq, was orphaned when an Inupiat hunter killed his mother, leaving Nanuq to be sent to a zoo. That hunter, Gene Agnaboogok, now faces some of the same threats as the wild bears near his Alaskan village of Wales, on the westernmost tip of the North American continent. As sea ice diminishes and temperatures creep up year after year, Agnaboogok and the polar bears-and everyone and everything else living in the far north-are being forced to adapt. Not all of them will succeed. Sweeping and tender, The Loneliest Polar Bear explores the fraught relationship humans have with the natural world, the exploitative and sinister causes of the environmental mess we find ourselves in, and how the fate of polar bears is not theirs alone." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB117350 The Loneliest Polar Bear: A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World

Biography

Never Give Up: A Prairie Family's Story
DB116842 3 hours 25 minutes
by Tom Brokaw
read by Lincoln Hoppe
"Tom’s father, Red, left school in the second grade to work in the family hotel—the Brokaw House, established in Bristol, South Dakota, by R. P. Brokaw in 1883. Eventually, through work on construction jobs, Red developed an exceptional talent for machines. Tom’s mother, Jean, was the daughter of a farmer who lost everything during the Great Depression. They met after a high school play, when Jean played the lead and Red fell in love with her from the audience. Although they didn’t have much money early in their marriage, especially once they had three boys at home, Red’s philosophy of 'Never give up' served them well. His big break came after World War II, when he went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers building great dams across the Missouri River, magnificent structures like the Fort Randall and the Gavins Point dams. Late in life, Red surprised his family by recording his memories of the hard times of his early life, reflections that inspired this book. Tom Brokaw is known as one of the most successful people in broadcast journalism. Throughout his legendary career, Brokaw has always asked what we can learn from world events and from our history. Within Never Give Up is one answer, a portrait of the resilience and respect for others at the heart of one American family’s story." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116842 Never Give Up: A Prairie Family's Story

Bad Habits: A Book of Confessions about Confession
DB116908 5 hours 28 minutes
by Jenny McCarthy
read by Tavia Gilbert
"Jenny McCarthy–actress, comedian, activist, and New York Times bestselling author–candidly recounts her humorous Catholic upbringing, from her childhood dream of becoming a nun to her Playmate of the Year centerfold, and all of the Hail Mary’s in between. In keeping with the theme of her comedic New York Times bestsellers, from Belly Laughs to Love, Lust & Faking It, McCarthy brings her trademark honesty, humility, and humor to bear as she chronicles her often embarrassing, occasionally outlandish, and always entertaining life as a born-and-raised Catholic girl. Jenny attended one of the most prestigious all-girl Catholic schools in Chicago. While most young girls in Jenny’s neighborhood were playing with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun, Jenny was playing with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dolls. She had every intention of growing up and becoming a nun, but a few hilarious speed bumps and blinking red lights along the way changed her mind. Jenny never did accept Sister Mary’s reasoning that she could avoid purgatory if she just bought a string necklace for $10. The fact that two of her aunts are simultaneously nuns and cops—yes, they carry guns and shoot people while wearing a habit—never made complete sense to her. And neither does her mother’s insistence that Jenny bury certain religious statues in the front lawns of her houses before she sells them. But then again, Jenny does have four of them buried across Southern California. This book tells the story of what went wrong during Jenny’s Catholic upbringing, or, as Jenny puts it now, what went right. Chapters include: 'I Knew I Should Have Worn Underwear to Church', 'Jesus’ Baby Mama', 'Can Someone Kill Our Dog, Please?', and 'Oh No, My Mom is Going to Hell.' Bad Habits is a brutally honest, hilarious memoir that will delight the legions of Jenny McCarthy fans." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.
DB116908 Bad Habits: A Book of Confessions about Confession

Vacuuming in the Nude: And Other Ways to Get Attention
DB115316 6 hours 18 minutes
by Peggy Rowe
read by Laura Hatch
"Peggy Rowe has been writing all of her adult life. In fact, she doesn't know how not to write—even through those years of constant rejection from publishing houses. But between her tenacity and the encouragement of her family, Peggy's breakthrough finally came—at the age of eighty! Vacuuming in the Nude is most likely her funniest prose to date as she shares her journey of attending myriad writers' conferences and honing her ability to see humor in everyday situations. From the family's beloved dog Shim, who thrived on piles of fresh, warm manure from the horse pasture—to vacationing on the sweltering beach with mosquitos the size of dune buggies—to the challenges of aging, Peggy Rowe delivers a hilarious array of stories that reflect her addiction to making people laugh. Even in her cancer support group, she manages to use her humor to affect others for the good. If Peggy isn't putting her publisher on hold to finish a game of Mahjongg, she's at her kitchen table window-on-the-world taking notes for the next story for fans old and new to enjoy." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2022.
DB115316 Vacuuming in the Nude: And Other Ways to Get Attention

Thicker Than Water: A Memoir
DB116767 9 hours 3 minutes
by Kerry Washington
read by Kerry Washington
"Award-winning actor, director, producer, and activist Kerry Washington shares the deeply moving journey of her life so far, and the bravely intimate story of discovering her truth. While on a drive in Los Angeles, on a seemingly average afternoon, Kerry Washington received a text message that would send her on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. In an instant, her very identity was torn apart, with everything she thought she knew about herself thrown into question. In Thicker than Water, Washington gives readers an intimate view into both her public and private worlds—as an artist, an advocate, an entrepreneur, a mother, a daughter, a wife, a Black woman. Chronicling her upbringing and life’s journey thus far, she reveals how she faced a series of challenges and setbacks, effectively hid childhood traumas, met extraordinary mentors, managed to grow her career, and crossed the threshold into stardom and political advocacy, ultimately discovering her truest self and, with it, a deeper sense of belonging." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB116767 Thicker Than Water: A Memoir

Blindness and Disabilities

On Sight & Insight: A Journey into the World of Blindness
DB115529 12 hours 14 minutes
by John M. Hull
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
"In 1983, finally forced to accept his now total blindness, John Hull began to keep a cassette diary. In it he recorded his daily experiences, his thoughts and impressions, things that puzzled or delighted him. This book is the result. It is not the journal of howa blind man struggled against and overcame the new difficulties he encountered; rather it offers a unique journey into the ‘other world’ of blindness, an insight into the almost spiritual transition from being a sighted person who cannot see, to being a blind person. John Hull presents a world where people have no faced, including himself; a world of vivid dreams; a world in which his perception of sound, silence, time and space are gradually but dramatically transformed as his sight fades. He relates his interactions with other people and the practical details of his changed life, such as moving around at a party and walking home. And most fascinating of all, he describes his relationships with his young children, and their growing understanding of his blindness and what it means. For the sighted reader, On Sight and Insight not only provides a moving portrayal of the experience of being blind, it also gives a heightened awareness of the role of sight in our lives, which goes way beyond the ability to see." — Dust jacket. 1997.
DB115529 On Sight & Insight: A Journey into the World of Blindness

Cooking

How to Cook Everything Fast, Revised Edition: Great Food in 30 Minutes or Less
DB115734 16 hours 1 minute
by Mark Bittman
read by Mark Ashby
"The secret to cooking fast is cooking smart—choosing and preparing ingredients that make the most of your time in the kitchen. In this new edition of How to Cook Everything Fast, Mark Bittman shares hundreds of simple, flavorful dishes—each ready in 30 minutes or less. But 'fast' doesn't mean compromising on quality or resorting to packaged shortcuts; instead, Bittman offers savvy hacks—broiling rather than baking, using less liquid for a faster boil, and taking advantage of downtime for last-minute prep. In the spirit of fast and simple cooking, recipes have been retested and streamlined for this completely revised edition—which now also features dozens of vegan and vegetarian options and stunning all-new photography. New favorites include Chickpea Hash with Tahini Sauce, Gooey Stovetop Lasagna, Peanut Noodles with Whatever You Have, Caramelized Bananas, and so many more. Variations, tips, quick side dishes, make-ahead components, and kitchen insights abound. The results are innovative, easy-to-follow recipes for the food you want to eat today and new strategies for becoming a faster—and better—cook every time you use the book." — Provided by publisher. 2022.
DB115734 How to Cook Everything Fast, Revised Edition: Great Food in 30 Minutes or Less

The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World
DB116173 9 hours 8 minutes
by Marco Borges
read by Laura Giannarelli
"Accessible and easy-to-follow, The Greenprint is a movement to embrace your absolute best and healthiest life. Through his more than two decades of experience working with clients, including some of the world's biggest celebrities, and spearheading exercise and nutrition research, Borges developed the groundbreaking '22 Laws of Plants,' which he's determined are the most important plant-based diet, exercise, and lifestyle secrets for losing weight, increasing energy, boosting metabolism, and reducing inflammation, not to mention helping minimize your carbon imprint to help the planet. The Greenprint outlines three simple, step-by-step plans to implement the 22 Laws into your life, depending on where you are on your journey. Whether you are ready for a gradual shift or excited to tackle them all full-on, in just weeks you will be on your way to a healthier, cleaner approach to eating that includes plenty of whole grains, bountiful veggies, legumes, nuts and more. You'll also find meal plans, more than 60 delicious recipes, countless tips, and inspirational stories to help you along the way. Take control of your diet, create your own Greenprint and forever alter your weight, your health and the planet." — Provided by publisher. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
DB116173 The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World

My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions
DB115565 10 hours 55 minutes
by Gabriela Cámara
read by Eva Wilhelm
"Inspired by the flavors, ingredients, and flair of culinary and cultural hotspot Mexico City, Gabriela Cámara's style of fresh-first, vegetable-forward, legume-loving, and seafood-centric Mexican cooking is a siren call to home cooks who crave authentic, on-trend recipes they can make with confidence and regularity. With 150 recipes for Basicos (basics), Desayunos (breakfasts), Primeros (starters), Platos Fuertos (mains), and Postres (sweets), Mexican food-lovers will find all the dishes they want to cook—from Chilaquiles Verdes to Chiles Rellenos and Flan de Cajeta—and will discover many sure-to-be favorites, such as her signature tuna tostadas. More than 150 arresting images capture the rich culture that infuses Cámara's food and a dozen essays detail the principles that distinguish her cooking, from why non-GMO corn matters to how everything can be a taco. With celebrated restaurants in Mexico City and San Francisco, Cámara is the most internationally recognized figure in Mexican cuisine, and her innovative, simple Mexican food is exactly what home cooks want to cook." — Provided by publisher. 2019.
DB115565 My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions

Mastering the Art of French Cooking
DB109554 26 hours 59 minutes
by Julia Child and others
read by Kristin Allison
"Featuring 524 delicious recipes and over 100 instructive illustrations to guide readers every step of the way, Mastering the Art of French Cooking offers something for everyone, from seasoned experts to beginners who love good food and long to reproduce the savory delights of French cuisine. Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle break down the classic foods of France into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of dishes—from historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. Throughout, the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations—bound to increase anyone’s culinary repertoire." — Provided by publisher. 1983.
DB109554 Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes
DB110186 6 hours 25 minutes
by Giada De Laurentiis
read by Margaret Strom
"Everyday Italian is true to its title: the fresh, simple recipes are incredibly quick and accessible, and also utterly mouth-watering—perfect for everyday cooking. And the book is focused on the real-life considerations of what you actually have in your refrigerator and pantry (no mail-order ingredients here) and what you’re in the mood for—whether a simply sauced pasta or a hearty family-friendly roast, these great recipes cover every contingency. So, for example, you’ll find dishes that you can make solely from pantry ingredients, or those that transform lowly leftovers into exquisite entrées (including brilliant ideas for leftover pasta), and those that satisfy your yearning to have something sweet baking in the oven. There are 7 ways to make red sauce more interesting, 6 different preparations of the classic cutlet, 5 perfect pestos, 4 creative uses for prosciutto, 3 variations on basic polenta, 2 great steaks, and 1 sublime chocolate tiramisù—plus 100 other recipes that turn everyday ingredients into speedy but special dinners. What’s more, Everyday Italian is organized according to what type of food you want tonight—whether a soul-warming stew for Sunday supper, a quick sauté for a weeknight, or a baked pasta for potluck. These categories will help you figure out what to cook in an instant, with such choices as fresh-from-the-pantry appetizers, sauceless pastas, everyday roasts, and stuffed vegetables—whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find a simple, delicious recipe for it here. That’s the beauty of Italian home cooking, and that’s what Giada De Laurentiis offers here—the essential recipes to make a great Italian dinner. Tonight." — Provided by publisher. 2005.
DB110186 Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes

The Moosewood Cookbook
DB109337 8 hours 25 minutes
by Mollie Katzen
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"In 1974, Mollie Katzen hand-wrote, illustrated, and locally published a spiral-bound notebook of recipes for vegetarian dishes inspired by those she and fellow cooks served at their small restaurant co-op in Ithaca, NY. Several iterations and millions of copies later, the Moosewood Cookbook has become one of the most influential and beloved cookbooks of all time—inducted into the James Beard Award Cookbook Hall of Fame, and coined a Cookbook Classic by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Mollie’s Moosewood Cookbook has inspired generations to fall in love with plant-based home cooking, and, on the fortieth anniversary of that initial booklet, continues to be a seminal, timely, and wholly personal work. With a new introduction by Mollie, this commemorative edition will be a cornerstone for any cookbook collection that long-time fans and those just discovering Moosewood will treasure." — Provided by publisher. 1992.
DB109337 The Moosewood Cookbook

Crime

Ghosts of the Orphanage: A Story of Mysterious Deaths, a Conspiracy of Silence, and a Search for Justice
DB113303 13 hours 21 minutes
by Christine Kenneally
read by Jodie Harris
"For much of the twentieth century, a series of terrible events—abuse, both physical and psychological, and even deaths—took places inside orphanages. The survivors have been trying to tell their astonishing stories for a long time, but disbelief, secrecy, and trauma have kept them from breaking through. For ten years, Christine Kenneally has been on a quest to uncover the harrowing truth. Centering her story on St. Joseph’s, a Catholic orphanage in Vermont, Kenneally has written a stunning account of a series of crimes and abuses. But her work is not confined to one place. Following clues that take her into the darkened corners of several institutions across the globe, she finds a trail of terrifying stories and a courageous group of survivors who are seeking justice. Ghosts of the Orphanage is an incredible true crime story and a reckoning with a past that has stayed buried for too long, with tragic consequences." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB113303 Ghosts of the Orphanage: A Story of Mysterious Deaths, a Conspiracy of Silence, and a Search for Justice

American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper
DB117058 12 hours 6 minutes
by Daniel Stashower
read by Will Damron
"Boston had its Strangler. California had the Zodiac Killer. And in the depths of the Great Depression, Cleveland had the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. On September 5th, 1934, a young beachcomber made a gruesome discovery on the shores of Cleveland’s Lake Erie: the lower half of a female torso, neatly severed at the waist. The victim, dubbed 'The Lady of the Lake,' was only the first of a butcher’s dozen. Over the next four years, twelve more bodies would be scattered across the city. The bodies were dismembered with surgical precision and drained of blood. Some were beheaded while still alive. Terror gripped the city. Amid the growing uproar, Cleveland’s besieged mayor turned to his newly-appointed director of public safety: Eliot Ness. Ness had come to Cleveland fresh from his headline-grabbing exploits in Chicago, where he and his band of 'Untouchables' led the frontline assault on Al Capone’s bootlegging empire. Now he would confront a case that would redefine his storied career. Award-winning author Daniel Stashower shines a fresh light on one of the most notorious puzzles in the annals of crime, and uncovers the gripping story of Ness’s hunt for a sadistic killer who was as brilliant as he was cool and composed, a mastermind who was able to hide in plain sight. American Demon reconstructs this ultimate battle of wits between a hero and a madman." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB117058 American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper

Literature

Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays
DB115766 13 hours 9 minutes
by George Orwell
read by Franklin Pierson
"Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays is a collection of 23 essays by George Orwell. Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is characterised by lucid prose, biting social criticism, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. Included in this collection: - Why I Write - The Spike - A Hanging - Shooting an Elephant - Bookshop Memories - Charles Dickens - Boys' Weeklies - My Country Right or Left - Looking Back on the Spanish War - In Defence of English Cooking - Good Bad Books - The Sporting Spirit - Nonsense Poetry - The Prevention of Literature - Books v. Cigarettes - Decline of the English Murder - Some Thoughts on the Common Toad - Confessions of a Book Reviewer - Politics v. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver's Travels - How the Poor Die - Such, Such Were the Joys - Reflections on Gandhi - Politics and the English Language." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2021.
DB115766 Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays

Music

Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones
DB117524 4 hours 26 minutes
by Dolly Parton with Holly George-Warren and Rebecca Seaver
read by Dolly Parton
"In Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones, global superstar Dolly Parton shares, for the first time, the full story behind her lifelong passion for fashion, including how she developed her own, distinctly Dolly style, which has defied convention and endeared her to fans around the world. Featuring behind-the-scenes stories from Dolly Parton’s life and career, and the largest reveal of her private costume archive, this gorgeously photographed book spotlights her most unforgettable looks from the 1960s to now. The sky-high heels, famous wigs, bold makeup, eye-catching stage clothes—she shares them all. Along the way, Parton discusses memorable outfits from her past, from the clothes her mother would sew out of feed sacks (including her 'Coat of Many Colors') and the bold dresses and hairdos that shook up Nashville, to the bunny suit on the cover of Playboy, evening wear at Studio 54, costumes from her most famous film and TV roles, and the daring styles that continue to entertain and inspire today. Filled with candor, humor, and lots and lots of rhinestones, Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones is a shining tribute to one of the most beloved musicians in history, a treasured keepsake for anyone who loves Dolly Parton, and an indispensable guide to forging your own path to beauty and confidence." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB117524 Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones

Brothers and Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the '70s
DB116749 11 hours 49 minutes
by Alan Paul
read by Alan Paul
"New York Times bestselling author Alan Paul's in-depth narrative look at the Allman Brothers' most successful album, and a portrait of an era in rock and roll and American history. The Allman Brothers Band's Brothers and Sisters was not only the band's best-selling album, at over seven million copies sold, but it was also a powerfully influential release, both musically and culturally, one whose influence continues to be profoundly felt. Celebrating the album's 50th anniversary, Brothers and Sisters the book delves into the making of the album, while also presenting a broader cultural history of the era, based on first-person interviews, historical documents and deep research. Brothers and Sisters traces the making of the template-shaping record alongside the story of how the Allman Brothers came to the rescue of a flailing Jimmy Carter presidential campaign and helped get the former governor of Georgia elected president; how Gregg Allman's marriage to Cher was an early harbinger of an emerging celebrity media culture; and how the band's success led to internal fissures. The book also examines the Allman Brothers' relationship with the Grateful Dead—including the most in-depth reporting ever on the Jam at Watkins Glen, the largest rock festival ever—and describes how they inspired bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, helping create the Southern Rock genre. With exclusive access to hundreds of hours of never-before-heard interviews with every major player, including Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman, conducted by ABB archivist, photographer and 'Tour Mystic' Kirk West, Brothers and Sisters is an in-depth, honest assessment of the band's career, history, and highs and lows." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116749 Brothers and Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the '70s

Into the Groove: The Story of Sound from Tin Foil to Vinyl
DB115787 11 hours 44 minutes
by Jonathan Scott
read by Gray Tipton
"In Into the Groove, vinyl collector and music buff Jonathan Scott dissects a mind-blowing feat that we all take for granted today—the domestication of sound. Thomas Edison's phonograph, the first device that could both record and reproduce sound, represented an important turning point in the story of recorded sound, but it was only the tip of the iceberg, and came after decades of invention, tinkering and experimentation. Scott traces the birth of sound back to the earliest serious attempts in the 1850s, celebrating the ingenuity, rivalries and science of the modulated groove. He examines the first attempts to record and reproduce sounds, the origins of the phonograph, and the development of commercial shellac discs. Then he divulges the fascinating story of the LP record, from the rise of electric recording to the fall of 7-inch vinyl, the competing speed and format wars, and an epilogue that takes the story up to the present-day return of vinyl to vogue. Into the Groove uncovers tales of intrigue and betrayal, court battles and lesser-known names who are often left out of most histories. Discover a new appreciation of the not-so-simple black disc that holds a special place in the history of music and sound." — Provided by publisher. Strong language. 2023.
DB115787 Into the Groove: The Story of Sound from Tin Foil to Vinyl

Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me
DB116779 15 hours 41 minutes
by Bernie Taupin
read by Bernie Taupin
"This is the memoir music fans have been waiting for. Half of one of the greatest creative partnerships in popular music, Bernie Taupin is the man who wrote the lyrics for Elton John, who conceived the ideas that spawned countless hits, and sold millions and millions of records. Together, they were a duo, a unit, an immovable object. Their extraordinary, half-century-and-counting creative relationship has been chronicled in biopics (like 2019's Rocketman) and even John's own autobiography, Me. But Taupin, a famously private person, has kept his own account of their adventures close to his chest, until now. Written with honesty and candor, Scattershot allows the reader to witness events unfolding from Taupin's singular perspective, sometimes front and center, sometimes from the edge, yet always described vibrantly, with an infectious energy that only a vivid songwriter's prose could offer. From his childhood in the East Midlands of England whose imagination was sparked and forever informed by the distinctly American mythopoetics of country music and cowboy culture, to the glittering, star-studded fishbowl of '70s and '80s Beverly Hills, Scattershot is simultaneously a Tom Jones­-like picaresque journey across a landscape of unforgettable characters, as well as a striking, first-hand account of a creative era like no other and one man's experience at the core of it. An exciting, multi-decade whirlwind told in a non-linear yet grounded narrative, Scattershot whizzes around the world as we ride shotgun with Bernie on his extraordinary life. We visit Los Angeles with him and Elton on the cusp of global fame. We spend time with him in Australia almost in residency at an infamous rock 'n' roll hotel in an endless blizzard of drugs. And we spend late, late night hours with John Lennon, with Bob Marley, and hanging with Frank Sinatra. And beyond the world of popular music, we witness memorable encounters with writers like Graham Greene, painters like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, and scores of notable misfits, miscreants, eccentrics, and geniuses, known and unknown. Even if they're not famous in their own right, they are stars on the page, and we discover how they inspired the indelible lyrics to songs such as 'Tiny Dancer,' 'Candle in the Wind,' 'Bennie and The Jets,' and so many more. Unique and utterly compelling, Scattershot will transport the reader across the decades and around the globe, along the way meeting some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th century, and into the vivid imaginings of one of music's most legendary lyricists." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116779 Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me

Philosophy

How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen
DB117421 7 hours 31 minutes
by David Brooks
read by David Brooks
"As David Brooks observes, 'There is one skill that lies at the heart of any healthy person, family, school, community organization, or society: the ability to see someone else deeply and make them feel seen—to accurately know another person, to let them feel valued, heard, and understood.' And yet we humans don’t do this well. All around us are people who feel invisible, unseen, misunderstood. In How to Know a Person, Brooks sets out to help us do better, posing questions that are essential for all of us: If you want to know a person, what kind of attention should you cast on them? What kind of conversations should you have? What parts of a person’s story should you pay attention to? Driven by his trademark sense of curiosity and his determination to grow as a person, Brooks draws from the fields of psychology and neuroscience and from the worlds of theater, philosophy, history, and education to present a welcoming, hopeful, integrated approach to human connection. How to Know a Person helps readers become more understanding and considerate toward others, and to find the joy that comes from being seen. Along the way it offers a possible remedy for a society that is riven by fragmentation, hostility, and misperception. The act of seeing another person, Brooks argues, is profoundly creative: How can we look somebody in the eye and see something large in them, and in turn, see something larger in ourselves? How to Know a Person is for anyone searching for connection, and yearning to be understood." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB117421 How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen

Be Here Now
DB115686 10 hours 57 minutes
by Ram Dass
read by Bill Wallace
"When Be Here Now was first published in 1971, it filled a deep spiritual emptiness, launched the ongoing mindfulness revolution, and established Ram Dass as perhaps the preeminent seeker of the twentieth century. Just ten years earlier, he was known as Professor Richard Alpert. He held appointments in four departments at Harvard University. He published books, drove a Mercedes and regularly vacationed in the Caribbean. By most societal standards, he had achieved great success... And yet he couldn’t escape the feeling that something was missing. Psilocybin and LSD changed that. During a period of experimentation, Alpert peeled away each layer of his identity, disassociating from himself as a professor, a social cosmopolite, and lastly, as a physical being. Fear turned into exaltation upon the realization that at his truest, he was just his inner-self: a luminous being that he could trust indefinitely and love infinitely. And thus, a spiritual journey commenced. Alpert headed to India where his guru renamed him Baba Ram Dass—'servant of God.' He was introduced to mindful breathing exercises, hatha yoga, and Eastern philosophy. If he found himself reminiscing or planning, he was reminded to 'Be Here Now.' He started upon the path of enlightenment, and has been journeying along it ever since. Be Here Now is a vehicle for sharing the true message, and a guide to self-determination." — Provided by Amazon. Some descriptions of sex. 1971.
DB115686 Be Here Now

The Rigor of Angels: Borges, Heisenberg, Kant, and the Ultimate Nature of Reality
DB117144 10 hours 19 minutes
by William Egginton
read by David Glass
"Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges was madly in love when his life was shattered by painful heartbreak. But the breakdown that followed illuminated an incontrovertible truth—that love is necessarily imbued with loss, that the one doesn’t exist without the other. German physicist Werner Heisenberg was fighting with the scientific establishment on the meaning of the quantum realm’s absurdity when he had his own epiphany—that there is no such thing as a complete, perfect description of reality. Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant pushed the assumptions of human reason to their mind-bending conclusions, but emerged with an idea that crowned a towering philosophical system—that the human mind has fundamental limits, and those limits undergird both our greatest achievements as well as our missteps. Through fiction, science, and philosophy, the work of these three thinkers coalesced around the powerful, haunting fact that there is an irreconcilable difference between reality “out there” and reality as we experience it. Out of this profound truth comes a multitude of galvanizing ideas: the notion of selfhood, free will, and purpose in human life; the roots of morality, aesthetics, and reason; and the origins and nature of the cosmos itself. As each of these thinkers shows, every one of us has a fundamentally incomplete picture of the world. But this is to be expected. Only as mortal, finite beings are we able to experience the world in all its richness and breathtaking majesty. We are stranded in a gulf of vast extremes, between the astronomical and the quantum, an abyss of freedom and absolute determinism, and it is in that center where we must make our home. A soaring and lucid reflection on the lives and work of Borges, Heisenberg, and Kant, The Rigor of Angels movingly demonstrates that the mysteries of our place in the world may always loom over us—not as a threat, but as a reminder of our humble humanity." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117144 The Rigor of Angels: Borges, Heisenberg, Kant, and the Ultimate Nature of Reality

Religion

Armageddon: What the Bible Really Says about the End
DB116898 8 hours 2 minutes
by Bart D. Ehrman
read by Bart D. Ehrman
"You’ll find nearly everything the Bible says about the end in the Book of Revelation: a mystifying prophecy filled with bizarre symbolism, violent imagery, mangled syntax, confounding contradictions, and very firm ideas about the horrors that await us all. But no matter what you think Revelation reveals—whether you read it as a literal description of what will soon come to pass, interpret it as a metaphorical expression of hope for those suffering now, or only recognize its highlights from pop culture—you’re almost certainly wrong. In Armageddon, acclaimed New Testament authority Bart D. Ehrman delves into the most misunderstood—and possibly most dangerous—book of the Bible, on a 'vigilantly persuasive' (The Washington Post) tour through three millennia of Judeo-Christian thinking about how our world will end. With wit and verve, he explores the alarming social and political consequences of expecting an imminent apocalypse, considers whether the message of Revelation may be at odds with the teachings of Jesus, and offers inspiring insight into how to live in the face of an uncertain future. By turns hilarious, moving, troubling, and provocative, Armageddon is nothing short of revelatory in its account of what the Bible really says about the end." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. 2023.
DB116898 Armageddon: What the Bible Really Says about the End

The Three Heavens: Angels, Demons and What Lies Ahead
DB117220 8 hours 35 minutes
by John Hagee
read by Dean Gallagher
"Battles are raging between angels and demons over you. John Hagee's breathtaking biblical tour of the three heavens takes you inside the timeless clash between the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness and explains why that battle makes all the difference in this world and the world to come. In The Three Heavens, Hagee uses the Word of God, science, and incredible true stories of the supernatural to explore the First Heaven. He then exposes Satan's diabolical tactics in the Second Heaven and how they affect each one of us. Finally, he looks at the deep riches of the Third Heaven and how our hope of that eternal home changes our life on earth." — Provided by Amazon. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
DB117220 The Three Heavens: Angels, Demons and What Lies Ahead

The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
DB116907 3 hours 12 minutes
by Thomas Jefferson
read by Mel Foster
"In the early nineteenth century, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, conceived the idea of extracting a gospel purified of what he saw as extraneous philosophical, mythological, and theological elements. To do so, he took verses from the four canonical gospels and arranged them into a single narrative, focusing on the actual words of Jesus. This work was never published during Jefferson's lifetime but was inherited by his grandson and printed for the first time in the early twentieth century. The original bound manuscript, popularly referred to as The Jefferson Bible, is held by the United States National Museum in Washington." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.
DB116907 The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

Why the Nativity? 25 Compelling Reasons We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus
DB115581 3 hours 31 minutes
by David Jeremiah
read by Gregory Maupin
"Want to discuss all the hoopla about the nativity? Noted pastor and theologian Dr. Jeremiah has the answer! In his clear, concise style, he discusses the 'Christ' in Christmas—and how the birth of Jesus has changed not only the history of the world but also the individual lives of millions of believers." — Provided by publisher. 2021.
DB115581 Why the Nativity? 25 Compelling Reasons We Celebrate the Birth of Jesus

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God
DB115814 12 hours 25 minutes
by Claude V. King
read by Mark Ashby
"When you open this book, you’ll find that you aren’t just reading. No, you are being remade, reoriented, restored from the frustration of what you may have known as stale religion. Captured not by a concept but by your Creator, reborn in relationship. Here’s the Experiencing God that has already impacted millions of people. Only it’s bigger, and better, and ready to lead you again—or for the very first time—into an experience with God. Carefully listening to His voice will anchor you in His plan, and set you free to live it with boldness and freedom. After a thorough revision, this landmark volume returns with seven new chapters, as well as dozens of true stories from people who, through this book, have experienced God." — Provided by publisher. 2021.
DB115814 Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God

No Wrinkles on the Soul: A Book of Readings for Older Adults
DB115570 3 hours 14 minutes
by Richard L. Morgan
read by Mark Ashby
"From 'No Use Denying It' to 'Keeping the Spirit Renewed,' Dick Morgan here offers six themes right on target for older adults. The sixty-two meditations in No Wrinkles on the Soul are ideal for individual or small-group devotions. Each meditation presents a suggested Scripture reading, a printed Bible verse, and a reading for reflection. These meditations relate honestly to the variety of situations in which older adults may find themselves living—in their own home, in a retirement center, in a nursing home, or in the home of a relative." — Provided by publisher. 1990.
DB115570 No Wrinkles on the Soul: A Book of Readings for Older Adults

Kabbalah for Beginners: Understanding and Applying Kabbalistic History, Concepts, and Practices
DB117224 4 hours 38 minutes
by Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks
read by Steven Jay Cohen
"Coming from the Hebrew root that means 'to receive', Kabbalah is known as the 'inner' or 'esoteric' dimension of Judaism. Kabbalah for Beginners is your introduction to a great spiritual tradition that will help you deepen your experience of the divine through Kabbalistic portals into the eternal present. Divided into four categories: theosophical, ecstatic, Hasidic, and contemporary, this book explores everything including ancient concepts, core teachings, practices and traditions, and even misconceptions of Kabbalah. Written in a contemporary tone and point of view, this beginner's guide brings this ancient discipline into the here and now. In Kabbalah for Beginners you'll find: God is existence - the Kabbalist method is that God is not a being, not even the most supreme being, but is rather Being itself. What is Kabbalah - get inspired by interspersed quotes from the Torah and frequent sidebars that highlight the Kabbalah's relevance to listeners' experiences. Spirituality simplified - learn through a clear, straightforward language to bring intuitiveness to deep philosophical concepts. Discover a contemporary guide to this ancient wisdom and move toward spiritual transformation." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB117224 Kabbalah for Beginners: Understanding and Applying Kabbalistic History, Concepts, and Practices

Disobedient Women: How a Small Group of Faithful Women Exposed Abuse, Brought Down Powerful Pastors, and Ignited an Evangelical Reckoning
DB116799 8 hours 36 minutes
by Sarah Stankorb
read by Suehyla Young
"A generation of American Christian girls was taught submitting to men is God’s will. They were taught not to question the men in their families or their pastors. They were told to remain sexually pure and trained to feel shame if a man was tempted. Some of these girls were abused and assaulted. Some made to shrink down so small they became a shadow of themselves. To question their leaders was to question God. All the while, their male leaders built fiefdoms from megachurches and sprawling ministries. They influenced politics and policy. To protect their church’s influence, these men covered up and hid abuse. American Christian patriarchy, as it rose in political power and cultural sway over the past four decades, hurt many faithful believers. Millions of Americans abandoned churches they once loved. Yet among those who stayed (and a few who still loved the church they fled), a brave group of women spoke up. They built online megaphones, using the democratizing power of technology to create long-overdue change. In Disobedient Women, journalist Sarah Stankorb gives long-overdue recognition for these everyday women as leaders and as voices for a different sort of faith. Their work has driven journalists to help bring abuse stories to national attention. Stankorb weaves together the efforts of these courageous voices in order to present a full, layered portrait of the treatment of women and the fight for change within the modern American church. Disobedient Women is not just a look at the women who have used the internet to bring down the religious power structures that were meant to keep them quiet, but also a picture of the large-scale changes that are happening within evangelical culture regarding women’s roles, ultimately underscoring the ways technology has created a place for women to challenge traditional institutions from within." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116799 Disobedient Women: How a Small Group of Faithful Women Exposed Abuse, Brought Down Powerful Pastors, and Ignited an Evangelical Reckoning

Good Boundaries and Goodbyes: Loving Others without Losing the Best of Who You Are
DB116547 7 hours 31 minutes
by Lysa TerKeurst
read by Jim Cress
"Is it unloving or selfish to set a boundary? Are Christians ever called to walk away from a relationship that’s no longer safe or sustainable? Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands these hard questions in the midst of relational struggles. But after thousands of hours of counseling intensives and extensive theological research that transformed the way she defined healthy relationships, Lysa is now more committed than ever to loving people well without losing the best of who she is. She wants to help you do the same. In this book Lysa will help you: understand the five factors to remember when implementing healthy boundaries; determine the appropriate amount of personal and emotional access someone has to you based on how responsible they'll be with that access; stop being misled and emotionally paralyzed by wrongly interpreted or weaponized scriptures that perpetuate unhealthy dynamics in difficult relationships; overcome the frustrating cycle of ineffective boundary-setting with realistic scripts and practical strategies to help you communicate, keep, and implement healthier patterns; be equipped to say goodbye without guilt when a relationship has shifted from difficult to destructive and is no longer sustainable and receive therapeutic wisdom you can trust directly from Lysa’s Christian counselor Jim Cress, who weighs in throughout the book. You'll be relieved to learn that boundaries aren't just a good idea, they're a God idea." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB116547 Good Boundaries and Goodbyes: Loving Others without Losing the Best of Who You Are

The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community
DB117222 9 hours 39 minutes
by Curt Thompson
read by Kyle Tait
"We are people of desire. In The Soul of Desire, psychiatrist Curt Thompson suggests that underneath all our longings is the desire to be known - and what's more, that this fundamental yearning manifests itself in our deep need to make things of beauty, revealing who we are to others. Desire and beauty go hand in hand. But both our craving to be known and our ability to create beauty have been marred by trauma and shame, collapsing our imagination for what God has for us and blinding us to the possibility that beauty could ever emerge from our ashes. Drawing on his work in interpersonal neurobiology and clinical practice, Thompson presents a powerful picture of the capacity of the believing community to reshape our imaginations, hold our desires and griefs together, and invite us into the beauty of God's presence. The Soul of Desire is a mature, creative work, weaving together neuroscience and spiritual formation to open up new horizons for thinking not only about the nature of the mind but about what it means to be human." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB117222 The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community

Crazy Faith: It's Only Crazy Until It Happens
DB110598 5 hours 58 minutes
by Michael Todd
read by Aaron Goodson
"Will you be remembered as a person who claimed to follow God but liked to play it safe? Or as a person who lived your life out on the limb and trusted God enough to live in crazy faith? Noah looked crazy when he started building the ark . . . until it started raining. It was crazy for Moses to lead a nation of people into the desert away from Egypt . . . until the Red Sea parted. It was crazy to believe that a fourteen-year-old virgin would give birth to the Son of God . . . until Mary held Jesus in her arms. There are many things that seem normal or average today that at one point in time seemed absolutely crazy. Smartphones, Wi-Fi, and even the electric light bulb were all groundbreaking, history-making inventions that started out as crazy ideas. Our see-it-to-believe-it generation tends to have a hard time exercising true faith—one that steps out, takes action, and sees mountain-moving results. Many of us would rather play it safe and stand on the sidelines, but it’s crazy faith that helps us see God move and reveals His promises. In Crazy Faith, Pastor Michael Todd shows us how to step out in faith and dive into the purposeful life of trusting God for the impossible. Even if you have to start with baby faith or maybe faith, you can become empowered to let go of your lazy faith, trust God through your hazy faith, and learn to live a lifestyle of crazy faith. With powerful stories of modern-day faith warriors who take their cues from biblical heroes, Michael Todd equips you to believe for the impossible, choose hope over fear, be alert to the voice of God, cope with loss and doubt, develop a deeper level of trust in God, speak faith-filled declarations, and inspire crazy faith in others. God’s not looking for somebody to give Him all the reasons why His plans can’t happen. He’s looking for somebody to believe they will happen. In fact, He has so much He wants to do through you. The question is, Are you crazy enough to believe it?" — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021.
DB110598 Crazy Faith: It's Only Crazy Until It Happens

Science

Explaining Life through Evolution
DB116179 5 hours 38 minutes
by Prosanta Chakrabarty
read by Barry Bernson
"A friendly, non-threatening, and accessible introduction to evolution, emphasizing both the evidence for evolution and the importance of understanding it in contemporary social context." — Provided by publisher. 2023.
DB116179 Explaining Life through Evolution

The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts
DB116758 11 hours 45 minutes
by Loren Grush
read by Ines del Castillo
"Tells the true story of America's first women astronauts—six extraordinary women, each making history going to orbit aboard NASA's Space Shuttle. When NASA sent astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s the agency excluded women from the corps, arguing that only military test pilots—a group then made up exclusively of men—had the right stuff. It was an era in which women were steered away from jobs in science and deemed unqualified for space flight. Eventually, though, NASA recognized its blunder and opened the application process to a wider array of hopefuls, regardless of race or gender. From a candidate pool of 8,000 six elite women were selected in 1978—Sally Ride, Judy Resnik, Anna Fisher, Kathy Sullivan, Shannon Lucid, and Rhea Seddon. In The Six, acclaimed journalist Loren Grush shows these brilliant and courageous women enduring claustrophobic—and sometimes deeply sexist—media attention, undergoing rigorous survival training, and preparing for years to take multi-million-dollar payloads into orbit. Together, the Six helped build the tools that made the space program run. One of the group, Judy Resnik, sacrificed her life when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded at 46,000 feet. Everyone knows of Sally Ride's history-making first space ride, but each of the Six would make their mark." — Provided by publisher; Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116758 The Six: The Untold Story of America's First Women Astronauts

A Planet of Viruses
DB117410 3 hours 32 minutes
by Carl Zimmer
read by Stephen Bowlby
"In 2020, an invisible germ-a virus-wholly upended our lives. We're most familiar with the viruses that give us colds or Covid-19. But viruses also cause a vast range of other diseases, including one disorder that makes people sprout branch-like growths as if they were trees. Viruses have been a part of our lives for so long that we are actually part virus: the human genome contains more DNA from viruses than our own genes. Meanwhile, scientists are discovering viruses everywhere they look: in the soil, in the ocean, even in deep caves miles underground. Fully revised and updated, with a new chapter about coronaviruses and the spread of Covid-19, this third edition of Carl Zimmer's A Planet of Viruses pulls back the veil on this hidden world. It presents the latest research on how viruses hold sway over our lives and our biosphere, how viruses helped give rise to the first life-forms, how viruses are producing new diseases, how we can harness viruses for our own ends, and how viruses will continue to control our fate as long as life endures." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB117410 A Planet of Viruses

Stage and Screen

MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios
DB117364 16 hours 44 minutes
by Dave Gonzales
read by Andrew Kishino
"Marvel Entertainment was a moribund toymaker not even twenty years ago. Today, Marvel Studios is the dominant player both in Hollywood and in global pop culture. How did an upstart studio conquer the world? In MCU, beloved culture writers Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and Gavin Edwards draw on more than a hundred interviews with actors, producers, directors, and writers to present the definitive chronicle of Marvel Studios and its sole, ongoing production, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For all its outward success, the studio was forged by near-constant conflict, from the contentious hiring of Robert Downey Jr. for its 2008 debut, Iron Man, all the way up to the disappointment of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and shocking departures of multiple Marvel executives in 2023. Throughout, the authors demonstrate that the original genius of Marvel was its resurrection and modification of Hollywood’s old studio system. But will it survive its own spectacular achievements? Dishy and authoritative, MCU is the first book to tell the Marvel Studios story in full—and an essential, effervescent account of American mass culture." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117364 MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios

Bogie & Bacall: The Surprising True Story of Hollywood's Greatest Love Affair
DB116479 27 hours 38 minutes
by William J. Mann
read by Todd McLaren
"In Bogie & Bacall, William Mann offers a deep and comprehensive look at Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, and the unlikely love they shared. Mann details their early years—Bogart’s effete upbringing in New York City; Bacall’s rise as a model and actress. He paints a vivid portrait of their courtship and twelve-year marriage: the fights, the reconciliations, the children, the affairs, Bogie’s illness and Bacall’s steadfastness until his death. He offers a sympathetic yet clear-eyed portrait of Bacall’s life after Bogie, exploring her relationships with Frank Sinatra and Jason Robards, who would become her second husband, and the identity crisis she faced. Surpassing previous biographies, Mann digs deep into the celebrities’ personal lives and considers their relationship from surprising angles. Bacall was just nineteen when she started dating the thrice-married forty-five-year-old Bogart. How might that age gap have influenced their relationship? In addition to what she gained, what might Bacall have lost by marrying a Hollywood superstar more than twice her age? How did Bogart, a man of average looks, become one of the greatest movie stars of all time? Throughout, Mann explains the unparalleled successes of their individual careers as well as the extraordinary love between them and the legend that has endured. Filled with entertaining details and thoughtful insights based on newly available records and correspondence, Bogie & Bacall offers a fresh look at this famous couple, their remarkable relationship, and their legacy." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116479 Bogie & Bacall: The Surprising True Story of Hollywood's Greatest Love Affair

Still Laughing: A Life in Comedy (From the Creator of Laugh-in)
DB116146 8 hours 30 minutes
by George Schlatter and Jon Macks
read by David Hartley-Margolin
"In 1967, producer George Schlatter pitched an idea for a quirky new television show: one inspired by the hippie counterculture, which would take the idea of sit-ins, love-ins, and be-ins, and manifest that politicized, sexualized, consciousness-raising energy into pure comedy. Much to the surprise of NBC executives, Laugh-In soon became the #1 show on American TV, and the careers of beloved stars like Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn were born. Still Laughing features never-before-told stories from the creation of one of the most groundbreaking shows in television history. It also recounts the coming-of-age of one of Hollywood’s most iconic producers, from his early nightclub days rubbing elbows with mob figures like Mickey Cohen and John Stompanato, to his influential friendships with Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, for whom George was asked to deliver a eulogy at his funeral decades later. An inside look at Hollywood in the wake of the cultural upheaval of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Still Laughing demonstrates the crucial, deeply creative role a working producer plays in bringing a show (and its stars) to life. With spit-fire humor, tireless wit and keen perception, Still Laughing tells of the rise of some of comedy’s greatest talents, and reveals the actual people cloistered inside larger-than-life celebrity." — Provided by publisher. Strong language. 2023.
DB116146 Still Laughing: A Life in Comedy (From the Creator of Laugh-in)

What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing
DB115801 23 hours 2 minutes
by Brian Seibert
read by Steven Carpenter
"What the Eye Hears offers an authoritative account of the great American art of tap dancing. Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The New York Times, begins by exploring tap's origins as a hybrid of the jig and clog dancing and dances brought from Africa by slaves. He tracks tap's transfer to the stage through blackface minstrelsy and charts its growth as a cousin to jazz in the vaudeville circuits. Seibert chronicles tap's spread to ubiquity on Broadway and in Hollywood, analyzes its decline after World War II, and celebrates its rediscovery and reinvention by new generations of American and international performers. In the process, we discover how the history of tap dancing is central to any meaningful account of American popular culture. This is a story with a huge cast of characters, from Master Juba through Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Gene Kelly and Paul Draper to Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Seibert traces the stylistic development of tap through individual practitioners and illuminates the cultural exchange between blacks and whites, the interplay of imitation and theft, as well as the moving story of African Americans in show business, wielding enormous influence as they grapple with the pain and pride of a complicated legacy. What the Eye Hears teaches us to see and hear the entire history of tap in its every step." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2015.
DB115801 What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing

Worthy
DB116819 15 hours 1 minute
by Jada Pinkett Smith
read by Jada Pinkett Smith
"Jada Pinkett Smith was living what many would view as a fairy-tale of Hollywood success. But appearances can be deceiving, and as she felt more and more separated from her sense of self, emotional turmoil took hold. Sparing no detail, Worthy chronicles her life—from a rebellious youth running the Baltimore streets as an observer and participant in the drug trade, to the deep bond she shared with Tupac Shakur from the moment they met, to her move to Los Angeles and the successful career she built on her own terms, to becoming the wife of superstar Will Smith and mother to Jaden, Willow and bonus-mom to Trey. A rollercoaster from the depths of suicidal depression to the heights of self-acceptance and spiritual healing, Worthy is a woman’s journey to finding herself again. In a media driven landscape that crafts narratives for our celebrities, Smith shares herself in an intimate conversation with readers. She answers questions about her difficult childhood, her marriage, her parenting style, her career choices, and the intense scrutiny that followed 'the slap.' An impactful and rare memoir that engages and educates, Worthy shows why adhering to the status quo has never been the plan for Jada Pinkett Smith and why labels and stories crafted by others strip women of their authenticity. Worthy teaches us who Jada is, and how to embrace our most lovable qualities. Complete with thought-provoking writing prompts and meditations on how to discover who we really are and nourish our self-worth." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116819 Worthy

Making It So: A Memoir
DB116785 18 hours 54 minutes
by Patrick Stewart
read by Patrick Stewart
"From his acclaimed stage triumphs to his legendary onscreen work in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, Sir Patrick Stewart has captivated audiences around the world and across multiple generations with his indelible command of stage and screen. Now, he presents his long-awaited memoir, Making It So, a revealing portrait of an artist whose astonishing life—from his humble beginnings in Yorkshire, England, to the heights of Hollywood and worldwide acclaim—proves a story as exuberant, definitive, and enduring as the author himself." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116785 Making It So: A Memoir

Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond
DB117053 9 hours 25 minutes
by Henry Winkler
read by Henry Winkler
"Henry Winkler, launched into prominence as The Fonz in the beloved Happy Days, has transcended the role that made him who he is. Brilliant, funny, and widely-regarded as the nicest man in Hollywood (though he would be the first to tell you that it's simply not the case, he's really just grateful to be here), Henry shares in this achingly vulnerable memoir the disheartening truth of his childhood, the difficulties of a life with severe dyslexia, the pressures of a role that takes on a life of its own, and the path forward once your wildest dream seems behind you. Since the glorious era of Happy Days fame, Henry has endeared himself to a new generation with roles in such adored shows as Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, and Barry, where he's been revealed as an actor with immense depth and pathos, a departure from the period of his life when he was so distinctly typecast as The Fonz, he could hardly find work. Filled with profound heart, charm, and self-deprecating humor, Being Henry is a memoir about so much more than a life in Hollywood and the curse of stardom. It is a meaningful testament to the power of sharing truth and kindness and of finding fulfillment within yourself." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB117053 Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond

U.S. History

Those Who Saw the Sun: African American Oral Histories from the Jim Crow South
DB117275 12 hours 50 minutes
by Jaha Nailah Avery
read by Arnell Powell
"Those Who Saw the Sun is a collection of oral histories told by Black people who grew up in the South during the time of Jim Crow. 'The past is not past. We may think something ancient history, or something that doesn't affect our present day, but we would be wrong.' Jaha Nailah Avery is a lawyer, scholar, and reporter whose family has roots in North Carolina stretching back over 300 years. These interviews have been a personal passion project for years as she's traveled across the South meeting with elders and hearing their stories. One of the most important things a culture can do is preserve history, truthfully. In Those Who Saw the Sun we have the special experience of hearing this history as it was experienced by those who were really there. The opportunity to read their stories, their similarities and differences, where they agree and disagree, and where they overcame obstacles and found joy—feels truly like a gift." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2023.
DB117275 Those Who Saw the Sun: African American Oral Histories from the Jim Crow South

To Rescue the Constitution: George Washington and the Fragile American Experiment
DB117117 11 hours 45 minutes
by Bret Baier
read by Bret Baier
"A sweeping narrative ranging from the unsettled early American frontier and the battlefields of the Revolution to the history-making clashes within Philadelphia's Independence Hall, Bret Baier's To Rescue the Constitution dramatically illuminates the life of George Washington, the Founder who did more than perhaps any other individual to secure the future of the United States. George Washington rescued the nation three times: first by leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, second by presiding over the Constitutional Convention that set the blueprint for the United States and ushering the Constitution through a fractious ratification process, and third by leading the nation as its first president. There is no doubt that the struggling new nation needed to be rescued—and that Washington was the only American who could bring it together. After the victorious War of Independence, when a spirit of unity and patriotism might have been expected, instead the nation fractured. The states were no more than a loosely knit and contentious confederation, with no strong central union. It was an urgent matter that led to the calling of a Constitutional Convention to meet in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. Setting aside his plan to retire to Mount Vernon, Washington agreed to be a delegate at Philadelphia. There he was unanimously elected president of the convention. After successfully bringing the Constitution into being, Washington then sacrificed any hope of returning to private life by accepting the unanimous election to be the nation's first president. Washington was not known for brilliant oratory or prose, but his quiet, steady leadership gave life to the Constitution by showing how it should be enacted. In this vivid and moving portrait of America's early struggles, Baier captures the critical moments when Washington's leadership brought the nation from the brink of collapse. Baier exposes an early America that is grittier and far more divided than is often portrayed—one we can see reflected in today's conflicts." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2023.
DB117117 To Rescue the Constitution: George Washington and the Fragile American Experiment

The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History
DB115217 20 hours 2 minutes
by Ned Blackhawk
read by Mark Ashby
"The most enduring feature of U.S. history is the presence of Native Americans, yet most histories focus on Europeans and their descendants. This long practice of ignoring Indigenous history is changing, however, with a new generation of scholars insisting that any full American history address the struggle, survival, and resurgence of American Indian nations. Indigenous history is essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. Ned Blackhawk interweaves five centuries of Native and non‑Native histories, from Spanish colonial exploration to the rise of Native American self-determination in the late twentieth century. In this transformative synthesis he shows that: European colonization in the 1600s was never a predetermined success; Native nations helped shape England’s crisis of empire; the first shots of the American Revolution were prompted by Indian affairs in the interior; California Indians targeted by federally funded militias were among the first casualties of the Civil War; the Union victory forever recalibrated Native communities across the West; twentieth-century reservation activists refashioned American law and policy. Blackhawk’s retelling of U.S. history acknowledges the enduring power, agency, and survival of Indigenous peoples, yielding a truer account of the United States and revealing anew the varied meanings of America." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2023.
DB115217 The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History

Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts
DB117243 9 hours 7 minutes
by Bill O'Reilly
read by Robert Petkoff
"Killing the Witches revisits one of the most frightening and inexplicable episodes in American history: the events of 1692 and 1693 in Salem Village, Massachusetts. What began as a mysterious affliction of two young girls who suffered violent fits and exhibited strange behavior soon spread to other young women. Rumors of demonic possession and witchcraft consumed Salem. Soon three women were arrested under suspicion of being witches—but as the hysteria spread, more than 200 people were accused. Thirty were found guilty, twenty were executed, and others died in jail or their lives were ruined. Killing the Witches tells the dramatic history of how the Puritan tradition and the power of early American ministers shaped the origins of the United States, influencing the founding fathers, the American Revolution, and even the Constitutional Convention. The repercussions of Salem continue to the present day, notably in the real-life story behind The Exorcist and in contemporary witch hunts" driven by social media. The result is a compulsively listenable audiobook about good, evil, community panic, and how fear can overwhelm fact and reason." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117243 Killing the Witches: The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts

The Sullivanians: Sex, Psychotherapy, and the Wild Life of an American Commune
DB116830 14 hours 52 minutes
by Alexander Stille
read by Jamie Renell
"In the middle of the Ozzie and Harriet 1950s, the birth control pill became available and a maverick psychoanalytic institute, the Sullivan Institute for Research in Psychoanalysis, opened its doors in New York City. Its founders wanted to start a revolution, one grounded in ideals of creative expression, sexual liberation, and freedom from societal norms, and the revolution needed to begin at home. Dismantling the nuclear family would free kids from the repressive forces of their parents. The movement attracted many brilliant people as patients, including the painter Jackson Pollock and a swarm of other artists, the singer Judy Collins, and the dancer Lucinda Childs. By the 1960s, it had become an urban commune of hundreds of people, with patients living with other patients, leading a creative, polyamorous life. By the mid-1970s, under the leadership of Saul Newton, it devolved from a radical communal experiment into an insular cult, with therapists controlling virtually every aspect of their patients' lives, from where they lived to how often they saw their children. Although the group was highly secretive, even after its dissolution in 1991, Alexander Stille has reconstructed the inner life of this hidden parallel world. Through countless interviews and personal papers, The Sullivanians reveals the story of a fallen utopia in the heart of New York City." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116830 The Sullivanians: Sex, Psychotherapy, and the Wild Life of an American Commune

Escape! The Story of the Confederacy's Infamous Libby Prison and the Civil War's Largest Jail Break
DB115516 12 hours 9 minutes
by Robert P. Watson
read by Shawn Hertel
"Robert P. Watson provides the definitive account of the Confederacy's infamous Libby Prison, site of the Civil War's largest prison break. Libby Prison housed Union officers, high-profile foes of the Confederacy, and political prisoners. Watson captures the wretched conditions, cruel guards, and the story of the daring prison break, called the most remarkable in American history." — Provided by publisher. Some strong language. 2021.
DB115516 Escape! The Story of the Confederacy's Infamous Libby Prison and the Civil War's Largest Jail Break

I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War against Reconstruction
DB114200 15 hours 50 minutes
by Kidada E. Williams
read by Dwayne Glapion
"The story of Reconstruction is often told from the perspective of the politicians, generals, and journalists whose accounts claim an outsized place in collective memory. But this pivotal era looked very different to African Americans in the South transitioning from bondage to freedom after 1865. They were besieged by a campaign of white supremacist violence that persisted through the 1880s and beyond. For too long, their lived experiences have been sidelined, impoverishing our understanding of the obstacles post-Civil War Black families faced, their inspiring determination to survive, and the physical and emotional scars they bore because of it. In I Saw Death Coming, Kidada E. Williams offers a breakthrough account of the much-debated Reconstruction period, transporting readers into the daily existence of formerly enslaved people building hope-filled new lives. Drawing on overlooked sources and bold new readings of the archives, Williams offers a revelatory and, in some cases, minute-by-minute record of nighttime raids and Ku Klux Klan strikes. And she deploys cutting-edge scholarship on trauma to consider how the effects of these attacks would linger for decades—indeed, generations—to come. For readers of Carol Anderson, Tiya Miles, and Clint Smith, I Saw Death Coming is an indelible and essential book that speaks to some of the most pressing questions of our times." — Provided by publisher. Strong language and some violence. 2023.
DB114200 I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War against Reconstruction

World History

Iran: A Modern History
DB116886 41 hours 58 minutes
by Abbas Amanat
read by Derek Perkins
"This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of the diverse societies and economies of Iran against the background of dynastic changes, revolutions, civil wars, foreign occupation, and the rise of the Islamic Republic. Abbas Amanat combines chronological and thematic approaches, exploring events with lasting implications for modern Iran and the world. Drawing on diverse historical scholarship and emphasizing the twentieth century, he addresses debates about Iran's culture and politics. Political history is the driving narrative force, given impetus by Amanat's decades of research and study. He layers the book with discussions of literature, music, and the arts; ideology and religion; economy and society; and cultural identity and heritage." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
DB116886 Iran: A Modern History

Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II
DB116826 9 hours 8 minutes
by Lena S. Andrews
read by Courtney Patterson
"Valiant Women is the story of the 350,000 American women who served in uniform during World War II. These incredible women served in every service branch, in every combat theater, and in nearly two-thirds of the available military occupations at the time. They were pilots, codebreakers, ordnance experts, gunnery instructors, metalsmiths, chemists, translators, parachute riggers, truck drivers, radarmen, pigeon trainers, and much more. They were directly involved in some of the most important moments of the war, from the D-Day landings to the peace negotiations in Paris. These women—who hailed from every race, creed, and walk of life—died for their country and received the nation's highest honors. Their work, both individually and in total, was at the heart of the Allied strategy that won World War II. Yet, until now, their stories have been relegated to the dusty shelves of military archives or a passing mention in the local paper. Often the women themselves kept their stories private, even from their own families. Now, military analyst Lena Andrews corrects the record with the definitive and comprehensive historical account of American servicewomen during World War II, based on new archival research, firsthand interviews with surviving veterans, and a deep professional understanding of military history and strategy." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB116826 Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II

The Ship beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance
DB117258 11 hours 59 minutes
by Mensun Bound
read by Charles Armstrong
"On November 21, 1914, after sailing more than ten thousand miles from Norway to the Antarctic Ocean, the Endurance finally succumbed to the surrounding ice. Ernest Shackleton and his crew had navigated the 144-foot, three-masted wooden vessel to Antarctica to become the first to cross the barren continent, but early season pack ice trapped them in place offshore. They watched in silence as the ship's stern rose twenty feet in the air and disappeared into the frigid sea, then spent six harrowing months marooned on the ice in its wake. Seal meat was their only sustenance as Shackleton's expedition to push the limits of human strength took a new form: one of survival against the odds. As this legendary story entered the annals of polar exploration, it inspired a new global race to find the wrecked Endurance, by all accounts 'the world's most unreachable shipwreck.' Several missions failed, thwarted, as Shackleton was, by the unpredictable Weddell Sea. Finally, a century to the day after Shackleton's death, renowned marine archeologist Mensun Bound and an elite team of explorers discovered the lost shipwreck. Nearly ten thousand feet below the ice lay a remarkably preserved Endurance, its name still emblazoned on the ship's stern. The ShipbBeneath the Ice chronicles two dramatic expeditions to what Shackleton called 'the most hostile sea on Earth.' Bound experienced failure and despair in his attempts to locate the wreck, and, like Shackleton before him, very nearly found his vessel frozen in ice. This inspiring modern-day adventure narrative captures the intrepid spirit that joins two mariners across the centuries—both of whom accomplished the impossible." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2023.
DB117258 The Ship beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance

Bailout over Normandy: A Flyboy's Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France
DB117257 9 hours 25 minutes
by Ted Fahrenwald
read by Corey Snow
"A daredevil pilot in the famed 352nd Fighter Squadron, the author of this remarkable memoir bailed out of his burning Mustang two days after D-Day and was launched on a thrilling adventure on the ground in Occupied France. After months living and fighting with the French Resistance, Fahrenwald was captured by the Wehrmacht, interrogated as a spy, and interned in a POW camp—and made a daring escape just before his deportation to Germany. Nothing diminished this pilot's talent for spotting the ironic humor in even the most aggravating or dangerous situations-nor his penchant for extracting his own improvised and sometimes hilarious version of justice. A suspenseful World War II account and an outrageously witty tale of daring and friendship, this book brings to vivid life the daily bravery, mischief, and intrigues of fighter pilots, Resistance fighters, and other Allies in the air and on the ground." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
DB117257 Bailout over Normandy: A Flyboy's Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France

The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017
DB117242 10 hours 35 minutes
by Rashid Khalidi
read by Fajer Al-Kaisi
"In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the country had an indigenous people who would not easily accept their own displacement. He warned of the perils ahead, ending his note, in the name of God, let Palestine be left alone." Thus Rashid Khalidi, al-Khalidi's great-great-nephew, begins this sweeping history, the first general account of the conflict told from an explicitly Palestinian perspective. Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival materials and the reports of generations of family members—mayors, judges, scholars, diplomats, and journalists—The Hundred Years' War on Palestine upends accepted interpretations of the conflict, which tend, at best, to describe a tragic clash between two peoples with claims to the same territory. Instead, Khalidi traces a hundred years of colonial war on the Palestinians, waged first by the Zionist movement and then Israel, but backed by Britain and the United States, the great powers of the age. He highlights the key episodes in this colonial campaign, from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the destruction of Palestine in 1948, from Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon to the endless and futile peace process. Original, authoritative, and important, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine is not a chronicle of victimization, nor does it whitewash the mistakes of Palestinian leaders or deny the emergence of national movements on both sides. In reevaluating the forces arrayed against the Palestinians, it offers an illuminating new view of a conflict that continues to this day." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB117242 The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017

A Concise History of Bolivia
DB113733 18 hours 36 minutes
by Herbert S. Klein
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"In its first Spanish edition, Herbert Klein's A Concise History of Bolivia won immediate acceptance within Bolivia as the new standard history of this important nation. Surveying Bolivia's economic, social, cultural and political evolution from the arrival of early man in the Andes to the present, this current version brings the history of this society up to the present day, covering the fundamental changes that have occurred since the National Revolution of 1952 and the return of democracy in 1982. These changes have included the introduction of universal education and the rise of the mestizos and Indian populations to political power for the first time in national history. This second edition brings this story through the first administration of the first self-proclaimed Indian president in national history and the major changes that the government of Evo Morales has introduced in Bolivian society, politics and economics." — Provided by publisher. 2011.
DB113733 A Concise History of Bolivia

The History of Honduras
DB115541 11 hours 18 minutes
by Thomas M. Leonard
read by Walter Krochmal
"Honduras has suffered both political trauma and natural disasters throughout its history. In 1969, Honduras' political tensions with El Salvador during a soccer series preliminary to the World Cup led to the four-day-long 'Football War.' In 1998, Hurricane Mitch caused billions of dollars of damage to Honduras; ten years later, half of the country's roadways were ruined, often beyond repair, by substantial flooding. Most recently, many countries have frowned upon the Honduran government's shift of power from the president to the head of Congress. The History of Honduras
provides a comprehensive history of the small Latin American country, detailing Honduras's geography and current political systems with emphasis on its politics and cultural life. Recent coups and political controversy make Honduras an important Central American nation for today's students to study and understand." — Provided by publisher. 2011.
DB115541 The History of Honduras

Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation
DB115580 13 hours 28 minutes
by Natasha Lightfoot
read by Erin Jones
"In 1834 Antigua became the only British colony in the Caribbean to move directly from slavery to full emancipation. Immediate freedom, however, did not live up to its promise, as it did not guarantee any level of stability or autonomy, and the implementation of new forms of coercion and control made it, in many ways, indistinguishable from slavery. In Troubling Freedom Natasha Lightfoot tells the story of how Antigua's newly freed black working people struggled to realize freedom in their everyday lives, prior to and in the decades following emancipation. She presents freedpeople's efforts to form an efficient workforce, acquire property, secure housing, worship, and build independent communities in response to elite prescriptions for acceptable behavior and oppression. Despite its continued efforts, Antigua's black population failed to convince whites that its members were worthy of full economic and political inclusion. By highlighting the diverse ways freedpeople defined and created freedom through quotidian acts of survival and occasional uprisings, Lightfoot complicates conceptions of freedom and the general narrative that landlessness was the primary constraint for newly emancipated slaves in the Caribbean." — Provided by publisher. 2015.
DB115580 Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation

Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth
DB110964 9 hours 24 minutes
by Jodi Magness
read by Laurence Bouvard
"Two thousand years ago, 967 Jewish men, women, and children—the last holdouts of the revolt against Rome following the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Second Temple—reportedly took their own lives rather than surrender to the Roman army. This dramatic event, which took place on top of Masada, a barren and windswept mountain overlooking the Dead Sea, spawned a powerful story of Jewish resistance that came to symbolize the embattled modern State of Israel. The first extensive archaeological excavations of Masada began in the 1960s, and today the site draws visitors from around the world. And yet, because the mass suicide was recorded by only one ancient author—the Jewish historian Josephus—some scholars question if the event ever took place. Jodi Magness, an archaeologist who has excavated at Masada, explains what happened there, how we know it, and how recent developments might change understandings of the story. Incorporating the latest findings, she integrates literary and historical sources to show what life was like for Jews under Roman rule during an era that witnessed the reign of Herod and Jesus's ministry and death. This is an engaging exploration of an ancient story that continues to grip the imagination today." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB110964 Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth

La Duchesse: The Life of Marie de Vignerot—Cardinal Richelieu's Forgotten Heiress Who Shaped the Fate of France
DB115563 17 hours 58 minutes
by Bronwen McShea
read by Mark Ashby
"Married off at sixteen to a military officer she barely knew, Marie de Vignerot was intended to lead an ordinary aristocratic life, produce heirs, and quietly assist the men in her family rise to prominence. Instead, she became a widow at eighteen and rose to become the indispensable and highly visible right-hand of the most powerful figure in French politics—the ruthless Cardinal Richelieu. Richelieu was her uncle and, as he lay dying, the Cardinal broke with tradition and entrusted her, above his male heirs, with his vast fortune. She would go on to shape her country's political, religious, and cultural life as the unconventional and independent Duchesse d'Aiguillon in ways that reverberated across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Marie de Vignerot was respected, beloved, and feared by churchmen, statesmen, financiers, writers, artists, and even future canonized saints. Many would owe their careers and eventual historical legacies to her patronage and her enterprising labor and vision. Pope Alexander VII and even the Sun King, Louis XIV, would defer to her. She was one of the most intelligent, accomplished, and occasionally ruthless French leaders of the seventeenth century. Yet, as all too often happens to great women in history, she was all but forgotten by modern times. La Duchesse is the first fully researched modern biography of Vignerot, putting her onto center stage in the histories of France and the globalizing Catholic Church where she belongs. In these pages, we see Marie navigate scandalous accusations and intrigue to creatively and tenaciously champion the people and causes she cared about. We also see her engage with fascinating personalities such as Queen Marie de Médici and influence French imperial ambitions and the Fronde Civil War. Filled with adventure and daring, art and politics, La Duchesse establishes Vignerot as a figure without whom France's storied Golden Age cannot be fully understood." — Provided by publisher. 2023.
DB115563 La Duchesse: The Life of Marie de Vignerot—Cardinal Richelieu's Forgotten Heiress Who Shaped the Fate of France

The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II
DB117259 9 hours 7 minutes
by Mark Obmascik
read by John Bedford Lloyd
"May 1943. The Battle of Attu—called The Forgotten Battle by World War II veterans—was raging on the Aleutian island with an Arctic cold, impenetrable fog, and rocketing winds that combined to create some of the worst weather on Earth. Both American and Japanese forces tirelessly fought in a yearlong campaign, with both sides suffering thousands of casualties. Included in this number was a Japanese medic whose war diary would lead a Silver Star–winning American soldier to find solace for his own tortured soul. The doctor's name was Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi, a Hiroshima native who had graduated from college and medical school in California. He loved America, but was called to enlist in the Imperial Army of his native Japan. Heartsick, wary of war, yet devoted to Japan, Tatsuguchi performed his duties and kept a diary of events as they unfolded—never knowing that it would be found by an American soldier named Dick Laird. Laird, a hardy, resilient underground coal miner, enlisted in the US Army to escape the crushing poverty of his native Appalachia. In a devastating mountainside attack in Alaska, Laird was forced to make a fateful decision, one that saved him and his comrades, but haunted him for years. Tatsuguchi's diary was later translated and distributed among US soldiers. It showed the common humanity on both sides of the battle. But it also ignited fierce controversy that is still debated today. After forty years, Laird was determined to return it to the family and find peace with Tatsuguchi's daughter, Laura Tatsuguchi Davis. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mark Obmascik 'writes with tremendous grace about a forgotten part of our history, telling the same story from two opposing points of view—perhaps the only way warfare can truly be understood' (Helen Thorpe, author of Soldier Girls)." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB117259 The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II

The Library: A Fragile History
DB116462 15 hours 27 minutes
by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen
read by Sean Barrett
"Famed across the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built up over centuries, destroyed in a single day, ornamented with gold leaf and frescoes, or filled with bean bags and children’s drawings—the history of the library is rich, varied, and stuffed full of incident. In The Library, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen introduce us to the antiquarians and philanthropists who shaped the world’s great collections, trace the rise and fall of literary tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanors committed in pursuit of rare manuscripts. In doing so, they reveal that while collections themselves are fragile, often falling into ruin within a few decades, the idea of the library has been remarkably resilient as each generation makes—and remakes—the institution anew. Beautifully written and deeply researched, The Library is essential reading for booklovers, collectors, and anyone who has ever gotten blissfully lost in the stacks." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB116462 The Library: A Fragile History

The Russo-Ukrainian War: The Return of History
DB115735 10 hours 40 minutes
by Serhii Plokhy
read by Peter Holdway
"Despite repeated warnings from the White House, Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 shocked the world. Why did Putin start the war—and why has it unfolded in previously unimaginable ways? Ukrainians have resisted a superior military; the West has united, while Russia grows increasingly isolated. Serhii Plokhy, a leading historian of Ukraine and the Cold War, offers a definitive account of this conflict, its origins, course, and the already apparent and possible future consequences. Though the current war began eight years before the all-out assault—on February 27, 2014, when Russian armed forces seized the building of the Crimean parliament—the roots of this conflict can be traced back even earlier, to post-Soviet tensions and imperial collapse in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Providing a broad historical context and an examination of Ukraine and Russia's ideas and cultures, as well as domestic and international politics, Plokhy reveals that while this new Cold War was not inevitable, it was predictable. Ukraine, Plokhy argues, has remained central to Russia's idea of itself even as Ukrainians have followed a radically different path. In a new international environment defined by the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the disintegration of the post–Cold War international order, and a resurgence of populist nationalism, Ukraine is now more than ever the most volatile fault line between authoritarianism and democratic Europe." — Provided by publisher. 2023.
DB115735 The Russo-Ukrainian War: The Return of History

Books for Children

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Children’s Fiction

Adventure

Molly on the Moon
DB115638 0 hours 11 minutes
by Mary Robinette Kowal
read by Halley Kim
"When Molly and her family move to the moon, they can only pack the essentials—just one toy each for Molly and her baby brother, Luke. Luckily, Molly has a big imagination. A packing crate becomes a fort, a tarp becomes a witch’s cape, and some cans become a tea set. Baby Luke, on the other hand . . . has blocks. Molly doesn’t want to share. At first. But then she realizes that when you’re on the moon—or anywhere else—a big imagination and being with someone you love can be infinitely better than all the toys in the universe." — Provided by publisher. For Preschool-grade 2. 2022.
DB115638 Molly on the Moon

Ghost Pirate Treasure
DB115524 1 hour 7 minutes
by Geronimo Stilton
read by Doug Tisdale Jr.
"Oh, no! Billy Squeakspeare has a big problem, and he needs Creepella's help. Someone's been digging holes around Squeakspeare Mansion at night, and Billy wants to find out who it is. The dangerous, legendary pirate Morgan Darkwhisker is said to have buried his long-lost treasure near Squeakspeare Mansion years ago — could he be hunting for his hidden riches? It's up to Billy and Creepella to find the treasure first!" — Provided by publisher. Translated from the Italian edition. For grades 2-4. 2012.
DB115524 Ghost Pirate Treasure

Animals and Wildlife

The Berenstain Bears Seasonal Collection 1
DB113698 0 hours 36 minutes
by Mike Berenstain
read by Angela Park
"Young readers will enjoy The Berenstain Bears Seasonal Collection 1, a four-book treasury of Berenstain Bears Living Lights audiobooks. Children will learn biblical values through these classic seasonal stories about the familiar and well-loved Bear family. Included in the timeless collection you'll find The Berenstain Bears Valentine's Blessings, The Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday, The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings, and The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2020.
DB113698 The Berenstain Bears Seasonal Collection 1

Eva's New Pet
DB116004 0 hours 28 minutes
by Rebecca Elliott
read by Kristen Allison
"Eva is excited because her parents have agreed to let her get a new pet, but she is not sure what kind of pet to get—or how Baxter, her bat, will react to a new member of the family." — Provided by publisher. For grades K-3. 2021.
DB116004 Eva's New Pet

The Big Storm
DB115806 0 hours 24 minutes
by Norm Feuti
read by Colleen Delaney
"Ally's enjoying a peaceful, rainy day down in the swamp until Beak tells her that a big storm is coming. As Ally makes her way home to prepare, she can't help but notice other swamp critters struggling to get ready for the bad weather. Even though she has a lot to do, she offers them a hand. But before she knows it, the storm is upon her, and she has to take shelter in the first secluded spot she can find. Once the storm passes, Ally returns to find her once beautiful home in utter ruin! Will Ally be able to save her home, or will she be forced to leave the swamp ... for good? — Provided by publisher. For grades K-3. 2022.
DB115806 The Big Storm

The Surprise
DB109148 0 hours 8 minutes
by Zadie Smith
read by Nick Laird
"Meet Maud: a guinea pig who inexplicably wears a judo suit—and not everyone understands or approves. When Maud is thrown into a new and confusing situation, it takes brave decisions and serendipitous encounters for her to find her place and embrace her individuality." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2022.
DB109148 The Surprise

Family

Meet Me Halfway
DB114697 7 hours 53 minutes
by Anika Fajardo
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"When seventh-grade classmates Mattie Gómez and Mercedes Miller realize they have the same Colombian father, they hatch a plan to run away from a school field trip to meet him for the first time." — Provided by publisher. For grades 4-7. 2022.
DB114697 Meet Me Halfway

Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar
DB114019 0 hours 9 minutes
by Mojdeh Hassani
read by Nikki Massoud
"Mama Shamsi is off to the market, and today, Samira gets to go with her! Samira loves spending time with her grandmother, and she especially loves her chador, which Mama Shamsi wraps around herself every time they leave the house. As the pair get closer and closer to the market, Samira is worried about getting lost in the crowded streets of Tehran, until she has an idea: She can hide under her grandmother's chador. But when Mama Shamsi says no—if Samira hides under there, the pair of them will look like a strange animal! In imaginary spreads, Samira and Mama Shamsi turn into a donkey, a giraffe, a kangaroo, a turtle—hiding isn't working at all. But maybe there's some other way for Samira to stay safe with her grandma in the crowded market." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2023.
DB114019 Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar

Fantasy

The Secret of the Dragon Gems
DB116816 6 hours 59 minutes
by Chris Baron
read by Jason Culp
"Eleven-year-olds Tripti Kapoor, a feisty 'word nerd' from Massachusetts, and Sam Cohen, a shy, imaginative, budding geologist from California, are both miserable at Camp Dilloway, a summer camp in upstate New York. On the last night of camp, they follow a shooting star to a quiet creek. There they find two silvery rocks glowing in the night. They each take one home, and their long-distance friendship begins. It's soon clear that these are no ordinary rocks. They seem to move on their own, get strangely hot, and even take over Tripti and Sam's thoughts! Inspired by their mutual love of their favorite book series, The Dragon Gems, they dub the rocks Opal and Jasper, after the Dragon Gems in the books. But others are interested in the stones too—including the owner of Camp Dilloway, who hides a secret of his own. Tripti and Sam must crack the Dragon Gems' code and keep them out of Dilloway's clutches, all while navigating the rocky road of middle school friendships and learning to stand up for what is right" — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2023.
DB116816 The Secret of the Dragon Gems

The Monsters of Rookhaven
DB116893 7 hours 19 minutes
by Pádraig Kenny
read by Emma Noakes
"Mirabelle is part of a very unusual family. Between Uncle Bertram transforming into a ferocious grizzly bear and Aunt Eliza's body being made entirely of spiders, it's safe to say they are an extraordinary lot. To the human residents of Rookhaven Village, the family is a threat. So long ago, a treaty was reached between them—in return for sundries and supplies, the monsters won't eat the townspeople—and an invisible glamour was set around the perimeter of the Manor to keep strangers out. But the glamour serves a second purpose: to keep Mirabelle and her family hidden from those who would do them harm. When two orphans—siblings Jem and Tom—stumble upon a tear in the magical field and open a door that was meant to stay locked, Mirabelle and her family are put in grave danger. A very real monster has locked onto their scent, and he has a hunger for their kind. At turns chilling and thought-provoking, and stunningly illustrated by Edward Bettison, Pádraig Kenny's The Monsters of Rookhaven explores difference and empathy through the eyes of characters you won't soon forget." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2021.
DB116893 The Monsters of Rookhaven

Melting Stones
DB109630 8 hours 32 minutes
by Tamora Pierce
read by Grace Kelly
"Residents of the island of Starns send for help from Winding Circle temple, and when prickly green mage Rosethorn and young stone mage trainee Evvy respond, Evvy finds that the problem is with a long-dormant volcano and tries to use her talents to avert the looming destruction." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2007.
DB109630 Melting Stones

The Chalice of the Gods
DB117146 7 hours 7 minutes
by Rick Riordan
read by Jesse Bernstein
"Percy Jackson's hope for a normal senior year is shattered as the gods present him with three quests, beginning with the retrieval of Zeus's goblet, in order to get the necessary three letters of recommendation for college." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2023.
DB117146 The Chalice of the Gods

Folk and Fairy Tales

Gods of the Ancient World: A Kids' Guide to Ancient Mythologies
DB116554 3 hours 15 minutes
by Marchella Ward
read by Jack Ayres
"Discover 26 captivating stories of gods and goddesses from civilizations around the world in this audiobook that introduces children to ancient cultures. Through incredible storytelling you can learn how ancient cultures believed the world began, how gods have helped humans, how gods ruled over the natural world, and much more." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2022.
DB116554 Gods of the Ancient World: A Kids' Guide to Ancient Mythologies

Friendship

They Call Her Fregona: A Border Kid's Poems
DB110599 3 hours 26 minutes
by David Bowles
read by Andres Zuno
"Thirteen-year-old Güero stands by and supports his first girlfriend, Joanna, after the sudden deportation of her father." — Provided by publisher. Includes supplemental material. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2022.
DB110599 They Call Her Fregona: A Border Kid's Poems

Stella Diaz Leaps to the Future
DB117230 2 hours 33 minutes
by Angela Dominguez
read by Kyla García
"When fifth-grader Stella Díaz considers going to a different school than her closest friends, sees her big brother Nick receiving mail from colleges far away, and is forced to work on a project with her former bully, she suddenly realizes growing up is not quite as fun as she first thought." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2023.
DB117230 Stella Diaz Leaps to the Future

Eva and Baby Mo
DB115707 0 hours 29 minutes
by Rebecca Elliott
read by Libby McKnight
"Eva offers to babysit for little brother Baby Mo so her parents can go to a sky-dancing competition, and she enlists a couple of her friends to help—unfortunately Mo proves to be a handful, eating too much candy, making a big mess, and throwing a tantrum, and she and her friends have to clean up fast before her parents get home." — Provided by publisher. For grades K-3. 2019.
DB115707 Eva and Baby Mo

World of Colors!
DB115826 0 hours 3 minutes
by Nickelodeon Publishing
read by Colleen Delany
"Boys and girls ages 0 to 3 will love to explore the world of colors with a new storybook about Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues & You, featuring the new host, Josh, plus old friends like Shovel, Pail, and Blue! — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2. 2020.
DB115826 World of Colors!

My Dress-Up Party
DB115824 0 hours 4 minutes
by Jennifer Oxley
read by Colleen Delany
"Blue has a dress-up party but only finds a costume for herself at the last minute." — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2. 2013.
DB115824 My Dress-Up Party

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show
DB114631 4 hours 38 minutes
by Jennifer Torres
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"When Flor finds out that Miranda and her family's band could potentially put her family's petting zoo out of business, she forms a plan to keep Miranda from an important performance." — Provided by publisher. For grades 3-6. 2018.
DB114631 Flor and Miranda Steal the Show

Ashlyn's Unsurprise Party
DB116490 0 hours 32 minutes
by Valerie Tripp
read by Cassandra Morris
"When Camille loses two teeth in one day, Ashlyn decides to cheer up her friend by throwing a party with the help from all the other WellieWishers." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2022.
DB116490 Ashlyn's Unsurprise Party

The Braid Girls
DB116906 5 hours 40 minutes
by Sherri Winston
read by Erin Ruth Walker
"Three girls start a hair-braiding business at their summer camp to make money, while competing against a rival business that threatens their plans." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2023.
DB116906 The Braid Girls

Croc & Turtle! The Bestest Friends Ever!
DB115643 0 hours 5 minutes
by Mike Wohnoutka
read by Halley Kim
"Although other animals are better at lifting, jumping, and running, Croc and Turtle discover something they are best at." — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2. 2019.
DB115643 Croc & Turtle! The Bestest Friends Ever!

General

Feast for 10
DB115678 0 hours 4 minutes
by Cathryn Falwell
read by Jazzy Frizzle
"Numbers from one to ten are used to tell how members of a family shop and work together to prepare a meal." — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2. 1993.
DB115678 Feast for 10

I Am a Super Girl!
DB116031 0 hours 10 minutes
by Kelly Greenawalt
read by Susan Spain
"In rhyming text Princess Truly, super girl, uses her super powers to help her friend Lizzie celebrate her cat's first birthday, and when things go a little wrong, she gives Lizzie the confidence to believe that she too is a super girl." — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2. 2019.
DB116031 I Am a Super Girl!

Flipflopi: How a Boat Made from Flip-Flops Is Helping to Save the Ocean
DB114226 0 hours 15 minutes
by Linda Ravin Lodding and Dipesh Pabari
read by Jake Williams
"Juma wants to go fishing with Babu Ali. But when they get to the beach, it's full of plastic waste and flip-flops washed up from the ocean. Juma thinks the flip-flop floating in the water looks like a boat, and that gives Babu Ali an idea." — Provided by publisher. For grades K-3. 2023.
DB114226 Flipflopi: How a Boat Made from Flip-Flops Is Helping to Save the Ocean

Bedtime Bonnet
DB116743 0 hours 5 minutes
by Nancy Redd
read by Nancy Redd
"As family members braid, brush, twirl, roll, and tighten their hair before bedtime, putting on kerchiefs, wave caps, and other protective items, the little sister cannot find her bonnet." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2022.
DB116743 Bedtime Bonnet

Growing Up

The Year My Life Went down the Toilet
DB116802 7 hours 49 minutes
by Jake Maia Arlow
read by Krystal Hammond
"Twelve-year-old Al, short for Alison, navigates an overprotective mother, growing apart from her best friend, and her first girl crush, all while her recent Crohn's diagnosis puts a knot in her stomach." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2023.
DB116802 The Year My Life Went down the Toilet

Unfadeable
DB117234 6 hours 12 minutes
by Maurice Broaddus
read by Jordan Cobb
"Bella Unfadeable
Fades is a graffiti artist known for tagging walls and bridges in her Indianapolis neighborhood, the Land. When she discovers that people in high places are trying to defund the Land, she needs to put her trust in her neighbors, and bring her community together." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2022.
DB117234 Unfadeable

Historical Fiction

The Door of No Return
DB110597 3 hours 59 minutes
by Kwame Alexander
read by Dawn Ursula
"Eleven-year-old Kofi Offin dreams of water. Its mysterious, immersive quality. The rich, earthy scent of the current. The clearness, its urgent whisper that beckons with promises and secrets. Kofi has heard the call on the banks of Upper Kwanta, in the village where he lives. He loves these things above all else: his family, the fireside tales of his father’s father, a girl named Ama, and, of course, swimming. Some say he moves like a minnow, not just an ordinary boy so he’s hoping to finally prove himself in front of Ama and his friends in a swimming contest against his older, stronger cousin. But before this can take place, a festival comes to the villages of Upper and Lower Kwanta and Kofi’s brother is chosen to represent Upper Kwanta in the wrestling contest. Encircled by cheering spectators and sounding drums, the two wrestlers from different villages kneel, ready to fight. You are only fine, until you are not. The match is over before it has barely begun, when the unthinkable—a sudden death—occurs. The river does not care how grown you are. As his world turns upside down, Kofi soon ends up in a fight for his life. What happens next will send him on a harrowing journey across land and sea, and away from everything he loves." — Provided by publisher. Includes supplemental material. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2022.
DB110597 The Door of No Return

Tenmile
DB114224 5 hours 4 minutes
by Sandra Dallas
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"A thirteen-year-old girl living in an 1880 Colorado gold-mining town witnesses the hardships of her community as she assists her father, the town doctor." — Provided by publisher. For grades 4-7. 2022.
DB114224 Tenmile

Molly and the Twin Towers: A 9/11 Survival Story
DB115038 1 hour 42 minutes
by Jessika Fleck
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"When the Twin Towers fall on September 11, 2001, blocks from her school, twelve-year-old Molly, unable to reach her dads or Gran, must find her seven-year-old sister, Adi, and get her safely home. Includes author's note, glossary, and discussion questions." — Provided by publisher. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2021.
DB115038 Molly and the Twin Towers: A 9/11 Survival Story

Love in the Library
DB117547 0 hours 17 minutes
by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
read by Sura Siu
"In a WWII internment camp, Japanese American Tama works in the tiny library. As George comes by each day for more books, she wonders if anyone could possibly read so much, or is she the reason he comes by the library every day?" — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2022.
DB117547 Love in the Library

Holidays

The Night before Freedom: A Juneteenth Story
DB115461 0 hours 14 minutes
by Glenda Armand
read by Mark Wheeler
"Eight-year-old David and his family gather at Grandma's house in Galveston, Texas, for a cherished family tradition—Grandma's annual retelling of the story of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States." — Provided by publisher. For grades K-3. 2023.
DB115461 The Night before Freedom: A Juneteenth Story

Humor

Poultrygeist
DB109213 0 hours 6 minutes
by Eric Geron
read by Mary March
"After meeting his demise crossing the road, Chicken comes back as a noisy troublemaking ghost, and knowing that scaring people is bad, decides to transform himself into a friendly ghost." — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2. 2021.
DB109213 Poultrygeist

Miss Banks Pulls Lots of Pranks!
DB117538 1 hour 13 minutes
by Dan Gutman
read by Maxwell Glick
"A.J. and his friends are starting fourth grade. A new school year means a new teacher, and Miss Banks may be their weirdest one yet. She won't stop playing practical jokes on the class, and A.J. has reached his breaking point. Will he and the gang learn to not fall for their teacher's tricks? Or will Miss Banks prevail as the ultimate prankster?" — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2023.
DB117538 Miss Banks Pulls Lots of Pranks!

Araminta Spookie, Volume 1: My Haunted House & The Sword in the Grotto
DB116792 3 hours 24 minutes
by Angie Sage
read by Katherine Kellgren
"Book 1: Araminta enlists the help of several ghosts in an attempt to stop her Aunt Tabby from selling Spook House; Book 2: With the help of the ghost Edmund, Araminta and Wanda survive a trip through a secret tunnel to bring back a present for Sir Horace's birthday." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2006.
DB116792 Araminta Spookie, Volume 1: My Haunted House & The Sword in the Grotto

Mystery and Detective

Fire in the Sky
DB116528 1 hour 4 minutes
by Natasha Deen
read by James Fouhey
"Asim’s friend Max is in danger! Asim is sure some sort of supernatural being—a witch, maybe?—is after Max. Rokshar, the levelheaded one of the group, thinks the woman is a scientist using kids for her experiments! Either way, Max is in trouble, and it’s up to Asim and Rokshar to keep him safe. But when they get close to finding answers, Asim and his friends are attacked by fireballs. Is science behind the flying fire? Or is it a witch from Guyanese folklore? Find out . . . if you dare!" — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2023.
DB116528 Fire in the Sky

The Treasure Test
DB114018 7 hours 33 minutes
by T.P. Jagger
read by Danice Cabanela
"After a wild treasure hunt that almost got Gina, Edgar, Elena, and Kevin killed in a secret vault hidden in an abandoned amusement park, the GEEKs thought life would go back to normal. They'd saved their town from ruin and secured their friendship forever, right? Man, were they wrong. The only thing that returned to normal was middle school lunch. A company wants to reopen the abandoned amusement park, Bamboozleland, and it's just what the town needs! But a blogger from the next town over starts spreading vicious rumors that the treasure was fake and the GEEKs are a bunch of frauds. The GEEKs are determined to prove their puzzle-solving prowess, and what better way than another treasure hunt? A local bigwig sets up a new set of clues for them to follow, and this time the hunt will be documented. The GEEKs have already saved their friendship. Now they must prove that they are true treasure hunters!" — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2023.
DB114018 The Treasure Test

Black Moon Rising
DB117141 6 hours 31 minutes
by D.J. MacHale
read by Keith Nobbs
Middle-schoolers Marcus, Theo, and Lu return to the Library to help figure out, and fix, what is going wrong at a school in Massachusetts." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2017.
DB117141 Black Moon Rising

Religious Themes

Summer of Stolen Secrets
DB111348 5 hours 17 minutes
by Julie Sternberg
read by Jorjeana Marie
"Catarina has never met her strict Jewish grandmother. But now, with an opportunity to spend three weeks in Baton Rouge and away from her best-friends-turned-bullies, Cat packs her bags and leaves New York City to get to know the woman who has always been a mystery. Down South, she begins working at her grandmother's luxury department store. Nothing seems to be going right and nobody talks about the past. But just when Cat is starting to think that this whole trip may have been a huge mistake, she stumbles onto secrets from a time her grandmother refuses to speak of. Suddenly Cat's summer, and everything she thought she knew, has changed." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2021.
DB111348 Summer of Stolen Secrets

Scary Stories

Unmasked: Fright Watch
DB110960 5 hours 58 minutes
by Lorien Lawrence
read by Rebecca Gibel
"Having suffered from anxiety attacks since she was eight years old, creating monsters has become a sort of therapy for Marion Jones. When she sculpts and paints, her fingers don't tingle, the heaviness lifts from her chest, and she can actually breathe. So instead of grabbing pizza and milkshakes after school like most other kids in South Haven, Marion holes up in her room, working away on her monsters. And it's paid off because she's just finished her first full-face mask: a gruesome sea monster she's named Winston. However, Halloween arrives with a Super Blue Blood Moon, and its powers somehow manage to bring Winston to life. To make matters worse, Marion's crush, Tyler Dash, becomes the object of Winston's possession as soon as he tries on the mask, turning him into a red-flannel and Converse high-top wearing Creature from Connecticut. Marion has no choice: she has to follow Tyler to the Halloween dance to try and stop him. Will she be able to figure out what's happened to Tyler and stop the monster from wreaking further havoc on the school? Or has she created a real-life monster that's here to stay?" — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2022.
DB110960 Unmasked: Fright Watch

A Witch's Last Resort
DB114066 2 hours 12 minutes
by Travis Nichols
read by Laura Giannarelli
"While the Terribles hold a class election for the next Line Overlord, a new witch arrives in town and everyone wants to be her friend—especially because she lives at the local island resort and gets to enjoy all the perks, in a story told in alternating chapters, comics, poems, charts and activities." — Provided by publisher. Includes supplemental material. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2023.
DB114066 A Witch's Last Resort

The Haunted Dinosaur
DB115729 1 hour 21 minutes
by Geronimo Stilton
read by Andrew Randall
"When a haunted dinosaur wreaks havoc across Mysterious Valley, Creepella tries to tackle the beast and brings Geronimo along for help." — Provided by publisher. Translated from the Italian edition. For grades 2-4. 2017.
DB115729 The Haunted Dinosaur

School

The Magical Imperfect
DB115571 4 hours 33 minutes
by Chris Baron
read by Lou Del Bianco
"Etan has stopped speaking since his mother left. His father and grandfather don't know how to help him. His friends have given up on him. When Etan is asked to deliver a grocery order to the outskirts of town, he realizes he's at the home of Malia Agbayani, also known as the creature. Malia stopped going to school when her acute eczema spread to her face, and the bullying became too much. Soon, other kids tease Etan for being friends with the creature. But he believes he might have a cure for Malia's condition, if only he can convince his family and hers to believe it, too. Even if it works, will these two outcasts find where they fit in?" — Provided by publisher. Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book. For grades 5-8. 2021.
DB115571 The Magical Imperfect

Science Fiction

Homebound
DB117159 9 hours 29 minutes
by John David Anderson
read by Andrew Eiden
Leo Fender is no stranger to catastrophe, whether it's the intergalactic war that took his mother's life or the ongoing fight for his own. He's seen his planet plundered, his ship attacked, his father kidnapped, and his brother go missing, and found himself stranded on a ship with a bunch of mercenary space pirates. Still, nothing could have prepared him for the moment he and the crew tried to save his father and discovered a dark plot that could destroy hundreds of worlds in the blink of an eye. Now Leo is adrift. But as Leo searches for answers, he can't help but wonder what it would take to end the war, to track down his father and brother and return to whatever home they have left and if the cost of doing so is one he would be able to pay." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2022.
DB117159 Homebound

Stowaway
DB117158 9 hours 19 minutes
by John David Anderson
read by Andrew Eiden
"To save his father, a Coalition scientist protecting a precious resource, after their ship is attacked, Leo stows away on a strange ship of mercenary space pirates and must decide who to trust—human or alien—to stay alive. When scientists discover a rare and mysterious mineral buried in the Earth's crust, it's not long before aliens show up to our little corner of the galaxy offering a promise of protection, some fabulous new technology, and entry into their intergalactic coalition in exchange for this precious resource. Other alien forces are willing to start a war over it. Leo's mother was killed in one attack, and soon after, his father, a Coalition scientist, decides it would be best for them to leave Earth behind. Their ship is attacked, Leo's father is kidnapped, and Leo and his brother are stranded in the middle of space. The only chance for survival: stow away on a ship of mercenary space pirates bound for who knows where and beg the captain to help him find his father." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2021.
DB117158 Stowaway

Children’s Nonfiction

Animals and Wildlife

Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue
DB109167 1 hour 0 minutes
by William Grill
read by Jakes Williams
"When a world war comes to Myanmar (Burma), one special elephant becomes a hero. As people are forced to leave their home in the Burmese jungle, Bandoola, his keeper Po Toke and war veteran James Howard Williams, aka Elephant Bill, undertake a journey that will test their courage, taking trust, understanding and bravery to the very limit. Together, they lead a group of 53 elephants and over 200 refugees to safety, scaling 6000 foot mountains as they trek from Myanmar to northern India." — Provided by publisher. For grades 4-7. 2021.
DB109167 Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue

Arts

The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity
DB116805 4 hours 57 minutes
by Nicholas Day
read by Carlotta Brentan
"On a hot August day in Paris, just over a century ago, a desperate guard burst into the office of the director of the Louvre and shouted, La Joconde, c’est partie! The Mona Lisa, she’s gone! No one knew who was behind the heist. Was it an international gang of thieves? Was it an art-hungry American millionaire? Was it the young Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, who was about to remake the very art of painting? Travel back to an extraordinary period of revolutionary change: turn-of-the-century Paris. Walk its backstreets. Meet the infamous thieves—and detectives—of the era. And then slip back further in time and follow Leonardo da Vinci, painter of the Mona Lisa, through his dazzling, wondrously weird life. Discover the secret at the heart of the Mona Lisa—the most famous painting in the world should never have existed at all." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2023.
DB116805 The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity

Astronomy

Where Are the Constellations?
DB116731 1 hour 6 minutes
by Stephanie Sabol
read by Jennifer Bell Sun
"Ancient people from many different cultures all looked up and imagined pictures in the sky by drawing a line from one star to another, like a connect-the-dots puzzle. These star pictures—constellations—represented myths and legends from the various cultures that still fascinate us today. Author Stephanie Sabol relates many of the most popular constellation stories and explains what stars actually are: how they formed, why they die, and how they're grouped into constellation families." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2021.
DB116731 Where Are the Constellations?

Biography

Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family
DB116184 3 hours 52 minutes
by Shannon LaNier and Jane Feldman
read by Shawn Hertel
"Depicts the descendants of Thomas Jefferson and wife Martha, and also those of his relationship with slave Sally Hemings, with whom he had seven children." — Provided by publisher. For grades 5-8. 2002.
DB116184 Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family

I Am Benjamin Franklin
DB110369 0 hours 21 minutes
by Brad Meltzer
read by Brett Boles
"Tells the story of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. who helped draft the Declaration of Independence while making important scientific contributions." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2020.
DB110369 I Am Benjamin Franklin

I Am Harriet Tubman
DB110370 0 hours 25 minutes
by Brad Meltzer
read by January LaVoy
"A biography of Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist leader who played a key role in helping enslaved people escape via the Underground Railroad." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2019.
DB110370 I Am Harriet Tubman

Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina
DB117143 0 hours 23 minutes
by Maria Tallchief
read by Connie Mustang
"Ballerina Maria Tallchief describes her childhood on an Osage reservation, the development of her love of dance, and her rise to success in that field." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.
DB117143 Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina

The Girl Who Heard the Music: How One Pianist and 85,000 Bottles and Cans Brought New Hope to an Island
DB115446 0 hours 17 minutes
by Marni Fogelson and Mahani Teave
read by Eva Wilhelm
"Mahani Teave grew up on Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, one of the most remote islands in the world, where moai statues stand and music is everywhere. When she began taking lessons on the island's only piano, she proved to be a great talent. She left Rapa Nui when she was just nine to continue her music education, wishing she didn't have to leave such a beautiful place to pursue her dreams. She became an internationally acclaimed classical pianist, playing around the world for all kinds of audiences. But her island home kept calling her back. Years later, she returned to Rapa Nui to stay, and with a new dream: to save its environment and culture. She helped create a music and arts school, so that children there could learn music in ways that kept the island's unique traditions alive. Mahani also saw the island's struggles with sustainability issues and pollution from tourism and ocean plastics, so the school was built using of thousands of tires, bottles, and cans in its walls, and incorporates rain barrels, solar panels, and a food garden. Mahani and her team have created an inspiring place that celebrates the land of Rapa Nui and its people." — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2 and older readers. 2023.
DB115446 The Girl Who Heard the Music: How One Pianist and 85,000 Bottles and Cans Brought New Hope to an Island

Who Was Helen Keller?
DB116557 1 hour 4 minutes
by Gare Thompson
read by Kevin Pariseau
"At age two, Helen Keller became deaf and blind. She lived in a world of silence and darkness and she spent the rest of her life struggling to break through it. But with the help of teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen learned to read, write, and do many amazing things." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2008.
DB116557 Who Was Helen Keller?

Finding My Dance
DB117522 0 hours 8 minutes
by Ria Thundercloud
read by Ria Thundercloud
"In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2022.
DB117522 Finding My Dance

How Do You Spell Unfair? MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee
DB115677 0 hours 24 minutes
by Carole Boston Weatherford
read by Jazzy Frizzle
"A true story of determination and groundbreaking achievement follows eighth grade African American spelling champion MacNolia Cox, who left Akron, Ohio, in 1936 to compete in the prestigious National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., only to be met with prejudice and discrimination." — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2. 2023.
DB115677 How Do You Spell Unfair? MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee

Computers

Coding 1, 2, 3
DB115545 0 hours 15 minutes
by Janet Slingerland
read by Jared Zak
"How does a computer know what to do? Code! What is code, and what happens when there's a bug in it? Let's find out!" — Provided by publisher. For grades 2-4. 2019.
DB115545 Coding 1, 2, 3

Cooking

Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends behind Your Favorite Foods
DB116804 6 hours 7 minutes
by Grace Lin
read by Grace Lin
"The origin stories of each Chinese dish told using the framework of Chinese cuisine—oftentimes based in folklore, both ancient and contemporary." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2023.
DB116804 Chinese Menu: The History, Myths, and Legends behind Your Favorite Foods

Gaby's Latin American Kitchen
DB109985 5 hours 58 minutes
by Gaby Melian
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"Have you ever tried empanadas? Made cheesy arepas for your family? Or shared homemade, sprinkle-covered chocolate brigadeiros with your friends? Travel the world of Latin America with 70 recipes developed and written by Gaby Melian—all kid-tested and kid-approved by America's Test Kitchen Kids' panel of over 15,000 at-home kid recipe testers. A Spanish glossary, fun personal stories, and a peek into Gaby's own kitchen make this book a delicious win for all young chefs and their families!" — Provided by publisher. For grades 4-7. 2022.
DB109985 Gaby's Latin American Kitchen

Kid Kitchen: Fun & Easy Recipes You Can Make All by Yourself! (or with Just a Little Help)
DB114644 4 hours 50 minutes
by Heather Staller
read by Laura Hatch
"Kids, this is your chance to get in the kitchen and make your meals just the way you like! Craving some Fluffy Chocolate Chip Waffles? Feeling bold enough to take on the Barbecue Chicken Biscuit Bombs? Wanna impress your family with Three-Cheese Lasagna? Getting hungry just thinking about these recipes? Us too! And luckily Heather knows her stuff. Not only will she teach you why cooking for yourself rocks, but you'll also learn super useful chef techniques, like how to sauté, bake and fry stuff. From breakfast to dinner, you can be in charge of what gets put on the table. Learn how to make awesome food, such as: Ultimate Burgers with Toppings Bar, Fiesta Breakfast Quesadillas, Chicken Caesar Salad Kebabs, Mild-but-Mighty Chili, Monster Cookie Energy Balls, and Disappearing Blueberry Cobbler. With so many choices for every meal you want to cook—weekend brunch, after-school snacks, healthy sweets and dinners to wow your family—you'll be a rock-star chef in no time! What are you waiting for? Let's get cooking!" — Provided by publisher. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2023.
DB114644 Kid Kitchen: Fun & Easy Recipes You Can Make All by Yourself! (or with Just a Little Help)

General

Bake Infinite Pie with X + Y
DB110726 0 hours 28 minutes
by Eugenia Cheng
read by Kim Mai Guest
"X and Y are desperate to bake infinite pie! With the help of quirky and uber-smart Aunt Z, X and Y will use math concepts to bake their way to success!" — Provided by publisher. Includes supplemental material. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2022.
DB110726 Bake Infinite Pie with X + Y

Medicine and Health

Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More
DB116789 2 hours 48 minutes
by Mallika Chopra
read by Deepak Chopra
"A meditation guide that offers specific mindfulness exercises to help deal with day-to-day challenges and includes tips to lead a happier, healthier, and more connected life." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2018.
DB116789 Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More

Music

A Is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet
DB111908 1 hour 3 minutes
by Lera Auerbach
read by Dawn Ursula
"This deeply imaginative and entertaining poetry collection details the pleasures of the orchestra, from strong-willed A to satisfied Z." — Provided by publisher. Includes supplemental material. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2022.
DB111908 A Is for Oboe: The Orchestra's Alphabet

Sugar Pie Lullaby: The Soul of Motown in a Song of Love
DB113730 0 hours 21 minutes
by Carole Boston Weatherford
read by Adrean Rivers
"A child and caring adult share their musical love in this bedtime lullaby-along. Includes background information about Motown legends." — Provided by publisher. For preschool-grade 2. 2023.
DB113730 Sugar Pie Lullaby: The Soul of Motown in a Song of Love

Nature and the Environment

Investigating Household Waste Pollution
DB115212 0 hours 25 minutes
by Sue Gagliardi
read by Mark Ashby
"Introduces readers to what household waste pollution is, the consequences of this type of pollution, and what people are doing to help." — Provided by publisher. For grades 2-4. 2023.
DB115212 Investigating Household Waste Pollution

Reference

Stuff Kids Should Know: The Mind-Blowing Histories of (Almost) Everything
DB117160 4 hours 22 minutes
by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant
read by Chuck Bryant
"You know the deal. There's Language Arts, Math, Science and History. You have the color-coded folders and notebooks; you know the material. The classic subjects. But why isn't there a Stuff That Knocks Your Socks Off class, or Random Facts To Rock Your World? Well, luckily, with Stuff Kids Should Know, an incomplete compendium of only the most interesting topics, you will find fascinating stories and facts that will melt your mind! From demolition derbies to Mr. Potato Head to the history of facial hair, this book is full of funny, surprising information that sparks curiosity and reveals the magic of knowledge. For Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, the founders of the massively popular podcast Stuff You Should Know, the everyday world can be extraordinary when you dig a little deeper into the whys" and the "hows". With plenty of clever insights, silly illustrations, and an array of topics, this book digs deeper into stuff we all wish we knew more about. After all, who thought a rock would be a good idea for a pet? Well, let's find out... " — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2023.
DB117160 Stuff Kids Should Know: The Mind-Blowing Histories of (Almost) Everything

Religion

Loved: The Lord's Prayer
DB117550 0 hours 3 minutes
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
read by David Suchet
With lyrical text from The Jesus Storybook Bible and new illustrations, The Lord's Prayer comes alive for children like never before. Cuddle up with your little one as you both discover God's Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.
DB117550 Loved: The Lord's Prayer

Science

Extreme Weather
DB114229 0 hours 52 minutes
by Tom Jackson and Simon Basher
read by Gabriella Cavallero
"Things are heating up, but not in a good way! Every year, millions of people across the globe find themselves at the mercy of Heat Wave, Drought, or Flood—they're friends of Climate Change, who is wreaking havoc on our planet. Step inside to learn more about these extreme characters. But first, let Weather System, Seasons, and Climate tell you how weather works. Find out just what it is about Climate Change that is making things more intense. And, whatever you do, don't panic! Just as there are troublemakers in this turbulent world, there are heroes who want to calm things down: Flood Defenses and Firefighting will bring you up to speed." — Provided by publisher. For grades 3-6. 2023.
DB114229 Extreme Weather

World History

What Was the Titanic?
DB116556 1 hour 6 minutes
by Stephanie Sabol
read by Eric Sharp
"At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic, the largest passenger steamship of this time, met its catastrophic end after crashing into an iceberg. Of the 2,240 passengers and crew onboard, only 705 survived. More than 100 years later, today's readers will be intrigued by the mystery that surrounds this ship that was originally labeled 'unsinkable.'" — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2021.
DB116556 What Was the Titanic?

Where Is the Sahara Desert?
DB116730 0 hours 59 minutes
by Sarah Fabiny
read by Pete Cross
"Imagine over three million square miles of sand dunes that are as tall as a ten-story building. That place is real — it's the Sahara Desert! Vast, yes! And home to fascinating creatures such as ostriches and fennec foxes as well as amazing plant life. Readers will also learn about the famous trade routes of the past with caravans of up to 10,000 camels, European explorers to the region (some very unlucky ones), and native populations like the Imazighen." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2023.
DB116730 Where Is the Sahara Desert?

International Language

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 tableta 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.

Spanish

Muerte en Santa Rita
DB117100 11 hours 27 minutes
by Elia Barceló
read by Roser Batalla
"Santa Rita, an old resort and new home to Sofía, a writer. Greta, Sofia’s niece and translator, comes to stay awhile, and it is through her that we meet the other characters: Candy, Sofia’s assistant; Robles, a retired police inspector; Nel and his party, college students; Miguel, a blind math teacher; Reme, mother to an abused woman. The arrival of Moncho Riquelme, an old friend of Sofía’s, with an agenda of his own for the future of the community, will trigger the initial difficulties. A few days after his arrival, the man is found dead. Accident, or murder? Greta and Robles get involved in the investigation, and they will reveal, unintentionally, even more secrets, uncovering a bigger mystery than they anticipated." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Spanish language. 2022.

"Santa Rita, un antiguo balneario y ahora la casa de una escritora, Sofía. Greta, sobrina y traductora de Sofía, llega para quedarse una temporada y, a través de ella, conoceremos a los personajes de la historia: Candy, secretaria de Sofía; Robles, comisario de policía retirado; Nel y su grupo, estudiantes universitarios; Miguel, profesor de matemáticas ciego; Reme, madre de una mujer maltratada. La llegada de Moncho Riquelme, un viejo conocido de Sofía con planes propios para el futuro de la comunidad creará los primeros problemas. Pocos días después de haber vuelto, el hombre aparece muerto. ¿Accidente o asesinato? Greta y Robles se involucrarán en la investigación y,sin pretenderlo, irán desvelando más secretos y descubriendo más misterios de lo que pensaban." — Proporcionada por la editorial. Sin calificación. Audiolibro comercial. 2022
DB117100 Muerte en Santa Rita

Los sueños de mi padre (edición adaptada para jóvenes): Una historia de raza y herencia
DB116430 9 hours 15 minutes
by Barack Obama
read by Victor Sabi
"Now adapted for teens, the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Toni Morrison Called Truly Extraordinary offers an intimate look at Barack Obama's early years. It is a fascinating journey that traces the family, racial and identity odyssey of the future forty-fourth president. The revealing portrait of a young black man questioning self-discovery and belonging ... long before he became one of the most important in the United States. This unique edition includes a new introduction by the author. The son of a white mother from the United States and a black father from Kenya, Obama was born in Hawaii, where he lived until he was six, when he moved with his mother and stepfather to Indonesia. At twelve he returned to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. Obama takes his readers with him as he faces the challenges of high school and college, his life in New York, becoming a community organizer in Chicago and traveling to Kenya. Through such experiences he forms a lasting commitment to leadership and justice. Told through his relationships with his family—the mother and grandparents who raised him, the father he considered more myth than man, and the clan family he first met in Kenya — Obama grapples with the complicated truth of his father's life and legacy, eventually embracing his divided origins. On his journey to adulthood from humble beginnings, he forges his own path through trial and error, while always staying connected to his roots. Barack Obama is determined to lead a life of service, with purpose and authenticity. His powerful autobiography will inspire readers to examine where they came from and how far they are capable of going." — Provided by publisher. Commercial audiobook. For junior and senior high and older readers. Spanish language. 2023.

"Ahora adaptadas para jóvenes, las memorias bestseller #1 del New York Times que Toni Morrison llamó «realmente extraordinarias» ofrecen una mirada íntima a los primeros años de Barack Obama. Se trata de un viaje fascinante que traza la odisea familiar, racial y de identidad del futuro cuadragésimo cuarto presidente. El retrato revelador de un joven hombre negro cuestionándose sobre el autodescubrimiento y la pertenencia... mucho antes de convertirse en una de las voces más importantes de Estados Unidos. Esta edición única incluye una nueva introducción del autor. Hijo de una madre blanca de Estados Unidos y un padre negro de Kenya, Obama nació en Hawái, donde vivió hasta los seis años, cuando se mudó con su madre y su padrastro a Indonesia. A los doce años regresó a Hawái para vivir con sus abuelos. Obama lleva a sus lectores consigo mientras enfrenta los retos en high school y universidad, en su vida en Nueva York, al convertirse en organizador comunitario en Chicago y al viajar a Kenya. A través de tales experiencias forma un compromiso duradero con el liderazgo y la justicia. Contado a través de las relaciones con su familia—la madre y los abuelos que lo criaron, el padre que consideraba más mito que hombre y el clan familiar que conoció en Kenya por primera vez—, Obama hace frente a la complicada verdad de la vida y el legado de su padre, y termina por abrazar su origen dividido. En su viaje hacia la edad adulta desde sus humildes inicios, se forja su propio camino mediante ensayo y error, mientras permanece siempre conectado con sus raíces. Barack Obama está decidido a llevar una vida de servicio, con propósito y autenticidad. Su poderosa autobiografía inspirará a los lectores a examinar de dónde vienen y hasta dónde son capaces de llegar." — Proporcionada por la editorial. Traducido de la edición en inglés de 2021. Audiolibro comercial. Para lectores de intermedia y alta secundaria y mayores. 2023
DB116430 Los sueños de mi padre (edición adaptada para jóvenes): Una historia de raza y herencia

El laberinto de la soledad y otras obras
DB112386 16 hours 30 minutes
by Octavio Paz
read by Ruben Flores
"Octavio Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture. Compared to Ortega y Gasset's for its trenchant analysis, this collection contains Octavio Paz' most famous work, a beautifully written and deeply felt discourse on Mexico's quest for identity that gives us an unequaled look at the country hidden behind the mask. Also included are Postscript, Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude, and Mexico and the United States, all of which develop the themes of the title essay and extend his penetrating commentary to the United States and Latin America." — Goodreads. Some strong language. Spanish language. 1997.

"Octavio Paz ha escrito una de las obras más poderosas y duraderas que jamás se hayan escrito sobre México y su gente, sobre su carácter y su cultura. Comparada con La rebelión de las masas de Ortega y Gasset por su incisivo análisis, ésta colección contiene la obra más famosa de Octavio Paz, El laberinto de la soledad, un discurso bello y profundo sobre México y su búsqueda de identidad que no proporciona una visión sin igual sobre el país escondido tras 'la máscara.' También se incluyen Postdata, Vuelta a El laberinto de la soledad, y México y los Estados Unidos, obras que desarrollan los temas contenidos en el título del ensayo y extienden su penetrante observación a los Estados Unidos y América Latina." — Proporcionada por la editorial. Contiene algo de lenguaje ofensivo. 1997
DB112386 El laberinto de la soledad y otras obras

Ciudad Victoria
DB117441 12 hours 44 minutes
by Salman Rushdie and Luis Murillo Fort
read by Pedro Páramo
"In the wake of an unimportant battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms in fourteenth-century southern India, a nine-year-old girl has a divine encounter that will change the course of history. After witnessing the death of her mother, the grief-stricken Pampa Kampana becomes a vessel for a goddess, who begins to speak out of the girl’s mouth. Granting her powers beyond Pampa Kampana’s comprehension, the goddess tells her that she will be instrumental in the rise of a great city called Bisnaga—'victory city'—the wonder of the world. Over the next 250 years, Pampa Kampana’s life becomes deeply interwoven with Bisnaga’s, from its literal sowing from a bag of magic seeds to its tragic ruination in the most human of ways: the hubris of those in power. Whispering Bisnaga and its citizens into existence, Pampa Kampana attempts to make good on the task that the goddess set for her: to give women equal agency in a patriarchal world. But all stories have a way of getting away from their creator, and Bisnaga is no exception. As years pass, rulers come and go, battles are won and lost, and allegiances shift, the very fabric of Bisnaga becomes an ever more complex tapestry—with Pampa Kampana at its center." — Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Spanish language. 2023.

"En la India del siglo XIV, después de una insignificante batalla entre dos reinos olvidados, una niña de nueve años llamada Pampa Kampana cambia el curso de la historia. La voz antigua de la diosa Pampa sale por su boca infantil y le otorga poderes extraordinarios para crear una gran ciudad: Bisnaga, la «ciudad de la victoria». Durante los siguientes doscientos cincuenta años, la vida de Bisagna estará ligada a la de su creadora, que desde su centro velará por el bienestar de sus ciudadanos con un objetivo claro: dar la misma representación a las mujeres que a los hombres. Pero todas las historias encuentran la forma de alejarse de lo que imaginaron sus creadores, y la de Bisnaga no será una excepción. A medida que los años pasen, el tejido social de Bisagna se volverá demasiado complejo, y mientras se suceden gobernantes y alianzas, derrotas y victorias, la ciudad se dirigirá hacia su trágico final." — Proporcionada por la editorial. Traducido de la edición en inglés de 2023. Sin calificación. Audiolibro comercial. 2023
DB117441 Ciudad Victoria

No voy a pedirle a nadie que me crea
DB116167 10 hours 46 minutes
by Juan Pablo Villalobos
read by César Torreblanca
I don't expect anyone to believe me,' warns the narrator of this novel, a Mexican student called Juan Pablo Villalobos. He is about to fly to Barcelona on a scholarship when he's kidnapped in a bookshop and whisked away by thugs to a basement. The gangsters are threatening his cousin—a wannabe entrepreneur known to some as 'Projects' and to others as 'dickhead' - who is gagged and tied to a chair. The thugs say Juan Pablo must work for them. His mission? To make Laia, the daughter of a corrupt politician, fall in love with him. He accepts... though not before the crime boss has forced him at gunpoint into a discussion on the limits of humour in literature." — Provided by publisher. Strong language, some violence and some descriptions of sex. Spanish language. 2016.

'No voy a pedirle a nadie que me crea,' nos advierten con frecuencia los distintos narradores y personajes de esta historia, en la que lo corriente se transforma en un delirio sin que uno sepa muy bien cómo, en la que lo raro acaba siendo normal y en la que no podemos hacer otra cosa que reírnos, porque todo es hilarante, cotidiano y surrealista a la vez, como la vida misma. Todo empieza con un primo que ya de chico apuntaba maneras de estafador, y que ahora mete al protagonista –un mexicano que viaja a Barcelona acompañado de su novia para estudiar literatura, y que además se llama como el autor de la novela– en un lío monumental: un «negocio de alto nivel» que convierte su estancia en la ciudad en una especie de novela negra de humor también negro, una de esas que a él le gustaría escribir." — Proporcionada por la editorial. Contiene lenguaje ofensivo y algunas descripciones de violencia y de índole sexual. 2016
DB116167 No voy a pedirle a nadie que me crea

Audio Magazines

For a free subscription to these magazines, contact your cooperating library. Many can also be subscribed to through BARD or BARD Mobile.

AARP Bulletin (10 issues) and AARP The Magazine (6 issues) on one cartridge
American Indian (4 issues)
Analog Science Fiction and Fact (6 issues)
Asimov’s Science Fiction (6 issues)
Atlantic Monthly (10 issues)
Audubon (5 issues)
Baseball Digest (6 issues)
Best Friends (6 issues)
Bon Appétit (10 issues)
Bookmarks (6 issues)
Consumer Reports (12 issues)
Consumer Reports: On Health (12 issues)
Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country (6 issues)
Cooking Light (4 issues)
Cricket [included in National Geographic Kids] (9 issues)
Discover (10 issues)
The Economist (51 issues)
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (6 issues)
Essence (6 issues)
Fiyah Literary Magazine (4 issues)
Foreign Affairs (6 issues)
Golf Digest (12 issues)
Good Housekeeping (12 issues)
Guideposts (6 issues)
Harper’s Bazaar Magazine (12 issues)
Harvard Men’s Health Watch (12 issues)
Harvard Women’s Health Watch (12 issues)
Health and Nutrition Newsletters [includes Scientific American—Health after Fifty (12 issues), Mayo Clinic Health Letter, (12 issues) and Nutrition Action Healthletter (10 issues)] (12 issues)
Horticulture (6 issues)
Humpty Dumpty (6 issues)
International Living Magazine (12 issues)
Jack and Jill (6 issues)
Kiplinger Personal Finance (12 issues)
Kiplinger Retirement Report (12 issues)
Magazine of the Month (12 issues)
Magnolia Journal (4 issues)
Make (4 issues)
Mother Jones (6 issues)
Muse (9 issues)
Musical Mainstream (4 issues)
The Nation (35 issues)
National Geographic (12 issues)
National Geographic Kids [includes Cricket (9 issues)] (10 issues)
National Review (24 issues)
The New Yorker (52 issues)
The New York Times Book Review (52 issues)
Outdoor Life (4 issues)
Overseas Outlook (2 issues)
People (52 issues)
Piano Technicians Journal (12 issues)
Popular Science (4 issues)
Prevention Magazine (12 issues)
Psychology Today (6 issues)
QST: Devoted Entirely to Amateur Radio (12 issues)
Quarterly Music Magazine (4 issues)
Reader’s Digest (10 issues)
Rolling Stone (12 issues)
Scientific American (12 issues)
Selecciones del Reader's Digest (12 issues)
Smithsonian (11 issues)
Sound & Vision (10 issues)
Southern Living (13 issues)
Spider (for children; 9 issues)
Sports Illustrated (27 issues)
Sports Illustrated Kids (11 issues)
The Sun Magazine (12 issues)
Talking Book Topics [includes NLS News (4 issues)] (6 issues)
Travel & Leisure (12 issues)
True West (10 issues)
Vanidades (12 issues)
Vital Speeches of the Day (12 issues)
Wax Poetics (2 issues)
The Week (48 issues)
Wired (12 issues)
The Writer (12 issues)

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