New Large Print Books Added in December 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           12767    CRISS CROSS       PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

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

LB           12776    BOY        HOAG, TAMI     

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

LB           12762    ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM     BENEDICT, MARIE           

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

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

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

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

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

LB           12769    DELICATE TOUCH             WOODS, STUART             

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

LB           12772    ACCIDENT: A CHILLING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER             BARELLI, NATALIE

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

LB           12768    CHOCOLATIER   MORAN, JAN    

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

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

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

ADULT NON-FICTION

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

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

LB           12755    GREAT SOCIETY: A NEW HISTORY              SHLAES, AMITY 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goodreads 2020 Choice Awards Announced

The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2020. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a good suspenseful novel? Goodreads members chose GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (DB 99917) as their favorite mystery and thriller book for this past year. Are you more interested in non-fiction? LIFE ON OUR PLANET: MY WITNESS STATEMENT AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE by David Attenborough (DB 100970) was chosen as the best science and technology non-fiction book.  Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Kiley Reid the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for SUCH A FUN AGE (DB 97929). No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us at TBPRAL@tsl.texas.gov and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2020

Here are all of the winners in the NLS collection:

Fiction

MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig (DB 100906)

Mystery and Thriller

GUEST LIST by Lucy Foley (DB 99917)

Historical Fiction

VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (DB 99791; BR 23212)

Fantasy

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas (DB 99138)

Romance

BLOOD AND ASH, BOOKS 1-2 by Jennifer Armentrout (In Process)

Science Fiction

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini (In Process)

Horror

MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (DB 99404)

Nonfiction

STAMPED: RACISM, ANTIRACISM, AND YOU by Jason Reynolds (DB 98926; BR 23102)

Best Memoir and Autobiography

PROMISED LAND by Barak Obama (DB 100966)

Best History and Biography

CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS by Isabel Wilkerson (DB 100088)

Science and Technology

LIFE ON OUR PLANET: MY WITNESS STATEMENT AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE by David Attenborough (DB 100970)

Best Food and Cookbooks

MODERN COMFORT FOOD by Ina Garten (In Process)

Best Debut Novel

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid (DB 97929; BR 23303)

Best Young Adult Fiction

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo (DB 99823)

YA Fantasy and Science Fiction

QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black (DB 97610)

Coronavirus Resources

Here are some helpful resources about COVID-19 and the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines:

Combat COVID

https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/

Combat COVID-19 features resources about prevention trials and treatment trials, as well as information on donating plasma if you have recovered from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/whats-new/

This site from the National Institutes of Health contains the most up-to-date information on what treatments are available for people who contract COVID-19.

Coronavirus in Texas

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus

The Department of State Health Services has established this web site for Texans who need information about the virus and about vaccine distribution. You can also contact your County or City Public Health Department for more details about vaccine distribution.

V-Safe

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html

V-Safe is a smartphone app that helps you track any symptoms you may experience after taking a COVID-19 vaccine. The app will also remind you when a second dose of the vaccine is needed, if applicable.

COVID-19 Accessible Resources

https://cidi.gatech.edu/covid

The Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation at Georgia Tech has set up a microsite for people with disabilities who need resources about COVID-19. Individuals can request information in alternative formats such as braille and accessible PDF’s. The site also features coronavirus-related articles, and the Center is producing a series of webinars for people with disabilities about topics related to COVID-19. Past webinars are archived on the site.

Christy Awards Finalists 2020

The Christy Awards were established in 1999 to acknowledge the value and impact of the novel of faith in contemporary culture. The finalists were announced October 8. The winners will be announced November 12. Here are the finalists for 2020 that are in the Talking Book Program collection and available for checkout to our patrons.

Contemporary Romance

SWEET ON YOU

WADE, BECKY

DB 95308

First Novel

LONG TIME COMIN’

PEARSON, ROBIN W.

DB 99028

Historical

MY DEAREST DIETRICH: A NOVEL OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER’S LOST LOVE

BARRATT, AMANDA

DB 99439

Historical Romance

LAND BENEATH US: SUNRISE AT NORMANDY, BOOK 3

SUNDIN, SARAH

DB 98793

Short Form

FLOOD OF LOVE (Contained in SERVING UP LOVE: A FOUR-IN-ONE HARVEY HOUSE BRIDES COLLECTION)

PETERSON, TRACIE

IN PROCESS

INTRIGUE A LA MODE (Contained in SERVING UP LOVE: A FOUR-IN-ONE HARVEY HOUSE BRIDES COLLECTION)

JENNINGS, REGINA

IN PROCESS

New Large Print Books Added in November 2020

ADULT FICTION

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

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

LB           12998    THIS TENDER LAND          KRUEGER, WILLIAM KENT            

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

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

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

LB           12997    COLLISION OF LIES           THREADGILL, TOM

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

LB           12996    ONE FATAL FLAW             PERRY, ANNE    

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

JUVENILE FICTION

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

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

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

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

Louise Glück wins the Nobel Prize in Literature 2020

Louise Glück is today considered one of the most accomplished contemporary poets in the world. She is lauded for her ability to mold experiences of isolation and darkness into aesthetic gold. This year, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (2020) “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” She also won a Pulitzer Prize for her poem The Wild Iris; and has earned numerous other prizes and high praise for her poetry, short fiction, and essays. Glück is currently writer-in-residence at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can find some of her following poetry collections in BARD.

Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Glück. DB 79850
Compilation of collections of poetry previously published by a former Poet Laureate of the United States. Individual collections’ varied themes include nature, beginnings, and death. Contains Wild Iris, winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. 2012

The Wild Iris by Louise Glück. DB 37600
This collection contains a series of “Matins” and “Vespers,” in which the poet appears to address God directly in lines such as “You must see it is useless to us, this silence that promotes belief you must be all things.” Gluck uses another voice to communicate with her husband about the garden they tend together one summer. And in some poems, she questions human nature, including her own. 1992.

Meadowlands by Louise Glück. DB 43058
A collection of poems that interweaves vignettes from The Odyssey with the story of a dissolving modern marriage. Uses Homer’s characters metaphorically to portray aspects of contemporary family life. Meditates on compulsion and choice and on freedom and restraint.

The Triumph of Achilles by Louise Glück. BR 06473 (1 volume of hard-copy braille)
Collection of eloquent and fiercely honest poems that deal with death, life, loss, and the sense of doom at the borders of erotic experience.

Fall Prevention Checklist

Unfortunately, falls among older people are common, but they don’t have to be a normal part of aging.

Falls can be the result of tripping over objects, falling from stools or ladders, or losing your balance, possibly due to vision or hearing problems, or because of the side effects from some medications.

Click on this link for a free quiz to assess your risk for a fall: https://www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-free-checkup/

You have the option to sign up for a free report and follow-up after you take the quiz.

Regular exercise can help reduce your risk for a fall. The National Institute on Aging has a helpful web site on exercise and physical activity: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity

It is advisable to consult with your doctor before you begin an exercise routine.

Prepare for Disasters with Ready.gov

September is Emergency Preparedness month, but being ready for a disaster is a year-round necessity.

Whether it’s a pandemic, fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster, this national website can help you make a plan to protect your home, family, and business.

The Ready.gov site includes a section for people with disabilities: https://www.ready.gov/disability

You can also download the FEMA app to your Apple or Android mobile device. Content within the app is available in English and in Spanish.

NOVEMBER 2020 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE, by Elaine F. Weiss.

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

To register, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605 or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.

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

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We ask that everyone remember the following:

  • Be courteous and respectful of differing opinions
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book
  • Keep external distractions to a minimum
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THE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE

Elaine F. Weiss

An account of the battle to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment when, in 1920, Tennessee was the last state whose assent was needed.  Discusses the women fighting for ratification and the opposing forces, including politicians, liquor companies, and railroad magnates.  Some strong language.  Commercial audiobook.  2018.  DB 90697; LB 09425

We look forward to having you join us on November 10!

Accessible Hiking in Texas State Parks

Five Texas state parks now offer accessible all-terrain wheelchairs for people with physical impairments for use in the park. These wheelchairs are not motorized and require arm strength and mobility to propel the chair. The five parks that feature these wheelchairs are: Lake Corpus Christi, San Angelo, McKinney Falls, Estero Llano Grande, and Palo Duro Canyon.

Here is a video of these all-terrain chairs: https://youtu.be/q4rDMXdkxLA

People who want to borrow the wheelchair must sign a waiver and view the video first.

For more information, send an e-mail to: accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov