Goodreads 2019 Choice Awards Announced

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GoodReads Best Books of 2019 Logo and banner

The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2019. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a story that takes place in the past? Goodreads members chose Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (DB 94175) as their favorite historical fiction book for this past year. Are you more interested in non-fiction? Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing And Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis (DB 94474) was chosen as the best general non-fiction book while The Five: The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (DB 96868) was selected as the best historical non-fiction book.  Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Casey McQuiston the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for romance the novel, Red, White & Royal Blue (DB 95171). No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2019

January 2020 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Please join us on Thursday, January 30 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of EDUCATED: A MEMOIR, by Tara Westover.

Book cover of Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

NLS Annotation:

Memoir exploring the author’s path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard. Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018. Violence and strong language.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call,so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the TalkingBook Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by January 9th) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the book in digital cartridge, large print, or Braille format or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We request that everyone remember the following:

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

We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, January 30th!

Employment Study

A research team comprising of blind and sighted scholars at the Envision Research Institute is investigating the experiences of blind and visually impaired individuals at different stages of the employment cycle as these relate to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The goal is to understand the hiring and retention policies that are effective for including blind and visually impaired people in the workforce.

Volunteers selected as study participants will be instructed to complete a questionnaire. The complete study might take about 45 minutes. A follow-up interview may be necessary to clarify some responses on the questionnaire. Upon completion of the study, the participant will receive a $25 gift card as a token of appreciation.

If you are interested in participating, or have a question about the study, please contact Marco Tarantino at marco.tarantino@envisionus.com; or call 316-440-1524). Please reference project title: “Experiences of Blind and Low Vision Individuals at Different Stages of the Employment Cycle as These Relate to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Regulations Implemented in 2014” in the subject line of the email

New Large Print Books Added in October 2019

ADULT FICTION

LB 12102 PLAIN VANILLA MURDER   ALBERT, SUSAN WITTIG

China and Ruby Wilcox are presenting their annual ‘Not Just Plain Vanilla Workshop,’ always a huge hit with customers at Thyme & Seasons Herb Shop. But someone involved with the workshop is driven by a deadly motive, and China soon finds herself teaming up with the very pregnant Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson to solve a vanilla-flavored murder. Sheila, happy to get out from behind the chief’s desk, is investigating the death of a botany professor, a prominent researcher specializing in vanilla orchids. China is trying to help a longtime friend: the dead professor’s ex-wife and a prime suspect in his murder. However, there’s no shortage of other suspects: a betrayed lover, a disgruntled graduate student, jealous colleagues, and a gang of orchid smugglers. But the lethal roots of this mystery reach back into the dark tropical jungles of Mexico, where the vanilla vine was first cultivated. At stake: a lucrative plant patent, an orchid that is extinct in the wild, and the life of an innocent little girl. Unrated. 2019. 437 pages.

LB 12104 OLD BONES   PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.

Nora Kelly, a young Santa Fe archaeology curator, leads a team in search of the tragic Donner Party`s “Lost Camp.” When they expose the real truth–which is far more shocking than mere cannibalism–it leads to grand-scale present-day violence. Rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: Child, Lincoln, author. 498 pages.

LB 12103 TURN OF THE KEY   WARE, RUTH

After stumbling across the ad for a live-in nanny position with a staggeringly generous salary, Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House and is smitten by the luxurious “smart” home and picture-perfect family. But she`s stepping into a nightmare that will lead to murder. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 519 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB 12101 TALKING TO STRANGERS: WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE DON’T KNOW   GLADWELL, MALCOLM, 1963-

The author of The Tipping Point (DB 50027) examines what can go wrong when we interact with strangers. Using examples from history and recent headlines, he looks at how we often misjudge the motivations and trustworthiness of others. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 623 pages.

LB 12105 PIONEERS: THE HEROIC STORY OF THE SETTLERS WHO BROUGHT THE AMERICAN IDEAL WEST   MCCULLOUGH, DAVID G.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of John Adams (DB 52275) recounts the settling of the Northwest Territory, which was ceded to the United States by Britain in the Treaty of Paris. Focuses on five key figures and draws on diaries and letters. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 573 pages.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB 12106 MAGIC MISFITS: THE SECOND STORY  HARRIS, NEIL PATRICK, 1973-

Leila and the other young magicians have the opportunity to perform with a famous stage psychic known as Madame Esmeralda, who may hold secrets to Leila`s past. Sequel to The Magic Misfits (DB 90217). For grades 3-6. 2018.

LB 12107 MAGIC MISFITS: THE MINOR THIRD  HARRIS, NEIL PATRICK, 1973-

New member Emily helps the Magic Misfits when a ventriloquist with a dastardly plan comes to town. For grades 3-6. 2019.

New Large Print Books Added in November 2019

ADULT FICTION

LB 12204 MRS. EVERYTHING WEINER, JENNIFER

Two sisters` lives unfold against the background of free love, Vietnam, and women`s lib. Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture. Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 643 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB 12287 D-DAY GIRLS: THE SPIES WHO ARMED THE RESISTANCE, SABOTAGED THE NAZIS, AND HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II ROSE, SARAH, 1974-

An account of the British Special Operations Executive`s recruitment of women during World War II to serve as spies in France. Draws on declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to profile three of these women: a young mother, an unflappable aristocrat, and the streetwise organizer of the Paris Resistance. 2019. 695 pages.

LB 12288 KENNEDY HEIRS: JOHN, CAROLINE, AND THE NEW GENERATION; A LEGACY OF TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY TARABORRELLI, J. RANDY

A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of Kennedys often veered between towering accomplishment and devastating defeat. Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli draws back the curtain on the next generation of America`s most famous family. Unrated. 2019. 971 pages.

LB 12289 SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR REICHL, RUTH

Author of Comfort Me with Apples (DB 52508) and Delicious! (DB 78955) recounts her experiences working at Gourmet. Discusses her reluctance taking on a managerial role, transforming the publication from stately to cutting-edge, and personalities she met while leading the magazine. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 397 pages.