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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, folklore, and people of the Lone Star state. Titles recorded include biographies, histories, westerns, romances, mysteries, self-help, travel, and children's books. Approximately 10 new books are completed each month, including some in Spanish. 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. Following the list of titles recently recorded by our volunteers, we also feature in this issue a section on bonus titles recorded in years past including books for children and young adults. We are pleased to provide you this reminder that these bonus books are available. Note the titles and book numbers you would like to request, then call us at any time with your order. return to top Fiction Affirmative Reaction: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6548 by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Langlinais, 2 cassettes Tory Travers needs the help of police detective David Alvarez again when she discovers a woman's body has been stuffed in a manhole while she's inspecting a community development site-and she wants to help in order to speed things up. The city officials who contracted her company to inspect the storm sewers will undoubtedly hold up her check until after the case has been solved. The body turns out to belong to a contentious city employee who vehemently opposed affirmative action programs. (#3 in the series.) This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Bad Memory CT 6525 by Duane Franklet, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 3 cassettes He calls himself “Hektor,"” his operation “Trojan Horse.” With his carefully assembled underground team, he has breached the walls of the Houston-based Simtec Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of personal computers. Bypassing the best security money can buy-codes, gates, and guards-Hektor has crippled Simtec through the back door, and is gearing up to extort his fair share of their twenty-billion-a-year revenues. Vowing to fight, Simtec’s newly named CEO Diane Hughes faces a forbidding test of her leadership. With her company caught in an escalating spiral of demands and destruction, she turns to her top troubleshooter, Barry Shepard. But Barry could pay the highest price of all, for Hektor has made the ultimate threat. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Black Gold CT 6513 by Frederic Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes In 1930's Texas, the oil industry is booming and small-time wildcatter Bill Dodd has secretly acquired the oil lease to the property adjoining H.L. Hunt's latest gusher. It promises to make Dodd a millionaire but before he can register the leases with the county, he is gunned down and Hunt's company takes over the land. Texas Ranger Lee Garrett is sent to investigate. He uncovers the first organized crime racket in Texas. The Mafia is running women and booze and their hired muscle makes sure no one stops their operation. And the only person Garrett can trust is Molly, a young prostitute from Brooklyn. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Casanova Crimes CT 6484 by Nancy Herndon, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes Elena Jarvis is an officer in the Crimes Against Persons department of the Los Santos, Texas, police. She's got a sharp mind and a strong sense of justice. Graham Fullerton was the campus Casanova of Herbert Hobart University until a date with poison put an end to his extra-curricular activities. When Elena Jarvis searches for suspects in the pages of Graham's little black book, she finds them too numerous to count, and all of them have payback on their minds. Elena discovers a dark secret about Graham that puts her own life in danger. This book contains: Profanity return to top Cat on a Blue Monday CT 6539 by Carole Nelson Douglas, Narrated by Dana Schuff, 3 cassettes Midnight Louie, toughcat extraordinaire, and his human partner in crime-solving, petite red-headed publicist Temple Barr, are once again in the thick of things as they try to discover just who is trying to wreck the annual Las Vegas Cat Show. When people start dying and the cats are placed in mortal danger, it’s up to Louie to set things right He’ll do his best to foil the fiendish plot against the cats of Las Vegas . . . and save his best friend Temple from a very human killer. This book contains: Violence Comanche Woman: Sisters of the Lone Star CT 6415 by Joan Johnston, Narrated by Stephanie Murphy, 3 cassettes Bayleigh Stewart was as different from her older sister Sloan as she was from her younger sister Cricket. Their father had always dreamed of having three strong sons he could train to be everything a Texas man should be. Her sisters favored their father’s frontier spirit of tough independence while Bayleigh thought of herself as Rip’s disappointing daughter. When she was captured by the Comanches, she would learn that she, too, was a stalwart survivor. This book contains: Heavy Sex, violence and profanity Cure The Texas Fever CT 6240 by J. T. Edson, Narrated by Ed Corrigan, 2 cassettes A baffling disease called “Texas fever” is threatening to ruin Texas cattle ranchers financially. The governor is willing to do anything to find a cure, even pardon a man with a price on his head. Waxahachie Smith is allowed to return to Texas under one condition—that he serve as bodyguard to the young vet who may be close to a cure. This book contains: Violence and profanity Dangerous Dilemmas CT 6521 by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes This is the story of a woman who is going through a divorce after her husband of 25 years betrays her in the most cruel way imaginable. If that's not enough, her son is in jail, accused of capital murder. Leaving the jail she meets a man who rescues her from car trouble. It's only after a relationship develops between them that she discovers that he is the police detective testifying against her son. Must she choose between the love of a man and a mother's love for her child? This book contains: Some Sex and profanity return to top Death at Whitechapel CT 6515 by Robin Paige, Narrated by Linda Fox, 2 cassettes Kathryn Ardleigh is becoming accustomed to the high-society circles of her recently Lorded husband Charles Sheridan. And she has found a kindred spirit in Jennie Jerome Churchill, whose carefree lifestyle has made her a frequent topic in the tabloids. But there is a more serious scandal threatening Jennie - and the political future of her son Winston. She is being blackmailed by someone who has made a heinous accusation. This book contains: Violence Death of a Minister's Wife CT 6538 by Allen Whitman, Narrated by Jack Huff, 1 cassette The Reverend Jarvis Hedlam glances at the headline: "Prominent Pastor Suspended." What grabs his attention is that the man is his childhood friend, George Hawthorne. One phone call to a seminary classmate uncovers the fact that his grade school buddy has been suspended for alcoholism, is whispered to be a womanizer, and is under suspicion in the unexplained death of Stacey, his attractive wife. To add to the mystery, George Hawthorne has disappeared. Eater of Souls CT 6506 by Lynda S. Robinson, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes In a tale of ancient Egyptian political intrigue, someone, or something, is slaying innocent persons on the night streets in the royal city of Memphis. Frightened citizens believe it is the gruesome work of the Devourer, the eater of souls, one of the most fearsome gods in the Egyptian pantheon. Even Lord Meren, the eyes and ears of the Pharaoh, is baffled by this series of horrific crimes whose victims have only one thing in common: the grisly manner of their deaths. This book contains: Violence Eden CT 6549 by Fredric Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 2 cassettes The Kings aren't like other families. They are bound together by a hatred as vast as their oil-rich Texas ranch – and the purse strings of a fortune held by the cold matriarch of their wealthy clan. Helen King's five children have as little love for her as they do for each other. So when her eldest son, Howard is shot to death in his Dallas home, there is no shortage of suspects. As administrator of the King fortune, he was the focus for his siblings' deepest resentment. Everyone has a motive, no one has an alibi - and Matthew, who has always been the family peacemaker, admits he was at the scene shortly before the murder and saw nothing. As the police close in on the killer, Matthew faces an unwanted choice: loyalty to a family that's never understood love or saving his own skin. This book contains: Profanity return to top El Camino Del Rio CT 6544 by Jim Sanderson, Narrated by Paul Klemperer, 2 cassettes Presidio, Texas is hard country and hardship duty for U.S. Border Patrol officer Dolph Martinez. When circling buzzards lead him to a corpse wearing red Wing boots with a .22 bullet hole in an expensive haircut, Dolph realizes that this is no ordinary norteno trying to cross the deserted border from Mexico. Is the dead man connected to Sister Quinn's efforts to help Central American political refugees find sanctuary? Is Sister Quinn, a nun who practices curanderismo, mixed up in a smuggling operation? It is Dolph's job and his destiny to unravel the mystery. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity The Fourth Horseman CT 6527 by Randy Lee Eickhoff, Narrated by Harold Steadman, 4 cassettes Historical fiction about Doc Holliday. More than a simple gunfighter, Doc Holliday is a sensitive yet sardonic gentleman through whose eyes we experience the bitter harshness of the new frontier. Following a shooting at the Withlacoochee River, Holliday's father sends him to a Northern dental school in hopes of building a bright future for his son. But tuberculosis cuts short a promising career, and Holliday heads into the West and into history. He is destined to become the lone outsider at the infamous OK Corral gunfight. This book contains: Profanity Framework for Death: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6490 by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes El Paso Detective David Alvarez is summoned to the scene of a crime from a New Year's Sun Bowl game after a uniformed officer responded to an anonymous phone call - he entered a residence in a prestigious neighborhood with a unique history, and fell right into the middle of a structural collapse. A concealed room is discovered in the basement of the residence, complete with two bodies, and a live infant upstairs. Alvarez turns to engineer Tory Travers to figure out what caused the collapse, but doesn't want to stop there. (#2 in the series) This book contains: Profanity Gone to Texas CT 6535 by Donald K. Wright, Narrated by Dick Collins, 3 cassettes This is the saga of two young men, sickened by the ravages of the Civil War, who decide to take their cut and join the migration of those who look to the wilderness of the Texas frontier to give them a fresh start. Along the way they meet two exceptional women: the tortured Molly Klinner, a woman whose own life has been shattered by the war and Gabriel Johnson, an Eastern beauty who views her journey to the Wild West as a lark. Together they will weather the travails that the new frontier has in store for them and carve out a new life. This book contains: Some sex and profanity return to top Hardrock Stiff: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6347 by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Nancy VanHemert, 2 cassettes Ned Carr is an old hardrock miner who has stubbornly held on to his acres of what has become prime real estate in the heart of Aspen’s popular ski slopes. He has made plenty of enemies over the years from the militant environmental activists called the Green Briars to the even more dangerous property-rights group known as the Free West Rebellion. When a mine explosion blows old Ned to bits, Sheriff Kurt Muller finds a long list of motives for murder, from eco-terrorism to corporate greed. This book contains: Violence and profanity House of Gentle Men CT 6507 by Kathy Hepinstall, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes In this story, the house of the title is a sort of anti-bordello for women, where the male residents provide lovelorn ladies not with sex but with solace, sweetness, and romance. Set in post-World War II Louisiana, the novel traces the lives of two motherless misfits: Charlotte, a voluntary mute who suffered first a rape, then the loss of her baby; and Louise, a compulsive neatnik whose father is the men's "madam." Both women fall for his newest working boy, a troubled soldier attempting to atone for his past. As the trio search for happiness, they encounter a succession of realizations that teach them what love is. This book contains: Some sex Hunter's Trap CT 6518 by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Kenny Rahmeyer, 2 cassettes On the night of the vernal equinox in 1930, the novel's protagonist Wilbur Smythe, puts in motion his plan to avenge the deaths of his wife and his employer, a wealthy Kiowa's oil money. Smythe intends to kidnap the banker's seventeen-year-old daughter, Sissy, and hold her hostage to torment her father before killing him. Set largely in El Paso and its Mexican neighbor, Juarez, the story weaves together the strong political and social undercurrents of the Depression. Beneath its texture of place and time, however, the story reasserts the age-old wisdom of how thin the margin is between good and evil in members of the human "family." This book contains: Some sex and profanity A John Graves Reader CT 6305 by John Graves, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes All of the pieces in this anthology were selected, arranged, and edited by the author himself. They reflect various stages of his life and writing career - youth in Texas, World War II, travels in Mexico, Europe, and New York, and his return to Texas as home and as subject matter. They also present recurring themes in his writing - from the land and people to fishing, traveling, and the enduring friendships that have enriched his life. This book contains: Profanity return to top Lost CT 6531 by Helen R. Myers, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes Six years ago, the small town of Split Creek, Texas, was rocked to its core when a young woman was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found. Now, when Faith Ramey's abandoned car is discovered, the town can't help feeling an unwelcome sense of deja vu. Police Chief Jared Morgan doesn't want to believe there's a connection, but Faith's sister, Michaele, is beginning to suspect otherwise. This book contains: Some sex and profanity Pariah: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6528 by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Ruth Borinstein, 2 cassettes On the eve of his recall vote, Aspen Sheriff Kurt Muller is summoned to the home of an old acquaintance, the beautiful, reclusive heiress Nicole Buer. Someone, she says, is sending her hate mail and threatening to kill her. She's convinced it's her old lover, the 60s blues idol Rocky Rhodes, but Kurt is wary, for good reason: Twenty years earlier Rocky's body was found on the grounds of Nicole's mansion, and Nicole herself was charged with his murder. But Kurt's doubts are shaken when Nicole is found dead the next morning, only hours after he left her. Kurt soon uncovers a host of high-placed suspects. This book contains: Profanity Season’s End: A Novel CT 6523 by Tom Grimes, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes In this "ultimate baseball novel,” Mike Williams tempts fate when he appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of twenty-one. He becomes a major-league batting champion and a national icon as he travels from innocence to disillusionment. Through the prism of baseball, Season's End examines the rich, dark themes of young love, fathers and sons, rags-to-riches wealth, and the cult of celebrity in the media age. This book contains: Profanity Sugar Land CT 6530 by Joni Rodgers, Narrated by Dianna Dorman, 3 cassettes This is the story of the Smithers sisters - Kit and Kiki. As children, they performed throughout Texas as the Sugar Babes, but those glory days of county fair stages, adoring fans, and gold lame gowns are long gone. Now Kit and Kiki are grown up. All that remains are the blues these sisters sing as they learn to cope with the vicissitudes of real life: withering marriages, cheating spouses, balloon mortgages, lost opportunities, and the demands of motherhood. This is the story of the healing power of forgiveness, the seemingly impossible task of loving, the resilience of family ties, and what happens when a tornado meets a double-wide trailer. This book contains: Some sex and profanity return to top Supporting The Sky CT 6346 by Patricia Browning Griffith, Narrated by Lindsey King, 2 cassettes A humorous novel set in Washington, D.C. When Rosemary Kenny, a transplanted Texan, meets an intriguing foreign journalist while patrolling with her Neighborhood Watch group, he seems romantically interested in her—an unsettling prospect for Rosemary who hasn’t dated in years. At the same time, as a single parent she worries about her tempestuous sixteen-year-old daughter’s hidden romantic life. This book contains: Profanity Texas Destiny CT 6532 by Lorraine Heath, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes This historical romance, set in Fort Worth, opens with the arrival of mail-order bride Amelia Carson. A broken leg prevents her future husband, Dallas Leigh, from meeting her but he sends his brother who was badly scarred during the Civil War. Soon the brother realizes he can't watch Dallas marry the woman he has come to love. The author deals movingly with the shattering effect the Civil War had on these three survivors. This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity Texas Wildcat CT 6368 by Adrienne Dewolfe, Narrated by Theresa Hackley, 3 cassettes The feud between the Bandera County, Texas cattlemen and sheepherders is worsening, fueled by a severe drought in the summer of 1884. When beautiful but hot-tempered sheepherder Bailey McShane charges into the cattlemen’s saloon to accuse them of stealing precious water from her land, Zach Rawlins, president of the local cattlemen’s association, tries to find a solution to the conflict. Zach has always been the man of Bailey’s dreams but her father raised her to be as self-reliant as a man. Although drawn to Bailey, Zach wants a woman who needs him, not one who cannot accept his help. Will anything short of a disaster, natural or man-made, bring such strong-willed people together in a loving partnership? This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity They Are Ruining Ibiza CT 6545 by A. C. Greene, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette Charles Martyn, Ph.D., age 60, author of a classic work of literary criticism, is on his second trip to Ibiza – this time with his new wife Susan – searching for his artist son Led. Moving through the search for Led, the novel takes readers through unpredictable twists in plot that keep them guessing about Led's whereabouts until the final scene of the story. The author spins out this account of Martyns plight with sympathy for his melancholy but without excusing his emotional withdrawal. This book contains: Profanity return to top Three Perfect Men CT 6524 by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes In this romantic adventure, the lives of three Houston women become entangled with those of three rugged men they encounter while vacationing on a remote lake in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. A feminist publisher, a computer whiz, and a judge. They are different ages, different races, from different backgrounds. None of them could explain why they became fast friends. Their vacation together veers from quiet contentment to the horrifying, with the macabre discovery of the mutilated body of a teenager. Ike, Donnell, and Jones are not flawless, but they are the perfect men for Angela, Eleanor, and Sondra. This book contains: Some sex Treasure CT 6526 by Suzanne Robinson, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes Orphan Emily Fox may be London's most skilled lady pickpocket, but she is certain her grandest scheme will also be her last. For when she finds the treasure hidden on Valin North's spectacular estate, she'll be rich enough to give her beloved siblings everything they could ever want ... and she'll never have to scheme for her supper again. Disguised as a flirtatious debutante entering the social scene, Emmie slips into North's circle and is instantly captivated by the powerfully sensual nobleman. Suddenly, stealing from North seems like more than mere deception. It seems like a betrayal of the heart. Understanding Women CT 6536 by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes It's 1956 and James Robert (Jimbo) Proctor's just turned sixteen when his Uncle Waylan and his new wife Vicky invite him to spend a summer toiling in the oil patch in New Mexico. But Jimbo lands smack dab in a domestic fracas that has his uncle living in his machine shop and sneaking out with Sharon, his secretary. What's inside Jimbo's head makes for compulsive and delicious reading. He watches his uncle and his fellow workers for clues as to what makes a man, and he obsesses, with extraordinary innocence, over all the different women in this story and their relationship to him and to his uncle. Some sex and profanity Up in Flames: A John and Mary Bolt Mystery CT 6517 by Linda S. Bingham, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes Houston arson expert John Bolt isn't looking for love. He is hot on the trail of a serial firebug who has already blazed a name for himself in a small New England college town. But a bumpy flight bounces Mary Yates, attractive actress from San Francisco, into Bolt's path. Together they search for motives in a case which turns from matches into murder, and in the process, sets their hearts aflame. When one major suspect turns out to be Mary's lifelong friend, the odds for a lasting partnership are not good. (1st in series.) This book contains: Profanity Virgin Fire CT 6208 by Elizabeth Chadwick, Narrated by Karen Phipps, 2 cassettes As the proud owner of one of the few bathtubs in rough and tumble Spindletop, Texas, Jessica Parnell is besieged by oil drillers, speculators, and riffraff—every one longing to take advantage of her precious facilities. But the most persistent and intriguing is her own estranged husband, Travis. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity return to top Nonfiction The Gospel According to Bubba CT 6537 by Chuck Meyer; Illustrations by Cindy Mayfield and Donna Utsler, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette Theological conversations the author has with an imaginary angel named "Bubba" about Christian doctrine and the bible. The Last Buffalo: Walter Potts and the 92nd “Buffalo” Division in World War I CT 6520 by E.B. Hogan, Narrated by Atkins, J. Noble, 1 cassette In World War I, soldiers of African descent made up the U.S. Army's 92nd Division, and fought in France as a unit. They became known as the Buffalo Battalion, named after their predecessors who served in the military in the American West. When he died at age 106, Walter E. Potts, an East Texas veteran, became the "last Buffalo." Author Eva Hogan has written this book to honor her grandfather and to preserve the history of the 92nd Division. Threadgill’s: The Cookbook CT 6310 by Eddie Wilson, Narrated by Michael Neibergall, 2 cassettes A born storyteller, restauranteur Eddie Wilson has produced more than a cookbook. This is an outpouring of appreciation for food, family, friends, and music. Threadgill’s Restaurant is not only known for Southern cooking, it is also a museum of Austin music history and a shrine to the grandfather of Austin country music, Kenneth Threadgill. return to top Spanish Fiction Isla del Cundeamor (Island of Cundeamor) CT 6372 by René Vázquez Díaz, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 2 cassettes Vázquez Díaz offers an eloquent portrait of an imaginary island nation that bears a striking resemblance to his own native Cuba. As the islanders tell their stories, their enduring hopes transcend the stifling boundaries of daily life in Cundeamor. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity Nen, La Inútil (Idle Dreamer) CT 6376 by Ignacio Solares, Narrated by Daniela Sanchez, 1 cassette Nen, the idle dreamer, is a woman whose misunderstood talent for seeing into the future leads her to the palace of the emperor Montezuma at the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity Orilla Oscura (Dark Edge) CT 6374 by José María Merino, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes A Spanish professor who lives in the United States travels to Central America on sabbatical. During a visit to a museum, he discovers a portrait of a man who looks remarkably like his late father, a discovery that causes the professor to re-examine his youth and the events of his past. The “dark edge” of the novel’s title refers to the fine line between past and present, fantasy and reality, dreaming and waking. return to top Spanish Nonfiction Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio CT 4920 by Elena Poniatowska, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 3 cassettes Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio es la historia contada por una mujer comun y corriente. Jesusa Palancares, la protagonista, es una mujer tipica mexicana en un mundo donde el machismo sobresale y en otros aspectos ella es feminista, con gracia y mucho humor. Criando A Nuestros Ninos: Educando A Ninos Latinos En Un Mundo Bicultural CT 6529 by Gloria G. Rodriguez, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 4 cassettes (Raising Our Children: Educating Latin children in a bicultural world) Este libro, que incluye las investigaciones mas actuales, ademas de anecdotas personales, canciones, recetas, dichos y juegos, provee un rico marco cultural para ayudarle a criar y educar de manera eficaz y responsable a sus ninos que se complementa con un invalorable regalo: pasarles nuestra cultura. To order any of these titles, call 1-800-252-9605 or, in Austin, 512-463-5458. return to top Spotlight on Bonus Titles Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away. Among the titles available, you may want to consider ordering these previously recorded bonus titles: Bonus Fiction Boomer's Gold CT 3202 by Jack Warner, Narrated by Lloyd Davis, 3 cassettes This is the story of an oil well called Dixon Creek No. 2, the town of Borger which was formed around it on the high Texas plains in 1926, and the men and women who lived in this boom town. This book contains: Profanity China Syndrome CT 3536 by Burton Wohl, Narrated by Sarah Light, 1 cassette An accident at a nuclear power plant in California is covered up by management and authorities. One man feels he must tell the world of the hazards and seeks help from a beautiful reporter and a tough young cameraman. This book contains: Profanity Daze of Our Lives CT 3766 by Jean Burchett, Narrated by Phyl Holbert, 1 cassette Hailed by some as the "Bombeck of Texas," Burchett offers the reader a sampling of her witty stories about family life. Her column, also called Daze of our Lives, appears in several Texas newspapers. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral CT 3292 by Nelson C. Nye, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 1 cassette Wyatt Earp was a heroic lawman, Doc Holliday a gambling gunman—yet they were brothers under the skin when it came to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. return to top Halloween Party CT 3291 by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes After a child boasts that he saw someone murdered, he is found dead a few hours later. Hercule Poirot is faced with one of his most challenging cases of criminal pathology. Hanging On CT 2898 by Hila Colman, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes The intimate journal of a wife’s pain-filled year with a husband who is slowly dying of a stroke. It is the story of a couple who learned to face personal disaster without abandoning their hold on life. This book contains: Profanity Hold Autumn in Your Hand CT 3697 by George Sessions Perry, Narrated by Ann Morrison, 1 cassette This novel tells the story of Sam Tucker, a Texas tenant farmer who, though very poor, fights nature, the seasons, and a good many of his fellow men to bring something from the earth Jury of One CT 3192 by Mignon Good Eberhart, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 1 cassette Murder invades the house where Maggy Warren is preparing for her marriage to a man she has known all her life, and no one is the same any more. return to top Kingdom CT 2855 by Ronald S. Joseph, Narrated by Therese East, 3 cassettes Joel Trevor founded the great Lantana Ranch, but it was his daughter Anne and her husband Alex Cameron who created the dynasty that made the ranch what it was. This book contains: Heavy sex, profanity, violence Morning Song CT 3747 by Linda Timian Herring, Narrated by Rheta Edwards, 1 cassette Carol Morgan is secure and happy in the life and career she has made for herself after overcoming the tragic death of her husband. Then Reverend Daniel Thornton enters her life, shattering her illusions and her defenses. His example of unconditional love alters the course of her future. Murder in a Small Town (Perhaps) CT 3760 by H.B. Fox, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette In this humorous murder mystery, Editor Harold Smith of the celebrated "Oak Hill Gazette" reports on crime, wit, and shenanigans in a small American town, including, perhaps – it's hard to tell – two murders. Nightingale CT 3620 by Agnes Sligh Turnbull, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes The small mechanical nightingale, a rare heirloom in the Carpenter family, is stolen and suspicion falls upon one villager after another. Its recovery reveals the healing properties of village mutuality. return to top No Holiday for Crime CT 3655 by Dell Shannon, Narrated by Susan McKinnon, 2 cassettes Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department is saddled with liquor store hijackings and various robberies at Christmas time, but he is particularly baffled by the murder of a young, devout Mormon girl. Year of the Gun CT 3921 by Michael Mewshaw, Narrated by Bob Schenkkan, 2 cassettes In this suspense novel, an American working for a shabby English-language newspaper in Rome unwittingly entangles himself in the plans of ruthless terrorists. David Rayborne wangles an advance from an American publisher for an inside account of the terrorist group, the Red Brigades. Then he invents his own version of their clandestine cell and secret plans to kidnap a prominent Italian politician. When his manuscript becomes sought after by a photojournalist and the terrorists, David faces the loss of all he loves – a woman, a city, and his own life. return to top Bonus Nonfiction Accordian Man CT 3570 by Myron Floren, Narrated by Norman Kieke, 1 cassette The autobiography of a musician – an accordion player – who was a friend and employee of Lawrence Welk for many years. He played in and helped manage the orchestra in Welk's TV show and in personal appearances. Chronicles of the Big Bend CT 3474 by W. D. Smithers, Narrated by Vic Rogers, 1 cassette This is the story of the frontier era of the Big Bend area of Texas before it became a national park in 1944. It tells of outlaws, smugglers, prohibition and the many wonderful inhabitants of the area. Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas CT 3755 by Don Graham, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes A lively exploration of the Texas myth in film. The author, a Texas and lifelong movie fan, examines hundreds of movies made from 1912 to the present. He tells how Texas came to be perceived as a desert inhabited by lusty citizens with Western manners, mores and dress. Faith is the Answer CT 3188 by Smiley Blanton, Narrated by Magdalen Moran, 2 cassettes Norman Vincent Peale and Dr. Blanton combine the age-old truths of the Bible and modern psychiatry and psychology to present a new approach to personal happiness. return to top Hugging the Jukebox CT 3880 by Naomi Shihab Nye, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette In these poems, the author evokes the people and places of the American Southwest, Guatemala, Colombia and Peru, shrewdly and joyously. The first section of the book draws on Texas life, the second offers South-of-the-Border observations, and the third section is a group of poems concerned with talking and silences and the ways in which the world speaks to us. LBJ Country CT 3233 by Bill Porterfield, Narrated by Gretchen Estes, 1 cassette The author, a reporter for a Houston paper, describes the harsh Texas hill country that nurtured President Johnson and the men and women who were his friends. Letters from an Early Settler of Texas CT 3010 by William B. Dewees, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 2 cassettes These letters cover many events in Texas history during the years from 1819 to 1852 and also include many important Texas documents. Lots of Land CT 3102 by Curtis Bishop, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes This is a story of the land of Texas, as well as a history of Texas, as compiled from the record of the General Land Office of Texas. return to top Mr. Claude CT 3762 by Ada Morehead Holland, Narrated by Jerome Stone, 1 cassette Claude Barr Kennedy worked in the big sawmills in the piney woods of deep East Texas. His story is intertwined with the history of logging, lumbering, and forest management in Texas. It is a story of family joys and sorrows, personal strengths and quirks. Napoleon and Josephine: The Biography of a Marriage CT 2903 by Frances Mossiker, Narrated by Cynthia Kreisner, 3 cassettes Napoleon and Josephine are depicted as real people – a man and a woman in love – until the situation changes and his love for her deteriorates as they share a turbulent life. Roses in December CT 3580 by Frances Parkinson Keyes, Narrated by Phyl Holbert 3 cassette The author, a best-selling novelist, recalls her girlhood at the turn of the century, her New England upbringing, her schooling in Boston private schools and her education and travels abroad. Concludes with her marriage to a man many years her senior. Spindletop CT 2843 by James A. Clark and Michel T. Halbouty, Narrated by Terry May, 2 cassettes On January 10, 1901 the first great oil gusher roared in at Spindletop, Texas, and the future of America and the world was forever changed. return to top Wings of Silver CT 4302 by Jo Petty, Narrated by Margaret Young, 1 cassette A collection of hundreds of inspirational sayings on love, joy, peace, suffering, goodness and faith. Wonderful World of Country Music CT 3260 by Jeannie Sakol, Narrated by Joyce Leidy, 3 cassettes A dictionary of country music including biographies of stars, a history of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Association Awards winners and notes on Bluegrass and Outlaw music. return to top Fiction for Children and Young Adults Hello, the Boat CT 3543 by Phyllis Crawford, Narrated by Eunice Clingo, 1 cassette When they decide to leave their home in Pittsburgh in 1817 and re-establish themselves in the West, the Doak family manages a merchant's new storeboat down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. For junior and senior high readers. Ice Castles CT 3675 by Leonore Fleischer, Narrated by Sarah Light, 2 cassettes Alexis Winston had a dream—to become a champion figure skater. She was also in love with Nick, her childhood sweetheart, who had dreams of his own. Johnny Texas CT 3734 by Carol Hoff, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette This is a story of adventure, excitement and pathos, woven together with threads of early Texas history. When ten-year-old Johann comes from Germany to make his home in Texas, he is awed at first by the vastness of the country. But from the moment the friendly stagecoach driver tousles his hair and calls him " Johnny Texas," the boy's love for this wonderful land of freedom begins to grow. Legend of the Bluebonnet CT 3673 by Tomie De Paola, Narrated by Ginger Edwards, 1 cassette This story not only tells the origin of the state flower of Texas, but also is a tale of the courage and sacrifice of a young person. For grades 3-6. return to top Leonard the Lizard CT 2945 by Mary Frances Lamport, Narrated by Karen DeBusk, 1 cassette Leonard is a chameleon—a lizard that changes the color of his skin to match his background. This is the story of a day in his life. This recording also contains: “Jerry Giraffe's Short Journey.” Jerry Giraffe walks away from the zoo and makes friends with a group of children. “The Glory of Easter” tells the story of Easter in simple verse for very young children. “A Package of Goodies” contains two brief rhyming stories on being polite and having good manners and on being pretty, strong and clean. “Spotty the Spider.” Spotty selects a place for his new home and begins to build his web. For grades 2-5. Miss Pickerell Goes to the Arctic CT 3562 by Ellen MacGregor, Narrated by Mary Jane Prall, 1 cassette Why would Miss Pickerell be deep in the Arctic on a cargo plane that is running out of gas? What if they have to make a forced landing? Never fear! Miss Pickerell and her umbrella will win the day. For grades 3-6. Mystery of the Green Cat CT 3136 by Phyllis A. Whitney, Narrated by Leila Reynolds, 1 cassette The mysterious old lady who lives at the top of the hill and a strange green china cat help to bring two brothers and their new stepsisters together as a family. For grades 5-8. Orphans on the Guadalupe CT 3790 by Frances Alexander, Narrated by Lisa Davis, 1 cassette Among the colonists from Germany who settled along the Guadalupe River were nineteen orphans and an Evangelical pastor and his wife who became their "parents" after a tragic epidemic struck these pioneer immigrants. This story is about their adventures in the Texas wilderness. For readers in grades 6-9. Sunrise Song CT 3848 by Minnie Gilbert, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette Set during the Mexican Revolution, this novel tells about Rosita's adventures before her quininiera – a centuries old ritual marking a girl’s fifteenth birthday. Along the Mexican border country of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, descendants of the Spanish colonists of long ago still observed the beautiful old custom of coming out parties for their daughters' fifteenth birthdays. For readers in grades 6-9 and high school. return to top Nonfiction for Young Adults and Adults Italian Texans CT 2889 by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette Italians have been in Texas almost from the very beginning. They were with Coronado during his trip across the High Plains in 1541 and many were present during the Texas war for independence. This is the story of these men and of the later men and women who contributed much to Texas culture. Jewish Texans CT 2859 by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette Jews from all countries of the world found their way to Texas and this is a brief narration of what they contributed to the state's history and heritage. For high school and adult readers. return to top Spanish Fiction Dia en la Vida CT 3868 by Manlio Argueta, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes "Un dia en la vida" (One Day in the Life) expresses in fictional form the collective voice of El Salvador and offers a message of hope through its characters. Lazarillo de Tormes CT 3568 by Plaja de Guillermo Diaz, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette Lazarillo de Tormes is the main character in a series of sketches detailing the struggles of the poor to survive and to stay alive. Seven loosely related tales follow Lazarillo from the rags of a poor childhood to the riches of a respectable government post and honorable family life. Written in the 16th century. Lo Que Tu Callaste CT 3801 by Caridad Bravo Adams, Narrated by Thomas Fountain, 2 cassettes "Lo que tu callaste" (What You Kept Quiet About) is a dramatic novel of love, pride and revenge. Mi Isla Sonada CT 3244 by Abelardo Milton Diaz , Narrated by Ines Maldonado, 2 cassettes A fictionalized account of life in a small Puerto Rican town in a time of transition and change, and how these changes affect the traditions and customs which were part of the Puerto Rican personality and culture. Os Ofrezco el Big Bang CT 3630 by Ralph Barby, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette "Os ofrezco el big bang" (Presenting the Big Bang) is a science fiction epic about the battle between good and evil, in which the hero, Xaloc, triumphs over the forces of evil. return to top Spanish Nonfiction Cruz y el Punal CT 3235 by David R. Wilkerson, Narrated by Carmen Kelly, 2 cassettes An account of a minister's attempt to help seven boys indicted in New York City for the murder of a crippled teenager. His work with juvenile groups led to the Teen Challenge movement with centers in Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles. Translation of “The Cross and the Switchblade.” Hablando de Brujas y la Gente de Antes CT 3663 by Jim Sagel, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette "Hablando de brujas y la gente de antes" (About Witches and Their Ancestors) contains poems describing the land, people and folk culture of Northern New Mexico. Spanish and English language. return to top Spanish Fiction for Children Han Raptado a "Ney" CT 3273 by Maria Marcela Sanches Coquillat, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette The children from the author's first book return to encounter the same characters but different adventures and countryside. For grades 6-9. Palabra de Honor CT 3323 by Babbis Friis Baastad, Narrated by Yolanda Cazares Munguia, 1 cassette Tott had given his word of honor not to reveal a secret. Then he found himself faced with solving a problem without going back on his word. For grades 5-8. Teresita y las Orugas CT 2961 by Millicent Selsam, Narrated by Sara Escobedo, 1 cassette A young girl finds some caterpillars, keeps them in jars, feeds them, watches the caterpillars spin cocoons, and finally sees them emerge as moths from the cocoons. For grades preschool-2. Translation of Terry and the Caterpillars. Tortillitas Para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes CT 3654 by Margot C. Griego, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette A collection of nursery rhymes, in both English and Spanish, collected from the Hispanic communities in the Americas. Many of the rhymes have instructions for finger plays and other activities. return to top Spanish Nonfiction for Children Aqui y Alla en California CT 2935 by Ernesto Galarza, Narrated by Hilda Cruz and Maurine McLean, 1 cassette Aqui y Alla en California, a brief description of the things to see and places to go in California. In container with Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche tells the story of milk from the dairy to the store. Spanish language for children. Aqui y Alla en California, una descripcion breve de las cosas para ver y lugares para visitar en California. La caja tambien contiene Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche cuenta la historia del leche de la lecheria a la tienda. Lengua Espanola para ninos. Secretos de la Ciencia CT 3201 by Bertha Morris Parker, Narrated by Frances Lopez Morillas, 1 cassette Describes in simple terms the geologic history of earth and the phenomena of nature. For grades 4-7. return to top Ordering More Texas Titles Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away. As with all of the books in our collection, there is no time limit for ordering any of these books. Feel free to ask for these titles at any time – now or in the future. The Texas volunteers welcome your comments and suggestions. Send an e-mail message to the Volunteer Recording Studio at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov or write to us at Volunteer Recording Studio, Talking Book Program, PO Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711-2927. If you live in the Austin area and are interested in volunteering to record books, please call 463-5546 for more information. Information about volunteering is available on this website: /tbp/vrs.html Talking Book Program, Austin, TX, July 2002. Talking Book Program Texas State Library & Archives Commission PO Box 12927 Austin TX 78711-2927 1-800-252-9605 (in Texas) 512-463-5458 (in Austin) 512-936-0685 (fax) tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov return to top 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, folklore, and people of the Lone Star state. Titles recorded include biographies, histories, westerns, romances, mysteries, self-help, travel, and children's books. Approximately 10 new books are completed each month, including some in Spanish. 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. Following the list of titles recently recorded by our volunteers, we also feature in this issue a section on bonus titles recorded in years past including books for children and young adults. We are pleased to provide you this reminder that these bonus books are available. Note the titles and book numbers you would like to request, then call us at any time with your order. return to top Fiction Affirmative Reaction: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6548 by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Langlinais, 2 cassettes Tory Travers needs the help of police detective David Alvarez again when she discovers a woman's body has been stuffed in a manhole while she's inspecting a community development site-and she wants to help in order to speed things up. The city officials who contracted her company to inspect the storm sewers will undoubtedly hold up her check until after the case has been solved. The body turns out to belong to a contentious city employee who vehemently opposed affirmative action programs. (#3 in the series.) This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Bad Memory CT 6525 by Duane Franklet, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 3 cassettes He calls himself “Hektor,"” his operation “Trojan Horse.” With his carefully assembled underground team, he has breached the walls of the Houston-based Simtec Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of personal computers. Bypassing the best security money can buy-codes, gates, and guards-Hektor has crippled Simtec through the back door, and is gearing up to extort his fair share of their twenty-billion-a-year revenues. Vowing to fight, Simtec’s newly named CEO Diane Hughes faces a forbidding test of her leadership. With her company caught in an escalating spiral of demands and destruction, she turns to her top troubleshooter, Barry Shepard. But Barry could pay the highest price of all, for Hektor has made the ultimate threat. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Black Gold CT 6513 by Frederic Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes In 1930's Texas, the oil industry is booming and small-time wildcatter Bill Dodd has secretly acquired the oil lease to the property adjoining H.L. Hunt's latest gusher. It promises to make Dodd a millionaire but before he can register the leases with the county, he is gunned down and Hunt's company takes over the land. Texas Ranger Lee Garrett is sent to investigate. He uncovers the first organized crime racket in Texas. The Mafia is running women and booze and their hired muscle makes sure no one stops their operation. And the only person Garrett can trust is Molly, a young prostitute from Brooklyn. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Casanova Crimes CT 6484 by Nancy Herndon, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes Elena Jarvis is an officer in the Crimes Against Persons department of the Los Santos, Texas, police. She's got a sharp mind and a strong sense of justice. Graham Fullerton was the campus Casanova of Herbert Hobart University until a date with poison put an end to his extra-curricular activities. When Elena Jarvis searches for suspects in the pages of Graham's little black book, she finds them too numerous to count, and all of them have payback on their minds. Elena discovers a dark secret about Graham that puts her own life in danger. This book contains: Profanity return to top Cat on a Blue Monday CT 6539 by Carole Nelson Douglas, Narrated by Dana Schuff, 3 cassettes Midnight Louie, toughcat extraordinaire, and his human partner in crime-solving, petite red-headed publicist Temple Barr, are once again in the thick of things as they try to discover just who is trying to wreck the annual Las Vegas Cat Show. When people start dying and the cats are placed in mortal danger, it’s up to Louie to set things right He’ll do his best to foil the fiendish plot against the cats of Las Vegas . . . and save his best friend Temple from a very human killer. This book contains: Violence Comanche Woman: Sisters of the Lone Star CT 6415 by Joan Johnston, Narrated by Stephanie Murphy, 3 cassettes Bayleigh Stewart was as different from her older sister Sloan as she was from her younger sister Cricket. Their father had always dreamed of having three strong sons he could train to be everything a Texas man should be. Her sisters favored their father’s frontier spirit of tough independence while Bayleigh thought of herself as Rip’s disappointing daughter. When she was captured by the Comanches, she would learn that she, too, was a stalwart survivor. This book contains: Heavy Sex, violence and profanity Cure The Texas Fever CT 6240 by J. T. Edson, Narrated by Ed Corrigan, 2 cassettes A baffling disease called “Texas fever” is threatening to ruin Texas cattle ranchers financially. The governor is willing to do anything to find a cure, even pardon a man with a price on his head. Waxahachie Smith is allowed to return to Texas under one condition—that he serve as bodyguard to the young vet who may be close to a cure. This book contains: Violence and profanity Dangerous Dilemmas CT 6521 by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes This is the story of a woman who is going through a divorce after her husband of 25 years betrays her in the most cruel way imaginable. If that's not enough, her son is in jail, accused of capital murder. Leaving the jail she meets a man who rescues her from car trouble. It's only after a relationship develops between them that she discovers that he is the police detective testifying against her son. Must she choose between the love of a man and a mother's love for her child? This book contains: Some Sex and profanity return to top Death at Whitechapel CT 6515 by Robin Paige, Narrated by Linda Fox, 2 cassettes Kathryn Ardleigh is becoming accustomed to the high-society circles of her recently Lorded husband Charles Sheridan. And she has found a kindred spirit in Jennie Jerome Churchill, whose carefree lifestyle has made her a frequent topic in the tabloids. But there is a more serious scandal threatening Jennie - and the political future of her son Winston. She is being blackmailed by someone who has made a heinous accusation. This book contains: Violence Death of a Minister's Wife CT 6538 by Allen Whitman, Narrated by Jack Huff, 1 cassette The Reverend Jarvis Hedlam glances at the headline: "Prominent Pastor Suspended." What grabs his attention is that the man is his childhood friend, George Hawthorne. One phone call to a seminary classmate uncovers the fact that his grade school buddy has been suspended for alcoholism, is whispered to be a womanizer, and is under suspicion in the unexplained death of Stacey, his attractive wife. To add to the mystery, George Hawthorne has disappeared. Eater of Souls CT 6506 by Lynda S. Robinson, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes In a tale of ancient Egyptian political intrigue, someone, or something, is slaying innocent persons on the night streets in the royal city of Memphis. Frightened citizens believe it is the gruesome work of the Devourer, the eater of souls, one of the most fearsome gods in the Egyptian pantheon. Even Lord Meren, the eyes and ears of the Pharaoh, is baffled by this series of horrific crimes whose victims have only one thing in common: the grisly manner of their deaths. This book contains: Violence Eden CT 6549 by Fredric Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 2 cassettes The Kings aren't like other families. They are bound together by a hatred as vast as their oil-rich Texas ranch – and the purse strings of a fortune held by the cold matriarch of their wealthy clan. Helen King's five children have as little love for her as they do for each other. So when her eldest son, Howard is shot to death in his Dallas home, there is no shortage of suspects. As administrator of the King fortune, he was the focus for his siblings' deepest resentment. Everyone has a motive, no one has an alibi - and Matthew, who has always been the family peacemaker, admits he was at the scene shortly before the murder and saw nothing. As the police close in on the killer, Matthew faces an unwanted choice: loyalty to a family that's never understood love or saving his own skin. This book contains: Profanity return to top El Camino Del Rio CT 6544 by Jim Sanderson, Narrated by Paul Klemperer, 2 cassettes Presidio, Texas is hard country and hardship duty for U.S. Border Patrol officer Dolph Martinez. When circling buzzards lead him to a corpse wearing red Wing boots with a .22 bullet hole in an expensive haircut, Dolph realizes that this is no ordinary norteno trying to cross the deserted border from Mexico. Is the dead man connected to Sister Quinn's efforts to help Central American political refugees find sanctuary? Is Sister Quinn, a nun who practices curanderismo, mixed up in a smuggling operation? It is Dolph's job and his destiny to unravel the mystery. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity The Fourth Horseman CT 6527 by Randy Lee Eickhoff, Narrated by Harold Steadman, 4 cassettes Historical fiction about Doc Holliday. More than a simple gunfighter, Doc Holliday is a sensitive yet sardonic gentleman through whose eyes we experience the bitter harshness of the new frontier. Following a shooting at the Withlacoochee River, Holliday's father sends him to a Northern dental school in hopes of building a bright future for his son. But tuberculosis cuts short a promising career, and Holliday heads into the West and into history. He is destined to become the lone outsider at the infamous OK Corral gunfight. This book contains: Profanity Framework for Death: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6490 by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes El Paso Detective David Alvarez is summoned to the scene of a crime from a New Year's Sun Bowl game after a uniformed officer responded to an anonymous phone call - he entered a residence in a prestigious neighborhood with a unique history, and fell right into the middle of a structural collapse. A concealed room is discovered in the basement of the residence, complete with two bodies, and a live infant upstairs. Alvarez turns to engineer Tory Travers to figure out what caused the collapse, but doesn't want to stop there. (#2 in the series) This book contains: Profanity Gone to Texas CT 6535 by Donald K. Wright, Narrated by Dick Collins, 3 cassettes This is the saga of two young men, sickened by the ravages of the Civil War, who decide to take their cut and join the migration of those who look to the wilderness of the Texas frontier to give them a fresh start. Along the way they meet two exceptional women: the tortured Molly Klinner, a woman whose own life has been shattered by the war and Gabriel Johnson, an Eastern beauty who views her journey to the Wild West as a lark. Together they will weather the travails that the new frontier has in store for them and carve out a new life. This book contains: Some sex and profanity return to top Hardrock Stiff: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6347 by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Nancy VanHemert, 2 cassettes Ned Carr is an old hardrock miner who has stubbornly held on to his acres of what has become prime real estate in the heart of Aspen’s popular ski slopes. He has made plenty of enemies over the years from the militant environmental activists called the Green Briars to the even more dangerous property-rights group known as the Free West Rebellion. When a mine explosion blows old Ned to bits, Sheriff Kurt Muller finds a long list of motives for murder, from eco-terrorism to corporate greed. This book contains: Violence and profanity House of Gentle Men CT 6507 by Kathy Hepinstall, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes In this story, the house of the title is a sort of anti-bordello for women, where the male residents provide lovelorn ladies not with sex but with solace, sweetness, and romance. Set in post-World War II Louisiana, the novel traces the lives of two motherless misfits: Charlotte, a voluntary mute who suffered first a rape, then the loss of her baby; and Louise, a compulsive neatnik whose father is the men's "madam." Both women fall for his newest working boy, a troubled soldier attempting to atone for his past. As the trio search for happiness, they encounter a succession of realizations that teach them what love is. This book contains: Some sex Hunter's Trap CT 6518 by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Kenny Rahmeyer, 2 cassettes On the night of the vernal equinox in 1930, the novel's protagonist Wilbur Smythe, puts in motion his plan to avenge the deaths of his wife and his employer, a wealthy Kiowa's oil money. Smythe intends to kidnap the banker's seventeen-year-old daughter, Sissy, and hold her hostage to torment her father before killing him. Set largely in El Paso and its Mexican neighbor, Juarez, the story weaves together the strong political and social undercurrents of the Depression. Beneath its texture of place and time, however, the story reasserts the age-old wisdom of how thin the margin is between good and evil in members of the human "family." This book contains: Some sex and profanity A John Graves Reader CT 6305 by John Graves, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes All of the pieces in this anthology were selected, arranged, and edited by the author himself. They reflect various stages of his life and writing career - youth in Texas, World War II, travels in Mexico, Europe, and New York, and his return to Texas as home and as subject matter. They also present recurring themes in his writing - from the land and people to fishing, traveling, and the enduring friendships that have enriched his life. This book contains: Profanity return to top Lost CT 6531 by Helen R. Myers, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes Six years ago, the small town of Split Creek, Texas, was rocked to its core when a young woman was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found. Now, when Faith Ramey's abandoned car is discovered, the town can't help feeling an unwelcome sense of deja vu. Police Chief Jared Morgan doesn't want to believe there's a connection, but Faith's sister, Michaele, is beginning to suspect otherwise. This book contains: Some sex and profanity Pariah: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6528 by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Ruth Borinstein, 2 cassettes On the eve of his recall vote, Aspen Sheriff Kurt Muller is summoned to the home of an old acquaintance, the beautiful, reclusive heiress Nicole Buer. Someone, she says, is sending her hate mail and threatening to kill her. She's convinced it's her old lover, the 60s blues idol Rocky Rhodes, but Kurt is wary, for good reason: Twenty years earlier Rocky's body was found on the grounds of Nicole's mansion, and Nicole herself was charged with his murder. But Kurt's doubts are shaken when Nicole is found dead the next morning, only hours after he left her. Kurt soon uncovers a host of high-placed suspects. This book contains: Profanity Season’s End: A Novel CT 6523 by Tom Grimes, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes In this "ultimate baseball novel,” Mike Williams tempts fate when he appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of twenty-one. He becomes a major-league batting champion and a national icon as he travels from innocence to disillusionment. Through the prism of baseball, Season's End examines the rich, dark themes of young love, fathers and sons, rags-to-riches wealth, and the cult of celebrity in the media age. This book contains: Profanity Sugar Land CT 6530 by Joni Rodgers, Narrated by Dianna Dorman, 3 cassettes This is the story of the Smithers sisters - Kit and Kiki. As children, they performed throughout Texas as the Sugar Babes, but those glory days of county fair stages, adoring fans, and gold lame gowns are long gone. Now Kit and Kiki are grown up. All that remains are the blues these sisters sing as they learn to cope with the vicissitudes of real life: withering marriages, cheating spouses, balloon mortgages, lost opportunities, and the demands of motherhood. This is the story of the healing power of forgiveness, the seemingly impossible task of loving, the resilience of family ties, and what happens when a tornado meets a double-wide trailer. This book contains: Some sex and profanity return to top Supporting The Sky CT 6346 by Patricia Browning Griffith, Narrated by Lindsey King, 2 cassettes A humorous novel set in Washington, D.C. When Rosemary Kenny, a transplanted Texan, meets an intriguing foreign journalist while patrolling with her Neighborhood Watch group, he seems romantically interested in her—an unsettling prospect for Rosemary who hasn’t dated in years. At the same time, as a single parent she worries about her tempestuous sixteen-year-old daughter’s hidden romantic life. This book contains: Profanity Texas Destiny CT 6532 by Lorraine Heath, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes This historical romance, set in Fort Worth, opens with the arrival of mail-order bride Amelia Carson. A broken leg prevents her future husband, Dallas Leigh, from meeting her but he sends his brother who was badly scarred during the Civil War. Soon the brother realizes he can't watch Dallas marry the woman he has come to love. The author deals movingly with the shattering effect the Civil War had on these three survivors. This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity Texas Wildcat CT 6368 by Adrienne Dewolfe, Narrated by Theresa Hackley, 3 cassettes The feud between the Bandera County, Texas cattlemen and sheepherders is worsening, fueled by a severe drought in the summer of 1884. When beautiful but hot-tempered sheepherder Bailey McShane charges into the cattlemen’s saloon to accuse them of stealing precious water from her land, Zach Rawlins, president of the local cattlemen’s association, tries to find a solution to the conflict. Zach has always been the man of Bailey’s dreams but her father raised her to be as self-reliant as a man. Although drawn to Bailey, Zach wants a woman who needs him, not one who cannot accept his help. Will anything short of a disaster, natural or man-made, bring such strong-willed people together in a loving partnership? This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity They Are Ruining Ibiza CT 6545 by A. C. Greene, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette Charles Martyn, Ph.D., age 60, author of a classic work of literary criticism, is on his second trip to Ibiza – this time with his new wife Susan – searching for his artist son Led. Moving through the search for Led, the novel takes readers through unpredictable twists in plot that keep them guessing about Led's whereabouts until the final scene of the story. The author spins out this account of Martyns plight with sympathy for his melancholy but without excusing his emotional withdrawal. This book contains: Profanity return to top Three Perfect Men CT 6524 by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes In this romantic adventure, the lives of three Houston women become entangled with those of three rugged men they encounter while vacationing on a remote lake in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. A feminist publisher, a computer whiz, and a judge. They are different ages, different races, from different backgrounds. None of them could explain why they became fast friends. Their vacation together veers from quiet contentment to the horrifying, with the macabre discovery of the mutilated body of a teenager. Ike, Donnell, and Jones are not flawless, but they are the perfect men for Angela, Eleanor, and Sondra. This book contains: Some sex Treasure CT 6526 by Suzanne Robinson, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes Orphan Emily Fox may be London's most skilled lady pickpocket, but she is certain her grandest scheme will also be her last. For when she finds the treasure hidden on Valin North's spectacular estate, she'll be rich enough to give her beloved siblings everything they could ever want ... and she'll never have to scheme for her supper again. Disguised as a flirtatious debutante entering the social scene, Emmie slips into North's circle and is instantly captivated by the powerfully sensual nobleman. Suddenly, stealing from North seems like more than mere deception. It seems like a betrayal of the heart. Understanding Women CT 6536 by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes It's 1956 and James Robert (Jimbo) Proctor's just turned sixteen when his Uncle Waylan and his new wife Vicky invite him to spend a summer toiling in the oil patch in New Mexico. But Jimbo lands smack dab in a domestic fracas that has his uncle living in his machine shop and sneaking out with Sharon, his secretary. What's inside Jimbo's head makes for compulsive and delicious reading. He watches his uncle and his fellow workers for clues as to what makes a man, and he obsesses, with extraordinary innocence, over all the different women in this story and their relationship to him and to his uncle. Some sex and profanity Up in Flames: A John and Mary Bolt Mystery CT 6517 by Linda S. Bingham, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes Houston arson expert John Bolt isn't looking for love. He is hot on the trail of a serial firebug who has already blazed a name for himself in a small New England college town. But a bumpy flight bounces Mary Yates, attractive actress from San Francisco, into Bolt's path. Together they search for motives in a case which turns from matches into murder, and in the process, sets their hearts aflame. When one major suspect turns out to be Mary's lifelong friend, the odds for a lasting partnership are not good. (1st in series.) This book contains: Profanity Virgin Fire CT 6208 by Elizabeth Chadwick, Narrated by Karen Phipps, 2 cassettes As the proud owner of one of the few bathtubs in rough and tumble Spindletop, Texas, Jessica Parnell is besieged by oil drillers, speculators, and riffraff—every one longing to take advantage of her precious facilities. But the most persistent and intriguing is her own estranged husband, Travis. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity return to top Nonfiction The Gospel According to Bubba CT 6537 by Chuck Meyer; Illustrations by Cindy Mayfield and Donna Utsler, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette Theological conversations the author has with an imaginary angel named "Bubba" about Christian doctrine and the bible. The Last Buffalo: Walter Potts and the 92nd “Buffalo” Division in World War I CT 6520 by E.B. Hogan, Narrated by Atkins, J. Noble, 1 cassette In World War I, soldiers of African descent made up the U.S. Army's 92nd Division, and fought in France as a unit. They became known as the Buffalo Battalion, named after their predecessors who served in the military in the American West. When he died at age 106, Walter E. Potts, an East Texas veteran, became the "last Buffalo." Author Eva Hogan has written this book to honor her grandfather and to preserve the history of the 92nd Division. Threadgill’s: The Cookbook CT 6310 by Eddie Wilson, Narrated by Michael Neibergall, 2 cassettes A born storyteller, restauranteur Eddie Wilson has produced more than a cookbook. This is an outpouring of appreciation for food, family, friends, and music. Threadgill’s Restaurant is not only known for Southern cooking, it is also a museum of Austin music history and a shrine to the grandfather of Austin country music, Kenneth Threadgill. return to top Spanish Fiction Isla del Cundeamor (Island of Cundeamor) CT 6372 by René Vázquez Díaz, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 2 cassettes Vázquez Díaz offers an eloquent portrait of an imaginary island nation that bears a striking resemblance to his own native Cuba. As the islanders tell their stories, their enduring hopes transcend the stifling boundaries of daily life in Cundeamor. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity Nen, La Inútil (Idle Dreamer) CT 6376 by Ignacio Solares, Narrated by Daniela Sanchez, 1 cassette Nen, the idle dreamer, is a woman whose misunderstood talent for seeing into the future leads her to the palace of the emperor Montezuma at the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity Orilla Oscura (Dark Edge) CT 6374 by José María Merino, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes A Spanish professor who lives in the United States travels to Central America on sabbatical. During a visit to a museum, he discovers a portrait of a man who looks remarkably like his late father, a discovery that causes the professor to re-examine his youth and the events of his past. The “dark edge” of the novel’s title refers to the fine line between past and present, fantasy and reality, dreaming and waking. return to top Spanish Nonfiction Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio CT 4920 by Elena Poniatowska, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 3 cassettes Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio es la historia contada por una mujer comun y corriente. Jesusa Palancares, la protagonista, es una mujer tipica mexicana en un mundo donde el machismo sobresale y en otros aspectos ella es feminista, con gracia y mucho humor. Criando A Nuestros Ninos: Educando A Ninos Latinos En Un Mundo Bicultural CT 6529 by Gloria G. Rodriguez, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 4 cassettes (Raising Our Children: Educating Latin children in a bicultural world) Este libro, que incluye las investigaciones mas actuales, ademas de anecdotas personales, canciones, recetas, dichos y juegos, provee un rico marco cultural para ayudarle a criar y educar de manera eficaz y responsable a sus ninos que se complementa con un invalorable regalo: pasarles nuestra cultura. To order any of these titles, call 1-800-252-9605 or, in Austin, 512-463-5458. return to top Spotlight on Bonus Titles Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away. Among the titles available, you may want to consider ordering these previously recorded bonus titles: Bonus Fiction Boomer's Gold CT 3202 by Jack Warner, Narrated by Lloyd Davis, 3 cassettes This is the story of an oil well called Dixon Creek No. 2, the town of Borger which was formed around it on the high Texas plains in 1926, and the men and women who lived in this boom town. This book contains: Profanity China Syndrome CT 3536 by Burton Wohl, Narrated by Sarah Light, 1 cassette An accident at a nuclear power plant in California is covered up by management and authorities. One man feels he must tell the world of the hazards and seeks help from a beautiful reporter and a tough young cameraman. This book contains: Profanity Daze of Our Lives CT 3766 by Jean Burchett, Narrated by Phyl Holbert, 1 cassette Hailed by some as the "Bombeck of Texas," Burchett offers the reader a sampling of her witty stories about family life. Her column, also called Daze of our Lives, appears in several Texas newspapers. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral CT 3292 by Nelson C. Nye, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 1 cassette Wyatt Earp was a heroic lawman, Doc Holliday a gambling gunman—yet they were brothers under the skin when it came to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. return to top Halloween Party CT 3291 by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes After a child boasts that he saw someone murdered, he is found dead a few hours later. Hercule Poirot is faced with one of his most challenging cases of criminal pathology. Hanging On CT 2898 by Hila Colman, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes The intimate journal of a wife’s pain-filled year with a husband who is slowly dying of a stroke. It is the story of a couple who learned to face personal disaster without abandoning their hold on life. This book contains: Profanity Hold Autumn in Your Hand CT 3697 by George Sessions Perry, Narrated by Ann Morrison, 1 cassette This novel tells the story of Sam Tucker, a Texas tenant farmer who, though very poor, fights nature, the seasons, and a good many of his fellow men to bring something from the earth Jury of One CT 3192 by Mignon Good Eberhart, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 1 cassette Murder invades the house where Maggy Warren is preparing for her marriage to a man she has known all her life, and no one is the same any more. return to top Kingdom CT 2855 by Ronald S. Joseph, Narrated by Therese East, 3 cassettes Joel Trevor founded the great Lantana Ranch, but it was his daughter Anne and her husband Alex Cameron who created the dynasty that made the ranch what it was. This book contains: Heavy sex, profanity, violence Morning Song CT 3747 by Linda Timian Herring, Narrated by Rheta Edwards, 1 cassette Carol Morgan is secure and happy in the life and career she has made for herself after overcoming the tragic death of her husband. Then Reverend Daniel Thornton enters her life, shattering her illusions and her defenses. His example of unconditional love alters the course of her future. Murder in a Small Town (Perhaps) CT 3760 by H.B. Fox, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette In this humorous murder mystery, Editor Harold Smith of the celebrated "Oak Hill Gazette" reports on crime, wit, and shenanigans in a small American town, including, perhaps – it's hard to tell – two murders. Nightingale CT 3620 by Agnes Sligh Turnbull, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes The small mechanical nightingale, a rare heirloom in the Carpenter family, is stolen and suspicion falls upon one villager after another. Its recovery reveals the healing properties of village mutuality. return to top No Holiday for Crime CT 3655 by Dell Shannon, Narrated by Susan McKinnon, 2 cassettes Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department is saddled with liquor store hijackings and various robberies at Christmas time, but he is particularly baffled by the murder of a young, devout Mormon girl. Year of the Gun CT 3921 by Michael Mewshaw, Narrated by Bob Schenkkan, 2 cassettes In this suspense novel, an American working for a shabby English-language newspaper in Rome unwittingly entangles himself in the plans of ruthless terrorists. David Rayborne wangles an advance from an American publisher for an inside account of the terrorist group, the Red Brigades. Then he invents his own version of their clandestine cell and secret plans to kidnap a prominent Italian politician. When his manuscript becomes sought after by a photojournalist and the terrorists, David faces the loss of all he loves – a woman, a city, and his own life. return to top Bonus Nonfiction Accordian Man CT 3570 by Myron Floren, Narrated by Norman Kieke, 1 cassette The autobiography of a musician – an accordion player – who was a friend and employee of Lawrence Welk for many years. He played in and helped manage the orchestra in Welk's TV show and in personal appearances. Chronicles of the Big Bend CT 3474 by W. D. Smithers, Narrated by Vic Rogers, 1 cassette This is the story of the frontier era of the Big Bend area of Texas before it became a national park in 1944. It tells of outlaws, smugglers, prohibition and the many wonderful inhabitants of the area. Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas CT 3755 by Don Graham, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes A lively exploration of the Texas myth in film. The author, a Texas and lifelong movie fan, examines hundreds of movies made from 1912 to the present. He tells how Texas came to be perceived as a desert inhabited by lusty citizens with Western manners, mores and dress. Faith is the Answer CT 3188 by Smiley Blanton, Narrated by Magdalen Moran, 2 cassettes Norman Vincent Peale and Dr. Blanton combine the age-old truths of the Bible and modern psychiatry and psychology to present a new approach to personal happiness. return to top Hugging the Jukebox CT 3880 by Naomi Shihab Nye, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette In these poems, the author evokes the people and places of the American Southwest, Guatemala, Colombia and Peru, shrewdly and joyously. The first section of the book draws on Texas life, the second offers South-of-the-Border observations, and the third section is a group of poems concerned with talking and silences and the ways in which the world speaks to us. LBJ Country CT 3233 by Bill Porterfield, Narrated by Gretchen Estes, 1 cassette The author, a reporter for a Houston paper, describes the harsh Texas hill country that nurtured President Johnson and the men and women who were his friends. Letters from an Early Settler of Texas CT 3010 by William B. Dewees, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 2 cassettes These letters cover many events in Texas history during the years from 1819 to 1852 and also include many important Texas documents. Lots of Land CT 3102 by Curtis Bishop, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes This is a story of the land of Texas, as well as a history of Texas, as compiled from the record of the General Land Office of Texas. return to top Mr. Claude CT 3762 by Ada Morehead Holland, Narrated by Jerome Stone, 1 cassette Claude Barr Kennedy worked in the big sawmills in the piney woods of deep East Texas. His story is intertwined with the history of logging, lumbering, and forest management in Texas. It is a story of family joys and sorrows, personal strengths and quirks. Napoleon and Josephine: The Biography of a Marriage CT 2903 by Frances Mossiker, Narrated by Cynthia Kreisner, 3 cassettes Napoleon and Josephine are depicted as real people – a man and a woman in love – until the situation changes and his love for her deteriorates as they share a turbulent life. Roses in December CT 3580 by Frances Parkinson Keyes, Narrated by Phyl Holbert 3 cassette The author, a best-selling novelist, recalls her girlhood at the turn of the century, her New England upbringing, her schooling in Boston private schools and her education and travels abroad. Concludes with her marriage to a man many years her senior. Spindletop CT 2843 by James A. Clark and Michel T. Halbouty, Narrated by Terry May, 2 cassettes On January 10, 1901 the first great oil gusher roared in at Spindletop, Texas, and the future of America and the world was forever changed. return to top Wings of Silver CT 4302 by Jo Petty, Narrated by Margaret Young, 1 cassette A collection of hundreds of inspirational sayings on love, joy, peace, suffering, goodness and faith. Wonderful World of Country Music CT 3260 by Jeannie Sakol, Narrated by Joyce Leidy, 3 cassettes A dictionary of country music including biographies of stars, a history of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Association Awards winners and notes on Bluegrass and Outlaw music. return to top Fiction for Children and Young Adults Hello, the Boat CT 3543 by Phyllis Crawford, Narrated by Eunice Clingo, 1 cassette When they decide to leave their home in Pittsburgh in 1817 and re-establish themselves in the West, the Doak family manages a merchant's new storeboat down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. For junior and senior high readers. Ice Castles CT 3675 by Leonore Fleischer, Narrated by Sarah Light, 2 cassettes Alexis Winston had a dream—to become a champion figure skater. She was also in love with Nick, her childhood sweetheart, who had dreams of his own. Johnny Texas CT 3734 by Carol Hoff, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette This is a story of adventure, excitement and pathos, woven together with threads of early Texas history. When ten-year-old Johann comes from Germany to make his home in Texas, he is awed at first by the vastness of the country. But from the moment the friendly stagecoach driver tousles his hair and calls him " Johnny Texas," the boy's love for this wonderful land of freedom begins to grow. Legend of the Bluebonnet CT 3673 by Tomie De Paola, Narrated by Ginger Edwards, 1 cassette This story not only tells the origin of the state flower of Texas, but also is a tale of the courage and sacrifice of a young person. For grades 3-6. return to top Leonard the Lizard CT 2945 by Mary Frances Lamport, Narrated by Karen DeBusk, 1 cassette Leonard is a chameleon—a lizard that changes the color of his skin to match his background. This is the story of a day in his life. This recording also contains: “Jerry Giraffe's Short Journey.” Jerry Giraffe walks away from the zoo and makes friends with a group of children. “The Glory of Easter” tells the story of Easter in simple verse for very young children. “A Package of Goodies” contains two brief rhyming stories on being polite and having good manners and on being pretty, strong and clean. “Spotty the Spider.” Spotty selects a place for his new home and begins to build his web. For grades 2-5. Miss Pickerell Goes to the Arctic CT 3562 by Ellen MacGregor, Narrated by Mary Jane Prall, 1 cassette Why would Miss Pickerell be deep in the Arctic on a cargo plane that is running out of gas? What if they have to make a forced landing? Never fear! Miss Pickerell and her umbrella will win the day. For grades 3-6. Mystery of the Green Cat CT 3136 by Phyllis A. Whitney, Narrated by Leila Reynolds, 1 cassette The mysterious old lady who lives at the top of the hill and a strange green china cat help to bring two brothers and their new stepsisters together as a family. For grades 5-8. Orphans on the Guadalupe CT 3790 by Frances Alexander, Narrated by Lisa Davis, 1 cassette Among the colonists from Germany who settled along the Guadalupe River were nineteen orphans and an Evangelical pastor and his wife who became their "parents" after a tragic epidemic struck these pioneer immigrants. This story is about their adventures in the Texas wilderness. For readers in grades 6-9. Sunrise Song CT 3848 by Minnie Gilbert, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette Set during the Mexican Revolution, this novel tells about Rosita's adventures before her quininiera – a centuries old ritual marking a girl’s fifteenth birthday. Along the Mexican border country of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, descendants of the Spanish colonists of long ago still observed the beautiful old custom of coming out parties for their daughters' fifteenth birthdays. For readers in grades 6-9 and high school. return to top Nonfiction for Young Adults and Adults Italian Texans CT 2889 by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette Italians have been in Texas almost from the very beginning. They were with Coronado during his trip across the High Plains in 1541 and many were present during the Texas war for independence. This is the story of these men and of the later men and women who contributed much to Texas culture. Jewish Texans CT 2859 by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette Jews from all countries of the world found their way to Texas and this is a brief narration of what they contributed to the state's history and heritage. For high school and adult readers. return to top Spanish Fiction Dia en la Vida CT 3868 by Manlio Argueta, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes "Un dia en la vida" (One Day in the Life) expresses in fictional form the collective voice of El Salvador and offers a message of hope through its characters. Lazarillo de Tormes CT 3568 by Plaja de Guillermo Diaz, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette Lazarillo de Tormes is the main character in a series of sketches detailing the struggles of the poor to survive and to stay alive. Seven loosely related tales follow Lazarillo from the rags of a poor childhood to the riches of a respectable government post and honorable family life. Written in the 16th century. Lo Que Tu Callaste CT 3801 by Caridad Bravo Adams, Narrated by Thomas Fountain, 2 cassettes "Lo que tu callaste" (What You Kept Quiet About) is a dramatic novel of love, pride and revenge. Mi Isla Sonada CT 3244 by Abelardo Milton Diaz , Narrated by Ines Maldonado, 2 cassettes A fictionalized account of life in a small Puerto Rican town in a time of transition and change, and how these changes affect the traditions and customs which were part of the Puerto Rican personality and culture. Os Ofrezco el Big Bang CT 3630 by Ralph Barby, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette "Os ofrezco el big bang" (Presenting the Big Bang) is a science fiction epic about the battle between good and evil, in which the hero, Xaloc, triumphs over the forces of evil. return to top Spanish Nonfiction Cruz y el Punal CT 3235 by David R. Wilkerson, Narrated by Carmen Kelly, 2 cassettes An account of a minister's attempt to help seven boys indicted in New York City for the murder of a crippled teenager. His work with juvenile groups led to the Teen Challenge movement with centers in Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles. Translation of “The Cross and the Switchblade.” Hablando de Brujas y la Gente de Antes CT 3663 by Jim Sagel, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette "Hablando de brujas y la gente de antes" (About Witches and Their Ancestors) contains poems describing the land, people and folk culture of Northern New Mexico. Spanish and English language. return to top Spanish Fiction for Children Han Raptado a "Ney" CT 3273 by Maria Marcela Sanches Coquillat, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette The children from the author's first book return to encounter the same characters but different adventures and countryside. For grades 6-9. Palabra de Honor CT 3323 by Babbis Friis Baastad, Narrated by Yolanda Cazares Munguia, 1 cassette Tott had given his word of honor not to reveal a secret. Then he found himself faced with solving a problem without going back on his word. For grades 5-8. Teresita y las Orugas CT 2961 by Millicent Selsam, Narrated by Sara Escobedo, 1 cassette A young girl finds some caterpillars, keeps them in jars, feeds them, watches the caterpillars spin cocoons, and finally sees them emerge as moths from the cocoons. For grades preschool-2. Translation of Terry and the Caterpillars. Tortillitas Para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes CT 3654 by Margot C. Griego, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette A collection of nursery rhymes, in both English and Spanish, collected from the Hispanic communities in the Americas. Many of the rhymes have instructions for finger plays and other activities. return to top Spanish Nonfiction for Children Aqui y Alla en California CT 2935 by Ernesto Galarza, Narrated by Hilda Cruz and Maurine McLean, 1 cassette Aqui y Alla en California, a brief description of the things to see and places to go in California. In container with Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche tells the story of milk from the dairy to the store. Spanish language for children. Aqui y Alla en California, una descripcion breve de las cosas para ver y lugares para visitar en California. La caja tambien contiene Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche cuenta la historia del leche de la lecheria a la tienda. Lengua Espanola para ninos. Secretos de la Ciencia CT 3201 by Bertha Morris Parker, Narrated by Frances Lopez Morillas, 1 cassette Describes in simple terms the geologic history of earth and the phenomena of nature. For grades 4-7. return to top Ordering More Texas Titles Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away. As with all of the books in our collection, there is no time limit for ordering any of these books. Feel free to ask for these titles at any time – now or in the future. The Texas volunteers welcome your comments and suggestions. Send an e-mail message to the Volunteer Recording Studio at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov or write to us at Volunteer Recording Studio, Talking Book Program, PO Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711-2927. If you live in the Austin area and are interested in volunteering to record books, please call 463-5546 for more information. Information about volunteering is available on this website: /tbp/vrs.html Talking Book Program, Austin, TX, July 2002. Talking Book Program Texas State Library & Archives Commission PO Box 12927 Austin TX 78711-2927 1-800-252-9605 (in Texas) 512-463-5458 (in Austin) 512-936-0685 (fax) tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov return to top



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.

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, folklore, and people of the Lone Star state. Titles recorded include biographies, histories, westerns, romances, mysteries, self-help, travel, and children's books. Approximately 10 new books are completed each month, including some in Spanish. In addition, volunteers record three Texas magazines: Texas Monthly, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Texas Highways.

Since 1978, Talking Book volunteers have recorded thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles by Texas authors or about the history, culture, folklore, and people of the Lone Star state. Titles recorded include biographies, histories, westerns, romances, mysteries, self-help, travel, and children's books. Approximately 10 new books are completed each month, including some in Spanish. 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 bottombottom of this page.

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.govtbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.

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.

Following the list of titles recently recorded by our volunteers, we also feature in this issue a section on bonus titles recorded in years past including books for children and young adults. We are pleased to provide you this reminder that these bonus books are available.

Following the list of titles recently recorded by our volunteers, we also feature in this issue a section on bonus titles recorded in years past including books for children and young adults. We are pleased to provide you this reminder that these bonus books are available.

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

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

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Affirmative Reaction: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery

CT 6548
Affirmative Reaction: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6548

by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Langlinais, 2 cassettes

Tory Travers needs the help of police detective David Alvarez again when she discovers a woman's body has been stuffed in a manhole while she's inspecting a community development site-and she wants to help in order to speed things up. The city officials who contracted her company to inspect the storm sewers will undoubtedly hold up her check until after the case has been solved. The body turns out to belong to a contentious city employee who vehemently opposed affirmative action programs. (#3 in the series.) This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity

Affirmative Reaction: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6548 by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Langlinais, 2 cassettes Tory Travers needs the help of police detective David Alvarez again when she discovers a woman's body has been stuffed in a manhole while she's inspecting a community development site-and she wants to help in order to speed things up. The city officials who contracted her company to inspect the storm sewers will undoubtedly hold up her check until after the case has been solved. The body turns out to belong to a contentious city employee who vehemently opposed affirmative action programs. (#3 in the series.) This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity

Bad Memory

CT 6525
Bad Memory CT 6525

by Duane Franklet, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 3 cassettes

He calls himself “Hektor,"” his operation “Trojan Horse.” With his carefully assembled underground team, he has breached the walls of the Houston-based Simtec Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of personal computers. Bypassing the best security money can buy-codes, gates, and guards-Hektor has crippled Simtec through the back door, and is gearing up to extort his fair share of their twenty-billion-a-year revenues. Vowing to fight, Simtec’s newly named CEO Diane Hughes faces a forbidding test of her leadership. With her company caught in an escalating spiral of demands and destruction, she turns to her top troubleshooter, Barry Shepard. But Barry could pay the highest price of all, for Hektor has made the ultimate threat. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity

Bad Memory CT 6525 by Duane Franklet, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 3 cassettes He calls himself “Hektor,"” his operation “Trojan Horse.” With his carefully assembled underground team, he has breached the walls of the Houston-based Simtec Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of personal computers. Bypassing the best security money can buy-codes, gates, and guards-Hektor has crippled Simtec through the back door, and is gearing up to extort his fair share of their twenty-billion-a-year revenues. Vowing to fight, Simtec’s newly named CEO Diane Hughes faces a forbidding test of her leadership. With her company caught in an escalating spiral of demands and destruction, she turns to her top troubleshooter, Barry Shepard. But Barry could pay the highest price of all, for Hektor has made the ultimate threat. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity

Black Gold

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Black Gold CT 6513

by Frederic Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes

In 1930's Texas, the oil industry is booming and small-time wildcatter Bill Dodd has secretly acquired the oil lease to the property adjoining H.L. Hunt's latest gusher. It promises to make Dodd a millionaire but before he can register the leases with the county, he is gunned down and Hunt's company takes over the land. Texas Ranger Lee Garrett is sent to investigate. He uncovers the first organized crime racket in Texas. The Mafia is running women and booze and their hired muscle makes sure no one stops their operation. And the only person Garrett can trust is Molly, a young prostitute from Brooklyn. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity

Black Gold CT 6513 by Frederic Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes In 1930's Texas, the oil industry is booming and small-time wildcatter Bill Dodd has secretly acquired the oil lease to the property adjoining H.L. Hunt's latest gusher. It promises to make Dodd a millionaire but before he can register the leases with the county, he is gunned down and Hunt's company takes over the land. Texas Ranger Lee Garrett is sent to investigate. He uncovers the first organized crime racket in Texas. The Mafia is running women and booze and their hired muscle makes sure no one stops their operation. And the only person Garrett can trust is Molly, a young prostitute from Brooklyn. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity

Casanova Crimes

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Casanova Crimes CT 6484

by Nancy Herndon, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes

Elena Jarvis is an officer in the Crimes Against Persons department of the Los Santos, Texas, police. She's got a sharp mind and a strong sense of justice. Graham Fullerton was the campus Casanova of Herbert Hobart University until a date with poison put an end to his extra-curricular activities. When Elena Jarvis searches for suspects in the pages of Graham's little black book, she finds them too numerous to count, and all of them have payback on their minds. Elena discovers a dark secret about Graham that puts her own life in danger. This book contains: Profanity

Casanova Crimes CT 6484 by Nancy Herndon, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes Elena Jarvis is an officer in the Crimes Against Persons department of the Los Santos, Texas, police. She's got a sharp mind and a strong sense of justice. Graham Fullerton was the campus Casanova of Herbert Hobart University until a date with poison put an end to his extra-curricular activities. When Elena Jarvis searches for suspects in the pages of Graham's little black book, she finds them too numerous to count, and all of them have payback on their minds. Elena discovers a dark secret about Graham that puts her own life in danger. This book contains: Profanity

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Cat on a Blue Monday

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Cat on a Blue Monday CT 6539

by Carole Nelson Douglas, Narrated by Dana Schuff, 3 cassettes

Midnight Louie, toughcat extraordinaire, and his human partner in crime-solving, petite red-headed publicist Temple Barr, are once again in the thick of things as they try to discover just who is trying to wreck the annual Las Vegas Cat Show. When people start dying and the cats are placed in mortal danger, it’s up to Louie to set things right He’ll do his best to foil the fiendish plot against the cats of Las Vegas . . . and save his best friend Temple from a very human killer. This book contains: Violence

Cat on a Blue Monday CT 6539 by Carole Nelson Douglas, Narrated by Dana Schuff, 3 cassettes Midnight Louie, toughcat extraordinaire, and his human partner in crime-solving, petite red-headed publicist Temple Barr, are once again in the thick of things as they try to discover just who is trying to wreck the annual Las Vegas Cat Show. When people start dying and the cats are placed in mortal danger, it’s up to Louie to set things right He’ll do his best to foil the fiendish plot against the cats of Las Vegas . . . and save his best friend Temple from a very human killer. This book contains: Violence

Comanche Woman: Sisters of the Lone Star

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Comanche Woman: Sisters of the Lone Star CT 6415

by Joan Johnston, Narrated by Stephanie Murphy, 3 cassettes

Bayleigh Stewart was as different from her older sister Sloan as she was from her younger sister Cricket. Their father had always dreamed of having three strong sons he could train to be everything a Texas man should be. Her sisters favored their father’s frontier spirit of tough independence while Bayleigh thought of herself as Rip’s disappointing daughter. When she was captured by the Comanches, she would learn that she, too, was a stalwart survivor. This book contains: Heavy Sex, violence and profanity

Comanche Woman: Sisters of the Lone Star CT 6415 by Joan Johnston, Narrated by Stephanie Murphy, 3 cassettes Bayleigh Stewart was as different from her older sister Sloan as she was from her younger sister Cricket. Their father had always dreamed of having three strong sons he could train to be everything a Texas man should be. Her sisters favored their father’s frontier spirit of tough independence while Bayleigh thought of herself as Rip’s disappointing daughter. When she was captured by the Comanches, she would learn that she, too, was a stalwart survivor. This book contains: Heavy Sex, violence and profanity

Cure The Texas Fever

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Cure The Texas Fever CT 6240

by J. T. Edson, Narrated by Ed Corrigan, 2 cassettes

A baffling disease called “Texas fever” is threatening to ruin Texas cattle ranchers financially. The governor is willing to do anything to find a cure, even pardon a man with a price on his head. Waxahachie Smith is allowed to return to Texas under one condition—that he serve as bodyguard to the young vet who may be close to a cure. This book contains: Violence and profanity

Cure The Texas Fever CT 6240 by J. T. Edson, Narrated by Ed Corrigan, 2 cassettes A baffling disease called “Texas fever” is threatening to ruin Texas cattle ranchers financially. The governor is willing to do anything to find a cure, even pardon a man with a price on his head. Waxahachie Smith is allowed to return to Texas under one condition—that he serve as bodyguard to the young vet who may be close to a cure. This book contains: Violence and profanity

Dangerous Dilemmas

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Dangerous Dilemmas CT 6521

by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes

This is the story of a woman who is going through a divorce after her husband of 25 years betrays her in the most cruel way imaginable. If that's not enough, her son is in jail, accused of capital murder. Leaving the jail she meets a man who rescues her from car trouble. It's only after a relationship develops between them that she discovers that he is the police detective testifying against her son. Must she choose between the love of a man and a mother's love for her child? This book contains: Some Sex and profanity

Dangerous Dilemmas CT 6521 by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes This is the story of a woman who is going through a divorce after her husband of 25 years betrays her in the most cruel way imaginable. If that's not enough, her son is in jail, accused of capital murder. Leaving the jail she meets a man who rescues her from car trouble. It's only after a relationship develops between them that she discovers that he is the police detective testifying against her son. Must she choose between the love of a man and a mother's love for her child? This book contains: Some Sex and profanity

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Death at Whitechapel

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Death at Whitechapel CT 6515

by Robin Paige, Narrated by Linda Fox, 2 cassettes

Kathryn Ardleigh is becoming accustomed to the high-society circles of her recently Lorded husband Charles Sheridan. And she has found a kindred spirit in Jennie Jerome Churchill, whose carefree lifestyle has made her a frequent topic in the tabloids. But there is a more serious scandal threatening Jennie - and the political future of her son Winston. She is being blackmailed by someone who has made a heinous accusation. This book contains: Violence

Death at Whitechapel CT 6515 by Robin Paige, Narrated by Linda Fox, 2 cassettes Kathryn Ardleigh is becoming accustomed to the high-society circles of her recently Lorded husband Charles Sheridan. And she has found a kindred spirit in Jennie Jerome Churchill, whose carefree lifestyle has made her a frequent topic in the tabloids. But there is a more serious scandal threatening Jennie - and the political future of her son Winston. She is being blackmailed by someone who has made a heinous accusation. This book contains: Violence

Death of a Minister's Wife

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Death of a Minister's Wife CT 6538

by Allen Whitman, Narrated by Jack Huff, 1 cassette

The Reverend Jarvis Hedlam glances at the headline: "Prominent Pastor Suspended." What grabs his attention is that the man is his childhood friend, George Hawthorne. One phone call to a seminary classmate uncovers the fact that his grade school buddy has been suspended for alcoholism, is whispered to be a womanizer, and is under suspicion in the unexplained death of Stacey, his attractive wife. To add to the mystery, George Hawthorne has disappeared.

Death of a Minister's Wife CT 6538 by Allen Whitman, Narrated by Jack Huff, 1 cassette The Reverend Jarvis Hedlam glances at the headline: "Prominent Pastor Suspended." What grabs his attention is that the man is his childhood friend, George Hawthorne. One phone call to a seminary classmate uncovers the fact that his grade school buddy has been suspended for alcoholism, is whispered to be a womanizer, and is under suspicion in the unexplained death of Stacey, his attractive wife. To add to the mystery, George Hawthorne has disappeared.

Eater of Souls

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Eater of Souls CT 6506

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

In a tale of ancient Egyptian political intrigue, someone, or something, is slaying innocent persons on the night streets in the royal city of Memphis. Frightened citizens believe it is the gruesome work of the Devourer, the eater of souls, one of the most fearsome gods in the Egyptian pantheon. Even Lord Meren, the eyes and ears of the Pharaoh, is baffled by this series of horrific crimes whose victims have only one thing in common: the grisly manner of their deaths. This book contains: Violence

Eater of Souls CT 6506 by Lynda S. Robinson, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes In a tale of ancient Egyptian political intrigue, someone, or something, is slaying innocent persons on the night streets in the royal city of Memphis. Frightened citizens believe it is the gruesome work of the Devourer, the eater of souls, one of the most fearsome gods in the Egyptian pantheon. Even Lord Meren, the eyes and ears of the Pharaoh, is baffled by this series of horrific crimes whose victims have only one thing in common: the grisly manner of their deaths. This book contains: Violence

Eden

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Eden CT 6549

by Fredric Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 2 cassettes

The Kings aren't like other families. They are bound together by a hatred as vast as their oil-rich Texas ranch – and the purse strings of a fortune held by the cold matriarch of their wealthy clan. Helen King's five children have as little love for her as they do for each other. So when her eldest son, Howard is shot to death in his Dallas home, there is no shortage of suspects. As administrator of the King fortune, he was the focus for his siblings' deepest resentment. Everyone has a motive, no one has an alibi - and Matthew, who has always been the family peacemaker, admits he was at the scene shortly before the murder and saw nothing. As the police close in on the killer, Matthew faces an unwanted choice: loyalty to a family that's never understood love or saving his own skin. This book contains: Profanity

Eden CT 6549 by Fredric Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 2 cassettes The Kings aren't like other families. They are bound together by a hatred as vast as their oil-rich Texas ranch – and the purse strings of a fortune held by the cold matriarch of their wealthy clan. Helen King's five children have as little love for her as they do for each other. So when her eldest son, Howard is shot to death in his Dallas home, there is no shortage of suspects. As administrator of the King fortune, he was the focus for his siblings' deepest resentment. Everyone has a motive, no one has an alibi - and Matthew, who has always been the family peacemaker, admits he was at the scene shortly before the murder and saw nothing. As the police close in on the killer, Matthew faces an unwanted choice: loyalty to a family that's never understood love or saving his own skin. This book contains: Profanity

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El Camino Del Rio

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El Camino Del Rio CT 6544

by Jim Sanderson, Narrated by Paul Klemperer, 2 cassettes

Presidio, Texas is hard country and hardship duty for U.S. Border Patrol officer Dolph Martinez. When circling buzzards lead him to a corpse wearing red Wing boots with a .22 bullet hole in an expensive haircut, Dolph realizes that this is no ordinary norteno trying to cross the deserted border from Mexico. Is the dead man connected to Sister Quinn's efforts to help Central American political refugees find sanctuary? Is Sister Quinn, a nun who practices curanderismo, mixed up in a smuggling operation? It is Dolph's job and his destiny to unravel the mystery. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity



The Fourth Horseman

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The Fourth Horseman CT 6527

by Randy Lee Eickhoff, Narrated by Harold Steadman, 4 cassettes

Historical fiction about Doc Holliday. More than a simple gunfighter, Doc Holliday is a sensitive yet sardonic gentleman through whose eyes we experience the bitter harshness of the new frontier. Following a shooting at the Withlacoochee River, Holliday's father sends him to a Northern dental school in hopes of building a bright future for his son. But tuberculosis cuts short a promising career, and Holliday heads into the West and into history. He is destined to become the lone outsider at the infamous OK Corral gunfight. This book contains: Profanity

El Camino Del Rio CT 6544 by Jim Sanderson, Narrated by Paul Klemperer, 2 cassettes Presidio, Texas is hard country and hardship duty for U.S. Border Patrol officer Dolph Martinez. When circling buzzards lead him to a corpse wearing red Wing boots with a .22 bullet hole in an expensive haircut, Dolph realizes that this is no ordinary norteno trying to cross the deserted border from Mexico. Is the dead man connected to Sister Quinn's efforts to help Central American political refugees find sanctuary? Is Sister Quinn, a nun who practices curanderismo, mixed up in a smuggling operation? It is Dolph's job and his destiny to unravel the mystery. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity The Fourth Horseman CT 6527 by Randy Lee Eickhoff, Narrated by Harold Steadman, 4 cassettes Historical fiction about Doc Holliday. More than a simple gunfighter, Doc Holliday is a sensitive yet sardonic gentleman through whose eyes we experience the bitter harshness of the new frontier. Following a shooting at the Withlacoochee River, Holliday's father sends him to a Northern dental school in hopes of building a bright future for his son. But tuberculosis cuts short a promising career, and Holliday heads into the West and into history. He is destined to become the lone outsider at the infamous OK Corral gunfight. This book contains: Profanity

Framework for Death: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery

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Framework for Death: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6490

by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes

El Paso Detective David Alvarez is summoned to the scene of a crime from a New Year's Sun Bowl game after a uniformed officer responded to an anonymous phone call - he entered a residence in a prestigious neighborhood with a unique history, and fell right into the middle of a structural collapse. A concealed room is discovered in the basement of the residence, complete with two bodies, and a live infant upstairs. Alvarez turns to engineer Tory Travers to figure out what caused the collapse, but doesn't want to stop there. (#2 in the series) This book contains: Profanity

Framework for Death: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6490 by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes El Paso Detective David Alvarez is summoned to the scene of a crime from a New Year's Sun Bowl game after a uniformed officer responded to an anonymous phone call - he entered a residence in a prestigious neighborhood with a unique history, and fell right into the middle of a structural collapse. A concealed room is discovered in the basement of the residence, complete with two bodies, and a live infant upstairs. Alvarez turns to engineer Tory Travers to figure out what caused the collapse, but doesn't want to stop there. (#2 in the series) This book contains: Profanity

Gone to Texas

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Gone to Texas CT 6535

by Donald K. Wright, Narrated by Dick Collins, 3 cassettes

This is the saga of two young men, sickened by the ravages of the Civil War, who decide to take their cut and join the migration of those who look to the wilderness of the Texas frontier to give them a fresh start. Along the way they meet two exceptional women: the tortured Molly Klinner, a woman whose own life has been shattered by the war and Gabriel Johnson, an Eastern beauty who views her journey to the Wild West as a lark. Together they will weather the travails that the new frontier has in store for them and carve out a new life. This book contains: Some sex and profanity

Gone to Texas CT 6535 by Donald K. Wright, Narrated by Dick Collins, 3 cassettes This is the saga of two young men, sickened by the ravages of the Civil War, who decide to take their cut and join the migration of those who look to the wilderness of the Texas frontier to give them a fresh start. Along the way they meet two exceptional women: the tortured Molly Klinner, a woman whose own life has been shattered by the war and Gabriel Johnson, an Eastern beauty who views her journey to the Wild West as a lark. Together they will weather the travails that the new frontier has in store for them and carve out a new life. This book contains: Some sex and profanity

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Hardrock Stiff: A Kurt Muller Mystery

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Hardrock Stiff: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6347

by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Nancy VanHemert, 2 cassettes

Ned Carr is an old hardrock miner who has stubbornly held on to his acres of what has become prime real estate in the heart of Aspen’s popular ski slopes. He has made plenty of enemies over the years from the militant environmental activists called the Green Briars to the even more dangerous property-rights group known as the Free West Rebellion. When a mine explosion blows old Ned to bits, Sheriff Kurt Muller finds a long list of motives for murder, from eco-terrorism to corporate greed. This book contains: Violence and profanity

Hardrock Stiff: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6347 by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Nancy VanHemert, 2 cassettes Ned Carr is an old hardrock miner who has stubbornly held on to his acres of what has become prime real estate in the heart of Aspen’s popular ski slopes. He has made plenty of enemies over the years from the militant environmental activists called the Green Briars to the even more dangerous property-rights group known as the Free West Rebellion. When a mine explosion blows old Ned to bits, Sheriff Kurt Muller finds a long list of motives for murder, from eco-terrorism to corporate greed. This book contains: Violence and profanity

House of Gentle Men

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House of Gentle Men CT 6507

by Kathy Hepinstall, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes

In this story, the house of the title is a sort of anti-bordello for women, where the male residents provide lovelorn ladies not with sex but with solace, sweetness, and romance. Set in post-World War II Louisiana, the novel traces the lives of two motherless misfits: Charlotte, a voluntary mute who suffered first a rape, then the loss of her baby; and Louise, a compulsive neatnik whose father is the men's "madam." Both women fall for his newest working boy, a troubled soldier attempting to atone for his past. As the trio search for happiness, they encounter a succession of realizations that teach them what love is. This book contains: Some sex

House of Gentle Men CT 6507 by Kathy Hepinstall, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes In this story, the house of the title is a sort of anti-bordello for women, where the male residents provide lovelorn ladies not with sex but with solace, sweetness, and romance. Set in post-World War II Louisiana, the novel traces the lives of two motherless misfits: Charlotte, a voluntary mute who suffered first a rape, then the loss of her baby; and Louise, a compulsive neatnik whose father is the men's "madam." Both women fall for his newest working boy, a troubled soldier attempting to atone for his past. As the trio search for happiness, they encounter a succession of realizations that teach them what love is. This book contains: Some sex

Hunter's Trap

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Hunter's Trap CT 6518

by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Kenny Rahmeyer, 2 cassettes

On the night of the vernal equinox in 1930, the novel's protagonist Wilbur Smythe, puts in motion his plan to avenge the deaths of his wife and his employer, a wealthy Kiowa's oil money. Smythe intends to kidnap the banker's seventeen-year-old daughter, Sissy, and hold her hostage to torment her father before killing him. Set largely in El Paso and its Mexican neighbor, Juarez, the story weaves together the strong political and social undercurrents of the Depression. Beneath its texture of place and time, however, the story reasserts the age-old wisdom of how thin the margin is between good and evil in members of the human "family." This book contains: Some sex and profanity

Hunter's Trap CT 6518 by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Kenny Rahmeyer, 2 cassettes On the night of the vernal equinox in 1930, the novel's protagonist Wilbur Smythe, puts in motion his plan to avenge the deaths of his wife and his employer, a wealthy Kiowa's oil money. Smythe intends to kidnap the banker's seventeen-year-old daughter, Sissy, and hold her hostage to torment her father before killing him. Set largely in El Paso and its Mexican neighbor, Juarez, the story weaves together the strong political and social undercurrents of the Depression. Beneath its texture of place and time, however, the story reasserts the age-old wisdom of how thin the margin is between good and evil in members of the human "family." This book contains: Some sex and profanity

A John Graves Reader

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A John Graves Reader CT 6305

by John Graves, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes

All of the pieces in this anthology were selected, arranged, and edited by the author himself. They reflect various stages of his life and writing career - youth in Texas, World War II, travels in Mexico, Europe, and New York, and his return to Texas as home and as subject matter. They also present recurring themes in his writing - from the land and people to fishing, traveling, and the enduring friendships that have enriched his life. This book contains: Profanity

A John Graves Reader CT 6305 by John Graves, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes All of the pieces in this anthology were selected, arranged, and edited by the author himself. They reflect various stages of his life and writing career - youth in Texas, World War II, travels in Mexico, Europe, and New York, and his return to Texas as home and as subject matter. They also present recurring themes in his writing - from the land and people to fishing, traveling, and the enduring friendships that have enriched his life. This book contains: Profanity

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Lost

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Lost CT 6531

by Helen R. Myers, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes

Six years ago, the small town of Split Creek, Texas, was rocked to its core when a young woman was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found. Now, when Faith Ramey's abandoned car is discovered, the town can't help feeling an unwelcome sense of deja vu. Police Chief Jared Morgan doesn't want to believe there's a connection, but Faith's sister, Michaele, is beginning to suspect otherwise. This book contains: Some sex and profanity

Lost CT 6531 by Helen R. Myers, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes Six years ago, the small town of Split Creek, Texas, was rocked to its core when a young woman was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found. Now, when Faith Ramey's abandoned car is discovered, the town can't help feeling an unwelcome sense of deja vu. Police Chief Jared Morgan doesn't want to believe there's a connection, but Faith's sister, Michaele, is beginning to suspect otherwise. This book contains: Some sex and profanity

Pariah: A Kurt Muller Mystery

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Pariah: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6528

by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Ruth Borinstein, 2 cassettes

On the eve of his recall vote, Aspen Sheriff Kurt Muller is summoned to the home of an old acquaintance, the beautiful, reclusive heiress Nicole Buer. Someone, she says, is sending her hate mail and threatening to kill her. She's convinced it's her old lover, the 60s blues idol Rocky Rhodes, but Kurt is wary, for good reason: Twenty years earlier Rocky's body was found on the grounds of Nicole's mansion, and Nicole herself was charged with his murder. But Kurt's doubts are shaken when Nicole is found dead the next morning, only hours after he left her. Kurt soon uncovers a host of high-placed suspects. This book contains: Profanity

Pariah: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6528 by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Ruth Borinstein, 2 cassettes On the eve of his recall vote, Aspen Sheriff Kurt Muller is summoned to the home of an old acquaintance, the beautiful, reclusive heiress Nicole Buer. Someone, she says, is sending her hate mail and threatening to kill her. She's convinced it's her old lover, the 60s blues idol Rocky Rhodes, but Kurt is wary, for good reason: Twenty years earlier Rocky's body was found on the grounds of Nicole's mansion, and Nicole herself was charged with his murder. But Kurt's doubts are shaken when Nicole is found dead the next morning, only hours after he left her. Kurt soon uncovers a host of high-placed suspects. This book contains: Profanity

Season’s End: A Novel

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Season’s End: A Novel CT 6523

by Tom Grimes, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes

In this "ultimate baseball novel,” Mike Williams tempts fate when he appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of twenty-one. He becomes a major-league batting champion and a national icon as he travels from innocence to disillusionment. Through the prism of baseball, Season's End examines the rich, dark themes of young love, fathers and sons, rags-to-riches wealth, and the cult of celebrity in the media age. This book contains: Profanity

Season’s End: A Novel CT 6523 by Tom Grimes, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes In this "ultimate baseball novel,” Mike Williams tempts fate when he appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of twenty-one. He becomes a major-league batting champion and a national icon as he travels from innocence to disillusionment. Through the prism of baseball, Season's End examines the rich, dark themes of young love, fathers and sons, rags-to-riches wealth, and the cult of celebrity in the media age. This book contains: Profanity

Sugar Land

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Sugar Land CT 6530

by Joni Rodgers, Narrated by Dianna Dorman, 3 cassettes

This is the story of the Smithers sisters - Kit and Kiki. As children, they performed throughout Texas as the Sugar Babes, but those glory days of county fair stages, adoring fans, and gold lame gowns are long gone. Now Kit and Kiki are grown up. All that remains are the blues these sisters sing as they learn to cope with the vicissitudes of real life: withering marriages, cheating spouses, balloon mortgages, lost opportunities, and the demands of motherhood. This is the story of the healing power of forgiveness, the seemingly impossible task of loving, the resilience of family ties, and what happens when a tornado meets a double-wide trailer. This book contains: Some sex and profanity

Sugar Land CT 6530 by Joni Rodgers, Narrated by Dianna Dorman, 3 cassettes This is the story of the Smithers sisters - Kit and Kiki. As children, they performed throughout Texas as the Sugar Babes, but those glory days of county fair stages, adoring fans, and gold lame gowns are long gone. Now Kit and Kiki are grown up. All that remains are the blues these sisters sing as they learn to cope with the vicissitudes of real life: withering marriages, cheating spouses, balloon mortgages, lost opportunities, and the demands of motherhood. This is the story of the healing power of forgiveness, the seemingly impossible task of loving, the resilience of family ties, and what happens when a tornado meets a double-wide trailer. This book contains: Some sex and profanity

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Supporting The Sky

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Supporting The Sky CT 6346

by Patricia Browning Griffith, Narrated by Lindsey King, 2 cassettes

A humorous novel set in Washington, D.C. When Rosemary Kenny, a transplanted Texan, meets an intriguing foreign journalist while patrolling with her Neighborhood Watch group, he seems romantically interested in her—an unsettling prospect for Rosemary who hasn’t dated in years. At the same time, as a single parent she worries about her tempestuous sixteen-year-old daughter’s hidden romantic life. This book contains: Profanity

Supporting The Sky CT 6346 by Patricia Browning Griffith, Narrated by Lindsey King, 2 cassettes A humorous novel set in Washington, D.C. When Rosemary Kenny, a transplanted Texan, meets an intriguing foreign journalist while patrolling with her Neighborhood Watch group, he seems romantically interested in her—an unsettling prospect for Rosemary who hasn’t dated in years. At the same time, as a single parent she worries about her tempestuous sixteen-year-old daughter’s hidden romantic life. This book contains: Profanity

Texas Destiny

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Texas Destiny CT 6532

by Lorraine Heath, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes

This historical romance, set in Fort Worth, opens with the arrival of mail-order bride Amelia Carson. A broken leg prevents her future husband, Dallas Leigh, from meeting her but he sends his brother who was badly scarred during the Civil War. Soon the brother realizes he can't watch Dallas marry the woman he has come to love. The author deals movingly with the shattering effect the Civil War had on these three survivors. This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity

Texas Destiny CT 6532 by Lorraine Heath, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes This historical romance, set in Fort Worth, opens with the arrival of mail-order bride Amelia Carson. A broken leg prevents her future husband, Dallas Leigh, from meeting her but he sends his brother who was badly scarred during the Civil War. Soon the brother realizes he can't watch Dallas marry the woman he has come to love. The author deals movingly with the shattering effect the Civil War had on these three survivors. This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity

Texas Wildcat

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Texas Wildcat CT 6368

by Adrienne Dewolfe, Narrated by Theresa Hackley, 3 cassettes

The feud between the Bandera County, Texas cattlemen and sheepherders is worsening, fueled by a severe drought in the summer of 1884. When beautiful but hot-tempered sheepherder Bailey McShane charges into the cattlemen’s saloon to accuse them of stealing precious water from her land, Zach Rawlins, president of the local cattlemen’s association, tries to find a solution to the conflict. Zach has always been the man of Bailey’s dreams but her father raised her to be as self-reliant as a man. Although drawn to Bailey, Zach wants a woman who needs him, not one who cannot accept his help. Will anything short of a disaster, natural or man-made, bring such strong-willed people together in a loving partnership? This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity

Texas Wildcat CT 6368 by Adrienne Dewolfe, Narrated by Theresa Hackley, 3 cassettes The feud between the Bandera County, Texas cattlemen and sheepherders is worsening, fueled by a severe drought in the summer of 1884. When beautiful but hot-tempered sheepherder Bailey McShane charges into the cattlemen’s saloon to accuse them of stealing precious water from her land, Zach Rawlins, president of the local cattlemen’s association, tries to find a solution to the conflict. Zach has always been the man of Bailey’s dreams but her father raised her to be as self-reliant as a man. Although drawn to Bailey, Zach wants a woman who needs him, not one who cannot accept his help. Will anything short of a disaster, natural or man-made, bring such strong-willed people together in a loving partnership? This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity

They Are Ruining Ibiza

CT 6545
They Are Ruining Ibiza CT 6545

by A. C. Greene, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette

Charles Martyn, Ph.D., age 60, author of a classic work of literary criticism, is on his second trip to Ibiza – this time with his new wife Susan – searching for his artist son Led. Moving through the search for Led, the novel takes readers through unpredictable twists in plot that keep them guessing about Led's whereabouts until the final scene of the story. The author spins out this account of Martyns plight with sympathy for his melancholy but without excusing his emotional withdrawal. This book contains: Profanity

They Are Ruining Ibiza CT 6545 by A. C. Greene, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette Charles Martyn, Ph.D., age 60, author of a classic work of literary criticism, is on his second trip to Ibiza – this time with his new wife Susan – searching for his artist son Led. Moving through the search for Led, the novel takes readers through unpredictable twists in plot that keep them guessing about Led's whereabouts until the final scene of the story. The author spins out this account of Martyns plight with sympathy for his melancholy but without excusing his emotional withdrawal. This book contains: Profanity

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Three Perfect Men

CT 6524
Three Perfect Men CT 6524

by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes

In this romantic adventure, the lives of three Houston women become entangled with those of three rugged men they encounter while vacationing on a remote lake in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. A feminist publisher, a computer whiz, and a judge. They are different ages, different races, from different backgrounds. None of them could explain why they became fast friends. Their vacation together veers from quiet contentment to the horrifying, with the macabre discovery of the mutilated body of a teenager. Ike, Donnell, and Jones are not flawless, but they are the perfect men for Angela, Eleanor, and Sondra. This book contains: Some sex

Three Perfect Men CT 6524 by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes In this romantic adventure, the lives of three Houston women become entangled with those of three rugged men they encounter while vacationing on a remote lake in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. A feminist publisher, a computer whiz, and a judge. They are different ages, different races, from different backgrounds. None of them could explain why they became fast friends. Their vacation together veers from quiet contentment to the horrifying, with the macabre discovery of the mutilated body of a teenager. Ike, Donnell, and Jones are not flawless, but they are the perfect men for Angela, Eleanor, and Sondra. This book contains: Some sex

Treasure

CT 6526
Treasure CT 6526

by Suzanne Robinson, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes

Orphan Emily Fox may be London's most skilled lady pickpocket, but she is certain her grandest scheme will also be her last. For when she finds the treasure hidden on Valin North's spectacular estate, she'll be rich enough to give her beloved siblings everything they could ever want ... and she'll never have to scheme for her supper again. Disguised as a flirtatious debutante entering the social scene, Emmie slips into North's circle and is instantly captivated by the powerfully sensual nobleman. Suddenly, stealing from North seems like more than mere deception. It seems like a betrayal of the heart.

Treasure CT 6526 by Suzanne Robinson, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes Orphan Emily Fox may be London's most skilled lady pickpocket, but she is certain her grandest scheme will also be her last. For when she finds the treasure hidden on Valin North's spectacular estate, she'll be rich enough to give her beloved siblings everything they could ever want ... and she'll never have to scheme for her supper again. Disguised as a flirtatious debutante entering the social scene, Emmie slips into North's circle and is instantly captivated by the powerfully sensual nobleman. Suddenly, stealing from North seems like more than mere deception. It seems like a betrayal of the heart.

Understanding Women

CT 6536
Understanding Women CT 6536

by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes

It's 1956 and James Robert (Jimbo) Proctor's just turned sixteen when his Uncle Waylan and his new wife Vicky invite him to spend a summer toiling in the oil patch in New Mexico. But Jimbo lands smack dab in a domestic fracas that has his uncle living in his machine shop and sneaking out with Sharon, his secretary. What's inside Jimbo's head makes for compulsive and delicious reading. He watches his uncle and his fellow workers for clues as to what makes a man, and he obsesses, with extraordinary innocence, over all the different women in this story and their relationship to him and to his uncle. Some sex and profanity

Understanding Women CT 6536 by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes It's 1956 and James Robert (Jimbo) Proctor's just turned sixteen when his Uncle Waylan and his new wife Vicky invite him to spend a summer toiling in the oil patch in New Mexico. But Jimbo lands smack dab in a domestic fracas that has his uncle living in his machine shop and sneaking out with Sharon, his secretary. What's inside Jimbo's head makes for compulsive and delicious reading. He watches his uncle and his fellow workers for clues as to what makes a man, and he obsesses, with extraordinary innocence, over all the different women in this story and their relationship to him and to his uncle. Some sex and profanity

Up in Flames: A John and Mary Bolt Mystery

CT 6517
Up in Flames: A John and Mary Bolt Mystery CT 6517

by Linda S. Bingham, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes

Houston arson expert John Bolt isn't looking for love. He is hot on the trail of a serial firebug who has already blazed a name for himself in a small New England college town. But a bumpy flight bounces Mary Yates, attractive actress from San Francisco, into Bolt's path. Together they search for motives in a case which turns from matches into murder, and in the process, sets their hearts aflame. When one major suspect turns out to be Mary's lifelong friend, the odds for a lasting partnership are not good. (1st in series.) This book contains: Profanity

Up in Flames: A John and Mary Bolt Mystery CT 6517 by Linda S. Bingham, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes Houston arson expert John Bolt isn't looking for love. He is hot on the trail of a serial firebug who has already blazed a name for himself in a small New England college town. But a bumpy flight bounces Mary Yates, attractive actress from San Francisco, into Bolt's path. Together they search for motives in a case which turns from matches into murder, and in the process, sets their hearts aflame. When one major suspect turns out to be Mary's lifelong friend, the odds for a lasting partnership are not good. (1st in series.) This book contains: Profanity

Virgin Fire

CT 6208
Virgin Fire CT 6208

by Elizabeth Chadwick, Narrated by Karen Phipps, 2 cassettes

As the proud owner of one of the few bathtubs in rough and tumble Spindletop, Texas, Jessica Parnell is besieged by oil drillers, speculators, and riffraff—every one longing to take advantage of her precious facilities. But the most persistent and intriguing is her own estranged husband, Travis. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity

Virgin Fire CT 6208 by Elizabeth Chadwick, Narrated by Karen Phipps, 2 cassettes As the proud owner of one of the few bathtubs in rough and tumble Spindletop, Texas, Jessica Parnell is besieged by oil drillers, speculators, and riffraff—every one longing to take advantage of her precious facilities. But the most persistent and intriguing is her own estranged husband, Travis. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity

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NonfictionNonfiction

Nonfiction

The Gospel According to Bubba

CT 6537
The Gospel According to Bubba CT 6537

by Chuck Meyer; Illustrations by Cindy Mayfield and Donna Utsler, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette

Theological conversations the author has with an imaginary angel named "Bubba" about Christian doctrine and the bible.

The Gospel According to Bubba CT 6537 by Chuck Meyer; Illustrations by Cindy Mayfield and Donna Utsler, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette Theological conversations the author has with an imaginary angel named "Bubba" about Christian doctrine and the bible.

The Last Buffalo: Walter Potts and the 92nd “Buffalo” Division in World War I

CT 6520
The Last Buffalo: Walter Potts and the 92nd “Buffalo” Division in World War I CT 6520

by E.B. Hogan, Narrated by Atkins, J. Noble, 1 cassette

In World War I, soldiers of African descent made up the U.S. Army's 92nd Division, and fought in France as a unit. They became known as the Buffalo Battalion, named after their predecessors who served in the military in the American West. When he died at age 106, Walter E. Potts, an East Texas veteran, became the "last Buffalo." Author Eva Hogan has written this book to honor her grandfather and to preserve the history of the 92nd Division.

The Last Buffalo: Walter Potts and the 92nd “Buffalo” Division in World War I CT 6520 by E.B. Hogan, Narrated by Atkins, J. Noble, 1 cassette In World War I, soldiers of African descent made up the U.S. Army's 92nd Division, and fought in France as a unit. They became known as the Buffalo Battalion, named after their predecessors who served in the military in the American West. When he died at age 106, Walter E. Potts, an East Texas veteran, became the "last Buffalo." Author Eva Hogan has written this book to honor her grandfather and to preserve the history of the 92nd Division.

Threadgill’s: The Cookbook

CT 6310
Threadgill’s: The Cookbook CT 6310

by Eddie Wilson, Narrated by Michael Neibergall, 2 cassettes

A born storyteller, restauranteur Eddie Wilson has produced more than a cookbook. This is an outpouring of appreciation for food, family, friends, and music. Threadgill’s Restaurant is not only known for Southern cooking, it is also a museum of Austin music history and a shrine to the grandfather of Austin country music, Kenneth Threadgill.

Threadgill’s: The Cookbook CT 6310 by Eddie Wilson, Narrated by Michael Neibergall, 2 cassettes A born storyteller, restauranteur Eddie Wilson has produced more than a cookbook. This is an outpouring of appreciation for food, family, friends, and music. Threadgill’s Restaurant is not only known for Southern cooking, it is also a museum of Austin music history and a shrine to the grandfather of Austin country music, Kenneth Threadgill.

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Spanish FictionSpanish Fiction

Spanish Fiction

Isla del Cundeamor (Island of Cundeamor)

CT 6372

Isla del Cundeamor (Island of Cundeamor) CT 6372 by René Vázquez Díaz, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 2 cassettes

Vázquez Díaz offers an eloquent portrait of an imaginary island nation that bears a striking resemblance to his own native Cuba. As the islanders tell their stories, their enduring hopes transcend the stifling boundaries of daily life in Cundeamor. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity

Isla del Cundeamor (Island of Cundeamor) CT 6372 by René Vázquez Díaz, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 2 cassettes Vázquez Díaz offers an eloquent portrait of an imaginary island nation that bears a striking resemblance to his own native Cuba. As the islanders tell their stories, their enduring hopes transcend the stifling boundaries of daily life in Cundeamor. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity

Nen, La Inútil (Idle Dreamer)

CT 6376
Nen, La Inútil (Idle Dreamer) CT 6376

by Ignacio Solares, Narrated by Daniela Sanchez, 1 cassette

Nen, the idle dreamer, is a woman whose misunderstood talent for seeing into the future leads her to the palace of the emperor Montezuma at the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity

Nen, La Inútil (Idle Dreamer) CT 6376 by Ignacio Solares, Narrated by Daniela Sanchez, 1 cassette Nen, the idle dreamer, is a woman whose misunderstood talent for seeing into the future leads her to the palace of the emperor Montezuma at the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity

Orilla Oscura (Dark Edge)

CT 6374
Orilla Oscura (Dark Edge) CT 6374

by José María Merino, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes

A Spanish professor who lives in the United States travels to Central America on sabbatical. During a visit to a museum, he discovers a portrait of a man who looks remarkably like his late father, a discovery that causes the professor to re-examine his youth and the events of his past. The “dark edge” of the novel’s title refers to the fine line between past and present, fantasy and reality, dreaming and waking.

Orilla Oscura (Dark Edge) CT 6374 by José María Merino, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes A Spanish professor who lives in the United States travels to Central America on sabbatical. During a visit to a museum, he discovers a portrait of a man who looks remarkably like his late father, a discovery that causes the professor to re-examine his youth and the events of his past. The “dark edge” of the novel’s title refers to the fine line between past and present, fantasy and reality, dreaming and waking.

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Spanish NonfictionSpanish Nonfiction

Spanish Nonfiction

Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio

CT 4920

Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio CT 4920 by Elena Poniatowska, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 3 cassettes

Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio es la historia contada por una mujer comun y corriente. Jesusa Palancares, la protagonista, es una mujer tipica mexicana en un mundo donde el machismo sobresale y en otros aspectos ella es feminista, con gracia y mucho humor.

Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio CT 4920 by Elena Poniatowska, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 3 cassettes Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio es la historia contada por una mujer comun y corriente. Jesusa Palancares, la protagonista, es una mujer tipica mexicana en un mundo donde el machismo sobresale y en otros aspectos ella es feminista, con gracia y mucho humor.

Criando A Nuestros Ninos: Educando A Ninos Latinos En Un Mundo Bicultural

CT 6529
Criando A Nuestros Ninos: Educando A Ninos Latinos En Un Mundo Bicultural CT 6529

by Gloria G. Rodriguez, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 4 cassettes

(Raising Our Children: Educating Latin children in a bicultural world) Este libro, que incluye las investigaciones mas actuales, ademas de anecdotas personales, canciones, recetas, dichos y juegos, provee un rico marco cultural para ayudarle a criar y educar de manera eficaz y responsable a sus ninos que se complementa con un invalorable regalo: pasarles nuestra cultura.

Criando A Nuestros Ninos: Educando A Ninos Latinos En Un Mundo Bicultural CT 6529 by Gloria G. Rodriguez, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 4 cassettes (Raising Our Children: Educating Latin children in a bicultural world) Este libro, que incluye las investigaciones mas actuales, ademas de anecdotas personales, canciones, recetas, dichos y juegos, provee un rico marco cultural para ayudarle a criar y educar de manera eficaz y responsable a sus ninos que se complementa con un invalorable regalo: pasarles nuestra cultura.

To order any of these titles, call 1-800-252-9605 or, in Austin, 512-463-5458.

To order any of these titles, call 1-800-252-9605 or, in Austin, 512-463-5458.

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Spotlight on Bonus TitlesSpotlight on Bonus Titles

Spotlight on Bonus Titles

Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away.

Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away.

Among the titles available, you may want to consider ordering these previously recorded bonus titles:

Among the titles available, you may want to consider ordering these previously recorded bonus titles:

Bonus Fiction

Bonus Fiction

Boomer's Gold

CT 3202

Boomer's Gold CT 3202 by Jack Warner, Narrated by Lloyd Davis, 3 cassettes

This is the story of an oil well called Dixon Creek No. 2, the town of Borger which was formed around it on the high Texas plains in 1926, and the men and women who lived in this boom town. This book contains: Profanity

Boomer's Gold CT 3202 by Jack Warner, Narrated by Lloyd Davis, 3 cassettes This is the story of an oil well called Dixon Creek No. 2, the town of Borger which was formed around it on the high Texas plains in 1926, and the men and women who lived in this boom town. This book contains: Profanity

China Syndrome

CT 3536
China Syndrome CT 3536

by Burton Wohl, Narrated by Sarah Light, 1 cassette

An accident at a nuclear power plant in California is covered up by management and authorities. One man feels he must tell the world of the hazards and seeks help from a beautiful reporter and a tough young cameraman. This book contains: Profanity

China Syndrome CT 3536 by Burton Wohl, Narrated by Sarah Light, 1 cassette An accident at a nuclear power plant in California is covered up by management and authorities. One man feels he must tell the world of the hazards and seeks help from a beautiful reporter and a tough young cameraman. This book contains: Profanity

Daze of Our Lives

CT 3766
Daze of Our Lives CT 3766

by Jean Burchett, Narrated by Phyl Holbert, 1 cassette

Hailed by some as the "Bombeck of Texas," Burchett offers the reader a sampling of her witty stories about family life. Her column, also called Daze of our Lives, appears in several Texas newspapers.

Daze of Our Lives CT 3766 by Jean Burchett, Narrated by Phyl Holbert, 1 cassette Hailed by some as the "Bombeck of Texas," Burchett offers the reader a sampling of her witty stories about family life. Her column, also called Daze of our Lives, appears in several Texas newspapers.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

CT 3292
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral CT 3292

by Nelson C. Nye, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 1 cassette

Wyatt Earp was a heroic lawman, Doc Holliday a gambling gunman—yet they were brothers under the skin when it came to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral CT 3292 by Nelson C. Nye, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 1 cassette Wyatt Earp was a heroic lawman, Doc Holliday a gambling gunman—yet they were brothers under the skin when it came to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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Halloween Party

CT 3291
Halloween Party CT 3291

by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes

After a child boasts that he saw someone murdered, he is found dead a few hours later. Hercule Poirot is faced with one of his most challenging cases of criminal pathology.

Halloween Party CT 3291 by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes After a child boasts that he saw someone murdered, he is found dead a few hours later. Hercule Poirot is faced with one of his most challenging cases of criminal pathology.

Hanging On

CT 2898
Hanging On CT 2898

by Hila Colman, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes

The intimate journal of a wife’s pain-filled year with a husband who is slowly dying of a stroke. It is the story of a couple who learned to face personal disaster without abandoning their hold on life. This book contains: Profanity

Hanging On CT 2898 by Hila Colman, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes The intimate journal of a wife’s pain-filled year with a husband who is slowly dying of a stroke. It is the story of a couple who learned to face personal disaster without abandoning their hold on life. This book contains: Profanity

Hold Autumn in Your Hand

CT 3697
Hold Autumn in Your Hand CT 3697

by George Sessions Perry, Narrated by Ann Morrison, 1 cassette

This novel tells the story of Sam Tucker, a Texas tenant farmer who, though very poor, fights nature, the seasons, and a good many of his fellow men to bring something from the earth

Hold Autumn in Your Hand CT 3697 by George Sessions Perry, Narrated by Ann Morrison, 1 cassette This novel tells the story of Sam Tucker, a Texas tenant farmer who, though very poor, fights nature, the seasons, and a good many of his fellow men to bring something from the earth

Jury of One

CT 3192
Jury of One CT 3192

by Mignon Good Eberhart, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 1 cassette

Murder invades the house where Maggy Warren is preparing for her marriage to a man she has known all her life, and no one is the same any more.

Jury of One CT 3192 by Mignon Good Eberhart, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 1 cassette Murder invades the house where Maggy Warren is preparing for her marriage to a man she has known all her life, and no one is the same any more.

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Kingdom

CT 2855
Kingdom CT 2855

by Ronald S. Joseph, Narrated by Therese East, 3 cassettes

Joel Trevor founded the great Lantana Ranch, but it was his daughter Anne and her husband Alex Cameron who created the dynasty that made the ranch what it was. This book contains: Heavy sex, profanity, violence

Kingdom CT 2855 by Ronald S. Joseph, Narrated by Therese East, 3 cassettes Joel Trevor founded the great Lantana Ranch, but it was his daughter Anne and her husband Alex Cameron who created the dynasty that made the ranch what it was. This book contains: Heavy sex, profanity, violence

Morning Song

CT 3747
Morning Song CT 3747

by Linda Timian Herring, Narrated by Rheta Edwards, 1 cassette

Carol Morgan is secure and happy in the life and career she has made for herself after overcoming the tragic death of her husband. Then Reverend Daniel Thornton enters her life, shattering her illusions and her defenses. His example of unconditional love alters the course of her future.

Morning Song CT 3747 by Linda Timian Herring, Narrated by Rheta Edwards, 1 cassette Carol Morgan is secure and happy in the life and career she has made for herself after overcoming the tragic death of her husband. Then Reverend Daniel Thornton enters her life, shattering her illusions and her defenses. His example of unconditional love alters the course of her future.

Murder in a Small Town (Perhaps)

CT 3760
Murder in a Small Town (Perhaps) CT 3760

by H.B. Fox, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette

In this humorous murder mystery, Editor Harold Smith of the celebrated "Oak Hill Gazette" reports on crime, wit, and shenanigans in a small American town, including, perhaps – it's hard to tell – two murders.

Murder in a Small Town (Perhaps) CT 3760 by H.B. Fox, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette In this humorous murder mystery, Editor Harold Smith of the celebrated "Oak Hill Gazette" reports on crime, wit, and shenanigans in a small American town, including, perhaps – it's hard to tell – two murders.

Nightingale

CT 3620
Nightingale CT 3620

by Agnes Sligh Turnbull, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes

The small mechanical nightingale, a rare heirloom in the Carpenter family, is stolen and suspicion falls upon one villager after another. Its recovery reveals the healing properties of village mutuality.

Nightingale CT 3620 by Agnes Sligh Turnbull, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes The small mechanical nightingale, a rare heirloom in the Carpenter family, is stolen and suspicion falls upon one villager after another. Its recovery reveals the healing properties of village mutuality.

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No Holiday for Crime

CT 3655
No Holiday for Crime CT 3655

by Dell Shannon, Narrated by Susan McKinnon, 2 cassettes

Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department is saddled with liquor store hijackings and various robberies at Christmas time, but he is particularly baffled by the murder of a young, devout Mormon girl.

No Holiday for Crime CT 3655 by Dell Shannon, Narrated by Susan McKinnon, 2 cassettes Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department is saddled with liquor store hijackings and various robberies at Christmas time, but he is particularly baffled by the murder of a young, devout Mormon girl.

Year of the Gun

CT 3921
Year of the Gun CT 3921

by Michael Mewshaw, Narrated by Bob Schenkkan, 2 cassettes

In this suspense novel, an American working for a shabby English-language newspaper in Rome unwittingly entangles himself in the plans of ruthless terrorists. David Rayborne wangles an advance from an American publisher for an inside account of the terrorist group, the Red Brigades. Then he invents his own version of their clandestine cell and secret plans to kidnap a prominent Italian politician. When his manuscript becomes sought after by a photojournalist and the terrorists, David faces the loss of all he loves – a woman, a city, and his own life.

Year of the Gun CT 3921 by Michael Mewshaw, Narrated by Bob Schenkkan, 2 cassettes In this suspense novel, an American working for a shabby English-language newspaper in Rome unwittingly entangles himself in the plans of ruthless terrorists. David Rayborne wangles an advance from an American publisher for an inside account of the terrorist group, the Red Brigades. Then he invents his own version of their clandestine cell and secret plans to kidnap a prominent Italian politician. When his manuscript becomes sought after by a photojournalist and the terrorists, David faces the loss of all he loves – a woman, a city, and his own life.

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Bonus Nonfiction

Bonus Nonfiction

Accordian Man

CT 3570
Accordian Man CT 3570

by Myron Floren, Narrated by Norman Kieke, 1 cassette

The autobiography of a musician – an accordion player – who was a friend and employee of Lawrence Welk for many years. He played in and helped manage the orchestra in Welk's TV show and in personal appearances.

Accordian Man CT 3570 by Myron Floren, Narrated by Norman Kieke, 1 cassette The autobiography of a musician – an accordion player – who was a friend and employee of Lawrence Welk for many years. He played in and helped manage the orchestra in Welk's TV show and in personal appearances.

Chronicles of the Big Bend

CT 3474
Chronicles of the Big Bend CT 3474

by W. D. Smithers, Narrated by Vic Rogers, 1 cassette

This is the story of the frontier era of the Big Bend area of Texas before it became a national park in 1944. It tells of outlaws, smugglers, prohibition and the many wonderful inhabitants of the area.

Chronicles of the Big Bend CT 3474 by W. D. Smithers, Narrated by Vic Rogers, 1 cassette This is the story of the frontier era of the Big Bend area of Texas before it became a national park in 1944. It tells of outlaws, smugglers, prohibition and the many wonderful inhabitants of the area.

Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas

CT 3755
Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas CT 3755

by Don Graham, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes

A lively exploration of the Texas myth in film. The author, a Texas and lifelong movie fan, examines hundreds of movies made from 1912 to the present. He tells how Texas came to be perceived as a desert inhabited by lusty citizens with Western manners, mores and dress.

Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas CT 3755 by Don Graham, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes A lively exploration of the Texas myth in film. The author, a Texas and lifelong movie fan, examines hundreds of movies made from 1912 to the present. He tells how Texas came to be perceived as a desert inhabited by lusty citizens with Western manners, mores and dress.

Faith is the Answer

CT 3188
Faith is the Answer CT 3188

by Smiley Blanton, Narrated by Magdalen Moran, 2 cassettes

Norman Vincent Peale and Dr. Blanton combine the age-old truths of the Bible and modern psychiatry and psychology to present a new approach to personal happiness.

Faith is the Answer CT 3188 by Smiley Blanton, Narrated by Magdalen Moran, 2 cassettes Norman Vincent Peale and Dr. Blanton combine the age-old truths of the Bible and modern psychiatry and psychology to present a new approach to personal happiness.

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Hugging the Jukebox

CT 3880
Hugging the Jukebox CT 3880

by Naomi Shihab Nye, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette

In these poems, the author evokes the people and places of the American Southwest, Guatemala, Colombia and Peru, shrewdly and joyously. The first section of the book draws on Texas life, the second offers South-of-the-Border observations, and the third section is a group of poems concerned with talking and silences and the ways in which the world speaks to us.

Hugging the Jukebox CT 3880 by Naomi Shihab Nye, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette In these poems, the author evokes the people and places of the American Southwest, Guatemala, Colombia and Peru, shrewdly and joyously. The first section of the book draws on Texas life, the second offers South-of-the-Border observations, and the third section is a group of poems concerned with talking and silences and the ways in which the world speaks to us.

LBJ Country

CT 3233
LBJ Country CT 3233

by Bill Porterfield, Narrated by Gretchen Estes, 1 cassette

The author, a reporter for a Houston paper, describes the harsh Texas hill country that nurtured President Johnson and the men and women who were his friends.

LBJ Country CT 3233 by Bill Porterfield, Narrated by Gretchen Estes, 1 cassette The author, a reporter for a Houston paper, describes the harsh Texas hill country that nurtured President Johnson and the men and women who were his friends.

Letters from an Early Settler of Texas

CT 3010
Letters from an Early Settler of Texas CT 3010

by William B. Dewees, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 2 cassettes

These letters cover many events in Texas history during the years from 1819 to 1852 and also include many important Texas documents.

Letters from an Early Settler of Texas CT 3010 by William B. Dewees, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 2 cassettes These letters cover many events in Texas history during the years from 1819 to 1852 and also include many important Texas documents.

Lots of Land

CT 3102
Lots of Land CT 3102

by Curtis Bishop, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes

This is a story of the land of Texas, as well as a history of Texas, as compiled from the record of the General Land Office of Texas.

Lots of Land CT 3102 by Curtis Bishop, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes This is a story of the land of Texas, as well as a history of Texas, as compiled from the record of the General Land Office of Texas.

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Mr. Claude

CT 3762
Mr. Claude CT 3762

by Ada Morehead Holland, Narrated by Jerome Stone, 1 cassette

Claude Barr Kennedy worked in the big sawmills in the piney woods of deep East Texas. His story is intertwined with the history of logging, lumbering, and forest management in Texas. It is a story of family joys and sorrows, personal strengths and quirks.

Mr. Claude CT 3762 by Ada Morehead Holland, Narrated by Jerome Stone, 1 cassette Claude Barr Kennedy worked in the big sawmills in the piney woods of deep East Texas. His story is intertwined with the history of logging, lumbering, and forest management in Texas. It is a story of family joys and sorrows, personal strengths and quirks.

Napoleon and Josephine: The Biography of a Marriage

CT 2903
Napoleon and Josephine: The Biography of a Marriage CT 2903

by Frances Mossiker, Narrated by Cynthia Kreisner, 3 cassettes

Napoleon and Josephine are depicted as real people – a man and a woman in love – until the situation changes and his love for her deteriorates as they share a turbulent life.

Napoleon and Josephine: The Biography of a Marriage CT 2903 by Frances Mossiker, Narrated by Cynthia Kreisner, 3 cassettes Napoleon and Josephine are depicted as real people – a man and a woman in love – until the situation changes and his love for her deteriorates as they share a turbulent life.

Roses in December

CT 3580
Roses in December CT 3580

by Frances Parkinson Keyes, Narrated by Phyl Holbert 3 cassette

The author, a best-selling novelist, recalls her girlhood at the turn of the century, her New England upbringing, her schooling in Boston private schools and her education and travels abroad. Concludes with her marriage to a man many years her senior.

Roses in December CT 3580 by Frances Parkinson Keyes, Narrated by Phyl Holbert 3 cassette The author, a best-selling novelist, recalls her girlhood at the turn of the century, her New England upbringing, her schooling in Boston private schools and her education and travels abroad. Concludes with her marriage to a man many years her senior.

Spindletop

CT 2843
Spindletop CT 2843

by James A. Clark and Michel T. Halbouty, Narrated by Terry May, 2 cassettes

On January 10, 1901 the first great oil gusher roared in at Spindletop, Texas, and the future of America and the world was forever changed.

Spindletop CT 2843 by James A. Clark and Michel T. Halbouty, Narrated by Terry May, 2 cassettes On January 10, 1901 the first great oil gusher roared in at Spindletop, Texas, and the future of America and the world was forever changed.

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Wings of Silver

CT 4302
Wings of Silver CT 4302

by Jo Petty, Narrated by Margaret Young, 1 cassette

A collection of hundreds of inspirational sayings on love, joy, peace, suffering, goodness and faith.

Wings of Silver CT 4302 by Jo Petty, Narrated by Margaret Young, 1 cassette A collection of hundreds of inspirational sayings on love, joy, peace, suffering, goodness and faith.

Wonderful World of Country Music

CT 3260
Wonderful World of Country Music CT 3260

by Jeannie Sakol, Narrated by Joyce Leidy, 3 cassettes

A dictionary of country music including biographies of stars, a history of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Association Awards winners and notes on Bluegrass and Outlaw music.

Wonderful World of Country Music CT 3260 by Jeannie Sakol, Narrated by Joyce Leidy, 3 cassettes A dictionary of country music including biographies of stars, a history of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Association Awards winners and notes on Bluegrass and Outlaw music.

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Fiction for Children and Young Adults

Fiction for Children and Young Adults

Hello, the Boat

CT 3543
Hello, the Boat CT 3543

by Phyllis Crawford, Narrated by Eunice Clingo, 1 cassette

When they decide to leave their home in Pittsburgh in 1817 and re-establish themselves in the West, the Doak family manages a merchant's new storeboat down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. For junior and senior high readers.

Hello, the Boat CT 3543 by Phyllis Crawford, Narrated by Eunice Clingo, 1 cassette When they decide to leave their home in Pittsburgh in 1817 and re-establish themselves in the West, the Doak family manages a merchant's new storeboat down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. For junior and senior high readers.

Ice Castles

CT 3675
Ice Castles CT 3675

by Leonore Fleischer, Narrated by Sarah Light, 2 cassettes

Alexis Winston had a dream—to become a champion figure skater. She was also in love with Nick, her childhood sweetheart, who had dreams of his own.

Ice Castles CT 3675 by Leonore Fleischer, Narrated by Sarah Light, 2 cassettes Alexis Winston had a dream—to become a champion figure skater. She was also in love with Nick, her childhood sweetheart, who had dreams of his own.

Johnny Texas

CT 3734
Johnny Texas CT 3734

by Carol Hoff, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette

This is a story of adventure, excitement and pathos, woven together with threads of early Texas history. When ten-year-old Johann comes from Germany to make his home in Texas, he is awed at first by the vastness of the country. But from the moment the friendly stagecoach driver tousles his hair and calls him " Johnny Texas," the boy's love for this wonderful land of freedom begins to grow.

Johnny Texas CT 3734 by Carol Hoff, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette This is a story of adventure, excitement and pathos, woven together with threads of early Texas history. When ten-year-old Johann comes from Germany to make his home in Texas, he is awed at first by the vastness of the country. But from the moment the friendly stagecoach driver tousles his hair and calls him " Johnny Texas," the boy's love for this wonderful land of freedom begins to grow.

Legend of the Bluebonnet

CT 3673
Legend of the Bluebonnet CT 3673

by Tomie De Paola, Narrated by Ginger Edwards, 1 cassette

This story not only tells the origin of the state flower of Texas, but also is a tale of the courage and sacrifice of a young person. For grades 3-6.

Legend of the Bluebonnet CT 3673 by Tomie De Paola, Narrated by Ginger Edwards, 1 cassette This story not only tells the origin of the state flower of Texas, but also is a tale of the courage and sacrifice of a young person. For grades 3-6.

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Leonard the Lizard

CT 2945
Leonard the Lizard CT 2945

by Mary Frances Lamport, Narrated by Karen DeBusk, 1 cassette

Leonard is a chameleon—a lizard that changes the color of his skin to match his background. This is the story of a day in his life. This recording also contains: “Jerry Giraffe's Short Journey.” Jerry Giraffe walks away from the zoo and makes friends with a group of children. “The Glory of Easter” tells the story of Easter in simple verse for very young children. “A Package of Goodies” contains two brief rhyming stories on being polite and having good manners and on being pretty, strong and clean. “Spotty the Spider.” Spotty selects a place for his new home and begins to build his web. For grades 2-5.

Leonard the Lizard CT 2945 by Mary Frances Lamport, Narrated by Karen DeBusk, 1 cassette Leonard is a chameleon—a lizard that changes the color of his skin to match his background. This is the story of a day in his life. This recording also contains: “Jerry Giraffe's Short Journey.” Jerry Giraffe walks away from the zoo and makes friends with a group of children. “The Glory of Easter” tells the story of Easter in simple verse for very young children. “A Package of Goodies” contains two brief rhyming stories on being polite and having good manners and on being pretty, strong and clean. “Spotty the Spider.” Spotty selects a place for his new home and begins to build his web. For grades 2-5.

Miss Pickerell Goes to the Arctic

CT 3562
Miss Pickerell Goes to the Arctic CT 3562

by Ellen MacGregor, Narrated by Mary Jane Prall, 1 cassette

Why would Miss Pickerell be deep in the Arctic on a cargo plane that is running out of gas? What if they have to make a forced landing? Never fear! Miss Pickerell and her umbrella will win the day. For grades 3-6.

Miss Pickerell Goes to the Arctic CT 3562 by Ellen MacGregor, Narrated by Mary Jane Prall, 1 cassette Why would Miss Pickerell be deep in the Arctic on a cargo plane that is running out of gas? What if they have to make a forced landing? Never fear! Miss Pickerell and her umbrella will win the day. For grades 3-6.

Mystery of the Green Cat

CT 3136
Mystery of the Green Cat CT 3136

by Phyllis A. Whitney, Narrated by Leila Reynolds, 1 cassette

The mysterious old lady who lives at the top of the hill and a strange green china cat help to bring two brothers and their new stepsisters together as a family. For grades 5-8.

Mystery of the Green Cat CT 3136 by Phyllis A. Whitney, Narrated by Leila Reynolds, 1 cassette The mysterious old lady who lives at the top of the hill and a strange green china cat help to bring two brothers and their new stepsisters together as a family. For grades 5-8.

Orphans on the Guadalupe

CT 3790
Orphans on the Guadalupe CT 3790

by Frances Alexander, Narrated by Lisa Davis, 1 cassette

Among the colonists from Germany who settled along the Guadalupe River were nineteen orphans and an Evangelical pastor and his wife who became their "parents" after a tragic epidemic struck these pioneer immigrants. This story is about their adventures in the Texas wilderness. For readers in grades 6-9.

Orphans on the Guadalupe CT 3790 by Frances Alexander, Narrated by Lisa Davis, 1 cassette Among the colonists from Germany who settled along the Guadalupe River were nineteen orphans and an Evangelical pastor and his wife who became their "parents" after a tragic epidemic struck these pioneer immigrants. This story is about their adventures in the Texas wilderness. For readers in grades 6-9.

Sunrise Song

CT 3848
Sunrise Song CT 3848

by Minnie Gilbert, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette

Set during the Mexican Revolution, this novel tells about Rosita's adventures before her quininiera – a centuries old ritual marking a girl’s fifteenth birthday. Along the Mexican border country of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, descendants of the Spanish colonists of long ago still observed the beautiful old custom of coming out parties for their daughters' fifteenth birthdays. For readers in grades 6-9 and high school.

Sunrise Song CT 3848 by Minnie Gilbert, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette Set during the Mexican Revolution, this novel tells about Rosita's adventures before her quininiera – a centuries old ritual marking a girl’s fifteenth birthday. Along the Mexican border country of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, descendants of the Spanish colonists of long ago still observed the beautiful old custom of coming out parties for their daughters' fifteenth birthdays. For readers in grades 6-9 and high school.

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Nonfiction for Young Adults and Adults

Nonfiction for Young Adults and Adults

Italian Texans

CT 2889
Italian Texans CT 2889

by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette

Italians have been in Texas almost from the very beginning. They were with Coronado during his trip across the High Plains in 1541 and many were present during the Texas war for independence. This is the story of these men and of the later men and women who contributed much to Texas culture.

Italian Texans CT 2889 by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette Italians have been in Texas almost from the very beginning. They were with Coronado during his trip across the High Plains in 1541 and many were present during the Texas war for independence. This is the story of these men and of the later men and women who contributed much to Texas culture.

Jewish Texans

CT 2859
Jewish Texans CT 2859

by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette

Jews from all countries of the world found their way to Texas and this is a brief narration of what they contributed to the state's history and heritage. For high school and adult readers.

Jewish Texans CT 2859 by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette Jews from all countries of the world found their way to Texas and this is a brief narration of what they contributed to the state's history and heritage. For high school and adult readers.

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Spanish Fiction

Spanish Fiction

Dia en la Vida

CT 3868
Dia en la Vida CT 3868

by Manlio Argueta, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes

"Un dia en la vida" (One Day in the Life) expresses in fictional form the collective voice of El Salvador and offers a message of hope through its characters.

Dia en la Vida CT 3868 by Manlio Argueta, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes "Un dia en la vida" (One Day in the Life) expresses in fictional form the collective voice of El Salvador and offers a message of hope through its characters.

Lazarillo de Tormes

CT 3568
Lazarillo de Tormes CT 3568

by Plaja de Guillermo Diaz, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette

Lazarillo de Tormes is the main character in a series of sketches detailing the struggles of the poor to survive and to stay alive. Seven loosely related tales follow Lazarillo from the rags of a poor childhood to the riches of a respectable government post and honorable family life. Written in the 16th century.

Lazarillo de Tormes CT 3568 by Plaja de Guillermo Diaz, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette Lazarillo de Tormes is the main character in a series of sketches detailing the struggles of the poor to survive and to stay alive. Seven loosely related tales follow Lazarillo from the rags of a poor childhood to the riches of a respectable government post and honorable family life. Written in the 16th century.

Lo Que Tu Callaste

CT 3801
Lo Que Tu Callaste CT 3801

by Caridad Bravo Adams, Narrated by Thomas Fountain, 2 cassettes

"Lo que tu callaste" (What You Kept Quiet About) is a dramatic novel of love, pride and revenge.

Lo Que Tu Callaste CT 3801 by Caridad Bravo Adams, Narrated by Thomas Fountain, 2 cassettes "Lo que tu callaste" (What You Kept Quiet About) is a dramatic novel of love, pride and revenge.

Mi Isla Sonada

CT 3244
Mi Isla Sonada CT 3244

by Abelardo Milton Diaz , Narrated by Ines Maldonado, 2 cassettes

A fictionalized account of life in a small Puerto Rican town in a time of transition and change, and how these changes affect the traditions and customs which were part of the Puerto Rican personality and culture.

Mi Isla Sonada CT 3244 by Abelardo Milton Diaz , Narrated by Ines Maldonado, 2 cassettes A fictionalized account of life in a small Puerto Rican town in a time of transition and change, and how these changes affect the traditions and customs which were part of the Puerto Rican personality and culture.

Os Ofrezco el Big Bang

CT 3630
Os Ofrezco el Big Bang CT 3630

by Ralph Barby, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette

"Os ofrezco el big bang" (Presenting the Big Bang) is a science fiction epic about the battle between good and evil, in which the hero, Xaloc, triumphs over the forces of evil.

Os Ofrezco el Big Bang CT 3630 by Ralph Barby, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette "Os ofrezco el big bang" (Presenting the Big Bang) is a science fiction epic about the battle between good and evil, in which the hero, Xaloc, triumphs over the forces of evil.

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Spanish Nonfiction

Spanish Nonfiction

Cruz y el Punal

CT 3235
Cruz y el Punal CT 3235

by David R. Wilkerson, Narrated by Carmen Kelly, 2 cassettes

An account of a minister's attempt to help seven boys indicted in New York City for the murder of a crippled teenager. His work with juvenile groups led to the Teen Challenge movement with centers in Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles. Translation of “The Cross and the Switchblade.”

Cruz y el Punal CT 3235 by David R. Wilkerson, Narrated by Carmen Kelly, 2 cassettes An account of a minister's attempt to help seven boys indicted in New York City for the murder of a crippled teenager. His work with juvenile groups led to the Teen Challenge movement with centers in Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles. Translation of “The Cross and the Switchblade.”

Hablando de Brujas y la Gente de Antes

CT 3663
Hablando de Brujas y la Gente de Antes CT 3663

by Jim Sagel, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette

"Hablando de brujas y la gente de antes" (About Witches and Their Ancestors) contains poems describing the land, people and folk culture of Northern New Mexico. Spanish and English language.

Hablando de Brujas y la Gente de Antes CT 3663 by Jim Sagel, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette "Hablando de brujas y la gente de antes" (About Witches and Their Ancestors) contains poems describing the land, people and folk culture of Northern New Mexico. Spanish and English language.

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Spanish Fiction for Children

Spanish Fiction for Children

Han Raptado a "Ney"

CT 3273
Han Raptado a "Ney" CT 3273

by Maria Marcela Sanches Coquillat, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette

The children from the author's first book return to encounter the same characters but different adventures and countryside. For grades 6-9.

Han Raptado a "Ney" CT 3273 by Maria Marcela Sanches Coquillat, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette The children from the author's first book return to encounter the same characters but different adventures and countryside. For grades 6-9.

Palabra de Honor

CT 3323
Palabra de Honor CT 3323

by Babbis Friis Baastad, Narrated by Yolanda Cazares Munguia, 1 cassette

Tott had given his word of honor not to reveal a secret. Then he found himself faced with solving a problem without going back on his word. For grades 5-8.

Palabra de Honor CT 3323 by Babbis Friis Baastad, Narrated by Yolanda Cazares Munguia, 1 cassette Tott had given his word of honor not to reveal a secret. Then he found himself faced with solving a problem without going back on his word. For grades 5-8.

Teresita y las Orugas

CT 2961
Teresita y las Orugas CT 2961

by Millicent Selsam, Narrated by Sara Escobedo, 1 cassette

A young girl finds some caterpillars, keeps them in jars, feeds them, watches the caterpillars spin cocoons, and finally sees them emerge as moths from the cocoons. For grades preschool-2. Translation of Terry and the Caterpillars.

Teresita y las Orugas CT 2961 by Millicent Selsam, Narrated by Sara Escobedo, 1 cassette A young girl finds some caterpillars, keeps them in jars, feeds them, watches the caterpillars spin cocoons, and finally sees them emerge as moths from the cocoons. For grades preschool-2. Translation of Terry and the Caterpillars.

Tortillitas Para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes

CT 3654
Tortillitas Para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes CT 3654

by Margot C. Griego, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette

A collection of nursery rhymes, in both English and Spanish, collected from the Hispanic communities in the Americas. Many of the rhymes have instructions for finger plays and other activities.

Tortillitas Para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes CT 3654 by Margot C. Griego, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette A collection of nursery rhymes, in both English and Spanish, collected from the Hispanic communities in the Americas. Many of the rhymes have instructions for finger plays and other activities.

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Spanish Nonfiction for Children

Spanish Nonfiction for Children

Aqui y Alla en California

CT 2935
Aqui y Alla en California CT 2935

by Ernesto Galarza, Narrated by Hilda Cruz and Maurine McLean, 1 cassette

Aqui y Alla en California, a brief description of the things to see and places to go in California. In container with Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche tells the story of milk from the dairy to the store. Spanish language for children. Aqui y Alla en California, una descripcion breve de las cosas para ver y lugares para visitar en California. La caja tambien contiene Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche cuenta la historia del leche de la lecheria a la tienda. Lengua Espanola para ninos.

Aqui y Alla en California CT 2935 by Ernesto Galarza, Narrated by Hilda Cruz and Maurine McLean, 1 cassette Aqui y Alla en California, a brief description of the things to see and places to go in California. In container with Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche tells the story of milk from the dairy to the store. Spanish language for children. Aqui y Alla en California, una descripcion breve de las cosas para ver y lugares para visitar en California. La caja tambien contiene Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche cuenta la historia del leche de la lecheria a la tienda. Lengua Espanola para ninos.

Secretos de la Ciencia

CT 3201
Secretos de la Ciencia CT 3201

by Bertha Morris Parker, Narrated by Frances Lopez Morillas, 1 cassette

Describes in simple terms the geologic history of earth and the phenomena of nature. For grades 4-7.

Secretos de la Ciencia CT 3201 by Bertha Morris Parker, Narrated by Frances Lopez Morillas, 1 cassette Describes in simple terms the geologic history of earth and the phenomena of nature. For grades 4-7.

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More Texas TitlesMore Texas Titles Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away.

More Texas Titles Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away.

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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, folklore, and people of the Lone Star state. Titles recorded include biographies, histories, westerns, romances, mysteries, self-help, travel, and children's books. Approximately 10 new books are completed each month, including some in Spanish. 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. Following the list of titles recently recorded by our volunteers, we also feature in this issue a section on bonus titles recorded in years past including books for children and young adults. We are pleased to provide you this reminder that these bonus books are available. Note the titles and book numbers you would like to request, then call us at any time with your order. return to top Fiction Affirmative Reaction: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6548 by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Langlinais, 2 cassettes Tory Travers needs the help of police detective David Alvarez again when she discovers a woman's body has been stuffed in a manhole while she's inspecting a community development site-and she wants to help in order to speed things up. The city officials who contracted her company to inspect the storm sewers will undoubtedly hold up her check until after the case has been solved. The body turns out to belong to a contentious city employee who vehemently opposed affirmative action programs. (#3 in the series.) This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Bad Memory CT 6525 by Duane Franklet, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 3 cassettes He calls himself “Hektor,"” his operation “Trojan Horse.” With his carefully assembled underground team, he has breached the walls of the Houston-based Simtec Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of personal computers. Bypassing the best security money can buy-codes, gates, and guards-Hektor has crippled Simtec through the back door, and is gearing up to extort his fair share of their twenty-billion-a-year revenues. Vowing to fight, Simtec’s newly named CEO Diane Hughes faces a forbidding test of her leadership. With her company caught in an escalating spiral of demands and destruction, she turns to her top troubleshooter, Barry Shepard. But Barry could pay the highest price of all, for Hektor has made the ultimate threat. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Black Gold CT 6513 by Frederic Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes In 1930's Texas, the oil industry is booming and small-time wildcatter Bill Dodd has secretly acquired the oil lease to the property adjoining H.L. Hunt's latest gusher. It promises to make Dodd a millionaire but before he can register the leases with the county, he is gunned down and Hunt's company takes over the land. Texas Ranger Lee Garrett is sent to investigate. He uncovers the first organized crime racket in Texas. The Mafia is running women and booze and their hired muscle makes sure no one stops their operation. And the only person Garrett can trust is Molly, a young prostitute from Brooklyn. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity Casanova Crimes CT 6484 by Nancy Herndon, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes Elena Jarvis is an officer in the Crimes Against Persons department of the Los Santos, Texas, police. She's got a sharp mind and a strong sense of justice. Graham Fullerton was the campus Casanova of Herbert Hobart University until a date with poison put an end to his extra-curricular activities. When Elena Jarvis searches for suspects in the pages of Graham's little black book, she finds them too numerous to count, and all of them have payback on their minds. Elena discovers a dark secret about Graham that puts her own life in danger. This book contains: Profanity return to top Cat on a Blue Monday CT 6539 by Carole Nelson Douglas, Narrated by Dana Schuff, 3 cassettes Midnight Louie, toughcat extraordinaire, and his human partner in crime-solving, petite red-headed publicist Temple Barr, are once again in the thick of things as they try to discover just who is trying to wreck the annual Las Vegas Cat Show. When people start dying and the cats are placed in mortal danger, it’s up to Louie to set things right He’ll do his best to foil the fiendish plot against the cats of Las Vegas . . . and save his best friend Temple from a very human killer. This book contains: Violence Comanche Woman: Sisters of the Lone Star CT 6415 by Joan Johnston, Narrated by Stephanie Murphy, 3 cassettes Bayleigh Stewart was as different from her older sister Sloan as she was from her younger sister Cricket. Their father had always dreamed of having three strong sons he could train to be everything a Texas man should be. Her sisters favored their father’s frontier spirit of tough independence while Bayleigh thought of herself as Rip’s disappointing daughter. When she was captured by the Comanches, she would learn that she, too, was a stalwart survivor. This book contains: Heavy Sex, violence and profanity Cure The Texas Fever CT 6240 by J. T. Edson, Narrated by Ed Corrigan, 2 cassettes A baffling disease called “Texas fever” is threatening to ruin Texas cattle ranchers financially. The governor is willing to do anything to find a cure, even pardon a man with a price on his head. Waxahachie Smith is allowed to return to Texas under one condition—that he serve as bodyguard to the young vet who may be close to a cure. This book contains: Violence and profanity Dangerous Dilemmas CT 6521 by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes This is the story of a woman who is going through a divorce after her husband of 25 years betrays her in the most cruel way imaginable. If that's not enough, her son is in jail, accused of capital murder. Leaving the jail she meets a man who rescues her from car trouble. It's only after a relationship develops between them that she discovers that he is the police detective testifying against her son. Must she choose between the love of a man and a mother's love for her child? This book contains: Some Sex and profanity return to top Death at Whitechapel CT 6515 by Robin Paige, Narrated by Linda Fox, 2 cassettes Kathryn Ardleigh is becoming accustomed to the high-society circles of her recently Lorded husband Charles Sheridan. And she has found a kindred spirit in Jennie Jerome Churchill, whose carefree lifestyle has made her a frequent topic in the tabloids. But there is a more serious scandal threatening Jennie - and the political future of her son Winston. She is being blackmailed by someone who has made a heinous accusation. This book contains: Violence Death of a Minister's Wife CT 6538 by Allen Whitman, Narrated by Jack Huff, 1 cassette The Reverend Jarvis Hedlam glances at the headline: "Prominent Pastor Suspended." What grabs his attention is that the man is his childhood friend, George Hawthorne. One phone call to a seminary classmate uncovers the fact that his grade school buddy has been suspended for alcoholism, is whispered to be a womanizer, and is under suspicion in the unexplained death of Stacey, his attractive wife. To add to the mystery, George Hawthorne has disappeared. Eater of Souls CT 6506 by Lynda S. Robinson, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes In a tale of ancient Egyptian political intrigue, someone, or something, is slaying innocent persons on the night streets in the royal city of Memphis. Frightened citizens believe it is the gruesome work of the Devourer, the eater of souls, one of the most fearsome gods in the Egyptian pantheon. Even Lord Meren, the eyes and ears of the Pharaoh, is baffled by this series of horrific crimes whose victims have only one thing in common: the grisly manner of their deaths. This book contains: Violence Eden CT 6549 by Fredric Bean, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 2 cassettes The Kings aren't like other families. They are bound together by a hatred as vast as their oil-rich Texas ranch – and the purse strings of a fortune held by the cold matriarch of their wealthy clan. Helen King's five children have as little love for her as they do for each other. So when her eldest son, Howard is shot to death in his Dallas home, there is no shortage of suspects. As administrator of the King fortune, he was the focus for his siblings' deepest resentment. Everyone has a motive, no one has an alibi - and Matthew, who has always been the family peacemaker, admits he was at the scene shortly before the murder and saw nothing. As the police close in on the killer, Matthew faces an unwanted choice: loyalty to a family that's never understood love or saving his own skin. This book contains: Profanity return to top El Camino Del Rio CT 6544 by Jim Sanderson, Narrated by Paul Klemperer, 2 cassettes Presidio, Texas is hard country and hardship duty for U.S. Border Patrol officer Dolph Martinez. When circling buzzards lead him to a corpse wearing red Wing boots with a .22 bullet hole in an expensive haircut, Dolph realizes that this is no ordinary norteno trying to cross the deserted border from Mexico. Is the dead man connected to Sister Quinn's efforts to help Central American political refugees find sanctuary? Is Sister Quinn, a nun who practices curanderismo, mixed up in a smuggling operation? It is Dolph's job and his destiny to unravel the mystery. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity The Fourth Horseman CT 6527 by Randy Lee Eickhoff, Narrated by Harold Steadman, 4 cassettes Historical fiction about Doc Holliday. More than a simple gunfighter, Doc Holliday is a sensitive yet sardonic gentleman through whose eyes we experience the bitter harshness of the new frontier. Following a shooting at the Withlacoochee River, Holliday's father sends him to a Northern dental school in hopes of building a bright future for his son. But tuberculosis cuts short a promising career, and Holliday heads into the West and into history. He is destined to become the lone outsider at the infamous OK Corral gunfight. This book contains: Profanity Framework for Death: A Tory Travers/David Alvarez Murder Mystery CT 6490 by Aileen Schumacher, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes El Paso Detective David Alvarez is summoned to the scene of a crime from a New Year's Sun Bowl game after a uniformed officer responded to an anonymous phone call - he entered a residence in a prestigious neighborhood with a unique history, and fell right into the middle of a structural collapse. A concealed room is discovered in the basement of the residence, complete with two bodies, and a live infant upstairs. Alvarez turns to engineer Tory Travers to figure out what caused the collapse, but doesn't want to stop there. (#2 in the series) This book contains: Profanity Gone to Texas CT 6535 by Donald K. Wright, Narrated by Dick Collins, 3 cassettes This is the saga of two young men, sickened by the ravages of the Civil War, who decide to take their cut and join the migration of those who look to the wilderness of the Texas frontier to give them a fresh start. Along the way they meet two exceptional women: the tortured Molly Klinner, a woman whose own life has been shattered by the war and Gabriel Johnson, an Eastern beauty who views her journey to the Wild West as a lark. Together they will weather the travails that the new frontier has in store for them and carve out a new life. This book contains: Some sex and profanity return to top Hardrock Stiff: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6347 by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Nancy VanHemert, 2 cassettes Ned Carr is an old hardrock miner who has stubbornly held on to his acres of what has become prime real estate in the heart of Aspen’s popular ski slopes. He has made plenty of enemies over the years from the militant environmental activists called the Green Briars to the even more dangerous property-rights group known as the Free West Rebellion. When a mine explosion blows old Ned to bits, Sheriff Kurt Muller finds a long list of motives for murder, from eco-terrorism to corporate greed. This book contains: Violence and profanity House of Gentle Men CT 6507 by Kathy Hepinstall, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes In this story, the house of the title is a sort of anti-bordello for women, where the male residents provide lovelorn ladies not with sex but with solace, sweetness, and romance. Set in post-World War II Louisiana, the novel traces the lives of two motherless misfits: Charlotte, a voluntary mute who suffered first a rape, then the loss of her baby; and Louise, a compulsive neatnik whose father is the men's "madam." Both women fall for his newest working boy, a troubled soldier attempting to atone for his past. As the trio search for happiness, they encounter a succession of realizations that teach them what love is. This book contains: Some sex Hunter's Trap CT 6518 by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Kenny Rahmeyer, 2 cassettes On the night of the vernal equinox in 1930, the novel's protagonist Wilbur Smythe, puts in motion his plan to avenge the deaths of his wife and his employer, a wealthy Kiowa's oil money. Smythe intends to kidnap the banker's seventeen-year-old daughter, Sissy, and hold her hostage to torment her father before killing him. Set largely in El Paso and its Mexican neighbor, Juarez, the story weaves together the strong political and social undercurrents of the Depression. Beneath its texture of place and time, however, the story reasserts the age-old wisdom of how thin the margin is between good and evil in members of the human "family." This book contains: Some sex and profanity A John Graves Reader CT 6305 by John Graves, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes All of the pieces in this anthology were selected, arranged, and edited by the author himself. They reflect various stages of his life and writing career - youth in Texas, World War II, travels in Mexico, Europe, and New York, and his return to Texas as home and as subject matter. They also present recurring themes in his writing - from the land and people to fishing, traveling, and the enduring friendships that have enriched his life. This book contains: Profanity return to top Lost CT 6531 by Helen R. Myers, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes Six years ago, the small town of Split Creek, Texas, was rocked to its core when a young woman was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found. Now, when Faith Ramey's abandoned car is discovered, the town can't help feeling an unwelcome sense of deja vu. Police Chief Jared Morgan doesn't want to believe there's a connection, but Faith's sister, Michaele, is beginning to suspect otherwise. This book contains: Some sex and profanity Pariah: A Kurt Muller Mystery CT 6528 by Thomas Zigal, Narrated by Ruth Borinstein, 2 cassettes On the eve of his recall vote, Aspen Sheriff Kurt Muller is summoned to the home of an old acquaintance, the beautiful, reclusive heiress Nicole Buer. Someone, she says, is sending her hate mail and threatening to kill her. She's convinced it's her old lover, the 60s blues idol Rocky Rhodes, but Kurt is wary, for good reason: Twenty years earlier Rocky's body was found on the grounds of Nicole's mansion, and Nicole herself was charged with his murder. But Kurt's doubts are shaken when Nicole is found dead the next morning, only hours after he left her. Kurt soon uncovers a host of high-placed suspects. This book contains: Profanity Season’s End: A Novel CT 6523 by Tom Grimes, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes In this "ultimate baseball novel,” Mike Williams tempts fate when he appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of twenty-one. He becomes a major-league batting champion and a national icon as he travels from innocence to disillusionment. Through the prism of baseball, Season's End examines the rich, dark themes of young love, fathers and sons, rags-to-riches wealth, and the cult of celebrity in the media age. This book contains: Profanity Sugar Land CT 6530 by Joni Rodgers, Narrated by Dianna Dorman, 3 cassettes This is the story of the Smithers sisters - Kit and Kiki. As children, they performed throughout Texas as the Sugar Babes, but those glory days of county fair stages, adoring fans, and gold lame gowns are long gone. Now Kit and Kiki are grown up. All that remains are the blues these sisters sing as they learn to cope with the vicissitudes of real life: withering marriages, cheating spouses, balloon mortgages, lost opportunities, and the demands of motherhood. This is the story of the healing power of forgiveness, the seemingly impossible task of loving, the resilience of family ties, and what happens when a tornado meets a double-wide trailer. This book contains: Some sex and profanity return to top Supporting The Sky CT 6346 by Patricia Browning Griffith, Narrated by Lindsey King, 2 cassettes A humorous novel set in Washington, D.C. When Rosemary Kenny, a transplanted Texan, meets an intriguing foreign journalist while patrolling with her Neighborhood Watch group, he seems romantically interested in her—an unsettling prospect for Rosemary who hasn’t dated in years. At the same time, as a single parent she worries about her tempestuous sixteen-year-old daughter’s hidden romantic life. This book contains: Profanity Texas Destiny CT 6532 by Lorraine Heath, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes This historical romance, set in Fort Worth, opens with the arrival of mail-order bride Amelia Carson. A broken leg prevents her future husband, Dallas Leigh, from meeting her but he sends his brother who was badly scarred during the Civil War. Soon the brother realizes he can't watch Dallas marry the woman he has come to love. The author deals movingly with the shattering effect the Civil War had on these three survivors. This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity Texas Wildcat CT 6368 by Adrienne Dewolfe, Narrated by Theresa Hackley, 3 cassettes The feud between the Bandera County, Texas cattlemen and sheepherders is worsening, fueled by a severe drought in the summer of 1884. When beautiful but hot-tempered sheepherder Bailey McShane charges into the cattlemen’s saloon to accuse them of stealing precious water from her land, Zach Rawlins, president of the local cattlemen’s association, tries to find a solution to the conflict. Zach has always been the man of Bailey’s dreams but her father raised her to be as self-reliant as a man. Although drawn to Bailey, Zach wants a woman who needs him, not one who cannot accept his help. Will anything short of a disaster, natural or man-made, bring such strong-willed people together in a loving partnership? This book contains: Heavy sex and profanity They Are Ruining Ibiza CT 6545 by A. C. Greene, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette Charles Martyn, Ph.D., age 60, author of a classic work of literary criticism, is on his second trip to Ibiza – this time with his new wife Susan – searching for his artist son Led. Moving through the search for Led, the novel takes readers through unpredictable twists in plot that keep them guessing about Led's whereabouts until the final scene of the story. The author spins out this account of Martyns plight with sympathy for his melancholy but without excusing his emotional withdrawal. This book contains: Profanity return to top Three Perfect Men CT 6524 by Evelyn Palfrey, Narrated by Janice Lathin, 2 cassettes In this romantic adventure, the lives of three Houston women become entangled with those of three rugged men they encounter while vacationing on a remote lake in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas. A feminist publisher, a computer whiz, and a judge. They are different ages, different races, from different backgrounds. None of them could explain why they became fast friends. Their vacation together veers from quiet contentment to the horrifying, with the macabre discovery of the mutilated body of a teenager. Ike, Donnell, and Jones are not flawless, but they are the perfect men for Angela, Eleanor, and Sondra. This book contains: Some sex Treasure CT 6526 by Suzanne Robinson, Narrated by Jeanne Guichard, 2 cassettes Orphan Emily Fox may be London's most skilled lady pickpocket, but she is certain her grandest scheme will also be her last. For when she finds the treasure hidden on Valin North's spectacular estate, she'll be rich enough to give her beloved siblings everything they could ever want ... and she'll never have to scheme for her supper again. Disguised as a flirtatious debutante entering the social scene, Emmie slips into North's circle and is instantly captivated by the powerfully sensual nobleman. Suddenly, stealing from North seems like more than mere deception. It seems like a betrayal of the heart. Understanding Women CT 6536 by C. W. Smith, Narrated by Sergio Villarreal, 3 cassettes It's 1956 and James Robert (Jimbo) Proctor's just turned sixteen when his Uncle Waylan and his new wife Vicky invite him to spend a summer toiling in the oil patch in New Mexico. But Jimbo lands smack dab in a domestic fracas that has his uncle living in his machine shop and sneaking out with Sharon, his secretary. What's inside Jimbo's head makes for compulsive and delicious reading. He watches his uncle and his fellow workers for clues as to what makes a man, and he obsesses, with extraordinary innocence, over all the different women in this story and their relationship to him and to his uncle. Some sex and profanity Up in Flames: A John and Mary Bolt Mystery CT 6517 by Linda S. Bingham, Narrated by Carol Esler, 2 cassettes Houston arson expert John Bolt isn't looking for love. He is hot on the trail of a serial firebug who has already blazed a name for himself in a small New England college town. But a bumpy flight bounces Mary Yates, attractive actress from San Francisco, into Bolt's path. Together they search for motives in a case which turns from matches into murder, and in the process, sets their hearts aflame. When one major suspect turns out to be Mary's lifelong friend, the odds for a lasting partnership are not good. (1st in series.) This book contains: Profanity Virgin Fire CT 6208 by Elizabeth Chadwick, Narrated by Karen Phipps, 2 cassettes As the proud owner of one of the few bathtubs in rough and tumble Spindletop, Texas, Jessica Parnell is besieged by oil drillers, speculators, and riffraff—every one longing to take advantage of her precious facilities. But the most persistent and intriguing is her own estranged husband, Travis. This book contains: Some sex, violence, and profanity return to top Nonfiction The Gospel According to Bubba CT 6537 by Chuck Meyer; Illustrations by Cindy Mayfield and Donna Utsler, Narrated by Tom Fairbrother, 1 cassette Theological conversations the author has with an imaginary angel named "Bubba" about Christian doctrine and the bible. The Last Buffalo: Walter Potts and the 92nd “Buffalo” Division in World War I CT 6520 by E.B. Hogan, Narrated by Atkins, J. Noble, 1 cassette In World War I, soldiers of African descent made up the U.S. Army's 92nd Division, and fought in France as a unit. They became known as the Buffalo Battalion, named after their predecessors who served in the military in the American West. When he died at age 106, Walter E. Potts, an East Texas veteran, became the "last Buffalo." Author Eva Hogan has written this book to honor her grandfather and to preserve the history of the 92nd Division. Threadgill’s: The Cookbook CT 6310 by Eddie Wilson, Narrated by Michael Neibergall, 2 cassettes A born storyteller, restauranteur Eddie Wilson has produced more than a cookbook. This is an outpouring of appreciation for food, family, friends, and music. Threadgill’s Restaurant is not only known for Southern cooking, it is also a museum of Austin music history and a shrine to the grandfather of Austin country music, Kenneth Threadgill. return to top Spanish Fiction Isla del Cundeamor (Island of Cundeamor) CT 6372 by René Vázquez Díaz, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 2 cassettes Vázquez Díaz offers an eloquent portrait of an imaginary island nation that bears a striking resemblance to his own native Cuba. As the islanders tell their stories, their enduring hopes transcend the stifling boundaries of daily life in Cundeamor. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity Nen, La Inútil (Idle Dreamer) CT 6376 by Ignacio Solares, Narrated by Daniela Sanchez, 1 cassette Nen, the idle dreamer, is a woman whose misunderstood talent for seeing into the future leads her to the palace of the emperor Montezuma at the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. This book contains: Some Sex, Profanity Orilla Oscura (Dark Edge) CT 6374 by José María Merino, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes A Spanish professor who lives in the United States travels to Central America on sabbatical. During a visit to a museum, he discovers a portrait of a man who looks remarkably like his late father, a discovery that causes the professor to re-examine his youth and the events of his past. The “dark edge” of the novel’s title refers to the fine line between past and present, fantasy and reality, dreaming and waking. return to top Spanish Nonfiction Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio CT 4920 by Elena Poniatowska, Narrated by Dr. Juan Lujan, 3 cassettes Hasta No Verte Jesus Mio es la historia contada por una mujer comun y corriente. Jesusa Palancares, la protagonista, es una mujer tipica mexicana en un mundo donde el machismo sobresale y en otros aspectos ella es feminista, con gracia y mucho humor. Criando A Nuestros Ninos: Educando A Ninos Latinos En Un Mundo Bicultural CT 6529 by Gloria G. Rodriguez, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 4 cassettes (Raising Our Children: Educating Latin children in a bicultural world) Este libro, que incluye las investigaciones mas actuales, ademas de anecdotas personales, canciones, recetas, dichos y juegos, provee un rico marco cultural para ayudarle a criar y educar de manera eficaz y responsable a sus ninos que se complementa con un invalorable regalo: pasarles nuestra cultura. To order any of these titles, call 1-800-252-9605 or, in Austin, 512-463-5458. return to top Spotlight on Bonus Titles Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away. Among the titles available, you may want to consider ordering these previously recorded bonus titles: Bonus Fiction Boomer's Gold CT 3202 by Jack Warner, Narrated by Lloyd Davis, 3 cassettes This is the story of an oil well called Dixon Creek No. 2, the town of Borger which was formed around it on the high Texas plains in 1926, and the men and women who lived in this boom town. This book contains: Profanity China Syndrome CT 3536 by Burton Wohl, Narrated by Sarah Light, 1 cassette An accident at a nuclear power plant in California is covered up by management and authorities. One man feels he must tell the world of the hazards and seeks help from a beautiful reporter and a tough young cameraman. This book contains: Profanity Daze of Our Lives CT 3766 by Jean Burchett, Narrated by Phyl Holbert, 1 cassette Hailed by some as the "Bombeck of Texas," Burchett offers the reader a sampling of her witty stories about family life. Her column, also called Daze of our Lives, appears in several Texas newspapers. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral CT 3292 by Nelson C. Nye, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 1 cassette Wyatt Earp was a heroic lawman, Doc Holliday a gambling gunman—yet they were brothers under the skin when it came to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. return to top Halloween Party CT 3291 by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes After a child boasts that he saw someone murdered, he is found dead a few hours later. Hercule Poirot is faced with one of his most challenging cases of criminal pathology. Hanging On CT 2898 by Hila Colman, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes The intimate journal of a wife’s pain-filled year with a husband who is slowly dying of a stroke. It is the story of a couple who learned to face personal disaster without abandoning their hold on life. This book contains: Profanity Hold Autumn in Your Hand CT 3697 by George Sessions Perry, Narrated by Ann Morrison, 1 cassette This novel tells the story of Sam Tucker, a Texas tenant farmer who, though very poor, fights nature, the seasons, and a good many of his fellow men to bring something from the earth Jury of One CT 3192 by Mignon Good Eberhart, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 1 cassette Murder invades the house where Maggy Warren is preparing for her marriage to a man she has known all her life, and no one is the same any more. return to top Kingdom CT 2855 by Ronald S. Joseph, Narrated by Therese East, 3 cassettes Joel Trevor founded the great Lantana Ranch, but it was his daughter Anne and her husband Alex Cameron who created the dynasty that made the ranch what it was. This book contains: Heavy sex, profanity, violence Morning Song CT 3747 by Linda Timian Herring, Narrated by Rheta Edwards, 1 cassette Carol Morgan is secure and happy in the life and career she has made for herself after overcoming the tragic death of her husband. Then Reverend Daniel Thornton enters her life, shattering her illusions and her defenses. His example of unconditional love alters the course of her future. Murder in a Small Town (Perhaps) CT 3760 by H.B. Fox, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette In this humorous murder mystery, Editor Harold Smith of the celebrated "Oak Hill Gazette" reports on crime, wit, and shenanigans in a small American town, including, perhaps – it's hard to tell – two murders. Nightingale CT 3620 by Agnes Sligh Turnbull, Narrated by Patricia Caporusso, 2 cassettes The small mechanical nightingale, a rare heirloom in the Carpenter family, is stolen and suspicion falls upon one villager after another. Its recovery reveals the healing properties of village mutuality. return to top No Holiday for Crime CT 3655 by Dell Shannon, Narrated by Susan McKinnon, 2 cassettes Lieutenant Luis Mendoza of the Los Angeles Police Department is saddled with liquor store hijackings and various robberies at Christmas time, but he is particularly baffled by the murder of a young, devout Mormon girl. Year of the Gun CT 3921 by Michael Mewshaw, Narrated by Bob Schenkkan, 2 cassettes In this suspense novel, an American working for a shabby English-language newspaper in Rome unwittingly entangles himself in the plans of ruthless terrorists. David Rayborne wangles an advance from an American publisher for an inside account of the terrorist group, the Red Brigades. Then he invents his own version of their clandestine cell and secret plans to kidnap a prominent Italian politician. When his manuscript becomes sought after by a photojournalist and the terrorists, David faces the loss of all he loves – a woman, a city, and his own life. return to top Bonus Nonfiction Accordian Man CT 3570 by Myron Floren, Narrated by Norman Kieke, 1 cassette The autobiography of a musician – an accordion player – who was a friend and employee of Lawrence Welk for many years. He played in and helped manage the orchestra in Welk's TV show and in personal appearances. Chronicles of the Big Bend CT 3474 by W. D. Smithers, Narrated by Vic Rogers, 1 cassette This is the story of the frontier era of the Big Bend area of Texas before it became a national park in 1944. It tells of outlaws, smugglers, prohibition and the many wonderful inhabitants of the area. Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas CT 3755 by Don Graham, Narrated by Therese East, 2 cassettes A lively exploration of the Texas myth in film. The author, a Texas and lifelong movie fan, examines hundreds of movies made from 1912 to the present. He tells how Texas came to be perceived as a desert inhabited by lusty citizens with Western manners, mores and dress. Faith is the Answer CT 3188 by Smiley Blanton, Narrated by Magdalen Moran, 2 cassettes Norman Vincent Peale and Dr. Blanton combine the age-old truths of the Bible and modern psychiatry and psychology to present a new approach to personal happiness. return to top Hugging the Jukebox CT 3880 by Naomi Shihab Nye, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette In these poems, the author evokes the people and places of the American Southwest, Guatemala, Colombia and Peru, shrewdly and joyously. The first section of the book draws on Texas life, the second offers South-of-the-Border observations, and the third section is a group of poems concerned with talking and silences and the ways in which the world speaks to us. LBJ Country CT 3233 by Bill Porterfield, Narrated by Gretchen Estes, 1 cassette The author, a reporter for a Houston paper, describes the harsh Texas hill country that nurtured President Johnson and the men and women who were his friends. Letters from an Early Settler of Texas CT 3010 by William B. Dewees, Narrated by Oliver Handley, 2 cassettes These letters cover many events in Texas history during the years from 1819 to 1852 and also include many important Texas documents. Lots of Land CT 3102 by Curtis Bishop, Narrated by Jack Gazzale, 3 cassettes This is a story of the land of Texas, as well as a history of Texas, as compiled from the record of the General Land Office of Texas. return to top Mr. Claude CT 3762 by Ada Morehead Holland, Narrated by Jerome Stone, 1 cassette Claude Barr Kennedy worked in the big sawmills in the piney woods of deep East Texas. His story is intertwined with the history of logging, lumbering, and forest management in Texas. It is a story of family joys and sorrows, personal strengths and quirks. Napoleon and Josephine: The Biography of a Marriage CT 2903 by Frances Mossiker, Narrated by Cynthia Kreisner, 3 cassettes Napoleon and Josephine are depicted as real people – a man and a woman in love – until the situation changes and his love for her deteriorates as they share a turbulent life. Roses in December CT 3580 by Frances Parkinson Keyes, Narrated by Phyl Holbert 3 cassette The author, a best-selling novelist, recalls her girlhood at the turn of the century, her New England upbringing, her schooling in Boston private schools and her education and travels abroad. Concludes with her marriage to a man many years her senior. Spindletop CT 2843 by James A. Clark and Michel T. Halbouty, Narrated by Terry May, 2 cassettes On January 10, 1901 the first great oil gusher roared in at Spindletop, Texas, and the future of America and the world was forever changed. return to top Wings of Silver CT 4302 by Jo Petty, Narrated by Margaret Young, 1 cassette A collection of hundreds of inspirational sayings on love, joy, peace, suffering, goodness and faith. Wonderful World of Country Music CT 3260 by Jeannie Sakol, Narrated by Joyce Leidy, 3 cassettes A dictionary of country music including biographies of stars, a history of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Association Awards winners and notes on Bluegrass and Outlaw music. return to top Fiction for Children and Young Adults Hello, the Boat CT 3543 by Phyllis Crawford, Narrated by Eunice Clingo, 1 cassette When they decide to leave their home in Pittsburgh in 1817 and re-establish themselves in the West, the Doak family manages a merchant's new storeboat down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. For junior and senior high readers. Ice Castles CT 3675 by Leonore Fleischer, Narrated by Sarah Light, 2 cassettes Alexis Winston had a dream—to become a champion figure skater. She was also in love with Nick, her childhood sweetheart, who had dreams of his own. Johnny Texas CT 3734 by Carol Hoff, Narrated by Tom Fitzpatrick, 1 cassette This is a story of adventure, excitement and pathos, woven together with threads of early Texas history. When ten-year-old Johann comes from Germany to make his home in Texas, he is awed at first by the vastness of the country. But from the moment the friendly stagecoach driver tousles his hair and calls him " Johnny Texas," the boy's love for this wonderful land of freedom begins to grow. Legend of the Bluebonnet CT 3673 by Tomie De Paola, Narrated by Ginger Edwards, 1 cassette This story not only tells the origin of the state flower of Texas, but also is a tale of the courage and sacrifice of a young person. For grades 3-6. return to top Leonard the Lizard CT 2945 by Mary Frances Lamport, Narrated by Karen DeBusk, 1 cassette Leonard is a chameleon—a lizard that changes the color of his skin to match his background. This is the story of a day in his life. This recording also contains: “Jerry Giraffe's Short Journey.” Jerry Giraffe walks away from the zoo and makes friends with a group of children. “The Glory of Easter” tells the story of Easter in simple verse for very young children. “A Package of Goodies” contains two brief rhyming stories on being polite and having good manners and on being pretty, strong and clean. “Spotty the Spider.” Spotty selects a place for his new home and begins to build his web. For grades 2-5. Miss Pickerell Goes to the Arctic CT 3562 by Ellen MacGregor, Narrated by Mary Jane Prall, 1 cassette Why would Miss Pickerell be deep in the Arctic on a cargo plane that is running out of gas? What if they have to make a forced landing? Never fear! Miss Pickerell and her umbrella will win the day. For grades 3-6. Mystery of the Green Cat CT 3136 by Phyllis A. Whitney, Narrated by Leila Reynolds, 1 cassette The mysterious old lady who lives at the top of the hill and a strange green china cat help to bring two brothers and their new stepsisters together as a family. For grades 5-8. Orphans on the Guadalupe CT 3790 by Frances Alexander, Narrated by Lisa Davis, 1 cassette Among the colonists from Germany who settled along the Guadalupe River were nineteen orphans and an Evangelical pastor and his wife who became their "parents" after a tragic epidemic struck these pioneer immigrants. This story is about their adventures in the Texas wilderness. For readers in grades 6-9. Sunrise Song CT 3848 by Minnie Gilbert, Narrated by Linda Fox, 1 cassette Set during the Mexican Revolution, this novel tells about Rosita's adventures before her quininiera – a centuries old ritual marking a girl’s fifteenth birthday. Along the Mexican border country of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, descendants of the Spanish colonists of long ago still observed the beautiful old custom of coming out parties for their daughters' fifteenth birthdays. For readers in grades 6-9 and high school. return to top Nonfiction for Young Adults and Adults Italian Texans CT 2889 by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette Italians have been in Texas almost from the very beginning. They were with Coronado during his trip across the High Plains in 1541 and many were present during the Texas war for independence. This is the story of these men and of the later men and women who contributed much to Texas culture. Jewish Texans CT 2859 by the Institute of Texan Cultures, Narrated by Hazel Kiley, 1 cassette Jews from all countries of the world found their way to Texas and this is a brief narration of what they contributed to the state's history and heritage. For high school and adult readers. return to top Spanish Fiction Dia en la Vida CT 3868 by Manlio Argueta, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 2 cassettes "Un dia en la vida" (One Day in the Life) expresses in fictional form the collective voice of El Salvador and offers a message of hope through its characters. Lazarillo de Tormes CT 3568 by Plaja de Guillermo Diaz, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette Lazarillo de Tormes is the main character in a series of sketches detailing the struggles of the poor to survive and to stay alive. Seven loosely related tales follow Lazarillo from the rags of a poor childhood to the riches of a respectable government post and honorable family life. Written in the 16th century. Lo Que Tu Callaste CT 3801 by Caridad Bravo Adams, Narrated by Thomas Fountain, 2 cassettes "Lo que tu callaste" (What You Kept Quiet About) is a dramatic novel of love, pride and revenge. Mi Isla Sonada CT 3244 by Abelardo Milton Diaz , Narrated by Ines Maldonado, 2 cassettes A fictionalized account of life in a small Puerto Rican town in a time of transition and change, and how these changes affect the traditions and customs which were part of the Puerto Rican personality and culture. Os Ofrezco el Big Bang CT 3630 by Ralph Barby, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette "Os ofrezco el big bang" (Presenting the Big Bang) is a science fiction epic about the battle between good and evil, in which the hero, Xaloc, triumphs over the forces of evil. return to top Spanish Nonfiction Cruz y el Punal CT 3235 by David R. Wilkerson, Narrated by Carmen Kelly, 2 cassettes An account of a minister's attempt to help seven boys indicted in New York City for the murder of a crippled teenager. His work with juvenile groups led to the Teen Challenge movement with centers in Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles. Translation of “The Cross and the Switchblade.” Hablando de Brujas y la Gente de Antes CT 3663 by Jim Sagel, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette "Hablando de brujas y la gente de antes" (About Witches and Their Ancestors) contains poems describing the land, people and folk culture of Northern New Mexico. Spanish and English language. return to top Spanish Fiction for Children Han Raptado a "Ney" CT 3273 by Maria Marcela Sanches Coquillat, Narrated by Marisol Brown, 1 cassette The children from the author's first book return to encounter the same characters but different adventures and countryside. For grades 6-9. Palabra de Honor CT 3323 by Babbis Friis Baastad, Narrated by Yolanda Cazares Munguia, 1 cassette Tott had given his word of honor not to reveal a secret. Then he found himself faced with solving a problem without going back on his word. For grades 5-8. Teresita y las Orugas CT 2961 by Millicent Selsam, Narrated by Sara Escobedo, 1 cassette A young girl finds some caterpillars, keeps them in jars, feeds them, watches the caterpillars spin cocoons, and finally sees them emerge as moths from the cocoons. For grades preschool-2. Translation of Terry and the Caterpillars. Tortillitas Para Mama and Other Nursery Rhymes CT 3654 by Margot C. Griego, Narrated by Judy Gibson, 1 cassette A collection of nursery rhymes, in both English and Spanish, collected from the Hispanic communities in the Americas. Many of the rhymes have instructions for finger plays and other activities. return to top Spanish Nonfiction for Children Aqui y Alla en California CT 2935 by Ernesto Galarza, Narrated by Hilda Cruz and Maurine McLean, 1 cassette Aqui y Alla en California, a brief description of the things to see and places to go in California. In container with Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche tells the story of milk from the dairy to the store. Spanish language for children. Aqui y Alla en California, una descripcion breve de las cosas para ver y lugares para visitar en California. La caja tambien contiene Galarza's Historia Verdadera de una Botella de Leche cuenta la historia del leche de la lecheria a la tienda. Lengua Espanola para ninos. Secretos de la Ciencia CT 3201 by Bertha Morris Parker, Narrated by Frances Lopez Morillas, 1 cassette Describes in simple terms the geologic history of earth and the phenomena of nature. For grades 4-7. return to top Ordering More Texas Titles Thousands of additional titles recorded in Texas are available from the Talking Book Program. Ask a Reader Consultant to recommend other Texas titles and authors or have Texas titles added to your reading list through our automatic selection program. A world of Texas books is just a phone call or e-mail message away. As with all of the books in our collection, there is no time limit for ordering any of these books. Feel free to ask for these titles at any time – now or in the future. The Texas volunteers welcome your comments and suggestions. Send an e-mail message to the Volunteer Recording Studio at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov or write to us at Volunteer Recording Studio, Talking Book Program, PO Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711-2927. If you live in the Austin area and are interested in volunteering to record books, please call 463-5546 for more information. Information about volunteering is available on this website: /tbp/vrs.html Talking Book Program, Austin, TX, July 2002. Talking Book Program Texas State Library & Archives Commission PO Box 12927 Austin TX 78711-2927 1-800-252-9605 (in Texas) 512-463-5458 (in Austin) 512-936-0685 (fax) tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov return to top
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