Spotlight on Texas has been 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 of West Texas in Midland.
This is the final installment of this publication that will be distributed on cassette, since newly recorded books are now being duplicated on digital flash cartridge. Titles previously recorded in analog format and distributed on cassette are being digitized for eventual distribution on digital flash cartridge.
In the future we plan to offer Spotlight on Digital Texas Books on digital flash cartridges. For the immediate future we will include a shortened version of the publication as an insert within our quarterly patron newsletter which is distributed to patrons via email, cassette, large print, Braille and as an audio podcast file accessible on our blog at: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texastalkingbooks/
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ANGEL OF DEATH: A CHRIS SINCLAIR MYSTERY #1
By JAY BRANDON, Narrated by TIMOTHY ENGLERT, 1 cartridge.
To the African-American community in San Antonio, Malachi Reese is a saint, a community leader, a man who feeds the hungry and houses the homeless. To San Antonio District Attorney Chris Sinclair, Reese is the Angel of Death: a vicious killer possessed by the need for power.
Determined to see justice done, Sinclair overcomes incredible odds to see Reese convicted of murder and sentenced to Death Row. But Malachi Reese has not been defeated. From Death Row, he threatens to destroy Sinclair, to take him to the very top and cast him back down. This book contains heavy violence.
BAD BLOOD: LUCIUS DODGE AND THE REDLANDS WAR
By J. LEE (JIMMY LEE) BUTTS, Narrated by TOMMY GARRISON, 1 cartridge.
Texas Ranger Lucius Dodge takes on a dangerous mission when he heads into the Redlands to bring back a prisoner wanted for murder and to find Ruby Black, his commanding officer's beautiful niece.
This book contains heavy violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
BALLAD OF GATO GUERRERO: A LUIS MONTEZ MYSTERY #2
By MANUEL RAMOS, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 1 cartridge.
Luis Montez, a Denver attorney perennially on the edge, has been getting his life together. So how did he end up in a ditch, his car twisted and smoking, a gun-wielding giant in a cowboy hat coming toward him? The answer: his friend Feliz "Gato" Guerrero. Trouble has always followed Felix, and it's up to Montez, again, to save him. This book contains strong language.
BALLAD OF ROCKY RUIZ: A LUIS MONTEZ MYSTERY #1
By MANUEL RAMOS, Narrated by LINDA ROSENS, 1 cartridge.
This mystery introduces Luis Montez, an aging Chicano activist and attorney whose practice and personal life are on the rocks. Twenty years ago, a gang attacked Montez's former compatriots in the Chicano student movement and shot down their leader, Rocky Ruiz. Now the survivors are in danger. Enter Teresa Fuentes, a beautiful young lawyer determined to solve the mystery. To save his friends, Montez must reexamine the central event of their shared past -- the murder of Rocky Ruiz. This book contains violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
BERRIED TO THE HILT: A GRAY WHALE INN MYSTERY
By KAREN MACINERNEY, Narrated by CAROL ESLER, 1 cartridge.
Cranberry Island is flooded with visitors when a two hundred-year-old anchor is pulled up by a local lobsterman. Natalie is busy running the Gray Whale Inn, but when one of her guests is murdered, it is up to her to find the killer before another guest is killed.
BLACK STRANGER AND OTHER AMERICAN TALES
By ROBERT ERVIN HOWARD (1906-1936), Narrated by CRAIG YORK, 1 cartridge.
Many of these fantasy and horror stories originally appeared in pulp fiction magazines in the 1920's and 1930's. In "The Black Stranger and Other American Tales," Howard created a New World older and more haunted than that which we've seen in textbooks or museum exhibits. This book contains strong language and some violence.
BLUE GEOGRAPHY: A ROMANCE
By EVE LA SALLE CARAM, Narrated by NANCY VANHEMERT, 1 cartridge.
"Blue Geography" is the story of a family told in multiple voices. A mercurial book about the quest for freedom and the pursuit of happiness, it interweaves four stories which span the 20th century; those of Beatrice, her mother, Louise, her Uncle Robin (all of whom narrate) and that of Beatrice's uncle, Lyman Roy. Sequel to "Wintershine" (CT 6962). This book contains some strong language.
BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER: A SCRAPPY LIBRARIAN MYSTERY #1
By MARION MOORE HILL, Narrated by LYN WOOD, 1 cartridge.
The beating of a gentle minister inside his church and a hate message left at the scene of the crime launch wry-witted Juanita Wills on a quest to learn who's shattering the peace in her small Oklahoma town. Defying her policeman boyfriend's warning against amateur sleuthing, Juanita decodes a mysterious cipher bookmark, goes on a "stakeout" and tracks a secret local militia. This book contains some violence and some strong language.
BUFFALO HUNTER AND OTHER STORIES
By ZANE GREY, Narrated by JACK MANGAN, 1 cartridge.
Four tales of the West, including the novella "The Buffalo Hunter." In "The Buffalo Hunter," Easterner Tom Doan comes West and joins a buffalo hunting party. The other stories concern a man seeking revenge, a great red stallion, and an early effort to make an on-location movie. These other three stories are entitled: "John Silver's Revenge", "California Red," and "On Location."
CRY FOR HELP
By KAREN HANSON STUYCK, Narrated by PAT COLEMAN, 1 cartridge.
To say that Liz James is having a bad year would be a huge understatement, but nothing could prepare Liz for the apparent suicide of her best friend, Caroline Marshall. Caroline was one of those women who really did have it all: a perfect husband, a sweet little boy, and a red-hot career as an investigative journalist. But when Liz steps in to help Caroline's partner, Nick Finley, complete her last story, she begins to wonder if Caroline's death was really at her own hands. The article she was working on was an expose on psychiatrists who sleep with their patients. This book contains strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence.
DEATH BOOKS A RETURN: A SCRAPPY LIBRARIAN MYSTERY
By MARION MOORE HILL, Narrated by JANICE LANGLINAIS, 1 cartridge.
Juanita Wills, public librarian of Wyndham, Oklahoma, is researching for a local history when she comes across the 1959 unsolved murder of a black high school student on the then all-white high-school track. At first, determined to atone for the shameful failure of the local police to investigate the crime, she quickly discovers that her questions threaten a killer - or killers - still hiding within her beloved community. This book contains strong language.
DIRTY SALLY: A DAN RELES MYSTERY
By MICHAEL SIMON, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 1 cartridge.
Austin, Texas in 1988 is a boomtown gone bust, blistering in the heat of a six-month summer. Someone murdered a prostitute and parts of her body are turning up all over town. Detective Dan Reles, a displaced New Yorker with a chip on his shoulder and a dead partner on his conscience, is the cop on the case. As he follows the trail of the corpse nicknamed "Dirty Sally," he finds himself crossing the lines between crack-ridden ghettos and the watering holes of the moneyed elite - lines it doesn't pay to cross.
This book contains violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex.
EVERYTHING BURNS: A BOOT MEANS NOVEL
By CHRISTOPHER KLIM, Narrated by CAROLYN LARSON, 1 cartridge.
Boot Means is an itinerant journalist on the lam after digging a little too deep on a sensitive story back east. Now he's freelancing in Concho, Texas, eyeing a permanent position on the local paper. He catches the attention of the editor with compelling photos of fire scenes, including one in which two youngsters died. The chief arson investigator takes Boot into his confidence; the fires may have been set by a serial arsonist. Boot writes the story. The arsonist likes the attention and begins corresponding with Boot.
This book contains some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language.
FIT TO DIE
By KAREN HANSON STUYCK, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 1 cartridge.
Lauren Prescott is fifty, fat (according to her husband) and flat broke after he empties their bank account, closes his dental practice, and leaves town without a word of explanation. To land a magazine job, Lauren is writing a profile of a fitness guru who died while jogging, a death that looks increasingly suspicious the more she probes. Now Lauren must penetrate the brutal reality behind these two men's public facades, unaware that a killer is also working with a deadline – to murder her. This book contains strong language and some violence.
FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
By JANE GRAVES, Narrated by PAT COLEMAN, 1 cartridgeOn a humanitarian mission to fly doctors to a remote village in Mexico, pilot Lisa Merrick discovers something sinister lurking behind the organization in charge. Her plane is sabotaged, leaving her trapped in the Mexican wilderness with a price on her head and no way out. Injured and desperate, she manages to contact the one man she knows will help her: Dave DeMarco, a tough but compassionate Texas cop she was once wildly in love with, a man who left her with nothing but a whispered promise that now provides her only hope. This book contains some strong language, some descriptions of sex.
GHOST OF A CHANCE: A SHERIFF DAN RHODES MYSTERY
By BILL CRIDER, Narrated by SONYA AYCOCK, 1 cartridge.
Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas, knows that times may change, but people are still people, some good, some bad, and most things can be explained with a little common sense - even the ghost haunting his jail. Could it be the same ghostly culprit looting the local cemetery? When Ty Berry, the president of one of two feuding historical societies, is found shot dead in a freshly dug grave, Rhodes decides the crime is of a more earthly nature.
GIVE THE PIG A CHANCE AND OTHER STORIES
By DAVID RICE, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 1 cartridge.
These stories are set in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and tap into such universal concerns as coming-of-age, violence, and family relationships. Humorous and edgy, these stories are particularly good at depicting the lives of children, their illogical worldview and casual cruelties. In the title story, two estranged cousins are reunited after the accidental death of a beloved potbellied pig, and in "Tina La Tinaca," a grieving woman grows so obese that on her death an emergency crew must widen the doorway of her home in order to remove her body. This book contains some strong language.
HANK THE COWDOG #1: ORIGINAL ADVENTURES OF HANK THE COWDOG
By JOHN R ERICKSON, Narrated by CRAIG YORK, 1 cartridge.
Humorous tale of Hank the Cowdog, who is very proud of his position as head of ranch security. Unfortunately, Hank's heroic attempts at finding a chicken murderer backfire, and his helper cowdog is no help at all. When the rancher accuses Hank of being the killer, he quits his job, becomes an outlaw, and meets a beautiful coyote.
HANK THE COWDOG #2: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HANK THE COWDOG
By JOHN R ERICKSON, Narrated by ALAN JOCHIMSEN, 1 cartridge.
Hank the Cowdog almost loses his job as Head of Ranch Security when he develops a case of Eye-Crosserosis. The second adventure in the Hank the Cowdog series.
HANK THE COWDOG #3: IT'S A DOG'S LIFE
By JOHN R ERICKSON, Narrated by ALAN JOCHIMSEN, 1 cartridge.
Duped into thinking the world is coming to an end, Hank winds up in town for some more adventures -- including getting into and out of a case of "soap hydrophobia." The third adventure in the Hank the Cowdog series.
HANK THE COWDOG #4: MURDER IN THE MIDDLE PASTURE
By JOHN R ERICKSON, Narrated by ALEX BURTON, 1 cartridge.
When a calf is murdered, Hank, the wiley cowdog and Head of Ranch Security, pursues a gang of wild dogs and a clan of coyotes to find the killer! The fourth adventure in the Hank the Cowdog series.
HANK THE COWDOG #51: THE CASE OF THE BLAZING SKY
By JOHN R ERICKSON, Narrated by CAROLYN LARSON, 1 cartridge.
With the threat of prairie fires looming, security expert Hank the Cowdog takes on extra duties as Head of Fire Safety, while trying to resist the mouth-watering hens in Sally May's chicken house.
HOUNDS OF WINTER
By JAMES MAGNUSON, Narrated by RUTH BORINSTEIN, 1 cartridge.
In this psychological thriller, David Neisen came seeking reconciliation; what he found was a father's worst nightmare. Arriving on Christmas Eve to spend the holidays with his daughter Maya, he discovers her murdered on the floor of their cabin in the Wisconsin woods. He sees a ski-masked figure lurching through the snowdrifts behind the house and sets out in pursuit - only to transform himself into the prime suspect in his daughter's death. This book contains some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
HOW PERFECT IS THAT
By SARAH BIRD, Narrated by LINDA ROSENS, 1 cartridge.
Blythe Young's recent divorce from Trey Dix has left her outside the protective bubble of Austin's high society. As her catering business goes broke and the IRS starts to chase her down, Blythe seeks a haven at Seneca House, the housing co-op where she lived 10 years ago during college. At Seneca House, Blythe tries to make amends with people she's stepped on in a frenzy of social climbing, to avoid the IRS, and to kick both a lingering drug habit and an addiction to scamming people into helping her out. She slowly starts to win over the affection of her housemates until one of her unthinking decisions brings potential ruin on the co-op's financial well-being. This book contains some strong language.
By JOE R. LANSDALE, Narrated by STEPHEN FLYNN, 1 cartridge.
After a harrowing stint in the Iraq war, Cason Statler returns home to the small East Texas town of Camp Rapture, where he drinks too much, stalks his ex-wife, and takes a job at the local paper. There he uncovers notes on a cold-case murder. With nothing left to live for and his own brother connected to the victim, he makes it his mission to solve the crime. Soon he is drawn into a murderous web of blackmail and deceit. To make matters worse his deranged buddy Booger comes to town to lend a helping hand.
This book contains some strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex.
LONE STAR LONELY HEARTS CLUB: A DEBUTANTE DROPOUT MYSTERY
By SUSAN MCBRIDE, Narrated by LINDA FOX, 1 cartridge.
Wealthy Texas widows need loving too, which is why Bebe Kent joined a dating service for "discriminating" seniors soon after relocating to the swanky Belle Meade retirement community. Unfortunately, Bebe didn't live long enough to meet "Mr. Right." And though doctors declared her death totally natural, extravagant blue-blooded Dallas socialite Cissy Blevins Kendricks believes her old friend's demise was hastened and she's ready to check herself into Belle Meade incognito to prove it. Cissy's rebellious, sometime-sleuthing daughter, Andrea, has no choice but to join her mom in search of the truth - especially when more well-heeled widows start turning up dead.
LONGARM AND THE DYNAMITE DAMSEL
By TABOR EVANS, Narrated by CRAIG YORK, 1 cartridge.
Little Elm, Kansas, was a peaceful frontier community until a gang of bank robbers, whose preferred method of robbery includes the use of dynamite, has decimated the town. Finding their methods a little excessive, the U.S. Marshal's office dispatches Longarm to investigate. Posing as a journalist, he befriends a local widow whose late husband was a valued associate of the dynamite thieves. This book contains heavy violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex.
MAMMOTH MURDER: A SHERIFF DAN RHODES MYSTERY
By BILL CRIDER, Narrated by JANICE LANGLINAIS, 1 cartridge.
When a dead body turns up in a Blacklin County forest better known for its Bigfoot sightings, Sheriff Dan Rhodes hopes the murderer won't be as hard to catch as the legendary monster itself. One morning, town character Bud Turley alerts the sheriff that he's found Bigfoot's tooth in a patch of woods notable mainly for its feral pigs and for a local boy having disappeared there years back. When the fossil tooth proves to be that of a mammoth, Rhodes isn't surprised, but when the corpse turns out to be Turley's best friend, and when another murder takes place nearby not long after - things really get complicated. This book contains some violence.
MURDER BY REFERENCE: A JOHN LLOYD BRANSON MYSTERY #4
By D.R MEREDITH, Narrated by DIANNA DORMAN, 1 cartridge.
It's no Halloween trick when mild-mannered Brad Hemphill - curator of the Texas Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum - materializes in a museum display in the dead of night. The meek young man is as dead as the dinosaur skeleton he's perched upon. While the police interrogate the eccentric museum staff in search of who, attorney John Lloyd Branson seeks to uncover the killer by asking why. The only thing missing is a motive. So, with the aid of his legal assistant, Lydia Fairchild, the flamboyant Branson undertakes his own investigation scaring up ghosts from the past and rattling family skeletons.
This book contains strong language.
MURDER MOST MAINE: A GRAY WHALE INN MYSTERY
By KAREN MACINERNEY, Narrated by RUTH BORINSTEIN, 1 cartridge.
When a weight-loss program descends on the Gray Whale Inn for a group retreat, the women on Cranberry Island get a little body-conscious. Mainly, they're conscious of hard-bodied trainer Dirk DeLeon, whose hunky physique keeps hearts racing long after his exercise sessions end. But when Dirk turns up dead, lust-fueled rivalries lead to criminal accusations, and innkeeper Natalie Barnes watches in disbelief as her boyfriend John becomes the lead suspect. Scandals and ghost stories ripple once again through the sleepy Maine community. Can Natalie cut through the fat to find the real killer and clear her boyfriend's name?
NOVEL WAY TO DIE
By KAREN HANSON STUYCK, Narrated by CAROL ESLER, 1 cartridge.
When the body of bestselling mystery novelist Katherine March is discovered in her Austin home, the cause of death is presumed to be a heart attack. But an autopsy reveals that the sixty-year-old author died of an injected overdose of a potent anti-anxiety drug - a murder technique straight from one of Katherine's own novels. Katherine's daughter, criminology professor Molly Patterson, must push aside her longstanding resentment of her secretive, workaholic mother to uncover what really happened. This book contains some violence.
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, INTO THE CHOIR: A RUBY THE RABBI'S WIFE MYSTERY
By SHARON KAHN, Narrated by SUE BILICH, 1 cartridge.
With her wry humor fully intact, Ruby Rothman finds herself smack in the middle of a new adventure. The action centers on Ruby's eccentric "family" of congregants. Self-styled "big macher" Essie Sue Margolis, still creating outrageous havoc, is on hand with Ruby when the star member of the temple choir keels over during rehearsal. The woman's unexpected death disrupts Essie Sue's plans for a temple trip to ChoirFest in Canada - though not for long.
PAINT THE TOWN DEAD: A JUDGE JACKSON CRAIN MYSTERY #3
By NANCY BELL, Narrated by DENISA CASEY, 1 cartridge.
An old love, a new flame, and the murder of a real estate tycoon thrust county judge Jackson Crain smack into the middle of the most baffling case he has seen so far. Add a glamorous lady evangelist and a tippling victim's wife, and suspects abound. It is only through delving into the past that Jackson begins to unravel the mystery. This book contains strong language, some violence and some descriptions of sex.
PEPPERFISH KEYS: A DETECTIVE BARRETT RAINES MYSTERY
By DARRYL WIMBERLEY, Narrated by CAROL ESLER, 1 cartridge.
The investigation into Senator Baxter Stanton's money laundering on behalf of local drug kingpin Eddy DeLeon ends badly for Florida state cop Barrett Raines, who becomes the Judas goat when a judge dismisses the case for lack of credible evidence. Then, when Beth Ann, the senator's daughter, is murdered, Raines improbably catches the case and finds an unexpected ally in television reporter Sharon Fowler, Raines's most virulent critic when he investigated the senator. This book contains heavy violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex.
RETURN OF THE STARDUST COWGIRL: A LUCY HATCH NOVEL #4
By MARSHA MOYER, Narrated by BILL MCLEAN AND TIMOTHY ENGLERT, 1 cartridge.
Lucy Hatch's step-daughter Denny has run away from her fledgling music career in Nashville to escape marriage troubles. Now back home in Texas, Denny learns that leaving her past behind won't be so simple: she's pregnant. Lucy is also at a turning point. The flower shop where she's worked for years is closing, and her husband, Ash Farrell, is having writers' block. As Denny stops running and finally faces the music, Lucy works to regain her own footing by helping Ash find his. Everyone has to shift their plans to embrace the future. This book contains some descriptions of sex.
By DAVID THEIS, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 1 cartridge.
A young photographer and his family, traveling to a new life in Mexico following the wife's infidelity and his responding botched suicide attempt, encounter a complex, secretive world of casual violence and moral insubstantiality. When his wife leaves him for their wealthy patron, Dan is overwhelmed with anger and guilt. His subsequent quest to regain his family and redeem himself takes him deep into the heart of Mexico City, to an eccentric boarding house that provides sanctuary for a group of international misfits. This book contains some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
ROUNDUP!: WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA PRESENTS GREAT STORIES OF THE WEST FROM TODAY’S LEADING WESTERN WRITERS
Edited by PAUL ANDREW HUTTON, Narrated by ELAINE KARICKHOFF, 1 cartridge.
"Roundup!" is an anthology of short stories and essays together with a few poems written by twenty-seven of today's top Western writers. Also included is the western novella "The Big Guns," by Andrew Fenady.
RUN WITH THE HORSES
By JOAN STOCKS NOBLES, Narrated by DOROTHY BLAIR, 1 cartridge.
Set in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, this is a grand adventure tale full of bandits, horse thieves, cavalry and Indians. It's a tale of kidnapping and violence and suspense, and of one remarkably brave and clever woman. This is a story set along the border between Texas and Mexico in the post-Civil War days. This book contains strong language and some violence.
SANDHILL COUNTY LINES
By CLAY REYNOLDS, Narrated by STACI THOMPSON, 1 cartridge.
Sandhill County is the fictional Texas setting for these nine short stories that shine penetrating light on small lives. "The Baptism" features a solitary hardware store owner in the dust bowl of Agatite, Texas, who learns there are only two things certain in his world: death and Wal-Mart. Connie, the miserable college professor of Nickelby, is a lonely, antique woman living in a lonely, antique house in rural Canada, who begins to feel kinship with her neighbor's abused dog. In "Bush League," a jilted single mother meets an ex-boyfriend, now a sports agent; she wants revenge for their dirty, tacky little affair, and he wants to sign her baseball-prodigy son. This book contains some descriptions of sex and some strong language.
By JANET DAILEY, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD, 1 cartridge.
Brandy met the movie star Jim Corbett in the Arizona desert but didn't know who he was until they were rescued later. Angry because he didn't tell her, Brandy refuses to see Jim. Jim persists and Brandy realizes she has fallen in love. Can a relationship between a famous movie star and a shop girl be more than a passing fancy?
SWEET VALLEY HIGH 14: DECEPTIONS
By KATE WILLIAM, Narrated by PATRICIA BOYD, 1 cartridge.
Although Elizabeth Wakefield knows that Todd is the only boy for her, she agrees to go out with handsome, wealthy Nicholas. She later learns that Jessica is interested in Nicholas. Can she keep Todd and Jessica from finding out?
By LESLIE ERNENWEIN, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER, 1 cartridge.
"You can call me killer, gents... But don't forget the 'Mister'!" That was Jim Rimbow's challenge as he rode into the helltown he'd sworn to tame - a border-jumping, man-killing starbuster with a dying lawman on his backtrail. But Rimbow was gunning for more than glory. Rawhide tough and lawless, he meant to brace the range bawd whose kiss had killed his best friend.
VIGIL: THE SANDHILL CHRONICLES
By CLAY REYNOLDS, Narrated by DOROTHY BLAIR, 1 cartridge.
Fleeing Atlanta and an emotionally abusive marriage, Imogene McBride is heading west with her precocious, beautiful teenage daughter, Cora, when their car breaks down in the tiny North Texas town of Agatite. While her mother sits out its repair on a bench on the courthouse lawn, Cora wanders off to buy ice cream, enters a drugstore and disappears without a trace. Initially believing Cora is playing a prank, an agitated Imma storms the drugstore and then the sheriff's office demanding answers. When answers don't come, she returns to the park bench to wait, her annoyance turning to fear and then obsession.
YELLOW ROSE BRIDE
By LORI COPELAND, Narrated by DOROTHY BLAIR, 1 cartridge.
Seven years ago, seamstress Vonnie Taylor's husband of twenty-four hours, Adam Baldwin, had their marriage annulled. Now she faces the ultimate indignity: sewing the wedding dress for his new intended. Vonnie hasn't gotten over the handsome Texas rancher, though she has tried to put him out of her mind after a family feud had doomed their love. Now, as past secrets are uncovered and danger unleashed, Vonnie is thrown together once more with the man who broke her heart.
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ALEXANDER WATKINS TERRELL: CIVIL WAR SOLDIER, TEXAS LAWMAKER, AMERICAN DIPLOMAT
By LEWIS L. GOULD, Narrated by LYN WOOD, 1 cartridge.
Alexander Watkins Terrell (1827-1912) had a career that placed him at the center of some of the most pivotal events in nineteenth and early twentieth-century history, ranging from the Civil War to Emperor Maximilian's reign over Mexico and an Armenian genocide under the Ottoman Empire. In this balanced exploration of Terrell's life, Gould also examines Terrell's views on race, the impact of the charges of cowardice in the Civil War that dogged him, and his spiritual searching beyond the established religions of his time.
By MARILYN DELL BRADY, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER, 1 cartridge.
Readers are introduced to the languages, religions, and cultures of those who immigrated to the Lone Star state from Asia. Organized by region, the book discusses the lives and contributions of Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Laotian, and Cambodian Texans. (See Also: Indian Texans, Mexican Texans, European Texans, and African Texans.)
By ALLAN O. KOWNSLAR, Narrated by DIANNA DORMAN, 1 cartridge.
(Texans All: A Series from the Institute of Texan Cultures) This book highlights the contributions of those who immigrated to the Lone Star State from all over Europe. Readers are introduced to the life and culture of French, English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Belgian, Swiss, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Wend, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, and Slavic Texans. (See also: Indian Texans, Mexican Texans, African Texans, and Asian Texans.)
By COREY MITCHELL, Narrated by CRAIG YORK, 1 cartridge.
In Houston, Texas, on the morning of May 23, 1982, Coral Eugene Watts, 28, trapped two young women in their apartment. Only hours before, he'd killed another woman. As Watts attempted to drown Lori Lister, her roommate Melinda Aguilar made a daring escape, leading to Watt's arrest. Watts was a sadistic slayer with a lust for killing in a variety of ways: strangulation, suffocation, drowning, and stabbing. He confessed to thirteen murders, but experts theorize Watts may have slain more than Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy - combined. Here is the chilling story of how he almost got away with murder. This book contains heavy violence.
FROM DUNBAR TO DESTINY: ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY THROUGH DESEGREGATION AND BEYOND
By SHIRLEY ROBINSON SPRINKLES, Narrated by SONYA AYCOCK, 1 cartridge.
By the time the Warren Court began rearguing Brown v. Board of Education, Tucson's board of education had already made its decision: racially segregated education in Tucson's public schools would cease to exist. This integration gave Sprinkles a solid educational foundation and provided her with the experiences and opportunities that would set her on her path. Sprinkles weaves a tale of courage, indomitable spirit, and faith.
JUSTICE BETRAYED: A DOUBLE KILLING IN OLD SANTA FE
By RALPH MELNICK, Narrated by ELAINE KARICKHOFF, 1 cartridge.
Angelina Jaramillo, the eighteen-year-old daughter of a prominent New Mexico family, was raped, bludgeoned, and stabbed to death in her bedroom on November 16, 1931. Thomas Johnson, an African American laborer with a prison record in four states, was convicted of the crime and executed. Now, more than seventy years later, this meticulously researched account of the case substantiates a longstanding rumor that the wrong man was put to death. Johnson's conviction and electrocution were used to conceal the embarrassing identity of the actual killer.
KINDLER OF SOULS: RABBI HENRY COHEN OF TEXAS
By HENRY COHEN, Narrated by SUE BILICH, 1 cartridge.
Little-known today, Rabbi Henry Cohen was a force to be reckoned with, a man Woodrow Wilson called "the foremost citizen of Texas" who also impressed the likes of William Howard Taft and Clarence Darrow. Cohen's fleeting fame, however, was built not on powerful friendships but on a lifetime of service to needy Jews - as well as Gentiles - in London, South Africa, Jamaica, and, for the last sixty-four years of his life, Galveston, Texas.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
By CHARLES PETERS, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER, 1 cartridge.
Few figures in American history are as compelling and complex as Lyndon Baines Johnson, who became master of the U.S. Senate in the 1950s and succeeded John F. Kennedy in the White House after Kennedy's assassination. Part of the Kennedy-Johnson administration from 1961 to 1968, and a keen observer of Washington politics for over five decades, Charles Peters offers an inside look at the legislative wizardry that led to historic triumphs like the Voting Rights Act and the personal insecurities that led to the tragedy of Vietnam. This book contains strong language and some descriptions of sex.
MEANING OF NOLAN RYAN
By NICK TRUJILLO, Narrated by MARK WILKINS, 1 cartridge.
Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan retired after the 1993 season. His legacy is unmatched: 300 wins, 5,000 strikeouts, and a 27-year career throwing 90-miles-per-hour fastballs. No other pitcher in major-league history can boast a comparable record. Trujillo, a communications professor and former college pitcher, examines Ryan's impact on baseball and society as a hero and role model. For many years, Ryan pitched in relative obscurity, registering consistent but unspectacular numbers and playing for mediocre teams. Only in his last 10 years did the country take note of his career. Ryan is self-effacing, humble, hardworking, conservative, happily married, and an off-season rancher. Trujillo examines Madison Avenue's use of those traits and how Ryan became just another image rather than the hero he should have been. He also analyzes Ryan's portrayal in the media and discusses the ease with which a person can move from celebrity to hero to image to parody. A thought-provoking look at our national hunger for disposable heroes.
OUTLAW TALES OF TEXAS
By CHARLES L. CONVIS, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 1 cartridge.
(Subtitle reads: "True Stories of the Lone Star State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats") The frontier towns of Texas were populated by some of the toughest and most dangerous characters in the West. Jim Miller went to church, left early to shoot his brother-in-law in the head, and returned before the service was over. Myra Belle Shirley helped her husband lead one of Texas's most notorious stage robberies. And Bill Loneley was reportedly hanged three times and survived. This book contains heavy violence.
PRECIOUS DUST: THE SAGA OF THE WESTERN GOLD RUSHES
By PAULA MITCHELL MARKS, Narrated by CRAIG YORK, 1 cartridge.
From the outbreak of gold fever in California in 1848 to the mad rush to Alaska at the nineteenth century's close, this is the aspiring miners' story. Historian Paula Mitchell Marks focuses on what propelled Americans and foreigners to the gold fields, how they endured the journey and the search, what kept them going or separated them from their dreams, and what sense they made of the whole experience. She also explains how the rushes hastened the development of the western regions and served as a "safety valve" for restless dreamers who wanted to reassert their individuality (both personal and economic) as the industrial age engulfed them. This book contains some profanity.
SALUTE TO SANDY
By DALE EVANS ROGERS, Narrated by ANN MORRISON, 1 cartridge.
Sandy was a battered child before being adopted by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. He fought an uphill battle and while serving with the Army in Germany, he made a mistake and paid for it with his life. This is his story but also the story of all the younger generation whose bravery and idealism in the face of handicaps, danger and death are the strength and hope of the future.
SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME
By RON HALL, Narrated by STACI THOMPSON, 1 cartridge.
(Subtitle reads: "A modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together") This is the story of Denver Moore, an man who grew up in virtual slavery, picking cotton for "the man" as late as the 1960's. A man who never attended a day of school, never was paid for his years of back-breaking labor, who saw surviving on the streets as a step up in life. This is Ron Hall's story too, an upscale art broker with an eye for a masterpiece and nose for a deal. He went from selling soup to selling Picassos and Van Goghs. And this is Debbie Hall's story whose compassion and persistence brought about this unlikely friendship. This book contains some profanity and violence.
TALES FROM THE TERLINGUA PORCH
By BLAIR PITTMAN, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER, 1 cartridge.
Tales, often humorous, from the Big Bend area in West Texas.
TWELVE MIGHTY ORPHANS
By JIM DENT, Narrated by JACK MANGAN, 1 cartridge.
(Subtitle reads: "The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football.") The Masonic Home, an orphanage outside Fort Worth, became a high-school football dynasty in Depression-era Texas. Despite having virtually no equipment or uniforms, and despite their linemen often being outweighed by 50 pounds, the Mighty Mites, as they came to be known, reached the Texas state semifinals three times and the championship game once. Dent produces a riveting narrative from the saga of the Mites and their innovative coach, Rusty Russell, who compensated for his team's physical shortcomings with imaginative formations and trick plays. This book contains heavy violence and some profanity.
UNLIKELY LAVENDER QUEEN
By JEANNIE RALSTON, Narrated by LINDA ROSENS, 1 cartridge.
In 1990, Jeannie Ralston was a successful magazine writer and bona fide city girl from New York city. By 1994, she had called off an engagement, married Robb, a National Geographic photographer, and was living in Blanco, Texas, population 1,600 on a 200 acre farm. Ralston and her husband started the now-thriving lavender industry in the Texas Hill Country. This book contains some profanity.
VIETNAM VETERANOS: CHICANOS RECALL THE WAR
By LEA YBARRA, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER, 1 cartridge.
One of the most decorated groups that served in the Vietnam War, Chicanos fought and died in numbers well out of proportion to their percentage of the United States' population. Yet despite this, their wartime experiences have never received much attention in either popular media or scholarly studies. To spotlight and preserve some of their stories, this book presents substantial interviews with Chicano Vietnam veterans and their families that explore the men's experiences in combat, the war's effects on the Chicano community, and the veterans' postwar lives. This book contains some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language.
WHAT DIFFERENCE DO IT MAKE? STORIES OF HOPE AND HEALING
By RON HALL, Narrated by STACI THOMPSON, 1 cartridge.
Using anecdotes and essays, "What Difference Do It Make?" beautifully showcases God's ability to work through even the most awkward and painful circumstances to bring forth amazing and redemptive changes. Deeply moving but never sappy or sentimental, it answers its own question with a simple and emphatic answer. What difference can one person (or two) make in the world? A lot! This book contains some strong language, and some violence.
WRITING AUSTIN'S LIVES: A COMMUNITY PORTRAIT
By various authors, Narrated by EV LUNNING, 1 cartridge.
The University of Texas Humanities Institute presents a living history that you won't find in any guidebook or newspaper, the stories of Austin's many lives as seen through the eyes and told in the voices of its people. This collection of 127 essays was written by people of every age, every neighborhood, every ethnicity, people in comfort, in transition, in trouble, experienced writers, and those who never thought they had a story to tell, or someone to listen.
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Énfasis en Texas - 2012 de diciembre/enero
Énfasis en Texas ha sido una publicación semestral en casete que anuncia los últimos libros de audio producidos por voluntarios en el Estudio de Grabación de Voluntario del Programa de Libros que Hablan en Austin y en la Biblioteca de Grabación del Oeste de Texas en Midland.
Esta sera la ultima instalación de esta publicación que será distribuida en casete, ya que los libros más recientes están siendo duplicados en cartucho digital. Los títulos antes grabados en el formato análogo y distribuido en casete están siendo digitalizados para la distribución eventual en cartucho digital.
En el futuro inmediato incluiremos una versión abreviada de la publicación como un agregado dentro de nuestro boletín de noticias trimestral que es distribuido a nuestros clientes vía correo electrónico, casete, tipografía grande, Braille y como un archivo de podcast de audio accesible en nuestro blog: https: // www.tsl.texas.gov/texastalkingbooks/
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