In Their Own Words – Books Written by 2016 Presidential Candidates

The pool of candidates for the 2016 Presidential election is broad, and many of the candidates have published books that discuss their political and personal views. Here is a list of some of the 2016 presidential candidates and non-fiction books that they have authored.

Unfortunately, not all of the candidates have authored books, and some of them have written books that haven’t been recorded by the National Library Service and are not available in Braille. This list, in alphabetical order by candidates’ names, includes all of the books written by presidential hopefuls that are currently available via TBP.

Harry Braun

THE PHOENIX PROJECT: AN ENERGY TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES
AVAILABLE FROM INTERLIBARY LOAN

Ben Carson

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: REDISCOVERING WHAT MADE THIS NATION GREAT
DB   76329

GIFTED HANDS
DB 36784

ONE NATION: WHAT WE CAN ALL DO TO SAVE AMERICA’S FUTURE
DB   79695

Hilary Clinton

HARD CHOICES (DECISIONES DIFICILES)
DB   79036  Also in Spanish: DB   77983

LIVING HISTORY (HISTORIA VIVA)
DB 55882 Also in Spanish: DB 60983

Mike Huckabee

DEAR CHANDLER, DEAR SCARLETT: A GRANDFATHER’S THOUGHTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST
BR   19848

SIMPLE CHRISTMAS: TWELVE STORIES THAT CELEBRATE THE TRUE HOLIDAY
DB   69899

SIMPLE GOVERNMENT: TWELVE THINGS WE REALLY NEED FROM WASHINGTON (AND A TRILLION THAT WE DON’T)
DB   73461

John Kasich

EVERY OTHER MONDAY: TWENTY YEARS OF LIFE, LUNCH, FAITH AND FRIENDSHIP
DB 81574 IN PROCESS

Rick Perry

FED UP! OUR FIGHT TO SAVE AMERICA FROM WASHINGTON
DB   73851

Marco Rubio

AMERICAN SON: A MEMOIR (HIJO AMERICANO)
DB   75113           Also in Spanish: DB   74960

Rick Santorum

IT TAKES A FAMILY: CONSERVATISM AND THE COMMON GOOD
DB   61613

Donald Trump

THINK BIG AND KICK ASS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE
DB 66388

TRUMP: HOW TO GET RICH
DB 58051 (BARD)

TRUMP: THE ART OF THE COMEBACK
DB 45334 (BARD)

TRUMP: THE ART OF THE DEAL
DB 26956 (BARD)

WHY WE WANT YOU TO BE RICH: TWO MEN–ONE MESSAGE
DB 64018 (BARD)

Scott Walker

UNINTIMIDATED: A GOVERNOR’S STORY AND A NATION’S CHALLENGE
DIP  98634 IN PROCESS

Jim Webb

BORN FIGHTING: HOW THE SCOTS-IRISH SHAPED AMERICA
DB   61597 (BARD)

To Kill A Mockingbird Read-a-thon

Barnes and Noble held a nation wide read-a-thon of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD on July 13th in anticipation of the release of Harper Lee’s new book GO SET A WATCHMAN.  Victor, a Reader Consultant, represented The Talking Book Program by reading a chapter of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in Braille.

A photo of Victor seated at a podium, reading.

A photo of the book, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, with Victor in the background.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is available for TBP patrons to borrow in Braille (BR 12850), Digital Cartridge (DB 77672; DX 36414) and to download from BARD (DB 77672; DB 36414).

NLS Annotation: Scout Finch is an outspoken and literate six-year-old tomboy when she begins her tale of growing up in a small Alabama town with her brother Jem and her attorney father Atticus. The children’s intense curiosity about a reclusive neighbor is eclipsed by Atticus’s attempt to defend a black man against charges of raping a white woman. Pulitzer Prize winner. For high school and older readers.

If you loved TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, you may also be interested in:

MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR: LIFE WITH HARPER LEE (DB 79569) NLS Annotation: Journalist describes becoming friends with author Harper Lee (born 1926), known to her family and friends as Nelle, and her sister Alice and eventually moving in next door to them. Provides insights into Lee’s reclusiveness and reluctance about writing another novel after To Kill a Mockingbird (DB 36414/77672). Bestseller. 2014.

MOCKINGBIRD: A PORTRAIT OF HARPER LEE  (DB 64071; DX 64071; LB 05211) NLS Annotation: Biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird based on extensive interviews with acquaintances and the papers of Lee’s lifelong friend Truman Capote. Traces Lee’s Alabama childhood, time in 1950s New York City, and reclusive life after the 1960 publication of her only novel. 2006.

 

BARD Mobile app for Android now available!

The long awaited BARD Mobile app for Android is finally here!  BARD Mobile is now available in the Google Play store. BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their Android devices.  Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running Android OS 4.1 or later in order to use the new app.

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Paratransit Service Away From Home–Think Ahead!

If you use paratransit services and will be travelling to another city in Texas, it mayt be possible to schedule rides in the other city. To find out, call the paratransit service in the destination city, and ask if they allow eligible clients from other cities to ride their system. If the answer is yes, they will likely request an ADA verification form from the transit service in your home city. You will need to call the transit office and make that request.

Please note that the process can take a few days, so plan ahead! Allow at least a week, if possible, to complete these arrangements before you travel. The tickets or passes that you use when you ride in your home city should be accepted in your host city, but be sure to ask about that as well, as services differ from city to city. Also keep in mind that certain areas near or within a city may not be accessible by paratransit service.

National Veterans Wheelchair Games June 21-26, 2015

This is the 35th year of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which will be held in Dallas from Sunday, June 21st – Friday, June 26th. Many of the events will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Veterans compete in a variety of activities, including basketball, swimming, field events, weightlifting, quad rugby, and softball.

Registration to participate in the games is closed.

For more information, visit http://wheelchairgames.org/35th-annual-national-veterans-wheelchair-games/
A list of events and venues can be found here: http://wheelchairgames.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/35th-NVWG-EVENT-SCHEDULE-Final.pdf

JULY 2015 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Thursday, July 23 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple (DB 75351).

Our Book Club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call. All you need to participate is a telephone!

To RSVP, email us at TBP_RAL@tsl.texas.gov, or call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605. Please RSVP by July 2 to ensure that we have enough copies for Book Club participants.

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is available by mail in digital cartridge, and 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 the book from BARD.

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

SEMPLE, MARIA

Seattle. Eighth-grader Bee’s request for a family trip to Antarctica is the last straw for her mother Bernadette, who has become so socially inept that she hired a virtual assistant in India to handle her life. Just before the trip, Bernadette vanishes. Heartbroken Bee investigates. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

Staff Pick – Laura Jean – NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS by Marie Brennan, DB 78261

A delightful blend of traditional fantasy with historical fiction, A Natural History of Dragons (DB   78261) relates the memoirs of Isabella Camherst, Lady Trent, a woman dedicated to the scientific study of dragons in a time and place where such pursuits are not considered acceptable for a well-bred young lady.  Isabella ignores convention and with a group of dragon enthusiasts, she travels to study dragons in their natural element.

Fast paced and action-filled, Isabella Brennan deftly creates a world oddly reminiscent of Victorian England, yet full of mythical creatures such as wyverns and dragons. Isabella is a strong-willed, passionate guide to this world and through her memoirs the reader learns not only about the anatomy and behavior of dragons, but about the boundaries of class and gender that permeate her world.

NLS Annotation: The Natural History of Dragons (DB   78261): Fictional memoir of dragon naturalist Isabella, Lady Trent. She reflects on her early fascination with dragons and her efforts to study and learn more about the creatures. Describes her eventual trip into the field for first-hand observations. Some violence. 2013.

The Natural History of Dragons is the first book in Marie Brennan’s Memoirs by Lady Trent series. It is followed by Tropic of Serpents (DB   80128) with hopefully many more sequels to come.

For another dragon fantasy novel set in an alternative Victorian Era England, try His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, the first book in the Temeraire Adventures Series (DX   64445 and Available on BARD).

REJOICE! BASEBALL IS BACK!

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.”  (George Will)

America’s Pastime is back in full swing. Happily for Talking Book Program patrons who love reading and baseball, we have baseball books for fans of all ages.

From Mystery and Romance, to History and Horror, we cover all the bases. Take a swing at these titles, and you’re sure to hit a home run!

ADULT NONFICTION

Change Up: An Oral History of Eight Key Events that Shaped Modern Baseball. Burke, Larry. DB 67709

Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues, and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Chafets, Zeʾev. DB 70370

Field of Screams: Haunted Tales from the Baseball Diamond, the Locker Room, and Beyond. Bradley, Mickey. DB 73223

Meaning of Nolan Ryan. Trujillo, Nick. DT 06851

One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season. La Russa, Tony. DB 75688

Talk in the Park: Nine Decades of Baseball Tales from the Broadcast Booth. Smith, Curt. DB 74562

Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball. Feinstein, John. DB 78810

ADULT FICTION

Art of Fielding. Harbach, Chad. DB 73791

Blockade Billy And Morality. King, Stephen. DB 71282

Final Detail: A Myron Bolitar Mystery. Coben, Harlan. DB 66893

Hot Property. Phillips, Carly. DB 67369

Mortal Stakes: A Spenser Novel. Parker, Robert B. DB 46112 / DX 46112

Stealing Home: The Sweet Magnolias, Book 1. Woods, Sherryl. DB 68122

Three Strikes and You’re Dead: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery. Bain, Donald. DB 64599 / DX 64599

JUVENILE NONFICTION

Able to Play: Overcoming Physical Challenges. Stout, Glenn. DB 74747

Baseball Heroes. Stout, Glenn. DB 73057

Baseball Science. Bow, James. DB 69741

The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. Berman, Len. DB 74531

JUVENILE FICTION

Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series. Feinstein, John. DB 70540

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch. Sobol, Donald J. DB 67365

Farm Team: A Billy Baggs Novel. Weaver, Will. DX 64497

Roberto and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure. Gutman, Dan. DB 70768

Ruth Rendell, Author of Wexford Mystery Series, Dies at Age 85

British psychological crime and mystery writer, Ruth Rendell, passed away May 2nd in London after suffering from a stroke last January. Perhaps best known for her Inspector Wexford series, Rendell is also the author of over twenty standalone psychological murder mysteries both under her name and her nom de plume, Barbara Vine. Rendell is critically lauded for elegantly crafted prose and for incorporating both social and psychological elements into her novels.

Rendell was the recipient of three Edgar Awards awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as their Grand Master Award for her contributions to the genre. She was also awarded Silver, Gold and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writer’s Association. Several of her works have been adapted to film and television, most notably her Inspector Wexford series, which aired from 1987-2000 under the title Ruth Rendell Mysteries and starred actor George Baker.

Ms. Rendell’s final novel, Dark Corners, is scheduled to be published in October.

Titles by Ruth Rendell in the TBP collection

Inspector Wexford series

  1. From Doon with Death DB   67718  (Also available on BARD)
  2. Wolf to the Slaughter DB   72741 (Also available on BARD)
  3. Best Man to Die DB   72455 (Also available on BARD)
  4. No More Dying Then  DX   51356/ DB   51356  (Available on BARD)
  5. Murder Being Once Done  DX   50959/ DB   50959  (Available on BARD)
  6. Some Lie and Some Die   DX   51688/ DB   51688  (Available on BARD)
  7. Shake Hands Forever DB   67543 (Also available on BARD)
  8. Sleeping Life DB   72469/ LB   02580 (Also available on BARD)
  9. Death Notes  BR   05025/ DB   17180  (Available on BARD)
  10. Speaker of Mandarin BR   05584
  11. Unkindness of Ravens  LB   03552/ DB   23873  (Available on BARD)
  12. Veiled One  BR   07555/ DB   28437  (Available on BARD)
  13. Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter  DB   35778  (Available on BARD)
  14. Simisola  DB   41923  (Available on BARD)
  15. Road Rage DB   45873  (Available on BARD)
  16. Harm Done DX   50401/ DB   50401 (Available on BARD)
  17. Babes in the Wood DX   59036/ DB   59036  (Also available on BARD)
  18. End in Tears DX   62145/ DB   62145 (Available on BARD)
  19. Not in the Flesh  DB   67552 (Also available on BARD)
  20. Monster in the Box  DB   72751/ LB   06274 (Also available on BARD)
  21. No Man’s Nightingale LB   07527

Short Story Anthologies

  • Means of Evil BR   04514
  • Collected Stories DX   28190/ DB   28190   (Available on BARD)
  • Copper Peacock and Other Stories DB   35054   (Available on BARD)
  • Fever Tree and Other Stories BR   05394

Standalone Novels

  • Judgement in Stone BR   03787/ LB   02565
  • Make Death Love Me LB   02367
  • Master of the Moor BR   05190
  • Tree of Hands  BR   06226/ LB   03463/ DB   23707 (Available on BARD)
  • Killing Doll  BR   05833/ LB   03340/ DB   20903 (Available on BARD)
  • Live Flesh  DB   25021 (Available on BARD)
  • Talking to Strange Men BR   07176/  DB   26871 (Available on BARD)
  • Heartstones  DB   28375 (Available on BARD)
  • Bridesmaid BR   08134/  DB   31812  (Available on BARD)
  • Going Wrong DB   32113  (Available on BARD)
  • Crocodile Bird DB   38432  (Available on BARD)
  • Sight for Sore Eyes DB   49492  (Available on BARD)
  • Adam and Eve Pinch Me DX   55890/ DB   55890  (Available on BARD)
  • Rottweiler BR   15952/ DX   59943/ DB   59943  (Available on BARD)
  • Thirteen Steps Down BR   1629/  DB   61454  (Available on BARD)
  • Water’s Lovely LB   05286/ DB   64542 (Available on BARD)
  • Portobello DB   73082/ LB   06544 (Also available on BARD)
  • Tigerlily’s Orchids DB   74361 (Also available on BARD)
  • Girl Next Door LB   08039

Under the name Barbara Vine

  • Fatal Inversion DB   27545  (Available on BARD)
  • House of Stairs DB   31123  (Available on BARD)
  • Gallowglass DB   31985  (Available on BARD)
  • King Solomon’s Carpet DB   35569  (Available on BARD)
  • Anna’s Book DB   37442  (Available on BARD)
  • No Night is Too Long DB   40804  (Available on BARD)
  • Brimstone Wedding DB   43587  (Available on BARD)
  • Chimney Sweeper’s Boy DB   47794  (Available on BARD)
  • Blood Doctor DB   56448  (Available on BARD)
  • Minotaur DB   61345  (Available on BARD)
  • Birthday Present DB   70783  (Also available on BARD)

Computer Training on NLS Cartridge from NFB Independence Market

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Independence Market is now selling a National Library Service digital cartridge that features 50+ hours of training on JAWS and other software programs. The cartridge includes in-depth training on JAWS, Windows 7 and Windows 8 Basics with JAWS, and training for the Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

The cartridge costs $750 plus shipping and handling. At this time the cartridge is not available through the online store, but may be purchased by calling the NFB Independence Marketplace at 410-659-9314, extension 2216.

The cartridge is only available for sale from the NFB Independence Market. It is not offered on loan from the Texas Talking Book Program.