New Braille Books Added in May 2022

JUVENILE FICTION          

BT           13390    IF I WERE A HIPPO                          

Sturdy board book with fun things to feel throughout, including the animal’s fuzzy tail. For preschool-2 grade. 2013. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.  

BT           13391    IF I WERE A MONKEY                     

Sturdy board book with fun things to feel throughout, including the animal’s fuzzy tail on the back cover. For preschool-2 grade. 2013. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.               

BT           13393 HUMPTY DUMPTY              YOON, SALINA  

Poor Humpty Dumpty has a big fall, but this version ends with a happy twist that children will love! Preschool-2 grade. 2012. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.      

BT           13395    LITTLE BEE           GIBBS, EDWARD              

Simple rhyming text follows a bee through the jungle as a series of creatures, including a hungry frog, a mongoose, and a lion, flee from what frightens them. For preschool-2 grade. 2012. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.       

BT           13401    INFAMOUS RATSOS        LAREAU, KARA 

Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try, the siblings end up performing good deeds instead. For preschool-2 grade. 2016. Contracted Braille in UEB.   

BT           13403    ROSCO THE RASCAL VISITS THE PUMPKIN PATCH               GORIAN, SHANA

Sometimes puppy Rosco is a rascal, but he also uses his heroic nature to save his pals, James and Mandy. Unrated. For preschool-2 grade. 2014. Contracted Braille in UEB.         

BT           13400    LULU WALKS THE DOGS                 VIORST, JUDITH

Lulu needs help from a boy named Fleischman if she is to earn money walking her neighbors’ dogs, and she finds out that if she wants her business venture to succeed, she has to be nice. Unrated. For grades 2-4. 2012.  Contracted Braille in UEB.   

BT           13402    TORNADO           BYARS, BETSY CROMER 

Seeking shelter from an approaching tornado, a farm family retreats to the storm cellar. To distract the children from the danger outside, farmhand Pete regales the group with tales from his boyhood about a marvelous dog named Tornado, who could do card tricks and more. Bluebonnet Award Winner, 1998. For preschool-2 grade. 2016. Contracted Braille in UEB.            

BT           13405    POOH’S FALL HARVEST  GAINES, ISABEL

Designed for young readers just starting out on their own, this heartwarming book features Pooh and all his friends. It’s harvest season and Rabbit asks all his friends to help him in the garden. For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2000. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13407    HENRY AND MUDGE AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS      RYLANT, CYNTHIA           

Christmas at Henry and Mudge’s house means family, carols, presents, and good food (with lots falling on the floor for Mudge!) For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2004. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13408    FROG AND TOAD ARE FRIENDS   LOBEL, ARNOLD

Five stories about the adventures of two friends: a solemn green frog and a funny brown toad. When Toad loses his button, Frog helps him find it. Later Frog is sick in bed looking green, and Toad brings him some tea and tells him a story. For preschool-2 grade. 1970. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13409    MOUNTAIN TOP MYSTERY           WARNER, GERTRUDE CHANDLER, 1890-1979        

The Alden children and their grandfather go for a day climb up Old Flat Top mountain. When a rock falls and cuts off their only way down, the family discovers the opening to a cave. After the Aldens are rescued, they help an elderly Indian woman retrieve a hidden treasure. For grades 4-7. 1964. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.               

BT           13406    ABE LINCOLN AND THE MUDDY PIG         KRENSKY, STEPHEN        

Young Abe can’t stand to see an animal in trouble, but if he stops to help the pig, he will get his new suit dirty. What should he do? For preschool-2 grade. 2002. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.         

BT           13410    BEST FRIENDS FOR FRANCES       HOBAN, RUSSELL             

When her friend will not let her join a boy’s baseball game, Frances the badger plans a “Best Friends Outing” allowing no boys. For preschool-2 grade. 1969. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.                    

BT           13413    WALT DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIANS                           

When Pongo and Perdy try to rescue their 10 puppies, they end up with 99! For grades 2-4. Unrated. 1981. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13415    POOH GETS STUCK          GAINES, ISABEL

In this classic story, Pooh gets stuck in Rabbit’s front door after eating too much honey! For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2000.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.  Related names: Milne, A. A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956. 

BT           13416    LAWN BOY          PAULSEN, GARY

A twelve-year-old boy decides to put his unusual birthday gift–his late grandfather’s riding mower–to use by cutting his neighbors’ lawns for money. Soon business is booming and he has his own employees, his own stockbroker, and sponsorship of a prizefighter. For grades 5-8. 2007.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.         

BT           13417    BOY WHO OWNED THE SCHOOL: A COMEDY OF LOVE      PAULSEN, GARY

High school student Jacob Freisten thinks of himself as a loser, a wimp, a nobody, who’s perfected the art of near invisibility. But his attempts to avoid notice at all costs are foiled when his English teacher, Mrs. Hilsak, gives him the chance to earn extra credit and pass English by working on the school play. He will control the fog machine. Marie Tresser, on whom he has an intense crush, has a starring role. For grades 4-7. 1990. English Braille, American Edition. Contracted braille.          

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

BT           13389    BABY’S VERY FIRST TOUCHY-FEELY ANIMALS BOOK           FEARN, KATRINA             

Bright images and tactile patches depicting adorable animals will make this book a family favorite. For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2010. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.

BT           13392    ANIMAL NOISES                PEDLEY, JOE       

Based on the much-loved Farmyard Tales series, this board book has been especially devised to introduce very young children to animal sounds. For preschool-2 grade. 2019. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.

BT           13394    BABY’S VERY FIRST TOUCHY-FEELY CHRISTMAS BOOK      FEARN, KATRINA             

Children will love the tactile illustrations in this fun holiday book! For preschool-2 grade. Unrated. 2010. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille. 

BT           13396    ANIMAL FRIENDS: A TOUCH-AND-FEEL BOOK                     

Colorful illustrations and textured pages invite readers to learn about a variety of animals, including a fluffy lion, scaly fish, and smooth rhino. Unrated. For preschool-2 grade. 2015. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.

BT           13397    ON THE FARM: A TOUCH-AND-FEEL BOOK                           

This touch-and-feel book is perfect for the youngest of readers. They can pet a woolly lamb, a furry dog, a silky horse, and much more! For preschool-2 grade. 2015. Unified English Braille code. Uncontracted Braille. Print/Braille.     

BT           13398    ALPHABET PICTURE BOOK            ARROWSMITH, VICKY    

Young children will love naming the familiar things in this appealing picture book. The lovely illustrations will appeal to both children and adults, making this delightful book a pleasure to share. 2010. Uncontracted Braille in UEB, Print Braille.

BT           13399    SENSESATIONAL ALPHABET BOOK            ROFE, APRIL      

This alphabet book includes print, braille, sign, things to feel and smell, AND sounds! 2017. Uncontracted Braille in UEB, Print Braille.            

BT           13404    JOHNNY APPLESEED: MY STORY HARRISON, DAVID L. (DAVID LEE), 1937-

Johnny Appleseed was an important historical figure, well known for planting apple orchards across the new frontier. But he was also a master storyteller! In his own folksy voice, Johnny Appleseed tells his story to a couple of entranced children in this fictionalized Step 2 title. Readers learn how he started planting apple trees—and about some of the myths and true stories of his life. For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2001. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13411    BABE RUTH SAVES BASEBALL!     MURPHY, FRANK, 1966-

Batter up! It’s 1919 and baseball is in trouble! All across the country, people are throwing down their bats, and giving up America’s national pastime. It’s up to Babe Ruth to win back fans and save baseball! Can he do it, or will he strike out? For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2005. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13412    BARACK OBAMA: OUT OF MANY, ONE    COREY, SHANA 

An easy-reader about the 44th President of the United States. For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2009. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13414    HARRY HOUDINI, ESCAPE ARTIST               LAKIN, PATRICIA, 1944- 

Find out how a little boy named Ehrich Weiss became Harry Houdini — the greatest magician the world has ever known! For grades 2-4. Unrated. 2002. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

New Large Print Books Added in May 2022

ADULT FICTION

LB           13515    JUDGE’S LIST      GRISHAM, JOHN              

Lacy Stoltz, from The Whistler (DB 86026), is thinking about leaving the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct when she’s contacted by Jeri Crosby. Jeri’s father was murdered twenty years ago and believes a current judge was behind it. Lacy must discover the truth. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13516    JEALOUSY MAN AND OTHER STORIES      NESBO, JO, 1960-             

Collection of twelve mystery and suspense short stories by the author of the Harry Hole series. In the title story, a detective from Athens is called to a holiday island to investigate a man suspected of murdering his twin. Unrated. 2021. Related names:  Ferguson, Robert, 1948- translator.           

LB           13517    JAILHOUSE LAWYER        PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Attorney Martha Foster takes a new job as public defender for Douglas County, Alabama, after the apparent suicide of the previous officeholder. As she digs into her caseload, she discovers rotten happenings with the cases that appear before one judge. She soon ends up in jail. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names: Allen, Nancy (Lawyer), author.

LB           13518    IT’S BETTER THIS WAY: A NOVEL                MACOMBER, DEBBIE     

Six years after a difficult divorce, Julia is approaching sixty and downsizing into a condo that she hopes will be a new start. She doesn’t want a man in her life, but can’t help but be drawn to Heath, a new resident in her building. 2021.               

LB           13522    MATRIX                GROFF, LAUREN              

Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine and deemed too coarse for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England in 1158 to an impoverished abbey. She grows to love her new life and, as abbess, transforms the community. 2021.

LB           13523    LONE STAR LAW                L’AMOUR, LOUIS, 1908-1988       

Louis L’Amour and Elmer Kelton are among the 12 acclaimed Western storytellers whose work is collected in this anthology featuring stories about the Texas Rangers, spanning from the 1820s to the early part of the 20th century. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13525    ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE BOURNE TREACHERY      FREEMAN, BRIAN, 1963-               

Three years ago, Jason Bourne and his then partner Nova failed to stop the assassin known as Lennon. Nova has since died, and Bourne is called in for a new Treadstone mission–to prevent another assassination masterminded by Lennon. Sequel to The Bourne Evolution (DB 100514). Unrated. 2021. Variant title: Bourne treachery. Related names:  Ludlum, Robert, 1927-2001, creator.      

LB           13520    NOISE   PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Sixteen-year-old Tennant and her eight-year-old sister Sophie live in the shadow of Mount Hood with their father. While out checking rabbit traps one day, they hear a strange vibration that scarily intensifies. Their father drops them into a storm cellar. Tennant and Sophie may be humanity’s only hope. Unrated. 2021. Related names:  Barker, J. D. (Jonathan Dylan), 1971- author.

LB           13519    NINE LIVES          STEEL, DANIELLE              

On her own and feeling a sense of adventure for the first time, Maggie Kelly embarks on a whirlwind trip around the globe–bringing her face-to-face with the very same irresistible, thrill-seeking man she’s spent thirty years trying to forget. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2021.               

LB           13514    LINCOLN HIGHWAY             TOWLES, AMOR

In June 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he served time for involuntary manslaughter. He plans to head to California with his little brother, but two friends who escaped from the farm have their own plan. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.          

LB           13533    YOU CAN RUN: A NOVEL               CLEVELAND, KAREN       

CIA analyst Jill Bailey receives a call that changes everything. Her son has been kidnapped. All she has to do to save him is to endanger her country. She teams up with investigative journalist Alex Charles to uncover a vast conspiracy that threatens all. Unrated. 2021.             

LB           13528    VELVET WAS THE NIGHT               MORENO-GARCIA, SILVIA            

Mexico City, 1971. Maite is a secretary who lives for the next issue of Secret Romance. She envies the apparent intrigue and romance of her next-door neighbor Leonora. But when Leonora disappears, Maite searches for her. Maite’s path crosses with criminal Elvis, who is also hunting Leonora. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13530    TURNOUT           ABBOTT, MEGAN E., 1971-           

Sisters Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since before they can remember. After their mother’s tragic, accidental death, they took over her studio and have been running it with Dara’s husband, Charlie. As the school’s annual performance of The Nutcracker approaches, their delicate balance is threatened. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13524    SLOW FIRE BURNING     HAWKINS, PAULA           

When a young man is gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, three women who knew him find themselves embroiled in the investigation. Laura is the one-night stand last seen in the home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt. Miriam is his nosy neighbor. Each has secrets she’s hiding. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13521    NIGHT MUSIC    MOYES, JOJO, 1969-       

The Spanish House is known to locals as a derelict architectural folly. When its reclusive owner dies without a will, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For the recently-widowed Isabel, the house is a potential lifeline. For her neighbor Matt McCarthy, the house is revenge. Unrated. 2008.          

LB           13490    WHAT STRANGE PARADISE          EL AKKAD, OMAR, 1982-               

Bodies wash up on the shores of a small island after another dilapidated ship sinks under the weight of its passengers. Syrians, Ethiopians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians–all desperate to escape untenable lives in their homelands. But miraculously, nine-year-old Amir has survived the passage and is rescued by local teen Vänna. Unrated. 2021.     

LB           13750    LIGHTNING IN A MIRROR              KRENTZ, JAYNE ANN      

Olivia LeClair’s experiment with speed dating is not going well. First, there was the date from hell who tried to murder her; and now, the mysterious Harlan Rancourt sits down at her table and tells her she’s the only one who can help him locate the legendary Vortex lab. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13748    AFRAID                 JACKSON, LISA 

Lucy Champagne was sent to St. Cecilia’s after her movie-star mother was brutally attacked by her sleazy boyfriend, Ray Watkins. Lucy’s damning testimony landed Ray a twenty-five-year sentence. But now, Ray is free. And he’s going to find Lucy and make her pay, no matter how far and how fast she runs… Unrated. 2022.             

LB           13751    FEAR THY NEIGHBOR      MICHAELS, FERN             

At twenty-nine, Alison Marshall is ready to find a place to call home. When she reaches beautiful Palmetto Island, she thinks she may have found it. On a hunch, she contacts the island’s only realtor, and learns that an old beach house is on the market. At first, home is everything she hoped it would be. But as days turn into weeks, she uncovers a dark side to this supposedly peaceful haven. The locals have a secret, and once Alison discovers what it is, she faces a stark choice. She can stay and join them–or escape. But leaving brings its own risks, and Alison is starting to wonder if coming to Palmetto Island is the last mistake she’ll ever make. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13763    KILLING FLOOR          CHILD, LEE 

Transient Jack Reacher, a former military cop, is arrested in Margrave, Georgia, as a suspect in a double homicide. He learns that one of the victims is his brother, a U.S. Treasury Department agent. After being cleared he stays in town to seek revenge. Violence and strong language. 2010.          

LB           13761    CANDY HOUSE                   EGAN, JENNIFER              

The Candy House opens with the staggeringly brilliant Bix Bouton, whose company, Mandala, is so successful that he is “one of those tech demi-gods with whom we’re all on a first name basis.” Bix is 40, with four kids, restless, desperate for a new idea, when he stumbles into a conversation group, mostly Columbia professors, one of whom is experimenting with downloading or “externalizing” memory. It’s 2010. Within a decade, Bix’s new technology, “Own Your Unconscious”–that allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others–has seduced multitudes. But not everyone. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13762    END OF GETTING LOST                   KIRMAN, ROBIN

The year is 1996 — a time before cell phones, status updates, and location tags — when you could still travel to a remote corner of the world and disappear, if you chose to do so. This is where we meet Gina Reinhold and Duncan Lowy, a young artistic couple madly in love, traveling around Europe on a romantic adventure. It’s a time both thrilling and dizzying for Gina, whose memories are hazy following a head injury — and the growing sense that the man at her side, her one companion on this strange continent, is keeping secrets from her. Unrated. 2022.   

LB           13764    FAMILY AFFAIR CARR, ROBYN    

Anna McNichol is at the peak of her career and ready to focus on her future. But when her husband dies suddenly, Anna’s carefully constructed world falls apart. The mysterious young woman at the memorial service confirms her husband had been keeping secrets, and Anna is determined to get to the truth. For once, she doesn’t have the answers. Her kids are struggling with their grief, her mother’s health is in decline and Anna needs closure. Faced with one challenge after another, she finds support from an unexpected source. And as she puts her life back together, Anna realizes the McNichols may not be perfect but they’ll always be family, and family is forever. Unrated. 2022.               

LB           13767    THEY CAN’T TAKE YOUR NAME       JUSTICE, ROBERT         

What happens to a dream deferred–especially when an innocent man’s life hangs in the balance? Langston Brown is running out of time and options for clearing his name and escaping death row. Wrongfully convicted of the gruesome Mother’s Day Massacre, he prepares to face his death. His final hope for salvation lies with his daughter, Liza, an artist who dreamed of a life of music and song but left the prestigious Juilliard School to pursue a law degree with the intention of clearing her father’s name. Unrated. 2022.  

LB           13768    TACOS FOR TWO              ST. AMANT, BETSY          

Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red–and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site. Unrated. 2021.                    

LB           13770    UNDER COLOR OF LAW                 CLARK, AARON PHILIP   

Black rookie cop Trevor “Finn” Finnegan aspires to become a top-ranking officer in the Los Angeles Police Department and fix a broken department. A fast-track promotion to detective in the coveted Robbery-Homicide Division puts him closer to achieving his goal. Unrated. 2022.          

LB           13771    SILENT SISTERS                  DUGONI, ROBERT           

After a harrowing escape from Russian agents on his last mission, Charles Jenkins thinks he’s finally done with the spy game. But then the final two of the seven sisters–American assets who have been deep undercover in Russia for decades–cut off all communication with their handlers. Are they in hiding after detecting surveillance? Or have they turned and become double agents? It’s Jenkins’s duty to find out, but he’s been added to a Russian kill list. Unrated. 2022.    

LB           13772    SHELTER IN THE STORM                 BLOUNT, LAUREL             

Unspeakable tragedy strikes the Amish hamlet of Johns Mill when an unstable Englischer opens fire in the Hochstedler General Store…Joseph Hochstedler struggles to hold his shattered family together…Born with a serious heart defect, optimist Naomi Schrock has always longed to live a life of service. She rolls up her sleeves, determined to help Joseph cope with this terrible crisis. But dare she hope that his friendship will finally deepen into love? Unrated. 2022.   

LB           13769    YONDER               ASIM, JABARI, 1962-       

Cato and William meet at the Placid Hall plantation. Subject to the whims of their tyrannical and eccentric captor, Cannonball Greene, they never know what harm may befall them: inhumane physical toil in the plantation’s quarry by day, a beating by night, or the sale of a loved one at any moment. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2022.    

LB           13774    AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER                    BEHARRIE, THERESE        

Successful romance author Gaia Anders has a secret: anything she dreams at night is magically written into her bestselling novels. After a lonely childhood in foster care, her dream life is the only one she trusts. Gaia’s waking life just can’t compare–until she gets caught in one utterly surprising, crazy-passionate, real-life kiss… Workaholic businessman Jacob Scott has had a crush on his brother’s best friend, Gaia, since forever–but he never expected to literally share her dreams. Unrated. 2021.            

LB           13778    CRIMSON SUMMER        GRAHAM, HEATHER       

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Amy Larson and FBI agent Hunter Forrest investigate a bloody massacre in Seminole territory that appears to be tied to South American drug cartels and a Doomsday cult. Unrated. 2022.    

LB           13780    RELATIVE MURDER    DEVERAUX, JUDE  

Novelist Sara Medlar’s best skill is sharing stories about other people; she always hoped the truth of her own family would stay hidden. She is soon drawn into another murder investigation with her niece Kate and friend Jack Wyatt. It turns out a mysterious stranger connected to the murder has ties to Sara’s family. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13781    ONE STEP TOO FAR: A NOVEL     GARDNER, LISA

On a bachelor party weekend, groom Timothy O’Day goes missing. Frankie Elkin volunteers to help with the last search for him. The rescue team is reluctant, but once they enter the woods where Tim disappeared, Frankie realizes there’s something more dangerous than nature stalking them. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2022. Variant title: 1 step too far.

LB           13777    MOSAIC OF WINGS             DUFFY, KIMBERLY       

In 1885, determined to uphold her father’s legacy, Nora Shipley joins an entomology research expedition to India. In this spellbinding new land, Nora is torn between saving a young Indian girl and saving her career, and between what she’s always thought she wanted and the man she’s come to love. Unrated. 2020.             

LB           13779    BRIGHT BURNING THINGS            HARDING, LISA 

Haunted by her failed acting career and lingering trauma from her childhood, Sonya fell deep into an alcoholic abyss. What kept her from losing herself completely was Tommy, her son. But her love for Tommy rivaled her love for the bottle. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13783    BOUNTY: A FOX AND O’HARE NOVEL       EVANOVICH, JANET       

FBI agent Kate O’Hare and charming criminal Nick Fox face off against the shadowy international organization known as the Brotherhood in the search for a buried train filled with Nazi gold. They must turn to their respective fathers for help in order to succeed. Unrated. 2021. Related names:  Hamilton, Steve, 1961-, author.

LB           13784    MISS KOPP INVESTIGATES            STEWART, AMY

Winter 1919; the war is over. Norma is summoned home from France, Constance is called back from Washington, and Fleurette puts her own plans on hold as the sisters rally around their recently widowed sister-in-law and her children. To help support them, Fleurette does clandestine legal work for a former colleague of Constance’s. When one client’s suspicious behavior uncovers a much larger crime, Fleurette investigates. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13782    ATTIC ON QUEEN STREET              WHITE, KAREN (KAREN S.)           

Melanie Trenholm is dealing with her husband’s devastating request of separation. Despite the pressures of twin toddlers, a stepdaughter heading off to college, and a home still under renovation, she is determined to win him back. But ghosts, helpful and malicious, interfere with their plans. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13791    HEART PRINCIPLE             HOANG, HELEN

Violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieved career success with a viral YouTube video, but is currently burned out and artistically paralyzed. When her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship, she attempts to have a one-night stand with tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2021.           

LB           13793    WARRIOR’S HEART          BELLER, MISTY M.           

On assignment to help America win the War of 1812, Evan MacManus is taken prisoner by Brielle Durand-the key defender of her people’s secret French settlement in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. But when his mission becomes at odds with his growing appreciation of Brielle and the villagers, does he dare take a risk on the path his heart tells him is right? Unrated. 2021.

LB           13796    MARRYING MATTHEW                   LONG, KELLY      

Everyone in Blackberry Falls knows that Tabitha Stolfus is heir to her daed’s wood carving company. To find a man who values more than her purse, Tabitha creates an ad and sends it far from home. But from her first meeting with handsome would-be groom Matthew King, Tabitha realizes this may not be the uncomplicated arrangement she expected. Matthew’s true desire is an apprenticeship, not a frau. Unrated. 2022.               

LB           13785    VENICE SKETCHBOOK: A NOVEL BOWEN, RHYS   

As Caroline Grant’s marriage is ending, her beloved great-aunt Lettie is dying. She leaves Caroline a box whose contents include a sketchbook and three keys. Traveling to Venice to scatter Lettie’s ashes, she uncovers mysteries stored away for more than sixty years. 2021.

LB           13786    HOPE CHEST       BROWN, CAROLYN, 1948-            

An inheritance has reunited three estranged cousins. Their grandmother Lucy left Nessa, Flynn, and April her home nestled in the woods near Blossom, Texas, as well as a hope chest to be unlocked after they complete a special task. Together, they must hand-stitch a cherished quilt Lucy left unfinished. Some strong language. 2021.

LB           13788    AT LOVE’S COMMAND   WITEMEYER, KAREN      

Ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries who defend the innocent, but when one of them nearly dies, they seek out help from Dr. Josephine Burkett. When Josephine’s brother is abducted and she is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything to save her. Violence. 2020.        

LB           13789    SANKOFA                ONUZO, CHIBUNDU 

Searching through her mother’s belongings one day, Anna finds clues about the African father she never knew. His student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. Anna discovers that he eventually became the president–some would say dictator–of a small nation in West Africa. Unrated. 2021.               

LB           13795    EIGHT PERFECT HOURS: A NOVEL              LOUIS, LIA          

Two strangers meet in chance circumstances during a blizzard and spend one perfect evening together, thinking they’ll never see each other again. But fate seems to have different plans. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13798    SUMMER AFFAIR             HILDERBRAND, ELIN       

Glass artist Claire Crispin, married mother of four, cochairs the Nantucket’s Children Summer Gala. Claire enlists her high school rock-star ex-boyfriend to entertain and begins sculpting artwork for donations, all while embarking on an affair with a married man. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           13509    I ALONE CAN FIX IT: DONALD J. TRUMP’S CATASTROPHIC FINAL YEAR       LEONNIG, CAROL

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and authors of A Very Stable Genius (DB 98392), a behind-the-scenes story of President Trump’s final year in office. Focusing on the key players in the Trump administration, the authors cover impactful events such as the coronavirus threat, the protest movement, and the breach of the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names:  Rucker, Philip, author.

LB           13532    YOU GOT ANYTHING STRONGER?: STORIES           UNION, GABRIELLE         

Actress and author of We’re Going to Need More Wine (DB 89701) returns with more stories from her life. She tells of how she became a mother through surrogacy, her marriage to NBA star Dwyane Wade, and her experiences as an African American woman in Hollywood. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13529    VANDERBILT: THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN DYNASTY      COOPER, ANDERSON

New York Times bestselling authors Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe chronicle the rise and fall of the Vanderbilts, legendary American family of which journalist Cooper is a descendant. Explores the story of the Vanderbilt family, its ties to American capitalism and high society, and the private tension and rifts that came from such wealth. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names:  Howe, Katherine, 1977- author.

LB           13535    WILL      SMITH, WILL, 1968-         

Smith tells his story of going from a West Philadelphia kid to one of the biggest rap stars of his era, and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood. But he also talks about the impact of fame on his family and how he gained balance and inner happiness. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names:  Manson, Mark, author.

LB           13527    POWER PLAY: TESLA, ELON MUSK, AND THE BET OF THE CENTURY             HIGGINS, TIM (JOURNALIST)               

Journalist chronicles the story of Elon Musk and the evolution of his car company, Tesla, from its founding in the early 2000s. Topics include the development of the car’s technology, comparisons between the technology and car industries, and Musk’s behavior and its impact on the business. Unrated. 2021.  

LB           13531    TAKING OF JEMIMA BOONE: COLONIAL SETTLERS, TRIBAL NATIONS, AND THE KIDNAP THAT SHAPED AMERICA             PEARL, MATTHEW           

Explores the little-known true story of the kidnapping of thirteen-year-old Jemima Boone, Daniel Boone’s daughter, by a Cherokee-Shawnee raiding party and the ensuing battle with reverberations that nobody could predict. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13526    RESISTANCE: HOW WOMEN SAVED DEMOCRACY FROM DONALD TRUMP               RUBIN, JENNIFER

Resistance tracks a set of dynamic women voters, activists and politicians who rose up when Donald Trump took the White House and fundamentally changed the political landscape. From the first Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration to the Blue Wave in the 2018 midterms to the flood of female presidential candidates in 2020 to the inauguration of Kamala Harris, women from across the ideological spectrum entered the political arena and became energized in a way America had not witnessed in decades. Unrated. 2021.            

LB           13749    NAZIS KNEW MY NAME: A REMARKABLE STORY OF SURVIVAL AND COURAGE IN AUSCHWITZ        BLAU, MAGDA HELLINGER, 1916-2006 

In March 1942, at the age of 25, kindergarten teacher Magda Hellinger was deported from her hometown in Slovakia along with 998 other young women. The SS soon discovered that by putting prisoners in day-to-day charge of the accommodation blocks and even the camps at large, they could both reduce the number of guards required to use these ‘leaders’ to deflect attention away from themselves. Magda was one such Jewish prisoner selected for leadership. Like many others during the war she found herself constantly treading a fine line: how to save lives–if only a few at a time–while avoiding being too ‘soft’ and likely sent to the gas chambers. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13765    WORLD WAR C: LESSONS FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC            GUPTA, SANJAY

Gupta argues that we need to prepare for a new era where pandemics will be more frequent, and possibly even more deadly. As the doctor who’s been holding America’s hand through the crisis with compassion, clarity, and well-earned wisdom, he gives you the unvarnished story behind the pandemic, including insights about the novel virus’s behavior, and offers practical tools to ready ourselves for what lies ahead. Unrated. 2022

LB           13766    TRUE RAIDERS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE 1909 EXPEDITION TO FIND THE LEGENDARY ARK OF THE COVENANT         RICCA, BRAD     

This book tells the untold true story of Monty Parker, a British rogue nobleman who, after being dared to do so by Ava Astor, the so-called “most beautiful woman in the world,” headed a secret 1909 expedition to find the fabled Ark of the Covenant. Unrated. 2022.    

LB           13773    SEA STATE: A MEMOIR                   LASLEY, TABITHA             

In her mid-thirties and newly free from a terrible relationship, Tabitha Lasley quit her job at a London magazine, packed her bags, and poured her savings into a six-month lease on an apartment in Aberdeen, Scotland. She decided to make good on a long-deferred idea for a book about oil rigs and the men who work on them. Why oil rigs? She wanted to see what men were like with no women around. Unrated. 2022.          

LB           13775    BROTHERS AND WIVES: INSIDE THE PRIVATE LIVES OF WILLIAM, KATE, HARRY, AND MEGHAN                ANDERSEN, CHRISTOPHER P.      

Queen Elizabeth II is in her mid-nineties, Prince Charles is in his seventies, and all eyes are turned increasingly toward William and Harry. Christopher Andersen picks up where he left off in Diana’s Boys, covering everything that has happened to the brothers as they have grown up, gotten married to two remarkable women, and had children-all while facing continual waves of controversy and questions about the ways their relationship has shifted. Unrated. 2022.    

LB           13776    FORGET THE ALAMO: THE RISE AND FALL OF AN AMERICAN MYTH             BURROUGH, BRYAN, 1961-

The authors recount the Texas Battle of the Alamo, examining and dispelling the many myths that surround the conflict. They discuss the conflict’s origins, the role of Tejanos in the fight, Texas’s struggle for independence, and more. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names:  Stanford, Jason, author. Tomlinson, Chris, author.

LB           13787    BLACK OPS: THE LIFE OF A CIA SHADOW WARRIOR            PRADO, RIC        

A CIA officer reflects on his difficult childhood and eventual career with the CIA that ended with his retirement as the CIA equivalent of a two-star general. He discusses some of the missions he served on, his efforts to develop assets, and his team’s role in the War on Terror. Unrated. Bestseller. 2022.         

LB           13790    SECRET LIFE OF GROCERIES: THE DARK MIRACLE OF THE AMERICAN SUPERMARKET           LORR, BENJAMIN         

Examination of the grocery store and related support industries. Topics include the early days of Trader Joe’s with the original Trader Joe, the business lives of long-haul truckers, the standards for the labels of “fair trade” and “free range,” and labor practices with regards to migrant workers. Unrated. 2020.        

LB           13792    CORRESPONDENTS: SIX WOMEN WRITERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF WORLD WAR II           MACKRELL, JUDITH

On the front lines of the Second World War, a contingent of female journalists were bravely waging their own battle. Barred from combat zones and faced with entrenched prejudice and bureaucratic restrictions, these women were forced to fight for the right to work on equal terms with men. Unrated. 2022.      

LB           13794    HOME/LAND: A MEMOIR OF DEPARTURE AND RETURN   MEAD, REBECCA              

When the New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead relocated to her birth city, London, with her family in the summer of 2018, she was both fleeing the political situation in America and seeking to expose her son to a wider world. With a keen sense of what she’d given up as she left New York, her home of thirty years, she tried to knit herself into the fabric of a changed London. The move raised poignant questions about place: What does it mean to leave the place you have adopted as home and country? And what is the value and cost of uprooting yourself? Unrated. 2022.

LB           13797    AGATHA CHRISTIE: FIRST LADY OF CRIME                              

Agatha Christie was not only the most successful author of detective stories the world has ever known, she was also a mystery in herself, giving only the rarest interviews–declining absolutely to become any sort of public figure–and a mystery, too, in the manner in which she achieved her astonishing success. H.R.F. Keating brings together a dozen noted writers from both sides of the Atlantic to throw light on the ever-intriguing Dame Agatha. Unrated. 2022. Related names: Keating, H.R.F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-2011, editor. 

12 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

The Texas Talking Book Program is pleased to announce 12 more locally-produced titles that are newly available on BARD. There are now 1,598 Texas titles on BARD!

You can learn more about TBP’s stellar Volunteer Recording Studio here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/vrs.html.

This installment of Texas titles is a vibrant mixture of biography, romance, history, and folklore. Travelling from Manhattan speakeasys to savage wilderness, we meet admirable heroes Lorenzo de Zavala and Chester Nimitz, while cuttin’ beddin’ with infamous outlaw Henry Starr.

Read, on, Texas. Read on!

ALY’S HOUSE by Leila Meacham (DBC 18834)

Aly Kingston has only ever loved one man: Marshall Wayne. But she put all of those childish dreams behind her ages ago when the Waynes left town. Her father’s victory at foreclosing on the Wayne family farm, the betrayal written all over Marshall’s face—it all still lingers in her mind and in her heart. But now, years later, when he comes back home to Claiborne, Aly realizes so much has changed since Marshall’s been away…and so much remains the same. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook.

CHESTER W. NIMITZ, ADMIRAL OF THE HILLS by Frank A. Driskill (DBC 26275)

From his boyhood days in the Hill Country of Central Texas to the apogee of his career as Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific, Chester W. Nimitz reflected the best qualities of his German-European heritage and the frontier society of his native land.

CUTTIN’ BEDDIN’: MORE PECOS TALES by Paul Patterson (DBC 26226)

Cuttin’ beddin’ in old cowboy terms means sharing a bunk or bedroll. These anecdotes by cowboy poet Paul Patterson describe a wide variety of ways in which cuttin’ beddin’ can make for strange bedfellows.

DEATH IN THE SILENT PLACES by Peter Hathaway Capstick (DBC 26236)

Adventure writer Capstick, author of the thrilling classic DEATH IN THE LONG GRASS (DB 12610), turns from his own exploits to those of some of the greatest hunters of the past. Karamojo Bell, the elephant hunter, Colonel Jim Corbett and Sasha Siemel, who tracked killer jaguars in the Mata Grosso armed only with a spear are included.

HELLO, SUCKER!: THE STORY OF TEXAS GUINAN by Glenn Shirley (DBC 26238)

True life story of the outrageous Prohibition-era actress, showgirl, and night club owner Mary Louise Cecilia Guinan, better known as “Texas” Guinan.

LAST ADVENTURE OF CONSTANCE VERITY by A. Lee Martinez (DBC 18840)

Granted a wish at birth, Constance Verity has become one of the world’s great adventurers. A master of exotic martial arts and a keen detective, she is in possession of a collection of strange artifacts, which are mostly kept in unlabeled boxes in her apartment. Constance has spent the past twenty years saving the world, and she’s sick of it. She wants an office job and a boyfriend who isn’t going to get killed by who knows what, and she’s figured out the way to get them: she’s going to kill her fairy godmother—Grandmother Willow—who granted the wish and reset her life. The problem is, saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s really good at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job. Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. Book #1 of the “Constance Verity” series.

NORTH TO THE RIO GRANDE: LORENZO DE ZAVALA, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS by Fay Venable (DBC 26233)

Biography of Lorenzo de Zavala, who was a supporter of the revolution, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first vice-president of Texas. For grades 4-7.

PECOS TALES, II by Paul Patterson (DBC 26227)

This collection of humorous musings by cowboy poet Paul Patterson is a pleasant blend of folklore and history. Some strong language.

THE SEARCH by Grace Livingston Hill (DBC 26365)

In the midst of a desperate world war, spirited Ruth Macdonald helps a lonely soldier find the love he longs for. Commercial audiobook.

TEXAS SPLENDOR by Lorraine Heath (DBC 18726)

Five years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit–that’s how long Austin Leigh has waited to clear his name, and to be reunited with his beloved Becky. But when he is finally released, Becky is married to another. Now Austin is determined to find the killer who destroyed his life and ruined his one chance for love. He is searching for justice—and for revenge. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. Book #3 of the “Leigh Brothers” Texas trilogy.

THRILLING EVENTS: THE LIFE OF HENRY STARR by Henry Starr (DBC 26247)

This small history was written by the noted Cherokee Indian outlaw, Henry Starr, while he was serving a sentence in the Colorado penitentiary. It reviews his exploits as one of the boldest of bank robbers, a career he managed to pursue for almost 30 years. Starr was killed during his last attempt, in 1921. Violence and strong language. Notes: Originally published: 1914.

XIT RANCH OF TEXAS AND THE EARLY DAYS OF THE LLANO ESTACADO by J. Evetts (James Evetts) Haley (DBC 26229)

Formed in the eighteen-eighties, the XIT ranch became the largest single operation in the cow country of the Old West and covered more than three million acres, all fenced. The state of Texas granted the land to the Capitol Freehold Land and Investment Company of Chicago in exchange for funds to erect the state capitol building in Austin. This is the story of the ranch and its role in the history of Texas.

Printed Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review Update

The National Library Service (NLS) will no longer print large print issues of the TALKING BOOK TOPICS (TBT) and the last large print issue of BRAILLE BOOK REVIEW (BBR) will be September–October 2022. You can find various formats and information on the NLS website and the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD).

TALKING BOOK TOPICS on NLS website:
•    HTML format, including links to BARD for downloading or adding books to wish lists www.loc.gov/nls/tbt
•    PDF format, containing a printable order form www.loc.gov/nls/tbt
 
TALKING BOOK TOPICS by mail:
•    Audio cartridge, which comes with a print order form (contact us to subscribe)
 
TALKING BOOK TOPICS from BARD:
•    Audio magazine, downloadable to cartridge or to BARD Mobile

Abridged version of TALKING BOOK TOPICS available inside BRAILLE BOOK REVIEW:
•    BRAILLE BOOK REVIEW’S TBT Abridged section in hardcopy braille by mail (contact us to subscribe)
•    BRAILLE BOOK REVIEW’S TBT Abridged section as a BRF downloadable through BARD or from www.loc.gov/nls/bbr
 
Recently Added lists available through BARD:
•    BARD patrons can also learn about the latest titles added to BARD through the “Recently added books and magazines” link on the BARD website or the “Recently added to BARD” feature on the “Get Books” tab on the BARD Mobile app.

TALKING BOOK TOPICS by NFB-NEWSLINE®
 •    Contact TBP to sign-up for the service.

Please let us know if we can assist you in accessing any of these formats, or if you would like to subscribe to either the audio version of TALKING BOOK TOPICS or the hardcopy braille version of BRAILLE BOOK REVIEW, which includes an abridged version of TALKING BOOK TOPICS.

You may contact us by email at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov, or by phone at 1-800-252-9605 or at 512-463-5458.

Nebula Awards Finalists 2022

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards were established by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) in order to create an annual anthology of the best stories of the year. The finalists were announced March 8. The winners will be announced May 21.

https://nebulas.sfwa.org/sfwa-announces-the-56th-annual-nebula-award-finalists/

Here are the finalists for 2022 that are in the TBP collection.

NOVEL


UNBROKEN 
CLARK, C.L.
Soldier Touraine and her company are sent to quell a rebellion in her homeland. Meanwhile, Luca seeks someone who can sway the rebels to peace while Luca focuses on dethroning her uncle. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 102840
 
MASTER OF DJINN
CLARK, P. DJELI
An agent with the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, Fatma el-Sha’arawi investigates the murder of a secret brotherhood. The murderer claims to be the long-missing al-Jahiz, a man who opened the veil to the magical realms forty years prior. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 103858
 
MACHINEHOOD
DIVYA, S.B.
Humanity is increasingly dependent on designer pills to enhance performance and maintain health. New terrorist group the Machinehood attacks several major pill funders with operatives that are part human and part machine. After a client is killed in front of her, bodyguard Welga is pulled in to help fight the Machinehood. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 104112
 
DESOLATION CALLED PEACE
MARTINE, ARKADY
An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space, refusing to communicate. Running out of options, Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus sends Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass as a diplomatic envoy. Sequel to A Memory Called Empire (DB 94528). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 102760

NOVELLA

PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT
CHAMBERS, BECKY
Centuries ago, the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and disappeared into the wilderness. When Sibling Dex, a tea monk, meets Splendid Speckled Mosscap, a robot, they are the first person to encounter a robot in years. Dex and Mosscap travel through the woods together, engaging in philosophical conversation. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 104764; BR 24116
 
FIREHEART TIGER
BODARD, ALIETTE DE
Princess Thanh returns to her mother’s court after years as a political hostage. In her new role as a diplomat, she crosses paths with her first love, Eldris. But Eldris wants more than romance–he has plans for Thanh’s home as well. 2021.
DB 103041; BR 23679
 
SUN-DAUGHTERS, SEA-DAUGHTERS
OGDEN, AIMEE
In this space opera reimagining of “The Little Mermaid,” gene-edited human clans have scattered throughout the galaxy, adapting to their new environments. The daughter of a Sea-Clan lord sparks a war when she rejects her people by choosing her land-dwelling love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2021.
DB 104380; BR 23760

THE ANDRE NORTON NEBULA AWARD FOR MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION

VICTORIES GREATER THAN DEATH
ANDERS, CHARLIE JANE
Tired of hiding in obscurity on Earth, Tina, the human clone of a brilliant alien tactician, pursues her destiny in space. But success is elusive until Tina and her best friend Rachael assemble a ragtag crew and set out to save all the worlds. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.
DB 102993
 
REDEMPTOR
IFUEKO, JORDAN
Contending with the lives of her loved ones in danger, assassination attempts, and a new stranger she can’t entirely trust, Empress Redemptor Tarisai must decide if she is willing to die for justice–or to live for it. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.
DB 105200

SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH
LITTLE BADGER, DARCIE
Nina, a Lipan Apache, lives in the real world and still believes in the old stories. Oli, a cottonmouth snake boy, lives in the Reflecting World. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.
DB 106018
 
ROOT MAGIC
ROYCE, EDEN
Wadmalaw, South Carolina. Eleven-year-old twins Jezebel and Jay begin lessons in rootwork for healing and protection. As they train, they face threats from the local police deputy, school bullies, and others. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2021.
DB 106014
 

June 23, 2022, Summer Reading Program BONUS Book Club Title Announced!

As part of TBP’s Summer Reading Program this year, we’ll be hosting a bonus book club meeting!

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Please join us on Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. (CT) for our book club discussion of GULF: THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN SEA by Jack E. Davis. (DB 88197)

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 or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the book in digital cartridge or if you prefer to download the audio version from BARD. RSVP preferred by June 2.

NLS Annotation: A history of the Gulf of Mexico, extending from the Pleistocene age until the twenty-first century. Discusses the marine environment, its role in human society, and many of the individuals whose lives were intertwined with the Gulf. Pulitzer Prize for history, 2018.

We request that everyone remember the following:

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

We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, June 23!

Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot 2021

Since 1987, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has presented the Bram Stoker Awards® to the best works of horror and dark fiction. The finalists were announced February 28. The winners will be announced May 14, 2022. Here are the finalists for 2021 that are in the TBP collection.

For more information about the Bram Stoker Awards®: https://www.thebramstokerawards.com/front-page/4491/

Superior Achievement in a Novel

QUEEN OF CICADAS by V. Castro. (DB 105835)

FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP by Grady Ghendrix. (DB 104247)

MY HEART IS A CHAINSAW by Stephen Graham Jones. (DB 104847)

CHILDREN OF CHICAGO by Cynthia Pelayo. (DB 103216)

BOOK OF ACCIDENTS by Chuck Wendig. (DB 104297)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

ALL THESE BODIES by Kendare Blake. (DB 105366)

BAD WITCH BURNING by Jessica Lewis. (DB 104823)

HOUSE OF HOLLOW by Krystal Sutherland. (DB 102984)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH by Cassandra Khaw. (DB 105453)

That ALL May Read: Graphic Novels

For the longest time, I believed graphic novels were not for me. I was born legally blind and came of age around the time that MAUS by Art Spiegelman won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. As a book lover this was troublesome because I want to read ALL THE BOOKS. Just the concept that there were books that were obviously SO GOOD, yet beyond my ability to access, upset me greatly.

So, I tried. I used the vision I did have to read MAUS and later PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi and FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel. I used a magnifying glass and I asked my roommate for occasional assistance. But here’s the thing: as graphic novels continue to win awards and become a more firmly entrenched format in the public consciousness, it should NOT be so difficult for me to access them. They should be accessible for all.

And the National Library Service (NLS) agrees.

Starting small with books like CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast (DB 80646) and Brian Selznick’s WONDERSTRUCKk (DB 74157) which is a combination of standard text and full-page illustrations, NLS made the leap into creating audio recordings of full-length graphic novels with the three volume MARCH TRILOGY by John Lewis (DB 87098). 

It’s not a simple process.

According to NLS Senior Selection Librarian, Jill Garcia, “Unlike commercial audiobook producers, when we do graphical material, we describe all the images. Fortunately, Laura Giannarelli volunteered.”

Once NLS selects a graphic novel to be added to their audio collection, the narrator then creates a script. 40-year veteran NLS narrator, Laura Giannarelli, describes the process:

“It takes me probably an hour to write a script for each ten pages. My method is to describe what I see as objectively as possible. Rather than say, ‘He is surprised,’ I’ll say, ‘His mouth is open, his eyebrows are raised, and his eyes are wide.’ You try as much as possible to give the facts and let the reader interpret. But there’s also an art to balancing the details of the pictures with the forward momentum of the text. As a scene heats up, you drop the details and focus on the words.”

I for one truly appreciate the effort taken to not only describe the illustrations accurately, but to consider my desire to interpret the meaning of the scenes myself. And MARCH TRILOGY was merely the first in what has continued to be a steady stream of full-length graphic novels being produced by NLS including FAITHFUL SPY: DIETRICH BONHOEFFER AND THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER by John Hendrix (DB 94260). I’m particularly excited to read this one as it was nominated by YALSA for the excellence in Nonfiction Award for 2019. And I recently learned that NLS is currently working on recording MAUS.

Now if I can just get a self-driving car, I’ll be all set. 

For more information: https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/news/quarterly-newsletter-news/april-june-2017-newsletter/#_graphic


 

New Braille Books Added in April 2022

ADULT FICTION

BT           13376    WITHOUT REMORSE: A JOHN KELLY NOVEL #1        CLANCY, TOM, 1947-2013         

John Kelly can’t blame anyone when his pregnant wife is killed in a traffic accident by a runaway truck. But months later, when his new girlfriend is mowed down by her drug-dealing pimps, Kelly has a target for revenge. At the same time, he must don his “Clark” identity (from his Navy Seals days) and, once more, help his government out in Vietnam. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1993. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.

BT           13372    IF NOT FOR YOU: A NOVEL           MACOMBER, DEBBIE     

Eager to get away from her controlling mother, Beth moves to Portland, Oregon, to work as a music teacher. She agrees to a blind date with mechanic Sam, partly because she knows it would horrify her mother. An accident creates a bond between them. Bestseller. 2017.  Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.          

BT           13373    TROLL GARDEN AND SELECTED STORIES      CATHER, WILLA, 1873-1947    

This collection of short stories by Willa Cather includes the following: On the Divide, Eric Hermannson’s Soul, The Enchanted Bluff, and The Bohemian Girl, plus the seven stories from THE TROLL GARDEN (Flavia and Her Artists, The Sculptor’s Funeral, “A Death in the Desert”, The Garden Lodge, The Marriage of Phaedra, A Wagner Matinee, and Paul’s Case). Unrated. 2006. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

JUVENILE FICTION

BT           13374    MAGYK : SEPTIMUS HEAP, BOOK 1            SAGE, ANGIE     

The night his seventh son is born–dead, according to the midwife–Silas Heap brings home a newborn baby girl, Jenna. She turns out to be a princess in need of protection as villains and wizards abound in this magyk-filled adventure. And is the son, Septimus, really dead? For grades 4-7. 2005. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13375    SKY RAIDERS: FIVE KINGDOMS, BOOK 1          MULL, BRANDON, 1974-     

When Cole and a few fellow sixth-graders go into a haunted house, they find terrors beyond their wildest imagination. Kidnapped and whisked into a place known as the Outskirts, Cole must rescue the group of kids from slavery and find a way to return home. For grades 5-8. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille.   

BT           13371    KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES; EXILE            MESSENGER, SHANNON

In Keeper of the Lost Cities twelve-year-old elf Sophie learns that she has secrets buried in her memory, for which some would kill. Sophie remains in danger in Exile, but helps train a precious, magical creature. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.         

BT           13366    MARK OF THE THIEF. BOOK ONE                NIELSEN, JENNIFER A.    

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: he discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the gods–magic some Romans would kill for. Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders. For grades 6-9. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13367    WOLF BROTHER: CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS, BOOK 1   PAVER, MICHELLE           

Six thousand years ago, twelve-year-old Torak and his guide, a wolf cub, go on a dangerous journey to fulfill an oath the boy made to his dying father–to travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit and destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans. For grades 5-8. 2004. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13368    HIGHER INSTITUTE OF VILLAINOUS EDUCATION        WALDEN, MARK      

Thirteen-year-old orphan Otto Malpense, identified as a boy with a special talent for villainy, is kidnapped and taken to the remote Higher Institute of Villainous Education, or H.I.V.E., where he is enrolled in a six-year training program and immediately begins formulating a plan to escape. Unrated. 2006. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.

BT           13369    RUINS OF GORLAN: RANGER’S APPRENTICE, BOOK 1         FLANAGAN, JOHN (JOHN ANTHONY)

The battleschool rejects Will because of his small size, but ranger Halt recognizes the fifteen-year-old’s special skills and chooses Will as his apprentice. What Will doesn’t know is that the rangers are the secret protectors of the kingdom, which evil Lord Morgarath is planning to attack. For grades 5-8. 2005. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted Text/Braille.          

BT           13388    I LOVE PETE THE KITTY   DEAN, JAMES, 1957-       

Pete the Kitty loves so many wonderful things-like birthday cake, books, and his mom and dad! For preschool to 2 grade. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.       

BT           13377    FEELY BUGS TO TOUCH AND FEEL              CARTER, DAVID A.           

Fuzzy bugs, feathery bugs, lacy bugs, and leathery bugs are among the tempting textures in this book of tactile fun! For preschool-grade 2. 2005. Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13378    TOUCH AND FEEL BABY ANIMALS            

What does a baby elephant’s skin feel like? This touch and feel book allows the child to explore the different textures of the cutest baby animals. For preschool to 2 grade. 2012. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13379    NEVER TOUCH A TIGER!      GREENING, ROSIE    

The jungle animals love to go wild! Have fun touching the bumpy creatures! For preschool to 2 grade. 2020. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13381    PEPPA PIG: MY MOMMY                             

See the many reasons why Peppa and George love Mummy Pig, from comforting cuddles to splashes in muddy puddles. For preschool-grade 2. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13382    VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR       CARLE, ERIC       

A hungry caterpillar eats his way through plums, cheese, sausage, and other food and gets a stomachache. When he builds a small house for himself, something wonderful happens. For preschool to 2 grade. 2019. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT           13383    FROM HEAD TO TOE       CARLE, ERIC       

Eric Carle’s delightful animals invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. Can you do it? For preschool to 2 grade. 1999. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13384    IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE               NUMEROFF, LAURA JOFFE          

When a small boy offers a passing mouse a cookie, the mouse asks for a glass of milk, then a straw, then a look in a mirror…and a whole series of activities that ends with a cookie, of course. For preschool to 2 grade. 2010.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13385    BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?            MARTIN, BILL, 1916-2004              

A brown bear sees a red bird. What does the red bird see? Each animal sees another colorful animal until a goldfish sees a teacher, the teacher sees her class, and the class sees each one of the animals again. For preschool to 2 grade. 2004. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.    

BT           13386    KINDNESS MAKES US STRONG                    BEER, SOPHIE    

This board book shows various children as they extend kindness in all kinds of situations: on the playground, at lunchtime, on a bike path, and on a neighborhood street. For preschool to 2 grade. 2019. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

BT           13387    GOODNIGHT MOON       BROWN, MARGARET WISE, 1910-1952    

A little bunny already tucked into his bed says goodnight to the familiar things in his room as the light dims gently until all is dark. For preschool to 2 grade. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.  

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

BT           13380    DREAM BIG, LITLE ONE  HARRISON, VASHTI        

This book showcases diverse women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.  For preschool to grade 2. 2018.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT           13370    BOOK THIEF        ZUSAK, MARKUS             

Death narrates the tale of nine-year-old Liesel from 1939 to 1943 in Nazi Germany. Liesel copes with a foster family, air raids, her friend Rudy, and a hidden Jew, sustained by the books she steals. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2006. Unified English Braille Code. Uncontracted braille. PRINT/BRAILLE.

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ADULT FICTION

LB           13624    VORTEX: AN FBI THRILLER             COULTER, CATHERINE   

Investigative journalist Mia Briscoe discovers photos from a frat party that ended in a fire–and the disappearance of her best friend. With FBI agent Sherlock, she works to uncover the truth. Meanwhile, Sherlock’s husband and fellow FBI agent Savich deals with the case of an attacked CIA agent. Unrated. 2021.      

LB           13625    MAN OF HONOR              BRADFORD, BARBARA TAYLOR, 1933-     

Opening five years before the start of A Woman of Substance [DB 13727], A Man of Honor begins with 13-year-old Blackie O’Neill facing an uncertain future in rural County Kerry. Orphaned and alone, he has just buried his sister, Bronagh, and must leave his home to set sail for England, in search of a better life with his mother’s brother in Leeds. There, he learns his trade as a navvy, amid the grand buildings and engineering triumphs of one of England’s most prosperous cities, and starts to dream of greater things… Unrated. 2021.               

LB           13629    DARLING DAHLIAS AND THE UNLUCKY CLOVER      ALBERT, SUSAN WITTIG 1934.

The town of Darling, Alabama, is hosting the Dixie Regional Barbershop Quartet Competition. But a member of Darling’s very own Lucky Four Clovers quartet meets with an unlucky accident right before its start. The Dahlias plan on uncovering the truth as Sheriff Buddy Norris investigates moonshine bootleggers. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.    

LB           13630    HER HIDDEN GENIUS      BENEDICT, MARIE           

Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsider–brilliant, but different. She knows if she just takes one more X-ray picture, she can unlock the building blocks of life. When the double helix structure of DNA reveals itself to her, Rosalind never could have predicted what would happen next. Unrated. 2022.    

LB           13632 WILLING MURDER              DEVERAUX, JUDE            

Retired romance author Sara Medlar, her previously estranged niece Kate, and irritating Jackson Wyatt make unlikely roommates in Sara’s newly acquired mansion in Lachlan, Florida. When two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in the quiet town, the trio decides to work together to solve the mystery. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2018.

LB           13635    RED RIVER VENGEANCE JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.           

Incurring the wrath of three outlaws after killing their leader in a daring rescue attempt, Perley Gates and waitress Becky Morris must get safely across the Red River before the three vengeful devils make it flow with their blood. Unrated. 2022. Related names: Johnstone, J.A., author.

LB           13638    ANOTHER KIND OF EDEN: A NOVEL          BURKE, JAMES LEE, 1936-             

1962. Aspiring novelist Aaron Holland Broussard travels the American West via boxcar in search of inspiration and odd jobs. In Denver, he meets Jo Anne McDuffy. Their connection is immediate, but their romance is complicated by Jo Anne’s involvement with a shady professor involved with a drug-addicted cult. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13631    DEPARTMENT OF RARE BOOKS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: A NOVEL       JURCZYK, EVA   

Liesl Weiss enjoys her work in the rare books department of a large university. But after her boss has a stroke and she’s put in charge, she discovers one of the collection’s most prized manuscripts is missing. Liesl tries to sound the alarm, but is told to keep quiet. When another colleague goes missing, Liesl must dig for the truth. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13633    WHEN THE SUMMER WAS OURS               VELETZOS, ROXANNE    

Hungary, 1943: As war encroaches on the country’s borders, willful young Eva Cesar arrives in the idyllic town of Sopron to spend her last summer as a single woman on her aristocratic family’s estate. Longing for freedom from her domineering father, she counts the days to her upcoming nuptials to a kind and dedicated Red Cross doctor whom she greatly admires. But Eva’s life changes when she meets Aleandro, a charming and passionate Romani fiddler with a love for painting. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13636    MOON, THE STARS, AND MADAME BUROVA        HOGAN, RUTH, 1961-     

Madame Burova–beloved Tarot reader, palmist, and clairvoyant–is retiring and leaving her booth on the Brighton seafront. After inheriting her mother’s fortune-telling business as a young woman, Imelda Burova has spent her life on the Brighton pier practicing her trade. She and her trusty pack of Tarot cards have seen the lovers and the liars, the angels and the devils, the dreamers and the fools. Now, after a lifetime of keeping other people’s secrets, Madam Burova is ready to have a little piece of life for herself. Unrated. 2022.    

LB           13637    MATCH                 COBEN, HARLAN, 1962- 

Wilde has returned to the Ramapo Mountains, feeling more secure in the wilderness. But after an online ancestry database returns a DNA match, Wilde hopes to track down his father. He reaches out to his apparent cousin, but the man’s disappearance leads to more questions than answers. Violence and strong language. 2022.              

LB           13640    LAST COMANCHE WARRIOR        CROWNOVER, JAMES D.

Three times, Adam Bain and his twin sister, Eve, escape capture by attacking Indians; once by Adam and his brother, Noah, jumping off a hundred-foot-high bluff into the Llano River. But the day comes when their luck runs out, and Adam and Eve are captured by Mescalero Apaches. Because of Adam’s flaming red hair, the Indians name him Rojo Pelo. Eve is named Castaäno Rojizo because of her auburn hair. They are carried to the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico Territory where Adam is adopted by the chief, Elkhorn, and enters training to become an Apache warrior with five Apache boys. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13641    EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL SOMEDAY BE DEAD          AUSTIN, EMILY R.            

Gilda, a twenty-something animal-loving lesbian atheist, cannot stop ruminating about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, and finds herself being greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she’s there for a job interview. Unrated. 2021.         

LB           13647    AND THE DEVIL MAKES FIVE        RICHARDS, DUSTY           

It begins with a spectacular train robbery–a brilliantly planned, brutally executed heist masterminded by a shadowy gang of conspirators with far deadlier motives than money or gold. Their mission: to steal the train’s shipment of powerful explosives. Their goal: to assassinate Mexico’s legendary resistance leader Benito Juarez. As a lifelong patriot himself, Joe O’Malley understands the struggle for freedom. As a proud Texan, he knows the importance of fighting for your land and your liberty. But as patriarch of the O’Malley clan, he also believes that his family comes first–and any outsider who brings their war to his turf will have to face another deadly force of resistance…named the O’Malleys. Unrated. 2022.           

LB           13644    NOTHING MAN       HOWARD, CATHERINE RYAN

At the age of twelve, Eve Black was the only member of her family to survive an encounter with serial attacker the Nothing Man. Now an adult, she is obsessed with identifying the man who destroyed her life. Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle has just started reading The Nothing Man–the true-crime memoir Eve has written about her efforts to track down her family’s killer. As he turns each page, his rage grows. Because Jim’s not just interested in reading about the Nothing Man. He is the Nothing Man… Unrated. 2020.

LB           13655    DREAM TOWN                  BALDACCI, DAVID           

Private Investigator and ex-World War II veteran Aloysius Archer heads to Los Angeles, the city where dreams are made and shattered, and is ensnared in a lethal case. Unrated. 2022.       

LB           13657    WHEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE                   JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.           

It’s one of the great mysteries of the Old West. The unexplained disappearance of a hunting party of Prussian nobles who entered the American wilderness and never returned. Now, years later, the Prussian government demands an explanation. In response, the U.S. Army hires Preacher and Jamie MacCallister to join their search party along with a band of Prussian soldiers led by the sinister Baron Adalwolf von Kuhner. Unrated. 2022. Related names: Johnstone, J.A., author.

LB           13654    OLGA DIES DREAMING                   GONZALEZ, XOCHITL, 1977-         

In 2017, Olga is wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers, while her brother Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying Latinx neighborhood in Brooklyn. Despite their alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy–especially as their radical mother comes barreling back into their lives. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13651    BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS              OZEKI, RUTH, 1956-        

One year after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh’s mother has become a hoarder, and Benny begins to hear voices from the things around him. The voices drive him to seek refuge in the silence of the public library, where he meets his own Book. Unrated. 2021.       

LB           13652    VIRAL    COOK, ROBIN, 1940-       

While searching for normalcy during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brian Murphy and his family vacation on Cape Cod. When his wife Emma develops flu-like symptoms, they hurry home to New York City. But Emma has contracted eastern equine encephalitis–and their young daughter is also showing symptoms. 2021.

LB           13653    WISH YOU WERE HERE: A NOVEL              PICOULT, JODI, 1966-     

Diana believes her boyfriend Finn is planning to propose on a romantic getaway to the Galápagos. When a virus hits New York, Finn has to stay behind but urges Diana to go on the trip alone. She arrives just as the borders close, and her isolation gives her time to think. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13497    BURNING            KELLERMAN, JONATHAN             

Deputy Coroner Clay Edison is called to a murder scene. As he investigates, he is horrified to discover a link to his brother Luke. Luke is fresh out of prison and has disappeared. Clay must find his brother before anyone else does. Unrated. 2021. Related names:  Kellerman, Jesse, author.

LB           13491    BETTER OFF DEAD: A JACK REACHER NOVEL          CHILD, LEE          

While walking in the desert headed west, Jack Reacher comes across a Jeep crashed into the only tree for miles around. The driver–army veteran-turned-FBI agent Michaela Fenton–has been searching for her twin brother. Reacher agrees to help her despite knowing she has secrets of her own. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2021. Related names:  Child, Andrew, 1968- author.

LB           13494    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           13496    BUTLER                 STEEL, DANIELLE              

Joachim von Hartmann and his identical twin were raised by their German mother in Buenos Aires. When Joachim moves to Paris with his mother, his twin stays behind and enters a dark world. Joachim trains as a butler, taking a job helping Olivia open her Parisian apartment. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13495    ACTUAL STAR     BYRNE, MONICA, 1981-

Through the epic saga of three reincarnated souls, this book takes readers on a journey over thousands of years and six continents where it demonstrates the entanglements of tradition and progress, sister and stranger, love and hate. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13660    MITFORD VANISHING    FELLOWES, JESSICA        

Louisa Cannon, former lady’s maid and now a private detective, is enjoying life with her policeman husband, Guy Sullivan. They are surprised when they receive a call from Louisa’s former employer, Nancy Mitford, asking for help in finding her missing sister Jessica in civil war-ravaged Spain. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13659    UMBRELLA LADY               ANDREWS, V.C. (VIRGINIA C.)    

Left on the train platform of some strange village, eight-year-old Saffron Faith Anders is certain her father will return shortly, just like he promised. She holds out hope as the hour grows late and the station sets to close. She clings to her suitcase like a life raft. When a peculiar old woman carrying a large umbrella approaches and inquires about her situation, Saffron doesn’t immediately trust the imposing do-gooder, but eventually does agree to rest at her house while they wait for her father together. Saffron’s stay was supposed to be for a few minutes, hours at most. But confined to a house not unlike one Hansel and Gretel might have encountered, Saffron will undergo months-and then years-of transformation at the hands of the Umbrella Lady. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13502    DARK SKY: A JOE PICKETT NOVEL               BOX, C.J.             

Game warden Joe Pickett is coerced by Wyoming’s governor to take a tech baron into the wilderness on an elk hunting trip. But as they venture further away from society, Joe realizes they are the ones being hunted. Nate Romanowski and his daughter Sheridan follow Joe to help. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13501    FEAR NO EVIL     PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

Dr. Alex Cross and Detective John Sampson are preparing for a trip out west when Alex is called in to consult when the body of a CIA agent is found. They do continue on the trip, but know they will be prey. Teams of assassins hunt them. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13511    HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE DARK                NAGAMATSU, SEQUOIA

In 2030, a grieving archeologist arrives in the Arctic Circle to continue the work of his recently deceased daughter at the Batagaika Crater, where researchers are studying long-buried secrets now revealed in melting permafrost, including the perfectly preserved remains of a girl who appears to have died of an ancient virus. Once unleashed, the Arctic plague will reshape life on Earth for generations to come… Unrated. 2022.               

LB           13507    HAMNET              O’FARRELL, MAGGIE, 1972-        

In 1580s England, the plague is sweeping across the land. Young Hamnet goes in search of his mother and older sister when his twin, Judith, falls ill. But as Hamnet begins to fight against the illness, his parents’ strained marriage is revealed–and he will become Hamlet. Unrated. 2020.

LB           13505    HARLEM SHUFFLE            WHITEHEAD, COLSON, 1969-      

Ray Carney has worked hard to build a life for himself and his family. But it’s a life in which the cracks of his family’s criminal past are widening. When his cousin Freddie falls in with a vicious crew, he volunteers Ray as a fence, drawing Ray in even deeper. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13504    HER HEART FOR A COMPASS       FERGUSON, SARAH        

Expected to make an advantageous marriage, Lady Margaret Montagu Scott rebels shortly before her betrothal is announced and flees, throwing herself into charitable work and befriending a group of similarly-minded, independent women. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13512    HIDEAWAY          ROBERTS, NORA              

Nine-year-old child star Caitlyn Sullivan was abducted from her family’s estate during a game of hide-and-seek. She escapes, and is found by teenage neighbor Dillon Cooper. As an adult, Cate still lives with the trauma and betrayal of that event, even as she gets close to Dillon once again. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

LB           13489    DEAR SANTA      MACOMBER, DEBBIE     

Feeling low after her boyfriend cheated on her, Lindy Carmichael heads home to Wenatchee, Washington, for Christmas. Her mother encourages her to write a grown-up letter to Santa, which ultimately brings her hope and joy, not to mention a chance at love with a handsome former classmate. 2021.

LB           13503    COMPLICATIONS: A NOVEL          STEEL, DANIELLE              

After four years of renovations and the death of its beloved manager, Paris’s Hotel Louis XVI is set to reopen its doors. New manager Olivier and his assistant Yvonne strive to continue the hotel’s tradition of excellence, but the reopening will have some unexpected surprises. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2021.         

LB           13500    FLYING ANGELS: A NOVEL             STEEL, DANIELLE              

Audrey Parker’s life changes forever when Pearl Harbor is attacked on December 7, 1941. Fresh out of nursing school with a passion and gift for helping others, Audrey and her friend Lizzie enlist in the Army and embark on a new adventure as flight nurses. Some violence and some strong language. 2021.          

LB           13508    FRIENDS LIKE THESE: A NOVEL       MCCREIGHT, KIMBERLY             

Ten years after their college graduation, a group of five friends gathers in the Catskills. They lost one member of the group years before and fear losing anyone else. But the longer they’re together, the more secrets are revealed. Shared love soon turns dangerous. Unrated. 2021.

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           13492    AUTHORITARIAN MOMENT: HOW THE LEFT WEAPONIZED AMERICA’s INSTITUTIONS AGAINST DISSENT                SHAPIRO, BEN  

Author of How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps (DB 100573) argues that the rise in authoritarianism in the U. S. has come from the political left, not the political right. He considers examples from pop culture, social media, and history to demonstrate that the left’s authoritarian actors are threatening American ideology. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13623    DESPERATE: AN EPIC BATTLE FOR CLEAN WATER AND JUSTICE IN APPALACHIA     MAHER, KRIS

For two decades, the water in the taps and wells of Mingo County didn’t look, smell, or taste right. Could it be the root of the health problems–from kidney stones to cancer–in this Appalachian community? Environmental lawyer Kevin Thompson certainly thought so. For seven years, he waged an epic legal battle against Massey Energy, West Virginia’s most powerful coal company, helmed by CEO Don Blankenship. Working with fellow lawyers and a crew of young activists, Thompson would eventually uncover the ruthless shortcuts that put the community’s drinking water at risk. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13634    MADE IN CHINA: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND LABOR             QU, ANNA          

As a teen, Anna Qu is sent by her mother to work in her family’s garment factory in Queens. At home, she is treated as a maid and suffers punishment for doing her homework at night. Her mother wants to teach her a lesson: she is Chinese, not American, and such is their tough path in their new country. But instead of acquiescing, Qu alerts the Office of Children and Family Services, an act with consequences that impact the rest of her life. Nearly twenty years later, estranged from her mother and working at a Manhattan start-up, Qu requests her OCFS report. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13639    BOOK OF HOPE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TRYING TIMES                  GOODALL, JANE

A renowned naturalist, in conversation with co-author Abrams, talks about the need for hope in dark times. She outlines her own four reasons she continues to have hope: the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people, and the indomitable human spirit. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Related names:  Abrams, Douglas Carlton, author. Hudson, Gail, author.

LB           13642    CUBA: AN AMERICAN HISTORY      FERRER, ADA 

In Cuba, the passing of Fidel Castro from this world and of Raúl Castro from power have raised urgent questions about the island’s political future. In the United States, Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba, the reversal of that policy during Donald Trump’s administration, and Joseph Biden’s apparent willingness to reinitiate open relations have made the nature of the historic relationship between the two nations a subject of debate once more. In both countries, the time is ripe for a new reckoning with Cuba’s history and its relationship to the United States. Unrated. 2021.   

LB           13643    GIRLS WHO STEPPED OUT OF LINE: UNTOLD STORIES OF THE WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE COURSE OF WORLD WAR II              EDER, MARI K.

The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line takes you inside the lives and experiences of 15 unknown women heroes from the Greatest Generation, the women who served, fought, struggled, and made things happen during WWII-in and out of uniform, for theirs is a legacy destined to embolden generations of women to come. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13645    THOSE WE THROW AWAY: A REFUGEE’S SEARCH FOR HOME                        DOGON, MONDIANT     

The author, a Bagogwe Tutsi born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, recounts his experiences after being forced to flee his home for Rwanda when he was a child. He details life in the UN tent cities, his time as a child soldier, and his struggle to forge a better life. Unrated. 2021. Related names: Krajeski, Jenna, author.

LB           13646    THREE GIRLS FROM BRONZEVILLE: A UNIQUELY AMERICAN MEMOIR OF RACE, FATE, AND SISTERHOOD                TURNER, DAWN               

A memoir of three Black girls who grew up in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the destination of hundreds of thousands fleeing the Jim Crow South. The author explores the role of race, opportunity, friendship, sisterhood, and overwhelming societal forces in these girls’ lives. 2021.  

LB           13648    AMERICAN EXPERIMENT: DIALOGUES ON A DREAM          RUBENSTEIN, DAVID M.

The author of The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians (DB 97695) returns with another set of conversations with prominent figures on the ever-evolving American experiment. Topics include immigration, reconstruction, civil rights, innovation, and more. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021.

LB           13649    FACE THE MUSIC: A MEMOIR      DUCHIN, PETER

Peter Duchin is among the great American bandleaders. His six decades of performing have taken him to the world’s most exclusive dance floors and concert halls. He has played for presidents, kings, and queens, as well as for civil rights and cultural organizations. But in 2013, Duchin suffered a stroke that left him with limited use of his left hand, severely impacting his career. Days of recuperating from his stroke-and later from a critical case of COVID-19-inspired Duchin to consider his complicated past. Unrated. 2021.               

LB           13650    THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON: A MEMOIR            STRONG, CECILY, 1984- 

A memoir from the Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong about grieving the death of her cousin-and embracing the life-affirming lessons he taught her-amid the coronavirus pandemic. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13656    FUZZ: WHEN NATURE BREAKS THE LAW                 ROACH, MARY  

Author of Grunt (DB 86098) analyzes the investigation and crafting of policy around human-wildlife interactions and conflicts. Roach highlights the work of animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and “danger tree” faller blasters. She discusses the ways conservation efforts are influenced by human impact. Strong language and some violence. 2021. Variant title: When nature breaks the law.

LB           13658    BRIGHTER BY THE DAY: WAKING UP TO NEW HOPES AND DREAMS            ROBERTS, ROBIN, 1960-

Drawing on advice and knowledge she gleaned from conversations with loved ones, spiritual practices, and life experiences, Robin offers a window into how she feeds her own mind, spirit, and soul and invites readers to do the same. Unrated. 2022.

LB           13498    BOYS: A MEMOIR OF HOLLYWOOD AND FAMILY                 HOWARD, RON, 1954-   

In a joint memoir, brothers Ron and Clint Howard share their experiences coming of age in Hollywood. With two supportive actors for parents, the brothers both found early success on TV shows as children–Ron on The Andy Griffith Show and Clint on Gentle Ben. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2021.        

LB           13499    BOURDAIN: THE DEFINITIVE ORAL BIOGRAPHY                    WOOLEVER, LAURIE       

Former assistant of chef and travel writer Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) presents an examination of his life gathered through interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. Explores his life, including childhood experiences, his early career as a chef, and his later career as a writer and television personality. Unrated. 2021. Variant title: Definitive oral biography.

LB           13493    ALL IN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY                      KING, BILLIE JEAN            

Autobiography from a tennis legend who won more than thirty-nine grand-slam titles in the 1960s and 1970s. She describes the myriad challenges she’s hurdled–entrenched sexism, an eating disorder, near financial peril after being outed–on her path to publicly acknowledging her sexual identity at the age of fifty-one. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. 2021. Related names:  Howard, Johnette, author. Vollers, Maryanne, author.

LB           13510    HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE PIE FROM SCRATCH: IN SEARCH OF THE RECIPE FOR OUR UNIVERSE, FROM THE ORIGINS OF ATOMS TO THE BIG BANG           CLIFF, HARRY (HARRY VICTOR)   

Particle physicist draws on his research with the Large Hadron Collider to explain the basic building blocks of the universe and the research into their origins. Topics include operations at the CERN facility that houses the LHC and neutrinos. Unrated. 2021.

LB           13513    HERE, RIGHT MATTERS: AN AMERICAN STORY                     VINDMAN, ALEXANDER S.           

Retired U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council staffer who testified against President Trump before Congress, presents an account of his childhood, family, and career, all leading to this moment of truth before the nation. Presents how this decision affected his life and reinforced his commitment to integrity. Unrated. 2021.              

LB           13506    E.R. NURSES: TRUE STORIES FROM AMERICA’s GREATEST UNSUNG HEROES           PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-    

Collection of profiles of nurses specializing in emergency medicine. Stories are divided into the day, night, and flight shifts. Nurses share stories of moments that are humorous, saddening, and empathetic. Unrated. Bestseller. 2021. Variant title: ER nurses. Emergency room nurses. True stories from America’s greatest unsung heroes. Related names:  Eversmann, Matt, author.

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           13626    FRONT DESK       YANG, KELLY      

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, Mia Tang’s parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California. Even though the owner, Mr. Yao, is mean and exploits their family, Mia plans on following her dreams. For grades 4-7. 2018.

LB           13628    DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE DEEP END                  KINNEY, JEFF     

In the family’s cross-country camping trip, Greg Heffley and his family find themselves stranded at a sad RV park. When the rain starts to fall, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2020. Variant title: Deep end.

LB           13534    DRAGONET PROPHECY: WINGS OF FIRE     SUTHERLAND, TUI, 1978-          

Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will. For grades 4-7. 2012.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

LB           13627    SCYTHE                 SHUSTERMAN, NEAL     

In a future world where natural death has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed or gleaned by professional reapers known as scythes. Teens Citra and Rowan are chosen for a scythe apprenticeship–a position neither of them wants. For senior high and older readers. 2016.  Texas Lone Star Reading List 2018.