Texas Talking Book Program Author Talk: The Texanist, David Courtney

Join the Talking Book Program for an author talk on Thursday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. (Central) with esteemed Texas journalist and author, David Courtney.

Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Laura Jean will talk with the Temple, Texas native about his career working as a columnist and editor for Texas Monthly as well as his book, The Texanist: Fine Advice on Living in Texas (DBC 18771). A Q&A chat will follow.

No registration is needed! Simply join the meeting on February 22 via one of the following methods.



Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84839719639

One-Tap phone number (use with smartphones): http://+13462487799,,84839719639#

Dial In phone number (use with landlines and non-smartphones):

(346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 848 3971 9639

Our Author Talks meet via Zoom, however all you need to participate is a telephone! If you have a land line, you will use the telephone number. If you have a smart phone, you will use the “one-tap” number to join the conversation.

If you’d like to read THE TEXANIST book, contact us to order it by replying to this email or calling us at 1-800-252-9605.

THE TEXANIST: FINE ADVICE ON LIVING IN TEXAS (DBC 18771) by David Courtney NLS Annotation: “The Texanist, Texas Monthly’s perennially popular back-page column, has become the magazine’s most-read feature. With an inimitable style and an unassailable wholesomeness, columnist David Courtney has counseled many a well-intentioned Texan, native or wannabe, on how to properly conduct him—or herself.” Publisher’s website. 2017.

We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, February 22!

Businesswomen and CEOs

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we have collected a list of memoirs and biographies available in the TBP collection, as well as some general books with tips for the aspiring businesswoman. We have memoirs, including Black and Latina businesswomen, as well as a blind businesswoman—Internet Influencer Molly Burke.

General

GIRL CODE: UNLOCKING THE SECRETS TO SUCCESS, SANITY, AND HAPPINESS FOR THE FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR by Cara Alwill Leyba (DB 90735)
LEAPFROG: THE NEW REVOLUTION FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS by Nathalie Molina Nino (DB 93968)
ROGERS’ RULES FOR BUSINESSWOMEN: HOW TO START A CAREER AND MOVE UP THE LADDER by Henry C. Rogers (DB 30069)
SHE BUILDS: THE ANTI-HUSTLE GUIDE TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND NOURISH YOUR LIFE by Jadah Sellner (DB 115965)

Adult Biographies

DIAMONDS AND DEADLINES: A TALE OF GREED, DECEIT, AND A FEMALE TYCOON IN THE GILDED AGE by Betsy Prioleau (DB 110262)
GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (DB 79697, BR 20486)
HOW TO STITCH AN AMERICAN DREAM: A STORY OF FAMILY, FAITH, AND THE POWER OF GIVING by Jenny Doan (DBC 09733, LB 13806)
IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME: HOW TO TURN BEING UNDERESTIMATED INTO YOUR GREATEST ADVANTAGE by Arlan Hamilton (DB 116280)
IT’S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE by Molly Burke (DB 107216)
MARY KAY: YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL; LIFETIME WISDOM FROM AMERICA’S FOREMOST WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR by Mary Kay Ash (DB 41136)
RESET: MY FIGHT FOR INCLUSION AND LASTING CHANGE by Ellen K. Pao (DB 89352)
STORY OF EXECUTOURS: 25 YEARS ON THE FREEDOM TRAIL by Ellen McKenney Fahey (DBC 00724)
SUNCOAST EMPIRE: BERTHA HONORE PALMER, HER FAMILY, AND THE RISE OF SARASOTA, 1910-1982 by Frank A. Cassell (DBC 17164)
WHAT IT TAKES: HOW I BUILT A $100 MILLION BUSINESS AGAINST THE ODDS by Raegan Moya-Jones (DB 95476)
WILDFLOWER: A MEMOIR by Aurora James (DB 114375)
WOMAN IN BUSINESS: THE LIFE OF BEATRICE FOX AUERBACH by Virginia Hale (DBC 27945)

Juvenile Biographies

GIRLS SOLVE EVERYTHING: STORIES OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS BUILDING A BETTER WORLD by Catherine Thimmesh (DB 109277) Grades 5-8
GIRLS WHO RUN THE WORLD: 31 CEOS WHO MEAN BUSINESS by Diana Kapp (DB 100962) Grades 6-9
PERFECT FIT: HOW LENA “LANE” BRYANT CHANGED THE SHAPE OF FASHION by Mara Rockliff (DB 112910) Grades Kindergarten-3
TRY IT!: HOW FRIEDA CAPLAN CHANGED THE WAY WE EAT by Mara Rockliff (DBC 06438) Grades Kindergarten-3

Religious Contemporary Romantic Suspense Series

Do you enjoy a good modern-day romance with a slightly religious bent and spine-tingling suspense? Here is a list of religious romantic suspense series that you may enjoy in the TBP collection. They include characters from a variety of different professions, from FBI and CIA agents to search and rescue personnel. We even have a series with Coast Guardsmen. We’ve listed the first book in the series to get you started.

ALOHA REEF SERIES
DISTANT ECHOES by Colleen Coble (DB 112281, LB 10300)
AUTUMN RAIN SERIES
EYES OF A STRANGER by Rachel Ann Nunes (BRC 01551)
BAYOU SERIES
BAYOU JUSTICE by Robin Carroll (LB 10952)
COASTAL GUARDIANS SERIES
KILLING TIDE by Dani Pettrey (DB 110360)
DANGER NEVER SLEEPS SERIES
COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason (DB 103904)
FAITH & FORTUNE SERIES
TROUBLE WITH LOVE by Toni Shiloh (DB 105488)
FALSELY ACCUSED SERIES
DANGEROUS IMPOSTER by Virginia Smith (DBC 03655)
FBI: HOUSTON SERIES
FIREWALL by DiAnn Mills (DB 79598)
GLOBAL SEARCH AND RESCUE SERIES
WAY OF THE BRAVE by Susan May Warren (DB 98178)
GRACE MEDICAL SERIES
TRAUMA PLAN by Candace Calvert (DB 75514, LB 07720)
HAGGERTY MYSTERIES SERIES
HEARTS IN HIDING by Betsy Brannon Green (BRC 01553)
HIDEAWAY SERIES
HIDEAWAY by Hannah Alexander (DB 60288)
LONESTAR SERIES
LONESTAR SANCTUARY by Colleen Coble (DB 101576)
LOVE INSPIRED SUSPENSE SERIES
MURDER AT EAGLE SUMMIT by Virginia Smith (DBC 03653)
NEWPOINTE 911 SERIES
PRIVATE JUSTICE by Terri Blackstock (DB 93217, LB 11039)
NORTHERN INTRIGUE SERIES
WINTER’S SECRET by Lyn Cote (LB 10260)
O’MALLEY FAMILY SERIES
NEGOTIATOR by Dee Henderson (DB 78062, BR 13052)
RIVER DANCE SERIES
KILLING FROST by Hannah Alexander (DB 69016)
SEASONS OF INTRIGUE SERIES
ALWAYS IN SEPTEMBER by Doris Elaine Fell (DBC 15998, LB 11373)
TREASURES OF THE HEART SERIES
KISS OF ADVENTURE by Catherine Palmer (DBC 06070)
TRIPLE THREAT SERIES
POINT OF DANGER by Irene Hannon (DB 113309)
WAVES OF FREEDOM SERIES
THROUGH WATERS DEEP by Sarah Sundin (DB 89106)

Shapeshifting Romance

How often do we simply want our significant other to change? Well, in these paranormal romances, at least one of the characters does change… literally.

Here is a list of paranormal romance series featuring werewolves and other shapeshifters that you may enjoy in the TBP collection. We’ve listed the first book in the series to get you started.

Alpha and Omega Series
CRY WOLF by Patricia Briggs (DB 81317)
Bliss Wars Series
SAVAGE CITY by L. Penelope (DB 112038)
Green Creek Series
WOLFSONG by T. J. Klune (DB 108754)
Honey Badger Chronicles Series
HOT AND BADGERED by Shelly Laurenston (DB 100476)
Jane Yellowrock Series
JANE YELLOWROCK. BOOKS 1-4 by Faith Hunter (DB 84589)
Lair of the Wolven Series
CLAIMED by J. R. Ward (DB 104563)
Legend of All Wolves Series
LAST WOLF by Maria Vale (DB 93651)
Leopard People Series
AWAKENING by Christine Feehan (DB 82056)
Naked Werewolf Series
NAKED WEREWOLF. BOOKS 1-3 by Molly Harper (DB 99973)
Phoenix Pack Series
PHOENIX PACK. BOOKS 1-3 by Suzanne Wright (DB 94908)
Psy-Changeling Series
PSY-CHANGELING SERIES. BOOKS 1-4 by Nalini Singh (DB 83601)
Shifters Series
STRAY by Rachel Vincent (DB 110023)

In Their Own Words: Black Veterans

In celebration of Black History Month, we have collected a list of memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories of African American veterans. We’re including all military conflicts from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. We hope this gives you a chance to learn about their experiences in their own words.

A-TRAIN: MEMOIRS OF A TUSKEGEE AIRMAN by Charles W. Dryden (DB 47159)
AND I HAVEN’T HAD A BAD DAY SINCE: FROM THE STREETS OF HARLEM TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS by Charles B. Rangel (DB 65068)
BLOODS: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR BY BLACK VETERANS by Jake Williams (DB 21512)
I’M STILL STANDING: FROM CAPTIVE U.S. SOLDIER TO FREE CITIZEN–MY JOURNEY HOME by Shoshana Johnson (DB 71726)
INFINITE HOPE: A BLACK ARTIST’S JOURNEY FROM WORLD WAR II TO PEACE by Ashley Bryan (DB 100565)
LASTING VALOR by Vernon J. Baker (DB 47493)
REAPER: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ONE OF THE DEADLIEST SPECIAL OPS SNIPERS by Nicholas Irving (DB 81337)
WE WERE THERE: VOICES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN VETERANS, FROM WORLD WAR II TO THE WAR IN IRAQ (DB 58665)

TBP Book Club Title Announced for March 2024!

Please join us on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for our book club discussion of LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus (DB 107538, BR 24813, LB 13735).

Our book club meetings take place via Zoom; however, all you need to participate is a telephone! If you have a land line, we will provide a telephone number for you to dial. If you have a smart phone, we will email you an easy “one click” number you can use to join the discussion. We will also email a Zoom invitation to those who prefer to use a computer. This information will be sent to all patrons who RSVP a week prior to the book club meeting.

To RSVP, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605. 

Please indicate if you would like us to mail the digital cartridge to you or if you prefer to download it from NLS BARD. Also, please let us know if you would like a reminder via email or phone call (or both).

NLS Annotation: In the early 1960s, chemist Elizabeth Zott has a lot of challenges as the only woman on her team at Hastings Research Institute. She falls for colleague Calvin Evans, but the double standards of the day eventually have her looking for a new chapter outside academia, hosting a television cooking show. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2022.

We request that everyone remember the following:

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

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

BARD Mobile Android Version 2.1.0 Release!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is releasing BARD Mobile Android version 2.1.0 this week, introducing enhanced features and improvements.

BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their Android devices. Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running Android OS version 9-14 in order to use this updated version of the app.

Among the highlights:

In-app search functionality

A fully supported in-app search function, including Music Collection search, for a more seamless experience.

Spanish translation

The app can now be set so its text and audio are in Spanish. To switch to Spanish, select it as the default language in your device settings. The app’s visual and TalkBack interface will adjust.

International language search option

Explore the new international language search option by choosing up to four languages in the app’s settings. Filter search results by selecting your preferred language.

Navigate to: App’s Settings > User Account Settings > Language Preferences > Select up to four languages.

When accessing Get Books – Search, you will have up to four languages based on your settings. Default languages are English and Spanish if no changes are made.

Compatibility and User Guide update

  • The app supports Android OS versions 9–14.
  • Please note that the User Guide is being updated and will be added later.

Users should be able to update supported Android devices by February 1, 2024. BARD Mobile users can confirm that they are running the latest version by checking the bottom of the app’s Settings screen.

New BARD Download Limits

Beginning February 6, 2024, NLS patrons will be allowed to download no more than 250 books and magazines from BARD in any rolling thirty-day period. This download maximum includes both audio and braille titles, and across all BARD platforms. This means if you download 200 unique items using BARD Express, you can still download another 50 titles using the BARD mobile app on your smart device.

The download limit is calculated by adding up the number of “unique titles” downloaded. You can download the same title on additional devices in the same thirty-day period without that download counting against the limit.

2024 Texas Topaz Youth Nonfiction Reading List

Texas Library Association has created a list that highlights outstanding nonfiction published during the past three years that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning. This list is the Texas Topaz Youth Reading List. Here are the items from the 2024 list that are in the TBP collection.

For More Information: https://txla.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Texas-Topaz-List_Youth-Annotated_final.pdf

GRADES K-2

BEAK BOOK by Robin Page (DB 115526)
CAVES by Nell Cross Beckerman (DB 111301)
CHAMPION CHOMPERS, SUPER STINKERS AND OTHER POEMS BY EXTRAORDINARY ANIMALS by Linda Ashman (IN PROCESS)
 HOW DO YOU SPELL UNFAIR?: MACNOLIA COX AND THE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE by Carole Boston Weatherford (DB 115677 IN PROCESS)
POLAR BEAR by Candace Fleming (DB 112429)

GRADES 3-5

ADVENTURES OF DR. SLOTH: REBECCA CLIFFE AND HER QUEST TO PROTECT SLOTHS by Suzi Eszterhas (DB 110554)
HOLDING HER OWN: THE EXCEPTIONAL LIFE OF JACKIE ORMES by Traci N. Todd (DB 112392)
JUST JERRY: HOW DRAWING SHAPED MY LIFE by Jerry Pinkney (DB 115908)

GRADES 6-8

AGENT MOST WANTED: THE NEVER-BEFORE STORY OF THE MOST DANGEROUS SPY OF WORLD WAR II by Sonia Purnell (DB 110047)
BUZZKILL: A WILD WANDER THROUGH THE WEIRD AND THREATENED WORLD OF BUGS by Brenna Maloney (DB 111662)
HOPE WINS: A COLLECTION OF INSPIRING STORIES FOR YOUNG READERS (DB 108650, LB 14334)
INAUGURAL BALLERS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST US WOMEN’S OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM by Andrew Maraniss (DB 110512, LB 14383)
LONG TIME COMING: A LYRICAL BIOGRAPHY OF RACE IN AMERICA FROM ONA JUDGE TO BARACK OBAMA by Ray Anthony Shepard (DB 115751)
MONA LISA VANISHES: A LEGENDARY PAINTER, A SHOCKING HEIST, AND THE BIRTH OF A GLOBAL CELEBRITY by Nick Day (DB 116805)
MONKEY TRIAL: JOHN SCOPES AND THE BATTLE OVER TEACHING EVOLUTION by Anita Sanchez (DB 114312)

GRADES 9-12

ACCOUNTABLE: THE TRUE STORY OF A RACIAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT AND THE TEENAGERS WHOSE LIVES IT CHANGED by Dashka Slater (DB 116594)
AMERICAN MURDERER: THE PARASITE THAT HAUNTED THE SOUTH by Gail Jarrow (DB 110750, BR 24570)
FACE FOR PICASSO: COMING OF AGE WITH CROUZON SYNDROME by Ariel Henley (DB 106407, BR 24036)
FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY: THE KILLING OF VINCENT CHIN AND THE TRIAL THAT GALVANIZED THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT by Paula Yoo (DB 103862)
MONEY OUT LOUD: ALL THE FINANCIAL STUFF NO ONE TAUGHT US by Berna Anat (DB 117606 IN PROCESS)
WORK WITH WHAT YOU GOT: A MEMOIR by Zion Clark (IN PROCESS)

2024 Texas Topaz Adult Nonfiction Reading List

Texas Library Association has created a list that highlights outstanding nonfiction published during the past three years that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning. Here are the items from the 2024 the Texas Topaz Reading List that are in the TBP collection.

For More Information: 2024 Texas Topaz List_Adult Annotated (txla.org)

ALL THE LIVING AND THE DEAD: FROM EMBALMERS TO EXECUTIONERS, AND EXPLORATION OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE DEATH THEIR LIFE’S WORK by Hayley Campbell (DB 110278)
ART THIEF: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, CRIME, AND A DANGEROUS OBSESSION by Michael Finkel (DB 115367, LB 14518)
ATLAS OF THE HEART: MAPPING MEANINGFUL CONNECTION AND THE LANGUAGE OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE by Brené Brown (DB 106540, BR 24796 IN PROCESS, LB 13602)
BARBIZON: THE HOTEL THAT SET WOMEN FREE by Paulina Bren (DB 103460)
BEAVERLAND: HOW ONE WEIRD RODENT MADE AMERICA by Leila Philip (DB 112050)
COBALT RED: HOW THE BLOOD OF THE CONGO POWERS OUR LIVES by Siddharth Kara (DB 112317)
FATTY FATTY BOOM BOOM: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, FAT, AND FAMILY by Rabia Chaudry (DB 113084, LB 14612)
FEVER IN THE HEARTLAND: THE KU KLUX KLAN’S PLOT TO TAKE OVER AMERICA, AND THE WOMAN WHO STOPPED THEM by Timothy Egan (DB 114864)
FOREVER WITNESS: HOW DNA AND GENEALOGOY SOLVED A COLD CASE DOUBLE MURDER by Edward Humes (DB 112528)
FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND THE BIG TERRIBLE THINGS by Matthew Perry (DB 110888, LB 14205)
GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM: AND OTHER HELPFUL RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO BECOME AMERICAN by Wajahat Ali (DBC 27456)
GREAT ESCAPE: A TRUE STORY OF FORCED LABOR AND IMMIGRANT DREAMS IN AMERICA by Saket Soni (DB 113144)
HIJAB BUTCH BLUES: A MEMOIR by Lamya H. (DB IN PROCESS)
HYSTERICAL: A MEMOIR by Elissa Bassist (DB 113145)
JACQUES PEPIN ART OF THE CHICKEN: A MASTER CHEF’S PAINTINGS, STORIES, AND RECIPES OF THE HUMBLE BIRD by Jacques Pepin (DB 112702, BR 24763 IN PROCESS)
LIFE IN FIVE SENSES: HOW EXPLORING THE SENSES GOT ME OUT OF MY HEAD AND INTO THE WORLD by Gretchen Rubin (DB 114675 IN PROCESS, LB 14423)
LIGHT WE CARRY: OVERCOMING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES by Michelle Obama (DB 111237, BR 24710 IN PROCESS)
MONSTER’S BONES: THE DISCOVERY OF T REX AND HOW IT SHOOK OUR WORLD by David K. Randall (IN PROCESS)
MY FIRST POPSICLE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF FOOD AND FEELINGS (LB 14504)
ROUGH SLEEPERS: DR. JIM O’CONNELL’S URGENT MISSION TO BRING HEALING TO HOMELESS PEOPLE by Tracy Kidder (IN PROCESS)
SCENES FROM MY LIFE: A MEMOIR by Michael Kenneth Williams (DB 109789)
STAY TRUE: A MEMOIR by Hua Hsu (DB 110669)
TELL ME EVERYTHING: THE STORY OF A PRIVATE INVESTIGATION by Erika Krouse (DB 108142)
UNRAVELING: WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE WHILE SHEARING SHEEP, DYEING WOOL, AND MAKING THE WORLD’S UGLIEST SWEATER by Peggy Orenstein (DB 113482)
WE SHOULD NOT BE FRIENDS: THE STORY OF A FRIENDSHIP by Will Schwalbe (DB 113625)
YOU COULD MAKE THIS PLACE BEAUTIFUL: A MEMOIR by Maggie Smith (DB 115170)