Mental Health Resources in Response to the Pandemic

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Older adults and people with disabilities and underlying medical conditions can experience more stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak than other people. Find ways to reduce your stress and anxiety:

• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
• Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
• Connect with family and friends by phone, text, or email.
• If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Here are a few more helpful phone numbers:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

For more information, visit this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?fbclid=IwAR3SWsrU16WUj2q2svJ3Yhnz33poz3lsQh2zCu4ys96dq4Um7jkDA_GYY_I

Ideas and Resources for Seniors and People with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Here are a few resources and ideas for seniors and people with disabilities to find assistance during the pandemic:

  1. If you have a smartphone, download the Nextdoor app. Nextdoor connects you to neighbors and people in your community. Many people are using Nextdoor to find individuals who will assist seniors and people with disabilities by picking up groceries, prescriptions, and other essentials.
  2. Call your local pharmacy and ask if they will deliver your prescriptions.
  3. HEB is partnering with the Favor app to provide free delivery of groceries to people age 60+. Seniors can order through the Favor app, website, or call the Senior Support phone line at 1-833-397-0080 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. seven days a week. For more information on where this is available and what you can order, follow this link: https://blog.favordelivery.com/h-e-b-and-favor-team-up-to-support-seniors-61f4ab4ad3ac
  4. Some grocery stores are offering a “senior” hour that allows senior citizens to shop before the store opens to everyone. Call your local store and ask if this service is available.
  5. If you are a para-transit client, call and ask if the service is partnering with HEB or local grocery stores to provide groceries to transit riders. HEB is currently partnering with Metro Access in Austin to provide free weekly food kits to their clients. These kits will include shelf stable items such as rice, peanut butter, and canned goods. Metro Access clients can call 512-369-6050 to order a food kit, on a first come, first served basis.

2019 TBP Poetry Contest Winners

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the TBP Poetry contest. Thank you to all that participated in the TBP poetry contest. We received a range of poems – some were happy, some were sad and some were touching.

Choosing the winners was not an easy task. In the end, the judgment came down to the poets’ originality, style, structure and impact. The judges were blown away by the talent and creativity they received from you, our patrons. We look forward to the next contest submissions.

First Place: Valentine Day by Boyd Reedy
This day was made in God`s own heart,
For lovers young and old
To re-affirm their ageless love,
Their purest thoughts confirm.
I have no worldly goods to offer as my due,
My only wealth forever true is life and love for you.

Second Place: Thoughts by Sherrie Lindemann
Sometimes I sit and dream
And let my thoughts go wild,
The things I see inside my head
Remind me of a child.
Our simple thoughts
Give comfort,
Like holding on so tight,
Hoping they don’t go away,
Somewhere in the night.

Third Place: A Talking Book Reader’s Haiku by Neva Fairchild
Will you read today?
But of course. How could I not?
A new book awaits.

The Library of Congress Wants to Hear from You!

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Beginning in early March, a sample of 10,000 reader/patrons across the country who currently use services provided by the Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped–also known as NLS–will be invited to participate in a nationwide survey. The information collected from this survey will guide NLS as they move forward on a variety of projects to enhance and expand the braille and talking- book program. As a part of NLS’s cooperating network of libraries, the Texas Talking Book Program encourages invited patrons to respond to the survey at their earliest convenience. Insights gathered from this survey will help us better understand the needs of all of our patrons. You may receive an invitation by mail, email, or phone. In order to ensure ease of use, readers selected for the survey will be given the option of responding in a number of ways to their invitation. Once you have received your invitation, if you have questions, please feel free to contact Gallup Support at galluppoll@gallupmail.com or call 1-888-297-8999.

Introducing Duplication on Demand–A New Service for TBP Patrons

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The Talking Book Program is now serving patrons with a great new service called Duplication on Demand (DoD). It will allow you to get almost any book that is available on BARD right away. When you order books, or when automatic selection orders books for you, they are recorded on a cartridge and sent to you within a day or two (provided you don’t already have a full quota.) Of course, if you have other requests on your list, you’ll need to tell us if you want new requests first. Otherwise, the computer may send older requests before the new ones. There’s no waiting for other patrons to return a copy; all downloadable books are always available. DoD puts up to 8 books on one cartridge, but you don’t need to be able to use Bookshelf because new programming has simplified the way you move from book to book. You can also get a whole series put on one cartridge– in series order—just let us know if there’s one you would like.

We are starting the process of moving all of our established audio readers to DoD. This will take quite a while, as each reader must be set up individually. DoD settings will be based on your current account profile, but these settings can be changed at your request. We are working through our patron list diligently, but it may be some time before we get to you. If you would like to switch to DoD right away, please contact us, and we’ll set you up.

Here’s what to expect when you start getting DoD cartridges:

• Each reader can have up to three cartridges checked out at once*

• Each cartridge may have as many as 8 books on it* (or a whole series, at your request.)

• Each cartridge will be labeled “TX Talking Book Library: Audio Books.”

• The mailing container will have a folded book card listing the titles that are on the cartridge.

• To return cartridges, simply remove the book card. The container has TBP’s return address permanently on it.

• Once a cartridge gets back to us, we’ll send you another one. It’s very important to send cartridges back right away to prevent gaps in service.

• The loan period for cartridges is 60 days, with an option to renew for another 60 days, so you’ll have plenty of time to read all of the books on the cartridge.

• If you want to reread a book or cartridge, we can send it again.

Questions? Please contact us! We’ll be happy to answer them. You can email us at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov, or call us at 1-800-252-9605.

*Note to Institutions: Since institutions (schools, nursing homes, etc.) serve multiple readers, you will receive more cartridges, each containing one book. For more information, please contact us.

*Note to Demo Sites: Demo sites will receive 1 cartridge that contains a Spanish book and an English book.

Prepare for Disasters with Ready.gov

September is Emergency Preparedness month, but being ready for a disaster is a year-round necessity.

Whether it’s a pandemic, fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster, this national website can help you make a plan to protect your home, family, and business.

The Ready.gov site includes a section for people with disabilities: https://www.ready.gov/disability

You can also download the FEMA app to your Apple or Android mobile device. Content within the app is available in English and in Spanish.

NOVEMBER 2020 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE, by Elaine F. Weiss.

We host our Book Club meetings via toll free conference call.  All you need to participate is a telephone!

To register, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605 or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.

THE WOMAN’S HOUR is available by mail on digital cartridge.  It is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We ask that everyone remember the following:

  • Be courteous and respectful of differing opinions
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book
  • Keep external distractions to a minimum
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THE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE

Elaine F. Weiss

An account of the battle to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment when, in 1920, Tennessee was the last state whose assent was needed.  Discusses the women fighting for ratification and the opposing forces, including politicians, liquor companies, and railroad magnates.  Some strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2018.  DB 90697; LB 09425

We look forward to having you join us on November 10!

Accessible Hiking in Texas State Parks

Five Texas state parks now offer accessible all-terrain wheelchairs for people with physical impairments for use in the park. These wheelchairs are not motorized and require arm strength and mobility to propel the chair. The five parks that feature these wheelchairs are: Lake Corpus Christi, San Angelo, McKinney Falls, Estero Llano Grande, and Palo Duro Canyon.

Here is a video of these all-terrain chairs: https://youtu.be/q4rDMXdkxLA

People who want to borrow the wheelchair must sign a waiver and view the video first.

For more information, send an e-mail to: accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov

New Large Print Books Added in July-August 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           12848    HART’S HOLLOW FARM DAILEY, JANET  

From the moment Kristen arrives at Hart’s Hollow, the place speaks to her soul. So when 73-year-old Emmy Hart asks Kristen to help return the farm to its former glory, she accepts. But Emmy’s ideas only convince Mitch that his grandmother is as crazy as the town suspects. Yet something about Kristen’s spirit has Mitch sticking around–and wondering if he’s gone a bit crazy himself. Unrated. 2019. 395 pages.

LB           12658    CONFESSION CLUB          BERG, ELIZABETH             

When a group of friends in Mason, Missouri, decide to start a monthly supper club, they get more than they bargained for. The plan for congenial evenings abruptly changes course one night when one of the women reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club then becomes a confession club. 2019. 286 pages.

LB           12655    SPY         STEEL, DANIELLE              

In 1939, England is at war. Alex makes her way to London, determined to volunteer as a nurse. But she has skills that would make the perfect secret agent. As she travels and learns to be a spy, she must hide the truth from everyone she loves. Unrated. 2019. 335 pages.

LB           12642    AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD   LE CARRE, JOHN, 1931-  

Nat, former agent runner for Britain`s Secret Intelligence Service, undertakes one final job, thanks to a growing threat from Moscow Centre. He must take over a defunct substation of London General with a ragtag band of spies. Meanwhile, an acquaintance leads the team down a path of political anger. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 381 pages.

LB           12641    HANDMAID’S TALE          ATWOOD, MARGARET, 1939-     

Set in the future, the United States of America is now the Republic of Gilead, a fundamentalist Christian theocracy that arose after fanatics shot the president, machine-gunned the Congress, and forced the army to declare a state of emergency. To reverse the declining birthrate, women are forcibly recruited into the ranks of Handmaids and are assigned to the Commanders of the Faithful, whose wives are barren. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1986. 529 pages.

LB           12659    TOM CLANCY CODE OF HONOR  CAMERON, MARC           

A friend of Jack Ryan`s since college, Father Pat West is working with the poor in Indonesia when he is arrested and accused of blasphemy against Islam. President Ryan must rescue his friend without upsetting international relations. Sequel to Tom Clancy Enemy Contact (DB 96235). Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 639 pages.

LB           12657    UNDER OCCUPATION     FURST, ALAN     

A French writer is drawn in to working in the resistance as a spy against the Reich, and is charged with getting the information from the Polish prisoners to the Allied forces. Alongside him in the fight against Germany is a mysterious Turkish woman who is in the contract espionage business. Unrated. 2019. 261 pages.     

LB           12648    BITTER FEAST     CROMBIE, DEBORAH      

Scotland Yard DS Duncan Kincaid and his wife, DI Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds by a colleague. Instead, they are pulled into a dangerous web of secrets, lies, and murder in what becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2019. 484 pages.

LB           12651    TWISTED TWENTY-SIX    EVANOVICH, JANET       

Grandma Mazur remarries–this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli–but he drops dead right after the nuptials, Jimmy’s former “business partners” are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. They didn`t count on her bounty hunter granddaughter. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 333 pages.           

LB           12656    FINAL OPTION   CUSSLER, CLIVE

Juan Cabrillo must rescue three compromised American agents in Brazil, but the routine operation turns out to be a trap. The crew must piece together a series of disturbing events in a game of cat and mouse. Sequel to Shadow Tyrants (DB 92409). Violence. 2019. 514 pages.

LB           12662    FULL THROTTLE: STORIES              HILL, JOE             

Short story collection from the author of NOS4A2 (DB 76605). Includes “In the Tall Grass” and “Throttle,” both co-written with his father, Stephen King, as well as “Late Returns,” about a librarian who delivers books to the dead in an antique bookmobile. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2019. 724 pages.

LB           12652    SECOND SLEEP   HARRIS, ROBERT, 1957-  1468

A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts–coins, fragments of glass, human bones–which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes–about himself, his faith and the history of his world–is tested to destruction. Unrated. 2019. 441 pages.

LB           12650    GRAND UNION: STORIES               SMITH, ZADIE    

A collection of short stories that includes a mix of new and previously published works. The stories selected discuss first love, cultural despair, race, class, gender roles, and more. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 303 pages.

LB           12666    STARLESS SEA    MORGENSTERN, ERIN   

Graduate student Zachary discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks that contains stories of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, nameless acolytes, and a story about an incident from his own childhood. The book sets him on a course of adventure that leads to a hidden library. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 752 pages.

LB           12653    BRIDGE TO BELLE ISLAND             KLASSEN, JULIE, 1964-   

Evidence from a mysterious death takes Benjamin to an island on the Thames. There, Isabelle is trapped by fear and a recurring dream about a man’s death. Or is it a memory? When a second death brings everyone under suspicion, she realizes her island sanctuary will never be the same. Unrated. 2019. 541 pages. 

LB           12664    LYING ROOM     FRENCH, NICCI 

It should have been just a mid-life fling. A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered. An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband, and from her increasingly distant children. But when Neve pays a morning-after visit to her lover, Saul, and finds him brutally murdered, their pied-a-terre still heady with her perfume, all the lies she has so painstakingly stitched together threaten to unravel. Unrated. 2019. 490 pages.

LB           12645    SCONE COLD KILLER        GREGORY, LENA              

When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she moves to Florida, where she opens a diner called the All-Day Breakfast Cafe. Her dream diner turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. Unrated. 2018. 367 pages.  

LB           12825    HALF EMPTY       BYBEE, CATHERINE         

Trina Petrov’s marriage-by-contract was only meant to be temporary. But when tragedy strikes, Trina is left one of the wealthiest women in the world. To recover from the shock, she takes some time off in Italy, swearing not to fall for any men while there. But that doesn’t mean she can’t fall for anyone on the trip home… Unrated. 2019. 500 pages.

LB           12826    CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET   WHITE, KAREN (KAREN S.)           

The ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in her garden has Melanie concerned by the ghosts that have suddenly invaded her life and her house–and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer. Unrated. 2019. 384 pages.             

LB           12827    HER DEADLY SECRETS     GRIFFIN, LAURA, 1973- 

A young private investigator finds out the price of keeping deadly secrets when a vicious killer sets his sights on her. Unrated. 2020. 500 pages.

LB           12830    NINTH HOUSE    BARDUGO, LEIGH            

After waking up in the hospital, Galaxy “Alex” Stern, sole survivor of a multiple homicide, is surprised to receive an acceptance to Yale University. The offer is contingent on her joining the Lethe secret society, which wants Alex for her ability to see ghosts. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 681 pages.

LB           12837    MIRROR & THE LIGHT     MANTEL, HILARY, 1952-

After the events of Bring Up the Bodies (DB 74880), royal advisor Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with those who celebrate the demise of King Henry VIII’s recently dead wife, Anne Boleyn. But rebellion and a capricious king threaten the religious reform and power Cromwell craves. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 1145 pages.

LB           12839    RUNAWAY BRIDE             HEDLUND, JODY               

Arabella Lawrence fled on a bride ship wearing the scars of past mistakes. Vying for her hand are two very different men who disagree on how the natives should be treated during a smallpox outbreak. Intent on helping a young girl abandoned by her tribe, will Arabella have the wisdom to make the right decision or will seeking what’s right cost her everything? Unrated. 2020. 541 pages.

LB           12840    FAIR WARNING CONNELLY, MICHAEL, 1956-        

Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy–last seen in The Scarecrow (DB 69445)–has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he`s ever encountered. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020. 499 pages.   

LB           12842    LAST TRIAL          TUROW, SCOTT

At 85 years old, Alejandro ‘Sandy’ Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life’s work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020. 647 pages.

LB           12844    TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO MOSLEY, WALTER            

Ninety-two-year-old Mississippi bluesman Phillip “Catfish” Worry needs PI Leonid McGill`s help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. But when a feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid must confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Unrated. 2020. 276 pages.

LB           12849    COUNTRY STRONG          MILLER, LINDA LAEL       

Montana rancher Cord Hollister is shaken when a girl arrives in Painted Pony Creek who looks like Reba, the woman who broke his teenage heart. Even though Shallie Fletcher had an unrequited crush on Cord in school she still seeks his help starting a therapeutic riding program for kids. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2020. 487 pages. 

LB           12828    REASONABLE DOUBT      MARGOLIN, PHILLIP       

Chesterfield is a professional magician of some renown and he has a major new trick he’s about to debut…Twenty years ago he was arrested for two murders, one attempted murder, and was involved in the potentially suspicious death of his very rich wife. When Chesterfield disappears in the middle of his new act, Robin Lockwood must unravel the tangled skein of murder and bloody mischief to learn how it all ties together. Unrated. 2020. 367 pages.

LB           12829    FAMILY UPSTAIRS            JEWELL, LISA     

Twenty-five-year-old Libby, who was only six months old when she was orphaned, learns that she`s inherited a gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods. As Libby investigates the property`s dark legacy, two women are hurrying her way to uncover–and possibly protect–secrets of their own. Unrated. 2019. 487 pages.

LB           12831    OLIVE, AGAIN    STROUT, ELIZABETH       

This collection of linked stories follows the cantankerous Olive Kitteridge as she struggles to understand not only herself and her own life, but the lives of those around her in her Maine hometown. Sequel to Olive Kitteridge (DB 67392). Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 414 pages.        

LB           12836    WHEN WE WERE VIKINGS            MACDONALD, ANDREW (ANDREW DAVID)

Twenty-one-year-old Zelda was born with cognitive difficulties due to fetal alcohol syndrome. She is an avid Viking enthusiast, and when she finds out that her brother Gert has resorted to dangerous methods to make money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own heroic quest. Unrated. 2020. 491 pages.    

LB           12838    SILENT PATIENT MICHAELIDES, ALEX, 1977-          

Alicia Berenson–a famous painter married to a fashion photographer–lives in a grand house in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening after her husband returns home late from a fashion shoot, Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019. 483 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12654    FALL OF RICHARD NIXON: A REPORTER REMEMBERS WATERGATE              BROKAW, TOM

TV journalist who was a White House correspondent during the final year of Watergate provides his personal account of the players, strategies, and events of the political scandal. Unrated. 2019. 246 pages. 

LB           12646    KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI           GRANN, DAVID  

An examination of the 1920s murders of wealthy Osage Indian Nation members in Oklahoma. When the newly-formed FBI bungled the investigation, young Director Hoover turned to ex-Texas Ranger Tom White, who put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the Bureau. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2017. 492 pages.

LB           12643    YOU ARE WORTH IT: BUILDING A LIFE WORTH FIGHTING FOR       CARPENTER, KYLE, 1989-              

Memoir from a Marine who received the Medal of Honor after throwing himself on a grenade to save a fellow Marine. Discusses his experiences in Afghanistan and provides advice for living a good life and finding purpose. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 355 pages.       

LB           12660    BOUNDARIES: WHEN TO SAY YES, WHEN TO SAY NO TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE      CLOUD, HENRY 

The authors provide biblically based answers to questions about physical, mental, and emotional boundaries in a variety of relationships. 1992. Related names: Townsend, John, author. 498 pages.

LB           12649    BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS              BRYSON, BILL    

Guides readers through the human body–how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and the ways it can fail. Using facts–your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this–and anecdotes, creates a deeper understanding of the miracle that is you. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 699 pages.  

LB           12647    THREE DAYS AT THE BRINK: FDR’S DARING GAMBLE TO WIN WORLD WAR II          BAIER, BRET       

Account of the Tehran Conference during World War II, when FDR, Churchill, and Stalin met in secret to plot D-Day and the war`s endgame. Draws on transcripts, oral histories, and declassified State Department and presidential documents. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: Whitney, Catherine, author. 604 pages.

LB           12661    FINDING CHIKA: A LITTLE GIRL, AN EARTHQUAKE, AND THE MAKING OF A FAMILY               ALBOM, MITCH, 1958-    

An inspirational biography of Chika Jeune, a Haitian orphan born just three days before the earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. Describes her life at an orphanage, her mysterious medical struggles, and the author’s fight to find a cure for her after taking her into his household. Bestseller. 2019. 296 pages.      

LB           12663    SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS: THE TEXAS VICTORY THAT CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY               KILMEADE, BRIAN           

An account of America’s continued fight for Texas after the crushing massacre at the Alamo. The author describes how that defeat galvanized Texans to ultimately win independence for the state. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 381 pages.

LB           12665    OUR MAN: RICHARD HOLBROOKE AND THE END OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY      PACKER, GEORGE, 1960-    

A portrait of Richard Holbrooke, who was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars. Recounts his career from his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his final efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 880 pages.

LB           12781    RADICALS, RESISTANCE, AND REVENGE: THE LEFT’S PLOT TO REMAKE AMERICA                   PIRRO, JEANINE              

Radicals, Resistance and Revenge features Judge Jeanine’s analysis of new information revealed about anti-Trump conspirators, their corrupt methods and possible crimes, and the Left’s subversive plot against the foundation of American liberty. Unrated. 2019. 370 pages.       

LB           12833    WAY I HEARD IT                ROWE, MIKE, 1962-        

A former TV host of the show Dirty Jobs presents selections from his popular podcast. The thirty-five pieces are described as “trueish” tales about public figures most readers will know, filled with unexpected facts they won`t have heard before. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019.    391 pages.

LB           12834    JOY AT WORK: ORGANIZING YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE   KONDO, MARIE

The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn’t felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? Bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. Unrated. 2020. 304 pages.   

LB           12843    ME & PATSY KICKIN’ UP DUST: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH PATSY CLINE             LYNN, LORETTA

Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends–country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy’s tragic and untimely death. Unrated. 2020. 331 pages.

LB           12845    FEARLESS AND FREE: INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS TO SET YOUR ATTITUDE AND ACTIONS FOR A GREAT DAY        OSTEEN, VICTORIA         

Victoria provides insights that will give you the strength and power to press on and live your life to the fullest. She will show you how minor adjustments in your everyday life bring about major victories. When you discover how these changes in your attitude and actions elevate your life, you will live Fearless and Free. Unrated. 2020. 263 pages.

LB           12846    FOOD FIX: HOW TO SAVE OUR HEALTH, OUR ECONOMY, OUR COMMUNITIES, AND OUR PLANET– ONE BITE AT A TIME HYMAN, MARK, 1959-   

Physician discusses how to grow, produce, and consume food to resolve the world`s health, environmental, social, and economic crises. Explains how food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, and educational achievement gaps. 2020. 549 pages.   

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12667    HATCHET             PAULSEN, GARY

Brian, thirteen and troubled by his parent’s divorce, is flying in a single engine plane to visit his father. As Brian is the only passenger, the pilot casually shows him how to fly the plane.  When the pilot has a heart attack and dies, Brian must take control. After the plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Brian has only the hatchet attached to his belt to help him survive. 1987. Newbery Honor book 1988. 214 pages.

LB           12644    ELA’S WORLD     CAPUTO-WICKHAM, LAURA       

A playful adventure where a young elephant gets to learn about different cultures and languages while exploring a zoo on the day of her birthday. For preschool-grade 2. 2019. Related names: Corradino, Davide, illustrator. 28 pages.

LB           12841    MADELINE’S RESCUE       BEMELMANS, LUDWIG, 1898-1962            Another story about little Madeline in Paris, this time being rescued from the Seine by a dog named Genevieve. Madeline and her schoolmates fight over who gets to sleep with the beloved dog. Companion to “Madeline” (RC 44292). Caldecott Medal 1954. 56 pages.

LB           12832    I, COSMO            SOROSIAK, CARLIE          

Thirteen-year-old Cosmo, a golden retriever, would do anything to make his boy happy. When twelve-year-old Max decides they should learn a dance routine to stave off his parents’ divorce, Cosmo hopes his arthritic body will be up for the challenge. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2019. 309 pages.     

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           12835    KINGDOM OF BACK         LU, MARIE, 1984-             

Desperate to be forever remembered for her music, Nannerl Mozart makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious stranger from a magical land, which may cost her everything. For senior high and older readers. 2020. 523 pages.

LB           12847    JACKPOT              STONE, NIC        

When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she and her popular and wildly rich classmate, Zan can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 507 pages.

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ADULT FICTION

LB           12375    LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA   STRADAL, J. RYAN           

Siblings are split when their father leaves his farm entirely to his younger daughter, Helen. With the proceeds, Helen builds a successful brewery, while older sister Edith struggles to make a living baking pies. But when Helen is in trouble, she needs Edith’s help. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 478 pages.    

LB           12374    PARADISE VALLEY            BOX, C.J.

Cassie Dewell, investigator for Bakken County, North Dakota’s sheriff’s department, has finally set a trap for the serial-killing truck driver known as the Lizard King. But it goes horribly wrong, leaving Cassie unemployed and on the hunt for her son’s missing friend. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017. 485 pages.  

LB           12388    19TH CHRISTMAS             PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

When a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman” seizes control of the headlines, December is upended for the Women’s Murder Club. Loman is planning a deadly surprise for Christmas morning and has commissioned dozens of criminal colleagues to take actions that will mask his plans. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 390 pages.

LB           12380    OUTSIDER: A NOVEL        KING, STEPHEN, 1947-   

When the body of an eleven-year-old boy is found, all the evidence points to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens, local teacher Terry Maitland. Terry has an ironclad alibi, which leaves Detective Ralph Anderson wondering how a man could be in two places at once. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 789 pages.

LB           12395    INTRODUCING JEEVES: SIX CLASSIC STORIES         WODEHOUSE, P.G. (PELHAM GRENVILLE), 1881-1975               

British humorist P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) charmed generations of readers with such whimsical characters as the Honourable Bertie Wooster—a deliciously dim aristocrat—and Jeeves, his imperturbable manservant. This collection presents six entertaining tales featuring the unflappable valet, among them “Leave It to Jeeves,” “Jeeves Takes Charge,” and “Jeeves in the Springtime.” Unrated. 2004. 191 pages.        

LB           12389    GUARDIANS       GRISHAM, JOHN              

Twenty-two years ago, young lawyer Keith Russo was killed. The police arrested Quincy Miller, a young black former client of Russo, despite the lack of evidence or motive. Now decades into a life sentence, a desperate Miller contacts a nonprofit run by a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 469 pages. 

LB           12382    FEARED: A ROSATO AND DINUNZIO NOVEL SCOTTOLINE, LISA           

Corrupt lawyer Nick Machiavelli aggressively strikes close to the DiNunzio household, attacking Mary’s father and one of their beloved family friends by filing a frivolous lawsuit accusing them of embezzling from the treasury of a local South Philly social club. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 579 pages.

LB           12381    THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD          HURSTON, ZORA NEALE

This classic novel tells the story of Janie, a handsome black woman, and her three marriages: to middle-aged Logan Killicks, a prosperous farmer; to Joe Starks, a go-getter who makes Janie Mrs. Mayor Starks of Eatonville, Florida; and to Tea Cake Woods, who teaches Janie, at forty, the reality of love and happiness. 1937. 298 pages.         

LB           12373    SENTENCE IS DEATH: A NOVEL    HOROWITZ, ANTHONY, 1955-     

Celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce is found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine–although he didn’t drink. When additional clues prove equally baffling, the police bring in PI Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author. Sequel to The Word Is Murder (DB 91580). Unrated. 2019. 435 pages.           

LB           12377    COLD STORAGE: A NOVEL             KOEPP, DAVID  

When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. After decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it. Unrated. 2019. 424 pages.         

LB           12800    SECRETS OF THE CHOCOLATE HOUSE       BRACKSTON, PAULA      

After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe is back in modern England. She tries to focus on her antique shop, but when she has a vision of Samuel in danger, she knows she must go back to the past. Sequel to The Little Shop of Found Things (DB 92670). Unrated. 2019. 510 pages.

LB           12804    HOT SHOT           MICHAELS, FERN             

When lawyer Lizzie Fox’s husband, Cosmo, is shot by an unknown assailant, the men of BOLO Consultants head to Las Vegas to help. As head of the Nevada Gaming Commission, Cosmo has enemies, but the attack appears to be related to the Happy Village retirement community. Some violence and some strong language. 2019. 381 pages.

LB           12801    OTHER WINDSOR GIRL: A NOVEL OF LOVE, ROYALTY, WHISKEY, AND CIGARETTES               BLALOCK, GEORGIE            

1949. After losing her fiance in the war, the Honorable Vera Strathmore writes scandalous novels and dreams of New York. She catches the attention of Princess Margaret who makes Vera a lady-in-waiting. Vera witnesses the princess`s tumultuous love life and begins to dream again. Some descriptions of sex. 2019. 421 pages.         

LB           12802    LOT: STORIES     WASHINGTON, BRYAN, 1993-    

A collection of short stories set in Houston, Texas, most of which focus on a young biracial boy coming of age and grappling with his newly discovered homosexuality. The stories of many other residents of the city are woven throughout. Unrated. 2019. 277 pages.

LB           12788    MEMORIES OF GLASS     DOBSON, MELANIE        

1942. As war rips through the heart of Holland, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden partner with a few daring citizens to rescue Eliese’s son and hundreds of other Jewish children who await deportation in a converted theater in Amsterdam. But amid their resistance work, Josie and Eliese’s dangerous secrets could derail their friendship and their entire mission. When the enemy finds these women, only one will escape. 2019. Related names: Olson, Kathryn S., editor. 462 pages.      

LB           12799    RIDE INTO TROUBLE        STONE, R.W.      

Lt. Ed Preston is returning to his cavalry fort after being on leave when he is mistaken for a bank robber. He is arrested, placed on trial, and sent to prison to serve years of hard labor for a crime he did not commit. Forced to endure horrible conditions and brutal treatment, he is left with no choice but to plan his escape and then to search the west for the man who is truly guilty of the crime in an attempt to clear his name and regain his life. Unrated. 2020. 287 pages.         

LB           12787    SCHOLAR             MCTIERNAN, DERVLA    

Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, and calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, who ends up running the case he otherwise wouldn`t have. The dead girl is heir apparent to the pharmaceutical company which funded Emma’s groundbreaking research. Unrated. 2019. 485 pages.

LB           12790    LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS          BRACKSTON, PAULA            

Xanthe and her mother leave London to get a fresh start and open an antique store. Xanthe has always had the ability to touch something and sense its history. Drawn to a silver chatelaine, Xanthe touches it and is transported back to the seventeenth century. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2018. 528 pages.

LB           12793    NOTHING VENTURED     ARCHER, JEFFREY, 1940-               

William Warwick, the protagonist of the books written by Harry Clifton from Only Time Will Tell (DB 73852), fights with his lawyer father over his dream of becoming a detective. He eventually joins the Metropolitan Police and is assigned to investigate art crimes. Unrated. 2019. 511 pages.     

LB           12791    MET HER MATCH             DEVERAUX, JUDE            

Terri Rayburn is a girl with a reputation she doesn’t deserve. She ignores the gossip and keeps to herself as she runs the summer resort on Lake Kissel. When she returns home from a short trip, she finds handsome Nate Taggert living in her house. Unrated. 2019. 455 pages.

LB           12792    NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE     LIM, ROSELLE    

Natalie Tan returns to San Francisco’s Chinatown when her mother dies only to find her once-vibrant street in decline. She learns she has inherited her grandmother’s long-shuttered restaurant and a recipe book, and decides to re-open the restaurant and bring life back to the neighborhood. Unrated. 2019. 439 pages.   

LB           12796    SHAPE OF NIGHT              GERRITSEN, TESS             

A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine–and to a string of unsolved murders. Unrated. 2019. 367 pages.

LB           12795    CAMERA NEVER LIES       RAWLINGS, DAVID, 1971-            

When Daniel inherits an old camera from his grandfather, he notices an inscription on the bottom: ‘No matter what you think you might see, the camera never lies.’ Daniel begins using the camera, but every time he develops his photos, they threaten to reveal secrets that could sabotage both his marriage and his career–exposing him as a fraud and destroying the life he has worked so hard to build. Unrated. 2020. 318 pages.

LB           12797    EVERY HEART A DOORWAY          MCGUIRE, SEANAN        

What happens to children after they return from adventures in magical lands? Sometimes when they cannot cope with the real world, they end up at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Nancy is a new arrival, trying to fit in, when a killer strikes. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016. 191 pages.

LB           12807    CHASING SHADOWS       BYBEE, CATHERINE         

Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe. But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Unrated. 2018. 398 pages.

LB           12809    FOOL ME ONCE         BYBEE, CATHERINE

Cynical divorce attorney Lori Cumberland lives by one motto: Love is grand, but divorce is a hundred grand. With one failed marriage under her own personal belt, Lori had fallen hard and early—and it isn’t something she plans on repeating. She’s content focusing on the temporary marriages of her rich and famous clients. But then Lori finds herself tempted by a jury of one…Reed Barlow, a private investigator sworn to secrecy. Unrated. 2017. 456 pages.

LB           12810    MURDER IN BLACK TIE    ROSETT, SARA  

Top hats and tails. Mink and murder…November, 1923. An invitation to a house party at the estate of Parkview Hall is a welcome respite for Olive Belgrave, a newly minted working girl who’s become the solver of high society’s trickiest problems. But when the sumptuous black tie event turns deadly, Olive’s cousin Peter becomes the main suspect. Olive must unmask a sophisticated killer before an innocent man takes the blame…because murder doesn’t RSVP. Unrated. 2019. 347 pages.             

LB           12811    MURDER AT ARCHLY MANOR     ROSETT, SARA  

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job–looking into the background of her cousin’s fiance, Alfred. Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Unrated. 2018. 369 pages.

LB           12812    MURDER AT BLACKBURN HALL   ROSETT, SARA  

September, 1923. Despite closing her first case, high society lady detective Olive Belgrave hasn’t found a new client. She’s taken a job as a hat model to pay for her poky boarding house room. But then a job offer comes her way–make discreet inquiries about a famous author who’s disappeared. Olive travels to the English countryside to hunt for the missing mystery author. But soon after she arrives in the sleepy village, a body is discovered. Unrated. 2019. 390 pages.

LB           12813    EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES MURDER             ROSETT, SARA  

Secrets never die…October 1923. Lady detective Olive Belgrave has a new case. Lady Agnes doesn’t believe in curses–especially ancient curses–and she hires Olive to prove her uncle wasn’t the victim of a malevolent mummy. Olive investigates and discovers the truth is much worse—it’s murder. Can Olive debunk the curse and reveal the true culprit before the mummy curse claims another victim? Unrated. 2019. 351 pages.

LB           12815    RANGER MCINTYRE: SMALL DELIGHTFUL MURDERS          WORK, JAMES C.              

Small Delights Lodge in Rocky Mountain National Park seems to be under siege. RMNP Ranger Tim McIntyre has plenty of suspects, including the owner of a neighboring resort, a rogue park ranger, and some Chicago mobsters who want Small Delights as a prohibition speakeasy. The only help McIntyre can depend on consists of two women, one a highly competent gal named Polly and the other an FBI secretary with great legs and a Thompson submachine gun. Unrated. 2019. 343 pages.

LB           12819    UNLEASHED       PALMER, DIANA

Clancey Lang know how to run. She’s been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother’s lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially a man. But she’s tempted to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. If only he would look her way… But can Colter fall for a woman who’ll never let herself be caught? Unrated. 2019. 415 pages.

LB           12821    QUANTUM         CORNWELL, PATRICIA   

On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide–a series of disturbing clues point to Calli’s twin sister, Carme, who’s been MIA for days. Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sister’s name, Captain Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past. Unrated. 2019. 519 pages.

LB           12806    WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE              BILLER, DIANA  

A young widow restores a dilapidated mansion with the assistance of a charming, eccentric genius, only to find the house is full of dangerous secrets in this Gilded Age debut novel. Unrated. 2019. 447 pages.        

LB           12808    DEATH RATTLE   LYNCH, SEAN    

In 1863, a teenaged boy fled his home in Atherton, Missouri, to escape the power-hungry men who murdered his father and stole his family’s land. He joined the Confederacy under an assumed name and led guerilla raids in the Civil War. Then came a decade as a Texas Ranger. Now, after ten blood-soaked years, he is finally coming home. Finally using his real name. And finally getting revenge against the cold-hearted devils who destroyed his family and his life… Unrated. 2019. 447 pages.   

LB           12816    FEAST YOUR EYES             GOLDBERG, MYLA           

Lillian Preston defies her family’s expectations and moves to New York City in 1955 to become a photographer. When a gallery exhibits partially nude pictures of her and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested on obscenity charges, changing the course of both of their lives. Unrated. 2019. 463 pages.

LB           12817    MARRIAGE CLOCK: A NOVEL        RAHEEM, ZARA

Starting on the night of her 26th birthday, an Indian woman has just three months to find her true love or else she has to allow her parents to arrange her marriage. Unrated. 2019. 399 pages.

LB           12818    TIMEPIECE          LEWIS, BEVERLY, 1949-  

When her world is upended by the arrival of Englisher Adeline Pelham–her existence the reminder of a painful family secret–young Amishwoman Sylvia Miller must learn to come to terms with the past while grappling with issues of her own. Is it possible that God can make something good out of the mistakes of the past? the past? Unrated. 2019. 437 pages.

LB           12820    MIDNIGHT ON THE RIVER GREY  WILSON, ABIGAIL            

In this Gothic Regency romance, Rebecca fears she has developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged–her brother’s murderer. Unrated. 2019. 467 pages.

LB           12822    EDGE OF THE DESERT      CHESHIRE, GIFF, 1905-1973         

When land promoter Rodney Gallant comes to Nebraska and tries to tie up water rights around Silver Lake, Jim Carlin hoped to head off trouble peacefully with a ranchers’ meeting until a bushwhacker’s bullet tried to keep him from the meeting. Now it’s obvious that trouble is already there and Gallant is willing to use violence to get what he wants. Unrated. 1986. 256 pages.          

LB           12823    TRUST EXERCISE               CHOI, SUSAN, 1969-       

In the 1980s, David and Sarah are both students at a competitive performing arts high school. Their passionate relationship is noticed by the school’s charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley. Years later, Sarah publishes a novel about that time in her life, calling into question what really happened. Unrated. 2019. 435 pages.

LB           12824    STRANGER INSIDE            UNGER, LISA, 1970-        

Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction, but her two best friends did not. Years later, their abductor was killed in cold blood. Now, Rain–on hiatus from her investigative journalism career to care for her infant–is drawn to a similar case. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019. 573 pages.

LB           12803    OCEAN OF MINUTES       LIM, THEA, 1981-             

As America is gripped by a flu pandemic, Polly agrees to travel to the future as a bonded laborer to pay for her boyfriend Frank’s treatment. They plan to rendezvous, but Polly is routed an extra five years into the future and Frank is nowhere to be found. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2018.

LB           12805    LAST GOOD GUY               PARKER, T. JEFFERSON  

When hired by an enigmatic woman to find her missing teenage sister, PI Roland Ford immediately senses that the case is not what it seems. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, American Nazis hidden in a desert compound, and an arch-conservative celebrity evangelist. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2019.  

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12386    PARKLAND: BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT       CULLEN, DAVID, 1961-   

The author of Columbine (DB 68856) provides an account of the young survivors of the Parkland school shooting who launched the March for Our Lives movement regarding gun control. Follows the kids’ daily lives, the Road to Change tour, and more as they cope with their experiences. Bestseller. 2019. 530 pages.

LB           12390    PRISONER: MY 544 DAYS IN AN IRANIAN PRISON–SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, A SHAM TRIAL, HIGH-STAKES DIPLOMACY, AND THE EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS IT TOOK TO GET ME OUT            REZAIAN, JASON             

Memoir from journalist Jason Rezaian, who was imprisoned in Tehran for eighteen months and whose eventual release was part of a nuclear deal. Recounts his arrest, interrogations, and trial; his time in captivity; and the efforts to secure his freedom. Some strong language. 2019. 426 pages.      

LB           12387    SECOND MOUNTAIN: THE QUEST FOR A MORAL LIFE        BROOKS, DAVID, 1961-  

The author of The Road to Character (DB 81325) believes that in the quest for a meaningful life, most concentrate on climbing the mountain of worldly success and personal happiness. But there is a second mountain, where the focus moves from self-centered to other-centered. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 556 pages.              

LB           12393    HUNTING LEROUX: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE DEA TAKEDOWN OF A CRIMINAL GENIUS AND HIS EMPIRE SHANNON, ELAINE         

Paul LeRoux, a former cybersecurity entrepreneur, transformed transnational organized crime.  For five years Elaine Shannon immersed herself in LeRoux’s shadowy world. She gained exclusive access to the agents and players, including undercover operatives who looked LeRoux in the eye on a daily basis. This is the exclusive inside story of how the DEA’s elite, secretive 960 Group brought him down. Unrated. 2019. 538 pages.

LB           12384    DARE TO LEAD: BRAVE WORK, TOUGH CONVERSATIONS, WHOLE HEARTS               BROWN, BRENE

Author of Rising Strong (DB 82324) and Braving the Wilderness (DB 89038) presents a guide to developing leadership skills through being willing to dare. This requires leaders to be willing to address issues including scarcity, fear, and uncertainty. Presents research, stories, and examples. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 376 pages.            

LB           12398    MUELLER REPORT: LARGE PRINT EDITION              MUELLER, ROBERT          

The redacted findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Identifies redacted passages and the reasons for redaction. Unrated. 2019. 582 pages.               

LB           12378    SACRED DUTY: A SOLDIER’S TOUR AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY COTTON, TOM

Veteran and senator offers a portrait of the “Old Guard,” the US Army unit whose role is to honor those fallen in battle and see them laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Describes how they conduct military-honor funerals and the daily requirements of their roles. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 421 pages. 

LB           12372    INSIDE OUT: A MEMOIR                 MOORE, DEMI  

Memoir of actress famous for roles in hit films such as Ghost and About Last Night. She describes her family, childhood trauma, rise to fame, battles with addiction, high-profile relationships, and struggles to balance raising a family with her career. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 300 pages.      

LB           12392    NO BETTER FRIEND, NO WORSE ENEMY: THE LIFE OF GENERAL JAMES MATTIS     PROSER, JIM      

In the hyperpartisan political atmosphere of 2017, General James Mattis received nearly unanimous bipartisan support for his nomination for Secretary of Defense. Jim Proser takes readers through the general’s illustrious career, featuring firsthand accounts of some of the most significant military engagements in recent American history. Unrated. 2018. 397 pages.

LB           12394    PIETY & POWER: MIKE PENCE AND THE TAKING OF THE WHITE HOUSE     LOBIANCO, TOM             

In Piety & Power, LoBianco follows Pence from his evangelical conversion in college to his failed career as a young lawyer, to his thwarted attempts at politics until he hitched his wagon to far-right extremism, becoming the Congressional poster boy for faith-based policy and Tea Party rhetoric. Piety & Power traces Pence’s personal and political life. Unrated. 2019. 581 pages.

LB           12385    KILLER ACROSS THE TABLE: UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF SERIAL KILLERS AND PREDATORS WITH THE FBI’S ORIGINAL MINDHUNTER    DOUGLAS, JOHN E.         

FBI criminal profiler and coauthor of Mindhunter (DB 43669) delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers, offering new details about his profiling process and divulging the strategies used to crack some of America’s most challenging cases. Unrated. 2019. 513 pages.

LB           12376    WITCH HUNT: THE PLOT TO DESTROY TRUMP AND UNDO HIS ELECTION  JARRETT, GREGG             

Gregg Jarrett examines the latest findings about “collusion” between the Trump administration and the Russians, denouncing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as nothing more than a politically motivated witch hunt. He dismisses the criminal charges and media-driven innuendo, suggesting that the tens of millions of dollars Mueller has spent was a waste of taxpayer money. Unrated. 2019. 862 pages.

LB           12379    BLOWOUT: CORRUPTED DEMOCRACY, ROGUE STATE RUSSIA, AND THE RICHEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE INDUSTRY ON EARTH      MADDOW, RACHEL        

Emmy Award-winning TV host examines the lucrative and corrupt oil industry with black humor while traveling around the globe. Calls for transparency, limits on the influence of oil executives, and a stop to industry subsidization. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 648 pages.

LB           12391    GHOST SHIPS OF ARCHANGEL: THE ARCTIC VOYAGE THAT DEFIED THE NAZIS        GEROUX, WILLIAM               

On the fourth of July, 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic separated from their decimated convoy to head further north into the ice field of the North Pole, seeking safety from Nazi bombers and U-boats. As a newly forged alliance was close to dissolving and the remnants of Convoy PQ-17 tried to slip through the Arctic in one piece, the fate of the world hung in the balance. Unrated. 2019. 528 pages.

LB           12383    FAIR PLAY: A GAME-CHANGING SOLUTION FOR WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO (AND MORE LIFE TO LIVE)               RODSKY, EVE     

An analysis of time-management challenges when balancing career and family, especially with regard to man-woman relationships in twenty-first-century America. Discusses women becoming the default parent and ways to address time inequities through a game system. Provides strategies to communicate with your partner. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 443 pages.             

LB           12371    SHE SAID: BREAKING THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT STORY THAT HELPED IGNITE A MOVEMENT                 KANTOR, JODI, 1975-     

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters, who broke the news of film producer Harvey Weinstein`s sexual harassment and abuse in an October 2017 report for the New York Times, detail their research for that story and its consequences for the #MeToo movement. Includes supplemental material. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 482 pages.

LB           12794    CASTING INTO THE LIGHT: TALES OF A FISHING LIFE          MESSINEO, JANET           

Tales of a champion surfcaster: the education of a young woman hell-bent on following her dream and learning the mysterious and profound sport, and art, of surfcasting, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Unrated. 2019. 446 pages.

LB           12789    BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN: THE REDISCOVERED MEMOIR OF ONE WOMAN’S HARROWING ESCAPE FROM THE NAZIS           FRENKEL, FRANCOISE, 1889-1975              

In 1921, Francoise Frenkel–a Jewish woman from Poland–fulfills a lifelong dream. She opens Berlin’s first French-language bookshop, La Maison du Livre, attracting artists, diplomats, celebrities, and poets. The shop soon becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. But as the occupation intensifies and politics darken, Frenkel’s bookshop is frequently visited by police officers who confiscate her beloved books. 2017.

LB           12798    FIFTY THINGS THAT AREN’T MY FAULT: ESSAYS FROM THE GROWN-UP YEARS      GUISEWITE, CATHY               

The creator of the “Cathy” comic strip discusses the challenges of womanhood, times of transition, and the humor to be found in the mundane. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 453 pages.

LB           12814    ELDERHOOD: REDEFINING AGING, TRANSFORMING MEDICINE, REIMAGINING LIFE             ARONSON, LOUISE

Geriatrician provides what she describes as a fact- and story-based old-age book that is also about what it means to be a human being, and is part battle cry and part lament over how society and the medical community often fail older people. 2018. 855 pages.             

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12396    FORK, THE WITCH, AND THE WORM: TALES FROM ALAGAESIA, VOLUME 1              PAOLINI, CHRISTOPHER   

Three new stories featuring Eragon set a year after he left Alagaesia to find a home to train the newest generation of Dragon Riders. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2018. 230 pages.           

LB           12397    OUTSIDERS         HINTON, S.E.     

This classic young adult novel is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ponyboy, the fourteen-year-old narrator, tells how it looks and feels to be a Greaser–from the wrong side of the tracks. He vividly describes the guerilla raids into his territory by their traditional upper-middle- class enemy, the Socs, and of the beating that led to a murder charge and two deaths. 1967. 253 pages.

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ADULT FICTION

LB           12780    GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL    ROBOTHAM, MICHAEL, 1960-     

Six years ago, a girl was discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. She wouldn’t tell anyone her name, her age, or where she came from. Now forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if she is ready to be released as an adult. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2019. 567 pages.     

LB           12785    SECONDS TO LIVE: HOMELAND HEROES SLEEMAN, SUSAN           

When cybercriminals hack into the U.S. Marshal’s Witness Protection database and auction off personal details to the highest bidder, FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. Trouble is, he has to work with U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills, who knows the secrets of his past, and the seconds are ticking down before someone dies. Unrated. 2019. 463 pages.

LB           12782    GAME OF SNIPERS: A BOB LEE SWAGGER NOVEL                HUNTER, STEPHEN, 1946-

Seventy-two-year-old retired sniper Bob Lee Swagger is approached by a grieving mother. During multiple trips to Baghdad–enduring rapes and beatings–Janet McDowell determined that her marine son was killed by a mercenary: Juba the Sniper. She then tracked Juba to Syria, where she wants Swagger to kill him. Violence and some strong language. 2019. 552 pages.

LB           12786    TRACKER: A WESTERN STORY      BRAND, MAX, 1892-1944    

Tom Fuller, a scrupulously honest fellow of extraordinary physical strength, is generally regarded as a half-wit. He is hired as a blacksmith’s assistant by Boston Charlie, but when Oliver Champion stops at the smithy and recognizes Tom as the son of a renowned gunfighter, Boston Charlie fires him. Champion asks Tom to become his bodyguard. Tom soon learns that Champion is an escaped convict in pursuit of a master criminal. Unrated. 2014. 367 pages.

LB           12778    MAN FROM COLORADO                TRIMBLE, LOUIS, 1917-  

He came out of the north, from the mountains of Colorado to the dusty, sun-dried territory of New Mexico, gunning for a killer. When Jim Lane stepped off the train at Mountain City, there was the smell of blood in his nostrils. He had carried the stench with him ever since his closest friend had been cut down by a slug in the back. Lane was hard on the heels of the killer, but the killer wasn’t the kind that operated alone. Unrated. 1958. 175 pages.

LB           12779    THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE         CENTER, KATHERINE      

Cassie Hanwell is a female firefighter in Texas, but her estranged mother is ill and asks her to move to Boston. At her new firehouse, she encounters hazing from colleagues who don`t want to work with a woman, with the exception of handsome rookie Owen Callaghan. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2019. 505 pages.

LB           12783    LAKE SEASON     HUNTER, DENISE, 1968-

When her parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents` dream of turning their historic Bluebell, North Carolina, home back into an inn. Reclusive novelist Adam Bradford travels to Bluebell to cure his writer’s block and meets Molly. Unrated. 2019. 445 pages.

LB           12784    HOW TO HACK A HEARTBREAK   ROCKAWAY, KRISTIN     

Mel Strickland is a help-desk tech at a start-up incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers–“Hatchlings”–who can’t even fix their own laptops but are apparently the next wave of start-up geniuses. She designs a dating app that allows users to log harassers and abusers. It’s called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever. Unrated. 2019. 421 pages.

NLS Wants Your Input for Technology Products and Initiatives!

The NLS Reading Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) needs new members! RTAG meets twice a year to provide feedback on new NLS products and initiatives. Currently, RTAG is focused on updates to BARD, the Braille eReader project, and a “smart speaker” voice-controlled device. Each of these initiatives will have its own working group within RTAG. Meetings—to be attended online—will resume in fall 2020. Although RTAG members can be network library staff, hardware repair volunteers, and other subject matter experts, NLS patrons are especially encouraged to apply to join RTAG. For questions, please contact your local network library or email questions directly to NLS-RTAG@loc.gov. Applications—a statement of your background and qualifications (no more than two pages)—should be submitted to NLS-RTAG@loc.gov by Wednesday, September 30.

Braille Calendars Available

Braille calendars are available for free from the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. If you are a member of the Talking Book Program, staff can order calendars for you. Leave us a message with your name, mailing address, and how many calendars you are requesting. Each patron may order up to three calendars per year.

If you are a not a Talking Book Program patron, you can call the Action Fund at 410-659-9315 and select option 2, or send an e-mail to CommunityRelations@actionfund.org

Other organizations provide large print calendars. Most of them are not free. For a list of sources, contact the Talking Book Program: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov, toll free in Texas: 800-252-9605, or locally 512-463-5458.

Newsline Webinar June 11, 2020

Join a Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 11, at 7 pm central time to learn more about the National Federation of the Blind’s Newsline service.

Newsline allows you to access participating newspapers and magazines by audio if you have a print disability. You can listen by landline, by mobile phone, and even through Alexa.

If you are a Talking Book Program patron, we can sign you up for this service. Newsline is free. To request registration, email TBP at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov, or call us at 1-800-252-9605.

Here is the link to access the Zoom meeting on Thursday night: https://zoom.us/j/94278650088

Here is the link for the Newsline service: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline

July 2020 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday July 21st at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg (DB 89990, BR 22155)

Book jacket for The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

NLS Annotation:

Grieving widower Arthur eats lunch in the cemetery every day, to be near his wife’s grave. There he meets troubled teenage Maddy, and the pair form a friendship that helps them both out of their isolation. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program and leave a voicemail at: 1-800-252-9605 or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. RSVP preferred by June 30th. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We’re thinking about changing the format of our Book Club discussions to provide a better experience for moderators and attendees.  One of the options we are considering is an operator-assisted call. We hope to test this option at the upcoming book club meeting. We will have more specific information to provide the week before we meet. We will contact all those who RSVP with additional information. Thank you for being willing to work with us to make our book club the best it can be.

We request that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.
  • Be courteous. Try not to interrupt or talk over others; give everyone a chance to talk; be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • If comfortable doing so, please preface your comments with your first name.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday July 21st!