Spotlight on Texas Audio Books


January 2005

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Spotlight on Texas is a biannual cassette publication announcing the latest audio books produced by volunteers at the Talking Book Program Volunteer Recording Studio in Austin and at the Recording Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Midland. The audio version of "Spotlight on Texas" is distributed on request to Texans with disabilities who are registered to receive the Talking Book Program's free library service.

Since 1978, Talking Book volunteers have recorded thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles by Texas authors or about the history, culture, and people of the Lone Star state. Titles recorded include biographies, histories, westerns, romances, mysteries, self-help, and travel. More than ten new books are completed each month, offering an increasing variety of Texas topics from which to choose. In addition, volunteers record three Texas magazines: Texas Monthly, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Texas Highways.

If you would like to receive an audio cassette copy of "Spotlight on Texas," please contact the Talking Book Program through the phone numbers, e-mail address, postal address, or fax number listed at the bottom of this page.

To order any of the books listed below, note the titles and CT book numbers you would like to request. Then call a Reader Consultant toll-free in Texas at 1-800-252-9605 or, in Austin, at 512-463-5458. A voicemail message service is available after hours and on weekends for you to leave book requests or other messages. Say your full name and patron number (if known) clearly when leaving messages and give the CT book number and title for each request. Book orders may also be sent in an e-mail message to: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.

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Fiction

Biggie and the Quincy Ghost


CT 6594



by Nancy Bell, narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes


Biggie Weatherford and her friends travel to the neighboring town of Quincy to learn how to start a historical society in their own town of Job's Crossing. Young J.R., who once again narrates the adventures of his detecting grandmother, is not thrilled with the trip, but soon finds that the town of Quincy isn't as quiet as he thought. The second day in Quincy, J.R. looks out the window of their inn to see the dead body of a young woman. Since the local sheriff is in the hospital with appendicitis, Biggie uses her detecting skills to find out who killed the woman.

Bone Dry: A Blanco County, Texas, Novel


CT 6702



by Ben Rehder, narrated by Dick Collins, 3 cassettes


Life can get a little wild from time to time for John Marlin, the game warden in Blanco County, Texas. This season, hunters all over the county are reporting an incredible sight: a six-foot-tall, drop-dead-gorgeous blonde roaming the woods, searching out camouflage-clad men with guns and disarming them with her powers of seduction. Blanco County residents are all enjoying hearty laughs at the expense of the few embarrassed hunters, until one of them turns up dead in the woods. It's just the start of another unforgettable hunting season.

Caballeros of Ruby, Texas


CT 6699



by Cynthia Leal Massey, narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes


Don Miguel Caballero, a successful contractor in Texas' Rio Grande Valley and later, in California's Salinas Valley, enjoys the good life: prosperity, the respect of his community, a marriage of thirty years, six bright children. But gradually all he has worked for begins to unravel. Three of his daughters give their versions of the disintegration of an idyllic way of life.

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Canis


CT 6695



by Robert E. Armstron, narrated by Craig York, 2 cassettes


Dr. Duncan MacDonell has stumbled into the world's worst job working as a veterinarian for the Health Department in Houston, Texas. He thought he had the world by the tail, but in the big city the tame animals and the wild people are continually consorting to drive him crazy. Enter a sinister mega-dog that begins devouring homeless street people.

Conduct to the Prejudice of Good Order: The Final Years of the Vietnam War


CT 6667



by Dan Dane, narrated by Danny Ledford, 2 cassettes


As a civilian attorney drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, Bill Blake encounters fragging, racism, and heroin addiction while defending soldiers in court-martial trials. Much like the soldiers he defends, Blake finds himself in conflict with his superior officers. Captain Blake's experiences accentuate many of the troublesome aspects of the war, including the draft, authority of Commanding Generals, domestic demand for troop withdrawal, and in the end, the delivery of heroin to the American troops. This book contains some profanity.

Eye of the Cat


CT 6708



by A. L. McWilliams, narrated by Huff, Jack, 2 cassettes


Good-looking, good-natured, and good-for-nothing: that's how the folks back home in Fort Griffin, Texas, thought of Catlin Myers. But farther west he was known as a dangerous man, a lone mercenary whose services had become a necessary evil in the lawless territories of New Mexico and Arizona. Catlin's reputation as a professional is unblemished until a Tucson businessman hires him to avenge the rape of his young wife. Catlin pulls off the job without a hitch - discovering too late that the man had been wrongly accused. This book contains some violence.

Hangover Soup


CT 6497



by Louise Redd, narrated by Janice Langlinais, 2 cassettes


Faith met Jay in college, "where it's hard to tell who's a true alcoholic and who's not." They fell in love, got married, got jobs - Jay as a smooth-talkin' disk jockey, Faith as a tutor for the University of Texas football and baseball teams. But at home, in the evenings, Faith found herself watching Jay go slack-jawed after dinner and too many gin and tonics, unable to hold up his end of a conversation, much less fulfill any of his other conjugal duties. So Faith leaves her husband and moves herself and her china to the dorms where she takes up residence with her student athletes. Jay convinces Faith he will sober up, but her hopes of having a normal marriage are demolished when Jay kills a woman while driving drunk. This book contains some sex and profanity.

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Hank the Cowdog: The Fling


CT 6654



by John R. Erickson, narrated by Robert Eidbo, 1 cassette


When Hank the Cowdog accidentally hitches a ride into town on a cattle truck, he meets up with his old pal, Dogpound Ralph. Ralph convinces Hank to join him on a fling - dodging traffic, stealing meat from backyard barbecues, and hiding form the dogcatcher. It sounds like fun, but after a day of running from the law, Hank starts to long for the humble comforts of home. Can Hank survive his fling and make it back to the ranch in one piece?

Hank the Cowdog: The Secret Laundry Monster Files


CT 6653



by John R. Erickson, narrated by Charles Watson, 1 cassette


When Hank the Cowdog hears suspicious sounds coming from near Sally May's clothesline, it leads to a midnight investigation of the ranch. Before he knows it, Hank finds himself caught up with his old friend Eddy the Rac - and face-to-face with one of a dog's greatest enemies: the dreaded Laundry Monster. Could this mean the end of everyone's favorite Head of Ranch Security? Or is it just Eddy the Rac up to his old tricks?

Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Missing Bird Dog


CT 6693



by John R. Erickson, narrated by Robert Eidbo, 1 cassette


It's the first day of quail season, and Plato the Bird Dog is missing. At first, Hank is willing to let him stay lost. But when Beulah pleads for help, Hank caves in and takes off in search of Plato. Before he can catch a scent of spotted bird-dog, he finds himself face-to-face with an angry mother hog and her litter. Can Hank's quick wits help him out of this fix?

I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly, and Other Stories


CT 6633



by Mary Ladd Gavell, narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 1 cassette


The sixteen stories collected here include the anthologized classic "The Rotifer," in which a young woman learns the extent to which a bit of innocent interference - or the refusal to interfere - can change the course of lives. "The Swing" depicts a mother's strange reconnection to her adult son's childhood as she is summoned outside, night after night, by the creak of his old swing. "Baucis" introduces a woman longing for widowhood who is cheated of the respite she craves and whose last words are tragically misunderstood by her family. This book contains some profanity.

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In Times Like These


CT 6713



by Emilie Baker Loring, narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes


Page Wilburn is young, beautiful and embittered by a callous fiance. She hides her beauty and takes a secretarial job. Then one day Page is asked to pose as the in-name-only fiancée of the dashing Vance Cooper. Together they discover love as they uncover a diabolical plot of treason.

Jitter Joint


CT 6487



by Howard Swindle, narrated by Stephen Flynn, 2 cassettes


Jeb Wuinlin has been issued an ultimatum by his boss and his wife: dry out or get out. So he hits his favorite bar for a last fifth of Wild Turkey and reluctantly enters detox. Once inside, Jeb is forced to confront his years of alcoholism with the help of Librium, hard-core therapy, and AA meetings. But someone is taking the words of the Big Book too far, as rehab patients begin to die mysteriously, each tagged with one of AA's Twelve Steps. Now Jeb is on a sobering hunt for the Twelve-Step killer, a twisted psychopath who's taking the battle with the bottle to horrifying new heights.

Massacre at Goliad


CT 6597



by Elmer Kelton, narrated by Bob Brown, 2 cassettes


When Texan-born Josh Buckalew met Teresa, a young and beautiful Mexican woman, it was love at first sight. but with the Alamo recently sieged and destroyed, Josh knew this rosebud love would be unobtainable. So the Buckalew brothers, Josh and Thomas, come together with other Texans to protect their land at Goliad against the Mexicans who have just ravished the Alamo.

Murder Under Blue Skies


CT 6595



by Willard Scott, narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes


After twenty years as the nation's most popular weatherman on the top-rated TV morning show, Hello, World! Stanley Waters looks forward to semi-retirement and a sunny future as innkeeper of the bed-and-breakfast Blue Skies in the beautiful rolling hills of Virginia. But an unexpected storm front brings scattered violence, and one of the guests at the cozy B & B's gala grand opening drops dead. Now Stanley must play sleuth and uncover a cunning killer. (Written with Bill Crider.)

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Peter Arbiter


CT 6683



by Edwin Shrake, narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes


In this perfect, funny marriage of the Texas tall-tale with the cock-tail party repartee, three social misfits, a runaway teenage boy, an old con-man poet, and a bisexual interior decorator, skip irreverently through the world of Texas's moneyed society, the politicos, ranchers, and oilmen, in settings that range from a house with a golf course in the living room to a kinky sexual rejuvenation clinic. It's a hilarious romp as power and money, in the form of some devilish caricatures of well-known Texas personalities, try to cope with the exuberance and energy of these three cavalier interlopers. This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.

Restored to Death: A Judge Jackson Crain Mystery


CT 6700



by Nancy Bell, narrated by Robert Brown, 2 cassettes


Restored to Death introduces Jackson Crain, a widowed county judge who lives with his delightfully idiosyncratic thirteen-year-old daughter. When his deceased wife's sister is bludgeoned to death, and her husband, Ron Hughes, is accused of the crime, the judge decides to assist the investigation. Things do not look good for Ron, who is rumored to be having an affair with the red-haired waitress at the town's only cafe. Soon a young vagrant girl is discovered: She has been bludgeoned to death, too. As Judge Crain explores further, he is surprised to find a possible connection between the murdered girl and a new woman in town whom he finds attractive. This book contains some sex, some profanity and some violence.

Reynolds


CT 6701



by Donley Watt, narrated by Ev Lunning, 1 cassette


Reynolds is a forty-something liquor-store owner on Clear Creek Lake in East Texas. Once he was a banker, but the real estate scandals of the '80s taught him he had trusted the wrong people and now he owns Lake Country Liquor Store and lives in a trailer behind the store, with several women passing through his life for intermittent periods. He also has a weird family including a bible-thumping mother and a brother who is a survivalist with a stash of AK47s and other automatic weapons, which he sells illegally from time to time. This book contains some sex and profanity.

River Season: A Novel


CT 6687



by Jim Black, narrated by Jack Gazzale, 2 cassettes


In a small Texas town in 1966, a thirteen-year-old boy named Jim looks forward to a long summer. With his two best friends, Charles and Gary, he shares the tomfoolery and rites of summer typical of boys their age: baseball, playing practical jokes, telling scary tales, hanging out at the local barbershop, and teasing pretty girls. Fishing, however, is a pleasure Jim prefers to enjoy alone - until he meets Sam, an older African-American man who lives on the edge of town. When he finds Sam fishing in his favorite spot, he's unsure how to feel about the intrusion. But Jim quickly becomes attached to Sam who takes on the role of father figure to the boy.

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Screen Door Jesus and Other Stories


CT 6697



by Christopher Cook, narrated by Dianna Dorman, 2 cassettes


Ten stories set in the fictional East Texas town of Bethlehem. Cook brings to life the relationship between the people who live in this small town and their beliefs. The question is not IF you believe in God - the question is HOW you believe. Belief stretches beyond Sunday mornings into the weekday life of oil workers, lawyers, car dealers, bankers and the woman who looks at her screen door one morning and sees Jesus. This book contains some profanity.

Seasonal Rain and Other Stories


CT 6678



by Robert Flynn, narrated by Robert Brown, 1 cassette


In this collection of stories, the author manages to paint the human experience with warmth, humor, and perception. "The Midnight Clear" is the story of a recently met, newly-wed couple on their way to a new life together in Wanderer Springs. In a world that swings back and forth between the cynical and the sentimental, Flynn's characters shine through as both hopeful and fully human. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

Skeletons in Purple Sage: A Jolie Wyatt Mystery


CT 6682



by Barbara Burnett Smith, narrated by Nancy Shaw, 2 cassettes


Purple Sage, Texas is experiencing a natural disaster, with flood-waters rushing through the streets and torrential downpours continuing with no end in sight.The governor's in town to assess the damage and Jolie Wyatt, mystery novelist and amateur sleuth, is hosting an after-tour reception in his honor. The governor's visit is running smoothly until a dead body turns up in a rain-drenched ditch. The investigation takes the whole town by storm, forcing Jolie to step in to find out what really happened on that dark and rainy night.

Slayer of Gods: A Lord Meren Mystery


CT 6671



by Lynda S. Robinson, narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes


Royal advisor, Lord Meren discovers that, contrary to rumor, Queen Nefertiti died not of the plague but was poisoned. To give the pharaoh peace of mind, Meren determines to discover the murderer. Enlisting the help of Anath, a seductive female spy known as the Eyes of Babylon, he sets out on a dangerous quest for the truth that will threaten not only his life but also the lives of his family.

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South of Reason


CT 6684



by Cindy Eppes, narrated by Cindy Johnson, 2 cassettes


This coming-of-age story is told through the experiences of 13-year-old Kayla Sanders. When Kayla's family relocates from the sheltering piney woods of Cameron to her parents' childhood home of Rosalita in South Texas, everything about Kayla's life changes. From the very day of their early summer arrival, secrets and unanswered questions loom over Kayla's family and that of their new next-door neighbors, the young widow Lou Jean Perry and her two sons. The author weaves the difficult themes of adultery, abortion, and mental illness into her story without descending into melodrama.

Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories


CT 6647



by Lorraine Lopez, narrated by Denise Descouzis, 2 cassettes


This collection of short stories questions what it means to be differrent - in class, race, and culture especially - and how identities can be lost in the struggle to fit in. The title story, for example, examines identities in the Latino community by focusing on Molly, who has become so alienated from her roots that she forgets large chunks of her childhood, including that she once spoke Spanish. When she gets lost in a Latino neighborhood, each step she takes makes her feel more and more like a stranger in a foreign country.

Starlight Passage


CT 6242



by Anita Richmond Bunkley, narrated by Staci Thompson, 3 cassettes


Kiana Sheridan is determined to discover what happened to her ancestors who escaped slavery in Tennessee by the Underground Railroad - and then disappeared. As her search grows cold, she enlists the help of handsome photojournalist Rex Tandy to retrace her great-great grandfather's route to freedom - leading to a Smoky Mountains village filled with danger and the answer to her quest. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

Strawman's Hammock


CT 6680



by Darryl Wimberley, narrated by Dick Collins, 2 cassettes


Barrett Raines, a detective with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, stationed in the state's northern gulf region, is offered an opportunity to run for Lafayette County sheriff against Lou Sessions. Backing Raines is Linton Loyd, a powerful businessman in the county and Sessions' enemy. Then Loyd's son, Gary, becomes a suspect in the death of a Hispanic migrant woman who was shackled and eaten by a mad dog in a swamp called Strawman's Hammock. The likelihood of Raines being the first black man to run for office in his county is diminished when he finds himself caught between the sheriff and the Loyd family. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

Stroke of Fortune


CT 6705



by Christine Rimmer, narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette


Eligible bachelor Flynt Carson struck a hole-in-one when his Sunday golf ritual at the Lone Star Country Club unveiled an abandoned baby girl. Although temporary fatherhood for Flynt Carson dredged up painful memories, this was just the beginning of mayhem for Flynt and the town of Mission Creek. Flynt felt he had no business raising a child or reuniting with Josie Lavender, a woman too innocent for a man with his tarnished soul. But the lovestruck nanny was determined to help him raise the mysterious baby. And what happened next was anyone's guess. This book contains some sex.

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Tending Roses


CT 6712



by Lisa Wingate, narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes


Christmas is going to be difficult for Kate Bowman this year. Traveling with her husband and infant to the family farm in Missouri, she has the unpleasant task of convincing her 89-year-old Grandma Rose to move to a nursing home. Kate hasn't been back for six years and is dreading the confrontation with Grandma. But Grandma Rose makes things easier by leaving her journal out for Kate to read and through the the journal, Kate discovers the essence of the remarkable Grandma Rose and is forced to reevaluate her priorities and those of her family.

Texas Bound


CT 6590



by Jason Manning, narrated by Jack Huff, 2 cassettes


On an open prairie in front of a mission called the Alamo, Santa Annas soldiers won a brutal victory - in a battle that became a call to arms around the country. Brave men answered from across the United States: New Englanders and Virginians, Kentuckians and Cajuns, all came to the province called Texas to sign a Declaration of Independence on Sam Houston's birthday. Now four men from Alabama, new recruits in John Shakleford's Red Rovers, have joined the fight: Pierce Hammond, the cowardly son of a wealthy plantation owner; Mingo Green, a runaway slave; Boone Tasker, too poor to marry the woman he loves; and Gabe Cochran, a young widower with nothing left to live for. Fleeing their pasts, they are bound by a noble cause. And they will back up their words with their honor, their courage, and their lives. This book contains some violence.

Texas Rules


CT 5752



by Jack Curtis, narrated by Ed Corrigan, 1 cassette


Crossing lawless Texas after the Civil War with a herd that is 'do or die' for himself and a woman rancher back home, Cotton Dunbar defeats stampedes, rustlers, and bad weather only to find that his financial backers reneged on their agreement. He wants to avoid bloodshed but Cotton will resort to a gun when reason and common sense fail.

Texas Silver


CT 6706



by Holly Harte, narrated by Cindy Johnson, 2 cassettes


They called her Silver Eagle, revered by her people as a great medicine woman. Karina Valdez learned the healing power of plants from her Apache grandfather and the ways of the white man from her Spanish father. Yet now, as her visions warned of great danger to the Devil Mountain, Karina stood at a perilous crossroads, torn between love for her people, fear for their future, and desire for the bold stranger who asked her to help him. Rafe Tucker, a loner and a wanderer, came from Missouri to become a Texas Ranger. But rumors of a hoard of lost gold lured him to the desolate country of Trans-Pecos, Texas. This book contains some sex and violence.

Texas Weather: A Novel


CT 6598



by Tricia Allen, narrated by Karen Watkins, 2 cassettes


In 1947, Dallas County assistant DA David Weather prepares to prosecute a rich, remorseless killer, known as "the Maniac," while dodging a spurned mistress, an angry husband and a protocol-driven boss. When he meets a beautiful reporter, sparks fly. Then an anonymous messenger threatens his fiancee, while old and new family secrets endanger his job - then his freedom and his life. This book contains some profanity and violence.

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True Facts, Tall Tales and Pure Fiction


CT 6508



by Larry L. King, narrated by Ev Lunning, 2 cassettes


This volume brings together five essays that King considers "true fact," ten that constitute "tall tales," and four short stories that he classifies as "pure fiction." All of these pieces represent an on-going attempt to define and understand his native place and his mind's country. They cover subjects ranging from a rape trial to dubious recipes and points between: writing, politics, Little League baseball, Texas basketball, racial integration in the military, dogs, sinning, and stories of troubled lives. This book contains some sex and profanity.

Twice Dead: A Taylor Madison Mystery


CT 6711



by Elizabeth Dearl, narrated by Janice Langlinais, 2 cassettes


More than thirty years ago, a minister named Ralph Posey absconded with the church funds, abandoning his wife and daughter. At least, that's what everyone in Perdue thought...until now. A startling discovery makes it obvious that he never left town at all - he was murdered, and all evidence implicates his wife as the killer. Bonita Posey admittedly detested her husband, but she denies taking his life. Can Taylor uncover the truth in time to keep her octogenarian friend out of prison? This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

Two Texas Hearts


CT 6596



by Jodi Thomas, narrated by Brie Carlson, 2 cassettes


Kora Adams did not believe in curses, but she had known nothing but bad luck all of her life. Then, one night, there was a knock on her door. It was a handsome but solemn stranger with a story to tell. Winter McQuillen had inherited a sprawling Texas ranch not far from the one room cabin Kora called home. But the only way he could claim it was if he found a wife that night. The thought of wedding a man she did not know scared Kora to death. But the security of marriage - and even the faintest hope of love - was like a dream come true. Kora knew she needed every bit of comfort marriage would provide. What she didn't know was that Winter needed her even more. This book contains some sex.

Valedictorian and Other Stories


CT 6710



by S. D. Navarro, 1918-2000, narrated by Sue Bilich, 1 cassette


The stories in this collection fall into two thematic groups: Latino experience in America and war-veteran nostalgia. (The war stories may not be appropriate reading material for young adults.) The stories about mid-twentieth century Latino family experiences capture a new immigrant's terror and hope, as well as the imaginative play and fascination with gory stories shared by all children. In the title story, an Anglo boy and a Mexican immigrant compete for top honors at their school as they form a tenuous friendship. In another, a Mexican immigrant goes to his first American school without knowing any English.

When Angels Sing: A Christmas Story


CT 6703



by Turk Pipkin, narrated by Ed Corrigan, 1 cassette


When Michael Walker was a child, he'd wished that every day could be Christmas. But that was thirty years ago, before a tragic accident changed his life one Christmas morning. He still can't muster any spirit for the holidays. For him, it will always be a time of pain, a memory of that day. But when his young son faces a sadness as profound as his own, Michael is the only one who can save him. It takes nothing short of a miracle to give Michael the courage to make peace with his past and find the hope, joy, and spirit he lost.

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Nonfiction

All Honest Men: The Story of J. Willis Newton and America's Most Successful Outlaw Gang


CT 6707



by Claude Stanush, narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes


This amusing narrative traces J. Willis Newton's transformation from disgruntled cotton picker on his daddy's Texas farm to one of America's most notorious bandits. Most famously, in 1924, Willis and his three brothers carried out the largest train robbery in U.S. history, netting more than $3 million. The authors conducted scores of interviews with Willis Newton before his death in 1979 and the book is narrated from Willis's point of view. This book contains some profanity and some violence.

Challenged to Win


CT 5839



by Nancy K. Shugart, narrated by Ruth Borinstein, 1 cassette


An autobiography by a Texan whose dream of becoming a teacher seemed impossible when she lost 90% of her sight.

Dallas Doc: All the City and Country Critters in the Life of a Texas style Vet


CT 6694



by David Carlton, narrated by Jack Gazzale, 2 cassettes


(Subtitle: "All the City and Country Critters in the Life of a Texas style Vet") A native Texan, and veterinarian, chronicles an ongoing practice in Dallas. These stories, originally written as personal memoirs for his family, have become a collection of Doc's day-to-day experiences with "critter clients." In this first of the series, Doc shares his beginnings and introduces readers to his "daredevil" partner, Rich Vest, irreplaceable assistants, Rachel and Tracy, and his infamous, cattle-gored clinic truck, Ol' Blue. This book contains some profanity and violence.

Horse Fixin': Forty Years of Working with Problem Horses


CT 6704



by Frankie McWhorter, narrated by Ed Corrigan, 1 cassette


In this memoir, Frankie reminisces about horses and horsemen he has known and discusses his innovative, unconventional approach to horsemenship. Founded on intelligence, compassion, experience, and a profound practical understanding of a horse's mind, his methods derive also from the cowboy tradition in which he was schooled and can be read as western folklore. This book contains some violence. (Violence takes the form of animal abuse.)

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Night Train Lane: Life of Hall of Famer Richard "Night Train" Lane


CT 6600



by Mike Burns, narrated by Jack Gazzale, 1 cassette


Biography of Hall of Famer Richard "Night Train" Lane. He was born in Austin to a prostitute who left him in a dumpster when he was three months old. A nearby neighbor heard him crying, rescued him, and raised him. Lane went on to become a famous football player.

Scream at the Sky: Five Texas Murders and One Man's Crusade for Justice


CT 6677



by Carlton Stowers, narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes


Wichita Falls, Texas, in seventeen months, five women were brutally beaten and murdered. The killer's identity was not known until fourteen years later when an investigator who had been assigned the cold case brought to it a renewed dedication. He found a detail that led to the serial killer who had eluded justice for so long. How he tracked down Wardrip and used the legal system to beat the killer at his own game of deception is a remarkable story of justice served. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

Some More Horse Tradin'


CT 6591



by Ben K. Green, narrated by J. Noble Atkins, 2 cassettes


This 1972 sequel to Green's "Horse Tradin'" offers more of the same type of anecdotal stories about raising and selling horses. Green was a veterinarian in Texas, and he came across a number of colorful characters - some four-legged - throughout his career.

Texas Sheriff: Lord of the County Line


CT 6593



by Thad Sitton, narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes


The "Texas Sheriff" takes a fresh, colorful, and insightful look at Texas law enforcement during the decades before 1960. In the first half of the twentieth century, rural Texas was a strange, often violent, and complicated place. Nineteenth-century lifestyles persisted, blood relationships made a difference, and racial apartheid remained rigidly enforced. Citizens expected their county sheriffs to uphold local customs as well as state laws. The rural sheriff served as his county's "Mr. Fixit," its resident "good old boy," and the lord of an intricate rural society. This book contains some violence.

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Spanish Nonfiction

Milagros de la Oracion: Historias Veridicas del Sorprendente poder de la oracion


CT 6698



by Quin Sherrer, narrated by Mario Zamora, 2 cassettes


Milagros de la oracion nos ensena que Dios todavia hace milagros y cambia vidas. El ha contestado las oraciones de muches y quiere contestar las suyas tambien. Quin Sherrer nos ofrece historias inspradoras de gente comun y corriente que ha ordo y recibido respuestas extraordiarias. Aqui encontrara hisorias increibles de sanidad. protecion y rescate, junto a sabiduria que le servira de guia en sus propias oraciones. "Miracles happen when you pray" shows us that God still does miracles and transforms lives. He has answered a lot of prayers and he would like to answer yours too. This book offers inspirational stories of people that have prayed and their prayers have been answered in extraordinary ways.

 

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