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.

Goodreads 2020 Choice Awards Announced

The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2020. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a good suspenseful novel? Goodreads members chose GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (DB 99917) as their favorite mystery and thriller book for this past year. Are you more interested in non-fiction? LIFE ON OUR PLANET: MY WITNESS STATEMENT AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE by David Attenborough (DB 100970) was chosen as the best science and technology non-fiction book.  Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Kiley Reid the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for SUCH A FUN AGE (DB 97929). No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us at TBPRAL@tsl.texas.gov and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2020

Here are all of the winners in the NLS collection:

Fiction

MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig (DB 100906)

Mystery and Thriller

GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (DB 99917)

Historical Fiction

VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (DB 99791; BR 23212)

Fantasy

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas (DB 99138)

Romance

BLOOD AND ASH, BOOKS 1-2 by Jennifer Armentrout (In Process)

Science Fiction

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini (In Process)

Horror

MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (DB 99404)

Nonfiction

STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU by Jason Reynolds (DB 98926; BR 23102)

Best Memoir and Autobiography

PROMISED LAND by Barak Obama (DB 100966)

Best History and Biography

CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS by Isabel Wilkerson (DB 100088)

Science and Technology

LIFE ON OUR PLANET: MY WITNESS STATEMENT AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE by David Attenborough (DB 100970)

Best Food and Cookbooks

MODERN COMFORT FOOD by Ina Garten (In Process)

Best Debut Novel

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid (DB 97929; BR 23303)

Best Young Adult Fiction

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo (DB 99823)

YA Fantasy and Science Fiction

QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black (DB 97610)

Coronavirus Resources

Here are some helpful resources about COVID-19 and the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines:

Combat COVID

https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/

Combat COVID-19 features resources about prevention trials and treatment trials, as well as information on donating plasma if you have recovered from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/whats-new/

This site from the National Institutes of Health contains the most up-to-date information on what treatments are available for people who contract COVID-19.

Coronavirus in Texas

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

The Department of State Health Services has established this web site for Texans who need information about the virus and about vaccine distribution. You can also contact your County or City Public Health Department for more details about vaccine distribution.

V-Safe

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html

V-Safe is a smartphone app that helps you track any symptoms you may experience after taking a COVID-19 vaccine. The app will also remind you when a second dose of the vaccine is needed, if applicable.

COVID-19 Accessible Resources

https://cidi.gatech.edu/covid

The Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation at Georgia Tech has set up a microsite for people with disabilities who need resources about COVID-19. Individuals can request information in alternative formats such as braille and accessible PDF’s. The site also features coronavirus-related articles, and the Center is producing a series of webinars for people with disabilities about topics related to COVID-19. Past webinars are archived on the site.

Christy Awards Finalists 2020

The Christy Awards were established in 1999 to acknowledge the value and impact of the novel of faith in contemporary culture. The finalists were announced October 8. The winners will be announced November 12. Here are the finalists for 2020 that are in the Talking Book Program collection and available for checkout to our patrons.

Contemporary Romance

SWEET ON YOU

WADE, BECKY

DB 95308

First Novel

LONG TIME COMIN’

PEARSON, ROBIN W.

DB 99028

Historical

MY DEAREST DIETRICH: A NOVEL OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER’S LOST LOVE

BARRATT, AMANDA

DB 99439

Historical Romance

LAND BENEATH US: SUNRISE AT NORMANDY, BOOK 3

SUNDIN, SARAH

DB 98793

Short Form

FLOOD OF LOVE (Contained in SERVING UP LOVE: A FOUR-IN-ONE HARVEY HOUSE BRIDES COLLECTION)

PETERSON, TRACIE

IN PROCESS

INTRIGUE A LA MODE (Contained in SERVING UP LOVE: A FOUR-IN-ONE HARVEY HOUSE BRIDES COLLECTION)

JENNINGS, REGINA

IN PROCESS

New Large Print Books Added in November 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           13000    BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN          CHAMBERLAIN, DIANE, 1950-     

Serving a three-year stint in North Carolina for a crime she did not commit, artist Morgan Christopher is promised she will be released immediately if she restores a 1940 post office mural. Under the grime is a painting of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12998    THIS TENDER LAND          KRUEGER, WILLIAM KENT            

Odie, his older brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and little Emmy escape from the Lincoln School and the harsh superintendent. They use a canoe to travel down the Mississippi River, intent on finding a new place for themselves, and cross paths with other drifters. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2019.

LB           12994    VALLEY OF THE 99: A WESTERN DUO       OVERHOLSER, WAYNE D., 1906-1996       

The small ranchers in Harmony, Oregon, are up against it with the price of cattle down and Skull Ranch, owned by a syndicate, trying to buy them out. When the editor of The Clarion is shot, the ranchers blame Black Mike Sand. As pressure mounts, Riley is determined to find out who is really in charge of the syndicate, and the only man willing to help him is Andrew Daniels, a former newspaper man whose courage comes from a bottle. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12997    COLLISION OF LIES           THREADGILL, TOM

Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she’s correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12996    ONE FATAL FLAW             PERRY, ANNE    

Jessie Beale comes to see Daniel Pitt, desperately seeking a lawyer for her boyfriend, Rob Adwell, who has been accused of murder and of setting a fire to conceal the body. Daniel is sure that science can absolve him–and Miriam fford Croft is the best scientist he knows. Unrated. 2020.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12999    LOOK BOTH WAYS: A TALE TOLD IN TEN BLOCKS    REYNOLDS, JASON          

A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school. For grades 5-8. 2019. Variant title: Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in 10 Blocks. 

LB           12995    TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY   MBALIA, KWAME            

Tristan Strong tumbles into the volatile MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky. For grades 5-8. 2019.

Louise Glück wins the Nobel Prize in Literature 2020

Louise Glück is today considered one of the most accomplished contemporary poets in the world. She is lauded for her ability to mold experiences of isolation and darkness into aesthetic gold. This year, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (2020) “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” She also won a Pulitzer Prize for her poem The Wild Iris; and has earned numerous other prizes and high praise for her poetry, short fiction, and essays. Glück is currently writer-in-residence at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can find some of her following poetry collections in BARD.

Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück. DB 79850
Compilation of collections of poetry previously published by a former Poet Laureate of the United States. Individual collections’ varied themes include nature, beginnings, and death. Contains Wild Iris, winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. 2012

The Wild Iris by Louise Glück. DB 37600
This collection contains a series of “Matins” and “Vespers,” in which the poet appears to address God directly in lines such as “You must see it is useless to us, this silence that promotes belief you must be all things.” Gluck uses another voice to communicate with her husband about the garden they tend together one summer. And in some poems, she questions human nature, including her own. 1992.

Meadowlands by Louise Glück. DB 43058
A collection of poems that interweaves vignettes from The Odyssey with the story of a dissolving modern marriage. Uses Homer’s characters metaphorically to portray aspects of contemporary family life. Meditates on compulsion and choice and on freedom and restraint.

The Triumph of Achilles by Louise Glück. BR 06473 (1 volume of hard-copy braille)
Collection of eloquent and fiercely honest poems that deal with death, life, loss, and the sense of doom at the borders of erotic experience.

Fall Prevention Checklist

Unfortunately, falls among older people are common, but they don’t have to be a normal part of aging.

Falls can be the result of tripping over objects, falling from stools or ladders, or losing your balance, possibly due to vision or hearing problems, or because of the side effects from some medications.

Click on this link for a free quiz to assess your risk for a fall: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/

You have the option to sign up for a free report and follow-up after you take the quiz.

Regular exercise can help reduce your risk for a fall. The National Institute on Aging has a helpful web site on exercise and physical activity: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity

It is advisable to consult with your doctor before you begin an exercise routine.

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.