15 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Legendary Texas ranches, politicians, and criminals come to life in this offering of Texas titles newly available on BARD.

Enjoy an unvarnished portrait of LBJ and survey the greatest ranch in the world, while separating the mythical Bonnie and Clyde from the cold reality.

Texas now has over 1,800 locally produced titles on BARD, by far the most of any regional library!

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BIG DADDY OF THE PEDERNALES: LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON by Paul Keith Conkin (DBC 26773)

An exceptionally clear and fair biography of the President who has been called “America’s last frontier President.” LBJ’s essentially paternalistic views of politics and of himself (Big Daddy) and the stamp of his Hill Country upbringing (from the Pedernales) provide historian Conkin with keys to the life of this difficult, tempestuous and brilliant President.

CABALLERO: A HISTORICAL NOVEL by Jovita Gonzalez Mireles (DBC 26785)

A significant contribution to Mexican-American and Texas literature, this novel, written in the 1930s and 1940s, was recently discovered in a collection of private papers. The story opens in 1846. A wealthy Mexican landowner and his family living in the heart of South Texas learn with shock that their homeland is about to be annexed by the powerful giant to the north, the United States. The patriarch struggles to maintain his family traditions, no matter what the cost to the individual members of his family.

COURAGEOUS: 10 STRATEGIES FOR THRIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD by Robert Jeffress (DBC 26716)

Christians face relentless attacks from an ungodly culture, a formidable adversary, and our own fallen natures. Yet we cannot afford to surrender to these very real enemies. Just as survivalists use ten specific strategies to overcome threatening situations, Courageous explains ten biblical strategies for surviving-and thriving-in a world that is hostile to our faith. As A. W. Tozer said, ‘A scared world needs a fearless church.’ Courageous is a clarion call for Christians to boldly live out their faith. If you’ve felt your faith is under attack, if you’re struggling with the temptation to follow the crowd despite biblical teaching to the contrary, or if you’re just feeling weary, the ten strategies in Courageous will provide fresh fire and new hope. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DOG TACOS by Terry McChesney (DBC 18402)

It’s Friday and Mike wakes up brutalized from a 50/50 grind on a handrail gone awry the night before. Despite his cuts, bruises and sore muscles, Mike can’t wait to skateboard tonight. He, David and Cedric have planned to skate in the forbidden zone downtown and go to a party afterwards. Cedric has an added surprise for his buddies—dinner across the border in Mexico at a suspicious looking little hole in the wall he calls Dog Tacos. Before the night is over, the friends will come face-to-face with the most notorious gang in town, be detained and interrogated at the U.S. border and be hailed as heroes on the local news. Mike’s heart and loyalty will also be tested. This night will challenge the friends like no other. The unexpected rewards far outweigh the night’s events.

DEAD WRECKONING by Sylvia Dickey Smith (DBC 18411)

Sidra Smart’s search for an elusive schooner stirs up a bayou bonanza of treasure hunters, smugglers, and the spirits of the infamous Jean Lafitte and his pirate queen, Mary Anne Radcliff. Strong language. 2012.

GIVE ME ONE SUMMER by Emilie Baker Loring (DBC 18371)

In one thrilling summer in Maine, lovely young Melissa Barclay finds mystery, danger and glowing romance. Beautiful and impetuous, Melissa had grown up in an atmosphere of security and ease. But now suddenly that life had ended, and she found herself totally alone. To whom could she turn? Whom could she trust? Johnny Grant, the wealthy playboy she’d known since childhood? Or Lex Carson, the mysterious, handsome stranger who asked for her love, yet remained so strangely distant? At first Lissa thought she had the whole summer to decide.  But then, amid feverishly mounting intrigue and danger, she knew she would have to make the right choice soon—or lose her chances of happiness forever.

HOMEFRONT MURDERS by D.R. Meredith (DBC 18827)

When the mummified remains of a World War II GI are unearthed in the sub-basement of the Crawford County Courthouse, the residents, well-known for their nonstop gossip, are suddenly as quiet as the soldier’s grave. Sheriff Charles Matthews is frustrated by the town’s silence. He isn’t planning to arrest anyone for a murder more than 50 years old, but he does want to bury the soldier’s remains with a name other than John Doe. One of the local oldsters must know that name, but no one, not even his spinster dispatcher, Miss Poole, will talk. Whoever John Doe was, he still frightens Crawford County’s senior citizens 50 years after his death. Commercial audiobook. Strong language. 1995.

INTO THIN AIR by Thomas Zigal (DBC 26791)

When Kurt Miller, ex-hippie sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, finds a body in the Roaring Fork River, he plunges into a complex case involving Argentinian terrorists, local politics, his own marital problems, and doubts about his suitability for the job. Descriptions of sex, strong language and violence.

INTRODUCING THE BIBLE by William Barclay (DBC 26776)

The author was a Bible scholar and teacher at the University of Glasgow. Chapters include: “The Ancient Book,” “The Making of the Old Testament,” “The Making of the New Testament,” “The Apocrypha,” “How to Study the Bible,” and “The Inspired Book.” A structured approach to bible study for the serious student.

KING RANCH by Tom Lea (DBC 26783)

The hundred year story of the greatest ranch in the world and the man who built it from scratch.

LIVES AND TIMES OF BONNIE AND CLYDE by E.R. Milner (DBC 26781)

The author cuts through myth and legend to reveal the truth about the infamous criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde. He traces their backgrounds, noting the events that bring the two outlaws together, and follows their violent path until their death in an ambush. Violence. For adult readers.

READ MY LIPS: CLASSIC TEXAS POLITICAL QUOTES by Kirk Dooley (DBC 26794):

Texans such as Sam Houston, Lyndon Johnson, Ross Perot, and Molly Ivins.

TEXAS COWBOY: THE ORAL MEMOIRS OF ROLAND A. WARNOCK AND HIS LIFE ON THE TEXAS FRONTIER by Roland A. Warnock (DBC 26784)

Born in 1896, Roland Warnock was a working cowboy on the huge Guadalupe Ranch in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas at the age of 12. He took part in trail drives, fought Mexican banditos and saw his father killed on the streets of Mission. His memoirs show the old west the way it really was. Violence.

THOUSAND TEXAS LONGHORNS by JOHNNY D. Boggs (DBC 26714)

The Civil War is over. The future of the American West is up for grabs. Any man crazy enough to lead a herd of Texas longhorns to the north stands to make a fortune—and make history. That man would be Nelson Story. A bold entrepreneur and miner, he knows a golden opportunity when he sees one. But it won’t be easy. Cowboys and bandits got guns, farmers got sick livestock, and the Army’s got their own reasons to stop the drive. Even worse, Story’s top hand is an ornery Confederate veteran who used to be his enemy. But all that is nothing compared to the punishing weather, the deadly stampedes—and the bloodthirsty wrath of the Sioux. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. 2020. Spur Awards: Best Western Mass Market Paperback Novel, 2020.

WEAVER TAKES A WIFE by SHERI COBB SOUTH (DBC 18397)

Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London’s most beautiful women and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke’s only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an eight-hundred-year-old pedigree. Enter Mr. Ethan Brundy, once an illegitimate workhouse orphan, now owner of a Lancashire textile mill and one of England’s richest men. When he glimpses Lady Helen at Covent Garden Theatre, he is instantly smitten and vows to marry her. But this commonest of commoners will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to win the heart of his aristocratic bride. 2014.

13 New Texas Titles on BARD!

Explore Texas past, present—and football—in this selection of locally produced titles available on BARD.

Ramble with Lonn Taylor from Galveston to El Paso, and rub elbows with outlaws, Pinkerton detectives, and Texas Rangers. Football fans can get the scoop on how an Arkansas Razorback salvaged America’s Team, while politicos can filibuster with Sam Rayburn.

And along the way, get a taste of “the best ice cream in the country.”

BLUE BELL ICE CREAM: A CENTURY AT THE LITTLE CREAMERY IN BRENHAM, TEXAS, 1907-2007 by Dorothy Mcleod Macinerney (DBC 18395)

Filled from cover to cover with historic photographs, colorful artwork, vintage ads, and interesting facts, the book gives readers a taste of what makes Blue Bell “the best ice cream in the country.” The story begins when Blue Bell wasn’t called Blue Bell and it didn’t yet make ice cream, takes you through three generations of the family-run business, and culminates with details about special centennial festivities.

BOAT PEOPLE: A NOVEL by Mary Gardner (DBC 26796)

This novel focuses on Galveston, Texas, and a community of newly arrived Vietnamese. Struggling to maintain a balance between Vietnam and America, her tough and funny characters live with one foot in each world. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language.

CONGRESSMAN SAM RAYBURN by Anthony Champagne (DBC 26758)

Sam Rayburn grew up as the son of a small farmer and one of eleven children. He knew poverty and the difficulties of rural life, but went on to become a powerful congressman, majority leader and Speaker of the House.

DESPERATE MEN; REVELATIONS FROM THE SEALED PINKERTON FILES by James David Horan (DBC 24963)

A collection of information about western outlaws taken from the actual files of the Pinkerton Detective Agency which was founded in 1850.

LO QUE TU CALLASTE by Caridad Bravo Adams (DBC 26755)

Dramatic novel of love, pride and revenge. Spanish language. Title in English: What You Keep Quiet About.

MALDAD DE UN VIEJO by M.L. Estefania (DBC 26762)

An innocent man is murdered by a gang leader (un viejo) and his men. It is then up to the inexperienced young sheriff to catch them. Spanish language. Title in English: The Evil of an Old Man.

NATURE OF TRUTH by Sergio Troncoso (DBC 18364)

Helmut Sanchez, a young researcher in the employ of renowned Yale professor Werner Hopfgartner, by chance discovers a letter written decades ago by his boss mocking guilt over the Holocaust. Appalled, Helmut digs into the scholar’s life to uncover evidence of Hopfgartner’s hateful past. Soon Helmut’s intellectual quest for the truth becomes a journey of justice and blood—one with unforeseen consequences. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex.

PLACE IN EL PASO: A MEXICAN-AMERICAN CHILDHOOD by Gloria Lopez-Stafford (DBC 26779)

A memoir of growing up in El Paso in the 1940s and 1950s. The narrative begins as five-year-old Gloria, nicknamed “Yoya,” faces the death of her mother and other unexpected changes which separate her from her beloved barrio neighborhood. The search for her place becomes a search for identity as Gloria seeks to understand her various homes and families.

PRISONERS by Matthew Hart (DBC 25539)

Texas Ranger Sam Cody finds more danger than he bargained for when he teams up with beautiful Dr. Hope Baxter and aging lawman Eli Peyton to arrest Peyton’s wounded outlaw brother. The high-pitched level of sex and violence reminds us that the formula western isn’t what it once was. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Book 9 of the Cody’s Law series.

RUTA DE LOS CARROS by M.L. Estefania (DBC 26760)

Spanish language western about gun running, cover-ups and an occasional romance. Spanish language. Title in English: Route of the Boxcars.

TEXAS, MY TEXAS: MUSINGS OF THE RAMBLING BOY by Lonn Taylor (DBC 18089)

In a collection of essays about Texas gathered from his West Texas newspaper column, Lonn Taylor traverses the very best of Texas geography, Texas history, and Texas personalities. Taylor writes a very honest, witty, and wise book about Texas past and Texas present. These essays are stories of legacies, of men and women, times, and places that have made this state what it is today. 2012.

TURNING THE THING AROUND: PULLING AMERICA’S TEAM OUT OF THE DUMPS—AND MYSELF OUT OF THE DOGHOUSE by Jimmy Johnson (DBC 24976)

The memoirs of football coach Jimmy Johnson, from his own college playing days with the Arkansas Razorbacks to his role in leading the Dallas Cowboys in their return to greatness. Strong language.

WILL OF GOD by LESLIE DIXON LEATHERHEAD (DBC 26775)

Five sermons were given in the author’s City Temple congregation and published in order that their contents might help others clarify their minds on a subject that is especially relevant: that “to understand the authentic will of God is to discover peace, and to lose fear and confusion.”

23 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

A compelling cast of characters take center stage in this installment of locally produced titles newly available on BARD.

Pancho Villa, “Black Jack” Pershing, radio personality Lynn Woolley, and larger-than-life Texas artist Daddy-O Wade share the spotlight with 20 blind and visually impaired professionals who offer perspective on overcoming obstacles and achieving success.

Add a dash of spy thrillers, “preacher tales,” plus stories of famous events in Texas History, and you have top-notch entertainment worthy of the Giant Dancing Frogs of Dallas!

Learn more about the Texas Talking Book Program’s exceptional Volunteer Recording Studio online: www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/vrs.

ANGELINA BALLERINA by Katharine Holabird (DBC 26777)

More than anything else in the world, Angelina loved to dance. She danced all the time and she danced everywhere, and often she was so busy dancing that she forgot about the other things she was supposed to be doing. For grades K-3.

APPLES OF GOLD by Jo Petty (DBC 26789)

A collection of hundreds of inspirational sayings about love, joy, peace, suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

BACK ON MURDER by J. Mark Bertrand (DBC 25483)

Roland March, a Houston detective with something to prove, gets a chance to redeem himself when he is transferred to a missing person case—the disappearance of the teenage daughter of a famous evangelist. Violence. 2010.

BOOK OF TEXAS DAYS by Ron Stone (DBC 26763)

A day-by-day account of famous events from Texas history with one or more stories for each day of the calendar year.

CAREER PERSPECTIVES: INTERVIEWS WITH BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PROFESSIONALS (DBC 26435)

Here are the stories of how twenty different people, blind or visually impaired, decided on a professional career—often in the face of repeated discouragement—and achieved career success.

CULPA FUE DEL CABALLO by Keith Luger (DBC 26788)

La Culpa Fue del Caballo (It Was the Horse’s Fault) is an old-time western with poolhalls, sheriffs and even a Texas senator. Spanish language.

DADDY-O IGUANA HEADS AND TEXAS TALES by Bob Wade (DBC 24982)

Texas artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade is known for his outlandish larger-than-life projects, such as a forty-foot iguana perched on the top of New York City’s Lone Star Cafe, and the Giant Dancing Frogs of Dallas. Here he tells stories of the people and places of his life, exposing the madness behind the methodology. Strong language.

DOUBLE JEOPARDY by William Bernhardt (DBC 24978)

Former Dallas cop Travis Byrne traded in his badge for a law degree. Appointed to defend the despicable thug Al Moroconi, Byrne’s reputation is on the line when Moroconi escapes court custody and vanishes into the Dallas underworld. On the trail of his errant client, Byrne finds himself caught between the mob and the FBI—and on the run for a murder he didn’t commit. Strong language.

EN BUSCA DE BERNABE by Graciela Limon (DBC 26271)

Since Luz Delcano’s son, Lucio, was taken from her, she is especially protective of Bernabe. Lucio becomes head of state security, the Salvadoran equivalent of a death squad, while Bernabe, destined for the priesthood, disappears after the assassination of the archbishop. Luz looks for Bernabe, who has joined the guerillas, but finds him too late to save him from his brother. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Spanish language.

Title in English: IN SEARCH OF BERNABE.

HORSE UNDER WATER by Len Deighton (DBC 26769)

Skin diving, drug trafficking, and blackmail all figure into this novel, in which the dead hand of a long-defeated Hitler-Germany reaches out to Portugal, London, and Marrakesh, threatening to bring about a resurgence of horrors thought safely interred forever.

INDELIBLE ANN: THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE STORY OF GOVERNOR ANN RICHARDS by Meghan P. Browne (DBC 26819)

Folksy, larger-than-life picture book biography about Ann Richards, the late governor of Texas who has inspired countless women in politics today. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2021.

INDIAN LIFE IN TEXAS by Charles Shaw (DBC 24992)

A series of dramatic fictional narratives recreate the history and culture of the first native Texans.

IPCRESS FILE by Len Deighton (DBC 26770)

An off-beat spy thriller which combines comedy and suspense. The author’s debut novel demonstrates his remarkable grasp of the details of international espionage.

LAST GREAT DAYS OF RADIO by Lynn Woolley (DBC 25001)

In this memoir, long-time radio personality Lynn Woolley describes Texas radio in its heyday. Combining humor and nostalgia, Woolley traces his career from the smallest station in a small market to the largest radio newsroom in Texas and offers inside information about the radio business.

MANY A GREEN ISLE by Agnes Sligh Turnbull (DBC 26764)

The story of a professor of English and his family in a small college town. A man of integrity, he finds his honor, both academic and personal, suddenly threatened.

NOTES FROM THE COUNTRY CLUB by Kim Wozencraft (DBC 24979)

Cynthia Mitchell, once a chic New York public relations executive, is to stand trial for murdering her abusive husband. Imprisoned in the psychiatric ward of the Fort Worth Federal Corrections Institute, known also as the “Country Club,” Cynthia endures the humiliations of prison life and reveals through flashbacks the escalating brutality in her marriage.

PANCHO AND BLACK JACK by Frederic Bean (DBC 24981)

On March 9, 1916, the tiny town of Columbus, New Mexico was attacked and burned by Mexican revolutionary soldiers said to be followers of the infamous Pancho Villa. If Villa was responsible, what were his motives? Could such a provocative act been an effort by German agents in Mexico to inflame the border area and distract America from aiding the British and French in the European war they were losing? President Woodrow Wilson sent General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing to hunt Villa down and punish him. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language and violence.

RINGER by Dell Shannon (DBC 26483)

As the usual march of crime descends on the homicide unit of the LAPD, Luis Mendoza finds out that one of his own—young detective Tom Landers—has been accused of heading a car-theft ring. 1971.

SECRETO MAS GRANDE DEL MUNDO by Og Mandino (DBC 26771)

he author presents the Ten Great Scrolls for success and tells how to apply their meanings to everyday life. Spanish language. Title in English: GREATEST SECRET IN THE WORLD.

SHERIFF DE PRESCOTT Y SU CODIGO by M.L. Estefania (DBC 26761)

In El sheriff de Prescott y su Codigo (THE SHERIFF OF PRESCOTT AND HIS CODE) a young man accepts the job of sheriff of the lawless Arizona town of Prescott against his family’s wishes. Spanish language.

WELLS BROTHERS: THE YOUNG CATTLE KINGS by Andy Admas (DBC 26765)

Andy Adams was a Texas trail driver during the 1880s—the peak of the great cattle drive. Thirty years later he authored a series of novels which are considered to be unusually authentic depictions of the trail driver, the cowboy’s lives and the cattle business. They have been mistaken for non-fiction.

WOMAN CALLED FANCY by Frank Yerby (DBC 26768)

This rags to riches story tells of the daughter of a poor farmer and his wife, who also worked in the fields, and how she marries a man of wealth and raises her daughter differently.

WORD ON THE BRAZOS: NEGRO PREACHER TALES FROM THE BRAZOS BOTTOMS OF TEXAS by John Mason Brewer (DBC 26757)

This is a delightful collection of “preacher tales” from the Brazos River bottoms of Texas, collected and related by one of the nation’s leading black folklorists. The author worked side by side with field hands in the Brazos bottoms; he lived in their homes and worshipped in their churches. He sought out elderly ministers and other tradition-bearers and recreated them in the distinctive dialect of the region.

27 New Texas Titles Now on BARD

Rodeos, ghost stories, and LBJ highlight these newly available Texas titles on BARD.  There are now more than 1,730 locally produced Texas titles on BARD!

Lone Star favorite John R. Erickson and THE classic guide to Texas state parks and historical sites add a distinct Texas flavor to these offerings.

From flying sauces and the Big Bend to Mr. Moto and Max Brand, these titles are a reminder that It’s a Great World!  Explore it by reading!

AMERICAN RODEO, FROM BUFFALO BILL TO BIG BUSINESS by Kristine Fredriksson (DBC 24997)

Tracing rodeo from its roots in the range-cattle industry to its present form, the author analyzes the forces within and without that have allowed the sport to develop into the multimillion-dollar industry it is today. She explores the influence of the humane movement on rodeo, the effects of commercial sponsorship on its growth, and the tendency of the media to make the cowboy an exotic, romantic figure.

AT LOVE’S COMMAND by Karen Witemeyer (DBC 26466)

“Ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries who defend the innocent, but when one of them nearly dies, they seek out help from Dr. Josephine Burkett. When Josephine’s brother is abducted and she is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything to save her.” Commercial audiobook. Violence. 2020.

CAVALIER OF RABBIT BUTTE by Robert J. Horton (DBC 26349)

James Lynch, Rangeview’s banker, has been losing cattle to rustlers. He offers a big reward for outlaw Long Pete, who has never been seen. Steve Brent needs the money but when he rides toward Rangeview, an eager County Deputy suspects him of being Long Pete.

CHRONICLES OF THE BIG BEND by W.D. Smithers (DBC 26750)

This is the story of the frontier era of the Big Bend area of Texas before it became a national park in 1944. It tells of outlaws, smugglers, Prohibition, and the many wonderful native residents of the area.

ELUSIVE LOVERS by Elizabeth Chadwick (DBC 24972)

After an innocent kiss left her good name in shreds, Kristin Traube sets off for the life of a Bohemian painter. Dishonored and disowned, she knew that her reputation would scare off any decent man—any man except Jack Cameron, who was determined to bring her home. Descriptions of sex.

FALL OF EAGLES by C.L. Sulzberger (DBC 25000)

A history of Europe from 1848 to 1918 and the roles played by the Houses of Habsburg, Hohenzollern, and Romanov.

FINAL COUNTDOWN: A NOVEL by Martin Caidin (DBC 26772)

On December 7th, 1980, the USS Nimitz, a fine warship designed to weather any battle, disappears into a nightmare journey—to a battle no man can win–Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941.

GHOST STORIES OF TEXAS by William Edward Syers (DBC 26753)

A collection of fifty of the most intriguing tales about Texas ghosts, ranging from centuries-old legends to the baffling here-and-now.

GUNS OF DORKING HOLLOW by Max Brand (DBC 24998)

This story of violence and gunplay set in a roaring mining town tells of a feud between an invincible giant and a man who had to win a battle with death to protect his kingdom.

HAMPTON HERITAGE by Julie Ellis (DBC 26767)

This romantic saga tells the story of one of the first families of Atlanta, the glittering hub of the late-nineteenth-century South.

HARD LUCK by Frederic Bean (DBC 24990)

Dan Willis is heading toward the promise of high-paying work in the New Mexico territory. But by the time he crosses Texas, he is broke, starving, and willing to take any job he can find.  When Dan takes a job digging holes on Jake Logan’s ranch, he soon notices that something strange–and possibly illegal—is going on. Not wanting to get involved, Dan is tempted to ride out before payday, but he feels obliged to help Jake Logan’s wife Jane, who has confided in him. Violence. 1992.

HOLLOW EARTH: THE GREATEST GEOGRAPHICAL DISCOVERY IN HISTORY MADE BY ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD IN THE MYSTERIOUS LAND BEYOND THE POLES, THE TRUE ORIGIN OF THE FLYING SAUCERS by Dr. R.W. Bernard (DBC 24995)

The Hollow Earth is a soaring adventure in scientific imagination and speculation—more fascinating than science fiction—more exciting than a moon probe. 1969.

HUNTER by John R. Erickson (DBC 26751)

Before settling down to a quiet life, young Gil Moreland joins an old trapper, Ben Woolsey, in a trapping expedition in the Texas Panhandle in search of adventure. The legend of a dangerous “wild man” spurs Gil to hunt and capture him. When he does, the adventures truly begin.

IN DARKNESS by Roger Bourgeon, (DBC 26766)

Blinded in an accident at the age of nineteen, Arthur Picard slowly adjusts to his new world. He goes on to ski again, marry and become a father. This is the story of a man who refused to accept darkness and a celebration of faith in life.

IT’S A GREAT WORLD! by Emilie Baker Loring (DBC 26345)

Alone and penniless, lovely young Eve Travis leaped recklessly into marriage with Jeff Kilburn. Then she discovered that the woman who had broken his heart was suddenly free again to marry him. Determined not to stand in Jeff’s way, Eve stepped out of his life and threw herself into her work as secretary to her uncle, a famous senator. There, in Washington’s glittering world of politics and diplomacy, Eve uncovers an international conspiracy and finds herself plunged into excitement, suspense and unexpected romance.

JFK AND LBJ; THE INFLUENCE OF PERSONALITY UPON POLITICS by Tom Wicker (DBC 25002)

The author explores two tragic ironies of contemporary politics: why JFK, the popular President, could not reach his legislative goals, and why LBJ, the consummate politician, allowed his great consensus to disappear in the unpopular war in Vietnam.

LEON FELIZ EN AFRICA by Louise Fatio (DBC 24987)

A lion escapes from a zoo and stows away to Africa but he is unhappy and frightened in the jungle. A photographer who often photographed the lion in the zoo recognizes him and the lion returns to the zoo in triumph. Spanish language. For grades K-3. Title in English: Happy lion in Africa.

LOVE SONG by Sharon Gillenwater (DBC 24996)

Famous country singer Andrea Carson has returned to her hometown in Texas to recuperate from a life-threatening illness. Her old high school friend Wade Jamison helps her to realize that she needs inner healing as well. As her feelings for Wade grow, Andrea must convince him that their relationship will withstand the demands of her career.

MR. MOTO IS SO SORRY by John P. Marquand (DBC 26484)

A mystery-adventure story set in the far East during the thirties. Mr. Moto is a brilliant Japanese detective who finds himself involved with a code message inscribed on a cigarette case and both the Russian and Japanese armies during a train trip to Mongolia.

NADARIN by Leo Lionni (DBC 26432)

A little black fish swam through the sea until he found a group of fish he could join. They formed a school of fish in the shape of one big fish for protection. The little black fish became the eye. Spanish language. For grades K-3. Title in English: Swimmy.

NIGHTINGALE, A ROMANCE by Agnes Sligh Turnbull (DBC 26754)

Violet Carpenter is already considered a spinster at twenty-five in her turn-of-the-century Pennsylvania village. Financial pressure forces her to take in lodgers and passion compels her to write poetry. The small mechanical nightingale, a rare heirloom in the Carpenter family, is stolen and suspicion falls upon one villager after another. Its recovery reveals the healing properties of village mutuality.

OFFICIAL GUIDE TO TEXAS STATE PARKS & HISTORIC SITES by Laurence Parent (DBC 18815)

Since it was first published in 1997, Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites has become Texans’ one-stop source for information on great places to camp, fish, hike, backpack, swim, ride horseback, go rock climbing, view scenic landscapes, tour historical sites, and enjoy almost any other outdoor recreation. Freshly redesigned, this revised edition includes eight new state parks and historic sites, completely updated information for every park. 2018.

RIDE DOWN THE WIND by Wayne Barton (DBC 18652)

Jess Faver is a white Army Scout and Nantahe is an Apache Army Scout. Once as close as brothers, the two men are now pitted against each other by the Army—which has decided to imprison its Indian Scouts on a reservation in Florida. Violence. Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (Best First Novel), 1981.

SIRENS: A NOVEL  by Eric Lustbader (DBC 24988)

Daina is a beautiful young actress making a film about political hostages. As the filming proceeds, she begins to see that the terrorism in the film is mirrored in the events of her own life. Very explicit sex, profanity and violence.

TAMING TENSION by W. Phillip Keller (DBC 24999)

The author gives many practical suggestions for living a calm, healthful, and joyous life. He treats the whole person—the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sides of life.

TEXAS RHYTHM, TEXAS RHYME: A HISTORY OF TEXAS MUSIC by Larry Willoughby (DBC 24994)

A history of Texas music from its origins in the culture of Mexico, from the country folk tradition. Scott Joplin, Bob Wills, Ornette Coleman, Flaco Jimenez and hundreds of Texas musicians, past and present, are recalled in this comprehensive study. 1984.

TEXAS THROUGH WOMEN’S EYES: THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY EXPERIENCE by Judith N. MacArthur (DBC 25488)

Combining scholarly research with vivid, first-person accounts, this lively history for the first time tells the story of women’s experiences in twentieth-century Texas, with an inclusive focus on rural women, working-class women, and women of color. Some violence and some strong language. 2010.

18 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Honky-tonks, fiddlers, and the Texas Rangers take center stage in this wide-ranging selection of titles now available on BARD.

Readers thirsty for variety can whet their whistles on this intoxicating blend of Texas History, Romantic Suspense, Science Fiction, and True Crime, with a Country Music chaser.

Walk the untamed streets of Fort Griffin, go undercover on the High Plains of northwest Texas, and try your hand at prospecting on the Moon.

Keep reading—the sky’s the limit!

CULT OF GLORY: THE BOLD AND BRUTAL HISTORY OF THE TEXAS RANGERS by Doug J. Swanson (DBC 26480)

A twenty-first century reckoning with the legendary Texas Rangers that does justice to their heroic moments while also documenting atrocities, brutality, and corruption. The Texas Rangers rode into existence in 1823, when Texas was still part of Mexico, and continue today as one of the most famous of all law enforcement agencies. In Cult of Glory, Doug J. Swanson offers a sweeping account of the Rangers that chronicles both their epic, daring escapades and how the white and propertied power structures of Texas have used them as enforcers and protectors. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. 2020.

DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE VOODOO LILY by Susan Wittig Albert (DBC 26481)

Spring, 1935 finds the little Alabama town of Darling excited about their new local radio station, WDAR. But there are problems brewing at the newspaper, where a trio of new hires causes headaches for editor Charlie Dickens. That’s not the worst of it, though, as the Dahlias discover when the newest resident at Bessie Bloodworth’s Magnolia Manor is found dead. She had overindulged in a large and very rich chocolate cake—but was something else baked into that cake? If so, one of the Dahlias is likely to find herself at the top of Sheriff Buddy Norris’ suspect list. That would give Darling something to gossip about! And there is plenty more to keep the tongues wagging. Will the ladies at the new bakery ever learn to bake bread? What is happening in Liz Lacy’s love life? Will her new book be a success? And can Voodoo Lil’s special brand of magic keep Violet Sims from taking Cupcake off to Hollywood to become a Shirley Temple look-alike? But amid all these mysteries, one thing is for certain: The Darling Dahlias just keep growing. Commercial audiobook. Unrated. 2021.

DOWN RANGE: A NOVEL by Taylor Moore (DBC 26465)

As a decorated undercover DEA special agent, Garrett Kohl has traveled the world—and fought in most of it—but it is the High Plains of northwest Texas he calls home and dreams of returning to one day. When he is ordered back to Texas on a short mission expected to take a week at most, Kohl is unsettled to discover that the once-peaceful ranching community he loves is under attack. A band of criminals who have infiltrated law enforcement, corrupted local businesses, and is now terrorizing Kohl’s own family. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. 2021.

FRONTIER WORLD OF FORT GRIFFIN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A WESTERN TOWN by Charles M. Robinson (DBC 24955)

Fort Griffin, Texas, was as tough as legendary Tombstone, Dodge City, and Deadwood. It grew from a military post rife with Indian trouble into a violent frontier town and burned out in a matter of decades. An archetype for the untamed frontier life, its story is one of lawlessness and only occasional justice.

GAY PLACE; BEING THREE RELATED NOVELS: THE FLEA CIRCUS, ROOM ENOUGH TO CAPER, COUNTRY PLEASURES by Billy Lee Brammer  (DBC 24986)

Three related novels combine to form a classic American political novel inspired by Lyndon B. Johnson. Explicit descriptions of sex. Strong language. Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship.

HEART’S CHARGE by Karen Witemeyer (DBC 26467)

On a mission to deliver a baby to a nearby foundling home, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks encounter two women who capture their attention. And when a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of horsemen are exactly what the women need. As they work together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well? Commercial audiobook. Some violence. 2021.

HEMLOCK by Susan Wittig Albert (DBC 26482)

Herbalist China Bayles’ latest adventure takes her to the mountains of North Carolina, where her friend Dorothea Harper serves as the director and curator of the Hemlock House Library, a priceless collection of rare gardening books housed in a haunted mountainside mansion that once belonged to Sunny Carswell, a reclusive heiress. But the most valuable book—A Curious Herbal, created by Elizabeth Blackwell in the 1730s—is missing and Dorothea is under suspicion. China’s search for the thief takes on a new urgency when she discovers Miss Carswell’s bookseller, the victim of an attempted murder. Is his shooting connected with the theft? And there are other urgent questions: What is the Hemlock Guild? Who owns Socrates.com? Did Sunny Carswell really kill herself, or does her ghost have a different story to tell? And what is the real truth behind the many tantalizing mysteries of A Curious Herbal? Commercial audiobook. Unrated. 2021.

LEGENDARY WATERING HOLES: THE SALOONS THAT MADE TEXAS FAMOUS (DBC 18375)

Saloons, barrooms, honky-tonks, or watering holes—by whatever name, they are part of the mythology of the American West, and their stories are cocktails of legends and fact. Some strong language.

MAXIMILIAN & THE MYSTERY OF THE GUARDIAN ANGEL: A BILINGUAL LUCHA LIBRE THRILLER by Xavier Garza (DBC 25521)

Eleven-year-old Maximilian, a big fan of the form of wrestling known as lucha libre, begins to suspect that he has a close connection with his favorite luchador, El Angel de la Guardia, the Guardian Angel. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2011. Bilingual: English and Spanish. ALA Notable Book, 2012.

MILAGROS by C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (DBC 26353)

El milagro principal del que hablan los cristianos es la Encarnación Ellos dicen que Dios se hizo Hombre. Cualquier otro milagro sucedió en preparación para esto, o es un resultado de esto. Este es el punto clave de Los Milagros, obra en la cual C.S. Lewis nos muestra que un cristiano debe no solo aceptar sino también regocijarse de los milagros como testimonios de la participación de Dios en la creación. Utilizando su característico calor, lucidez e ingenio, Lewis desafía a los racionalistas y a los cínicos por su falta de imaginación, y ofrece una poética y alegre afirmación que los milagros si ocurren en nuestras vidas cotidianas. En Español.

An effort to show that the miraculous, which the author defines as interference with nature by supernatural power, not only can exist, but has existed in human history. Lewis offers a rational justification both of theism and of doctrinal Christianity. Spanish language. Title in English: Miracles.

PECAN: A HISTORY OF AMERICA’S NATIVE NUT by James E. McWilliams (DBC 18862)

What would Thanksgiving be without pecan pie? New Orleans without pecan pralines? Southern cooks would have to hang up their aprons without America’s native nut, whose popularity has spread far beyond the tree’s natural home. But as familiar as the pecan is, most people don’t know the fascinating story of how native pecan trees fed Americans for thousands of years until the nut was “improved” a little more than a century ago—and why that rapid domestication actually threatens the pecan’s long-term future. In The Pecan, acclaimed writer and historian James McWilliams explores the history of America’s most important commercial nut. He describes how essential the pecan was for Native Americans—by some calculations, an average pecan harvest had the food value of nearly 150,000 bison. McWilliams explains that, because of its natural edibility, abundance, and ease of harvesting, the pecan was left in its natural state longer than any other commercial fruit or nut crop in America. Yet once the process of “improvement” began, it took less than a century for the pecan to be almost totally domesticated. Today, more than 300 million pounds of pecans are produced every year in the United State—and as much as half of that total might be exported to China, which has fallen in love with America’s native nut. McWilliams also warns that, as ubiquitous as the pecan has become, it is vulnerable to a “perfect storm” of economic threats and ecological disasters that could wipe it out within a generation. This lively history suggests why the pecan deserves to be recognized as a true American heirloom. 2013.

PRAIRIE NIGHTS TO NEON LIGHTS: THE STORY OF COUNTRY MUSIC IN WEST TEXAS by Joe Carr (DBC 24985)

Ever since the Amarillo fiddler Eck Robertson inaugurated country music’s commercial history with his first recordings in 1922, West Texas musicians have played major innovative roles in the shaping and popularization of the nation’s popular music forms. Their contributions are described and explained in this historical tribute.

RELENTLESS by Bobbi Smith (DBC 18407)

On the trail of a ruthless gang of outlaws, a Texas Ranger and a female bounty hunter clash as each tries to best the other and deny the attraction drawing them inexorably closer. Some descriptions of sex.

THIS IS HOW WE FLY by Anna Meriano (DBC 26448)

Grounded for the summer by her sometimes-evil stepmother, seventeen-year-old vegan feminist Ellen Lopez-Rourke gets permission to join a Quidditch team, where she makes new, if nerdy, friends. Commercial audiobook. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2020.

TO HATRED TURNED: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND DEATH IN TEXAS by Ken Englade (DBC 18684)

Reporter Ken Englade covers one of the most publicized murder investigations in Texas history that resulted in the arrest of Joy Aylor, estranged wife of wealthy Dallas contractor Larry Aylor, whose mistress had been found murdered. Strong language and some violence.

TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU by Sajni Patel (DBC 26468)

Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she is out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later—the new lawyer hired to rescue her struggling company. What is not surprising: he’s not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco. Jay Shah looks good on paper…and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He is also infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?. Commercial audiobook. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2020.

TROUBLE WITH TYCHO by Clifford D. Simak (DBC 18640)

Prospecting on the Moon was grim, dangerous, and usually unrewarding. Only most of the green-horns who came to try did not find out until after they got there. Chris Jackson was no exception. He put everything he owned and could borrow into this, and he’d be ruined if he failed. His only chance meant going into Tycho—where three expeditions had already disappeared. He could try but would he come out again?

WITH BANNERS by Emilie Baker Loring (DBC 18404)

For bewitching, copper-haired Brooke Reyburn, it all seemed like a delicious dream. An elderly woman she had barely known had left her a beautiful mansion, and then she had met her new neighbor, the handsome, impetuous Mark Trent. She was young, lovely, and in love—but why did Mark seem so cold? All too soon she found out. The mansion she thought was hers he claimed as his own. The will that had given it to her he called a fraud—and her a scheming thief. How could she prove him wrong when he was so sure he was right? How could she melt the hatred in his eyes when he saw the piece of paper that seemed to prove her guilty even beyond the shadow of a lover’s doubt?

13 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Rip-roaring historical fiction and marauding gangs of outlaws enliven these 13 locally produced titles now available on BARD.

Explore the King Ranch and its fabled “sea of grass,” shadow the Mongol army as it invades Russia, and help Fort Worth detective Deb Ralston unravel murderous deeds.

Exciting reading adventures await at every turn!

BIRD IN A CAGE: A DEB RALSTON MYSTERY by Lee Martin (DBC 24969)

Fort Worth detective Deb Ralston and her husband are celebrating their anniversary at a fancy restaurant which entertains its customers with trapeze show while they dine. When the young woman on the flying trapeze plummets to her death, Deb once again puts her personal life on hold to solve the murder. Strong language.

BLACK, RED, AND DEADLY: BLACK AND INDIAN GUNFIGHTERS OF THE INDIAN TERRITORY, 1870-1907 by Arthur T. Burton (DBC 24952)

No part of the West was more of a legal nightmare or criminals’ paradise than Indian Territory. The Jesse James Gang vacationed there between holdups, and the Dalton, Doolin, and Cook gangs roamed there, robbing, and killing at will. By the early 1870s there were enough settlers in the region to demand justice; this is the story of the Black and Indian lawmen and outlaws who fought for control.

BOB KLEBERG AND THE KING RANCH: A WORLDWIDE SEA OF GRASS by John Cypher (DBC 24956)

A biography of quintessential Texas rancher Bob Kleberg and the story of the “sea of grass” that was the fabled King Ranch. Written by a longtime assistant of Kleberg’s, this biography tells the story of Kleberg’s colorful lifestyle and international travels and offers an insider’s view of life on the ranch. For adult readers.

CHICKEN RANCH: THE TRUE STORY OF THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS by Jan Huston (DBC 26752)

The author provides the witty, colorful, and often bawdy account of the history of the Chicken Ranch—probably the oldest continually operating bordello in America, founded in 1844 and closed in 1974. This is the story of the women who ran it and the major media battle involving the sheriff and a television reporter that finally closed it down. Some explicit descriptions of sex.

DAY THAT DUSTY DIED by Lee Martin (DBC 26317)

For no apparent reason, pretty teenager Dusty Miller hurls herself from a 14th floor balcony. The unsolved case is just one of the nettlesome problems facing Fort Worth police detective Deb Ralston. (Her sister and husband are two others.) While solving Dusty’s “suicide,” author Martin comments with biting humor on life’s frustrations. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex.

INHERITED MURDER by Lee Martin (DBC 24970)

Fort Worth detective Deb Ralston is on a much-needed three-week vacation with her family in Salt Lake City. But on the second day, while sightseeing, the Ralston’s find a dead body and Deb is involved in a murder case once again. Strong language.

LASTING ATTACHMENTS by Annette Sanford (DBC 24984)

Spare and evocative short stories set in rural Texas. Sanford illuminates the “small” world of domestic affairs, of everyday lives surprised by joy and sorrow. It is a world in which an aging brother and sister’s comfortable routine is changed utterly by the arrival of a bachelor salesman; a grieving country widower finds himself in a compromising position with a woman he never thought to love; and a contended spinster whose garden is her pride must come to terms with the intrusive chatter of a new TV set.

MARY DONOHO: NEW FIRST LADY OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL by Marian Meyer (DBC 24983)

In 1832, Mary Donoho became the first woman to travel the Santa Fe Trail. She lived in Santa Fe for several years and then moved with her husband to Clarksville, Texas, where she ran the Donoho Hotel and raised her six children. This is an account of this early pioneer woman’s life. Violence.

PEA RIDGE: CIVIL WAR CAMPAIGN IN THE WEST by William L. Shea (DBC 26319)

The definitive study of a strange, complex battle which saw Southern troops attack from the north against English and German-speaking soldiers. As a result of this battle, often called the “Gettysburg of the West,” Missouri remained securely in Union hands, and most of the Union and Confederate troops moved east of the Mississippi to fight in other campaigns. Violence.

SINS OF THE SON by Carlton Stowers (DBC 24967)

The Dallas award-winning writer of true crime shares his own heart-wrenching true-crime nightmare. His eldest son was arrested for the murder of his twenty-five-year-old wife. Stowers reveals how he grappled with the pain, anger, and guilt that comes with a child going bad. Violence and strong language.

SWEET REFRAIN by Margie Walker (DBC 24977)

Successful music teacher Jenine Jones is no longer the naive girl who once hungered for a man who left Texas and their dream of a future together. Fifteen years before, jazz musician Nathaniel Padell had walked out on Jenine and their small-town Texas life to seek fame and fortune in New York City. But now the handsome widower has come back home–with a precious baby girl in tow. Still irresistibly attracted to Nat and enchanted by his adorable daughter, Jenine feels all her defenses crumbling. Yet even as desire is rekindled, an unexpected danger threatens Nat’s child. Some sex, profanity, and violence.

TWO FOR TEXAS: A NOVEL by James Lee Burke (DBC 24968)

A rip-roaring historical novel about the Texas revolution of 1835-1836. Two prison escapees from Louisiana cross into Texas territory where they meet with more adventure than they could have imagined possible. Violence.

UNTIL THE SUN FALLS by Cecelia Holland (DBC 26375)

The Mongol army stood ready to invade Russia and Europe in 1237. This is the story of that invasion and the men who led it.

September 2022 Book Club Title Announced!

Please join us on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. (CDT) for our Book Club discussion of THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN, by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (DB 103929).

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

To register, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN is available by mail as a digital cartridge and in large print. It is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you a digital cartridge or large print copy of the book, or if you will download it from BARD.

We ask that everyone remember the following:

  • Be courteous and respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher MurrayIn 1906, Belle da Costa Greene was hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society, but she is African American passing as white. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021.

We look forward to having you join us on September 22!

22 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

The Texas Talking Book Program is pleased to announce another 22 Texas titles are now available to download via BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). BARD users throughout the United States now have access to these titles.

Court danger with English knights, ride herd with the Texas Rangers, and exercise your imagination exploring Lone Star ghost towns. Cap off your reading adventure with a nostalgic trip down the Brazos River with John Graves.

BONE PICKERS by Al Dewlen (DBC 24927)

Against the flamboyant background of the “Golden Spread,” the oil-rich Panhandle of the late 1950s, Al Dewlen has poised a full-scale and truly original novel of one Texas family—the Mungers of Amarillo. The six Munger siblings are the heirs of hard-drinking, hardscrabble farmer Cecil Munger, who in one generation brought his family from Dust Bowl poverty to unfathomable wealth. 1958.

BORDER BOSS: CAPTAIN JOHN R. HUGHES, TEXAS RANGER by Jack Martin (DBC 24932)

A reprinting of the 1942 biography of the famous Texas Ranger Captain who had often been a guest in the author’s home. Zane Grey’s book, THE LONE STAR RANGER, is dedicated to Captain Hughes (DB 62538).

BREAKING EVEN by Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez (DBC 26264)

When he was a child, Val was told his father died a hero’s death, but at 18 he learns he is alive and goes looking for him. The father is a gambler and for a while the two work together, but it does not work out. The setting is Texas and Nevada, the time the 1950s. Contains descriptions of violence.

CANICULA: SNAPSHOTS OF A GIRLHOOD EN LA FRONTERA by Norma Elia Cantu (DBC 26256)

A fictionalized memoir of the author’s childhood in Laredo, Texas, in the 1940’s, 1950’s, and early 1960’s. Through her memories of family gatherings, holidays, births and deaths, and rites of passage, the author re-creates the bilingual, bicultural world of the Texas-Mexico border.

CON EL CURA HIDALGO EN LA GUERRA DE INDEPENDENCIA by Pedro Garcia (DBC 26253)

Pedro Garcia was one of the first Mexicans to join the Independence movement. He struggled alongside Miguel Hidalgo and authored this account of the first years of the war. Instead of the common conception of Father Hidalgo as idealistic puppet, Garcia shows a magnificent conspirator, leader of a city, and a grand strategist. We also see the man Hidalgo in daily life, bringing us closer to the person and distancing us from the legend. Spanish language.

DADDY WAS A COWBOY by Jodi O’Donnell (DBC 26262)

When it came to roping and wrangling, Kell Hamilton knew zilch. Now that he inherited a ranch, he needed to learn, but not from his new female employee, Jamey Dunn. When it came to frying and baking, Jamey knew zilch, but ranching was in her blood. To convince her boss to treat her seriously, she kept her newborn baby a secret. Contains some sex.

EXPOSURE by R.J. Pineiro (DBC 26261)

A woman scientist discovers that a meltdown in a nuclear reactor was caused by a bug in a computer chip. She informs the manufacturer. The company’s owner, a member of the military-industrial complex, has her killed to silence her. So begins a thriller starring lady FBI agent Esther Cruz. Contains descriptions of violence.

FARMER TAKES A WIFE by Jodi O’Donnell (DBC 26259)

They first met when Maura was still in high school—too young and innocent to deal with the powerful emotions Nate stirred in her. And so, she made a choice and it wasn’t Nate Farrell. But Nate had never forgotten Maura. He knew she was the right woman for him so when the chance to get closer to the lovely widow and her young son came, he didn’t hesitate.

GHOST TOWNS OF TEXAS by T. Lindsay Baker (DBC 24946)

In choosing the 88 ghost towns described here, the author used three criteria: the town must have something for today’s visitor to see; the site must have public access; and one or more of the sites must be within a day’s drive from any given part of the state. The description of each town tells something of its founding, its significance, and the reasons for its decline, as well as directions for reaching it.

GOODBYE TO A RIVER, A NARRATIVE by John Graves (DBC 26410)

John Graves leads us through an exciting three-week trip down the Brazos River in this classic narrative. An excellent history of the early inhabitants along the river is well woven into this engrossing book, with memories of events in Texas history that took place along that river. Unrated.

INVISIBLE IN AUSTIN: LIFE AND LABOR IN AN AMERICAN CITY, edited by Javier Auyero (DBC 18337)

In the tradition of Pierre Bourdieu’s The Weight of the World, an award-winning sociologist and his students explore the lives of people working at the bottom of the social order in one of America’s most economically segregated cities. Strong language. 2015.

LORD OF THE DRAGON by Suzanne, Robinson (DBC 26265)

The day he was condemned and banished from England, his fellow knights thought they had seen the last of Gray de Valence. But the ruthless, emerald-eyed warrior had done more than survive in a world of barbaric dangers, he triumphed. Now, eager to pay back his betrayers, de Valence has come home only to find his plans threatened, not by another man but by a volatile, unpredictable, ravishingly beautiful woman. Vowing her own brand of vengeance against the high-handed, impossibly handsome knight, Juliana Welles will do her best to thwart him. Yet when a cunning enemy puts their lives in peril, the fearless knight will have to choose between his perfect revenge and the passion of a lifetime. Contains some sex.

MAGIC AND THE TEXAN by Martha Hix (DBC 26260)

Certain he is fated to meet his bride on his thirtieth birthday, Texas rancher Jon Marc O’Brien arranges for the perfect woman to arrive on that day. He’s never set eyes on Beth Buchanan, a cattle buyer’s daughter from Kansas, but after a two-year romance-by-correspondence, he knows she’ll be the ideal wife. But the beauty who steps from the coach is not Beth Buchanan, who died on the journey. She’s a runaway named Bethany who’s so hungry for the respectable life she’s willing to steal a dead woman’s identity—and her betrothed. Contains explicit descriptions of sex.

MESSAGE TO THE NURSE OF DREAMS: A COLLECTION OF SHORT FICTION by Lori Brix (DBC 26263)

A collection of stories on 1960s school integration in Texas. They describe how black and white students perceive their differences and the way they adjust to being together. Contains strong language.

OUR GOD IS AWESOME by Anthony T. Evans (DBC 26224)

Packed with captivating illustrations from everyday life, this study details fourteen key characteristics of God and includes questions at the end of each chapter to help the reader personalize these truths. The author is the pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.

RANGER LEGACY; 150 YEARS OF SERVICE OF TEXAS by Dan Kilgore (DBC 26376)

The story of the first 150 years of this famous and colorful law enforcement agency.

RANGERS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS: WITH A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE EARLY SETTLEMENTS, HARDSHIPS, MASSACRES, BATTLES, AND WARS, BY WHICH TEXAS WAS RESCUED FROM THE RULE OF THE SAVAGE AND CONSECRATED TO THE EMPIRE OF CIVILIZATION by A.J. Sowell (DBC 24948)

Reprint of one of the earliest published accounts of Texas history. The three basic sections of the book include accounts of Indian battles, early Anglo settlers, and the Texas Revolution. Sowell’s personal reminiscences of his participation as a Texas Ranger in the 1870-71 Wichita Campaign is one of a very few first-person accounts of the early Rangers. First published in 1884. Recorded by Texas Regional Library (Austin).

RIDDLE ME A MURDER by Duane Crowley (DBC 26266)

A tale of murder and suspense based on an apocryphal incident in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer—soldier, lawyer, lover, and poet in the mid-14th century. The young Chaucer is given his first commission as a lawyer by his patron, the powerful Duke John of Gaunt, and finds himself in the center of a tangled web of treachery and intrigue. A lady close to the Queen is murdered and the Church names Duke John’s physician, the murderer. Geoffrey must keep the old Italian from the torture chamber of the cathedral where he will surely implicate Gaunt, the Church’s enemy. Descriptions of sex and violence.

SHEPHERD OF GUADALOUPE by Zane Grey (DBC 26251)

Cliff Forrest returned from World War I with wounds that gave him only a few months to live. He found his family ruined financially and forced from their ranch. Then he discovered that the girl who came to his assistance on his journey home was the daughter of the man who ruined his family!

SUPPORTING THE SKY by Patricia Browning Griffith (DBC 26269)

A humorous novel set in Washington, D.C. When Rosemary Kenny, a transplanted Texan, meets an intriguing foreign journalist while patrolling with her Neighborhood Watch group, he seems romantically interested in her – an unsettling prospect for Rosemary, who hasn’t dated in years. At the same time, as a single parent, she worries about her tempestuous sixteen-year-old daughter’s hidden romantic life. Contains strong language.

TOO MANY GHOSTS by Paul Gallico (DBC 26239)

Lord Paradine’s ancestral home has become a tax-blighted burden and a haunted one at that. Hero Alexander is summoned from London to exorcise the premises, but he has his own disturbing effect on the ladies of the house before he completes his de-ghosting duties. Unrated.

WHAT I LEARNED ON THE RANCH AND OTHER STORIES FROM A WEST TEXAS CHILDHOOD by James Bruce Frazier (DBC 26258)

Despite the Depression, James Bruce Frazier spent the best years of his childhood on the Cross Ell Ranch just west of Big Spring. Years later, as he reflected on those days, he began writing down the experiences he had, the people he met, the lessons he learned. The stories were passed along to his children and then to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

19 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Texas literary giants Dan Jenkins, Larry McMurtry and Lawrence Wright—plus country music legend Bob Willis, headline these locally-produced titles that are newly available on BARD.

Learn more about the Texas Talking Book Program’s stellar Volunteer Recording Studio here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/vrs.html.

Saints and sinners alike will relish this delicious blend of Biography, Romance, and Horror, which is served with a side of Humor, History, and John Wesley Hardin.

ALGUNAS NUBES by Paco Ignacio Taibo II (DBC 26270)

On a remote beach in Mexico, a high-ranking police officer contemplates the murder he has committed, pondering his next move. He is interrupted by the arrival of his sister, who begs him to aid a young widow threatened by criminals who want her fortune. If he decides to help her, he will have to return to Mexico City, the site of his own crime. Contains strong language. Spanish language.

BORDER DANCE: A NOVEL by T.L. Toma (DBC 26257)

A Bostonian’s mid-life crisis in Mexico. While on company business Frank Reed, depressed by job and family, gets lost driving in the desert. He meets a senorita, falls in love and a series of adventures follow, culminating in him smuggling her into the U.S. They part, he returns to Boston, his wife leaves him, and he is fired from his job. Some sex, some profanity, and some violence.

BUGLES ARE SILENT: A NOVEL OF THE TEXAS REVOLUTION by John R. Knaggs (DBC 24964)

A story of the Texas Revolution as seen from both sides. A soldier on the staff of Santa Anna and a courier to Sam Houston each tell the story as they see it.

CABALLEROS OF RUBY, TEXAS by Cynthia Leal Massey (DBC 26240)

Don Miguel Caballero, a successful contractor in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley and later, in California’s Salinas Valley, enjoys the good life: prosperity, the respect of his community, a marriage of thirty years, six bright children. But gradually all he has worked for begins to unravel. Three of his daughters give their versions of the disintegration of an idyllic way of life.

CADILLAC JACK: A NOVEL by Larry McMurtry (DBC 26225)

Cadillac Jack is a rodeo cowboy turned antique dealer whose gypsy life links the worlds of Texas, the backroads of flea markets and small-time collectors, and Washington social-political high life. Richly comic, as well as moving, the novel presents a memorable cast of characters and an original story.

CARTAS A MARIA REGINA by Maria Regina Avila (DBC 26243)

Maria Regina, la “Doctora Corazon” del mundo hispano, ha respondido a innumerables preguntas y le ha hecho frente a millares de problemas en su afamada columna periodistica “Cartas a Maria Regina”. Ahora, las mejores de sus columnas se recogen en esta coleccion, que incluye preguntas y respuestas sobre: antes del matrimonio, problemas de la solteria, y problemas de alcoba. Spanish language.

COSMOLOGY OF MONSTERS by Shaun Hamill (DBC 26386)

Noah Turner’s family is haunted by monsters that are all too real. His bookish mother Margaret, Lovecraft-loving father Harry, and sisters Sydney, born for the spotlight, and the brilliant but awkward Eunice, a natural writer and storyteller—all must face the demons alone. As Harry becomes obsessed with the construction of an elaborate haunted house—The Wandering Dark—the family tries to shield baby Noah from their precarious finances, the gruesome tricks of the show, and the darkness that hangs over their family home. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook.

DEAD SOLID PERFECT by Dan Jenkins (DBC 26384)

Kenny Lee Puckett has yet to find game and fortune as a professional golfer, but he keeps swinging, hoping to make a name for himself. One of many fringe players on the tour, Puckett has been no more successful on the marriage circuit. Despite the old adage, the third time isn’t the charm, as Puckett seems certain to see another walk down the aisle end up in divorce court. Still, there’s always the promise of the greens, and Puckett is gunning for a U.S. Open title that could turn everything around. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

DEAR CUPID by Julie Ortolon (DBC 26242)

Suffering from emotional trauma after her divorce, Kate Bradshaw is about to lose her on-line romantic advice column. To revitalize it, Kate needs to rekindle romance in her life, and Michael Cameron wants to be the man to help her. Contains some sex.

DENIM AND LACE by Diana Blayne (DBC 24949)

Romance with Texas setting and a cowboy hero who naturally throws the heroine’s heart from the wild bronco of love. Explicit descriptions of sex

DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES by Christie Craig (DBC 26385)

Annie Lakes has had the same recurring nightmare for years. Her heart pounding in her chest. A panicked voice, begging her to run faster. Her own bloodcurdling scream. But now Annie is starting to realize it’s more than just a bad dream. She’s starting to remember things about the night her cousin Jenny disappeared all those years ago. Things that make her believe her family was involved—and what they’re hiding is much worse than she ever imagined. But she can’t unravel this alone. She needs someone she can trust, someone like Detective Mark Sutton. Mark has seen enough—too much—to assume that Annie’s story is a dead end. It turns out that her family is hiding some killer secrets. A long time ago, Annie was just an innocent little girl who saw something she shouldn’t. Now she’s a target, and Mark’s running out of time to protect the woman he’s starting to fall for. But how does Mark face off against a murderer who just may be someone Annie loves? Commercial audiobook. Adult. Descriptions of sex. Some violence and strong language.

JOURNAL OF JOHN WORK, A CHIEF TRADER OF THE HUDSON’S BAY CO., DURING HIS EXPEDITION FROM VANCOUVER TO THE FLATHEADS AND BLACKFEET OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST by John Work (DBC 24957)

Work’s journal provides an extensive record of the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest at the time of its greatest activity and also provides a history of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the methods and extent of its trade.

LADY VALIANT by Suzanne Robinson (DBC 24991)

Thea Hunt journeys to Scotland to warn her friend Mary, Queen of Scots, against a treacherous marriage. But a handsome highwayman in the Queen’s service chases her down before she can complete her mission and holds her captive. Descriptions of sex.

LIFE OF JOHN WESLEY HARDIN by John Wesley Hardin (DBC 18465)

The autobiography of John Wesley Hardin, notorious outlaw of the West. Born in 1853 in Bonham, Texas, he killed a man at age fifteen and became the “most wanted” fugitive of his time. Unrated.

LOVING ELEANOR: A NOVEL by SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT (DBC 18800)

When AP political reporter Lorena Hickok is assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of 1932 Democratic candidate FDR, the women become deeply, intimately involved. Strong language. Commercial audiobook.

SAINTS & SINNERS: WALKER RAILEY, JIMMY SWAGGART, MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR, ANTON LAVEY, WILL CAMPBELL, MATTHEW FOX by Lawrence Wright (DBC 18767)

With a journalist’s eye, Lawrence Wright launches an exploration of America’s religious fervor through a series of five profiles of quite diverse religious figures—from disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart to satanic bible author Anton LaVey. In the process, he chronicles his search for faith in his own life. Adult. Some descriptions of sex. Some violence and strong language.

SAN ANTONIO ROSE: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BOB WILLS by Charles R. Townsend (DBC 26413)

Known as the father of Western Swing, Bob Wills brought country music to the attention of the nation in the 1930s and forties. He was voted not only into the Country Music Hall of Fame but also the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

SIRONIA, TEXAS by Madison (Madison A.) Cooper (DBC 24928)

This lengthy novel tells the story of the Lipscomb dynasty in Waco, Texas, at the turn of the century. More mysterious and southern than western in tone, it relates the interaction between family members and reveals the hidden lives of a town. Strong language.

SWEET DREAMS AT THE GOODNIGHT MOTEL by CURTISS ANN MATLOCK (DC 26246)

It has become apparent to Claire, who married her high-school sweetheart then divorced him 15 years later when he took up with a younger woman, that “real life” is out there somewhere and unless she looks, she will not find it. So she quits her job, packs her bags, and heads to Valentine, Oklahoma, hometown to the father she barely remembers. It’s not much of a place, but having her car stolen from the Goodnight Motel parking lot compels her to stay awhile, and she discovers that folks there meet their responsibilities with love and honor, and rely on a higher power in times of need.

Six New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Six more locally produced books are newly available to download on BARD. There are now more than 1,600 Texas titles on BARD!

Award-winning fiction and nonfiction titles, spanning the Panhandle and the Rio Grande Valley, highlight these new arrivals. Sonoran Desert chases, haunted houses in the English countryside, and vigilante Texas justice add a dash of intrigue, while Nolan Ryan brings the heat.

Step up to the plate and add these books to your bookshelf!

BLESSED ASSURANCE: AT HOME WITH THE BOMB IN AMARILLO, TEXAS by A. G. Mojtabai (DBC 24951)

Pantex, the final assembly plant for all nuclear weapons in the United States, is in Amarillo, Texas. This account of the way fundamentalist Christians and antinuclear activists in Amarillo feel about Pantex, nuclear bombs, and the future of the human race was named a Notable Book in 1986 by the New York Times, and won that year’s Lillian Smith Award for the best nonfiction book on the South.

DETACHMENT FAULT: A FRANKIE MACFARLANE MYSTERY by Susan Cummins (DBC 26434)

After the murderous rigors of her Ph.D. field research, Frankie MacFarlane was happy to be settling down in her native Tucson, house-sitting the family home and teaching geology at Foothills Community College. Little did she imagine that a brief fishing trip to Mexico with her brother Jamie and his girlfriend, Carla, could entangle her in a string of murder, mythology, and international intrigue. Nonetheless, Frankie responds in true form. Noticing every nuance of her surroundings, both natural and manmade, Frankie skids through a heart-stopping and unforgettable chase from the Sea of Cortez to Tucson’s Sabino Canyon. Some violence. 2004.

FIGHTING MARLOWS: MEN WHO WOULDN’T BE LYNCHED by Glenn Shirley (DBC 26272)

This true story significantly documents late 19th century law enforcement in the Southwest. Tried in 1888 for rustling and murder, the Marlow brothers were tried by public opinion and betrayed by the law officials responsible for their safety. Their story is as lurid as any fiction. Violence. For adult readers.  The Marlow brothers were the inspiration for the John Wayne film, ‘The Sons of Katie Elder.”

FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK by Georgette Heyer (DBC 26433)

Locals claim it is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door, but to siblings Peter, Celia, and Margaret, the Priory is nothing more than a rundown estate inherited from their late uncle and the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday. But when a murder victim is discovered in the Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumors are true and they are not alone after all. Some violence and some strong language. 1932.

KLAIL CITY: A NOVEL by Rolando Hinojosa (DBC 24989)

Rolando Hinojosa is the best known and most prolific of Hispanic novelists; Klail City in its Spanish version won Latin America’s most prestigious literary award, Casa de las Americas. The pivotal novel in Hinojosa’s continuing saga, Klail City deals with power and race relationships in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Strong language.

MIRACLE MAN: NOLAN RYAN, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Nolan Ryan (DBC 26249)

Texan Nolan Ryan is one of the all-time baseball greats whose career records may not even be matched in his lifetime. Here, Ryan speaks out on controversial issues for the first time, revealing his views on marriage and family, moral values, today’s work ethic, politics, opponents, and teammates. For adult readers.