LAMBDA Award Finalists 2020

Since 1988, the Lambda Literary Awards, or the Lammys, have been awarded to the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writing. Here are the finalists for 2020 that are in the TBP collection.

Lesbian Fiction

Cantoras

Carolina De Robertis

DB 96434

Mostly Dead Things

Kristen Arnett

DB 95794

On Swift Horses

Shannon Pufahl

DB 97348

Patsy

Nicole Dennis-Benn

DB 96109

Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

DB 96652

Stay and Fight

Madeline Ffitch

DB 97166

Gay Fiction

Animalia

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

DB 97193

In West Mills

De’Shawn Charles Winslow

DB 96796

Lot: Stories

Bryan Washington

DB 94624

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

DB 95459

Bisexual Fiction

Big Familia: A Novel

Tomas Moniz

DB 98290 IN PROCESS

The Man Who Saw Everything

Deborah Levy

DB 97314

The Remainder

Alia Trabucco Zerán

Translated by Sophie Hughes

DB 98268 IN PROCESS

Transgender Nonfiction

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

Samantha Allen

DB 96338

LGBTQ Nonfiction

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

DB 97881

When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History

Hugh Ryan

DB 95686

MAY 2020 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

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

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

To RSVP, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by April 30.

THE GREAT ALONE is available by mail in digital cartridge.  It is also available to download on BARD.

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THE GREAT ALONE

Kristin Hannah

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

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

Ideas and Resources for Seniors and People with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Here are a few resources and ideas for seniors and people with disabilities to find assistance during the pandemic:

  1. If you have a smartphone, download the Nextdoor app. Nextdoor connects you to neighbors and people in your community. Many people are using Nextdoor to find individuals who will assist seniors and people with disabilities by picking up groceries, prescriptions, and other essentials.
  2. Call your local pharmacy and ask if they will deliver your prescriptions.
  3. HEB is partnering with the Favor app to provide free delivery of groceries to people age 60+. Seniors can order through the Favor app, website, or call the Senior Support phone line at 1-833-397-0080 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. seven days a week. For more information on where this is available and what you can order, follow this link: https://blog.favordelivery.com/h-e-b-and-favor-team-up-to-support-seniors-61f4ab4ad3ac
  4. Some grocery stores are offering a “senior” hour that allows senior citizens to shop before the store opens to everyone. Call your local store and ask if this service is available.
  5. If you are a para-transit client, call and ask if the service is partnering with HEB or local grocery stores to provide groceries to transit riders. HEB is currently partnering with Metro Access in Austin to provide free weekly food kits to their clients. These kits will include shelf stable items such as rice, peanut butter, and canned goods. Metro Access clients can call 512-369-6050 to order a food kit, on a first come, first served basis.

New Large Print Books Added in February 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           12544    BONES DON’T LIE              LEIGH, MELINDA              

Private investigator Lance Kruger was just a boy when his father vanished twenty-three years ago. Since then he’s lived under the weight of that disappearance–until his father’s car is dredged up from the bottom of Grey Lake. It should be a time for closure, except for the skeleton found in the trunk. A missing person case gone cold has become one of murder, and Lance and attorney Morgan Dane must face the deadly past that’s risen to the surface. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.  461 pages.

LB           12545    RUSSIA ACCOUNT            COONTS, STEPHEN, 1946-            

CIA officer Tommy Carmellini takes on a murderous, international financial conspiracy that leaves a trail of death and corruption, extending from a small bank in Estonia, to the highest reaches of the Kremlin, to the halls of the Congress, and perhaps even to the CIA itself–putting Admiral Jake Grafton, the head of the CIA, in the crosshairs of an assassin.  Unrated. 2019. 446 pages.

LB           12548    SMOKESCREEN JOHANSEN, IRIS

Journalist Jill Cassidy arrives from an African village with a heart-wrenching story: half the villagers have been killed by guerilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. The families need Eve Duncan’s help to get closure. But when Eve reaches the remote jungle, she begins to suspect a sinister plot. Unrated. 2019. 630 pages

LB           12546    SAFE HAVEN       SPARKS, NICHOLAS        

Since arriving in Southport, North Carolina, waitress Katie has kept to herself. Now new neighbor Jo and widowed store owner Alex begin to bring her out of her shell–but her dangerous past is about to catch up with her. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010. 528 pages.

LB           12547    INVISIBLE            PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved kidnappings, rapes, and murders, Emmy Dockery has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Not even Emmy’s field agent ex-boyfriend believes the cases are connected. Then Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t ignore. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2014. 491 pages.

LB           12549    IMAGINARY FRIEND        CHBOSKY, STEPHEN        

Kate Reese and her son Christopher are on the run from an abusive relationship. They land in Mill Grove, a tight-knit Pennsylvania community. It seems perfect until Christopher vanishes. He emerges from the woods six days later, unhurt but hearing a voice in his head. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2019. 1182 pages.

LB           12578    WORLD THAT WE KNEW               HOFFMAN, ALICE            

Berlin, 1941. Hanni Kohn knows the time has come to send her twelve-year-old daughter, Lea, away to save her from the Nazis. The rabbi’s daughter, Ettie, provides hope in the form of a golem, Ava, to protect Lea as she makes her way in the world. Unrated. 2019. 445 pages.

LB           12581    BUCKSKIN, BLOOMERS, AND ME               BOGGS, JOHNNY D.        

What’s a sixteen-year-old boy to do when he learns that his stepmother and a local judge have murdered his father and now plan to kill him, too? Well, when it’s 1906, and you can play pretty good second base, you join a barn-storming baseball team making its way across Kansas. It also helps that the team is the Kansas City National Bloomer Girls. Who’d look for a runaway boy disguised as a girl on a women’s team? Unrated. 2019. 288 pages.

LB           12583    MASSACRE AT CROW CREEK CROSSING  WEST, CHARLES G.          

A tale of violence and vengeance as Cole Bonner, whose entire family had been killed by outlaws, rescues a woman from the men who murdered her husband and abducted her. But to bring the widow to safety, he will have to face his own demons, return to his old homestead, and relive the violence–and the vengeance–of another massacre at Crow Creek Crossing. Unrated. 2019. 359 pages.       

LB           12584    GIRL BEHIND THE RED ROPE        DEKKER, TED, 1962-         Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure–and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter… Unrated. 2019. Related names: Dekker, Rachelle, author. 483 pages.

LB           12621    BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL         WAXMAN, ABBI

The father that shy bookstore clerk Nina Hill never knew has died, leaving behind a crowd of relatives who want to meet her. Between new family and the handsome trivia rival who seems into her, Nina is being forced out of her comfortable shell. Some descriptions of sex. 2019. 459 pages.

LB           12674    BENEATH THE ATTIC       ANDREWS, V.C. (VIRGINIA C.)    

Forbidden passions have shaped and haunted the Dollanganger family since their first novel–Flowers in the Attic–debuted forty years ago. Now discover how twisted the family roots truly are, and witness the clan’s origins as a result of one wild and complicated relationship. Unrated. 2019. 359 pages.      

LB           12676    LETHAL AGENT MILLS, KYLE, 1966-          

In the midst of the toxic presidential election in America, ISIS initiates a plan to conduct bioterrorism. Rapp embarks on a mission to infiltrate the plot. Sequel to Red War (DB 93054). Unrated. Bestseller. 2019.  Related names:  Flynn, Vince, 1966-2013, creator. 525 pages.

LB           12671    MAGIC GUN: A WESTERN DUO   BRAND, MAX, 1892-1944              

Hugh Collier in “The Danger Lover” feels he is living an empty life as a bank employee. When he trades horses with a stranger, he finds himself mistaken for the outlaw Bill Gadsden–by both Gadsden’s worshippers and Lassiter, the man after the outlaw. Lewis Dikkon in “Magic Gun” has led a sheltered life as a shoemaker; after meeting a stranger named Sam Prentiss, Lewis decides to buy Dan Hodge’s Colt, once owned by the notorious gunman. Unrated. 2019. 262 pages.

LB           12678    CHRISTMAS SHOPAHOLIC             KINSELLA, SOPHIE           

Becky Brandon is looking forward to Christmas with husband Luke and daughter Minnie–until her parents announce they are moving and want Becky to host the whole family for the holiday. Juggling the preparations is difficult, even before she runs into an old flame whose motives are unclear. Unrated. 2019. 543 pages.

LB           12695    TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS     MCCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER, 1948-         

Mma Ramotswe agrees to help an old friend who has been having problems with her daughter. Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni finds himself embroiled in familial drama as well, when one of his clients asks for help evicting an unwanted houseguest who turns out to be the man’s own brother. Unrated. 2019. 343 pages.         

LB           12696    STEALTH               WOODS, STUART             

Stone Barrington is enjoying some downtime at his English retreat when he’s unceremoniously sent off to the remote reaches of the UK and into a deadly snare. This is only the first volley by a rival power–one that has its eyes set on disrupting the peace of the nation. Unrated. 2019. 409 pages.    

LB           12692    KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY     CLARK, MARY HIGGINS 

When journalist Penelope “Casey” Harrison starts to research a piece about the #MeToo movement that includes a long-ago incident in her own life, she doesn’t realize that the young man who drugged and assaulted her at a fraternity house party in college is now a wealthy, powerful industrialist. Unrated. 2019. 553 pages.

LB           12693    GIRLS LIKE US     ALGER, CRISTINA             

After homicide detective Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, his long-estranged FBI agent daughter Nell returns home. When asked to investigate the murders of two young women, Nell realizes clues point to her father. Now she wonders about his role in her mother’s long-ago murder. Unrated. 2019. 379 pages.

LB           12694    LET IT SNOW      THAYER, NANCY, 1943- 

Christina Antonioni is preparing for the holidays at her Nantucket toy shop. But when her Scrooge of a landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raises her rent, it seems nearly impossible for Christina to continue business. Even so, Christina hopes there is a warm heart underneath Oscar’s steely exterior. When she bonds with Wink, his sweet, young granddaughter who frequents the shop, it becomes clear that perhaps he isn’t so cold after all. Unrated. 2019. 286 pages.          

LB           12701    DESERTER            DEMILLE, NELSON           

Army investigators Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor are sent to Venezuela to track down suspected deserter Captain Kyle Mercer. Mercer vanished a year prior while in Afghanistan and has been spotted in Venezuela. This difficult mission is made even more difficult by Maggie’s inexperience and possible secret alliances. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 885 pages.

LB           12708    MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT  BALDACCI, DAVID           

FBI Agent Atlee Pine and her assistant Carol Blum return to Atlee’s Georgia hometown to reopen the long-cold investigation of her twin sister’s abduction and probable murder. To complicate things, they arrive as a serial killer begins a reign of terror. Unrated. 2019. 662 pages.

LB           12702    REDESIGNING HAPPINESS            BROOKS, NITA  

It wasn’t easy for Yvonne Cable to get over a heartbreaking relationship and revamp her life. But now the once-broke single mom is Atlanta’s most sought-after interior designer–and one-half of the media’s hottest power couple. She and her celebrity fiance, Nathan, are a perfect match, on-and off-camera. But when their new home improvement reality show becomes the object of a fierce network bidding war, Yvonne’s ex makes an offer for it… Unrated. 2019. 449 pages.

LB           12705    GENESIS               COOK, ROBIN, 1940-       

When a twenty-eight-year-old pregnant social worker’s corpse shows up on Chief NYC Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery’s autopsy table, it appears she had a drug overdose, but everyone swears she never touched drugs. As they begin tracing the fetus’ DNA to identify the mystery father, a related murder occurs. Unrated. 2019. 617 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12542    FUNNY MAN: MEL BROOKS          MCGILLIGAN, PATRICK 

An author of numerous Hollywood biographies tackles comedy legend Mel Brooks. Topics include his childhood in Brooklyn, his work writing for Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner in the early days of television, and his years as a successful director of films like The Producers and Blazing Saddles. Unrated. 2019. 905 pages.          

LB           12542    FUNNY MAN: MEL BROOKS          MCGILLIGAN, PATRICK 

An author of numerous Hollywood biographies tackles comedy legend Mel Brooks. Topics include his childhood in Brooklyn, his work writing for Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner in the early days of television, and his years as a successful director of films like The Producers and Blazing Saddles. Unrated. 2019. 905 pages.          

LB           12543    BECOMING DR. SEUSS: THEODOR GEISEL AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN IMAGINATION                 JONES, BRIAN JAY           

Biography of children’s author and illustrator (1904-1991) famed for his simple but engaging rhymes and whimsical drawing style. Discusses Geisel’s more radical side, which can be seen in the themes of The Lorax (DB 31231). Also covers his writing process–which could last years. Unrated. 2019. 795 pages.      

LB           12579    FIRST IN LINE: PRESIDENTS, VICE PRESIDENTS, AND THE PURSUIT OF POWER         BROWER, KATE ANDERSEN         

Explores the lives and roles of thirteen vice presidents of the modern era, discussing the complicated relationship between president and vice president and how this connection influenced each vice president’s political future. Unrated. 2018. 511 pages.

LB           12580    FREEDOM: THE OVERTHROWING OF THE SLAVE EMPIRES              WALVIN, JAMES

                In the three centuries following Columbus’s landfall in the Americas, slavery became a critical institution across swathes of both North and South America. It saw twelve million Africans forced onto slave ships, and had seismic consequences for Africa while leading to the transformation of the Americas and to the material enrichment of the Western world. It was also largely unquestioned. Unrated. 2017. 392 pages.

LB           12582    BARNUM: AN AMERICAN LIFE     WILSON, ROBERT, 1951 FEBRUARY 21-   

Biography of P. T. Barnum, the co-creator of Barnum & Bailey Circus and master of reinvention. Examines the showman’s early life, entrepreneurship, successes and setbacks, personal tragedies, and the controversies that often sprang from the lengths he would go to in order to attract an audience. Unrated. 2019. 607 pages.

LB           12585    READING BEHIND BARS: A MEMOIR OF LITERATURE, LAW, AND LIFE AS A PRISON LIBRARIAN                GRUNENWALD, JILL A.  

A newly minted librarian looks back on her first career stop: working in a prison. Discusses what drew her to the profession, why she chose to take the job, personalities she encountered, examples of both typical days and extraordinary ones, and challenges she faced. 2019.  423 pages.

LB           12616    ME: ELTON JOHN OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY JOHN, ELTON    

Memoir of the musical legend. Born Reginald Dwight in a London suburb, the performer soon found his sound and his style. He discusses his career and struggles with drug addiction. Also discusses his work with AIDS charities and his relationship with husband, David. Unrated. 2019. 579 pages.     

LB           12673    WEATHER MACHINE: A JOURNEY INSIDE THE FORECAST BLUM, ANDREW              

In a quest to understand how the forecast works, Andrew Blum visits old weather stations and watches new satellites blast off. He discovers that we have entered a golden age of meteorology–our tools allow us to predict weather more accurately than ever, and yet we haven’t learned to trust them, nor can we guarantee the fragile international alliances that allow our modern weather machine to exist. Unrated. 2019. 301 pages.     

LB           12675    ONE GIANT LEAP: THE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION THAT FLEW US TO THE MOON           FISHMAN, CHARLES, 1961-    

Author of The Big Thirst (DB 74346) chronicles NASA’s mission to put a man on the moon by 1970 after President John F. Kennedy set that goal in 1961. Discusses the technologies that needed to be developed and key figures who made it all happen. Unrated. 2019. 827 pages.

LB           12677    HYMNS OF THE REPUBLIC: THE STORY OF THE FINAL YEAR OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR GWYNNE, S. C. (SAMUEL C.), 1953-    

S.C. Gwynne’s Hymns of the Republic addresses the period from Ulysses S. Grant’s appointment as general of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later. Unrated. 2019. 697 pages.

LB           12679    TOUCHED BY THE SUN: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH JACKIE       SIMON, CARLY  

The singer-songwriter, author of the previous memoir Boys in the Trees (DB 83691), met Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at a party in 1983 and they soon became close. She discusses the bond they shared, despite their differences, in a friendship that lasted until Onassis’ death in 1994. Unrated. 2019. 287 pages.     

LB           12680    THREE WOMEN TADDEO, LISA   

Award-winning journalist takes an in-depth look at the sex lives of three American women. Follows a housewife whose marriage has lost its passion, a high school student in a relationship with her English teacher, and a woman whose husband picks out sexual partners for her. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 507 pages.

LB           12703    TRUMP VS. CHINA: FACING AMERICA’S GREATEST THREAT             GINGRICH, NEWT            

A former Speaker of the House discusses his view that communist-ruled China poses the biggest threat to the United States in recent history. Includes suggestions for how America can survive this perceived multi-pronged threat. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 535 pages.       

LB           12706    GREEK TO ME: ADVENTURES OF THE COMMA QUEEN      NORRIS, MARY, 1952-    

The author of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (DB 82577) details her love of Greece and its language. Discusses the role of Greek in both written and spoken English as well as the author’s encounters with Greek words, gods, wine, and men. Bestseller. 2019. 299 pages.

LB           12707    WILL MY CAT EAT MY EYEBALLS?: BIG QUESTIONS FROM TINY MORTALS ABOUT DEATH   DOUGHTY, CAITLIN

Mortician and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (DB 80041) and From Here to Eternity (DB 89746) answers questions she has frequently received from children. Topics include the title question, the disposition of an astronaut’s body, keeping parents’ skulls, and the decomposition process. 2019. 299 pages.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12620    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: WRECKING BALL               KINNEY, JEFF     

When an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house, they soon discover that renovations may not be worth the effort. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2019. 229 pages.        

LB           12618    LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER      GILES, L.R. (LAMAR R.)  

When adventurous cousins Otto and Sheed Alston accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets between the unmoving seconds are not as much fun as they expected. For grades 5-8. 2019. Related names: Adeola, Dapo, illustrator. 387 pages.

LB           12619    FOCUSED             GERBER, ALYSON             

Twelve-year-old Clea wants to do well in class and play chess on the school team, but somehow she cannot focus on anything. When her classmates take notice, Clea’s worried parents have her tested for ADHD and Clea begins to take control of her life. For grades 5-8. 2019. 353 pages.

LB           12704    GOODNIGHT, PANDA! = BUENAS NOCHES, PANDA!          BOOKS, BABL    

It’s bedtime for the zoo animals, but Panda doesn’t want to go to bed! He decides to hide among the other black and white animals at the zoo. Join Panda on his nighttime adventure as he swims with his friend Orca, has a snack with the Zebras, and waddles around with the Penguins, before realizing that the best place to be is home! Fiction for preschool-grade 3. Unrated. 2015. Bilingual: English and Spanish. 26 pages.

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

LB           12617    WHAT THE DOG KNOWS: SCENT, SCIENCE, AND THE AMAZING WAYS DOGS PERCEIVE THE WORLD                WARREN, CAT   

There are thousands of scent-detection dogs all over the United States. This group includes cadaver dogs, tracking, trailing, and apprehension dogs; dogs that can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers; and even dogs that can find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. What the Dog Knows shows the science, the rigorous training, and the skilled handling that underlie these amazing abilities. For grades 4-7. Unrated. 2019. 449 pages.

LB           12672    ASTROPHYSICS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN A HURRY                TYSON, NEIL DEGRASSE

Tyson, one of America’s most celebrated astrophysicists, invites young readers to explore the mysteries of the universe, from communication with aliens to dark matter to why the world is round. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2019. 227 pages.

   

 

NEW TEXAS TITLES AVAILABLE ON BARD!

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

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

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

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

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

Morin, Raul

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

DBC 17909

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

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

DBC 17915

BURN DOWN THE GROUND: A MEMOIR

Crews, Kambri

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

DBC 17914

CAMINO SENCILLO

Teresa, Mother, 1910-1997

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

DBC 17913

CASTLE GAP AND THE PECOS FRONTIER

Dearen, Patrick

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

DBC 17923

DIRTY SALLY: A NOVEL

Simon, Michael, 1963-

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

DBC 17921

GHOST OF A CHANCE: SHERIFF DAN RHODES #10

Crider, Bill, 1941-2018

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

DBC 17919

GOOD WIVES: LITTLE WOMEN, PART II

Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888

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

DBC 17924

HOUND-DOG MAN

Gipson, Fred, 1908-1973

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

DBC 17910

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

Stroup, Herbert Hewitt, 1916-

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

DBC 17927

LEAVING CHEYENNE

McMurtry, Larry

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

DBC 17926

MURDER MOST FOWL: SHERIFF DAN RHODES #7

Crider, Bill, 1941-2018

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

DBC 17918

PASTORAL

Shute, Nevil, 1899-1960

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

DBC 17912

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

Van Pelt, Lori, 1961-

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

DBC 17931

PISTOLS FOR TWO, AND OTHER STORIES

Heyer, Georgette, 1902-1974

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

DBC 17922

RANGERS’ REVENGE

Miller, Jim, 1945-

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

DBC 17934

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

Crider, Bill, 1941-2018

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

DBC 17920

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

Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, 1806-1890

Edited by Jesús F. de la Teja

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

DBC 17917

WILD COW TALES

Green, Ben K.

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

DBC 17911

New Large Print Books Added in January 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB 12402 VENDETTA IN DEATH ROBB, J.D., 1950-

Wealthy businessman Nigel McEnroy`s company has already paid out settlements to a couple of his young victims–but his crimes go far beyond workplace harassment. In one shocking night of brutality, vigilante Lady Justice makes him pay a much steeper price. And he`s just her first target. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 529 pages.

LB 12399 ONE GOOD DEED BALDACCI, DAVID

1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole, where a murder takes place right under his nose. The crime could send him back to prison if he doesn`t track down the real killer. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 628 pages.

LB 12400 OUTFOX BROWN, SANDRA, 1948-

FBI agent Drex Easton is determined to capture con man Weston Graham. Over the years Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace. Drex believes he finally has the suspect in sight. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 614 pages.

LB 12404 BLOODY GENIUS SANDFORD, JOHN, 1944 FEBRUARY 23-

At the local state university, two feuding departments face off on the battleground of science and medicine. When a confrontational scholar winds up dead, it will be up to Virgil Flowers to sort the murderer from the mere maniacs within this group of wildly impassioned, diametrically opposed zealots. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2019. 515 pages.

LB 12405 CONTRABAND WOODS, STUART

Stone Barrington is getting some much-needed rest and relaxation in Florida when trouble falls from the sky–literally. Intrigued by the suspicious circumstances surrounding this event, Stone joins forces with a sharp-witted and alluring local detective to investigate. But they run into a problem: the evidence keeps disappearing. Unrated. 2019. 387 pages.

LB 12406 BITTERROOTS: A CASSIE DEWELL NOVEL BOX, C.J.

Ex-cop Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own PI firm. Guilty about not seeing her son and exhausted by nights on stakeout, Cassie nonetheless manages–until a friend asks Cassie to help a man accused of assaulting a young girl from an influential family. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 473 pages.

LB 12458 SOLD ON A MONDAY MCMORRIS, KRISTINA

Pennsylvania, 1931. While out on assignment, ambitious reporter Ellis Reed photographs a sign reading “2 children for sale” on a front porch, with two brothers sitting beside it. The accompanying article he crafts with secretary Lily Palmer has devastating consequences that they must set right. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 515 pages.

LB 12463 STATE OF THE UNION: A MARRIAGE IN TEN PARTS HORNBY, NICK

Tom and Louise meet at the pub before their couples therapy appointments. They once thought they had a stable home life. Now they wonder if their marriage will ever go back together after being picked apart each week. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2019. 239 pages.

LB 12482 WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? SEMPLE, MARIA

Seattle. Eighth-grader Bee’s request for a family trip to Antarctica is the last straw for her mother Bernadette, who has become so socially inept that she hired a virtual assistant in India to handle her life. Just before the trip, Bernadette vanishes. Heartbroken Bee investigates. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012. 479 pages.

LB 12303 INN PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

The secluded Inn at Gloucester suits its owner–former Boston police detective Bill Robinson–until Mitchell Cline arrives with a crew of local killers. Robinson teams up with three of his fearless residents–Sheriff Clayton Spears, army veteran Nick Jones, and groundskeeper Effie Johnson–to defend the inn. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 435 pages.

LB 12301 FIRST FAMILY PALMER, MICHAEL, 1942-2013

When the President`s son Cam, a sixteen-year-old chess champion, experiences extreme fatigue, moodiness, and an uncharacteristic violent outburst, doctors quickly dismiss his troubles as teen angst. But Secret Service agent Karen Ray is convinced Cam`s issues are very serious–and so does her physician ex-husband. Unrated. 2018. 599 pages.

LB 12300 MONEY SHOT WOODS, STUART

Ever a man of mystery and intrigue, Teddy Fay has donned a new disguise–that of Mark Weldon, a stuntman and actor starring in Centurion Studios` newest film. When the picture`s leading lady begins receiving blackmail threats, Teddy is in the perfect position to investigate. Unrated. 2018. 387 pages.

LB 12302 WINDOW ON THE BAY MACOMBER, DEBBIE

Now that her children are grown, Jenna`s life is at a crossroads. She and her friend Maureen decide to finally take a trip to Paris–but then Jenna`s elderly mother breaks her hip. The good news is that Jenna is smitten with her mother`s surgeon, Rowan. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 402 pages.

LB 12293 ELEVATOR PITCH BARCLAY, LINWOOD

Four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower, each pressing a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top–then plummets to the bottom of the shaft. When it happens again the following two days in other skyscrapers, chaos erupts. Unrated. 2019. 634 pages.

LB 12299 NANNY MACMILLAN, GILLY

When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Thirty years later, Jo returns to her childhood home and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew. Unrated. 2019. 541 pages.

LB 12297 WATER DANCER COATES, TA-NEHISI

Born into bondage, Hiram Walker is robbed of all memory of his mother when she is sold. But Hiram is blessed with a mysterious power. This power saves him when he almost drowns, and he knows he must escape the only life he has ever known. Violence. Bestseller. 2019. 558 pages.

LB 12294 CHANCES ARE… RUSSO, RICHARD, 1949-

Real estate broker Lincoln, tiny-press publisher Teddy, and musician Mickey gather on Martha`s Vineyard for Memorial Day weekend–as they have since 1971, when the woman they all loved, Jacy, disappeared. But this weekend reveals the secrets each man has kept. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 445 pages.

LB 12295 AFTER THE FLOOD MONTAG, KASSANDRA

A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. Rising floodwaters have obliterated America. Myra and her precocious daughter, Pearl, survive by fishing from their small boat. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father. After discovering that Row was seen near the Arctic Circle, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas. Unrated. 2019. 542 pages.

LB 12291 RED AT THE BONE WOODSON, JACQUELINE 2001.

Sixteen-year-old Melody enters her coming-of-age ceremony wearing the custom-made dress her mother Iris never got to wear–due to her pregnancy. As the families of Melody`s parents gather for the ceremony, their individual stories are revealed. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 246 pages.

LB 12296 NEW GIRL SILVA, DANIEL, 1960-

At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, a mysterious girl arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon in a heavily protected motorcade. When she is kidnapped, Gabriel Allon is thrust into a deadly secret war with an old enemy. Sequel to The Other Woman (DB 92160). Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 578 pages.

LB 12298 SECRETS WE KEPT PRESCOTT, LARA 1956.

Irina Drozdova is hired as a typist at the CIA. But she has been recruited for more. She is paired with experienced operative Sally Forrester to smuggle Boris Pasternak`s opus, Doctor Zhivago (DB 75275), out of the USSR. But there are deeper games being played. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 477 pages.

LB 12292 DARK SIDE STEEL, DANIELLE

Zoe Morgan`s childhood revolved around her younger sister`s tragic illness, as her parents dedicated themselves completely to her final days before divorcing. When Zoe has her own child, she is determined to be a perfect mother, but old scars pull her to the edge of an abyss. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 331 pages.

LB 12508 NOEL STRANGER EVANS, RICHARD PAUL

Almost a year after Maggie`s life implodes with the news that her politician husband has been arrested for bigamy, she finally feels as if she is ready to live again. Encouraged to celebrate the Christmas season, she meets tree lot owner Andrew. But he is hiding his own secrets. 2018. 303 pages.

LB 12509 3RD DEGREE: A WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB MYSTERY PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

The Women’s Murder Club, last seen in 2nd Chance (RC 54159, BR 14209), reconvenes to stop domestic terrorist attacks in San Francisco. Detective Lindsay Boxer, lawyer Jill Bernhardt, physician Claire Washburn, and reporter Cindy Thomas assist Joe Molinari of Homeland Security, who falls for Lindsay. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2004. 390 pages.

LB 12481 WINTER IN PARADISE HILDERBRAND, ELIN

When her husband Russ dies in a helicopter crash, Irene Steele discovers her happy marriage was a lie. With her sons, Irene travels to St. John, in the US Virgin Islands, where Russ died. She learns her husband was living a secret life. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 391 pages.

LB 12465 AKIN DONOGHUE, EMMA, 1969-

Seventy-nine-year-old Noah is preparing to travel to his birthplace of Nice, France, when he receives a call about his eleven-year-old great-nephew, Michael, whom he has never met. Noah accepts custody of Michael and takes him to France. There, they bond and discover family secrets from World War II. Unrated. 2019. 532 pages.

LB 12511 PERFECT COUPLE: A NOVEL HILDERBRAND, ELIN

The Otis-Winbury wedding should be the event of the season on Nantucket. But when the body of the maid of honor is discovered just before the ceremony, Chief of Police Ed Kapenash must treat everyone in the bridal party as a suspect. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 584 pages.

LB 12522 TRIPWIRE CHILD, LEE

Jack Reacher, a former military policeman, now a Key West drifter, discovers that someone wants him dead. He finds his late commanding officer’s daughter, and the two become targets when the true identity of a disfigured Vietnam vet threatens to be revealed. Violence and strong language. 1999. 675 pages.

LB 12523 SPIRIT OF THE SEASON MICHAELS, FERN

Joy Preston is shocked when her beloved grandmother leaves her a bed-and-breakfast in North Carolina. She finds the place has undeniable charms, especially during the holidays when the inn is rumored to be able to reunite guests with the spirits of their departed loved ones. Unrated. 2019. 375 pages

LB 12524 RULES OF CIVILITY TOWLES, AMOR

Manhattan, 1938. Young secretaries Katey Kontent and her roommate Eve Ross meet banker Tinker Grey while enjoying the nightlife. Eve takes up with Tinker, while Katey works her way into the upper echelons of society and earns a job with a publisher. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2011. 579 pages.

LB 12525 INSTITUTE KING, STEPHEN, 1947-

In the middle of the night, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis`s parents and take him to the Institute. He wakes to find he is among other kids like him, with psychic gifts that the Institute wants to exploit. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 839 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB 12401 ASK A SUFFRAGIST: STORIES AND WISDOM FROM AMERICA’S FIRST FEMINISTS YOUNG BENNETT, APRIL

Ask a Suffragist discusses American suffragists’ relationships, strategies, and activism, focusing on stories from the 1830s through the 1860s that are particularly relevant for modern feminist activists, whether for inspiration and emulation or to avoid repeating past mistakes. Unrated. 2019. 561 pages.

LB 12460 HOME WORK: A MEMOIR OF MY HOLLYWOOD YEARS ANDREWS, JULIE

The actress follows up her first memoir, Home (DB 66539), picking up her life story as she arrives in Hollywood. She recounts her work on musical films such as The Sound of Music, as well as her experiences as a wife and mother. Unrated. 2019. Related names: Hamilton, Emma Walton, author. 546 pages.

LB 12462 BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN: FAVORITE STORIES OF COURAGE AND RESILIENCE CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM

Former secretary of state and First Lady teams up with her daughter to profile women throughout history who have acted courageously in a variety of fields. Individuals discussed include Dorothy Height, Edie Windsor, Diana Nyad, Rachel Carson, Harriet Tubman, Malala Yousafzai, and others. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 785 pages.

LB 12464 UNITED STATES OF TRUMP: HOW THE PRESIDENT REALLY SEES AMERICA O’REILLY, BILL

Anchor of The O`Reilly Factor recounts President Trump`s childhood, upbringing, and career, and discusses how they forged Trump`s worldview. Unrated. 2019. 471 pages.

LB 12483 INFLUENZA: THE HUNDRED-YEAR HUNT TO CURE THE DEADLIEST DISEASE IN HISTORY BROWN, JEREMY, 1964-

On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the origins of the Great Flu that killed millions, to vexing questions such as, are people prepared for the next epidemic. Should people get a flu shot, and how close are scientists to finding a cure? Unrated. 2018. 425 pages.

LB 12304 COMMUNIST MANIFESTO MARX, KARL, 1818-1883

In the 1840s, political theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels collaborated to present their theories regarding the nature of politics and society as a history of class struggles. In addition, it presents a short bit about how capitalism would be replaced first by socialism and eventually by communism. Unrated. 1848. 81 pages.

LB 12290 RIDE OF A LIFETIME: LESSONS LEARNED FROM 15 YEARS AS CEO OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY IGER, ROBERT

CEO since 2005 and chairman of the Walt Disney Company recounts his tenure. Shares the lessons he has learned, grouped into “Learning” and “Leading.” Discusses starting at the bottom, knowing what you don`t know, the power of respect, and major partnerships. Unrated. 2019. 354 pages.

LB 12461 CATCH AND KILL: LIES, SPIES, AND A CONSPIRACY TO PROTECT PREDATORS FARROW, RONAN, 1987-

In 2017, a routine network television investigation by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author revealed that one of Hollywood`s most powerful producers was a predator. Describes the surveillance and intimidation tactics deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. Unrated. 2019. 587 pages.

LB 12510 NO STOPPING US NOW: THE ADVENTURES OF OLDER WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY COLLINS, GAIL

A New York Times columnist provides a social history of female aging in the United States and examines the concept of age throughout history. Discusses the varied standards and experiences of aging for different generations. Unrated. 2019. 689 pages.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB 12403 MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY ANDERSON, JOHN DAVID, 1975-

When three sixth-grade boys, Topher, Brand, and Steve, learn that their favorite teacher, Ms. Bixby, will be leaving the school year early due to cancer, they remember her cool spirit through stories. Determined to give her one really special day, they embark on an ill-advised mission. For grades 5-8. 2016. 397 pages.

LB 12459 WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE BRADLEY, KIMBERLY BRUBAKER

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015. 393 pages.

LB 12484 CANDY: LA CUCARACHA GENEROSA = CANDY: THE GENEROUS COCKROACH ALVARADO, PAT

Candy and her friends live in the cupboard. Life is good, full of food, fun and laughter, until the giants show up and one of Candy’s friends disappears. Candy organizes the cupboard critters to save their friend. Unrated. 2019. Bilingual: English and Spanish. 39 pages.

African American Women Autobiographies and Biographies

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




























NEW TEXAS TITLES AVAILABLE ON BARD!

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

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

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

ARGONAUTAS DE LA SELVA: LOS DESCUBRIDORES DEL AMAZONAS

Benites Vinueza, Leopoldo

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

DBC 17905

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

Cross, James U. (James Underwood)

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

DBC 17907

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

Long, Jeff

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

DBC 17893

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

Williams, Scott Allen

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

DBC 17908

JESS SWEETEN, TEXAS LAWMAN

Lindquist, Allan Sigvard

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

DBC 17906

NOCHEBUENA.  EL PAÑO DE LA VERÓNICA

Lagerlöf, Selma

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

DBC 17903

New Large Print Books Added in December 2019

ADULT FICTION

LB 12147 TESTAMENTS ATWOOD, MARGARET, 1939-

Fifteen years after the van door slammed on Offred`s future, three women provide testaments on life in Gilead. Sequel to The Handmaid`s Tale (DB 24695). Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 562 pages.

LB 12144 TITANIC SECRET: AN ISAAC BELL ADVENTURE CUSSLER, CLIVE

A century apart, NUMA director Dirk Pitt and detective Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about a famous maritime disaster. Pitt makes a daring rescue from inside an antiquated submersible off New York City, where a document left behind by Bell reopens a historical mystery. Some violence and some strong language. 2019. 494 pages.

LB 12149 KNIFE: A NEW HARRY HOLE NOVEL NESBO, JO, 1960-

Harry Hole has been given another chance with the Oslo Police: in the cold-case office. What he`d prefer is to investigate cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the recently released serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. Translated from the Norwegian. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 719 pages.

LB 12154 MOST FUN WE EVER HAD LOMBARDO, CLAIRE, 1988-

Marilyn and David`s four daughters are each in a state of unrest. Young widow Wendy soothes herself with booze and younger men. Violet battles self-doubt when her past resurfaces. Liza finds herself pregnant by a man she`s not sure she loves. Youngest daughter Grace begins living a lie. Unrated. 2019. 835 pages.

LB 12156 LADY IN THE LAKE LIPPMAN, LAURA, 1959-

Baltimore, 1966. Maddie Schwartz leaves her twenty-year marriage and takes a job at the newspaper. She investigates a young African American woman whose body was discovered in a park fountain. No one seems to know or care why she was killed except Maddie–and the victim herself. Bestseller. 2019. 437 pages.

LB 12150 WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING OWENS, DELIA

In late 1969, when Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals of Barkley Cove, North Carolina, immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2018. 484 pages.

LB 12153 NICKEL BOYS WHITEHEAD, COLSON, 1969-

1962. Elwood Curtis lives with his grandmother, works when not in school, and admires Dr. Martin Luther King. But one innocent mistake sees him sentenced to reform school–the Nickel Academy. There he meets Turner, whose skepticism challenges Elwood. Their friendship has repercussions in the sadistic school. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 336 pages.

LB 12145 CITY OF GIRLS GILBERT, ELIZABETH, 1969-

1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian was kicked out of Vassar College due to poor performance, so her parents shipped her off to her Aunt Peg in New York City. Peg owns a crumbling theater, but Vivian finds a home among its inhabitants. A mistake threatens her world. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 677 pages.

LB 12155 KILLER INSTINCT PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian was kicked out of Vassar College due to poor performance, so her parents shipped her off to her Aunt Peg in New York City. Peg owns a crumbling theater, but Vivian finds a home among its inhabitants. A mistake threatens her world. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 677 pages.

LB 12148 GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE: A LISBETH SALANDER NOVEL, CONTINUING STIEG LARSSON’S MILLENNIUM SERIES LAGERCRANTZ, DAVID

Lisbeth Salander has sold her Stockholm apartment and gone offline. At long last she has her primal enemy–her twin sister, Camilla–squarely in her sights. But journalist Mikael Blomkvist needs her help unraveling the identity of a man who died with Blomkvist`s phone number in his pocket. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 495 pages.

LB 12151 WARNING PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

A small southern town was evacuated after a freak power-plant accident. As the first anniversary of the mishap approaches, some residents are allowed to return past the national guard roadblocks. Mount Hope natives Maggie and Jordan quickly discover that their hometown is not as it was before. As friends and family morph into terrifying strangers, the teenagers increasingly turn to one another. Unrated. 2019. 507 pages.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB 12287 D-DAY GIRLS: THE SPIES WHO ARMED THE RESISTANCE, SABOTAGED THE NAZIS, AND HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II ROSE, SARAH, 1974-

An account of the British Special Operations Executive`s recruitment of women during World War II to serve as spies in France. Draws on declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to profile three of these women: a young mother, an unflappable aristocrat, and the streetwise organizer of the Paris Resistance. 2019. 695 pages.

LB 12288 KENNEDY HEIRS: JOHN, CAROLINE, AND THE NEW GENERATION; A LEGACY OF TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY TARABORRELLI, J. RANDY

A unique burden was inherited by the children of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his celebrated siblings, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. Raised in a world of enormous privilege against the backdrop of American history, this third generation of Kennedys often veered between towering accomplishment and devastating defeat. Kennedy historian J. Randy Taraborrelli draws back the curtain on the next generation of America`s most famous family. Unrated. 2019. 971 pages.

LB 12289 SAVE ME THE PLUMS: MY GOURMET MEMOIR REICHL, RUTH

Author of Comfort Me with Apples (DB 52508) and Delicious! (DB 78955) recounts her experiences working at Gourmet. Discusses her reluctance taking on a managerial role, transforming the publication from stately to cutting-edge, and personalities she met while leading the magazine. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 397 pages.

LB 12146 BENEATH THE TAMARIND TREE: A STORY OF COURAGE, FAMILY, AND THE LOST SCHOOLGIRLS OF BOKO HARAM SESAY, ISHA, 1976-

Journalist provides an account of the 2014 abduction of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram terrorists. Follows the journeys of three of the girls who eventually made it home and discusses the government`s response to the kidnapping. Unrated. 2019. 536 pages.

LB 12152 FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE SURPRISING AND DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SELIG, BUD

The longtime commissioner of Major League Baseball provides an unprecedented look inside professional baseball today, focusing on how he helped bring the game into the modern age and revealing his interactions with players, managers, fellow owners, and fans nationwide. Unrated. 2019. 458 pages.

LB 12141 CIRCLE MAKER: PRAYING CIRCLES AROUND YOUR BIGGEST DREAMS AND GREATEST FEARS BATTERSON, MARK

Pastor of the National Community Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., offers suggestions for using the ancient practice of prayer circles. Provides examples of what the ritual can achieve and asserts that “who you become is determined by how you pray.” Bestseller. 2011. 362 pages.

LB 12143 EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST: A MEMOIR POWER, SAMANTHA

This memoir traces Power’s journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. She served for four years as Obama’s human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role. Unrated. 2019. 957 pages.

LB 12368 ALL THE WAY: MY LIFE IN FOUR QUARTERS NAMATH, JOE WILLIE, 1943-

Memoir of the Hall of Fame quarterback who shot to stardom when he led the New York Jets to an underdog victory in the 1969 Super Bowl game against the Baltimore Colts. As he recalls each quarter of that game, he also shares details of his personal life. Unrated. 2019. 343 pages.

LB 12369 SEA STORIES: MY LIFE IN SPECIAL OPERATIONS MCRAVEN, WILLIAM H. (WILLIAM HARRY), 1955-

The author of Make Your Bed (DB 87732) and retired US Navy admiral recounts stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America`s special operations forces. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 476 pages.

LB 12370 SURPRISE, KILL, VANISH: THE SECRET HISTORY OF CIA PARAMILITARY ARMIES, OPERATORS, AND ASSASSINS JACOBSEN, ANNIE

Since 1947, domestic and foreign assassinations have been executed under the CIA-led covert action operations team. Before that time, responsibility for taking out America’s enemies abroad was even more shrouded in mystery. Despite Hollywood notions of last-minute rogue-operations and external secret hires, covert action is actually a cog in a colossal foreign policy machine. At the end of the day, it is the President, not the CIA, who is singularly in charge. Unrated. 2019. 747 pages.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB 12367 DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THE NOVEL EMMICH, VAL

Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone`s hero and a social media superstar, after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend. Inspired by the hit Broadway show. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018. 505 pages.

Webinar on Traveling with a Disability or Health Condition

If you would like to learn about government resources regarding travel with a disability or health condition, tune in to this webinar on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 1 pm central time. The webinar will feature mostly government web sites related to legal issues, types of travel (by air, bus, or train), national versus international travel, health resources, and places to visit.

Click this link for more information, including how to register for the webinar: https://www.fdlp.gov/news-and-events/4318-webinar-traveling-with-a-disability-health-condition