NLS Minibibliography: Changemakers

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) produces minibibliographies to assist staff at cooperating libraries with finding books for local patrons. These minibiographies are bibliographies based on subjects that are narrow in scope. They cover such topics as: prize winners, hobbies, and famous people, to name a few.

Here is a link to a full listing of NLS minibiographies: https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/lists-nls-produced-books-topic-genre/listings-on-narrow-topics-minibibliographies/

Recently, NLS has produced a minibibliography on changemakers. Changemakers are those people who by their words and actions have made the world a more accessible place for those with disabilities. Some changemakers have fought to make services available to all people regardless of disability. Others have excelled at a sport, an occupation, or an artistic endeavor previously denied to or under-represented by those alternatively abled.

The Changemakers minibibliography is organized alphabetically by subject or area in which the changemaker excelled or made their mark. Some subjects include: Academia, Science, and Service to Blind Individuals.

A couple of Changemakers listed in the minibibliography are Texans: Christine Ha, located under the heading “Food” and Larry Johnson, located under the heading “Media” are both examples of changemakers from the Lone Star State.

To learn more here is a link to NLS’ minibibliography on Changemakers: https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/lists-nls-produced-books-topic-genre/listings-on-narrow-topics-minibibliographies/changemakers/

New Braille Books Added in July 2019

Adult Fiction

BT 3959                 ENDER’S GAME                 CARD, ORSON SCOTT     

In a future Earth engaged in an interstellar war against insectoid aliens. Ender Wiggins is chosen at the age of six to be trained as the military genius who will carry his people to victory. Along with his brother Peter and his sister Valentine, he not only brings the conflict to an end, but also affects the evolution of human society. Contracted UEB Braille.               

Juvenile Fiction

BT 3961                 GRAVE SECRETS                 MCNICOLL, SYLVIA          

Nicholas has just moved into a new home when strange things begin to happen. There’s the pungent smell of chlorine, the scribbled writing on the wall, the ghostly image of a little boy crying for help, and an old woman who calls him Sasha and seems pre-occupied with the graveyard that borders their home. Nicholas is drawn to this woman and becomes terribly concerned when he learns that the neighborhood bullies are planning to break into her house. Unrated. For grades 4-7. 1999. Contracted Braille in UEB.

BT 3965                 PRINCESS DIARIES            CABOT, MEG     

Fourteen-year-old Mia keeps a diary of her problems – she’s too tall and flat, she’s flunking algebra, and her mom is dating her teacher. But then her dad arrives from Europe to announce that Mia is really a princess and the heir to his throne. For junior and senior high readers. Contracted Braille in UEB.      

BT 3966                 LOVE LETTERS            CORET, HARRIETTE 

Alice has only met the sailor once, but he could be the love of her life. Now Randy is back at sea, and if Alice doesn’t answer his letters, she’ll risk losing him forever. But Alice can’t write back – except with the help of “another man”…For junior and senior high readers. Unrated.  Contracted Braille in UEB.   

BT 3973                 HUNGER GAMES              COLLINS, SUZANNE        

In a future North America, Panem’s rulers maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting teens from twelve districts in a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-olds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year’s girl and boy contestants from District Twelve. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers.  Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille.          

Juvenile Non-Fiction

BT 3970                 TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS TALES                              

The spirit of Christmas in all its facets comes to life in this book, which contains old favorites and new ones, too. This is a book for the whole family, and it can be enjoyed every Christmas season for years to come. Just glance at the list of stories it contains, and you’ll know it’s the book for you! It’s bound to become a Christmas tradition for you, just as it has for us. Unrated. 1994. Contains: A Christmas carol — The wishing star — The little match girl — The Christmas mouse — Jingle bells — The magic toy shop — The littlest angel — The twelve days of Christmas — The Christmas bear — ‘Twas the night before Christmas — The nutcracker — Santa Claus is coming to town — The tiny elf — O Christmas tree — The elves and the shoemaker — The little drummer boy — Christmas carols — The happy snowman — Rudolph’s adventure. Contracted Braille in UEB.     

Young Adult Fiction

BT 3960                 ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS        ROGERSON, MARGARET

Isobel, a mortal prodigy artist, paints portraits for her dangerous clients, the immortal fair folk. When Rook, the autumn prince, comes to her to have his portrait done, she makes a terrible mistake and must stand on trial for her crime. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB.           

BT 3964                 FAR FROM THE TREE       BENWAY, ROBIN              

While struggling with the emotional challenges of giving up her newborn for adoption, sixteen-year-old Grace begins her own search for her birth mother. Instead, she finds she has two siblings–Maya, her chatterbox younger sister, and Joaquin, her stoic older brother. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB               

BT 3962                 DEAR MARTIN       STONE, NIC   

Top of his class at a prestigious school, seventeen-year-old Justyce encounters the harsh reality of racial profiling after a police officer puts him in handcuffs. Shaken and upset, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. searching for answers. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB.              

BT 3963                 EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING          YOON, NICOLA 

Madeline has severe combined immunodeficiency and is literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she and neighbor Olly begin a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. For senior high and older readers. 2015. Contracted Braille in UEB.           

BT 3969                 SILVER SHADOWS            MEAD, RICHELLE              

In the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, alchemist Sydney and vampire Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. Sequel to The Fiery Heart (DB 77812). Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014. Contracted Braille in UEB.      

BT 3967                 THIRTEEN REASONS WHY              ASHER, JAY         

**Alternative title: Th1rteen r3asons why**  Clay Jensen receives a box of audiocassettes in the mail with no return address. Hannah Baker–a girl he barely knew but secretly liked, who committed suicide–recorded a final message for thirteen people to listen to and then pass on to the next person. For senior high readers. 2007. Contracted Braille in UEB.     

BT 3971                 GENUINE FRAUD              LOCKHART, E.    

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. Best friends Imogen and Jule will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB.  

BT 3968                 LOOKING FOR ALASKA   GREEN, JOHN   

Entering boarding school in Alabama, sixteen-year-old Miles “Pudge” Halter encounters new experiences: challenging classes, extreme pranks, and Alaska Young, a moody, sexy girl whose death in a car crash might be a suicide. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. For senior high readers. Printz Award. 2005. Contracted Braille in UEB. 

BT 3972                 INDIGO SPELL    MEAD, RICHELLE              

After Sydney tracks down former alchemist Marcus, she questions her own loyalty to the group and acknowledges her increasing powers. Meanwhile, an evil magic user is targeting young witches. Sequel to The Golden Lily (DB 76175). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013. Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille.  

New Large Print Books Added in July 2019

Adult Fiction

LB 11356    BEFORE WE WERE WICKED          DICKEY, ERIC JEROME    

While out on an enforcement job for his boss, Ken Swift meets Jimi Lee and falls immediately in lust. He hurts people to pay for college and she`s Harvard-bound, but they can`t resist the chemistry between them. When Jimi Lee becomes pregnant all bets are off. Unrated. 2019. 513 pages.     

LB 11353    ALICE NETWORK               QUINN, KATE

Pregnant and unmarried Charlotte St. Clair escapes the sharp eye of her mother in London to track down her cousin Rose, who went missing during the war. She finds Eve Gardiner, a former spy. A name Charlie utters resurrects Eve’s memories of the past. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2017. 703 pages.

LB 11354    ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN                SEE, LISA             

Mi-ja and Young-sook are best friends, even though their backgrounds are markedly different. When they come of age, they join their village`s all-female diving collective, which is run by Young-sook`s mother. However, Mi-ja`s parentage marks her for scorn and drives the friends apart as war looms. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 641 pages.  

LB 11380    LETTERS FROM PEACEFUL LANE DAILEY, JANET  

In the rugged Ozarks of Branson, Missouri, a woman struggles to save her marriage–and finds answers from an unexpected source. Unrated. 2019. 363 pages.  

LB 11379    CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS     GRAY, ANISSA  

Althea Butler, eldest of three girls, took care of her sisters Viola and Lillian after their mother died. When she and her husband Proctor are arrested, Althea will need to depend on Viola and Lillian for help, while they have troubles of their own to face. Unrated. 2019. 453 pages.      

LB 11413    WILD CARD         WOODS, STUART             

Stone Barrington`s enjoyment of a peaceful country retreat with his latest paramour is interrupted by an unwelcome stranger sent by someone who wants to silence Stone and his collaborators for good. With boundless resources and a thirst for vengeance, this foe will not be deterred. Unrated. 2019. 401 pages.      

LB 11414    MEOW MAYHEM             LICKEL, LISA J.   

“After being left at the altar, Ivy Amanda McTeague Preston uproots herself and her cat, an Egyptian Mau named Memnet, from her boring and lonely life to start over at the urging of Mayor Conklin, a fellow pedigreed Mau owner. Truesdale Thompson is ready to move in a fresh direction with his life. A private man whose physical wounds are the only outward sign of a tragic accident in his past, True and his cat, Isis, open a branch of his trendy little bookstore and coffee shop in Apple Grove. When Ivy takes a mysterious message while the mayor is away on business, only Ivy’s criminology professor mom and True believe there’s something rotten in Apple Grove. Can Ivy carry on her romance with True while saving the town from further Mayhem?”-From the back cover. Unrated. 2019. 459 pages.           

LB 11416    TORTURE OF THE MOUNTAIN MAN         JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.           

When Smoke Jensen is summoned to a small Texas town under siege by a scourge of kill-crazy bandits, volunteers line up to take out the Mountain Man. Being Smoke Jensen, he wouldn’t have it any other way. Unrated. 2018. 447 pages. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018               

LB 11415    IF SHE WAKES    KORYTA, MICHAEL          

“Tara Beckley, a senior at Hammel College in Maine, is driving a visiting professor to a conference when a horrific car accident kills the professor and leaves Tara a prisoner of locked-in syndrome. She is fully alert, but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she learns that someone powerful wants her dead — but why? Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator, is hired by the college to look in to Tara’s case. A former stunt driver, she can tell that Tara’s car crash was no accident. She starts asking questions and is soon on the run — with a young hit man named Dax Blackwell hard on her heels.”–Provided by publisher. Unrated. 2019. 551 pages.

LB 11418    DEEP HARBOR   MICHAELS, FERN             

When Carol Ann “CJ” Jansen lost her beloved older brother, Kick, in a boating accident, she came adrift. Kick had taken on the role of caring for his little sister after their parents were killed in a car crash. Inheriting half his fortune has left CJ financially secure–yet needing a purpose. As administrative assistant to powerful congressman Snapper Lewis, she’s immersed herself in the exciting and often tumultuous world of politics. But suddenly, the career that anchors her life is threatened. CJ stumbles upon information that could implicate her boss in corruption. When the congressman goes missing, the closer CJ gets to uncovering the truth, exposing one shocking secret after another, the more she wonders if she’s also in jeopardy. Moving to a small New England town for her own protection, CJ gradually begins to engage with her new surroundings. Her blossoming friendship with the owner of a charter fishing boat offers the promise of much more. But before she can claim happiness, CJ must navigate a course through all her doubts and fears, and trust that this time, the water that took so much from her might just lead her safely home. Unrated. 2019. 517 pages.          

LB 11117    DEPARTMENT OF SENSITIVE CRIMES     MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER      

The detectives who work in Malmo Police’s Department of Sensitive Crimes take their job very seriously. The lead detective, Ulf Varg, prioritizes his cases above even his dog’s mental health. Then there are detectives Anna Bengsdotter, who keeps her relationship with Varg professional even as she realizes she’s developing feelings for him … or at least for his car, and Carl Holgersson, first to arrive in the morning and last to leave, who would never read his colleagues’ personal correspondence–unless it could help solve a crime, of course. Finally, there’s Erik Nykvist, who peppers conversations with anecdotes about fly fishing. Along with an opinionated local police officer named Blomquist, the Department of Sensitive Crimes takes on three extremely strange cases. First, the detectives investigate how and why a local business owner was stabbed … in the back of the knee. Next, a young woman’s imaginary boyfriend goes missing. And, in the final investigation, Varg must determine whether nocturnal visitations at a local spa have a supernatural element. Unrated. 308 pages.

LB 11115    DIE BY THE GUN               JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.           

Dewey ‘Mac’ McKenzie is wanted for a killing he didn’t commit. He saved his hide once by signing on as a cattle drive chuckwagon cook and bolting the territories. Turned out Mac was as good at fixing vittles as he was at dodging bullets. But Mac’s enemies are hungry for more, and they’ve hired a gang of ruthless killers to turn up the heat. Mac’s only hope is to join another cattle drive on the Goodnight-Loving Trail, deep in New Mexico Territory. The journey ahead is even deadlier than the hired guns behind him. His trail boss is an ornery cuss. His crew mate is the owner’s spoiled son. And the route is overrun with kill-crazy rustlers and bloodthirsty Comanche. Worse, Mac’s would-be killers are closing in fast. But when the cattle owner’s son is kidnapped, the courageous young cook has no choice but to jump out of the frying pan, and into the fire. Unrated. 443 pages. Related names: Johnstone, J. A., author.       

LB 11109    FOOL’S MOON   STUCKART, DIANE A.S.  

Two tarot-savvy cats and their tenderhearted human outwit a cruel criminal in this animal-centric whodunit. Most days, Ruby Sparks feels like the sign that says “Tarot Card Reader Extraordinaire” should say “Tarot Card Reader Fairly Competent.” But as challenging as it is to take care of her half-sister’s New Age shop, and her growing menagerie of enchanted pets, Ruby never worries that she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Unrated. 475 pages.  

LB 11102    SABRINA KANE COOK, WILL       

The death of Sabrina’s husband en route to Illinois leaves her alone in an untamed land. But the widow proves more than a match for the world of the frontier. Unrated. 2019. 258 pages.     

LB 11104    TINDERBOX        LEWIS, BEVERLY 

The day before her parents’ twentieth wedding anniversary Sylvia Miller stumbles across the key to the old brass tinderbox her father, Earnest, keeps in his Lancaster County watch repair shop. Inside is a secret from his life as an Englisher. When she confronts him, Earnest admits that he is not fit to be a member of the Hickory Hollow Amish church. He confesses his secret to Rhoda, his wife, and Sylvia, but when word of Earnest’s deceit reaches others in the community the truth pits Amish neighbors against one another, threatens to dry up Earnest’s livelihood–and to break up Sylvia’s engagement to the preacher’s grandson. Unrated. 397 pages.

LB 11100    UNDER THE TABLE: A NOVEL       EVANOVICH, STEPHANIE              

Suffocating in her dead-end marriage, Zoey Sullivan moves in with her sister in New York and starts taking catering jobs. She meets shy computer programmer and millionaire Tristan Malloy and offers to give him a makeover, only to fall for him as he gains confidence. Unrated. 2019. Related names: Adaptation of (work): Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. My fair lady.      

LB 11096    BETTER SISTER: A NOVEL               BURKE, ALAFAIR              

When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sisters–one the dead man’s widow, the other his ex–must set aside mistrust and old resentments. but can they escape their past? Unrated. 2019. 428 pages.        

LB 11114    LOST ROSES: A NOVEL    KELLY, MARTHA HALL    

It is 1914 and the world has been on the brink of war so many times, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s Imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortuneteller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming she fears the worst for her best friend. From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and the society of fallen Russian emigres who live there, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a breathtaking ride through a momentous time in history. Unrated. Bestseller.  629 pages.         

LB 11105    BOOK OF DREAMS           GEORGE, NINA

On the way to see his son Sam for the first time in years, Henri is involved in an accident and winds up in a coma. Thirteen-year-old Sam and Henri`s former lover, Eddie, wait by his bedside while Henri floats in dreams. Translated from the 2016 original German. Unrated. 2019. 466 pages. Related names: Pare, Simon, translator.          

LB 11111    COLLUSION: A NOVEL     GINGRICH, NEWT            

Valerie Mayberry comes from the kind of wealthy family that would be royalty in any other country. Obsessive and compulsive, she’s also the FBI’s counter-intelligence expert on domestic terrorism. Brett Garrett is a dishonorably discharged ex-Navy SEAL coming off a secret opioid addiction. A brusque, fiercely independent operative who refuses to play by the rules, the seasoned pro is now a gun for hire, working as a security contractor in Eastern Europe. When a high ranking Kremlin official with knowledge of a plan to attack the US must be smuggled out under the nose of a kleptocratic Putin-like Russian president and a ruthless general, Mayberry and Garret are thrown together to exfiltrate him and preempt a deadly poisonous strike. As these unlikely partners work to protect their human asset, their mission is threatened by domestic politics: leftist protests, Congressional infighting, and a culture riven by hatred. Unrated. 515 pages. Related names: Earley, Pete, author.             

LB 11106    DEATH BAKES A PECAN PIE           WASHBURN, L.J.              

Hollywood comes to Weatherford, Texas, as a movie company arrives to shoot scenes for a film based on the novel by Phyllis Newsom’s friend Eve. But movie fantasy turns to deadly reality as a murder recreated for film turns out to be the genuine article, and once more Phyllis has to track down a cunning killer to see that justice is done. Unrated. 323 pages.  

LB 11110    MACHINES LIKE ME: AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU          MCEWAN, IAN 

Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong, and clever–a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Unrated. Bestseller. 380 pages.              

LB 11101    NEON PREY         SANDFORD, JOHN 

Clayton Deese skips bail after a job that went south. The US Marshals come after him and find a jungle full of graves behind Deese`s rural Louisiana cabin. Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 461 pages.          

LB 11103    POISON LESCROART, JOHN T.      

Attorney Dismas Hardy`s plans to ease into retirement and reconnect with his family after recovering from two glancing gunshot wounds are cut short when–against his wife`s wishes–he is pulled back into the courtroom by the murder of Grant Wagner, the steely owner of a successful family business. Unrated.  505 pages.

LB 11107  GUARDING GABY: SECOND CHANCES, BOOK 1  BRASHEAR, JEAN             

Gabriela Navarro believed she and Eli Wolverton would always be together…until he abandoned her. Years later, Gaby has made a new life in the big city. Her future is bright, and Eli is her past. When she returns to bury her father and learns that Eli is accused of his murder, she is stunned, but she no longer knows the man who’s replaced the boy she loved. Then their paths cross again, and though the longing between them is more powerful than ever, Eli refuses to defend himself and pushes her to go. Does Gaby believe the charges against him, or the urgings of her heart? There is so much more at stake than Gaby can imagine. With his freedom and his life on the line, only one thing would draw Eli away from his search for the truth: Gaby’s safety. Even if that means he’ll lose her forever. Unrated. 2019. 341 pages.

LB 11108    IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK      CROWNOVER, JAMES D.

Can the walls of an abandoned house absolve a man accused of a thirty-year-old murder? Not before Silent Cooper and Dempsy Nealy battle Apache thieves, Pancho’s Villistas, marauding outlaws, and El Tigre of the Playas Valley. The loss of a letter beneath the ruins of a famous Arizona ranch house thirty years ago led to an untimely marriage for Dempsy’s Aunt Cindy, who now runs three ranches with an iron will and a shotgun loaded with buckshot. No man stands in her way–for long. Dempsy dreams of a ghostly visitor in the desert, or was it a dream? The rock house of the Smuggler Hills seems to be an impregnable fortress until a small creature descends the chimney. A cemetery reveals a scandalous secret. Unrated. 473 pages. 

LB 11116    INVITED               MCMAHON, JENNIFER     

In 1924, a young mother, Hattie Breckenridge, is hanged from a tree in her yard by the town mob, accused of a crime that was actually committed by her daughter. Nearly a century later, a young married couple, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia to begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams on the same forty-four acres of rural land where Hattie once lived. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by Hattie’s story and the tragic legend of her descendants, three generations of “Breckenridge women,” each of whom died amid suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something elusive and dangerous in the present day. Unrated. 556 pages.          

LB 11112    18TH ABDUCTION           PATTERSON, JAMES      

Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women’s Murder Club thriller. For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue–until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco’s entire school system as stake, Lindsay Boxer has never been under more pressure. To solve the School Night case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas, as the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take new approaches, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned. Unrated. 438 pages. Related names: Paetro, Maxine, author.      

LB 11425    CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER             FLUKE, JOANNE  

When her bakery becomes the setting of a star-studded TV special, Hannah hopes to hide the unsavory scandal in her personal life. But that`s practically impossible with a disturbing visit from a shifty character she once loved and a murder victim in her bedroom. Unrated. 2019. 509 pages.           

LB 11427    FALL OF GONDOLIN        TOLKIEN, J.R.R.

Tuor is sent to Gondolin by the god Ulmo, only to fall in love with the elf king`s daughter, Idril. Their bliss is shattered when the evil Morgoth sends an army to destroy Gondolin. This previously unpublished Middle-earth tale was edited by the author`s son Christopher. Bestseller. 2018. 425 pages.     

LB 11429    LAST SECOND     COULTER, CATHERINE   

When NASA didn`t believe she spoke with aliens, astronaut Nevaeh Patel quit the program. Now working for a French company, she launches a satellite to do the aliens` bidding. It`s up to special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine to stop the earth-altering mission. Some violence and some strong language.  575 pages. Related names: Ellison, J. T., author.      

LB 11443    STONE BRIDGES NEGGERS, CARLA            

Adrienne Portale has never settled in one place for long, but takes a job as innkeeper in tiny Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, to spend some time getting to know the father she only recently found. When three small boys get lost in the wilderness that borders the inn, Adam Sloan leads the search. His family ties to the town go back generations. Adrienne sees the bond that people in a small town have as they band together to find the missing children. Adam is impressed with her calm strength, but he’s sure she won’t find what she’s looking for in his quiet hometown. Despite their differences, Adam and Adrienne discover they have more in common than they’d expected. They love to explore old stone walls and bridges, and she adores his dog. As summer bleeds into the gorgeous New England fall, the attraction between them grows, and they must decide where–and who–makes a place home. Unrated. 467 pages.      

LB 11445    MEMORY HOUSE              HAUCK, RACHEL

Eighteen years after losing her father on 9/11, Beck Holiday is a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Then a mysterious letter arrives informing her she`s inherited a house along Florida`s northern coast. Unrated.  585 pages.

LB 11447    MISS JULIA TAKES THE WHEEL    ROSS, ANN B.    

Miss Julia invites the charming visiting doctor and his painfully shy wife to dinner. While Miss Julia and Sam both note the wife`s obvious lack of social skills, it`s Julia`s friends Hazel Marie and Binkie that pick up on some of the doctor`s less palatable qualities. Unrated.  495 pages.      

LB 11448    A LIST    JANCE, JUDITH A.            

The last story of Ali Reynolds`s broadcasting career was a piece about a young man in need of a kidney, which spiraled into a medical mismanagement scandal that landed a prestigious local doctor in prison for murder. A decade later, the doctor is plotting revenge. Unrated.  545 pages.

LB 11449    ORPHAN OF SALT WINDS              BROOKS, ELIZABETH     

England, 1939. Ten-year-old Virginia Wrathmell arrives at Salt Winds, a secluded house on the edge of a marsh, to meet her adoptive parents: practical, dependable Clem and glamorous, mercurial Lorna. The marsh, with its deceptive tides, is a beautiful but threatening place. Virginia’s new parents’ marriage is full of secrets and tensions she doesn’t quite understand, and their wealthy neighbor, Max Deering, drops by too often, taking an unwholesome interest in the family’s affairs. Only Clem offers a true sense of home. War feels far away among the birds and shifting sands, until the day a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh, and Clem ventures out to rescue the airman. What happens next sets into motion a crime so devastating it will haunt Virginia for the rest of her life. Seventy-five years later, she finds herself drawn back to the marsh, and to a teenage girl who appears there, nearly frozen and burdened by her own secrets. In her, Virginia might have a chance at retribution and a way to right a grave mistake she made as a child. Unrated. 397 pages.       

Adult Non-Fiction

LB 11357    ACCESSORY TO WAR: THE UNSPOKEN ALLIANCE BETWEEN ASTROPHYSICS AND THE MILITARY                 TYSON, NEIL DEGRASSE

Author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (DB 89846) explores the ways astronomers and astrophysicists have contributed to warfare and military action throughout history. Topics include multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 993 pages.             

LB 11355    HOW TO BE A PATIENT: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF MODERN MEDICINE                GOLDBERG, SANA           

“From registered nurse and public health advocate Sana Goldberg, a timely, accessible, and comprehensive guide to the medical industrial complex that teaches readers how to be their own best advocate and get the care they deserve”– Provided by publisher. Unrated. 2019. 597 pages.      

LB 11381    MAID: HARD WORK, LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER’S WILL TO SURVIVE          LAND, STEPHANIE           

Recounts years working in the domestic service industry, struggling in poverty as a single mother. Examines the difficulties and misleading rhetoric surrounding poverty as well as the realities of life in service work. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Land, Stephanie. 441 pages.     

LB 11378    CRUSHING: GOD TURNS PRESSURE INTO POWER        JAKES, T.D.         

Author of Instinct (DB 79599) and Destiny (DB 82330) presents a guide to learning from life`s challenges and trusting in God`s love. Uses personal experiences, including his teenage daughter`s pregnancy, his mother`s death from Alzheimer`s, and his son`s heart attack, to illustrate lessons learned. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Jakes, T. D. –Anecdotes. 327 pages.  

LB 11417    SHOUT: A POETRY MEMOIR         ANDERSON, LAURIE HALSE          

A memoir in verse shares the author`s life, covering her difficult early childhood, her rape at thirteen, and her experiences surrounding the publication of her 1999 novel Speak (DB 49958). Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 285 pages.           

LB 11113    FINDING MY VOICE: MY JOURNEY TO THE WEST WING AND THE PATH FORWARD               JARRETT, VALERIE

“The ultimate Obama insider” (The New York Times) and longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and leader in government at a historic moment in American history. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Jarrett, Valerie, 1956-  Obama, Barack — Friends and associates.  Obama, Michelle, 1964- — Friends and associates.  460 pages.            

LB 11098    K: A HISTORY OF BASEBALL IN TEN PITCHES   KEPNER, TYLER (BASEBALL WRITER)

The baseball columnist for the New York Times presents a history of the sport, told through the ten major pitches of the game. Includes commentary from some of the best pitchers in baseball history, such as Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Bob Gibson, and Mariano Rivera. Unrated. 2019. 472 pages.       

LB 11099  AMERICAN MOONSHOT: JOHN F. KENNEDY AND THE GREAT SPACE RACE               BRINKLEY, DOUGLAS               

On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America’s success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. Unrated. 2019. 898 pages. Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 — Influence.          

LB 11097    AMERICAN SPIRIT: PROFILES IN RESILIENCE, COURAGE, AND FAITH            KYLE, TAYA          

Life leads us through difficult terrain. But what happens if you use challenge as an opportunity to discover your purpose? These Americans did and are changing the world. After losing her husband, “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle entered a period of deep grief. And yet the experience served as a catalyst for profound growth. Taya found her own reserve of strength with the help of the generous love and support of family and friends–and also many strangers across America, who selflessly shared their own stories of suffering, survival, and triumph. Inspired by her experience, Taya discovered her calling: spreading a message of how love, passion, and service can combine to help us persevere over personal pain and heal our communities. American Spirit profiles more than 30 individuals, young and old, rich and not-so-rich, famous and unknown, who have overcome hardship and done extraordinary things for their communities and for the nation at large. Unrated. 2019. 446 pages. Related names: DeFelice, Jim, 1956-, author.

LB 11428    INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, AND LOVE             SHAPIRO, DANI

The author of Family History (DB 63237) describes how, after submitting her DNA for analysis, she discovered that she was not actually related to her father. Discusses her struggle to piece together the story of her life and uncover her own identity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019. Shapiro, Dani. 359 pages.           

LB 11432    LIBRARY BOOK  ORLEAN, SUSAN              

The author re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in US history. On April 29, 1986, fire broke out at the Los Angeles Public Library and destroyed or damaged more than a million books. Examines the evolution of public libraries while celebrating their value in society. Bestseller. 2018. 539 pages.

LB 11435    MATRIARCH: BARBARA BUSH AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN DYNASTY        PAGE, SUSAN   

A biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Discusses her childhood in New York, loss of a daughter to leukemia, battle with depression, and role as wife and mother of two American presidents. Draws on interviews with friends and family, conversations with Bush, and diary entries. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 582 pages.

LB 11446    SHIP OF FOOLS: HOW A SELFISH RULING CLASS IS BRINGING AMERICA TO THE BRINK OF REVOLUTION                 CARLSON, TUCKER          

Political pundit discusses class dynamics in early twenty-first-century America. Focuses on an elite class of the wealthy and powerful, positing that they hide their agendas behind identity politics, strip political parties of meaning, and will drive America towards ruin. Some strong language. Bestseller.  349 pages.           

Juvenile Fiction

LB 11352    PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES                SCHMIDT, GARY D.          

Carter must adjust to the unwelcome presence of a know-it-all butler who is determined to help him become a gentleman and deal with burdens from the past. For grades 4-7. 2019. 303 pages.            

LB 11350    FLUSH   HIAASEN, CARL

The Florida Keys. With their father jailed for sinking a gambling boat, Noah Underwood and his sister Abbey gather evidence that casino owner Dusty Muleman is illegally emptying sewage tanks into coastal waters. They receive help from a former card dealer, a pirate, and Dusty’s ex-girlfriend. For grades 5-8. 2005. 323 pages.    

LB 11351    SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS             CHENG, JACK

Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, makes big discoveries about his family on a road trip, and he records everything on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space. For grades 4-7. 2017. 411 pages.      

LB 11423    MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS               MEDINA, MEG  

Merci Suarez relies on her close extended family as she goes through many changes during her sixth-grade year at Florida`s Seaward Pines Academy. For grades 4-7. 2018. 383 pages.         

LB 11424    DRAGON PEARL LEE, YOON HA

Min, a girl with fox magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet to find out what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2019. 515 pages.       

LB 11420    WILD ROBOT      BROWN, PETER

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island, with no memory of where she is from or why she is there. Her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants. For grades 3-6. 2016. 286 pages.      

LB 11422    WILD ROBOT ESCAPES   BROWN, PETER

After being captured by the Recons and returned to civilization for reprogramming, Roz is sent to Hilltop Farm. She befriends her owner’s family and animals, but pines for her son, Brightbill. Sequel to The Wild Robot (DB 84426). For grades 3-6. 2018. 284 pages.      

LB 11436    IF I STAY               FORMAN, GAYLE             

Cellist and Juilliard hopeful Mia clings to life after a car accident kills her family. While observing herself during an out-of-body experience, Mia flashes through her past to determine whether to fight for survival or die. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2009. 481 pages.   

LB 11437    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL               KINNEY, JEFF     

The Heffley family road trip starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns, from a fender bender to crazed seagulls. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure! For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2014. 229 pages.  

LB 11438    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: OLD SCHOOL     KINNEY, JEFF     

When his town organizes an electronics-free event, a disgusted Greg Heffley struggles to survive life in a community without modern conveniences. Meanwhile, tension builds among kids struggling to enjoy the activities of past generations. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2015. 229 pages.

LB 11439    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY  KINNEY, JEFF     

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffley family decides to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation–but sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous creatures all threaten their vacation. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2017.        Juvenile Fiction

LB 11440    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE MELTDOWN              KINNEY, JEFF     

When snow closes Greg Heffley`s middle school, he and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, face a fight for survival as warring gangs turn the neighborhood into a wintry battlefield. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2018. 229 pages.               

Juvenile Non-Fiction

LB 11419    ENDURANCE: MY YEAR IN SPACE AND HOW I GOT THERE               KELLY, SCOTT

Younger readers` edition adapted from the memoir Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (DB 89525) by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station. Also recounts his early years in school and as a test pilot. For grades 6-9. 2018. 496 pages.        

LB 11421    APOLLO 8: THE MISSION THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING    SANDLER, MARTIN W.

Explores the space race during a time when Americans desperately needed something to believe in. Covers the history of the Apollo 8 mission, the technical challenges, and the key players involved in launching three astronauts into space to orbit the Earth`s moon in 1968. For grades 5-8. 2018. 237 pages.         

LB 11426    TO THE MOON!: THE TRUE STORY OF THE AMERICAN HEROES ON THE APOLLO 8 SPACESHIP                KLUGER, JEFFREY             

Recounts the exciting and inspiring true story of Apollo 8, the first manned American spaceship to break free of the Earth’s orbit and reach the moon. For grades 5-8. 2018. Related names: Shamir, Ruby, author. 439 pages.             

Young Adult Fiction

LB 11430    ON THE COME UP            THOMAS, ANGIE             

When teenaged Bri, an aspiring rapper, pours her anger and frustration into her first hit song, she finds herself at the center of a controversy. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 613 pages.     

LB 11431    LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ          ITURBE, ANTONIO         

Fourteen-year-old Dita and her family are imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. When a Jewish leader asks Dita to risk her life and take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 637 pages.     

LB 11433    OF JENNY AND THE ALIENS          GEBHART, RYAN              

Eighteen-year-old Derek ignores the anticipated alien invasion that could mean the end of the world until he imagines a future with Jenny–a future for which she has other plans. For young adult readers. Unrated. 2019. 475 pages. 

LB 11441    WHERE SHE WENT           FORMAN, GAYLE             

Rising rock star Adam and successful cellist Mia, from If I Stay (LB 11436), reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart years earlier. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2011. 285 pages.       

LB 11442 THREE SIDES OF A HEART: STORIES ABOUT LOVE TRIANGLES                        

Collection of sixteen short stories featuring love triangles, by young-adult authors such as Rae Carson, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and more. In Garth Nix’s “Triangle Solo,” two band friends compete for a returning student’s affections. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 577 pages. Related names: Parker, Natalie C., editor.             

LB 11444    ON THE EDGE OF GONE DUYVIS, CORINNE           

In 2035, a comet hits Earth, and life on our planet struggles to survive the event. Sixteen-year-old Denise, who is autistic, tries to find her missing sister and also help her neglectful, undependable mother as the disasters begin. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2016. 627 pages.          

LB 11450    LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE             JAMES, LAUREN

Romy, the only surviving crew member of a spaceship traveling to a new planet, is on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, Romy communicates with a lone passenger from a new ship, a boy called J. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 421 pages.      

Young Adult Non-Fiction

LB 11434    WE ARE DISPLACED: MY JOURNEY AND STORIES FROM REFUGEE GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD                 YOUSAFZAI, MALALA   

Nobel Peace Prize winner explores her own experience as a displaced person, and shares the personal stories of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys–girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they`ve ever known. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 240 pages.            

LB 11451    57 BUS  SLATER, DASHKA

Recounts the true story of Sasha, a white, middle-class, agender teen, who was set on fire by Richard, a black teen from a crime-plagued neighborhood, while riding the 57 bus in Oakland, California. Strong language and some violence. Stonewall Book Award. For senior high and older readers. 2017.  379 pages.