New Large Print Books Added in August 2021

ADULT FICTION

LB           13374    BLACK SUN         ROANHORSE, REBECCA 

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice celebration is coinciding with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event the Sun Priest believes will lead to an unbalancing of the world. As the priests prepare, a ship heads towards Tova with a seemingly harmless passenger. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

LB           13378    BULLET                 JOHANSEN, IRIS

Research doctor Diane Connors has been developing a secret discovery with global ramifications. But when word gets out, she turns to the last person she wants to ask for help–her ex-husband, Joe Quinn. Joe and his wife Eve Duncan risk everything to protect Diane. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13371    CONFESSIONS OF A CURIOUS BOOKSELLER           GREEN, ELIZABETH          

Without question, Fawn Birchill knows that her used bookstore is the heart of West Philadelphia. So when an amicable young indie bookseller invades her block, Fawn is convinced that his cushy couches, impressive selection, coffee bar, and knowledgeable staff are a neighborhood blight. Misguided yet blindly resilient, Fawn declares war, and soon faces unavoidable truths about online dating, strained familial relationships, a devoted intern, and the litany of repairs her aging store requires. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13373    OTHER EMILY     KOONTZ, DEAN R. (DEAN RAY), 1945-      

A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway and was presumed to be a victim of a serial killer. Writer David Thorne searches for closure over the love of his life but instead stumbles into something inconceivable. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.   

LB           13377    GOLDEN GIRL     HILDERBRAND, ELIN       

Novelist Vivian Howe was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Nantucket. In the afterlife, she is allowed one last summer to watch what happens below. As she observes her three adult children and ex-husband, she worries about the reaction to her final book, which reveals personal secrets. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

ADULT  NON-FICTION

LB           13372    FINDING FREEDOM: A COOK’S STORY; REMAKING A LIFE FROM SCRATCH                FRENCH, ERIN (CHEF)               

Chef known for her focus on Maine ingredients and culture, and whose restaurant fills its seats with people from all over the world, presents her journey to becoming who she is. French shares the challenges she has faced–including dealing with drug addiction–and what has brought her joy. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13376    CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE        EYMAN, SCOTT, 1951-    

Biography of famous actor born Archibald Leach (1904-1986). Drawing on Grant’s own papers, extensive archival research, and interviews with family and friends, explores his career and personal life. Shows that despite his success, Grant remained deeply conflicted about his past, his present, and his basic identity. Unrated. 2020.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           13375    QUEEN’S SECRET               DE LA CRUZ, MELISSA, 1971-       

Lovers Cal and Lilac battle dark forces apart from each other, and the strength of their love–and their kingdom–face the ultimate test. Sequel to The Queen’s Assassin (DB 98674). Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

New Large Print Books Added in July 2021

ADULT FICTION

LB           13299    DAYLIGHT            BALDACCI, DAVID           

FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s search for her twin sister Mercy–who was abducted at the age of six–clashes with military investigator John Puller’s high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy from which neither of them will escape unscathed. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13317    WORST CASE      PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

NYPD detective Mike Bennett is assigned to the case of eighteen-year-old Jacob Dunning, kidnapped son of a billionaire CEO. Teamed with FBI agent Emily Parker, Bennett tracks an activist killer who plans to change an unjust world with blood. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2010. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13318    TICK TOCK           PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

After events in Worst Case (DB 70893), widowed NYPD detective Mike Bennett goes on vacation with his ten adopted children and their attractive nanny Mary Catherine. But he is summoned home to deal with a series of baffling and gruesome cases that copy famous crimes. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2011. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13319    GONE    PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Crime lord Manuel Perrine declares war–and his top target is detective Michael Bennett, who once arrested him. Bennett, his ten adopted children, their nanny, and his grandfather are hidden safely on a California farm, guarded by the FBI. But now the FBI needs Bennett’s help. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2013. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13320    SCORPION’S TAIL: A NORA KELLY NOVEL    PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.  

Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson team up when a mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13321    RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: A MICHAEL BENNETT MYSTERY        PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

NYPD hostage negotiator Michael Bennett is struggling to find a serial killer who calls himself the Teacher and who randomly targets people in the city. While texting with the sociopath, Mike tends to his ten adopted and newly motherless kids, who all have the flu. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

LB           13327    ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT          KRENTZ, JAYNE ANN      

North Chastain possesses a paranormal talent that gives him the ability to track down the most dangerous psychic criminals. When his father suddenly falls into a coma-like state, North is convinced it was caused by a deadly artifact. He asks antiques expert Sierra Raines for help. 2021.

LB           13332    PIECE OF MY HEART        CLARK, MARY HIGGINS 

Television producer Laurie Moran and her fiancé Alex Buckley, the former host of her investigative television show, are just days away from their mid-August wedding, when things take a dark turn. Alex’s seven-year-old nephew, Johnny, vanishes from the beach. Unrated. 2020. Related names: Burke, Alafair, author.

LB           13338    HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: A DETECTIVE WILLIAM WARWICK NOVEL             ARCHER, JEFFREY, 1940-

1986. William Warwick from Nothing Ventured (DB 96828) has been promoted to Detective Sergeant. Along with the rest of his team, he is assigned to the Drugs Squad. Their mission is to capture a notorious drug dealer, but a trap is hidden in plain sight. Unrated. 2020.       

LB           13339    AWAKENING: THE DRAGON HEART LEGACY, BOOK 1         ROBERTS, NORA              

Breen Kelly is debt-ridden and working a job she hates when she discovers her mother has been hiding money left to her by her long-lost father. She treats herself to a trip to Ireland and falls through a portal to a magical land where she has a dangerous destiny. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020.         

LB           13324    MAGIC LESSONS               HOFFMAN, ALICE            

In the 1600s, Maria was abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Hannah Owens takes her in and teaches her, recognizing that even as a child Maria has a magical gift. Prequel to Practical Magic (DB 40461). Some strong language. 2020.

LB           13352    EGG DROP DEAD              CHIEN, VIVIEN  

It was supposed to be a fancy, intimate dinner party by the pool. Instead, Lana Lee’s first-ever catering event turns into full-course madness when a domestic worker is found dead. Is the party’s host Donna Feng, the sweet-and-sour owner of the Asia Village shopping plaza where Ho-Lee is situated, somehow to blame? That’s what Lana–whose plate is already plenty full with running the restaurant, pleasing her often-disapproving mother, and fretting over her occasionally-serious boyfriend Detective Adam Trudeau–must find out. 2020.

LB           13356    MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH: A ROBIN LOCKWOOD NOVEL           MARGOLIN, PHILLIP

Attorney and former mma fighter Robin Lockwood is convinced her new client, Joe Lattimore, is innocent of the murder he is accused of committing. Joe’s past as an underground fighter led to blackmail, and he thought he was just burglarizing a home when he found a body. Unrated. 2021.          

LB           13358    ALERT    PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

After two inexplicable high-tech attacks, New York is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI’s Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility–but they’re as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015. Related names: Ledwidge, Michael, author.

LB           13359    GAMBLING MAN             BALDACCI, DAVID           

On the eve of the 1950s, war veteran Aloysius Archer is on a bus to California. During a stop in Reno, he comes into possession of a wad of cash and blood-red 1939 Delahaye convertible. Arriving in California, he lands an apprenticeship with PI Willie Dash. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13360    BLACK BOOK      PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence, but what matters most is what’s missing–the madam’s black book. The effects ripple through the city’s elite, and everyone’s desperate to find it. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017.

LB           13357    NO PEACE: A STEVE DANCY TALE               BEST, JAMES D.

Steve Dancy has married and settled down in San Diego. His wanderlust and violence discarded when he married Virginia, the past three years have been blissfully peaceful. Now with a two-year-old son, Steve invites his mother to meet the family in Monterey at the Hotel Del Monte, one of the finest resort hotels in the country, for a family holiday. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13366    RETURN TO VIRGIN RIVER            CARR, ROBYN    

Author Kaylee hoped to use her work to deal with her grief over her mother’s recent death. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline. Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

LB           13364    MOONLIGHT SCHOOL    FISHER, SUZANNE WOODS          

Based on true events, a young woman used to the finer things in life arrives in small town Appalachia in 1911 to help her formidable cousin combat adult illiteracy by opening moonlight schools. Unrated. 2021.         

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           13353    CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS         WILKERSON, ISABEL       

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns (DB 71929) examines the unofficial castes and hierarchies she has observed as inherent in American society. She also discusses the eight pillars of all caste systems and offers ways for America to move forward. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13355    MEGHAN AND HARRY: THE REAL STORY CAMPBELL, LADY COLIN

Lady Colin Campbell goes behind the scenes, speaking to friends, relations, courtiers, and colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic to reveal the most unexpected royal story since King Edward VIII’s abdication. She highlights the dilemmas involved and the issues that lurk beneath the surface, revealing why the couple decided to step down as senior royals. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13361    HOW THE WORD IS PASSED: A RECKONING WITH THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY ACROSS AMERICA                SMITH, CLINT    

The author tours the monuments and landmarks that tell the story of slavery’s central role in shaping America’s collective history and culture. He explores historical plantations, prisons, cemeteries, holidays, and entire neighborhoods, revealing their ties to this painful aspect of America’s past and present. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021. Variant title: Reckoning with the history of slavery across America. 

LB           13362    BOMBER MAFIA: A DREAM, A TEMPTATION, AND THE LONGEST NIGHT OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR                 GLADWELL, MALCOLM, 1963-    

The author of Tipping Point (DB 50027) and Outliers (DB 68164) examines the development of precision bombing in the years leading up to World War II. He questions the tactics applied in World War II and ponders the morality of those decisions. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13363    LET US DREAM: THE PATH TO A BETTER FUTURE                 FRANCIS, POPE, 1936-   

Leader of the Catholic Church collaborates with his biographer to present a vision for creating a safer, fairer, and healthier world for all people. Their methods are rooted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and address the systems which led to the spread of the virus. Unrated. 2020.       

LB           13365    PRINCE PHILIP REVEALED              SEWARD, INGRID            

The editor-in-chief of “Majesty” magazine presents a biography of the British consort to discuss his aristocratic childhood in Paris, more than seven-decade marriage to Elizabeth II, and loyal service as a statesman and philanthropist. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13367    RISE UP: CONFRONTING A COUNTRY AT THE CROSSROADS            SHARPTON, AL

Minister, political and civil rights activist, and radio talk show host reflects on the trajectory of politics in the early twenty-first century, focusing on the Obama and Trump years. The author discusses his views on the failures that have occurred and suggest a path forward for America to reclaim its core values. Unrated. 2020. Related names: Dyson, Michael Eric, writer of foreword.

LB           13368    THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WE’LL BE LAUGHING: A MEMOIR WINSPEAR, JACQUELINE, 1955-

Author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series recounts growing up in post-World War II England and the lasting effects of the conflict on her family. Discusses her grandfather’s shellshock from World War I service, her parents’ experiences during World War II, and her childhood in rural Kent. Unrated. 2020. Variant title: This time next year we will be laughing.

LB           13369    NOISE: A FLAW IN HUMAN JUDGMENT  KAHNEMAN, DANIEL, 1934-        

Discusses why people make bad judgements and how to make better ones by reducing the influence of “noise”–variables that can cause bias in decision making–and draws on examples in many fields, including medicine, law, economic forecasting, forensic science, strategy, and personnel selection. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13370    THIS IS THE FIRE: WHAT I SAY TO MY FRIENDS ABOUT RACISM     LEMON, DON, 1966-

Beginning with a letter to one of his Black nephews, the author reflects on his slave ancestors, his upbringing in the shadow of segregation, the artifacts of slavery in modern America, historical events tied to slavery, and the importance of resisting racism on a daily basis. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.              

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           13336    TOWER OF NERO: THE TRIALS OF APOLLO, BOOK 5            RIORDAN, RICK

Lester teams up with his demigod master, Meg, to follow a prophecy that leads to an ultimate confrontation at the Tower of Nero. For grades 5-8. 2020.

LB           13337    DARK PROPHECY              RIORDAN, RICK

Leaving the safety of the demigod training ground, a disgraced Apollo embarks on a quest across North America to find a dangerous ancient-world Oracle while navigating the challenges of the evil Triumvirate. For grades 5-8. 2017.

LB           13323    WE DREAM OF SPACE    KELLY, ERIN ENTRADA    1986.

As the nation waits expectantly for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, three siblings–Cash, Fitch, and Bird–struggle with their own personal anxieties. When the fated day arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways. For grades 4-7. 2020.

LB           13354    KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES     CALLENDER, KACEN        

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy’s grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself. For grades 4-7. 2020. Variant title: King & the dragonflies.

September 2021 Book Club Title Announced

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for our book club discussion of SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS by Brian Kilmeade (DB 97726, LB 12663).

Book Cover for Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers

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 at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by March 5) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

An account of America’s continued fight for Texas after the crushing massacre at the Alamo. The author describes how that defeat galvanized Texans to ultimately win independence for the state. Violence. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019.We request that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.
  • Be courteous. Be succinct so as to give everyone a chance to talk; be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.

We look forward to the discussion on September 23!

New Large Print Books Added in June 2021

ADULT FICTION

LB           13292    AND THEY CALLED IT CAMELOT: A NOVEL OF JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS    THORNTON, STEPHANIE, 1980-           

Jacqueline Bouvier rises to national fame when she marries the well-regarded junior senator from Massachusetts, Jack Kennedy. But the life in the public eye is not easy, especially with a husband like Jack. When Jack is assassinated, she must rebuild her life for herself and her children. Unrated. 2020.               

LB           13297    SEASONS OF AN AMISH GARDEN: FOUR STORIES                CLIPSTON, AMY

A collection of four stories which revolve around an Amish community garden and those who find friendship and love while working there. In “Spring Is in the Air,” the people of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, plan a garden to honor a young widow’s husband. 2019. Contents: Spring is in the air – Home by summer – The fruits of fall – Winter blessings.

LB           13290    FORTUNE AND GLORY    EVANOVICH, JANET       

When the husband of Stephanie’s beloved Grandma Mazur died on their wedding night, he left her a beat-up old easy chair and the keys to a life-changing fortune. But as Stephanie and Grandma Mazur search for Jimmy Rosolli’s treasure, they discover they’re not the only ones on the hunt. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13291    CHRISTMAS RESOLUTION             PERRY, ANNE    

When Celia Hooper discovers that her dear friend Clementine is to marry widower Seth Marlowe–a man with a sinister past–she calls upon her husband, Detective John Hooper of the Thames River Police, to help her find out what really happened to Seth’s first wife several years ago. Rumour has it that she killed herself and Seth’s daughter ran away to live on the streets but no one seems to know the truth. Unrated. 2020. 

LB           13293    BOOK OF TWO WAYS      PICOULT, JODI, 1966-     

Dawn Edelstein is on a plane when they are told to prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her current life. After Dawn miraculously survives the crash, her two possible futures unspool side by side. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2020.               

LB           13296    PRAY FOR DEATH              JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.           

U.S. Marshal Will Tanner is a man of the law, not a gun for hire. Except when a friend’s in danger and needs the Tanner brand of help that comes out the barrel of a gun. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13295    JACK      ROBINSON, MARILYNNE

John Ames Boughton–Jack to his friends–is the prodigal son of Gilead’s Presbyterian minister. He has fallen for Della Miles, a high school teacher and fellow preacher’s kid. Jack’s past and their interracial romance cause them heartache and more. Unrated. 2020.            

LB           13294    HOW TO RAISE AN ELEPHANT     MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER, 1948-         

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but can Mma Ramotswe and the rest of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency come together to raise a pipsqueak pachyderm? We may find out in this novel. We may not. Who can say? Unrated. 2020.    

LB           13278    LAW OF INNOCENCE      CONNELLY, MICHAEL, 1956-        

Defense attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by police, who find the body of a client in the trunk of his Lincoln. When Haller is charged with murder and can’t make the exorbitant bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge, he must strategize and build his defense from his jail cell. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13315    SHADOWS OF FOXWORTH           ANDREWS, V.C. (VIRGINIA C.)    

Two generations before Corinne Foxworth locked her children in an attic, the life of her grandmother, a gorgeous young girl named Corrine Dixon, changed forever. At age sixteen, she discovered she was pregnant by the wealthy and handsome Garland Foxworth. Now, trapped in the labyrinthine Foxworth estate, young Corrine is overwhelmed with her stifled life and domineering husband. When an artist is hired to paint her portrait, she immediately falls in love and is convinced to abandon this dark world forever… Unrated. 2020.

LB           13316    BURDEN OF PROOF         BUNN, T. DAVIS, 1952-  

Ethan missed the chance to save his brother’s life. When his brother’s widow reveals that she and her husband were involved in a legal case that threatens the global power structure, Ethan must face his past and join the search for answers to discover how to redeem his future. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13314    NOEL STREET: FROM THE NOEL COLLECTION        EVANS, RICHARD PAUL  1975.

In Mistletoe, Utah, waitress Elle Sheen works at the Noel Street Diner as she raises her biracial son, Dylan, whose father was killed in Vietnam. She meets William Smith, a recently returned POW. As they grow closer, William may have the answer to Elle’s secret pain. 2019.         

LB           13310    KILLER TAKE ALL                JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.           

When railroad developer Jacob Freemantle begins buying up land in the cattle town of Chugwater, Duff MacCallister and the other settlers are on board at first. But Duff begins to suspect Freemantle of devious motivations and dirty tactics. Unrated. 2020. Related names: Johnstone, J. A., author.

LB           13308    CRYSTAL CAVE TRILOGY     ALBERT, SUSAN WITTIG           

3 novellas featuring Ruby Wilcox, from the China Bayles series: NoBODY, SomeBODY Else, and Out of BODY. This book is part of the Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery list. Unrated. 2020.      

LB           13311    THOUSAND TEXAS LONGHORNS      BOGGS, JOHNNY D.  

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 have guns, farmers have sick livestock, and the Army’s have their own reasons to stop the drive… Unrated. 2020.    

LB           13309    HITTING A STRAIGHT LICK WITH A CROOKED STICK: STORIES FROM THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE                 HURSTON, ZORA NEALE

A collection of short stories that examine love, migration, gender, class, racism, sexism, and African American folk culture. Includes eight of the author’s “lost” Harlem stories. 2020. Related names:  Jones, Tayari, writer of foreword. West, Margaret Genevieve, editor, writer of introduction.

LB           13328    AMISH CHRISTMAS WEDDING: FOUR STORIES     CLIPSTON, AMY

From bestselling authors of Amish fiction come four delightful stories perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the everyday miracles Christmas brings. Unrated. 2020. Related names: Irvin, Kelly, author. Fuller, Kathleen, author. Chapman, Vannetta, author.

LB           13331    IN THE LION’S DEN: THE HOUSE OF FALCONER    BRADFORD, BARBARA TAYLOR, 1933-

James Lionel Falconer has risen quickly from a mere shop worker to being the right-hand man of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. With Malvern’s daughter Alexis running away to the country after a terrible tragedy and refusing to return, James’ ascent to head of the company seems inevitable. But even a charmed life like James’ is not without its setbacks. Can James continue to be the master of his own fate? Unrated. 2020.

LB           13322    LOVE YOUR LIFE                KINSELLA, SOPHIE           

After a recent breakup and dating app debacle, Ava decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. She meets a man and they have a whirlwind love affair, but can their passion survive back in the real world? Unrated. 2020.

LB           13329    ELSEWHERE        KOONTZ, DEAN R. (DEAN RAY), 1945-      

Since his wife Michelle left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane focused on raising his eleven-year-old daughter Amity. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep. Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object. Violence and strong language. 2020.

LB           13334    DARK TIDES         GREGORY, PHILIPPA      

Midsummer Eve 1670. Two unexpected visitors arrive at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the River Thames. The first is a wealthy man hoping to find the lover he deserted twenty-one years before. The second visitor is a beautiful widow from Venice in deepest mourning. Unrated. 2020.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           13298    WHY DID I COME INTO THIS ROOM?: A CANDID CONVERSATION ABOUT AGING  LUNDEN, JOAN

Acclaimed broadcast journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into the various phases of aging that leave many feeling uncomfortable, confused, and on edge. Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. After all, laughing is better than crying–unless it makes you pee! Unrated. 2020.

LB           13289    GROWING OLD: NOTES ON AGING WITH SOMETHING LIKE GRACE             THOMAS, ELIZABETH MARSHALL, 1931-            

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing the natural world, chronicling the customs of pre-contact hunter-gatherers and the secret lives of deer and dogs. In this book, the capstone of her long career, Thomas, now eighty-eight, turns her keen eye to her own life. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13275    BEST OF ME        SEDARIS, DAVID

A retrospective collection culled from the comic essayist’s previously published volumes and magazine articles. Finding the humor in even the darkest personal events, in these stories Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, struggles with foreign languages, hand-feeds a carnivorous bird, and more. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13313    MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST NUCLEAR DISASTER                HIGGINBOTHAM, ADAM              

An account of the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Discusses the disaster itself, the immediate ecological consequences, the political and economic ramifications for the Soviet Union, and more. Draws on decades of reporting, archival information, and firsthand interviews with witnesses. Strong language. 2019. Variant title: Midnight in Chernobyl: the story of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster.

LB           13330    EXPEDITION DEEP OCEAN: THE FIRST DESCENT TO THE BOTTOM OF ALL FIVE OF THE WORLD’S OCEANS               YOUNG, JOSH   

Expedition Deep Ocean tells the inside story of this exploration of one of the most unforgiving and mysterious places on our planet, including the site of the Titanic wreck and the little-understood Hadal Zone. The expedition pushed technology to the limits, mapped hidden landscapes, discovered previously unknown life forms and began to piece together how life in the deep oceans affects our planet–but it was far from easy. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13326    NO TIME LIKE THE FUTURE: AN OPTIMIST CONSIDERS MORTALITY              FOX, MICHAEL J., 1961- 

Memoir of the actor and author of Lucky Man (DB 54265) who has lived with Parkinson’s Disease for thirty years. He shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13325    INTIMATIONS: SIX ESSAYS            SMITH, ZADIE    

The author of Feel Free: Essays (DB 90182) examines the experience of lock down during the 2020 pandemic through a series of personal essays. Bestseller. 2020.       

LB           13335    HIS VERY BEST: JIMMY CARTER, A LIFE     ALTER, JONATHAN         

The author of Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (DB 77347) traces the evolution of President Carter throughout his life, from his childhood, through his various careers and causes. Draws on archival materials and five years of extensive access to Carter and his family. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13333    ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY: COMBAT RACISM, CHANGE THE WORLD, AND BECOME A GOOD ANCESTOR          SAAD, LAYLA F. 

Twenty-eight day guide to examining the ways white supremacy influences your life. Provides exercises to assist in dismantling those thought processes. Topics include definitions, anti-blackness, racial stereotypes, allyship, power differentials, and continuing the work. Includes a foreword by Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility (DB 91860). 2020.

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

LB           13312    TRUTHS WE HOLD: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY        HARRIS, KAMALA, 1964-

With her election to the vice presidency, her election to the U.S. Senate, and her position as attorney general of California, Kamala Harris has blazed trails throughout her entire political career. But how did she achieve her goals? What values and influences guided and inspired her along the way? In this young readers edition of Kamala Harris’s memoir, we learn about the impact that her family and community had on her life, and see what led her to discover her own sense of self and purpose. For grades 2-4. 2021. Related names: Shamir, Ruby, author.

New Large Print Books Added in May 2021

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           13211    WHITE ROSE       WILSON, KIP      

A novel in verse. Sophie Scholl, a young German college student, challenges the Nazi regime during World War II as part of the White Rose, a nonviolent resistance group. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2019.    

LB           13214    BIRDIE AND ME NUANEZ, J.M.M.             

Ever since their free-spirited mama died ten months ago, twelve-year-old Jack and her gender creative nine-year-old brother, Birdie, have been living with their fun-loving Uncle Carl, but now their conservative Uncle Patrick insists on being their guardian which forces all four of them to confront grief, prejudice, and loss, all while exploring what ‘home’ really means. For grades 2-4 and older readers. Unrated. 2020.   

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           13201    ALL AMERICAN BOYS      REYNOLDS, JASON          

When Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing a bag of chips, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

LB           13203    DRY        SHUSTERMAN, NEAL     

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a war zone in the hunt for water. And that’s when her parents go missing. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2018. Related names: Shusterman, Jarrod, author.       

LB           13212    AMERICAN STREET          ZOBOI, IBI AANU             

Fabiola’s mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States from Haiti. Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

LB           13213    BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING         MENDEZ, MATT                

Three Mexican Americans–Juan, JD, and Fabi–face unique struggles as they grapple with how to make a better life for themselves when it seems like brown lives don’t matter. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.     

LB           13216    PRIDE        ZOBOI, IBI AANU         

Zuri Benitez has pride for Brooklyn and her family’s ethnic roots. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with them, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018.             

LB           13218    TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET              MCMANUS, KAREN M. 

True-crime aficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in the small town of Echo Ridge, known for murder and missing girls. When a new friend goes missing, Ellery digs into the community’s secrets. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2019.   

LB           13208    PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER              CHBOSKY, STEPHEN        

1991. High school freshman Charlie shares his observations in letters to someone he doesn’t know. After befriending Patrick, who is gay, and Patrick’s stepsister Sam, Charlie becomes more involved in the world around him. For senior high and older readers. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.            

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           13210    WE ARE HERE TO STAY: VOICES OF UNDOCUMENTED YOUNG ADULTS      KUKLIN, SUSAN

Stories of nine undocumented young adults whose families fled violence and poverty in their homelands for a chance at a better life and education in the United States. Among other things, they discuss their fears of losing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection. For senior high and older readers. 2019.               

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.

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

New Large Print Books Added in December 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           12767    CRISS CROSS       PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse and says “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.” Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019.          

LB           12776    BOY        HOAG, TAMI     

Married Louisiana detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard work a brutal case. Someone entered a second-grader’s bedroom and stabbed him to death. The boy’s heartbroken single mother—who escaped with injuries—is of little help. And the boy’s young babysitter is missing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.

LB           12762    ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM     BENEDICT, MARIE           

Vienna, 1933. While acting in a play, Hedy Kiesler—soon to be Hedy Lamarr—draws the attention of industrialist Friedrich Mandl. Her beauty and marriage to Friedrich save her from the Nazis, and she eventually flees to Hollywood. But her true passion is science and inventing. Bestseller. 2018.

LB           12770    CRUEL DECEPTION: A BESS CRAWFORD MYSTERY               TODD, CHARLES

In the aftermath of World War I, nurse Bess Crawford attempts to save Lieutenant Lawrence Minton, a troubled former soldier, from a mysterious killer. To prevent a tragedy, she must get at the truth as quickly as possible—which means putting herself between Lieutenant Minton and whatever is destroying him. Or is it whoever? Unrated. 2019.

LB           12758    DEAR MRS. BIRD               PEARCE, A.J. (AMANDA-JANE)   

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and so she jumps at the chance to work for the London Evening Chronicle. But the position is acting as typist for advice columnist Mrs. Bird. Soon, Emmeline is responding to those inquiries Mrs. Bird refuses. Unrated. 2018.

LB           12769    DELICATE TOUCH             WOODS, STUART             

An old acquaintance of Stone Barrington needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back decades that involves numerous prominent New Yorkers. Unrated. 2018.

LB           12772    ACCIDENT: A CHILLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER             BARELLI, NATALIE

Katherine knew she’d had too many drinks, but they were only going a short distance, and as Eve pointed out, there was no traffic anyway. Even now, driving them home and knowing she shouldn’t, seemed almost mischievous. All part of the fun. Not anymore. Katherine would do anything to turn back the clock. But this isn’t the end of the nightmare, it’s just the beginning… Unrated. 2019.

LB           12768    CHOCOLATIER   MORAN, JAN    

San Francisco, 1953: When widowed Celina Savoia, a chocolatiere, takes her son to meet his father’s family in Italy, she discovers her husband concealed a treacherous secret. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12766    BLUE MOON: A JACK REACHER NOVEL    CHILD, LEE          

An elderly couple made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. While helping them out, loner Jack Reacher suddenly finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019.  

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12757    CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE: WHISTLEBLOWING IN AN AGE OF FRAUD               MUELLER, TOM, 1963-   

Journalist discusses the history of whistleblowing, tracing its rise and examining a series of cases from the realms of healthcare, finance, and politics. Draws on interviews with whistleblowers, lawyers, politicians, intelligence analysts, and others. Unrated. 2019.

LB           12755    GREAT SOCIETY: A NEW HISTORY              SHLAES, AMITY 

In the 1960s, Americans sought the same goals many seek now: an end to poverty, higher standards of living for the middle class, a better environment and more access to health care and education. Yet Johnson’s and Nixon’s programs shackled millions of families in permanent government dependence. Shlaes argues that the costs of entitlement commitments preclude the very reforms that Americans will need in coming decades. Unrated. 2019.

LB           12775    TIGHTROPE: AMERICANS REACHING FOR HOPE   KRISTOF, NICHOLAS D., 1959-     

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of Half the Sky (DB 70300) examine life for working-class Americans and discuss the issues they face. Studies the disappearance of many blue-collar jobs, deaths related to drugs and alcohol, suicide, and the long-term damage of public policy mistakes. Strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           12760    WHERE WE GO FROM HERE: TWO YEARS IN THE RESISTANCE       SANDERS, BERNARD

Senator Bernie Sanders discusses the actions he has taken to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda and strengthen the progressive movement. Details his views on how America should move forward as a nation. Bestseller. 2018.

LB           13001    HOW TO MAKE YOUR MONEY LAST: THE INDISPENSABLE RETIREMENT GUIDE      QUINN, JANE BRYANT               

In the 2nd edition of How to Make Your Money Last, you will learn how to turn your retirement savings into a steady paycheck that will last for life. At a time when people are living longer—yet retiring with a smaller pot of savings than they’d hoped for—this book will become an essential guide. 2016, 2020.

New Large Print Books Added in November 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           13000    BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN          CHAMBERLAIN, DIANE, 1950-     

Serving a three-year stint in North Carolina for a crime she did not commit, artist Morgan Christopher is promised she will be released immediately if she restores a 1940 post office mural. Under the grime is a painting of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12998    THIS TENDER LAND          KRUEGER, WILLIAM KENT            

Odie, his older brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and little Emmy escape from the Lincoln School and the harsh superintendent. They use a canoe to travel down the Mississippi River, intent on finding a new place for themselves, and cross paths with other drifters. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2019.

LB           12994    VALLEY OF THE 99: A WESTERN DUO       OVERHOLSER, WAYNE D., 1906-1996       

The small ranchers in Harmony, Oregon, are up against it with the price of cattle down and Skull Ranch, owned by a syndicate, trying to buy them out. When the editor of The Clarion is shot, the ranchers blame Black Mike Sand. As pressure mounts, Riley is determined to find out who is really in charge of the syndicate, and the only man willing to help him is Andrew Daniels, a former newspaper man whose courage comes from a bottle. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12997    COLLISION OF LIES           THREADGILL, TOM

Three years ago, a collision between a fast-moving freight train and a school bus full of kids led to devastation and grief on an unimaginable scale. But a fresh clue leads San Antonio police detective Amara Alvarez to the unlikely conclusion that one of the children may still be alive. If she’s correct, everything law enforcement believes about the accident is a lie. Unrated. 2020.

LB           12996    ONE FATAL FLAW             PERRY, ANNE    

Jessie Beale comes to see Daniel Pitt, desperately seeking a lawyer for her boyfriend, Rob Adwell, who has been accused of murder and of setting a fire to conceal the body. Daniel is sure that science can absolve him–and Miriam fford Croft is the best scientist he knows. Unrated. 2020.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12999    LOOK BOTH WAYS: A TALE TOLD IN TEN BLOCKS    REYNOLDS, JASON          

A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school. For grades 5-8. 2019. Variant title: Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in 10 Blocks. 

LB           12995    TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY   MBALIA, KWAME            

Tristan Strong tumbles into the volatile MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky. For grades 5-8. 2019.

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.

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 WOMAN’S HOUR is available by mail on digital cartridge.  It is also available to download on BARD.

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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!

New Large Print Books Added in July-August 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           12848    HART’S HOLLOW FARM DAILEY, JANET  

From the moment Kristen arrives at Hart’s Hollow, the place speaks to her soul. So when 73-year-old Emmy Hart asks Kristen to help return the farm to its former glory, she accepts. But Emmy’s ideas only convince Mitch that his grandmother is as crazy as the town suspects. Yet something about Kristen’s spirit has Mitch sticking around–and wondering if he’s gone a bit crazy himself. Unrated. 2019. 395 pages.

LB           12658    CONFESSION CLUB          BERG, ELIZABETH             

When a group of friends in Mason, Missouri, decide to start a monthly supper club, they get more than they bargained for. The plan for congenial evenings abruptly changes course one night when one of the women reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club then becomes a confession club. 2019. 286 pages.

LB           12655    SPY         STEEL, DANIELLE              

In 1939, England is at war. Alex makes her way to London, determined to volunteer as a nurse. But she has skills that would make the perfect secret agent. As she travels and learns to be a spy, she must hide the truth from everyone she loves. Unrated. 2019. 335 pages.

LB           12642    AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD   LE CARRE, JOHN, 1931-  

Nat, former agent runner for Britain`s Secret Intelligence Service, undertakes one final job, thanks to a growing threat from Moscow Centre. He must take over a defunct substation of London General with a ragtag band of spies. Meanwhile, an acquaintance leads the team down a path of political anger. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 381 pages.

LB           12641    HANDMAID’S TALE          ATWOOD, MARGARET, 1939-     

Set in the future, the United States of America is now the Republic of Gilead, a fundamentalist Christian theocracy that arose after fanatics shot the president, machine-gunned the Congress, and forced the army to declare a state of emergency. To reverse the declining birthrate, women are forcibly recruited into the ranks of Handmaids and are assigned to the Commanders of the Faithful, whose wives are barren. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1986. 529 pages.

LB           12659    TOM CLANCY CODE OF HONOR  CAMERON, MARC           

A friend of Jack Ryan`s since college, Father Pat West is working with the poor in Indonesia when he is arrested and accused of blasphemy against Islam. President Ryan must rescue his friend without upsetting international relations. Sequel to Tom Clancy Enemy Contact (DB 96235). Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 639 pages.

LB           12657    UNDER OCCUPATION     FURST, ALAN     

A French writer is drawn in to working in the resistance as a spy against the Reich, and is charged with getting the information from the Polish prisoners to the Allied forces. Alongside him in the fight against Germany is a mysterious Turkish woman who is in the contract espionage business. Unrated. 2019. 261 pages.     

LB           12648    BITTER FEAST     CROMBIE, DEBORAH      

Scotland Yard DS Duncan Kincaid and his wife, DI Gemma James, have been invited for a relaxing weekend in the tranquil Cotswolds by a colleague. Instead, they are pulled into a dangerous web of secrets, lies, and murder in what becomes one of the team’s most crucial cases. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2019. 484 pages.

LB           12651    TWISTED TWENTY-SIX    EVANOVICH, JANET       

Grandma Mazur remarries–this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli–but he drops dead right after the nuptials, Jimmy’s former “business partners” are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. They didn`t count on her bounty hunter granddaughter. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 333 pages.           

LB           12656    FINAL OPTION   CUSSLER, CLIVE

Juan Cabrillo must rescue three compromised American agents in Brazil, but the routine operation turns out to be a trap. The crew must piece together a series of disturbing events in a game of cat and mouse. Sequel to Shadow Tyrants (DB 92409). Violence. 2019. 514 pages.

LB           12662    FULL THROTTLE: STORIES              HILL, JOE             

Short story collection from the author of NOS4A2 (DB 76605). Includes “In the Tall Grass” and “Throttle,” both co-written with his father, Stephen King, as well as “Late Returns,” about a librarian who delivers books to the dead in an antique bookmobile. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2019. 724 pages.

LB           12652    SECOND SLEEP   HARRIS, ROBERT, 1957-  1468

A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts–coins, fragments of glass, human bones–which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes–about himself, his faith and the history of his world–is tested to destruction. Unrated. 2019. 441 pages.

LB           12650    GRAND UNION: STORIES               SMITH, ZADIE    

A collection of short stories that includes a mix of new and previously published works. The stories selected discuss first love, cultural despair, race, class, gender roles, and more. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 303 pages.

LB           12666    STARLESS SEA    MORGENSTERN, ERIN   

Graduate student Zachary discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks that contains stories of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, nameless acolytes, and a story about an incident from his own childhood. The book sets him on a course of adventure that leads to a hidden library. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 752 pages.

LB           12653    BRIDGE TO BELLE ISLAND             KLASSEN, JULIE, 1964-   

Evidence from a mysterious death takes Benjamin to an island on the Thames. There, Isabelle is trapped by fear and a recurring dream about a man’s death. Or is it a memory? When a second death brings everyone under suspicion, she realizes her island sanctuary will never be the same. Unrated. 2019. 541 pages. 

LB           12664    LYING ROOM     FRENCH, NICCI 

It should have been just a mid-life fling. A guilty indiscretion that Neve Connolly could have weathered. An escape from twenty years of routine marriage to her overworked husband, and from her increasingly distant children. But when Neve pays a morning-after visit to her lover, Saul, and finds him brutally murdered, their pied-a-terre still heady with her perfume, all the lies she has so painstakingly stitched together threaten to unravel. Unrated. 2019. 490 pages.

LB           12645    SCONE COLD KILLER        GREGORY, LENA              

When Gia Morelli’s marriage falls apart, she knows it’s time to get out of New York. Her husband was a scam artist who swindled half the millionaires in town, and she doesn’t want to be there when they decide to take revenge. On the spur of the moment, she moves to Florida, where she opens a diner called the All-Day Breakfast Cafe. Her dream diner turns into a nightmare the morning she opens her dumpster and finds her ex-husband crammed inside. Unrated. 2018. 367 pages.  

LB           12825    HALF EMPTY       BYBEE, CATHERINE         

Trina Petrov’s marriage-by-contract was only meant to be temporary. But when tragedy strikes, Trina is left one of the wealthiest women in the world. To recover from the shock, she takes some time off in Italy, swearing not to fall for any men while there. But that doesn’t mean she can’t fall for anyone on the trip home… Unrated. 2019. 500 pages.

LB           12826    CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET   WHITE, KAREN (KAREN S.)           

The ongoing excavation of the centuries-old cistern in her garden has Melanie concerned by the ghosts that have suddenly invaded her life and her house–and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer. Unrated. 2019. 384 pages.             

LB           12827    HER DEADLY SECRETS     GRIFFIN, LAURA, 1973- 

A young private investigator finds out the price of keeping deadly secrets when a vicious killer sets his sights on her. Unrated. 2020. 500 pages.

LB           12830    NINTH HOUSE    BARDUGO, LEIGH            

After waking up in the hospital, Galaxy “Alex” Stern, sole survivor of a multiple homicide, is surprised to receive an acceptance to Yale University. The offer is contingent on her joining the Lethe secret society, which wants Alex for her ability to see ghosts. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 681 pages.

LB           12837    MIRROR & THE LIGHT     MANTEL, HILARY, 1952-

After the events of Bring Up the Bodies (DB 74880), royal advisor Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with those who celebrate the demise of King Henry VIII’s recently dead wife, Anne Boleyn. But rebellion and a capricious king threaten the religious reform and power Cromwell craves. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 1145 pages.

LB           12839    RUNAWAY BRIDE             HEDLUND, JODY               

Arabella Lawrence fled on a bride ship wearing the scars of past mistakes. Vying for her hand are two very different men who disagree on how the natives should be treated during a smallpox outbreak. Intent on helping a young girl abandoned by her tribe, will Arabella have the wisdom to make the right decision or will seeking what’s right cost her everything? Unrated. 2020. 541 pages.

LB           12840    FAIR WARNING CONNELLY, MICHAEL, 1956-        

Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy–last seen in The Scarecrow (DB 69445)–has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he`s ever encountered. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020. 499 pages.   

LB           12842    LAST TRIAL          TUROW, SCOTT

At 85 years old, Alejandro ‘Sandy’ Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life’s work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial. Unrated. Bestseller. 2020. 647 pages.

LB           12844    TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO MOSLEY, WALTER            

Ninety-two-year-old Mississippi bluesman Phillip “Catfish” Worry needs PI Leonid McGill`s help with a simple task: deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. But when a feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid must confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Unrated. 2020. 276 pages.

LB           12849    COUNTRY STRONG          MILLER, LINDA LAEL       

Montana rancher Cord Hollister is shaken when a girl arrives in Painted Pony Creek who looks like Reba, the woman who broke his teenage heart. Even though Shallie Fletcher had an unrequited crush on Cord in school she still seeks his help starting a therapeutic riding program for kids. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2020. 487 pages. 

LB           12828    REASONABLE DOUBT      MARGOLIN, PHILLIP       

Chesterfield is a professional magician of some renown and he has a major new trick he’s about to debut…Twenty years ago he was arrested for two murders, one attempted murder, and was involved in the potentially suspicious death of his very rich wife. When Chesterfield disappears in the middle of his new act, Robin Lockwood must unravel the tangled skein of murder and bloody mischief to learn how it all ties together. Unrated. 2020. 367 pages.

LB           12829    FAMILY UPSTAIRS            JEWELL, LISA     

Twenty-five-year-old Libby, who was only six months old when she was orphaned, learns that she`s inherited a gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods. As Libby investigates the property`s dark legacy, two women are hurrying her way to uncover–and possibly protect–secrets of their own. Unrated. 2019. 487 pages.

LB           12831    OLIVE, AGAIN    STROUT, ELIZABETH       

This collection of linked stories follows the cantankerous Olive Kitteridge as she struggles to understand not only herself and her own life, but the lives of those around her in her Maine hometown. Sequel to Olive Kitteridge (DB 67392). Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 414 pages.        

LB           12836    WHEN WE WERE VIKINGS            MACDONALD, ANDREW (ANDREW DAVID)

Twenty-one-year-old Zelda was born with cognitive difficulties due to fetal alcohol syndrome. She is an avid Viking enthusiast, and when she finds out that her brother Gert has resorted to dangerous methods to make money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to launch her own heroic quest. Unrated. 2020. 491 pages.    

LB           12838    SILENT PATIENT MICHAELIDES, ALEX, 1977-          

Alicia Berenson–a famous painter married to a fashion photographer–lives in a grand house in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening after her husband returns home late from a fashion shoot, Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2019. 483 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12654    FALL OF RICHARD NIXON: A REPORTER REMEMBERS WATERGATE              BROKAW, TOM

TV journalist who was a White House correspondent during the final year of Watergate provides his personal account of the players, strategies, and events of the political scandal. Unrated. 2019. 246 pages. 

LB           12646    KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI           GRANN, DAVID  

An examination of the 1920s murders of wealthy Osage Indian Nation members in Oklahoma. When the newly-formed FBI bungled the investigation, young Director Hoover turned to ex-Texas Ranger Tom White, who put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the Bureau. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2017. 492 pages.

LB           12643    YOU ARE WORTH IT: BUILDING A LIFE WORTH FIGHTING FOR       CARPENTER, KYLE, 1989-              

Memoir from a Marine who received the Medal of Honor after throwing himself on a grenade to save a fellow Marine. Discusses his experiences in Afghanistan and provides advice for living a good life and finding purpose. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 355 pages.       

LB           12660    BOUNDARIES: WHEN TO SAY YES, WHEN TO SAY NO TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE      CLOUD, HENRY 

The authors provide biblically based answers to questions about physical, mental, and emotional boundaries in a variety of relationships. 1992. Related names: Townsend, John, author. 498 pages.

LB           12649    BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS              BRYSON, BILL    

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. Bestseller. 2019. 699 pages.  

LB           12647    THREE DAYS AT THE BRINK: FDR’S DARING GAMBLE TO WIN WORLD WAR II          BAIER, BRET       

Account of the Tehran Conference during World War II, when FDR, Churchill, and Stalin met in secret to plot D-Day and the war`s endgame. Draws on transcripts, oral histories, and declassified State Department and presidential documents. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: Whitney, Catherine, author. 604 pages.

LB           12661    FINDING CHIKA: A LITTLE GIRL, AN EARTHQUAKE, AND THE MAKING OF A FAMILY               ALBOM, MITCH, 1958-    

An inspirational biography of Chika Jeune, a Haitian orphan born just three days before the earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. Describes her life at an orphanage, her mysterious medical struggles, and the author’s fight to find a cure for her after taking her into his household. Bestseller. 2019. 296 pages.      

LB           12663    SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS: THE TEXAS VICTORY THAT CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY               KILMEADE, BRIAN           

An account of America’s continued fight for Texas after the crushing massacre at the Alamo. The author describes how that defeat galvanized Texans to ultimately win independence for the state. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 381 pages.

LB           12665    OUR MAN: RICHARD HOLBROOKE AND THE END OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY      PACKER, GEORGE, 1960-    

A portrait of Richard Holbrooke, who was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars. Recounts his career from his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his final efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 880 pages.

LB           12781    RADICALS, RESISTANCE, AND REVENGE: THE LEFT’S PLOT TO REMAKE AMERICA                   PIRRO, JEANINE              

Radicals, Resistance and Revenge features Judge Jeanine’s analysis of new information revealed about anti-Trump conspirators, their corrupt methods and possible crimes, and the Left’s subversive plot against the foundation of American liberty. Unrated. 2019. 370 pages.       

LB           12833    WAY I HEARD IT                ROWE, MIKE, 1962-        

A former TV host of the show Dirty Jobs presents selections from his popular podcast. The thirty-five pieces are described as “trueish” tales about public figures most readers will know, filled with unexpected facts they won`t have heard before. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019.    391 pages.

LB           12834    JOY AT WORK: ORGANIZING YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE   KONDO, MARIE

The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn’t felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? Bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. Unrated. 2020. 304 pages.   

LB           12843    ME & PATSY KICKIN’ UP DUST: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH PATSY CLINE             LYNN, LORETTA

Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends–country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy’s tragic and untimely death. Unrated. 2020. 331 pages.

LB           12845    FEARLESS AND FREE: INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS TO SET YOUR ATTITUDE AND ACTIONS FOR A GREAT DAY        OSTEEN, VICTORIA         

Victoria provides insights that will give you the strength and power to press on and live your life to the fullest. She will show you how minor adjustments in your everyday life bring about major victories. When you discover how these changes in your attitude and actions elevate your life, you will live Fearless and Free. Unrated. 2020. 263 pages.

LB           12846    FOOD FIX: HOW TO SAVE OUR HEALTH, OUR ECONOMY, OUR COMMUNITIES, AND OUR PLANET– ONE BITE AT A TIME HYMAN, MARK, 1959-   

Physician discusses how to grow, produce, and consume food to resolve the world`s health, environmental, social, and economic crises. Explains how food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, and educational achievement gaps. 2020. 549 pages.   

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12667    HATCHET             PAULSEN, GARY

Brian, thirteen and troubled by his parent’s divorce, is flying in a single engine plane to visit his father. As Brian is the only passenger, the pilot casually shows him how to fly the plane.  When the pilot has a heart attack and dies, Brian must take control. After the plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Brian has only the hatchet attached to his belt to help him survive. 1987. Newbery Honor book 1988. 214 pages.

LB           12644    ELA’S WORLD     CAPUTO-WICKHAM, LAURA       

A playful adventure where a young elephant gets to learn about different cultures and languages while exploring a zoo on the day of her birthday. For preschool-grade 2. 2019. Related names: Corradino, Davide, illustrator. 28 pages.

LB           12841    MADELINE’S RESCUE       BEMELMANS, LUDWIG, 1898-1962            Another story about little Madeline in Paris, this time being rescued from the Seine by a dog named Genevieve. Madeline and her schoolmates fight over who gets to sleep with the beloved dog. Companion to “Madeline” (RC 44292). Caldecott Medal 1954. 56 pages.

LB           12832    I, COSMO            SOROSIAK, CARLIE          

Thirteen-year-old Cosmo, a golden retriever, would do anything to make his boy happy. When twelve-year-old Max decides they should learn a dance routine to stave off his parents’ divorce, Cosmo hopes his arthritic body will be up for the challenge. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2019. 309 pages.     

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           12835    KINGDOM OF BACK         LU, MARIE, 1984-             

Desperate to be forever remembered for her music, Nannerl Mozart makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious stranger from a magical land, which may cost her everything. For senior high and older readers. 2020. 523 pages.

LB           12847    JACKPOT              STONE, NIC        

When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she and her popular and wildly rich classmate, Zan can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019. 507 pages.