Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday July 21st at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg (DB 89990, BR 22155)
Grieving widower Arthur eats lunch in the cemetery every day, to be near his wife’s grave. There he meets troubled teenage Maddy, and the pair form a friendship that helps them both out of their isolation. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the Talking Book Program and leave a voicemail at: 1-800-252-9605 or email us at: email@example.com. RSVP preferred by June 30th. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.
We’re thinking about changing the format of our Book Club discussions to provide a better experience for moderators and attendees. One of the options we are considering is an operator-assisted call. We hope to test this option at the upcoming book club meeting. We will have more specific information to provide the week before we meet. We will contact all those who RSVP with additional information. Thank you for being willing to work with us to make our book club the best it can be.
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Keep external distractions to a minimum.
Be courteous. Try not to interrupt or talk over others; give everyone a chance to talk; be respectful of differing opinions.
Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
If comfortable doing so, please preface your comments with your first name.
We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday July 21st!
February is both African American History Month and Women’s History Month. With that in mind, here are several autobiographies and biographies on amazing African American women. Ministers, soldiers, athletes, mathematicians–African American women have done it all. Some of these women may be familiar and some may be new to you, but ALL of them can be read about via the Texas Talking Book Program.
BEHIND THE SCENES, OR, THIRTY YEARS A SLAVE AND FOUR YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE KECKLEY, ELIZABETH DB 94362, BR 15761
BESSIE COLEMAN: FIRST FEMALE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN PILOT SMALL, CATHLEEN DB 91002
BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND: HARRIET TUBMAN, PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN HERO LARSON, KATE CLIFFORD DB 64511
CATHY WILLIAMS: FROM SLAVE TO FEMALE BUFFALO SOLDIER TUCKER, PHILLIP THOMAS DB 59297
EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: ETHEL PAYNE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE BLACK PRESS MORRIS, JAMES MCGRATH DB 81681
FINDING MY VOICE: MY JOURNEY TO THE WEST WING AND THE PATH FORWARD JARRETT, VALERIE DB 94980, LB 11113
HABEN: THE DEAFBLIND WOMAN WHO CONQUERED HARVARD LAW GIRMA, HABEN DB 96188, BR 22702
HIDDEN FIGURES: THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE BLACK WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS WHO HELPED WIN THE SPACE RACE LEE SHETTERLY, MARGOT DB 86234, BR 21798
LOOKING FOR LORRAINE: THE RADIANT AND RADICAL LIFE OF LORRAINE HANSBERRY PERRY, IMANI DB 92981
MYSTERIOUS LIFE AND CALLING: FROM SLAVERY TO MINISTRY IN SOUTH CAROLINA RILEY, CHARLOTTE S. DB 84674
NEVER CAUGHT: THE WASHINGTONS’ RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF THEIR RUNAWAY SLAVE, ONA JUDGE DUNBAR, ERICA ARMSTRONG DB 88898
RABBIT: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MS. PAT WILLIAMS, PATRICIA DB 89915
STORMY WEATHER: THE LIFE OF LENA HORNE GAVIN, JAMES DB 69545
TIGERBELLE: THE WYOMIA TYUS STORY TYUS, WYOMIA DB 93189
The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2019. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a story that takes place in the past? Goodreads members chose Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (DB 94175) as their favorite historical fiction book for this past year. Are you more interested in non-fiction? Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan For Embracing And Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis (DB 94474) was chosen as the best general non-fiction book while The Five: The Untold Lives Of The Women Killed By Jack The Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (DB 96868) was selected as the best historical non-fiction book. Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Casey McQuiston the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for romance the novel, Red, White & Royal Blue (DB 95171). No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.
Please join us on Thursday, January 30 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of EDUCATED: A MEMOIR, by Tara Westover.
Memoir exploring the author’s path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard. Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2018. Violence and strong language.
Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call,so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the TalkingBook Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by January 9th) or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the book in digital cartridge, large print, or Braille format or if you prefer to download it from BARD.
We request that everyone remember the following:
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Give everyone a chance to talk.
Be respectful of differing opinions.
Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
If you feel comfortable doing so, preface your comments with your first name.
We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, January 30th!
The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. Although other categories have been recognized in the past, the Awards currently honors the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature published each year. For more information on the National Book Awards: https://www.nationalbook.org/
The finalists will be chosen on October 8th and the winners will be selected on November 13th, 2009.
The nominees for this year’s National Book Award in the TBP Collection:
FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE BRODESSER-AKNER, TAFFY DB 95416
TRUST EXERCISE CHOI, SUSAN DB 94561
BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF JAMES, MARLON DB 93771
OTHER AMERICANS LALAMI, LAILA DB 94629; BR 22697 IN PROCESS
NEED PHILLIPS, HELEN DB 96164
DISAPPEARING EARTH PHILLIPS, JULIA DB 95554; LB 11258
ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS VUONG, OCEAN DB 95459
NICKEL BOYS WHITEHEAD, COLSON DB 95925
THICK: AND OTHER ESSAYS COTTOM, TRESSIE MCMILLAN DB 93913
WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD IS TRUE: A MEMOIR OF WITNESS AND RESISTANCE FORCHE, CAROLYN DB 94625
SAY NOTHING: A TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND MEMORY IN NORTHERN IRELAND KEEFE, PATRICK RADDEN DB 94329; LB 11261
HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE: NATIVE AMERICA FROM 1890 TO THE PRESENT TREUER, DAVID DB 93988
SOLITARY: UNBROKEN BY FOUR DECADES IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: MY STORY OF TRANSFORMATION AND HOPE WOODFOX, ALBERT DB 94597
DEAF REPUBLIC: POEMS KAMINSKY, ILYA DB 94920; BR 22694
MEMORY POLICE OGAWA, YOKO DB 95999
DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD TOKARCZUK, OLGA DB 96156
Young People’s Literature
UNDEFEATED ALEXANDER, KWAME BR 22617
SHOUT: A POETRY MEMOIR ANDERSON, LAURIE HALSE DB 94454; LB 11417
PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING RIBAY, RANDY DB 96003
1919: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED AMERICA SANDLER, MARTIN W. DB 94368
Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara’s lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would even talk to her, everything would be perfect. But the carefully constructed life Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man from her grandfather’s past, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Will Cara become a tribute to her family’s dark past, or will she be able to keep herself and her loved ones alive? Praise for Iris Johansen: “A tantalizing puzzle…fans of paranormal suspense will be rewarded.” –Publishers Weekly. Unrated. 2019. 609 pages.
LB 11271 FLIGHT
PORTFOLIO ORRINGER, JULIE
The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry’s extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust in 1940, Varian Fry–a Harvard educated American journalist–traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Unrated. 882 pages.
LB 11258 DISAPPEARING EARTH PHILLIPS, JULIA
The shattering disappearance of two young girls from Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula compounds the isolation and fears of a tight-woven community, connecting the lives of neighbors, witnesses, family members and a detective throughout an ensuing year of tension. Unrated. 415 pages.
LB 11260 BLOOD OATH FAIRSTEIN, LINDA A.
Manhattan Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper meets Lucy, a young woman who testified years earlier in a landmark trial and now reveals that she was sexually assaulted by a prominent official during that time. Meanwhile, rumors swirl about one colleague`s abusive conduct behind closed doors and another`s violent, mysterious collapse. Unrated. 2019. 431 pages.
LB 11270 BODY IN THE WAKE: A FAITH FAIRCHILD MYSTERY PAGE, KATHERINE HALL
For the first time in years, Faith Fairchild has time for herself. Her husband Tom is spending days on the other side of the island using a friend’s enhanced WiFi for a project; their son, Ben, after his first year in college, is studying abroad for the summer; and their daughter Amy is working at the old Laughing Gulls Lodge, now a revamped conference center. Faith is looking forward to some projects of her own. Her friend Sophie Maxwell is also spending the summer on Sanpere Island, hoping for distractions from her worries that she isn’t yet pregnant. And the daughter of Faith’s good friend Pix Miller is getting married to a wonderful guy…with a less-than-wonderful mother. Between keeping Sophie’s spirits up and Pix’s blood pressure down, Faith has her hands full. And that’s before a body with a mysterious tattoo and connections far away from small Sanpere Island appears in the Lily Pond. Unrated. 2019. 334 pages.
LB 11263 ORANGE WORLD AND OTHER STORIES RUSSELL, KAREN
A collection of short fiction from the Pulitzer Prize finalist. A young man falls in love with a two-thousand-year-old girl from the bog. A new mother agrees to breastfeed the devil in exchange for his protection. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 399 pages.
LB 11257 LAST TIME I SAW YOU: A NOVEL CONSTANTINE, LIV
Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy. But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment. That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help. Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone–friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. Unrated. 2019. 433 pages.
LB 11276 METROPOLIS KERR, PHILIP
Berlin, 1928. On Bernie Gunther`s first day with the Murder Commission, a killer is scattering many clues, but each is a dead end. It`s almost as if he is taunting the cops–and the press is having a field day. Kerr completed this novel just before his death. Unrated. 2019. 473 pages.
LB 11255 KREMLIN STRIKE BROWN, DALE, 1956-
In the Siberian tundra, Russian president Gennadiy Gryzlov descends into an impenetrable base to witness the test of a terrifying new weapon–the Thunderbolt. This technological marvel is powerful enough to change the world. Decisive new American president, John Dalton Farrell, will challenge Russian aggression head on. Brad and Patrick McLanahan and the formidable Iron Wolf Squadron–including recently injured Nadia Rozek, back to fighting form thanks to state-of-the-art prosthetic legs–are eager to join the battle. But even with their combined forces, the Russian menace may prove too great for the West to overcome. Done with playing for small stakes, the Russian president has set his sights on the ultimate prize: controlling the entire world from above. Brad, Nadia, and the Iron Wolf warriors take to the skies to destroy the space station, check the Russians’ plan for dominance, and save the world. But is it already too late? Unrated. 2019. 627 pages.
LB 11274 I’VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU: A NOVEL CLARK, MARY HIGGINS
After a party when her parents are away, eighteen-year-old Kerry is found at the bottom of the family pool. The suspects include her boyfriend, who argued with her that night, and a neighbor who was angry at not being invited. Kerry`s older sister is determined to learn the truth. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 365 pages.
LB 11267 MIRACLE AT ST. ANDREWS PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-
Travis McKinley is a former professional golfer who feels like he`s an amateur at the rest of life. He makes a pilgrimage to the mythical greens at St. Andrews, the course where golf was born, which feels like sacred ground to golfers like Travis. Includes an excerpt from Miracle on the 17th Green. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 282, 24 pages. Related names: De Jonge, Peter, author.
LB 11273 PARIS DIVERSION: A NOVEL PAVONE, CHRIS
American expat Kate Moore drops her kids at the international school, makes her rounds of chores, and meets her husband Dexter at their regular cafï¿½ï¿½. Across the Seine, tech CEO Hunter Forsyth stands on his balcony, wondering why his police escort just departed, and frustrated that his cell service has cut out. And on the nearby rue de Rivoli, Mahmoud Khalid climbs out of a van, elbows his way into the museum courtyard, sets down his metal briefcase, and removes his windbreaker. Mahmoud is planning to die today…and he won’t be the only one. Unrated. Bestseller. 549 pages.
LB 11249 PRUNING THE DEAD HENRY, JULIA, 1962-
Post-retirement aches and pains can’t prevent 65-year-old Lilly Jayne from keeping the most manicured garden in Goosebush, Massachusetts. But as a murder mystery blooms in the sleepy New England town, can a green thumb weed out a killer? Unrated. 461 pages.
LB 11300 SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA GRAMES, JULIET
For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella`s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents–moments where ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella`s own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted. In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity–beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life`s harshest realities. But she also provokes the ire of her father Antonio: a man who demands subservience from women and whose greatest gift to his family is his absence. When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella and Tina must come of age side-by-side in a hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them. Soon Stella learns that her survival is worthless without the one thing her family will deny her at any cost: her independence. In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting rift between the now-elderly Stella and Tina. Unrated. 674 pages.
LB 11253 PEACOCK EMPORIUM MOYES, JOJO, 1969-
In the 1960s, Suzanna Peacock`s mother was the glamour girl of her generation. Suzanna struggles with her mother`s notorious legacy, only comfortable in the coffee bar and shop she owns. She finds a friend in Alejandro, a male midwife from Argentina who is escaping his own ghosts. Unrated. 582 pages.
LB 11277 RISING SEA CUSSLER, CLIVE
An alarming rise in the world’s sea levels–much larger than could be accounted for by glacier melt–sends the NUMA scientific team rocketing around the globe in search of answers. What they find at the bottom of the East China Sea, however, is even worse than they imagined. Unrated. Bestseller. 592 pages
LB 11266 SOMEONE KNOWS SCOTTOLINE, LISA
Heading home to the funeral of a childhood friend, Allie Garvey is not only grief-stricken but full of dread–because she`ll be seeing two people with whom she shares an unbearable secret. Twenty years earlier, a horrific incident shattered the lives of five teenagers, including Allie. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 543 pages.
LB 11256 RESISTANCE WOMEN CHIAVERINI, JENNIFER 1929.
Mildred Harnack is reunited with husband Arvid in his native Germany, where they build a joyful life. But the rising power of the Nazi party threatens what they hold dear and they start a resistance network. Unrated. 2019. 981 pages.
LB 11461 LAST YEAR OF THE WAR MEISSNER, SUSAN, 1961-
Davenport, Iowa, 1943. American-born thirteen-year-old Elise Sontag`s world is rocked when her German-born father is arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. Sent to an internment camp, Elise befriends fellow prisoner Mariko Inoue, a Japanese American from Los Angeles. However, Elise`s family is repatriated to Germany. Unrated. 2019. 679 pages.
LB 8095 MOJAVE BOGGS, JOHNNY D.
Micah Bishop is rescued in the Mohave Desert and hired to escort two dozen brides to the mining town of Calico, but he soon finds that things are not as they seem. Strong language and some violence. 2014. 367 pages.
LB 8123 WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE: A WESTERN DUO HOGAN, RAY, 1908-1998
In two western stories, two lone travelers have their plans change unexpectedly when they happen upon people in need of help. Some violence and some strong language. 2015. 303 pages.
LB 11261 SAY NOTHING: A TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND MEMORY IN NORTHERN IRELAND KEEFE, PATRICK RADDEN, 1976-
In 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, and her bones weren`t found until 2003. Discusses McConville`s abduction as well as the rest of the violent Northern Ireland conflict known as the Troubles and its aftermath. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 782 pages.
LB 11460 HOW TO BEHAVE BADLY IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND: A GUIDE FOR KNAVES, FOOLS, HARLOTS, CUCKOLDS, DRUNKARDS, LIARS, THIEVES, AND BRAGGARTS GOODMAN, RUTH, 1963-
A historian discusses the behavior and speech that would get an individual labeled as rude, a troublemaker, or a criminal in late-1500s Britain. Draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons. Unrated. 2019. 489 pages.
LB 11452 EAT TO BEAT DISEASE: THE NEW SCIENCE OF HOW YOUR BODY CAN HEAL ITSELF LI, WILLIAM W.
Physician-scientist explains the science of healing and prevention. Offers strategies for using certain foods to activate the body`s defense systems–angiogenesis, regeneration, microbiome, DNA protection, and immunity–to fight cancer; diabetes; cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and autoimmune diseases; and other debilitating conditions. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 655 pages.
LB 11459 GOOD AND MAD: THE REVOLUTIONARY POWER OF WOMEN’S ANGER TRAISTER, REBECCA
The author of All the Single Ladies (DB 84319) discusses the power of female anger and its ability to propel political action. She examines the effects of women`s anger historically and politically, anger between allies and foes, the history of delegitimizing female anger, and more. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 579 pages.
LB 11455 THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS: CHIEF JOSEPH, OLIVER OTIS HOWARD, AND THE NEZ PERCE WAR SHARFSTEIN, DANIEL J.
The epic clash of two American legends–their brutal war and a battle of ideas that defined America after Reconstruction. Unrated. 2019. 867 pages.
LB 11251 EVERYTHING IS F*CKED: A BOOK ABOUT HOPE MANSON, MARK
The author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (DB 88301) looks at the importance of hope in difficult times. Hopelessness, he believes, is at the root of most mental illness and anxiety. Also explores the difference between the thinking and feeling brain. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 397 pages.
LB 11264 CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: OLDER & WISER: STORIES OF INSPIRATION, HUMOR, AND WISDOM ABOUT LIFE AT A CERTAIN AGE
A collection of 101 of the best stories for seniors from Chicken Soup’s library. Stories were written by seniors about their lives, adventures, etc., and by younger people about older family members or friends. Unrated. 413 pages. Related names: Canfield, Jack, 1944-, compiler. Hansen, Mark Victor, compiler. Newmark, Amy, editor.
LB 11299 FURIOUS HOURS: MURDER, FRAUD, AND THE LAST TRIAL OF HARPER LEE CEP, CASEY N.
The story of Alabama rural preacher Willie Maxwell–accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s–and of the true-crime book about the case that Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird (DB 36414), worked on obsessively for years. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 511 pages.
LB 11252 FIRST WAVE: THE D-DAY WARRIORS WHO LED THE WAY TO VICTORY IN WORLD WAR II KERSHAW, ALEX
Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day’s most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast includes the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the British glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the Canadian brothers who led their troops onto Juno Beach under withering fire; as well as a French commando, returning to his native land, who fought to destroy German strongholds on Sword Beach and beyond. Unrated. 2019. 497 pages.
LB 11272 ON DEMOCRACY WHITE, E.B. (ELWYN BROOKS), 1899-1985
Anchored by an introduction by Jon Meacham, this concise collection of essays, letters, and poems from one of this country’s most eminent literary voices sheds much-needed historical context on the state of the nation and offers a ray of hope for the future of our society; for “as long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman…the scene is not desolate. Unrated. 2019. 203 pages. Related names: White, Martha, 1954 December 18-, editor. Meacham, Jon, writer of introduction.
LB 11254 NANAVILLE: ADVENTURES IN GRANDPARENTING QUINDLEN, ANNA
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, columnist, and memoirist writes about the joy she has experienced in becoming a grandmother. Reflects on her new role, her changing relationship with her son, and more. Bestseller. 2019. 197 pages.
LB 11303 MISTER B.: LIVING WITH A 98-YEAR-OLD ROCKET SCIENTIST BYK, A. LYNN
Blessed are the engineers who give us some answers to life’s little perplexities! When a faithful homemaker makes space for living with an old aerospace engineer, a surprising paradigm develops. The 98-year-old stress physicist gains a recalcitrant chauffeur and cook, yet he sets out to teach a few of his own life lessons, namely how to live forever. Unrated. 2018. 459 pages.
LB 11269 MIRACLE EQUATION: THE TWO DECISIONS THAT MOVE YOUR BIGGEST GOALS FROM POSSIBLE, TO PROBABLE, TO INEVITABLE ELROD, HAL, 1979-
Hal Elrod, keynote speaker and author of the bestselling book The Miracle Morning, shares his “miracle equation,” the secret to unlocking happiness, success, and your full potential. Unrated. 2019. 306 pages.
LB 11262 YOU ARE A BADASS EVERY DAY: HOW TO KEEP YOUR MOTIVATION STRONG, YOUR VIBE HIGH, AND YOUR QUEST FOR TRANSFORMATION UNSTOPPABLE SINCERO, JEN, 1965-
For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing toward badassery, this book is the companion to keep you fresh, focused, mighty, and driven. In one hundred exercises, reflections, and cues that you can use to immediately realign your mind and keep your resolve unwavering, this guide will show you how to turn the breakthroughs catalyzed by Sincero’s You are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money into real results. Unrated. 242 pages.
LB 11304 RICHARD II SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM, 1564-1616
King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to be written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard’s successors: Henry IV, part 1, Henry IV, part 2, and Henry V. It may not have been written as a stand-alone work. Unrated.
LB 11275 SOCIAL SECURITY HANDBOOK: OVERVIEW OF SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMS, 2019
Contains information about the benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration. Unrated. 2019. 830 pages. Related names: United States. Social Security Administration.
LB 11268 PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY: THE PRESIDENTS ADAMS CONFRONT THE CULT OF PERSONALITY ISENBERG, NANCY
How the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy. Until now, no one has properly dissected the intertwined lives of the second and sixth (father and son) presidents. Unrated. 900 pages. Related names: Burstein, Andrew, author.
LB 11259 SPY AND THE TRAITOR: THE GREATEST ESPIONAGE STORY OF THE COLD WAR MACINTYRE, BEN, 1963-
The author of Double Cross (DB 75277) and Rogue Heroes (DB 86597) recounts the work of Russian double agent Oleg Gordievsky during the Cold War. Discusses his work helping Britain`s MI6 from within Russian intelligence, America`s desperate attempts to identify him, and his harrowing escape from Moscow. Unrated. 2018. Gordievsky, Oleg. 559 pages.
LB 11462 MY LOVE STORY: A MEMOIR TURNER, TINA
Legendary singer aims to set the record straight about her career and complicated personal life. Covers her early life in Tennessee, her rise to fame with husband Ike Turner, her success as a solo artist, and the sometimes dark hours in between. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2018. 363 pages.
LB 11250 SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK: A COUNTERINTUITIVE APPROACH TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE MANSON, MARK
A popular blogger shares his views that trying to be positive all the time stands in the way of happiness. He advises readers instead to choose what really matters to them, accept limitations, roll with disappointments, and change how they measure success. Strong language. Bestseller. 249 pages.
LB 11279 DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC YOLEN, JANE
Twelve-year-old Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel whisks her from a contemporary Passover Seder to a Polish village in the early 1940s. Just as she begins to adjust, Nazi soldiers come to take her and her shtetl relatives to a death camp. There she learns an unforgettable lesson–some must live, at whatever cost, in order to bear witness. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 226 pages.
LB 11439 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE GETAWAY KINNEY, JEFF
With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffley family decides to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation–but sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous creatures all threaten their vacation. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2017. 229 pages.
LB 11284 FISH IN A TREE HUNT, LYNDA MULLALY
Bullied and moved from different schools, sixth grader Ally creatively distracts anyone from discovering that she has problems reading. But one teacher, Mr. Daniels, helps her understand that she has dyslexia and encourages Ally to understand her feelings in a new way. Commercial For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015. 295 pages.
LB 11285 ESPERANZA RISING RYAN, PAM MUNOZ
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their wealthy and privileged life in Mexico to go work in the southern California agricultural labor camps. They must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing migrant farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. For grades 6-9. 259 pages.
LB 11280 FREAK THE MIGHTY PHILBRICK, W.R. (W. RODMAN)
Maxwell Kane, a large, lumbering eighth-grader who calls himself a “butthead goon,” has lived with his grandparents since his dad’s imprisonment for killing his mom. Mean-spirited schoolmates and special ed have left him totally unprepared for a friendship with Kevin, who calls himself “Freak,” a genius with a birth defect that has left his body small and weak. Through genuine comradery, the two become “Freak the Mighty.” For grades 6-9 and older readers. 220 pages.
LB 11281 GHOST: TRACK REYNOLDS, JASON
Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his city`s elite track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with an abusive, alcoholic father. For grades 5-8. 2016. Texas Lone Star Reading List 2017. 195 pages.
LB 11282 HIDDEN FROST, HELEN, 1949-
When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back. For grades 6-9. 191 pages.
LB 11290 CRENSHAW APPLEGATE, KATHERINE
10 year-old Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. His family may have to live in their minivan. Again. Can Crenshaw the cat, Jackson’s imaginary friend, help his family from losing everything? For grades 4-7. 203 pages.
LB 11292 ONE CRAZY SUMMER WILLIAMS-GARCIA, RITA
Oakland, California; 1968. Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern fly out from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their mother, the poet Cecile, who abandoned them years before. Cecile resents their arrival and sends them off to a nearby Black Panther summer camp. For grades 4-7. 265 pages.
LB 11293 NUMBER THE STARS LOWRY, LOIS
For ten-year-old Annemarie, life in occupied Copenhagen in 1943 is not much changed by the war–until the Nazi persecution of Danish Jews begins. Annemarie`s family helps a Jewish friend by having her pose as Annemarie`s dead sister. When a packet must be taken to the captain of a ship smuggling Jews to Sweden, Annemarie learns that being brave means “not thinking about the dangers. Just thinking about what you must do.” For grades 3-6 and older readers. Newbery Medal. 1989. 282 pages.
LB 11291 LYDDIE PATERSON, KATHERINE
As their mother becomes more mentally ill, Lyddie and her brother Charlie manage their farm alone through a Vermont winter. But in the spring of 1844, their mother apprentices Charlie to a miller and hires Lyddie out to a tavern, where she is practically a slave. Lyddie works in the mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, where she endures dangerous conditions and long hours, and expands her understanding of friendship and perseverance. For grades 5-8. 276 pages.
LB 11288 NIGHT GARDENER: A SCARY STORY AUXIER, JONATHAN
Irish orphans, fourteen-year-old Molly and ten-year-old Kip, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be. Soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house. Black and white illustrations. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2014. 441 pages.
LB 11286 INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN LAI, THANHHA
Ten-year-old Ha writes poems to chronicle the life-changing year of 1975, when Ha her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. For grades 4-7. National Book Award. 2011. 283 pages.
LB 11289 ONE AND ONLY IVAN APPLEGATE, KATHERINE
Ivan the gorilla has lived comfortably for years in a down-and-out, circus-themed mall. But when baby elephant Ruby arrives, Ivan decides that he must find her a better life. Newbery Medal Winner. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 345 pages.
LB 11283 OUT OF MY MIND DRAPER, SHARON M. (SHARON MILLS)
Cerebral palsy limits fifth grader Melody’s physical movements and ability to speak but not her capacity to think. In an inclusion class, with the help of her university student aide, Melody figures out what she needs to truly communicate and in doing so surprises many people. For grades 4-7. 315 pages.
LB 11295 WEDNESDAY WARS SCHMIDT, GARY D.
Long Island, 1967. Seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood knows that Mrs. Baker “hates his guts” because she would have Wednesday afternoons free if he went to catechism or Hebrew school like his classmates. Mrs. Baker worries about her husband in Vietnam and introduces a reluctant Holling to Shakespeare. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor. 385 pages.
LB 11302 WEAPONS OF THE WOLFHOUND CALDECOTT, MOYRA
It is the 12th century AD. Neil lives with his parents on a farm on the remote island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Bored with his days and longing for excitement, Neil travels with the Viking warrior Baldur to Iceland to visit Baldur’s father, the Wolfhound. But Baldur’s father has died, and his grave has been robbed of the hero’s famous weapons. Baldur’s anger is intense, and he and Neil go on a dangerous journey across Iceland to recover the stolen weapons — the Weapons of the Wolfhound. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Unrated. 1976. 185 pages.
LB 11278 TALE OF DESPEREAUX: BEING THE STORY OF A MOUSE, A PRINCESS, SOME SOUP, AND A SPOOL OF THREAD DICAMILLO, KATE
Despereaux, a small mouse, is condemned to the dungeon for falling in love with human Princess Pea. Despereaux meets the rat, Roscuro, while Mig, an upstairs serving girl, wishes to be a princess, too. All four meet with near disastrous results. Black and white illustrations. For grades 3-6. 2003. Newbery Medal Winner. 249 pages. Related names: Ering, Timothy B., illustrator.
LB 11287 SWAP SHULL, MEGAN
When seventh-grader Ellie, who is having best-friend problems, and eighth-grader Jack, who is under tremendous pressure from his father, switch bodies and lives, they learn a great deal about themselves and the opposite sex. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2014. 441 pages.
LB 11294 WALK TWO MOONS CREECH, SHARON
A year ago, Sal`s grieving mother left Sal and her father to visit Idaho and never returned. Sal`s father has accepted that his wife is not coming back, but Sal has not. As she and her grandparents travel to Idaho to find her mother, Sal tells them “an extensively strange story” about her new friend Phoebe, whose mother also disappeared. And Sal gets to walk two moons in her mother`s moccasins. For grades 3-6 and older readers. Newbery Medal winner. 287 pages.
LB 11265 KINDERGARTENER’S HANDBOOK: WITH OTHER 300 WORDS THAT EVERY KID SHOULD KNOW MARTIN, DAYNA, 1983-
The Kindergartener’s Handbook introduces 19 basic concepts. Included are ABCs, vowels, numbers, addition, subtraction, shapes, colors, time, seasons, calendars, senses, rhymes, ecosystems, weather, chores, and school. This book develops language and reading skills using more than 300 words that every kid should know. Simple words are used to help children read on their own, and more complicated words are presented to help them expand their vocabulary. Vibrant colors and images are designed to keep the attention of children. This book will help your child learn a variety of important concepts before first grade. Color illustrations. For preschool-grade 2. Unrated. 2017. 47 pages.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
LB 11453 ALEX & ELIZA: A LOVE STORY DE LA CRUZ, MELISSA, 1971-
“Before the world knew them as Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, young Alex and Eliza fell in love amidst the turmoil of the American Revolution”– Provided by publisher. For senior high readers. Unrated. 2017.
LB 11456 CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-
Tandy Angel and her three brothers are suspects in their parents’ murder. As she digs into her powerful parents’ lives and reveals their secrets, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what. For senior high and older readers. 2012. 390 pages.
LB 11458 PARIS MYSTERIES: CONFESSIONS PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-
Sixteen-year-old Tandy Angel moves to Paris for a fresh start and to be reunited with James, her lost love. But her detective work soon uncovers long-buried family secrets that threaten to destroy her. Sequel to The Private School Murders (DB 79351). Commercial audiobook. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. For high school and older readers. 2014. 326 pages.
LB 11454 CROSSOVER ALEXANDER, KWAME
Twin fourteen-year-old basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court, as their father ignores his declining health. Told in hip-hop style verse. For senior high and older readers. 2014. Newbery Medal Winner. 273 pages.
LB 11301 ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE SAENZ, BENJAMIN ALIRE
Ari Mendoza is an angry loner whose older brother is in prison. But when Ari meets Dante–his opposite–the boys form a strong bond. Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his family, and the universe. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. Stonewall, Pura Belpre Awards. 443 pages.
LB 11296 BRIDGE OF CLAY ZUSAK, MARKUS
Upon their father`s return, the five Dunbar boys, who have raised themselves since their mother`s death, begin to learn their family`s secrets. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 664 pages.
LB 11297 LANDSCAPE WITH INVISIBLE HAND ANDERSON, M.T.
After the vuvv arrive on Earth offering their alien technology and medicine, jobs and money become scarce. Adam tries to help his struggling parents by catering to the desires of the vuvv, but he wonders how far he is willing to go. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 201 pages.
LB 11298 TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN GREEN, JOHN, 1977-
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there`s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake, and her best and most fearless friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. Meanwhile, Aza obsesses about everything. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017. 321 pages.
The Talking Book Program is committed to providing information to our patrons so that they can make educated and informed decisions. The pool of candidates for the 2020 Presidential election is large, and many of the candidates have published books on their political viewpoints. Here is a list of presidential candidates and books they have authored. Included are all of the candidates for whom we have books in our collection.
Michael Bennet LAND OF FLICKERING LIGHTS: RESTORING AMERICA IN AN AGE OF BROKEN POLITICS IN PROCESS
Joe Biden PROMISES TO KEEP: ON LIFE AND POLITICS DB 67337
Cory Booker UNITED: THOUGHTS ON FINDING COMMON GROUND AND ADVANCING THE COMMON GOOD DB 83698
Pete Buttigieg SHORTEST WAY HOME: ONE MAYOR’S CHALLENGE AND A MODEL FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE DB 94274
Julian Castro AN UNLIKELY JOURNEY: WAKING UP FROM MY AMERICAN DREAM IN PROCESS
Kirsten Gillibrand OFF THE SIDELINES: RAISE YOUR VOICE, CHANGE THE WORLD DB 79420
Kamala Harris TRUTHS WE HOLD: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY DB 93761, LB 10803
SUPERHEROES ARE EVERYWHERE DB 93760
Amy Klobuchar SENATOR NEXT DOOR: A MEMOIR FROM THE HEARTLAND DBC 02806
Bernie Sanders OUR REVOLUTION: A FUTURE TO BELIEVE IN DB 86770
BERNIE SANDERS GUIDE TO POLITICAL REVOLUTION DB 89076
WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: TWO YEARS IN THE RESISTANCE DB 93373
Donald Trump TRUMP: THE ART OF THE DEAL DB 26956
TRUMP: SURVIVING AT THE TOP DB 32249
TRUMP: THE ART OF THE COMEBACK DB 45334
TRUMP: HOW TO GET RICH DB 58051
WHY WE WANT YOU TO BE RICH: TWO MEN–ONE MESSAGE DB 64018
THINK BIG AND KICK ASS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE DB 66388
GREAT AGAIN: HOW TO FIX OUR CRIPPLED AMERICA DB 96296
SPANISH LANGUAGE SECRETO DEL EXITO EN EL TRABAJO Y EN LA VIDA DB 81976
TRUMP: LOS MEJORES CONSEJOS DE BIENES RAICES QUE HE RECIBIDO DB 84973
Elizabeth Warren FIGHTING CHANCE DB 78668
Marianne Williamson RETURN TO LOVE: REFLECTIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF A COURSE IN MIRACLES DB 34516
WOMAN’S WORTH DB 36954
ILLUMINATA: THOUGHTS, PRAYERS, RITES OF PASSAGE DB 40220
EVERYDAY GRACE: HAVING HOPE, FINDING FORGIVENESS, AND MAKING MIRACLES DB 55534
AGE OF MIRACLES: EMBRACING THE NEW MIDLIFE DB 66056
COURSE IN WEIGHT LOSS: 21 SPIRITUAL LESSONS FOR SURRENDERING YOUR WEIGHT FOREVER DB 72127
Andrew Yang WAR ON NORMAL PEOPLE: THE TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA’S DISAPPEARING JOBS AND WHY UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME IS OUR FUTURE DB 90939
The National Library Service
for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) produces minibibliographies to assist
staff at cooperating libraries with finding books for local patrons. These minibiographies
are bibliographies based on subjects that are narrow in scope. They cover such
topics as: prize winners, hobbies, and famous people, to name a few.
has produced a minibibliography on changemakers. Changemakers are those people
who by their words and actions have made the world a more accessible place for
those with disabilities. Some changemakers have fought to make services available
to all people regardless of disability. Others have excelled at a sport, an
occupation, or an artistic endeavor previously denied to or under-represented
by those alternatively abled.
The Changemakers minibibliography
is organized alphabetically by subject or area in which the changemaker
excelled or made their mark. Some subjects include: Academia, Science, and
Service to Blind Individuals.
A couple of Changemakers listed
in the minibibliography are Texans: Christine Ha, located under the heading
“Food” and Larry Johnson, located under the heading “Media” are both examples
of changemakers from the Lone Star State.
The American Library Association’s
Office for Intellectual Freedom records all challenges or attempts to ban
The titles below are the books that have been challenged the most during 2018 in the Talking Book Program’s collection. For more information on why these books were challenged, visit ALA Frequently Challenged Books for 2018.
GEORGE by Alex Gino DB 82273
Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS DB 49974
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE WRATH OF THE WICKED WEDGIE WOMAN DR 04013
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, BOOKS 9-12 DB 87027
HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas DB 87441
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher DB 70544
Skippyjon Jones Series by Judith Byron Schachner
SKIPPYJON JONES– LOST IN SPICE DBC 0669
ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie DB 65403, BR 21549, BRC 00585
THIS DAY IN JUNE by Gayle E. Pitman DB 85949
TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan DB 78286, BR 20465