Ten locally produced books are newly available for download on BARD. Registered BARD users throughout the United States can now access these titles.
As wide and diverse as Texas itself, they are sure to satisfy fans of both HANK THE COWDOG and HENRY DAVID THOREAU. Saddle up with the cowboys of the XIT Ranch and help Sheriff Dan Rhodes wrangle ghosts. Texas Ranger Cody Hart is ensnared by the Yellow Rose, while magical dressmaker Harlow Jane Cassidy sews up a murder case by not minding her beeswax.
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6,000 MILES OF FENCE: LIFE ON THE XIT RANCH OF TEXAS by Cordia Sloan Duke (DBC 26228)
This is the story of the cowboys who worked on the XIT Ranch of Texas. It is also the story of cowboys, in general, since it includes many tales from the times before they started working for the ranch.
BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD by Bill Crider (DBC 18335)
When Sheriff Dan Rhodes is called in the middle of the night to investigate gunshots at a haunted house, he finds the body of meth dealer Neil Foshee. Recently released from jail, Foshee has his fair share of potential murderers, including former girlfriend Vicki, her new boyfriend, the nephew of Clearview’s mayor, and Foshee’s criminal cousins Earl and Louie. Complicating matters is Seepy Benton, the community college math professor who has a new summer job. He is founded Clearview Paranormal Investigations and wants to solve the murder by communing with Foshee’s ghost. But when Benton connects with something else instead and a second body is found, Rhodes is left with more questions than ever. Who is the dead person? How long has the body been hidden? Is Benton really able to communicate with ghosts? And, most important, what, if anything, does the body have to do with Neil Foshee’s death? Some violence and some strong language.
BIG PICTURE: A KATIE PARKER PRODUCTION (ACT III) by Jenny B Jones (DBC 18685)
Dumped by her possible boyfriend at a drive-in theater, Katie returns home to find that her mother, a former convict and current addict, wants to take her away from her foster family, friends, and church, and Katie must make important decisions as she considers what family and home really mean. For senior high readers.
CHEIRO’S LANGUAGE OF THE HAND: A COMPLETE AND PRACTICAL WORK ON THE SCIENCES OF CHIROGNOMY AND CHEIROMANCY CONTAINING THE SYSTEM AND EXPERIENCE OF CHEIRO by Cheiro (DBC 26230)
A complete practical work on the science of palmistry.
GHOST FEVER = MAL DE FANTASMA by Joe Hayes(DBC 26198)
In the 1950s, fourteen-year-old Elena Padilla and her father move into a haunted house in Duston, Arizona, where only Elena can see and help the ghost of the young girl who died there. Bilingual: English and Spanish. Bluebonnet Award Winner, 2007.
HANK THE COWDOG 71: CASE OF THE MONSTER FIRE by John R. Erickson (DBC 18817)
After his many years as a typical bachelor cowboy, Slim Chance is convinced—against his will—that he needs to build his own herd of cattle and invest in the future. So, he takes the plunge, takes out a loan, and takes his newly bought heifers to a pasture on Viola’s father’s ranch. But, just about the time his new herd is calved-out and his investment is beginning to look promising, the dry and windy weather conditions put the entire county on High Alert for fire-danger. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2018.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU; A CRITICAL STUDY by Mark Van Doren (DBC 26293)
The personality of the hermit of Walden Pond, the plain-spoken representative of transcendental New England, is here examined objectively based on his Journal. The result is a true evaluation of his philosophy.
LOST TRIBES AND PROMISED LANDS: THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN RACISM by Ronald Sanders (DBC 26250)
The author traces the roots of American racism back to the Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French colonial movements of the Age of Discovery.
MANO A MANO: CODY’S LAW BOOK 5 by Matthew S. Hart (DBC 18400)
She is known as the Yellow Rose, a singer with the voice of an angel and the beauty of a goddess. But her sensual powers conceal a secret and dangerous past—one which draws Cody into a deadly contest beyond the Texas frontier. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.
SEAMLESS MURDER by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez (DBC 18368)
Any garment Harlow stitches together has the power to grant the deepest desire of whomever wears it. When she is asked to sew aprons for a local women’s group, Harlow must get to know each member. First up is Delta Lee Mobley, who does not care much for Harlow’s family—or anyone else in Bliss, for that matter. Granting Delta’s wish could only lead to trouble. But trouble finds Delta all the same. The day after Harlow delivers her apron, Delta’s body is discovered in the cemetery. It seems one of the townsfolk harbored ill will toward one of their own. Harlow’s sleuthing skills are a cut above the rest, and with a few magical tricks up her sleeve, she is determined to cuff this killer once and for all.