Staff Pick – John – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel, DB 77869

Texas Center for the Book, via Read Across Texas, is encouraging Texans to use books to engage in tough but important conversations about what happens when veterans come home. More information about Read Across Texas is at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexas.

To help launch Read Across Texas, the Texas State Library hosted best-selling author Ben Fountain for a discussion on his critically acclaimed work, BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK. (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexasresources.)

In addition, the Talking Book Program’s Phone-in Book Club tackled YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE, by Siobhan Fallon (DT 07103).

Fountain and Fallon use fiction to explore what happens when soldiers return stateside. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel offers an intense but moving nonfiction account of veterans coming home in THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (DB 77869).

Finkel chronicles the lives of soldiers from the 2-16 Infantry Battalion readjusting to civilian life—and families readjusting to soldiers. As the soldiers battle the physical and emotional aftereffects of war, we develop a deeper understanding of the price soldiers pay for serving their country—and a fuller accounting of the debt we owe.

Discover why Ben Fountain calls THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE “one of the best and truest books I have ever read.”

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel (DB 77869):

NLS Annotation: Journalist who was embedded with the U.S. Army in Iraq describes what life was like for some of the veterans from THE GOOD SOLDIERS (DB 70623) after they returned stateside. Portrays issues the men and their families dealt with, including suicide, PTSD, and financial strains.  Violence and strong language.  2013.

Listen to an October 2013 NPR interview with author David Finkel:

http://www.npr.org/2013/10/01/224493078/thank-you-for-your-service-follows-americas-soldiers-home

Dream Works Pictures is currently producing a movie adaption of THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for “American Sniper,” is both its screenwriter and director.  Due for release in 2017, information about the movie version of THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE is here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2776878/?ref_=nv_sr_1

APRIL 2017 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of BOYS IN THE BOAT: NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR GOLD AT THE 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS, by Daniel Brown (DB 77138).

We host our Book Club meetings via toll free conference call. All you need to participate is a telephone!

To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605. or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. (RSVP preferred by March 16.)

BOYS IN THE BOAT is available by mail in 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 prefer to download it from BARD.

BOYS IN THE BOAT: NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR GOLD AT THE 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS

Daniel Brown

DB 77138

Recounts the accomplishments of nine working-class athletes from the University of Washington who beat elite teams at home and abroad and won the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Nazi-orchestrated Berlin Olympics. Bestseller. 2013.

We look forward to having you join us on April 6!

In Honor of Native American Day 2016

Native American Day is a Federal holiday observed on the fourth Friday in September ( September 23, 2016) in the state of California and on the second Monday in October (October 10, 2016) in South Dakota, United States.

It is a day dedicated to honoring and celebrating Native Americans, the Native American culture and the contributions that Native Americans have made in the past and continue to make. Here are some great books to read in honor of Native American Day.

Title: NATIVE AMERICAN LIBRARY: APACHE HISTORY AND CULTURE, CHEYENNE HISTORY AND CULTURE, MOHAWK HISTORY AND CULTURE, NAVAJO HISTORY AND CULTURE, NEZ PERCE HISTORY AND CULTURE, SIOUX HISTORY AND CULTURE
Author: DWYER, HELEN, 2012
DB 75654
Annotation: Six books in a series. Overview of the Apache, Cheyenne, Mohawk,   Navajo, Nez Perce, and Sioux tribes. Covers their successes and  struggles in the past and present. Includes timelines, glossaries, and resources. For grades 4-7 and older readers.

Title: BUILDINGS, CLOTHING, AND ART: AMERICAN INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD
Author: KEOKE, EMORY DEAN, 2005
DB 71158
Annotation: Discusses the influences of climate and local materials on American Indian houses, clothes, and artwork. Covers igloos, wigwams, and adobe pueblos; tanned hide moccasins, fur-lined parkas, and woven cloth; and decorations, wall paintings, and sculpture. For grades 5-8 and older readers.

Title: FOOD, FARMING, AND HUNTING: AMERICAN INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD
Author: KEOKE, EMORY DEAN, 2005
BR 16678, DB 71159
Explains geographic variations on hunting and fishing techniques and weapons; on gathering fruits and nuts; and on domesticating plants such as corn, chilies, potatoes, cotton, tobacco, peanuts, and     tomatoes–crops now raised throughout the world. For grades 5-8 and older readers.

Title: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: AMERICAN INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD
Author: KEOKE, EMORY DEAN, 2005
BR 16453, DB 71161
Annotation: Explains that American Indian knowledge of natural processes led to inventing tools and ways to adapt the environment to their needs. Inventions included spear points, tobacco pipes, musical instruments, copper smithery, rubber, the base-twenty math system, and calendars.  For grades 5-8 and older readers.

Title: MEDICINE AND HEALTH: AMERICAN INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD
Author: KEOKE, EMORY DEAN, 2005
BR 16237, DB 71160
Annotation: Topics include personal hygiene, medicinal plants, food values,   surgery, wound treatment, dentistry, and the mind/body connection as  evidenced throughout the Americas before Columbus. For grades 5-8 and older readers.

Title: COMANCHE CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II (DX   59031)
Author: MEADOWS, WILLIAM C., 2003
Annotation: Chronicle of the Comanche Code Talkers’ European military service.   Follows the group through recruitment, training, active duty, and  postwar lives. Compares it with such other code-talking programs as those of the Navajo in WWII and the Oklahoma Choctaw in WWI. Discusses  cultural factors and American military attitudes.

 

Banned Books Week: 25 Banned and Challenged Classics

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Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week: September 25th through October 1st, 2016!

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records all challenges or attempts to ban books. According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

The titles below represent 25 of the banned or challenged books on that list in the Talking Book Program’s collection. For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week web site.

Title: GREAT GATSBY
Author: FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT
BR 00089, BR 11057, DB 16147, LB 00377

Title: CATCHER IN THE RYE
Author: SALINGER, J.D.
BR 01617, BR 11909, DB 47480, LB 00182

Title: GRAPES OF WRATH
Author: STEINBECK, JOHN, 1902-1968
BR 01621, BR 09954, DB 68308, LB 00233, LB 06026

Title: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Author: LEE, HARPER
BR 12850, DB 36414, DB 77672, LB 04882

Title: COLOR PURPLE
Author: WALKER, ALICE
BR 07222, BR 12265, DB 58842

Title: ULYSSES
Author: JOYCE, JAMES
BR 10287, DB 19994

Title: BELOVED
Author: MORRISON, TONI
BR 16707, DB 26026

Title: LORD OF THE FLIES
Author: GOLDING, WILLIAM
BR 01595, BR 09480, DB 48388

Title: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
Author: ORWELL, GEORGE
BR 10312, DB 73474, LB 02843

Title: LOLITA
Author: NABOKOV, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH
BR 13157, DB 67388

Title: OF MICE AND MEN
Author: STEINBECK, JOHN
BT 03345, DB 48515, LB 04513

Title: CATCH-22
Author: HELLER, JOSEPH
BR 11980, DB 48063, LB 01027

Title: BRAVE NEW WORLD
Author: HUXLEY, ALDOUS
BR 01601, BR 11922, DB 47108, LB 02990

Title: SUN ALSO RISES
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 03615, BR 16853, DB 34114, LB 04118

Title: AS I LAY DYING
Author: FAULKNER, WILLIAM
BR 12386, BT 00963, DB 49008

Title: FAREWELL TO ARMS
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 12510, DB 49506, LB 00380, LB 04736, LB 06068

Title: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
Author: HURSTON, ZORA NEALE
BR 16074, DB 35745

Title: INVISIBLE MAN
Author: ELLISON, RALPH
BR 08550, BR 14988, DB 56346

Title: SONG OF SOLOMON
Author: MORRISON, TONI
BR 09632, DB 38330

Title: GONE WITH THE WIND
Author: MITCHELL, MARGARET
BR 01609, BR 08519, BR 11427, DB 33082

Title: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Author: KESEY, KEN
BR 12698, DB 56351

Title: SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE; OR, THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE: A DUTY-DANCE WITH DEATH
Author: VONNEGUT, KURT
BR 17373, DB 64540

Title: FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 00484, BR 12455, DB 49108, LB 03367

Title: CALL OF THE WILD
Author: LONDON, JACK
BR 09833, BR 12582, DB 49486, LB 04818

Title: SEPARATE PEACE
Author: KNOWLES, JOHN
BR 10776, DB 24697, LB 01155

Interview with Blind Author and Sculptor Luis Felipe Passalacqua

The Puerto RCubierta del libroican artist and writer Luis Felipe Passalacqua recently granted TBP an interview where he talks to us about his Spanish-language biographical novel ÉL– UNA PEQUEÑA ACLARACIÓN (HIM: A SMALL CLARIFICATION) – DB 81978. Mr. Passalacqua spoke to us on the phone from San Juan. He told us about his creative process when writing his novel, which is based on true events in his life. He told us about his experience going blind, and explained how his personal philosophy has helped him face the challenges he has encountered since. The author, who is also a respected sculptor and accessibility consultant, is currently working on his second novel. To read an English translation of our interview with Luis Felipe Passalacqua, go to Passalacqua Interview–English Translation. Mr. Passalacqua’s book is available in audio format on digital cartridge and available to download from BARD.
ÉL– UNA PEQUEÑA ACLARACIÓN (HIM: A SMALL CLARIFICATION) DB 81978
Through autobiographical reflections and fictional episodes, Passalacqua – a blind sculptor from Puerto Rico – explores diverse existential and aesthetic topics that shed light on the creative process. Spanish Language. 2014.

To read this post in Spanish, click here: Entrevista con el autor y escultor invidente Luis Felipe Passalacqua.

Entrevista con el autor y escultor invidente Luis Felipe Passalacqua

Cubierta del libroEl artista y escritor puertorriqueño Luis Felipe Passalacqua recientemente concedió una entrevista en español a TBP, donde nos habla de su novela biográfica ÉL– UNA PEQUEÑA ACLARACIÓN (DB 81978). El señor Passalacqua platicó con nosotros por vía telefónica desde San Juan. Nos habló del proceso creativo que usó para escribir su novela, la cual está basada en hechos verídicos. Relató algunas de sus experiencias al perder la vista, e indicó cómo su filosofía de la vida le ayudó a superar los retos que ha enfrentado desde entonces. El autor es también un respetado escultor y consultor de tecnologías accesibles. Actualmente se encuentra preparando su segunda novela. El libro del señor Passalacqua está disponible en formato de audio en cartucho digital y para descargar del sitio BARD.

ÉL– UNA PEQUEÑA ACLARACIÓN          DB  81978

A través de reflexiones autobiográficas y viñetas ficticias, Passalacqua- un escultor invidente de Puerto Rico- explora diversos temas existenciales y estéticos que iluminan el proceso de creación. 2014.

To read this post in English, click here: Interview with Blind Author and Sculptor Luis Felipe Passalacqua.

Bill Gates’ 2016 Summer Reading List

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has just announced his summer reading list for 2016. The Texas Talking Book Program has the majority of the list in our collection. Although many of his selections deal with math and science, Mr. Gates emphatically states that he chose books that made him think and kept him up at night reading instead of sleeping. He explains that he only chose ones that he genuinely loved.

For more information directly from Bill Gates himself, click on the video below.

In TBP’s collection:

Title: SEVENEVES
Author: STEPHENSON, NEAL

A catastrophic event forces humanity to band together to survive, though only a handful succeed and flee Earth. Five thousand years later, their descendants number three billion and comprise seven distinct races. They embark on a journey into the unknown, to an alien world–Earth. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2015.
DB 83040

Title: SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND
Author: HARARI, YUVAL N

A discussion of the development of human culture and history, from the emergence of the first species of the genus Homo over 2 million years ago to the twenty-first century. Examines progress from the standpoints of biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics. Translated from the 2011 Hebrew edition. Bestseller. 2015.
DB 81335

Title: HOW NOT TO BE WRONG: THE POWER OF MATHEMATICAL THINKING
Author: ELLENBERG, JORDAN, 1971-

Mathematician–and former child prodigy–reveals the mathematical patterns and principles that underlie everyday life. Ellenberg argues that math is an extension of common sense and can be learned by paying attention to aspects of the world around us–including electoral politics, the stock market, and grocery shopping. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
DB 79914

Title: VITAL QUESTION: ENERGY, EVOLUTION, AND THE ORIGINS OF COMPLEX LIFE
Author: LANE, NICK, 1967-

Biochemist theorizes the emergence of morphologically complex life two billion years ago, two billion years after simple bacterial life arose. Discusses the basis for the question he is trying to answer, and presents evidence for his hypotheses, including cellular morphology and biochemistry, genetic divergence–including sex–and a 2010 discovery. 2015.
BR 21297; DB 83289

JULY 2016 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE ROSIE PROJECT, by Graeme C. Simsion (DB 78150).

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

To RSVP, call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605, or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by July 1.

THE ROSIE PROJECT is available by mail on digital cartridge.  It is also available for download on BARD.

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

THE ROSIE PROJECT

Graeme C. Simsion

DB 78150

Socially stunted geneticist Don Tillman embarks on an endeavor he calls the Wife Project.  As he quantifies the qualities of a perfect wife, he encounters Rosie, who seeks Don’s help in identifying her real father.  Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.  Bestseller.  2013.

We’re looking forward to having you join us on July 21!

The Talking Book Program visits Rodriguez Elementary School

On Tuesday, March 8th, Disability Information & Referral Coordinator Dina Abramson and Reader Consultant Victor Hunter, along with Texas State Library Communications Officer Steve Siwinski, visited Rodriguez Elementary School to help the students celebrate Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Victor read a print/Braille copy of his favorite Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham to two second grade classes as school librarian Barbara Mott held up the pictures from a print version of the book. After the reading, Dina and Victor answered questions about Braille and blindness. Each student received a Braille alphabet card. And the two classroom teachers gave Victor thank you notes with Braille on them. When the students learned that Victor’s birthday was the next day, they sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

Special thanks to Steve for taking pictures and providing transportation. Also a big thank you to Amanda Shaver from Bookspring for helping to set up the event.

Here are some pictures:

TBP Reader Consultant Victor and DIRC Coordinator Dina with staff from Rodriguez Elementary. Big smiles all around.
TBP Reader Consultant Victor reads a Braille copy of Green Eggs and Ham aloud to a rapt audience of Rodriguez Elementary students.
TBP Reader Consultant Victor holds up a print-Braille copy of Dr. Suess' Green Eggs and Ham.
Rodriguez Elementary students enjoy exploring Braille with Braille alphabet cards.

Schneider Family Book Awards

The American Library Association has announced the winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards for 2016. Each year the Association selects books in three age categories that portray realistic depictions of children and teenagers with disabilities. This year, two books were awarded prizes in the nine – thirteen age category. Winning authors and illustrators receive $5,000 and a framed plaque.

Please click on this link to read about the winning books:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/01/25/childrens-books-disability/21819/

You can request the winning books from the Talking Book Program! Here are the titles, authors, and book numbers, along with annotations for each book.

EMMANUEL’S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH by LAURIE ANN THOMPSON

BR 21066

NLS Annotation: Born in Ghana with one deformed leg, Emmanuel was raised to reach for  his dreams. He hopped to and from school more than two miles each way,
provided for his family, and eventually became a cyclist and activist
for people with disabilities. PRINT/BRAILLE.  For grades K-3 and older
readers. 2015.

FISH IN A TREE  by LYNDA MULLALY HUNT

DB 80497, BR 21151 (Braille is in process at NLS)

NLS Annotation: Bullied and moved from different schools, sixth grader Ally creatively
distracts anyone from discovering that she has problems reading. But one teacher, Mr. Daniels, helps her understand that she has dyslexia and encourages Ally to understand her feelings in a new way. Commercial audiobook.   For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE  by KIMBERLY BRUBAKER BRADLEY

BR   20662, DB   80472

NLS Annotation: A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.

THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by TERESA TOTEN

DB   82326, BR   21201 (Braille is in process at NLS)

NLS Annotation: Adam struggles with his OCD therapy assignments, and his relationship with his divorced parents doesn’t help matters. During a session at
his OCD support group, however, he falls for fellow member Robyn and
decides to save them both. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook.
For senior high and older readers. 2015.