Cookbooks to Jazz Up Your Holiday Meals

The holidays, gatherings, and meals are on their way. Whether you are a seasoned pro at making food for groups, or you’re just wanting to try it out, there’s no time like the present to learn a new dish or two. We’ve gathered just a few of our available cookbooks in audio format to help you learn to make new recipes. You’ll find some trendy, modern cookbooks, some for your picky guests, and we’ve even thrown in literary cookbooks. You can find them to download on BARD or contact us to add them to your request list. Cheers to your upcoming feasts!

Popular Cookbooks

The following cookbooks are authored by TV stars, blog award winners, and famous chefs. These are sure to add a modern twist to your holiday meals and keep you on trend!


Joanna Gaines is the co-host of the TV show “Fixer Upper” and now has her own network. Collection of recipes for gatherings of all sizes. Includes a list of pantry staples, tools, and universal conversion chart. Recipes cover breakfast, lunch, soups and salads, appetizers and starters, side dishes, dinner, and desserts. Instructions include a brief introduction, timing, ingredients, and tips for specific preparation methods. 2018.


Collection of recipes by the author of Cook Like a Pro (DB 93340) that are geared to evoke an emotionally satisfying experience. Suggests ingredients which support the experiential nature of the food. Courses include cocktails, lunch, dinner, vegetables and sides, dessert, and breakfast. Bestseller. 2020.

PIONEER WOMAN COOKS by Ree Drummond (DB 72395) Award-winning blogger ( relates her transformation from a city girl to a rancher’s wife after meeting and marrying a cowboy she calls Marlboro Man. Provides step-by-step recipes from appetizers to dessert. Includes vignettes of Oklahoma country living. 2009.

Recipes for folks with special diets

Do you have some picky eaters coming over? Have you recently changed your own diet? These cookbooks will help you make the switch while keeping the food delicious.


Noted vegan chef shares his own and guest chefs’ recipes and dinner-party menus for vegan cuisine. Includes starters, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. Ronnen discusses his favorite “super” foods, myths about veganism, tools and tricks for the kitchen and pantry, and using cashew cream to replace dairy. Bestseller. 2009.


125 Christmas treats which are made without flour. Includes cookies, brownies, meringues, macaroons and candies like fudge, pralines and truffles.

Literary Cookbooks

Spice up your holiday meal with recipes from favorite authors and recipes based on favorite books. Here are just a few examples.


Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings shares favorite recipes from her southern childhood and penny-pinching days and from her more-recent repertoire of elaborate feasts. Includes anecdotes and stories of dining at home and with her good friends. Bestseller. 2004. Angelou, Maya — Anecdotes.


Recipes inspired by the author’s fictional Cedar Cove series. Provides suggestions for breakfast, lunch, tea, appetizers, and dinner, including character Olivia Griffin’s honey nut granola, Grace Harding’s paninis, Justine Gunderson’s crab salad, Zach and Rosie Cox’s ginger chicken skewers, and Bob and Peggy Beldon’s lasagna Bolognese for a crowd. 2009.


Author of numerous novels on Amish life offers a collection of dishes unique to their community, including many from her maternal grandmother. Recipes include shoofly pie, friendship bread, snickerdoodles, apple betty, corn relish, and bread and butter pickles. Also includes kitchen hints and tips, Amish lore, and favorite scriptures. 2004.

2021 National Book Awards

A little about the National Book Awards taken from their website:

“The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. Although other categories have been recognized in the past, the awards currently honors the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature published each year.

A panel of judges selects a longlist of ten titles per category, which is then narrowed to five Finalists, and a Winner is announced at the Awards Ceremony in the fall. Each Finalist receives a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a judge’s citation. Winners receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. The Awards Ceremony is one of the most anticipated events for writers, publishers, and readers eager to celebrate the best books of the year.”

Below you will find lists of the five finalists in each category. If we have the audio book in our catalog, the book numbers are listed. If we do not have it, you’ll find a note that the book is commercially available in either audio or print format. If you want to read any of these contact us and we will get you what we have, or you can find them on BARD.


The 72nd National Book Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live on November 17, 2021, at 7:00pm ET/ 6:00pm CENTRAL

Link to sign up to watch the ceremony online:

Fiction Finalists:

MATRIX by Lauren Groff (DB 104843)

Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine and deemed too coarse for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England in 1158 to an impoverished abbey. She grows to love her new life and, as abbess, transforms the community. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

ZORRIE by Laird Hunt (DB 102689)

As a girl, Zorrie Underwood’s hardscrabble home county was the only constant in her young life. After losing both her parents, Zorrie moved in with her aunt, whose own death orphaned Zorrie all over again, casting her off into the perilous realities of rural, Depression-era Indiana. Some strong language. 2021.

THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. (DB 101843)

Isaiah and Samuel are two enslaved men on a plantation. They work in the barn, caring for the animals. They find comfort and more in each other’s arms. When another enslaved man begins preaching the master’s gospel, tensions build as they try to just love each other. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

HELL OF A BOOK by Jason Mott (DB 104515)

A Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. His story is intertwined with Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope—and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we’re gone.

Non-Fiction Finalists:


The author of Go Ahead in the Rain (DB98408) presents a collection of essays connected by the topic of black performance in America. Combining personal stories with history, he explores how African Americans have

contributed to American culture while facing racism and stereotyping. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

RUNNING OUT: IN SEARCH OF WATER IN THE HIGH PLAINS by Lucas Bessire (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

The Ogallala aquifer has nourished life on the American Great Plains for millennia. But less than a century of unsustainable irrigation farming has taxed much of the aquifer beyond repair. The imminent depletion of the Ogallala and other aquifers around the world is a defining planetary crisis of our times. Running Out offers a uniquely personal account of aquifer depletion and the deeper layers through which it gains meaning and force.

TASTES LIKE WAR: A MEMOIR by Grace M. Cho (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life. Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia.

COVERED WITH NIGHT: A STORY OF MURDER AND INDIGENOUS JUSTICE IN EARLY AMERICA by Nicole Eustace (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two White fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, this act of brutality set into motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America

ALL THAT SHE CARRIED: THE JOURNEY OF ASHLEY’S SACK, A BLACK FAMILY KEEPSAKE by Tiya Miles (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.

Translated Literature Finalists:

THE TWILIGHT ZONE by Nona Fernández and Natasha Wimmer (DB 103591)

A preoccupied man arrives at an opposition magazine office, introducing himself as a member of the dictator’s secret police force who is ready to talk. A journalist grabs a tape recorder and must confront her own past as she listens to his disturbing revelations. Translated from the 2016 Spanish edition. Violence and strong language. 2021.

WINTER IN SOKCHO by Elisa Shua Dusapin and Aneesa Abbas Higgins (commercially available PRINT through booksellers or local libraries)

It’s winter in Sokcho, a tourist town on the border between South and North Korea. The cold slows everything down. Bodies are red and raw, the fish turn venomous, beyond the beach guns point out from the North’s watchtowers. A young French Korean woman works as a receptionist in a tired guesthouse. One evening, an unexpected guest arrives: a French cartoonist determined to find inspiration in this desolate landscape.

PEACH BLOSSOM PARADISE by Ge Fei and Canaan Morse (commercially available PRINT through booksellers or local libraries)

In 1898 reformist intellectuals in China persuaded the young emperor that it was time to transform his sclerotic empire into a prosperous modern state. The Hundred Days’ Reform that followed was a moment of unprecedented change and extraordinary hope—brought to an abrupt end by a bloody military coup. Dashed expectations would contribute to the revolutionary turn that Chinese history would soon take, leading in time to the deaths of millions.

WHEN WE CEASE TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD by Benjamín Labatut and Adrian Nathan West (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

When We Cease to Understand the World is a book about the complicated links between scientific and mathematical discovery, madness, and destruction. Fritz Haber, Alexander Grothendieck, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger – these are some of the luminaries into whose troubled lives Benjamín Labatut thrusts the listener, showing us how they grappled with

the most profound questions of existence. They have strokes of unparalleled genius, alienate friends and lovers, descend into isolation and insanity. Some of their discoveries reshape human life for the better; others pave the way to chaos and unimaginable suffering. The lines are never clear. At a breakneck pace and with a wealth of disturbing detail, Labatut uses the imaginative resources of fiction to tell the stories of the scientists and mathematicians who expanded our notions of the possible

PLANET OF CLAY by Samar Yazbek and Leri Price (commercially available PRINT through booksellers or local libraries)

Rima, a young girl from Damascus, longs to walk, to be free to follow the will of her feet, but instead is perpetually constrained. Rima finds refuge in a fantasy world full of colored crayons, secret planets, and The Little Prince, reciting passages of the Qur’an like a mantra as everything and everyone around her is blown to bits. Since Rima hardly ever speaks, people think she’s crazy, but she is no fool―the madness is in the battered city around her. One day while taking a bus through Damascus, a soldier opens fire, and her mother is killed. Rima, wounded, is taken to a military hospital before her brother leads her to the besieged area of Ghouta―where, between bombings, she writes her story.

Young People’s Literature Finalists:


1954. McCarthyism and the Red Scare are genuine threats to Lily’s family; her father is already at risk of deportation despite his valid citizenship. Lily, who is Chinese American, could lose everything just for dating anyone white–let alone another girl–but she could lose herself if she isn’t true to her feelings. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO by Shing Yin Khor (commercially available PRINT through booksellers or local libraries)

Aware of the racial tumult in the years after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Mei tries to remain blissfully focused on her job, her close friendship with the camp foreman’s daughter, and telling stories about Paul Bunyan–reinvented as Po Pan Yin (Auntie Po), an elderly Chinese matriarch.

TOO BRIGHT TO SEE by Kyle Lukoff (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

It’s the summer before middle school and eleven-year-old Bug’s best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn’t particularly want to spend more time trying to understand how to be a girl. Besides, there’s something more important to worry about: A ghost is haunting Bug’s eerie old house in rural Vermont…and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they’re trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light–Bug is transgender.

REVOLUTION IN OUR TIME: THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY’S PROMISE TO THE PEOPLE by Kekla Magoon (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant history of the Black Panther Party, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Panthers’ community activism, grounded in the concept of self-defense, which taught Black Americans how to protect and support themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens. For too long the Panthers’ story has been a footnote to the civil rights movement rather than what it was: a revolutionary socialist movement that drew thousands of members—mostly women—and became the target of one of the most sustained repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens.

ME (MOTH) by Amber McBride (commercially available AUDIO through booksellers or local libraries)

Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted. Until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for his roots. If he knows more about where he comes from, maybe he’ll be able to understand his ongoing depression. And if Moth can help him feel grounded, then perhaps she, too, will discover the history she carries in her bones.

Poetry is also a category for the awards, but unfortunately do not have any of the titles in our collection. You can explore that, and the full long lists here:

Xavier Society for the Blind Hosts Zoom Event with Author Robert Hanley

Book jacket for Do You See What I See? Discovering the Obvious by Robert Hanley

The Xavier Society for the Blind is hosting a virtual meet and greet with actor/author Robert Hanley on Thursday, October 21, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets are $25 each and will benefit the mission of the Xavier Society for the Blind.

The author of one of the society’s most popular audio books, DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? DISCOVERING THE OBVIOUS, Hanley will discuss his book and answer questions from the audience.  The Texas Talking Book Program has copies of Hanley’s book on audio cartridge. To request a copy, please call us at 1-800-252-9605 or 512-463-5458, or send an email to

Robert Hanley is an author, comedian, singer, and actorIn addition, he founded The Fireside Fellowship – a spiritual supplement to his book, providing a space for people to share their everyday experiences, feelings, and faith as they pertain to pertinent universal topics (e.g., gratitude, coincidence, humor, work) and offering practical and spiritual perspectives to effect a positive change in the life and faith of each person.

The Texas Talking Book Program has copies on audio cartridge. Call us at 1-800-252-9605 or 512-463-5458 or email us at to request a copy.

For more information about the event visit: An Evening of Storytelling with actor/author Robert Hanley (

Robert Hanley is an author, comedian, singer, and actor who founded The Fireside Fellowship, a spiritual supplement to his book. The fellowship provides a space for people to share everyday experiences, feelings, and faith and offers practical and spiritual perspectives in hopes of providing positive changes.

Virtual Meet and Greet with Author, Robert Hanley Hosted by the Xavier Society for the Blind
Date: Thursday, October 21st
Time: 6:00 PM EST


Please join us on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of HOPE OF THE CROW: TALES OF OCCUPYING AGING, by Katherine Schneider, PhD.

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

Dr. Schneider will be joining our discussion. Because author discussions are so popular, we are inviting participants so submit questions beforehand. The deadline for submitting questions is Friday, November 5.

What questions would you like to ask Dr. Schneider? Please send your questions to, or call the Talking Book Program at 800-252-9605; 512-463-5458 in Austin.

HOPE OF THE CROW: TALES OF OCCUPYING AGING is available by mail as a 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 will 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.


Katherine Schneider, PhD

The author reflects on life with disabilities and aging through seven years of vignettes of her life. She describes her work as a grass-roots activist, her personal life, and her beliefs.  2020. DB 101220; BR 23482

We look forward to having you join us on November 16!

Tappy Guide

Tappy Guide is a free wayfinding app for iOS and Android platforms that assists people with vision impairments, people who are deaf or hearing impaired, wheelchair users, older adults, and veterans with navigation, directions, and accessibility. Similar to the “Be My Eyes” app, Tappy Guide uses trained volunteers who communicate through the app using GPS technology and the cell phone camera. Tappy Guide was created by John Petrous, who has family members who are blind. Tappy Guide is seeking both app users and volunteers. For more information, visit:

Assistive Technology Funding Source


Laughing at My Nightmare

Persons with disabilities can apply to receive an iPad Pro, an Amazon Echo Show, an Obi Robotic Feeder, or any assistive technology device that does not exceed $5,000. Medical certification of disability is required. Submission deadline: October 30, 2021. Devices provided while funding lasts. Monetary donations welcomed. Available only to U.S. residents

This organization also provides grants for various types of equipment (medical supplies, wheelchair modifications, computer or communication devices, or smart devices) to individuals with a neuromuscular disease. Information for that grant can be found here:

Laughing at My Nightmare is a non-profit organization run by Shane Burcaw, who has Spinal Muscular Dystrophy, a type of Muscular Dystrophy. Shane is also an author, a motivational speaker, and stars in a popular YouTube reality series with his wife Hannah called “Squirmy and Grubs”.

New Large Print Books Added in August 2021


LB           13374    BLACK SUN         ROANHORSE, REBECCA 

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice celebration is coinciding with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event the Sun Priest believes will lead to an unbalancing of the world. As the priests prepare, a ship heads towards Tova with a seemingly harmless passenger. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

LB           13378    BULLET                 JOHANSEN, IRIS

Research doctor Diane Connors has been developing a secret discovery with global ramifications. But when word gets out, she turns to the last person she wants to ask for help–her ex-husband, Joe Quinn. Joe and his wife Eve Duncan risk everything to protect Diane. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13371    CONFESSIONS OF A CURIOUS BOOKSELLER           GREEN, ELIZABETH          

Without question, Fawn Birchill knows that her used bookstore is the heart of West Philadelphia. So when an amicable young indie bookseller invades her block, Fawn is convinced that his cushy couches, impressive selection, coffee bar, and knowledgeable staff are a neighborhood blight. Misguided yet blindly resilient, Fawn declares war, and soon faces unavoidable truths about online dating, strained familial relationships, a devoted intern, and the litany of repairs her aging store requires. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13373    OTHER EMILY     KOONTZ, DEAN R. (DEAN RAY), 1945-      

A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway and was presumed to be a victim of a serial killer. Writer David Thorne searches for closure over the love of his life but instead stumbles into something inconceivable. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.   

LB           13377    GOLDEN GIRL     HILDERBRAND, ELIN       

Novelist Vivian Howe was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Nantucket. In the afterlife, she is allowed one last summer to watch what happens below. As she observes her three adult children and ex-husband, she worries about the reaction to her final book, which reveals personal secrets. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.


LB           13372    FINDING FREEDOM: A COOK’S STORY; REMAKING A LIFE FROM SCRATCH                FRENCH, ERIN (CHEF)               

Chef known for her focus on Maine ingredients and culture, and whose restaurant fills its seats with people from all over the world, presents her journey to becoming who she is. French shares the challenges she has faced–including dealing with drug addiction–and what has brought her joy. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13376    CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE        EYMAN, SCOTT, 1951-    

Biography of famous actor born Archibald Leach (1904-1986). Drawing on Grant’s own papers, extensive archival research, and interviews with family and friends, explores his career and personal life. Shows that despite his success, Grant remained deeply conflicted about his past, his present, and his basic identity. Unrated. 2020.


LB           13375    QUEEN’S SECRET               DE LA CRUZ, MELISSA, 1971-       

Lovers Cal and Lilac battle dark forces apart from each other, and the strength of their love–and their kingdom–face the ultimate test. Sequel to The Queen’s Assassin (DB 98674). Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

New Braille Books Added in July 2021


BT           13348    ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE        GARCIA MARQUEZ, GABRIEL, 1927-2014                

The rise and fall, birth and death, of the mythical town of Macondo, somewhere in Latin America, through characterizations of the Buendia family. The variety of life and the search for peace and truth are universal themes that dominate the novel. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1970. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13345    LOOK FOR ME: A NOVEL                GARDNER, LISA

A family is murdered in their home, except for sixteen-year-old Roxy, who is missing, along with the family dogs. Both Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren and survivor-turned-vigilante Flora Dane from Find Her (DB 83828) are on the hunt for Roxy. Then another connected shooting occurs. Violence and strong language. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.          

BT           13304    WINTER STREET         HILDERBRAND, ELIN              

When Kelley Quinn, owner of the Winter Street Inn, discovers his second wife, Mitzi, kissing the hired Santa, his world implodes and he lists the inn for sale. The grown children from his first marriage come to help, but they have their own issues. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13344    FALL FROM GRACE          STEEL, DANIELLE              

When her husband dies in an accident, forty-nine-year-old widow Sydney Wells is appalled to find he left her out of his will. She finds a job but is soon out of her depth, in trouble with the law, and having to start over, yet again. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.  

BT           13340    TRADING CHRISTMAS    MACOMBER, DEBBIE     

Widowed Emily Spring of Leavenworth, Washington, swaps houses with Charles Brewster of Boston for Christmas. Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith travels to Leavenworth to visit her and Charles’s brother Ray shows up at the house in Boston. Unexpected romances ensue in both locations. 2011. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.      



The founder of a lifestyle website and media company CEO shares tips for better living while revealing the messiness of her own life. She exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.


BT           13301    FOREVER COURT              RUDDEN, DAVE

Life is returning to normal for Denizen Hardwick. Well, the new normal, where he has to battle monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops and constantly struggle to contain the new powers he has been given by Mercy, the daughter of the Endless King. But Denizen may need those powers sooner than he thinks–not only are the Tenebrous stirring again but the Order of the Borrowed Dark face a new threat from much closer to home… For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13302    DARK SECRET: WINGS OF FIRE    SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Starflight, one of the dragonets of destiny, is kidnapped by the NightWings. With his fellow dragonets too far away to help, the fate of two kingdoms rests in Starflight’s talons. Sequel to The Hidden Kingdom (DB 97827). For grades 4-7. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

BT           13305    BRIGHTEST NIGHT: WINGS OF FIRE           SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Sunny has always taken the Dragonet Prophecy very seriously, and Morrowseer’s devastating news changes everything. Now she must forge a new identity and find a way to stop the futile war between the dragon clans. Sequel to The Dark Secret (DB 97828). For grades 4-7. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.       


A young orphan learns that monsters can grow out of the shadows in our world, and there is an ancient order of knights who keeps them at bay. For grades 3-6. Unrated. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.   

BT           13342    DRAGONET PROPHECY: WINGS OF FIRE     SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-          

Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will. For grades 4-7. 2012. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.   

BT           13343    MOON RISING: WINGS OF FIRE     SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-          

When Moonwatcher, a young NightWing with secret powers, begins school at the academy started by the dragonets of destiny after the end of the war, she soon realizes that someone is attacking the students. Sequel to The Brightest Night (DB 97829). For grades 4-7. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13347    ESCAPING PERIL: WINGS OF FIRE               SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-              

Peril is possibly the most dangerous dragon in Pyrrhia, because she has firescales that can kill an opponent with a touch, but now she has a mission–find her former queen, Scarlet. Sequel to Winter Turning (DB 97831). For grades 4-7. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13307    ESCAPE      BARCLAY, LINWOOD

After narrowly escaping capture and low on options, twelve-year-old Jeff and the genetically engineered spy dog, Chipper, remain on the run from The Institute and their team of agents. Sequel to Chase (DB 98279). Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2018. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13306    CHASE      BARCLAY, LINWOOD   

Twelve-year-old orphan Jeff becomes tangled up with Chipper, a dog fleeing from an organization that wants to bury the truth of what he is. It will be up to Chipper to keep them both alive. For grades 4-7. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13350    HOUSE OF ROBOTS          PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Fifth-grader Sammy struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robot named E, to school with him. Much to Sammy’s horror and his classmates’ glee, he is supposed to show E how to be a regular student. For grades 3-6. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

BT           13283    CANDY CORN CONTEST        GIFF, PATRICIA REILLY             

He’s just as anxious as the rest of the kids in room 113 to guess how many candy corns are in the huge jar on Mrs. Rooney’s desk, but Richard has extra worries on his mind. None of the boys want to come to Richard’s sleepover if it means sleeping next to smelly Matthew, who wets his bed. Book three in the Kids of the Polk Street School series. For grades 2-4. 1984. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.             

BT           13282    ALL-STAR FEVER                CHRISTOPHER, MATT, 1917-1997              

Bus Mercer, shortstop for the Peach Street Mudders, wants desperately to be picked for the county all-star team, but he breaks his parents’ rules for riding his new bike, and feelings of guilt affect his game. Unrated. For grades 2-4. 1997. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13349    HOUSE OF ROBOTS          PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Fifth-grader Sammy struggles to fit in when his inventor mother requires him to take her latest creation, a robot named E, to school with him. Much to Sammy’s horror and his classmates’ glee, he is supposed to show E how to be a regular student. For grades 3-6. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.


BT           13341    TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, SEGMENT ONE             WILLIAMS, TAD 1993.

In this sequel to “Stone of Farewell” (RC 40338), the Storm King and his undead allies continue to gather strength for a final confrontation with Simon and his companions, who are fighting to help Prince Josua gain the throne now occupied by his brother King Elias. Each will face numerous skirmishes before the final confrontation at the Green Angel Tower. For senior high and older readers. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.


Simon and his allies now possess the sword Thorn, essential to their defeat of the evil forces of King Elias of Osten Ard. King Elias has banded together with the Storm King, and they plan to end any hope Prince Josua has of taking over the throne. Both forces will meet many problems before they come face to face at the Stone of Farewell. Sequel to “The Dragonbone Chair” (RC 40337). 1990. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

New Large Print Books Added in July 2021


LB           13299    DAYLIGHT            BALDACCI, DAVID           

FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s search for her twin sister Mercy–who was abducted at the age of six–clashes with military investigator John Puller’s high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy from which neither of them will escape unscathed. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13317    WORST CASE      PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

NYPD detective Mike Bennett is assigned to the case of eighteen-year-old Jacob Dunning, kidnapped son of a billionaire CEO. Teamed with FBI agent Emily Parker, Bennett tracks an activist killer who plans to change an unjust world with blood. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2010. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13318    TICK TOCK           PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

After events in Worst Case (DB 70893), widowed NYPD detective Mike Bennett goes on vacation with his ten adopted children and their attractive nanny Mary Catherine. But he is summoned home to deal with a series of baffling and gruesome cases that copy famous crimes. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2011. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13319    GONE    PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Crime lord Manuel Perrine declares war–and his top target is detective Michael Bennett, who once arrested him. Bennett, his ten adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather are hidden safely on a California farm, guarded by the FBI. But now the FBI needs Bennett’s help. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2013. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.


Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson team up when a mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Unrated. 2020.


NYPD hostage negotiator Michael Bennett is struggling to find a serial killer who calls himself the Teacher and who randomly targets people in the city. While texting with the sociopath, Mike tends to his ten adopted and newly motherless kids, who all have the flu. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

LB           13327    ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT          KRENTZ, JAYNE ANN      

North Chastain possesses a paranormal talent that gives him the ability to track down the most dangerous psychic criminals. When his father suddenly falls into a coma-like state, North is convinced it was caused by a deadly artifact. He asks antiques expert Sierra Raines for help. 2021.

LB           13332    PIECE OF MY HEART        CLARK, MARY HIGGINS 

Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancé Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-August wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach. Unrated. 2020. Related names: Burke, Alafair, author.


1986. William Warwick from Nothing Ventured (DB 96828) has been promoted to Detective Sergeant. Along with the rest of his team, he is assigned to the Drugs Squad. Their mission is to capture a notorious drug dealer, but a trap is hidden in plain sight. Unrated. 2020.       

LB           13339    AWAKENING: THE DRAGON HEART LEGACY, BOOK 1         ROBERTS, NORA              

Breen Kelly is debt-ridden and working a job she hates when she discovers her mother has been hiding money left to her by her long-lost father. She treats herself to a trip to Ireland and falls through a portal to a magical land where she has a dangerous destiny. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020.         

LB           13324    MAGIC LESSONS               HOFFMAN, ALICE            

In the 1600s, Maria was abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Hannah Owens takes her in and teaches her, recognizing that even as a child Maria has a magical gift. Prequel to Practical Magic (DB 40461). Some strong language. 2020.

LB           13352    EGG DROP DEAD              CHIEN, VIVIEN  

It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana–whose plate is already plenty full with running the restaurant, pleasing her often-disapproving mother, and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau–must find out. 2020.


Attorney and former mma fighter Robin Lockwood is convinced her new client, Joe Lattimore, is innocent of the murder he is accused of committing. Joe’s past as an underground fighter led to blackmail, and he thought he was just burglarizing a home when he found a body. Unrated. 2021.          

LB           13358    ALERT    PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, New York is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI’s Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility–but they’re as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13359    GAMBLING MAN             BALDACCI, DAVID           

On the eve of the 1950s, war veteran Aloysius Archer is on a bus to California. During a stop in Reno, he comes into possession of a wad of cash and blood-red 1939 Delahaye convertible. Arriving in California, he lands an apprenticeship with PI Willie Dash. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13360    BLACK BOOK      PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence, but what matters most is what’s missing–the madam’s black book. The effects ripple through the city’s elite, and everyone’s desperate to find it. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017.

LB           13357    NO PEACE: A STEVE DANCY TALE               BEST, JAMES D.

Steve Dancy has married and settled down in San Diego. His wanderlust and violence discarded when he married Virginia, the past three years have been blissfully peaceful. Now with a two-year-old son, Steve invites his mother to meet the family in Monterey at the Hotel Del Monte, one of the finest resort hotels in the country, for a family holiday. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13366    RETURN TO VIRGIN RIVER            CARR, ROBYN    

Author Kaylee hoped to use her work to deal with her grief over her mother’s recent death. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline. Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

LB           13364    MOONLIGHT SCHOOL    FISHER, SUZANNE WOODS          

Based on true events, a young woman used to the finer things in life arrives in small town Appalachia in 1911 to help her formidable cousin combat adult illiteracy by opening moonlight schools. Unrated. 2021.         



The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns (DB 71929) examines the unofficial castes and hierarchies she has observed as inherent in American society. She also discusses the eight pillars of all caste systems and offers ways for America to move forward. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2020.


Lady Colin Campbell goes behind the scenes, speaking to friends, relations, courtiers, and colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic to reveal the most unexpected royal story since King Edward VIII’s abdication. She highlights the dilemmas involved and the issues that lurk beneath the surface, revealing why the couple decided to step down as senior royals. Unrated. 2021.


The author tours the monuments and landmarks that tell the story of slavery’s central role in shaping America’s collective history and culture. He explores historical plantations, prisons, cemeteries, holidays, and entire neighborhoods, revealing their ties to this painful aspect of America’s past and present. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021. Variant title: Reckoning with the history of slavery across America. 


The author of Tipping Point (DB 50027) and Outliers (DB 68164) examines the development of precision bombing in the years leading up to World War II. He questions the tactics applied in World War II and ponders the morality of those decisions. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13363    LET US DREAM: THE PATH TO A BETTER FUTURE                 FRANCIS, POPE, 1936-   

Leader of the Catholic Church collaborates with his biographer to present a vision for creating a safer, fairer, and healthier world for all people. Their methods are rooted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and address the systems which led to the spread of the virus. Unrated. 2020.       

LB           13365    PRINCE PHILIP REVEALED              SEWARD, INGRID            

The editor-in-chief of “Majesty” magazine presents a biography of the British consort to discuss his aristocratic childhood in Paris, more than seven-decade marriage to Elizabeth II, and loyal service as a statesman and philanthropist. Unrated. 2021.


Minister, political and civil rights activist, and radio talk show host reflects on the trajectory of politics in the early twenty-first century, focusing on the Obama and Trump years. The author discusses his views on the failures that have occurred and suggest a path forward for America to reclaim its core values. Unrated. 2020. Related names: Dyson, Michael Eric, writer of foreword.


Author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series recounts growing up in post-World War II England and the lasting effects of the conflict on her family. Discusses her grandfather’s shellshock from World War I service, her parents’ experiences during World War II, and her childhood in rural Kent. Unrated. 2020. Variant title: This time next year we will be laughing.

LB           13369    NOISE: A FLAW IN HUMAN JUDGMENT  KAHNEMAN, DANIEL, 1934-        

Discusses why people make bad judgements and how to make better ones by reducing the influence of “noise”–variables that can cause bias in decision making–and draws on examples in many fields, including medicine, law, economic forecasting, forensic science, strategy, and personnel selection. Bestseller. 2021.


Beginning with a letter to one of his Black nephews, the author reflects on his slave ancestors, his upbringing in the shadow of segregation, the artifacts of slavery in modern America, historical events tied to slavery, and the importance of resisting racism on a daily basis. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.              


LB           13336    TOWER OF NERO: THE TRIALS OF APOLLO, BOOK 5            RIORDAN, RICK

Lester teams up with his demigod master, Meg, to follow a prophecy that leads to an ultimate confrontation at the Tower of Nero. For grades 5-8. 2020.

LB           13337    DARK PROPHECY              RIORDAN, RICK

Leaving the safety of the demigod training ground, a disgraced Apollo embarks on a quest across North America to find a dangerous ancient-world Oracle while navigating the challenges of the evil Triumvirate. For grades 5-8. 2017.

LB           13323    WE DREAM OF SPACE    KELLY, ERIN ENTRADA    1986.

As the nation waits expectantly for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, three siblings–Cash, Fitch, and Bird–struggle with their own personal anxieties. When the fated day arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways. For grades 4-7. 2020.

LB           13354    KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES     CALLENDER, KACEN        

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy’s grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself. For grades 4-7. 2020. Variant title: King & the dragonflies.