NOVEMBER 2021 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of HOPE OF THE CROW: TALES OF OCCUPYING AGING, by Katherine Schneider, PhD.

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Dr. Schneider will be joining our discussion. Because author discussions are so popular, we are inviting participants so submit questions beforehand. The deadline for submitting questions is Friday, November 5.

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HOPE OF THE CROW: TALES OF OCCUPYING AGING

Katherine Schneider, PhD

The author reflects on life with disabilities and aging through seven years of vignettes of her life. She describes her work as a grass-roots activist, her personal life, and her beliefs.  2020. DB 101220; BR 23482

We look forward to having you join us on November 16!

Beverly Cleary Passes Away at Age 104

Celebrated author Beverly Cleary passed away on March 25 at age 104. The author of more than 40 books for children, Cleary was declared a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2000.

Bevely Cleary author

Born on April 12, 1916, in rural Oregon, her family moved to Portland when Cleary was in grade school.  She was placed in the school’s “low reading circle,” an experience which fostered a lifelong affinity for children who had trouble reading.

Cleary grew to love reading, and after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, became a Children’s Librarian. However, she didn’t begin writing until she was in her early thirties. Cleary said she was motivated to become an author by a boy at her library who asked why nobody writes books about kids like him.

Beginning with her first book, Henry Huggins, Cleary wrote books about “kids like him.”  Characters like Ramona Quimby, Ellen Tebbits, and Henry Huggins—not to mention Ralph S. Mouse, Socks the cat, and Henry’s dog, Ribsy—helped generations of children navigate their own often incomprehensible worlds.

Before becoming an author herself, Judy Blume delighted in reading Beverly Cleary books with her children because they were so much fun. However, Cleary didn’t wrap her characters in a cocoon of sugar-coated protective wrapping. The family of her most endearing character, Ramona Quimby, weathers years of financial difficulties. Leigh Botts, the protagonist of Dear Mr. Henshaw, struggles with his parents’ divorce and bullying at school.

Cleary won numerous awards, including the National Book Award for Ramona and Her MotherDear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, while Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were both Newbery Honor Books.

In addition to children’s novels, Cleary wrote two autobiographies, including A Girl from Yamhill, which offers a touching portrait of life in the Pacific Northwest during the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression.

Sample some of these favorites and discover why Beverly Cleary was a “Living Legend.”

A GIRL FROM YAMHILL: A MEMOIR

The popular children’s author has written an account of her own early years. Beverly was transplanted to city life in Portland, Oregon, when the family farm failed. There, her father, who loved the outdoors, spent years as a bank guard while her demanding and difficult mother devoted herself to Beverly.

DB 29704; BR 09166

DEAR MR. HENSHAW

Leigh, a sixth grade boy, writes letters to Mr. Henshaw, who has been his favorite author since second grade. Leigh begins writing the letters because of a school assignment, then he discovers that he likes writing, especially when Mr. Henshaw writes back. And Mr. Henshaw’s surprising answers to Leigh’s questions change the boy’s life. For grades 4-7.  Newbery Medal Winner.  1983.

DB 21309; BR 15447

HENRY HUGGINS

A tonsillectomy and a broken arm are the most exciting things in Henry Huggins’ life until a hungry old mutt begs for Henry’s ice cream cone and a home.

DB 35642; DB 58985 (Spanish); BT 02469; LB 04239

MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE

A young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy and discovers the joys of motorcycling.

DB 24692; BT 03505; LB 04206

RAMONA AND HER MOTHER

Ramona feels that seven and a half is an awkward age–too young to be home alone but too big to play with pesky little Willa Jean at the sitter’s house. And yet Ramona would like to still be her mother’s “little rabbit.” For grades 2-4.  1979.

DB 24836; BR 09251

RAMONA COLLECTION.  VOL 1

Four previously published books, written between 1955 and 1977, featuring the adventures of young Ramona Quimby. In Beezus and Ramona, Ramona provokes her family when she invites fifteen children to a party unannounced. Includes Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, and Ramona and Her Father. For grades 2-4.  2013.

DB 90198

March 2021 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Please join us on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Central for our Book Club discussion of THE BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS, by Bill Bryson.

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 BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS is available by mail as a digital cartridge and in large print. It is also available to download on BARD.

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THE BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS

Bill Bryson

Guides readers through the human body—how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and the ways it can fail.  Using facts—your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this—and anecdotes, creates a deeper understanding of the miracle that is you.  Unrated.  Commercial audiobook.  Bestseller.  2019.  DB 96770; LB 12649

We look forward to having you join us on March 23!

NOVEMBER 2020 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE, by Elaine F. Weiss.

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THE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE

Elaine F. Weiss

An account of the battle to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment when, in 1920, Tennessee was the last state whose assent was needed.  Discusses the women fighting for ratification and the opposing forces, including politicians, liquor companies, and railroad magnates.  Some strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2018.  DB 90697; LB 09425

We look forward to having you join us on November 10!

MAY 2020 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE GREAT ALONE, by Kristin Hannah.

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THE GREAT ALONE

Kristin Hannah

1974. Former Vietnam prisoner of war Ernt Allbright moves his family, including wife Cora and thirteen-year-old daughter Leni, north to Alaska.  While the weather is temperate, the family survives on the generosity of locals.  But when winter descends, Ernt’s mental health fractures.  Unrated.  Commercial audiobook.  Bestseller.  2018.  DB 90090

We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, May 21!

NEW TEXAS TITLES AVAILABLE ON BARD!

An interesting mix of locally-produced Texas titles were recently added to the National Library Service’s BARD collection.

Fiction readers can ride alongside Texas Rangers, follow the exploits of Sheriff Dan Rhodes, sample an early Larry McMurtry novel, and discover Louisa May Alcott’s sequel to LITTLE WOMEN.

Nonfiction titles explore Lone Star history, from Texas’ earliest days through the Korean War and beyond.

BARD users can download these and other Texas titles at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/login/TX.

AMONG THE VALIANT; MEXICAN-AMERICANS IN WW II AND KOREA

Morin, Raul

This is a true, hard-hitting saga of the role of the Mexican-American soldiers in World War II and Korea.

DBC 17909

BOOK OF INSULTS, ANCIENT & MODERN: AN AMIABLE HISTORY OF INSULT, INVECTIVE, IMPRECATION & INCIVILITY (LITERARY, POLITICAL & HISTORICAL) HURLED THROUGH THE AGES & COMPILED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE

Selection of impudent, verbal abuse with information about the author and the circumstances surrounding each quip.  Contains nearly 1000 ranging from Arab and Irish curses to vintage Mencken, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw.

DBC 17915

BURN DOWN THE GROUND: A MEMOIR

Crews, Kambri

In this memoir, a daughter looks back on her unconventional childhood with deaf parents in rural Texas while trying to reconcile it to her present life, one in which her father is serving a twenty-year sentence in a maximum security prison.  As a child, she wished that she had been born deaf so that she, too, could fully belong to the tight-knit deaf community that embraced her parents.  Strong language and some violence.  2012.

DBC 17914

CAMINO SENCILLO

Teresa, Mother, 1910-1997

La Madre Teresa conocida alrededor del mundo por su trabajo incansable a favor de los pobres, los enfermos, y los moribundos, ha dedicado su vida a darles esperanza a los sin esperanza en mas de ciento veinte paises.  “Un camino sencillo” es una guia espiritual singular tanto para los catolicos como los no catolicos: esta lleno de sabiduria y esperanza de la persona que nos ha otorgado el mejor modelo de amor en accion en nuestros dias.  En espanol.

DBC 17913

CASTLE GAP AND THE PECOS FRONTIER

Dearen, Patrick

The Pecos River country of West Texas lies between San Angelo and the Pecos River and runs west to the edge of the Davis Mountains.  Six stories preserve some of the history, legends and folklore of an area known for Comanche raids, historic cattle drives and hidden treasure—sought after by so many generations.

DBC 17923

DIRTY SALLY: A NOVEL

Simon, Michael, 1963-

Austin, Texas in 1988 is a boomtown gone bust, blistering in the heat of a six-month summer.  Someone murdered a prostitute and parts of her body are turning up all over town.  Detective Dan Reles, a displaced New Yorker with a chip on his shoulder and a dead partner on his conscience, is the cop on the case.  As he follows the trail of the corpse nicknamed “Dirty Sally,” he finds himself crossing the lines between crack-ridden ghettos and the watering holes of the moneyed elite – lines it doesn’t pay to cross.  Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex.  2004.  (Book #1 of “Dan Reles Mystery” series.)

DBC 17921

GHOST OF A CHANCE: SHERIFF DAN RHODES #10

Crider, Bill, 1941-2018

Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas, knows that times may change, but people are still people, some good, some bad, and most things can be explained with a little common sense—even the ghost haunting his jail.  Could it be the same ghostly culprit looting the local cemetery?  When Ty Berry, the president of one of two feuding historical societies, is found shot dead in a freshly dug grave, Rhodes decides the crime is of a more earthly nature.  2001.

DBC 17919

GOOD WIVES: LITTLE WOMEN, PART II

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888

Three years after the ending of “Little Women” we again take up the story of the March girls and discover what has happened to them in that time.  For grades 5-8 and older readers.

DBC 17924

HOUND-DOG MAN

Gipson, Fred, 1908-1973

This book, appealing to children and adults alike, tells the story of friendship between Cotton, a frontier boy undergoing the huntsman’s rites of passage, and Blackie (the hound-dog man), who is corralled by the love of a good woman.  For grades 6-9 and older readers.

DBC 17910

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

Stroup, Herbert Hewitt, 1916-

The author provides a first-hand study of the Jehovah’s Witnesses—their history, their leaders, their beliefs and their attitudes.

DBC 17927

LEAVING CHEYENNE

McMurtry, Larry

McMurtry’s second novel, written when he was only 27, and said to be “… the starkest, most truthful, most terrible and yet beautiful treatment …” of the Texas ranching country and one which will “… offend many who prefer the glamour treatment …” It is the story of a 40-year love affair between a woman and two men—one reckless, the other cautious and careful.  Some profanity and descriptions of sex.

DBC 17926

MURDER MOST FOWL: SHERIFF DAN RHODES #7

Crider, Bill, 1941-2018

Mystery set in a dusty, dying Texas county where emu rustling, beer drinking, and cockfighting are the major recreational activities.  A murder victim is found floating down a creek in a porta-potty by a bunch of drunks, but it’s no joke to Sheriff Dan Rhodes, who has not one but two bodies on his hands.  Lige Ward, a local fellow who’s lost his hardware business to the big new Wal-Mart is found in the toilet and a few days later the body of Ward’s wife, Rayjean, is discovered in a cockfighting ring.  Rhodes thought he knew what went on in his town, but he discovers that not only did the locals hold illegal cockfights, but darned if they haven’t been covering up a whole bunch of other nasty secrets.  Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex.  1994.

DBC 17918

PASTORAL

Shute, Nevil, 1899-1960

A wartime romance, between an English bomber pilot and a pretty WAAF officer.  The men and women of the Royal Air Force fought daily for their lives and their country, while preserving the decencies and oddities of English country life on the rural airfields where they were based.

DBC 17912

PECKER’S REVENGE AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE FRONTIER’S EDGE

Van Pelt, Lori, 1961-

This is a collection of fourteen historical short stories featuring a variety of characters including miners, rodeo riders, railroad construction workers, young settlers, and others struggling with the conflicts and hazards of the nineteenth-century frontier.

DBC 17931

PISTOLS FOR TWO, AND OTHER STORIES

Heyer, Georgette, 1902-1974

These eleven Regency short stories by Georgette Heyer include: “Pistols for Two,” “A Clandestine Affair,” “Bath Miss,” “Pink Domino,” “A Husband for Fanny,” “To Have the Honour,” “Night at the Inn,” “The Duel,” “Hazard,” “Snowdrift,” and “Full Moon.” These stories are about affairs of honour between bucks and blades, rakes and rascals; and affairs of the heart between heirs and orphans and beauties and bachelors.

DBC 17922

RANGERS’ REVENGE

Miller, Jim, 1945-

They were once members of Texas’ proudest legion—Texas Rangers, men willing to fight and die to bring justice to the harsh frontier.  Will Carston lived the Ranger creed as he staked out his ranch and defended a raw new town.  And the tough Ranger spirit helped his hard-fisted sons survive the Civil War and left them a legacy they could neither deny nor forget.  Strong language and some violence.  (Book #1 of “Ex-Rangers” series.)

DBC 17934

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE MURDER: SHERIFF DAN RHODES #12

Crider, Bill, 1941-2018

County commissioners in Texas wield extraordinary influence, controlling the purse strings for all roads and public works.  Even in rural Blacklin County, that’s serious money.  Grat Bilson was a county commissioner, at least until someone whacked him over the head and set him on fire in his isolated hunting cabin.  Blacklin County Sheriff Dan Rhodes knows that where murder’s concerned, it’s either love or money.  Bilson’s roving wife has an alibi, which turns the focus to money, and sure enough, Rhodes quickly finds something rotten in the world of Blacklin’s county commissioners.  Some strong language.  2003.

DBC 17920

REVOLUTION REMEMBERED: THE MEMOIRS AND SELECTED CORRESPONDENCE OF JUAN N. SEGUIN

Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, 1806-1890

Edited by Jesús F. de la Teja

Here is a wealth of information for serious historians as well as a readable, informative account for anyone interested in early Texas history and the influence of the Mexicans who settled in Texas generations before the Americans.  Violence.

DBC 17917

WILD COW TALES

Green, Ben K.

In thirteen stories full of rope burns and brush scratches the author of “Horse Tradin’” tells of the days when he made a speciality of catching wild cows that roundups couldn’t corral.  1969.

DBC 17911

NEW TEXAS TITLES AVAILABLE ON BARD!

The Texas Talking Book Program is justifiably proud its recording studio in Austin.

The quality of the audio books produced by our studio is evident in the number of their titles that are available to download on the National Library Service’s BARD (Braille and Recording Download) service.  Patrons throughout the United States are able to enjoy these books.

The following six Texas titles were recently added to the BARD collection.  Give them a listen!

ARGONAUTAS DE LA SELVA: LOS DESCUBRIDORES DEL AMAZONAS

Benites Vinueza, Leopoldo

More than a historical biography, the book attempts to give life to a character, an adventure, and an era.  Novel and drama, and yet true and rigorously documented history, it relives the life of one of the greatest captains of the era of conquest and one of the most singular adventures in history: the life of Don Francisco de Orellana and the adventure of the discovery of the Amazon River.  Spanish language.

DBC 17905

AROUND THE WORLD WITH LBJ: MY WILD RIDE AS AIR FORCE ONE PILOT, WHITE HOUSE AIDE, AND PERSONAL CONFIDANT

Cross, James U. (James Underwood)

LBJ’s personal pilot–one of the few to fly Air Force One and simultaneously hold a full-time job in the White House–offers vivid recollections of the thirty-sixth president.  Some strong language.

DBC 17907

DUEL OF EAGLES: THE MEXICAN AND U.S. FIGHT FOR THE ALAMO

Long, Jeff

In a comprehensive history that removes the myths from the battle for Texas, the author gives us the true story of what led to the Alamo and what followed it by examining accounts from both sides.

DBC 17893

HAUNTED TEXAS: FAMOUS PHANTOMS, SINISTER SITES, AND LINGERING LEGENDS

Williams, Scott Allen

Texas history buffs and travelers have an eerie need for this book, which offers an unusual twist to seeing the sights in the Lone Star state.  Organized by region–Gulf Coast, Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, Central Texas, North Texas, and West Texas—this book is the complete guide for both hardcore ghost hunters and more earthly tourists seeking to add some spirited fun to their travels.

DBC 17908

JESS SWEETEN, TEXAS LAWMAN

Lindquist, Allan Sigvard

Known as the “Law East of the Trinity,” Jess Sweeten served as sheriff between 1929 and 1954, an era when violence was the order of the day.

DBC 17906

NOCHEBUENA.  EL PAÑO DE LA VERÓNICA

Lagerlöf, Selma

The author recalls two stories told by her grandmother, one short tale on the birth of Christ and a longer story concerning Veronica’s veil. Spanish language. For grades 4-7.

DBC 17903

DECEMBER 2019 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, by Elizabeth Strout.

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To RSVP, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-52-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by November 12.)

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My NAME IS LUCY BARTON

Elizabeth Strout

In the hospital, recovering from what should have been a simple operation, Lucy Barton gets a visit from her estranged mother.  While her mother shares gossip from home, Lucy thinks back on her past and their difficult relationship.  Unrated.  Commercial audiobook.  2016.  DB 83379; BR 21890; LB 08482


We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, December 3!


JULY 2019 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, by Gail Honeyman.

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To RSVP, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by July 2.

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ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

Gail Honeyman

Socially awkward and perpetually cranky, Eleanor works a boring office job and avoids dealing with other people whenever possible.  She begins to open up after she develops a crush on a local musician and also becomes friendly with Raymond, the new IT guy.  Strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2017.  DB 87829; LB 09081.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, July 23!

Staff Pick — John — THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US: A MEMOIR, by Reyna Grande, DB 85006

National Hispanic Heritage Month was September 15-October 15.  It recognizes the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  One such person is author Reyna Grande, who describes her tumultuous journey from Mexican immigrant to American citizen in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US: A MEMOIR.

Grande tells of being left behind in Iguala, Mexico by her father when he leaves for the United States, or El Otro Lado.  Later, her mother follows him to “The Other Side.”  Reyna and her older siblings, Mago and Carlos, are left in the care of their neglectful and mean-spirited paternal grandmother.

Three years later, Reyna, Mago, and Carlos cross the border with their father and join him in Los Angeles.  Years of hardship and resiliency follow.  At turns aspirational and callous, their father pushes his children to succeed in their new country, and Reyna becomes the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Flavored with a sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases, this is a direct, no-frills memoir.  Grande doesn’t diminish or romanticize the poverty she endures in Mexico, describing bellies bloated with roundworms and scorpions crawling the walls of her family’s shack.

Nor does she shy away from detailing the emotional and physical abuse they suffer at the hands of their alcoholic father.  Grande has a profoundly complicated relationship with her father, one that continues to evolve even when he’s on his deathbed.

Grande’s father told his children that “just because we’re illegal doesn’t mean we can’t dream.”  Her journey from Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico to Santa Cruz and beyond, reveals the truth behind those words.

What makes THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US memorable is the unrelenting bond between Reyna and her siblings.  They refuse to let any distance come between them.

 

NLS Annotation: The author recounts her childhood, when her father left her, and her siblings, and her mother behind in Mexico to cross the United States’ border.  Years later he summons his wife to join him, but Reyna and her siblings are left behind with their stern grandmother.  Some violence.  2012.

LA DISTANCIA ENTRE NOSOTROS (DB 79963) is the Spanish language version.

Meet author Reyna Grande at www.reynagrane.com.

Enjoy an October 2015 BookTV interview with Reyna Grande: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rv-hP6hflU.

If you’d like to read other accounts of migration from Mexico and other Latin American countries, sample these titles:

WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA: CONFESSIONS OF A CUBAN BOY, by Carlos Eire (DB 57745), offers a starkly different perspective on the immigrant experience.  Born in privilege in Cuba, Eire and his brother fled Cuba when Fidel Castro came to power.  However, a child’s longing for family left behind crosses all cultural and socio-economic lines.

Travel THE DEVIL’S HIGHWAY: A TRUE STORY, by Luis Alberto Urrea (DI 03701), and enter the “complicated, dangerous world of the border.”

ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY (DB 62628), by Sonia Nazario, recounts a young Honduran boy’s harrowing journey to rejoin his mother in America.  (TRAVESIA DE ENRIQUE, DB 76963).

SPARE PARTS (BR 20681 / DB 80725) is the astonishing story of four undocumented Mexican immigrants in Arizona who won the 2004 National Underwater Robotics Competition.

The dangers of life—and travel—in Mexico are explored by Richard Grant in GOD’S MIDDLE FINGER: INTO THE LAWLESS HEART OF THE SIERRA MADRE, DB 67469.

Grande was born in Iguala, Mexico, which made international headlines in 2014 when 43 male college students were kidnapped and murdered.  Although the kidnapping occurred some 30 years after Grande left Iguala, it speaks to the danger and desperation the drives people to “El Otro Lado.”

The Los Angeles Times revisits the mystery of the 2014 Iguala mass kidnapping: http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-ayotzinapa-20160926-snap-story.html.

Learn more about the notorious Iguala mass kidnapping: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Iguala_mass_kidnapping.