Spotlight on Texas Audio Books July 2005


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

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

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

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

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

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Fiction

AFTER TOMORROW


CT 6730

by VIRGINIA RAGLAND RIDGWAY, Narrated by SALLY MADDOX, 2 Cassettes.


Feisty Sue Charmley finds Island Haven Retirement Community CEO Jason Stowe is making personal gain at the residents' expense. She sets about forcing him to replace their decrepit bus backed by four other elderly ladies. She meets and falls in love with Paul O'Donnell whose dying sister wants to be buried on the barrier islands of Texas. Enjoy vivid descriptions of life in the retirement world.

 

BABY BE MINE


CT 6732

by EMILY MCKAY, Narrated by EMILY MCKAY, 2 Cassettes.


Radio celebrity Tabitha Talbot never dreamed she'd find herself dumped and pregnant. And now, to make matters worse, her station manager has come up with the perfect way to help her mend her broken heart - a love-letter contest. But the only lover Tabitha's crazy hormones are pointing to is her sexy cohost, confirmed bachelor Sam Stevens. And he is definitely not daddy material. Or is he...? This book contains heavy sex and some profanity.

 

CAROUSEL OF PROGRESS


CT 6709

by KATHERINE TANNEY, Narrated by NICOLE SCALARO, 2 Cassettes.


In 1978 southern California, sixteen-year-old Meredith Herman watches her parents' marriage dissolve. Meredith-14 at the outset, 17 at the close of the book-hasn't had time to concentrate on growing up. She's been too busy watching her parents' marriage crash and burn. It's the end of the '70's and caustic, half-crazy Mom wants a more "sensitive partner" while fun-loving Dad wants someone to iron his shirts. It's the mother-daughter conflict - laughable, hurtful, and incredibly sad - that gives the novel its punch. This book contains some sex and profanity.

 

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CHILE DEATH: A CHINA BAYLES MYSTERY


CT 6719

by SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT, Narrated by LINDA FOX, 2 Cassettes.


China Bayles is looking forward to the annual chili cook-off in Pecan Springs, Texas. And when the event arrives, she takes along her fiancee, giving both of them a nice break from China's visiting (i.e. meddling) mother. But then cook-off judge Jerry Jeff Cody dies of an allergic reaction to a peanut. Everyone knows peanuts don't belong in a bowl of Texas chili and China knows something suspicious is afoot. Now, with rumors flying about foul play, and whispered stories about Jerry Jeff's womanizing ways, things are heating up all over. This book contains some profanity and violence.

 

CRAZY LOCO


CT 6727

By DAVID RICE, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 1 Cassette.


Short stories that have the pitch-perfect sense for the speech and thought patterns of teens and the vivid depiction of the daily lives of Mexican-Americans in Texas's Rio Grande Valley. One story focuses on two small-town boys trying to cope when their older and more sophisticated California cousins come to visit. Another story tells of a teen who resents having to move in with his grandfather after his parents' divorce and having to adapt to the old man's ways. This book contains some profanity.

 

DANCE A LITTLE LONGER


CT 5547

by JANE ROBERTS WOOD, Narrated by ANDREE ROSEN, 2 Cassettes.


Josh, Lucy, and John Patrick Arnold move to west Texas in 1931. Lucy loves life and her new home until 4-year-old John Patrick dies. Salvation comes in the form of a Depression victim, one of many strangers who come to their back door desperate for help. Lucy and Josh recover their hope, strengthened by friendship, and provide the reader with inspiration in doing so.

 

DALLAS DECEPTION: A JACK KYLE MYSTERY


CT 5563

by RICHARD ABSHIRE, Narrated by TOM FAIRBROTHER, 2 Cassettes.


Private investigator Jack Kyle agrees to do a favor for bedridden policeman friend Eddie. He tracks down a small-time extortionist who has porno tapes of Eddie's friend's daughter. Retrieving the tapes is easy but when the extortionist turns up dead with the daughter dancing naked around the corpse...Set in Dallas, the story borders on the implausible while it's complex and suspenseful. This book contains some sex and profanity.

 

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DURABLE GOODS


CT 5549

by ELIZABETH BERG, Narrated by KAREN PHIPPS, 1 Cassette.


Katie is twelve, anxiously awaiting breasts, trying to impress boys, missing her dead mother, and fearing the wrath of her army colonel father. She confides to her patronizing older friend that she hopes her sister Diane's boyfriend Dickie will run away with her instead. When their father announces the family is moving to yet another base, Katie gets swept up in Diane's rebellion. This book contains some sex and profanity.

 

FOREVER AND A DAY


CT 6724

by EMILIE BAKER LORING, Narrated by LINDA FOX, 2 Cassettes.


Antoinette (Tony) Carew and her college roommate, Rosamund Perry, open a small bookstore in New York City after graduation. Both Tony and Rosamund fall in love with young men, but intrigue and mystery keep them apart until the mysteries are solved.

 

GAME OF PATIENCE


CT 6740

by ELISABETH FAIRCHILD, Narrated by EMILY MCKASKLE, 2 Cassettes.


Patience Ballard has fond memories of her two best childhood friends, fun-loving Pip and dear, dependable Richard. But now that she is ready to marry, it is Pip she wants - and she's come to London to find him. Patience is crushed when she learns that Pip is already engaged. But there's something decidedly odd about Pip's much talked about love affair - for he does not seem the least bit interested in his intended. Patience is puzzled. And when she sees firsthand just how cruel Pip can be, she starts to wonder if Richard - calm, trustworthy, serious Richard - is the man with the key to her heart.

 

GATOR KILL: TRUMAN SMITH SERIES #2


CT 5565

by BILL CRIDER, Narrated by PAUL KAUPPILA, 1 Cassette.


Galveston house painter Truman Smith is also a private eye and quite a philosopher. He is hired to go up to the river bottoms east of Houston to see who is poaching alligators, but ends up involved with murder, tricky land deals, and corrupt officials. This book contains some profanity.

 

GOOD HOPE ROAD


CT 6718

by LISA WINGATE, Narrated by SALLY MADDOX, 2 Cassettes.


The tornado that levels the town of Poetry, Missouri, does more than change the topography of the small town; it changes lives. Jenilee, a 21-year-old with no real future, helps her elderly neighbor, Eudora, who is grateful for her rescue from the cellar of her demolished home, although perplexed by the identity and generosity of her savior. Jenilee has been the object of scorn because of her family's poverty and the abuse she's suffered at the hands of her father. Now Eudora and the rest of the town are in for yet more surprises as Jenilee makes herself useful at the armory, helping the injured and creating a wall of the photos and lost documents she has recovered so that the rightful owners can preserve treasured memories in the face of destruction.

 

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HEARTBEAT, DRUMBEAT


CT 5591

by IRENE BELTRAN HERNANDEZ, Narrated by PATTY LOFTIS, 1 Cassette.


A young woman finds the course of her life influenced by her Navajo and Mexican heritage, and especially by an older Navajo woman and a young Indian lawyer. TSL also recorded Hernandez' Across the Great River (CBO 4719).

 

HOME TRUTH


CT 5597

by JANIS P.STOUT, Narrated by LINDA FOX, 2 Cassettes.


A powerful novel about the hardships involved in dealing with the mentally handicapped. The focus is on Meg, mother of two toddlers and soon-to-be-ex-wife of an auto mechanic, who is trying to maintain a semblance of the old-fashioned nuclear family. Meg's struggles are compounded when her blind and severely retarded sister is released from an instsitution and sent to live with them. This book contains some sex and profanity.

 

KEEPERS OF THE EARTH


CT 6722

by LAVERNE HARRELL CLARK, Narrated by STACI FINCH, 3 Cassettes.


This is a haunting story about an East Texas family torn apart by love for their land and oil greed. In the struggle between the two factions, the family encounters a nest of coachwhip snakes. Neighboring black people know these snakes rule the underworld and disturbing them can cause havoc and death. This book contains some profanity.

 

KISS GONE BAD: A JUDGE WHIT MOSLEY MYSTERY


CT 6721

by JEFF ABBOTT, Narrated by CAROL ESLER, 3 Cassettes.


A death rocks the Gulf Coast town of Port Leo, Texas. Beach-bum-turned-judge Whit Mosley is summoned to a yacht where the black-sheep son of a senator lies dead. Was it suicide, fueled by a family tragedy? Or did an obsessed killer use the dead man as a pawn in a twisted game? When Whit defies political pressure and conducts an inquest, he and Detective Claudia Salazar expose a nest of drug lords, con artists, and power-hungry sharks. With their careers and lives at stake, Whit and Claudia must unearth a lethal trail of passion and deceit. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

 

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LAST OF THE HONKY TONK ANGELS


CT 6716

by MARSHA MOYER, Narrated by DIANNA DORMAN, 3 Cassettes


When we last saw Lucy Hatch, the spunky young widow of "The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch" (CT 6670), she had succumbed to the whirlwind courtship of Ash Farrell, day-job carpenter and nightime singer of country blues at the honky-tonk in their small northeast Texas town. Three months later, Lucy and Ash are shocked by the arrival of Ash's 14-year-old daughter, Denny, who is dumped by her flyaway mom. Lucy is knocked askew. Not only is she suddenly a surrogate parent, she also discovers that she's about to become a mother herself. This book contains heavy profanity.

 

MIDNIGHT RAIN


CT 6720

by DEE DAVIS, Narrated by JANICE LATHIN, 3 Cassettes.


Left for dead along a deserted highway, John Brighton wakes up to find himself the lead suspect in a murder investigation. For undercover FBI agent Katie Cavanaugh, this was supposed to be a routine job - go in, get the evidence, catch a killer. Posing as John's physical therapist allows Katie firsthand access to him, but she can't let the intimacy of living together cloud her judgment. She will need her instincts sharp if she is going to find him guilty...or prove his innocence. This book contains some sex and violence.

 

ONLY SONS


CT 5590

by GENARO GONZALEZ, Narrated by JACK HUFF, 1 Cassette.


This novel explores the ambivalent emotions that make up our social relationships, especially those stemming from a need to believe in a just world. Central to the characters' experiences are the complexity of father-son relationships and the ways positive and negative cultural values are passed from one generation to the next. Gonzalez' skillfully created border culture inevitably plays a major role. This book contains some profanity.

 

RITES AND WITNESSES


CT 5588

by ROLANDO HINOJOSA, Narrated by JANICE LATHIN, 1 Cassette.


Hinojosa's novel focuses on wealthy ranchers and their domination of the economic and political life of a small city on the Texas-Mexico border.

 

ROADHOUSE BLUES


CT 6723

by BARON R.BIRTCHER, Narrated by JOHN RHEM, 2 Cassettes.


Mike Travis, a retired homicide detective, is summoned back to duty when a murder victim's wounds lead investigators to suspect she's the latest victim of a serial killer whom Mike had tried and failed to catch. Picking up the killer's trail once again proves to be more deadly than Mike could possibly anticipate. Despite departmental rivalries that threaten to tear the investigation apart, Mike Travis and his former partner are drawn into an all-consuming effort to prevent more innocent blood from being spilled. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

 

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SHADOW OF SUSPICION


CT 6733

by EMILIE BAKER LORING, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 2 Cassettes.


After a chance encounter with a strange man, Julie meets him again at her aunt's hunting lodge in Maine. Don Bruce is charismatic and seems to always be wherever she is, even when she starts having bizarre accidents. Slowly it dawns on Julie that someone is trying to harm her. Could it be this man, for whom Julie feels an undeniable attraction, is trying to kill her? This book contains some profanity and violence.

 

SHORT FICTION BY HISPANIC WRITERS OF THE UNITED STATES


CT 5587

by NICOLAS KANELLOS, Narrated by GRATIA WINSHIP, 2 Cassettes.


These selections are as diverse as Hispanic culture itself, including Cuban American, Mexican American and Puerto Rican writers of short fiction in the United Sstates. These are not folksy, picturesque or touristy renditions but incisive authentic representations of Hispanic life in the United States. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

 

SHOVELING SMOKE: A CLAY PARKER CRIME NOVEL


CT 6717

by AUSTIN DAVIS, Narrated by DICK COLLINS, 2 Cassettes.


When burned-out Houston tax attorney Clay Parker chucks it all to work sight unseen for a tiny firm in dusty, small-town East Texas, he's searching for his lost integrity and a simpler life. Instead, he lands in the middle of a bungled fraud case, defending the disreputable and downright nasty Bevo Rasnussen, who's accused of torching the stables housing his over-insured thoroughbred. Immediately confronted with corrupt officials, crazed survivalists, an incompetent hit man, an emu, and a naked county clerk, along with an assortment of vengeful wives and great barbecue, Clay discovers that nothing and noone is quite what they seem to be. This book contains heavy sex and profanity.

 

STILL SWEET ON HIM


CT 6715

by JODI O'DONNELL, Narrated by DIANE BECHTEL, 2 Cassettes.


Almost a woman, Callie Farrell longed for Drew Barnett in a way she didn't understand. When Drew refused her love, Callie's pride was crushed, her heart broken. She left Soldier's Creek, determined to forget him. Drew had heard that Callie was back in town. But he could barely recognize the lovely, independent woman she'd become. Callie had no intention of reliving the past, but Drew had other plans. If he could only make Callie want him again, Drew knew the right time for their love had finally come.

 

TEXAS COOKING


CT 6728

by LISA WINGATE, Narrated by PAT COLEMAN, 3 Cassettes.


No one is more surprised than Colleen Collins when she's offered a job writing fluffy magazine articles about rural Texas cooking. The big-city investigative reporter knows nothing about goats, prickly pears, or peacocks, and to make matters worse, she can't even cook. But thanks to a political scandal that cost Collie her job, her boyfriend, and now - with this demeaning assignment - her self-respect, she has no choice but to drag herself out of bed and head to the Texas hill country.

 

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TEXAS LOVER


CT 6349

by ADRIENNE DEWOLFE, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER, 3 Cassettes.


Texas Ranger Wes Rawlins matches wits with Aurora Sinclair, a Yankee woman with a brood of orphans in her care. Aurora may know what happened to the late sheriff Gator Boudreau but she trusts no one, least of all a lawman. So Wes keeps his star hidden until he can discover whatever it is that Aurora is concealing. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

 

THIS HOUSE OF WOMEN


CT 6725

by PAUL SCOTT MALONE, Narrated by NANCY SHAW, 3 Cassettes.


In 1942, cowboy Virgil Olms has gone off to war leaving Hannah Hayward pregnant and alone. Fleeing her father's wrath and her Houston home, Hannah heads for Karankawa in East Texas. So begins a journey of loss and redemption, in which Hannah, driven by fierce longing for connectedness, discovers that no woman's story is typical. Love, hardship, and tragedy carry Hannah to the Big Bend region of far West Texas. Laboring to nurture six children through the postwar fifties, the perils of Vietnam, and the Texas oil roller coaster of the eighties, Hannah lays, friendship by friendship, the foundation for a solid house of women. This book contains some sex and profanity.

 

THIS MIGRANT EARTH


CT 5583

by TOMAS RIVERA, Narrated by GRATIA WINSHIP, 1 Cassette.


Hinojosa has re-cast into English the seminal Chicano novel, Y No Se Lo Trago La Tierra by Tomas Rivera. Since winning the first national award for Chicano literature in 1970, this novel has become the standard text in U.S. Hispanic literature classes throughout the country. Hinojosa has captured the original spirit and poetry for an English language audience. This book contains some profanity.

 

TOO MANY GHOSTS


CT 6742

by PAUL GALLICO, Narrated by CAROL ESLER, 2 Cassettes.


Lord Paradine's ancestral home has become a tax-blighted burden and a haunted one at that. Hero Alexander is summoned from London to exorcise the premises, but he has his own disturbing effect on the ladies of the house before he completes his de-ghosting duties.

 

USELESS SERVANTS


CT 5585

by ROLANDO HINOJOSA, Narrated by PAUL KAUPPILA, 2 Cassettes.


Texas Mexican Rafe Buenostro, a protagonist of Hinojosa's Klail City Death Trip series, relates his Korean war experiences in this unusual novel by the eminent Hispanic author. The visceral shock of this material is tempered by its straightforward presentation. This book contains some profanity and violence.

 

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WEDDING


CT 5584

by MARY HELEN PONCE, Narrated by JANICE LATHIN, 2 Cassettes.


Ponce cuts through the layers of Hispanic cultural tradition to reveal customs and mores that entrap women and hinder their intellectual development. As she details the blue collar subculture and its social relationships, there is heart-warming hilarity mixed with irony. This book contains some profanity.

 

WHEN THEY TOOK AWAY THE MAN IN THE MOON


CT 5551

by KATE LEHRER, Narrated by MARY JANE PRALL, 2 Cassettes.


A compelling fictional portrait: H.A. Reese is a high-powered political consultant, twice divorced, who can't understand why love continues to elude her. When her mother has a stroke, H.A. returns home to Texas and the tangle of family roots, childhood memory and unreasonable expectations. This book contains some sex and profanity.

 

WHISTLE PUNK


CT 6729

by ALICE ROSS, Narrated by ED CORRIGAN, 1 Cassette.


The year is 1944, at the peak of World War II, and German prisoners of war held in rural areas of the South and Southwest are put to work in the agricultural and logging industries. Twelve-year-old Mac Johnson lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas, where his father has a logging operation. Already angry with "those evil Nazis" who killed his brother Donald, a pilot, young Mac's desire for revenge intensifies when his father is assigned POWs to help cut lumber - and one of the Germans looks exactly like Donald. Together, Mac and his best friend, Arlen, plot for revenge, but as plan after plan fails, Mac's frustration and anger grow, along with his hatred.

 

WITCHES' BANE: A CHINA BAYLES MYSTERY #2


CT 5560

by SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT, Narrated by CAROL PIRIE, 2 Cassettes.


It's Halloween in Pecan Springs, Texas, and this year's seasonal pranks are especially creepy. They are, in fact, deadly. When a townsperson turns up brutally murdered and her friend stands unjustly accused, lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles must unmask the true killer.

 

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Nonfiction

AND THE ANGELS WERE SILENT: THE FINAL WEEK OF JESUS


CT 5582

by MAX LUCADO, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 2 Cassettes.


The author, a minister from San Antonio, Texas, leads the reader through the final week of Jesus. Personal experiences mingle with scripture to reveal an inspirational message of hope.

 

BARRIO TEACHER


CT 5592

by ARCADIA H.LOPEZ, Narrated by ALLYSON DAVIDSON, 1 Cassette.


An autobiography for young adults, Lopez' first book details her development from a childhood of immigration and poverty to her achievement of becoming a teacher in the barrio. Born in Mexico in 1909, Lopez describes her family's flight from the Mexican Revolution and offers a close look at life in the barrio early in this century.

 

BLOOD RICH: WHEN OIL BILLIONS, HIGH FASHION, AND ROYAL INTIMACIES ARE NOT ENOUGH


CT 5548

by JANE WOLFE, Narrated by DANI MACFARLANE, 3 Cassettes.


The author reveals for the first time the secret lives of the Wyatt-Sakowitz family of Houston--from hijinks with Princess Fergie in Morocco and London to high noon in a Texas courtroom. Wolfe spent two years interviewing family members, business associates and friends, and the resulting narrative is more like a novel than a biography. This book contains heavy sex and some profanity.

 

BYRON DALRYMPLE ON TROUT FISHING: 50 YEARS OF SUCCESS


CT 5554

By BYRON W.DALRYMPLE, Narrated by JACK GAZZALE, 2 Cassettes.


This is not a "how to" book on fishing, but stories written for experienced sportsmen and women. The author is an accomplished storyteller and his subjects appeal to folks who like the out-of-doors and what they find there.

 

CALL TO GLORY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A TEXAS RANGER


CT 6743

by MICHAEL J.GILHULY, Narrated by DANNY LEDFORD, 4 Cassettes.


Based on the author's family history, Call to Glory traces the saga of the Wiley brothers, three fiercely proud Texans whose destinies ran through the most tumultuous times in American history. From joining ranks with fellow Texans in the Civil War to donning the silver badge of the Ranger to protect a still deadly frontier, Call to Glory recounts a gripping story of justice, romance, and honor. This book contains some profanity and violence.

 

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CONGRESSIONAL ANECDOTES


CT 5573

by PAUL F. BOLLER, Narrated by RUTH BORINSTEIN, 3 Cassettes.


A collection of anecdotes about U.S. congressmen and congresswomen, organized by broad topics such as debates, oratory, comedy, manners and morals, on the Floor, on the campaign trail, Congress and the Presidents, and a special chapter on The Reagan Years. These stories range from amusing to scandalous and occasionally provide insight into the political process. This book contains some profanity.

 

COWBOY FOLK HUMOR: LIFE AND LAUGHTER IN THE AMERICAN WEST


CT 5577

by JOHN O. WEST, Narrated by JOHN CAGLE, 1 Cassette.


A collection of jokes, tall tales, and anecdotes about all the characters of the great cowpunching tradition - cowboys and their feisty female counterparts, cooks and landowners, Mexicans and Indians.

 

COWBOYS ARE A SEPARATE SPECIES


CT 5562

by JOHN R.ERICKSON, Narrated by TIM SIMEK, 1 Cassette.


A collection of short pieces written from 1976 to 1985, which first appeared in The Dallas Times-Herald and The Livestock Weekly. The author writes from his own experiences as a cowboy in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, and his point of view includes Rural Americans as a separate species, too.

 

DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE: A STORY OF RACIAL INJUSTICE AND MURDER


CT 5564

by HOWARD SWINDLE, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 3 Cassettes.


This is a gripping, disturbing nonfiction account of the fatal beating of a black man in East Texas after the pickup he was in was pulled over by local police and its occupants hauled off to jail with no explanation. The author's focus is on the kind of small-town mentality that leads to such tragedies.

 

FEARLESS FUNNYMEN: THE HISTORY OF THE RODEO CLOWN


CT 5595

by GAIL HUGHBANKS WOERNER, Narrated by ED FARRELL, 2 Cassettes.


The author uses her lifelong association with the rodeo world to research and write this history. All aspects of the rodeo clown are included-how the profession began, comedy acts created by the clowns, the animals they trained, and the injuries and risks undertaken to protect cowboys from the dangerous bulls.

 

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FRONTIER WORLD OF FORT GRIFFIN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A WESTERN TOWN


CT 5541

by CHARLES M. ROBINSON, III, Narrated by JACK GAZZALE, 2 Cassettes.


Fort Griffin, Texas, was as tough as legendary Tombstone, Dodge City, and Deadwood. It grew from a military post rife with Indian trouble into a violent frontier town, and burned out in a matter of decades. An archetype for the untamed frontier life, its story is one of lawlessness and only occasional justice.

 

GREAT ROUNDUP: THE STORY OF TEXAS AND SOUTHWESTERN COWMEN


CT 5599

by LEWIS NORDYKE, Narrated by TIM SIMEK, 2 Cassettes.


In February 1877, forty cattlemen met in Graham, Texas to discuss concerted action against rustlers. They were tough, independent men, but no individual could beat the growing menace alone. The organization they founded, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, became one of the most powerful elements in the industry, and it is the focal point in this book. The author brings history alive with individual stories of the colorful men, pioneer doings, natural challenges and wild cattle.

 

HAILSTONES AND HALIBUT BONES; ADVENTURES IN COLOR


CT 5552

by MARY O'NEILL, Narrated by MARIE EDWARDS, 1 Cassette.


Poems which describe a dozen different colors. The suggestions of the sound, smell, and mood evoked by a color might encourage children to analyze their own reactions.

 

HILL COUNTRY TEACHER: ORAL HISTORIES FROM THE ONE-ROOM SCHOOL AND BEYOND


CT 5566

by DIANE MANNING, Narrated by DEE BURNS, 2 Cassettes.


The one-room schoolhouse was an enduring feature of the rural landscape during the first half of the twentieth century. Fledgling teachers, almost always women, found in these outpost schools a means of supporting themselves when virtually no other professional opportunities existed. This is a collection of oral testimonies of eight teachers who share their memories of teaching in the Texas Hill Country and describe the many social changes they witnessed with both humor and heart.

 

INDIAN LIFE IN TEXAS


CT 5553

by CHARLES SHAW, Narrated by JOHN COFFMAN, 1 Cassette.


A series of dramatic fictional narratives recreate the history and culture of the first native Texans.

 

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LITTLE HOUSE IN THE OZARKS: A LAURA INGALLS WILDER SAMPLER: THE REDISCOVERED WRITINGS


CT 6739

by LAURA INGALLS WILDER, Narrated by CINDY JOHNSON, 2 Cassettes.


Edited by Stephen W. Hines, this is a collection of more than 140 pieces of Wilder's rediscovered writings, ninety percent of which have never been published in book form before. Between the years of 1911 and 1925, this pioneer woman journalist wrote on topics ranging from automobiles, women's rights, and being a farmer's wife, to war and baking bread.

 

LONE STAR AND THE SWASTIKA: PRISONERS OF WAR IN TEXAS


CT 6663

by RICHARD P.WALKER, Narrated by JACK GAZZALE, 2 Cassettes.


This analysis of the Texas prisoner-of-war camps describes the logistics of holding thousands of captured German (and some Japanese and Italian) soldiers until World War II's end. The author considers how camps were selected and constructed, how prisoners were treated, what routine camp life was like, what problems arose with pro-Nazi prisoners, and how civilians reacted to having 50,000 enemy prisoners in their state.

 

LONG LIVE THE LONGHORNS: 100 YEARS OF TEXAS FOOTBALL


CT 5574

by JOHN MAHER, Narrated by KEITH KING, 3 Cassettes.


Football is a Texas tradition, and the University of Texas Longhorns have been one of the Lone Star State's finest teams for over one hundred years. This book, published in 1993, commemorates the Longhorns' centennial, capturing every year of this legendary team's history.

 

MEDICAL MUSINGS CONCERNING THE GOLDEN AGE


CT 5596

by HENRY F. PAGE, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 1 Cassette.


A compilation of Dr. Page's columns in the Midland Reporter-Telegram, these essays on the universal experiences of aging are warmly humorous and full of useful information. Topics include making exercise enjoyable; foods that are thought to have healing properties; how attitude affects health; stopping depression in its tracks; and simple solutions for complicated problems.

 

MEXICO BY TOUCH: TRUE LIFE EXPERIENCES OF A BLIND AMERICAN DEEJAY


CT 6734

by LARRY P. JOHNSON, Narrated by LARRY P. JOHNSON, 2 Cassettes.


Humorous, highly readable account of Johnson's adventures as a blind American in Mexico where he metamorphosized from a tourist to a student to a popular radio deejay. While providing poignant insights into the cultural values and customs of Mexico, the book describes a personal success story of a blind man living in a foreign country, pursuing a career which only a handful of other Americans living in Mexico were permitted to follow by the Mexican government. This book contains some profanity.

 

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REMARKABLE RIDE OF THE ABERNATHY BOYS


CT 5543

by ROBERT B. JACKSON, Narrated by JACK HUFF, 1 Cassette.


If it were not so fully documented, the reader might consider this tale fantasy or at least fiction. It traces the horseback ride of two boys ages six and ten from Oklahoma to Washington, DC by themselves. The Abernathy boys dined at the White House, rode in a tickertape parade, and bought themselves a Brush automobile to drive home.

 

ROBBERS, ROGUES, AND RUFFIANS: TRUE TALES OF THE WILD WEST IN NEW MEXICO


CT 5598

by HOWARD BRYAN, Narrated by THERESE EAST, 2 Cassettes.


A collection of true vignettes about the colorful characters who peopled the "real" Wild West--specifically, New Mexico in the late nineteenth century. Compiled by a longtime Albuquerque Tribune columnist, the anecdotes recounted here are based on nineteenth-century newspaper articles and old timers' reminiscences. This collection aims to give the reader a sense of what it was really like during the days of the Old West. This book contains some profanity and violence.

 

SHIELD THE SOURCE


CT 5569

by BRIAN J. KAREM, Narrated by BILL MCLEAN, 2 Cassettes.


The true story of a Texas journalist who was jailed for refusing to reveal his sources about corruption in the San Antonio Police Department. This book contains some profanity and violence.

 

SISTER BERNADETTE : COWBOY NUN FROM TEXAS


CT 5575

by BERNADETTE MULLER, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 2 Cassettes.


Mary Bernadette Muller is the septuagenarian abbess of a cloistered monastery in Brenham, Texas--but she is hardly a typical nun. Sister Bernadette drives a pickup truck, raises world-class miniature horses, and plays a mean blues saxophone--all the while providing spiritual and physical support for the sisters under her care and carrying out her own full-time occupation of contemplative prayer. This is the story of her life and her adventures.

 

SOUTHERN FAMILY IN WHITE AND BLACK: THE CUNEYS OF TEXAS


CT 6736

by DOUGLAS HALES, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 2 Cassettes.


The complex issues of race and politics in nineteenth-century Texas may be nowhere more dramatically embodied than in three generations of the family of Norris Wright Cuney, mulatto labor and political leader. Douglas Hales explores the birthright Cuney received from his white plantation-owner father, Philip Cuney, and the way his heritage played out in the life of his daughter, Maud Cuney-Hare. This book contains some profanity.

 

TALES OF BADMEN, BAD WOMEN, AND BAD PLACES: FOUR CENTURIES OF TEXAS OUTLAWRY


CT 6726

by C. F. ECKHARDT, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 2 Cassettes.


A badman is not necessarily a bad man, but he is not a man to mess with. He might be a killer, a con artist, or even a Texas Ranger with his own ideas about law enforcement; or he might just be worthless. A bad woman might be a criminal too, or she might just be one who didn't conform to accepted notions of womanly conduct in her time and place. Eckhardt tells the stories your teacher never told you about Texas outlaws. Some are famous, and some you may never have heard of. All of them are out for their share of the good life in Texas. This book contains some profanity and violence.

 

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TEN GRANDMOTHERS


CT 5544

by ALICE MARRIOTT, Narrated by GRATIA WINSHIP, 3 Cassettes.


The Ten Grandmothers were sacred medicine bundles, which down through the Indian generations had grown to be surrounded by a web of legends and superstitions. This history of the Kiowa tribe and their transformation from a nomadic plains tribe to a settled agricultural people is told simply and accurately, and includes many fascinating tales, both traditional and modern. This book contains some violence.

 

TEXAS DOC: MORE CRITTER STORIES IN THE LIFE OF A TOWN 'N COUNTRY VET


CT 6714

by DAVID CARLTON, Narrated by RICHARD DUNHAM, 1 Cassette.


With this second of the series, Texas Doc continues the popular anecdotal stories begun in Dallas Doc, the true-life portrayal behind the zany adventures and poignant moments that make up a twenty-year veterinary practice in treating critters of every shape and size - from gerbils, cats and canines to horses, cows, and cougars. Doc recaptures the daily escapades with his jovial partner, Dr. Rich Vest, and indomitable assistants, Tracy and Rachel, who are with him every step of the way. This book contains some profanity.

 

UPBEAT AGING: THE KEY TO GOLDEN YEARS


CT 6738

by HENRY F. PAGE, Narrated by JACK HUFF, 2 Cassettes.


Words of wit and wisdom for all the ages." Page is acclaimed as "the poor man's George Burns" and writes a bi-weekly column for the Midland Reporter-Telegram. (See also CT 5596 Medical Musings Concerning the Golden Age.)

 

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WILL ROGERS, A BOY'S LIFE: AN INDIAN TERRITORY CHILDHOOD


CT 5545

by HAROLD KEITH, Narrated by TOM NAUGHTON, 1 Cassette.


This story of Will Rogers' childhood was first published in 1937, and the author was able to interview folks who knew Will Rogers well. We meet the bigger than life American hero as a young prankster, growing up on a pony, riding to fame and fortune in Wild West shows abroad and at home, and becoming one of the best-loved entertainers in the world.

 

WILL ROGERS: HIS WIFE'S STORY


CT 5546

by BETTY ROGERS, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 2 Cassettes.


Betty Rogers' biography portrays a complex man who had a grasp of modern psychology and world politics despite his lack of formal education. She offers unique insight into the Oklahoma cowboy who became a worldwide celebrity.

 

WITH COURAGE AND COMMON SENSE: MEMOIRS FROM THE OLDER WOMEN'S LEGACY CIRCLES


CT 6735

Edited by SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT and DAYNA FINET, 2 Cassettes.


Women who were sixty or older at the turn of the twenty-first century have lived through some of recent history's most momentous moments - and yet these women often believe that their personal lives and stories are insignificant, not worthy of being recorded for future generations. To change that perception and capture some of these life stories before they are lost, the Story Circle Network, a national organization dedicated to helping women write about their lives developed the Older Women's Legacy Circle Memoir Workshops. This book presents an extensive selection of memoirs for the workshops.

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Bilingual

KIKIRIKI: STORIES AND POEMS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH FOR CHILDREN


CT 5593

Escrito por SILVIA CAVAZOS PENA, Narrado por LUCILLE SANTIESTEBAN, 1 cinta.


A graded bilingual reader of prose and poetry for pre-school through junior high, with a practical guide for use by teachers and parents. For bilingual classrooms, homes, children's librarians, and story hours.


Un graduó a lector bilingüe de la prosa y la poesía para preescolar por el menor alto, con una guía práctica para el uso por maestros y padres. Para aulas bilingües, para los hogares, para bibliotecarios de niños, y para horas de cuento.

 

MEMORIAS DE MI VIAJE (RECOLLECTIONS OF MY TRIP)


CT 5925

Escrito por OLGA BEATRIZ TORRES, Narrado por SANDY LITSCHI, 1 cinta.


This collection of letters from a young Mexican girl to her aunt was originally published in 1918 in a Mexican newspaper. Young Olga's observations on her family's trip from Mexico City to Texas are revealing and amusing and present an outsider's view of American cities, technology, race relations, and linguistic change. Bilingual book in English and Spanish.





Esta colección de cartas de una joven mexicana a su tía fue publicada originalmente en 1918 en un periódico mexicano. Las observaciones de la joven que viaja con su familia de la Ciudad de México a Texas son reveladoras y divertidas, presentan el punto de vista de una afuereña y sus observaciones sobre ciudades americanas, la tecnología, relaciones raciales y cambios lingüísticos. Libro bilingüe en ingles e español.

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Énfasis en Texas - Julio del 2005

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

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

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

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

Español Ficción

CORASON INTREPIDO (LIONHEARTED)


CT 6741

Escrito por DIANA PALMER, Narrado por PILAR RAYMOND, 1cinta.


Cuando las vacaciones de navidad se acercaban, los residentes de Jacobsville cuchicheaban acerca de la atracción de Janie Brewster hacia Leo Hart. Hasta hora, todos sus esfuerzos de enlazar a Leo Hart se habian venido abajo, pero esta vez se le ocurrio un plan perfecto para deslumbraló - se convertieria en una vaquera valiente! Este libro contiene descripciones de sexo.





Up till now, all Janie Brewster's efforts to lasso Leo Hart had crumbled, but this time she had come up with the perfect plan to dazzle him - she's become a courageous cowgirl! This book contains description of sex.

 

FRONTERA SUR (SOUTHERN LIMITS)


CT 6375

Escrito por HORACIO VAZQUEZ RIAL, narrado por PILAR RAYMOND, 4 cintas.


Rico en detalle histórico esta novela remonta las vidas de tres generaciones de inmigrantes españoles en la hampa de Buenos Aires a partir de 1880 hasta 1935, dominado por tales figures carismáticas como el maestro de tango, Carlos Gardel. Este libro contiene descripciones de sexo, violencia, y malas palabras.





Rich in historical detail, this novel traces the lives of three generations of Spanish immigrants in the underworld of Buenos Aires from 1880 to 1935, dominated by such charismatic figures as the tango master, Carlos Gardel. This book contains some sex, profanity and violence.

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Español No Ficción

BENDITA ENTRE LAS MUJERES: ENCUENTOS CON LA VIRGEN MARIA Y SU MENSAJE


CT 6731

Escrito por GREGORY SCOTT SPARROW, narrado por SANDY LITSCHI, 2 cintas.


El primer libro que explora encuentros marianos contemporáneos. Ello narra más de 50 historias dramáticas e inspiradoras de encuentros con María y trata con su importancia en maneras que inspirarán a gente de diferentes antecedentes espirituales.





The first popular book to explore contemporary Marian encounters. It recounts more than 50 dramatic and uplifting stories of encounters with Mary and discusses their significance in ways that will inspire people of all spiritual backgrounds.

 

VENGANZA SANGRIENTA: A LUPE SOLANO MYSTERY


CT 6737

Escrito por CAROLINA GARCIA-AGUILERA, narrado por PILAR RAYMOND, 3 cintas.


La detective atractiva Lupe Solano, de Miami, regresa con otra historia policíaca que hara que le hormigue la espalda. Esta vez ella investiga a un joyero que mantiene que él le disparo a un ladrón, que esgrimava un cuchillo, en defense propia. El único problema es que el ladrón tiene seis heridas de bala y el cuchillo no se encuentra por ninguna parte. Este libro contiene algunas malas palabras.





Sexy Miami detective Lupe Solano is back with another spine-tingling whodunit. This time she's investigating a jeweler who claims he shot a knife-wielding robber in self defense. The only problem is that the robber has six gunshot wounds and the knife is nowhere to be found. This book contains some profanity.

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


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

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

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

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

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




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