Spotlight on Texas Audio Books - January 2008


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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.

Note the titles and book numbers you would like to request, then call us at any time with your order.

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Fiction

BAD EYE BLUES


CT 6344



By NEAL BARRETT, Narrated by DICK COLLINS, 2 cassettes.


Kidnapped by a one-eyed Indian and an albino movie fan and hauled across the country to Idaho, Wiley Moss figures he must be the victim of mistaken identity. The brains behind the kidnapping turns out to be a gangster named Vinnie "Spuds" DeMarco, a devoted admirer of the insect illustrations Wiley drew for the Smithsonian. All Vinnie wants from his favorite artist are drawings of the Spudettes, seventeen "working" girls who decorate his resort. Before Wiley can begin, a murder interrupts his artistic concentration and suddenly, getting out of Idaho alive is his number one priority.  This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.

BOILED IN CONCRETE


CT 5387


By JESSE SUBLETT, Narrated by JANICE LATHIN, 2 cassettes.


R&B bass player and amateur detective Martin Fender has been in L.A. almost three months without a car or money, or the good food and music of his hometown, Austin, Texas, when a scruffy would-be singer offers him five hundred dollars to help prove that the late great blues guitarist Richard James is still alive. The next morning, the singer is dead, and Martin is drawn into a tangled mystery hinging on just who is or isn't dead.


Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language.

BOOMER'S KIDS


CT 6272


By RUBY C. TOLLIVER, Narrated by KAREN PHIPPS, 1 cassette.


In 1901 teenagers Andy and Ellie Brown, "boomer" kids who must move from one oil town to another as their father pursues work, experience the chaos and excitement of Beaumont, Texas, as a giant oil gusher brings people pouring in.

CALL NO MAN MASTER


CT 5885


By TINA JUAREZ, Narrated by JANICE LATHIN, 3 cassettes.


This intricate historical novel focuses on a young woman of mixed heritage, Carmen Rangel, and her participation in the events that lead to Mexico's independence from Spain. Throughout, historical figures such as Miguel Hidalgo, Stephen F. Austin, Santa Anna and Davie Crockett are brought to life to interact with the fictional characters and reveal the true motives behind historical movements encompassed by the story.


This book contains some violence.

CLAROS VARONES DE BELKEN / FAIR GENTLEMEN OF BELKEN COUNTY


CT 5248


By ROLANDO HINOJOSA, Narrated by PAUL PROVENCE, 2 cassettes.


The continuation of Hinojosa's popular Klail City Death Trip Series. In Spanish and English, Hinojosa writes about the often tragic, often funny goings-on in the small (imaginary) border town. His characters are generations of Anglos and Mexicans, and their lives reflect the relationship of the Hispanic community to the larger world.


This book contains some profanity.

CORPUS CHRISTI: STORIES


CT 6842


By BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON, Narrated by STACI THOMPSON, 2 cassettes.


This collection of short stories explores death, grief, lost love, and the power of memories in stories set in and around Corpus Christi, TX. Three stories describe the efforts of a young high school history teacher, Lee Marshall, to care for his mother as she dies of cancer. "Waterwalkers" relates the meeting of a divorced couple; through flashbacks, we learn that their son's death drove them apart. "In the Tall Grass" and "Two Liars," explore the deep relationships between fathers and sons.


This book contains some sex and profanity.

CRIME BRULEE: A CULINARY MYSTERY #1


CT 6690


By NANCY FAIRBANKS, Narrated by LINDA FOX, 2 cassettes.


Forty-something homemaker Carolyn Blue is through with cooking and cleaning. She's finally decided to throw in the dishtowel and take on a dream job as a food writer. And since Carolyn had already planned to accompany her husband to an academic conference in New Orleans, why not use the opportunity to write a story about Cajun cuisine? But when her friend Julienne disappears at a dinner party, Carolyn has to put her taste-testing aside to search for answers. And the trail leads her right to an alligator swamp.


This book contains some profanity.

DEAR CORPUS CHRISTI


CT 6038


By EVE LA SALLE CARAM, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 1 cassette.


A novel of letters written from the point of view of a professional woman writing letters to her childhood and home town, Corpus Christi, Texas.


This book contains some sex and profanity.

DEATH AND THE DUTCH UNCLE: AN INSPECTOR HENRY TIBBETT MYSTERY #8


CT 3684


By PATRICIA MOYES, Narrated by PAMELA ALLEN, 2 cassettes.


The Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard and his wife team up to pursue a killer intent on creating explosive international situation.

DEATH IS LIGHTER THAN A FEATHER


CT 6152


By DAVID WESTHEIMER, Narrated by TOM FAIRBROTHER, 4 cassettes.


This book presents in carefully researched detail a fictional account of the Allied invasion of Japan which might have occurred if the U.S. had not dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  First published in 1971 as Lighter Than a Feather, the novel was returned to print for the fifty-year anniversary of the proposed invasion of Japan.


This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.

DECEMBER ROSE


CT 4402



By LEON GARFIELD, Narrated by LINDA FOX, 1 cassette.


Barnacle, the chimney sweep's boy, got his name because of his amazing holding powers. But one day his grip gives out and he falls dramatically into the midst of conspirators. Unwittingly, he grabs a decorative locket and runs from the room. Little does he know that the locket is the key to an operation involving espionage and murder.

GENEALOGY OF MURDER: A DEB RALSTON MYSTERY #12


CT 6169


By LEE MARTIN, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 2 cassettes.


Detective Deb Ralston is called in to untangle a case of mistaken identity - or is it? First, an extra body is discovered among other cadavers for a forensics experiment. Then Marvin Tutwiler, a local genealogist with a number of unhappy ex-wives, ex-fiancees, and ex-girlfriends, turns up missing.


This book contains some profanity.

GROOMED FOR DEATH


CT 5876


By CAROLYN BANKS, Narrated by JANICE LATHIN, 1 cassette.


In Banks' second mystery featuring Texas horsewoman Robin Vaughan and her restaurant-critic husband, Jeet, the pair travel to New York City to finalize Jeet's cookbook publishing deal.  When Robin is knocked down by a mysterious woman in front of their Manhattan hotel, she is surprised to be helped up by an equally mysterious woman in fishnet stockings who claims to work for a tony uptown riding stable.  As Robin and Jeet investigate the connection between the two women, as well as what's really going on at the Claremont Riding Academy, they find they have a murder to solve.


This book contains some violence.

GUILT TRIP: A BLANCO COUNTY, TEXAS, NOVEL


CT 6843


By BEN REHDER, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER, 2 cassettes.


This fourth Blanco County mystery (CT 6773 Flat Crazy) gets off to a fast start when his returning protagonist, game warden John Marlin, is called in to lead the search for a missing SUV owner feared drowned in a flash flood. Almost simultaneously, a local lowlife's house goes up in flames in what appears to be a meth-related explosion. Marlin suspects that the two incidents are somehow connected, and it isn't long before he finds out he's right and that these events also involve his old friend Phil Colby, a rancher whose opposition to fencing in game on his land has incurred the anger of more than a few of his hunting neighbors.


This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.

HANK THE COWDOG 46: THE CASE OF THE TRICKY TRAP


CT 6845


By JOHN R. ERICKSON, Narrated by RIC FURLEY, 1 cassette.


Someone has been stealing feed out of the feed shed, and Hank knows that it's his job to do whatever he can do to help nab the culprit. So when Slim sets a live-animal trap in the shed, Hank takes it upon himself to check it in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, the trap is a little trickier than Hank anticipated, and in the process of his investigation Hank manages to get himself trapped. Can Hank find a way out of this sticky situation? Or could it mean the embarrassing end for the Head of Ranch Security?

HANK THE COWDOG 47: THE CASE OF THE TENDER CHEEPING CHICKIES


CT 6860


By JOHN R. ERICKSON, Narrated by RIC FURLEY, 1 cassette.


When Young Alfred brings home a bunch of adorable baby chicks to raise, he expects Hank, as the Head of Ranch Security, to help keep them safe. But as far as Hank's concerned, the chicks don't only look cute, they look delicious. Can he put aside his doggie instincts for the sake of a job well done? Or will his overactive appetite get the best of him once and for all?

HANK THE COWDOG 48: THE CASE OF THE MONKEY BURGLAR


CT 6861


By JOHN R. ERICKSON, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER, 1 cassette.


Hank learns about a tool thief on the loose who uses a monkey to help him do his dirty work. And before long, Hank finds himself face-to-face with the pilfering primate. Can Hank help to stop the criminals in their tracks, or will the crooks get away to continue their monkey business?

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HOPE'S CADILLAC


CT 6302


By PATRICIA PAGE, Narrated by JANICE LATHIN, 2 cassettes.


Hope loved Houston. Her happiness there as a wife, mother and indifferent housekeeper ends abruptly when her husband leaves her, the two kids, the house, and the new 1969 Cadillac she has never felt up to driving. Hope's journey back from emotional devastation to independence parallels the unsettled but hopeful time period in which this story is set - the end of the Sixties and the beginning of the Seventies. 


Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

HOW TO BE LOST


CT 6870



By AMANDA EYRE WARD, Narrated by RUTH BORINSTEIN, 2 cassette(s).


Fifteen years ago, on the day the three Winters sisters packed their most precious belongings in their mother's Oldsmobile and planned to run away from home just as soon as school was out, 5-year-old Ellie disappeared. The family never recovered: their abusive father drank himself to death; their unstable mother retreated deeper into her depression; and once-close sisters Caroline and Madeline grew far apart. Now, armed with a grainy "People" magazine photo of a young woman who might be a 20-year-old version of her beloved youngest sister, Caroline heads out for Montana on a quest to bring her home.


This book contains some profanity.

JOSEFINA AND THE HANGING TREE


CT 6044


By ISABEL R. MARVIN, Narrated by KELLY TAYLOR, 1 cassette.


Near Goliad, Texas, in 1857, fourteen-year-old Josefina Gonzales fears for the safety of her father, a Mexican cart driver. Other cart drivers are being captured, tried on phony charges and hanged on the hanging tree in front of the Goliad courthouse. Josefina and her friend Maxi, along with a pet goat named Guadalupe, must save Josefina's father from danger.

LAST MAN IN TEXAS


CT 6868


By JAN FREED, Narrated by STEPHEN FLYNN, 2 cassettes.


Cameron Malloy is handsome, successful and single. But Elizabeth wouldn't have him if he were the last bachelor in Texas. It doesn't matter that she's loved her boss for years - he takes her for granted. If she's ever going to have a family, now's the time to move on. Of course, that doesn't stop Elizabeth from asking Cameron to help her find Mr. Right. Who better to tell her exactly what men are looking for than a serial monogamist like Cameron? And if, along the way, he     starts to realize he'd like to apply for the position, there's nothing wrong with that.

LETHAL LESSONS


CT 6364


By KAREN HANSON STUYCK, Narrated by ELAYNE HUNT, 2 cassettes.


As the public relations officer for the Houston Mental Health Center, Liz James works hard to maintain the Center's good reputation. But when Kate Quinlan, the charismatic leader of empowering workshops for women at the Center, is accused of murdering her own husband, Liz finds herself working overtime to solve the crime. 


Strong language.

LOVE SONG OF J. EDGAR HOOVER


CT 6449


By KINKY FRIEDMAN, Narrated by BILL MCLEAN, 2 cassettes.


Kinky Friedman, the politically incorrect detective based in New York City, becomes involved in the case of a leggy blonde looking for her missing husband.  The case soon intertwines with that of Kinky's friend McGovern, who claims he's being hounded by the late Leaning Jesus (former cook for Al Capone).  Kinky is soon led on a wild goose limo ride in the Windy City.  To top things off, both clients go missing and the much-maligned FBI may be involved.


This book contains some profanity.

LUNATICS


CT 6481


By BRADLEY DENTON, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 2 cassettes.


Jack's friends are worried. Widowed for nearly a year, he has suddenly gone off the deep end for a mysterious woman named Lily. She is, he tells them, a goddess. But he means that literally: he believes she appears only during the full moon, and that he must meet her outside, naked, in the moonlight. Jack's friends learn of Lily's existence after his arrest by the Austin police for public indecency. And while they're all convinced he's insane, they are his friends, and if that involves hijacking him to a cabin in the woods to keep him out of trouble during the full moon, they can handle it.


This book contains some sex and profanity.

MAX AND MARTHA: THE TWINS OF FREDERICKSBURG


CT 5317


By MARJORIE VON ROSENBERG, Narrated by GAIL THREINEN, 1 cassette.


Story of frontier life in Texas for German immigrants, told in German and English.

MIDNIGHT WOMAN


CT 6841



By BETTY STELLER SIMMONS, Narrated by DIANNA DORMAN, 3 cassettes.


"The Midnight Woman" is a multi-generational family story of interwoven plots. It is set in California and Europe in 1939, just four months prior to the outbreak of World War II. "No one can predict when fate will step in and change expected outcomes. It is how we handle ourselves when it does that counts."


This book contains some sex, and violence.

MOON ROCK HEIST


CT 4764


By BETTY HARMAN, Narrated by PHYL HOLBERT, 1 cassette.


When Joseph and Huy found Miss Duncan, her head and upper body were stuffed inside a blue duffel bag which was drawn and tied tightly around her hips.  She was in the library reading room and her muffled cries brought the two teenagers running.  This was the beginning of the great Moon Rock heist.  Before it was over, the two boys were playing detective.

MORDIDA: A DOLPH MARTINEZ MYSTERY #2


CT 6862


By JIM SANDERSON, Narrated by SUE BILICH, 3 cassettes.


This second in the Dolph Martinez mystery series finds the newly promoted border agent working with a special task force operating on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. When Martinez finds that he may have been an unwitting pawn in a plot to eliminate a small-time crook, he starts digging and finds a corruption-soaked scam.


Explicit descriptions of violence and strong language.

MOVING TOYSHOP


CT 3287


By EDMUND CRISPIN, Narrated by DENNIS MAYES, 2 cassettes.


This is generally regarded as one of the best detective stories that Crispin ever wrote. The book is set in Oxford, and features Gervase Fen, Professor of English Language and Literature. It includes as lively a cast of characters as any present-day writing in the genre, and effectively mixes town and gown into a most potable fizz.

MURDER MAYHEM AND MISTLETOE


CT 6838



By TERENCE FAHERTY, Narrated by KAREN WATKINS, 3 cassettes.


Four Christmas-related mystery short stories written by Bill Crider, Aileen Schumacher, Terence Faherty, and Wendi Lee. Crider's Texas sheriff, Dan Rhodes, has his hands full with a "living" manger scene downtown when the body of the local councilwoman is found nearby. Schumacher's New Mexico engineer and amateur sleuth, Tory Travers, agrees to let her teenage son house-sit at the local university's experimental solar-heated home and ends up with a challenging Christmas puzzle. Faherty's metaphysical sleuth, Owen Keane, is working at a crisis phone line in New Jersey, where several alarming calls from a young boy coincide with vandalism at a local Nativity scene. And Wendi Lee's Boston P.I., Angela Matelli, struggles to clear a woman accused of killing her ex-husband.

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NEW GROWTH: CONTEMPORARY SHORT STORIES BY TEXAS WRITERS


CT 4827


By LYMAN GRANT, Narrated by CAROL PIRIE, 2 cassettes.


These 23 stories are recent works by Texas writers that represent a new spirit of Texas fiction.  Editor Lyman Grant chose these particular writers because they share the variety and vigor that have always been associated with the best of Texas writing.


Strong language.

NINETY-SIX TEARS: A JACK FLIPPO MYSTERY


CT 6354


By DOUG J. SWANSON, Narrated by THERESE EAST, 2 cassettes.


When wealthy Sherri Plunkett hires Dallas private investigator Jack Flippo to find out who is stalking her daughter Sandra, Jack is mystified by Sandra's lack of fear. What seemed like a straightforward case turns more puzzling with each day that passes. While Jack is stalking the stalker, he's being stalked by a thug with a grudge, Teddy Tunstra II, whom Jack had sent to prison, and his jailhouse crony, Fred Mertts. Preventing Sandra's kidnapping may be impossible unless Jack can dig the truth out of the welter of lies Sherri has told him in time to identify the real villain. 


This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.

OUT OF EDEN: A NOVEL


CT 6320


By KATE LEHRER, Narrated by DANI MACFARLANE, 3 cassettes.


Lydia Fulgate, an American widow visiting Paris in 1880, discovers that she has much in common with Charlotte Duret, a Frenchwoman who has been disinherited by her family. The two boldly resolve to combine their resources and seek the freedom of a new life on the Kansas prairie. Unprepared for the hazards of farm life, the two women must face troubling truths concerning their most cherished beliefs and desires.


Some descriptions of sex.

PLAYING THE BONES


CT 6128


By REDD LOUISE, Narrated by EAST THERESE, 2 cassettes.


Lacy Springs is a sassy Texan with flaming red hair and strong passions. She has a teaching job she likes, a nice-guy fiance she loves, and a wedding she should be planning. Then why is she so smitten with Black Jesus, a local blues singer? In the process of deciding what she wants out of life, Lacy must come to terms with her abusive mother and vanquish her passion for Black Jesus, a man who is wrong for her in every way. A chronicle of a young woman's hard-won growth told with warmth and humor.


Strong language and descriptions of sex.

RATS ALLEY


CT 5207


By JOHN H. IRSFELD, Narrated by PATRICIA RUSSELL, 1 cassette.


Set in Houston and in the mythical small Texas town of John Irsfeld's two earlier novels, "Rats Alley" is the story of a young man's wrongful death, the ensuing cover-up by authorities, and the quest for justice and then revenge by the victim's father.


Contains strong language and violence.

RED HERRINGS


CT 4387


By TIM HEALD, Narrated by CHRISTOPHER LYONS, 2 cassettes.


A special investigator from the British Board of Trade is ordered to investigate when the body of a tax inspector is found near  the village of Herring St. George.  His probings clearly threaten persons of power and soon the investigator is at risk himself.

RESUME WITH MONSTERS


CT 6211


By WILLIAM BROWNING SPENCER, Narrated by CAROL ESLER, 2 cassettes.


Philip Kenan is battling a series of bad jobs - and the monsters from H.P. Lovecraft's fiction go with him. Philip's first confrontation with the monsters sets in motion a bizarre chain of events that send his girlfriend packing and lead to battles in former places of employment, such as Ralph's One-Day Resumes.


This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.

SINCE YOU'RE LEAVING ANYWAY, TAKE OUT THE TRASH


CT 6866


By DIXIE CASH, Narrated by CAROL ESLER, 2 cassettes.


All Debbie Sue Overstreet got out of her marriage to the sheriff of Salt Lick, Texas, was a gas station that didn't pump! So she turned the property into the Styling Station, the best beauty parlor in town - and if she didn't get rich, at least she learned all the local gossip. But she wasn't prepared for the news that the nastiest woman in town had been bumped off! Suddenly, everyone's a suspect and Debbie Sue decides to go after the reward - even it means she's got to get close to Buddy, that lousy, good-looking ex-husband of hers.


This book contains some sex and profanity.

SKINNY ANNIE BLUES


CT 5919


By NEAL BARRETT, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 2 cassettes.


Freelance artist Wiley Moss is summoned to Galveston when the father he has not seen in nineteen years turns up dead. Wiley soon finds himself on a roller coaster ride that starts off with simple armed robbery, escalates to murder and could - if he's not very lucky – cost him his life. 


This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.

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SOME SWEET DAY


CT 6175


By BRYAN WOOLLEY, Narrated by CHARLES WATSON, 1 cassette.


Re-issued twenty-two years after its original publication, Some Sweet Day is a timeless story of love and fear within a family as remembered by Gatewood Turnbolt, the eldest son of Will Turnbolt, a Texas cotton farmer. Gatewood's memories center on the year 1944 when, at the age of six, he begins to explore his place within his family and his relationship with his volatile, sometimes bitter father. 1996.


This book contains some profanity.

SONGDOGS: A NOVEL


CT 6206


By COLUM MCCANN, Narrated by JACK HUFF, 2 cassettes.


With unreliable memories and scraps of photographs as his only clues, young Conor Lyons follows the tracks of his father, a roving photographer, as the elder Lyons moved from war-torn Spain to the barren plains of Mexico where he met and married Conor's mother, through the American West and finally back to Ireland. Through his quest to understand his parents' lives, Conor unravels the mysteries of past and present, love and loss. 


Strong language.

SUMMER GUEST


CT 6871


By JUSTIN CRONIN, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 3 cassettes.


A Maine fishing camp serves as the physical and emotional center for an extended circle of family and friends in this charming novel spanning three generations. On a single day in late summer, the rich financier Harry Wainwright, now dying of cancer, visits the camp he has frequented for more than 30 years. His visit prompts a flood of memories for each of the characters: Joe, who inherited the camp from his father but who spent years away when his father convinced him to evade the Vietnam draft; Lucy, Joe's wife, whose love for her husband and the camp is intertwined with her love for Harry; Jordan, a young fishing guide who finds solace and purpose at the camp; and Lucy's daughter, Kate, an aspiring medical student whose presence links all of the characters.


This book contains some sex and profanity.

SUNSET AND SAWDUST: A NOVEL


CT 6872


By JOE R.LANSDALE, Narrated by DIANA DORMAN, 3 cassettes.


Set in the sawmill town of Camp Rapture in East Texas during the Depression, Sunset Jones kills her husband and, surprisingly, is promptly named to take his place as constable. Even more surprisingly, she takes the job seriously. Already unpopular for thwarting a lynching, Sunset and her deputies get in over their heads in a stew of greed and brutality when the oil-covered corpses of a mother and her newborn are plowed up in a black farmer's field.


This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.


 


TOPSY DINGO WILD DOG: A NOVEL


CT 5070


By CAMILLA CARR, Narrated by THERESE EAST, 4 cassettes.


This is a novel about going home to West Texas. Uncertain, Texas is populated by unusually well drawn eccentric characters, including the heroine, Mary Jane Shady, who is returning home for her twentieth high school reunion. The plot is a twisted Texas gothic mystery that rings true to Texas ears.


Contains explicit descriptions of sex and violence.

TWO GLASS BUTTONS: A STORY OF THE TEXAS RUNAWAY SCRAPE


CT 4629


By MARGUERITE STARR CRAIN, Narrated by BRENT HOLCOMB, 1 cassette.


A story based on "the runaway scrape" incident -- which took place during the Texas independence movement -- when hundreds of Texas settlers fled from the advancing army of Mexican General Santa Anna. Using her great-great-grandfather's memoirs, the author created this fictional account of events and people in those crucial days of early Texas history.

TWO POINTS FOR MURDER


CT 5890


By D. B. BORTON, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 2 cassettes.


Cat Caliban, sleuth-in-training, uses her singular snooping skills to solve a case involving a missing kitten and a murdered high school basketball player.


This book contains some profanity.

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.

WIDOW


CT 6237


By BILLIE SUE MOSIMAN, Narrated by ELAYNE HUNT, 2 cassettes.


A year ago, her husband came home from work, pulled out a revolver and shot their two sons, then himself. Haunted by the devastation of her family, Kay Mandel has decided that she will never be a victim again. Taking a job in a strip club, she seeks out abusive men like her husband and, with a fatal dose of poison, ends their abuse forever. Soon Kay's private demons are put to rest and she vows never to kill again. But someone has been watching Kay - and takes up where she left off.


This book contains some sex, profanity, and violence.

WILD PITCH


CT 4646


By A.B. GUTHRIE, JR., Narrated by SCOTT DODSON, 1 cassette.


When a local rancher is shot and killed during a picnic, the smalltown sheriff's investigation gets help from a seventeen-year-old amateur detective who is the pitcher on the town's baseball team.

WINTERSHINE: A BOOK OF MAPS, PICTURES, LAMENTS, CELEBRATIONS, PRAISE


CT 5962



By EVE LA SALLE CARAM, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 1 cassette.


The story of a girl growing up in the Great Depression in the foothills of the Ozarks. Her life is shaped by both her colorful but driven and disconnected family and the woods and hills and streams and woodspeople of her family's back country home. This book contains some sex and profanity.

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Nonfiction

AMERICAN HERO: THE RED ADAIR STORY


CT 5262


By PHILIP SINGERMAN, Narrated by PATRICIA RUSSELL, 2 cassettes.


Red Adair is a John Wayne character come to life, a daredevil firefighter who has been an innovator in the development of techniques to make oil fields safer. He has repeatedly risked his life fighting some of the worst fire disasters of modern times, and in this vivid narrative, the reader is right there in Algeria, Iran, Libya, Central America, and the North Sea.


Strong language.

COPING WITH MACULAR DEGENERATION


CT 4471


By BILL G. CHAPMAN, Narrated by DAVID MUNRO, 1 cassette.


"Macular degeneration never totally blinds a person.  It simply destroys central vision."  The author examines the nature of the disease process and learning to cope with it's effects through techniques such as eccentric viewing, the correct use of light, magnification, contrast enhancement and reading and writing aids.

ETTA PLACE: HER LIFE AND TIMES WITH BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID


CT 5981


By GAIL DRAGO, Narrated by DEE BURNS, 2 cassettes.


As the paramour of the daring Sundance Kid and confidant to the famous bandit Butch Cassidy, the enigmatic Etta Place led an adventurous and unorthodox life on the run. This account tells of the outlaw gang's activities, the infamous trio's escape to South America, and the shootout which supposedly ended in the deaths of Cassidy and Sundance.

EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW


CT 3214


Edited by Joan Winmill Brown. Narrated by MAGDALEN MORAN, 2 cassettes.


Some of the most enlightening and uplifting writings of Christians down through the centuries have been divided into eight sections which highlight the attributes and power of Jesus--His love, His forgiveness, His daily presence, His birth, His life and ministry, His cross, His resurrection, and His return.

HARDER THAN HARDSCRABBLE: ORAL RECOLLECTIONS OF THE FARMING LIFE FROM THE EDGE OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY


CT 6839


By THAD SITTON, Narrated by JOHNSON CINDY, 2 cassettes.


(Subtitle reads: "Oral Recollections of the Farming Life from the Edge of the Texas Hill Country.") Oral historian Sitton collects the colorful and frequently touching stories of the pre-Fort Hood residents to give a firsthand view of Texas farming life before World War II. Until the U.S. Army claimed 300-plus square miles of hardscrabble land to build Fort Hood in 1942, small communities scratched out a living by growing cotton and ranching goats on the less fertile edges of the Texas Hill Country. The stories recount in vivid detail the hardships and satisfactions of daily life in the Texas countryside.

I WAS BORN IN SLAVERY: PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF SLAVERY IN TEXAS


CT 6840


By ANDREW WATERS, Narrated by LORI BRIX, 2 cassettes.


When the Federal Writers' Project sent interviewers across Texas to find former slaves and document what their lives were like during slavery, they filed over 590 slave narratives, the largest collection of any state. The 28 selections in "I Was Born in Slavery" show that Texas slaves had their own distinctive voices, often colored by their Western culture. Along with descriptions of the frontier, the words of these slaves provide poignant insights into what it was like to live as a slave in this area. Through their voices, we are given a moving glimpse into an important part of American history.


This book contains some violence.

JOHN RINGO: THE GUNFIGHTER WHO NEVER WAS


CT 5064


By JACK BURROWS, Narrated by TOM NAUGHTON, 2 cassettes.


The very name of John Ringo has come to represent the archetypal Western gunfighter, yet his life remains a mystery. Western historian Jack Burrows challenges popular views of Ringo in this full-length treatment of the myth and the man, based on twenty years of research into historical archives and interviews with Ringo's family.

MAY OWEN, M.D.: THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY


CT 5268


By TED STAFFORD, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 2 cassettes.


May Owen grew up on a farm in Central Texas' Falls County before the turn of the century, and overcame incredible odds to enter the medical profession. In fact, she was turned down by a nursing school because she "was not a well rounded person". She went on to become a pioneering pathologist, paving the way for other women, and personally helping over 400 medical students enter the profession.

MOSES AUSTIN AND STEPHEN F. AUSTIN: A GONE-TO-TEXAS DUAL BIOGRAPHY


CT 6275


By BETSY WARREN, Narrated by MARY JANE PRALL, 1 cassette.


A juvenile biography of the father and son who played such an important role in the early settlement of Texas.

ROAD BACK: A PACIFIC POW'S LIBERATION STORY


CT 6147


By DOROTHY DAVIS THOMPSON, Narrated by EMILY MCDONALD, 1 cassette.


A young American nurse living with her family in Manila, Dorothy Davis Thompson survived the Japanese invasion and capture of that city in 1942. Interned with her parents and sister in the camp at Santo Tomas, she established a hospital there to care for the sick. Twenty-two months into the ordeal, she became so ill that she and her mother were released in a prisoner exchange and sent to the U.S. Determined to see her family reunited and with few resources other than her own tenacity Thompson returned to the Philippines as a commissioned army nurse for the liberation of the camp at Santo Tomas.

TEXAS ALPHABET


CT 5178


By JAMES RICE, Narrated by JAYNE HAWKINS, 1 cassette.


In his famous Texas drawl, Texas Jack, a native jackrabbit, teaches the reader about significant Lone Star characters, historical events, and geography.  Texas Jack also offers a humorous commentary about each entry.

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Énfasis en Texas - Enero del 2008

Énfasis en Texas es un boletín semestral donde se anuncia los libros más recientes grabados por los voluntarios del estudio de Programa de Libros que Hablan en Austin y en la Biblioteca de Grabar para Ciegos y Discapacitados en Midland. Personas discapacitadas pueden recibir este casete gratis si están inscritos en el Programa de Libros que Hablan.

Desde 1978, voluntarios del Programa de Libros que Hablan, han grabado miles de libros de ficción y no ficción por autores texanos, o que tratan de la historia, cultura y gente del estado de la estrella solitaria. De los libros grabados en sus títulos se incluyen biografías, historias, libros del oeste, romances, de misterio, autoayuda y de viajes. Cada mes se graban diez libros nuevos ofreciéndole una incrementada variedad de temas texanos para escoger.

Para pedir los libros indicados, llame a un consultante de lectura al 1-800-252-9605, o en Austin al 463-5458. Un contestador automático esta disponible fuera de horario y los fines de semana, para solicitar libros o dejar mensajes. Cuando deje mensajes diga su nombre completo y su numero de cliente (si lo conoce) con claridad. Incluya también el numero CT y el título del libro de cada pedido. También se pueden solicitar libros por correo electrónico en: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov. Los libros especificados en este boletín pueden ser solicitados cuando gusten.

Anote los títulos y números de los libros que desea pedir y llámenos a cualquier hora con su pedido.

Español Ficción

CAMINO DEL ALTAR


CT 6873


Por JEANNE ALLAN, Narrado por TONI SPALDING, 1 casete.


Quint Damian habia conseguido, por fin, localizar a Greeley Lassiter. Y, por motivos personales, queria que esta se reuniera con su madre biologica, la mujer que la habia abandonado veinticuatro anos atras. Jamas imagino que Greeley seria tan diferente de su madre. Era abierta, generosa y hermosa. Al poco tiempo Quint olvido que enamorarse jamas habia formado parte do sus planes. Sin embargo, que convencerla de que no la estaba utilizando y de que queria llegar con ella hasta el altar.

CUADRILLA DE TRUHANES


CT  4744


Por KEITH LUGAR, Narrado por MARISOL BROWN, 1 casete.


"Cuadrilla de truhanes" novela vaquera de clase bolsilibro.

DEMASIADOS MUERTOS


CT  4743


Por MARCIAL LAFUENTE ESTEFANIA, Narrado por MARISOL BROWN, 1 casete.


"Demasiados muertos" novela de vaquera de clase bolsilibro.

EN EL TIEMPO DE LA LUZ


CT  6859



Por BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ, Narrado por SANDY LITSCHI, 3 casetes.


Tras la muerte de sus padres en un accidente automovilistico, el joven Andres Segovia y sus hermanos se ven obligados a mudarse a Mexico con el resto de la familia. Esta decision, a pesar de haber sido tomado con la mejor de las intenciones, es un error que trastornara para siempre la vida de Andres. Quando Andres decide regresar a los Estados Unidos, las autoridades lo detienen un dia y lo ponen bajo la tutela de una terapeuta llamada Grace Delgado, una viuda que vive en El Paso.


Este libro contiene sexo, y lenguaje inapropiado.


 


SALSIPUEDES: CUENTOS


CT  6846


Por RAMON BETANCOURT, Narrado por KARLA LONGNION, 1 casete.


En esta coleccion de cuentos, Ramon Betancourt relata la vida de hispanas en el sur de California, en la frontera con Mexico. En los cuentos encontramos a personajes cuya vida barreras psicologicas, fisicas, emocionales y personales, asi como las complejidades de una vida fronteriza: la pobreza, la tradicion y las cambiantes relaciones entre los sexos.


Este libro contiene sexo, lenguaje inapropiado, y violencia.

VETERANO RURAL


CT  4742


Por FRED DENNIS, Narrado por JUAN LUJAN, 1 casete.


"Veterano Rural" novela de vaquera de clase bolsilibro.

VIDAS INACABADAS


CT 6869


Por MARK SPRAGG, Narrado por PILAR RAYMOND, 2 casetes.


Griff tiene nueve anos y vive en Iowa con su madre, que quedo viuda a muy temprana edad. La mirada critica de la nina se cierne sobre la vida de esta madre que parece elegir siempre los amores equivocados y a veces violentos. La nina escribe en su diario la lista de las cosas que detesta de su madre y cada manana hace el equipaje con la con la esperanza de que ese nuevo dia sea el punto final a la relacion del momento. Hasta que una manana su madre dice basta y emprenden el camino a Wyoming, donde vive el abuelo de Griff, Einar, que desconoce la existencia de su nieta y que culpa a su nuera de la muerte de su hijo en un accidente. Einar es un hombre que no espera nada de la vida, enfadado con el destino, cuya existencia austera y gris se va a ver alterada por la llegada de Griff y su madre.


Este libro contiene sexo, y lenguaje inapropiado.

Regresar al principio

Se concluye la lista de esta edición de Énfasis en Texas.


Para pedir estos libros, llame al l-800-252-9605, o en Austin al 463-5458.

Ordenar

Miles de libros adicionales grabados en Texas están disponibles en el Programa de Libros que Hablan. Un consultante de lectura puede recomendarle otros títulos o autores texanos. Puede añadir mas libros a su lista de lectura a través de nuestro programa de selección automático. El mundo de libros texanos le espera con solo una llamada.

Así como todos los libros de nuestra colección, no hay limite de tiempo para estos libros. Cualquier título se puede pedir cuando guste, ahora o en el futuro.

Sin embargo, Énfasis en Texas es un boletín compartido y se presta solamente una semana. Este casete debe ser devuelto a los siete días de haberlo recibido al Programa de Libros que Hablan. Favor de devolverlo lo mas pronto posible para poder compartirlo con otros clientes.

Los voluntarios texanos desean recibir sus comentarios e ideas. Mándenos un mensaje electrónico a tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov o escríbanos a Volunteer Recording Studio, Talking Book Program, P.O. Box 23927, Austin, TX. 78711-2927.

Regresar al principio

Programa de Libros que Hablan, Austin, TX. Enero del 2008

Talking Book Program


Texas State Library & Archives Commission


PO Box 12927


Austin TX 78711-2927


1-800-252-9605 (in Texas)


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