Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, “Father of Motivation” and Author, Dies at Age 75

Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and self-development pioneer Dr. Wayne W. Dyer died Saturday, August 29.

Affectionately known as the “father of motivation,” Dyer preached the gospel of self-reliance, a gospel he learned during his childhood in Detroit.  Abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 3, Dyer was raised in a series of orphanages and foster homes.  When discussing his fractured childhood, Dyer observed that “it’s not a story of pity or blame; it’s precisely what had to take place in order for me to learn about self-reliance firsthand.”

After serving in the Navy, Dyer became a psychotherapist and professor.  He came to prominence in 1976 with the publication of his first book, Your Erroneous Zones, which remains one of the best-selling books of all time.

A regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dyer was also frequently featured during PBS pledge drives.

Titles by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in the TBP collection include:

Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao (2007) DB 65369 / DX 65369

Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace (2001) BR 14380 / DB 55026 BARD

Excuses Begone! How To Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits (2009) DB 69532

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling (2006) DB 62202 BARD / DX 62202

Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your

Way (2004) DB 58050 BARD / DX 58050

Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life (1992) DB 36405 BARD

Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting (2012) DB 74595

You’ll See It When You Believe It (1989) DB 30718


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

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

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

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is available by mail in digital cartridge, and is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download the book from BARD.



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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Meaning of Nolan Ryan. Trujillo, Nick. DT 06851

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

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

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


Art of Fielding. Harbach, Chad. DB 73791

Blockade Billy And Morality. King, Stephen. DB 71282

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

Hot Property. Phillips, Carly. DB 67369

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

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

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


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

Baseball Heroes. Stout, Glenn. DB 73057

Baseball Science. Bow, James. DB 69741

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


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

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

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

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