New Large Print Books Added in June 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB           12375    LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA   STRADAL, J. RYAN           

Siblings are split when their father leaves his farm entirely to his younger daughter, Helen. With the proceeds, Helen builds a successful brewery, while older sister Edith struggles to make a living baking pies. But when Helen is in trouble, she needs Edith’s help. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 478 pages.    

LB           12374    PARADISE VALLEY            BOX, C.J.

Cassie Dewell, investigator for Bakken County, North Dakota’s sheriff’s department, has finally set a trap for the serial-killing truck driver known as the Lizard King. But it goes horribly wrong, leaving Cassie unemployed and on the hunt for her son’s missing friend. Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017. 485 pages.  

LB           12388    19TH CHRISTMAS             PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-          

When a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman” seizes control of the headlines, December is upended for the Women’s Murder Club. Loman is planning a deadly surprise for Christmas morning and has commissioned dozens of criminal colleagues to take actions that will mask his plans. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 390 pages.

LB           12380    OUTSIDER: A NOVEL        KING, STEPHEN, 1947-   

When the body of an eleven-year-old boy is found, all the evidence points to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens, local teacher Terry Maitland. Terry has an ironclad alibi, which leaves Detective Ralph Anderson wondering how a man could be in two places at once. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 789 pages.

LB           12395    INTRODUCING JEEVES: SIX CLASSIC STORIES         WODEHOUSE, P.G. (PELHAM GRENVILLE), 1881-1975               

British humorist P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) charmed generations of readers with such whimsical characters as the Honourable Bertie Wooster—a deliciously dim aristocrat—and Jeeves, his imperturbable manservant. This collection presents six entertaining tales featuring the unflappable valet, among them “Leave It to Jeeves,” “Jeeves Takes Charge,” and “Jeeves in the Springtime.” Unrated. 2004. 191 pages.        

LB           12389    GUARDIANS       GRISHAM, JOHN              

Twenty-two years ago, young lawyer Keith Russo was killed. The police arrested Quincy Miller, a young black former client of Russo, despite the lack of evidence or motive. Now decades into a life sentence, a desperate Miller contacts a nonprofit run by a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 469 pages. 

LB           12382    FEARED: A ROSATO AND DINUNZIO NOVEL SCOTTOLINE, LISA           

Corrupt lawyer Nick Machiavelli aggressively strikes close to the DiNunzio household, attacking Mary’s father and one of their beloved family friends by filing a frivolous lawsuit accusing them of embezzling from the treasury of a local South Philly social club. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 579 pages.

LB           12381    THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD          HURSTON, ZORA NEALE

This classic novel tells the story of Janie, a handsome black woman, and her three marriages: to middle-aged Logan Killicks, a prosperous farmer; to Joe Starks, a go-getter who makes Janie Mrs. Mayor Starks of Eatonville, Florida; and to Tea Cake Woods, who teaches Janie, at forty, the reality of love and happiness. 1937. 298 pages.         

LB           12373    SENTENCE IS DEATH: A NOVEL    HOROWITZ, ANTHONY, 1955-     

Celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce is found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine–although he didn’t drink. When additional clues prove equally baffling, the police bring in PI Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author. Sequel to The Word Is Murder (DB 91580). Unrated. 2019. 435 pages.           

LB           12377    COLD STORAGE: A NOVEL             KOEPP, DAVID  

When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. After decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it. Unrated. 2019. 424 pages.         

LB           12800    SECRETS OF THE CHOCOLATE HOUSE       BRACKSTON, PAULA      

After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe is back in modern England. She tries to focus on her antique shop, but when she has a vision of Samuel in danger, she knows she must go back to the past. Sequel to The Little Shop of Found Things (DB 92670). Unrated. 2019. 510 pages.

LB           12804    HOT SHOT           MICHAELS, FERN             

When lawyer Lizzie Fox’s husband, Cosmo, is shot by an unknown assailant, the men of BOLO Consultants head to Las Vegas to help. As head of the Nevada Gaming Commission, Cosmo has enemies, but the attack appears to be related to the Happy Village retirement community. Some violence and some strong language. 2019. 381 pages.

LB           12801    OTHER WINDSOR GIRL: A NOVEL OF LOVE, ROYALTY, WHISKEY, AND CIGARETTES               BLALOCK, GEORGIE            

1949. After losing her fiance in the war, the Honorable Vera Strathmore writes scandalous novels and dreams of New York. She catches the attention of Princess Margaret who makes Vera a lady-in-waiting. Vera witnesses the princess`s tumultuous love life and begins to dream again. Some descriptions of sex. 2019. 421 pages.         

LB           12802    LOT: STORIES     WASHINGTON, BRYAN, 1993-    

A collection of short stories set in Houston, Texas, most of which focus on a young biracial boy coming of age and grappling with his newly discovered homosexuality. The stories of many other residents of the city are woven throughout. Unrated. 2019. 277 pages.

LB           12788    MEMORIES OF GLASS     DOBSON, MELANIE        

1942. As war rips through the heart of Holland, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden partner with a few daring citizens to rescue Eliese’s son and hundreds of other Jewish children who await deportation in a converted theater in Amsterdam. But amid their resistance work, Josie and Eliese’s dangerous secrets could derail their friendship and their entire mission. When the enemy finds these women, only one will escape. 2019. Related names: Olson, Kathryn S., editor. 462 pages.      

LB           12799    RIDE INTO TROUBLE        STONE, R.W.      

Lt. Ed Preston is returning to his cavalry fort after being on leave when he is mistaken for a bank robber. He is arrested, placed on trial, and sent to prison to serve years of hard labor for a crime he did not commit. Forced to endure horrible conditions and brutal treatment, he is left with no choice but to plan his escape and then to search the west for the man who is truly guilty of the crime in an attempt to clear his name and regain his life. Unrated. 2020. 287 pages.         

LB           12787    SCHOLAR             MCTIERNAN, DERVLA    

Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, and calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, who ends up running the case he otherwise wouldn`t have. The dead girl is heir apparent to the pharmaceutical company which funded Emma’s groundbreaking research. Unrated. 2019. 485 pages.

LB           12790    LITTLE SHOP OF FOUND THINGS          BRACKSTON, PAULA            

Xanthe and her mother leave London to get a fresh start and open an antique store. Xanthe has always had the ability to touch something and sense its history. Drawn to a silver chatelaine, Xanthe touches it and is transported back to the seventeenth century. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2018. 528 pages.

LB           12793    NOTHING VENTURED     ARCHER, JEFFREY, 1940-               

William Warwick, the protagonist of the books written by Harry Clifton from Only Time Will Tell (DB 73852), fights with his lawyer father over his dream of becoming a detective. He eventually joins the Metropolitan Police and is assigned to investigate art crimes. Unrated. 2019. 511 pages.     

LB           12791    MET HER MATCH             DEVERAUX, JUDE            

Terri Rayburn is a girl with a reputation she doesn’t deserve. She ignores the gossip and keeps to herself as she runs the summer resort on Lake Kissel. When she returns home from a short trip, she finds handsome Nate Taggert living in her house. Unrated. 2019. 455 pages.

LB           12792    NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE     LIM, ROSELLE    

Natalie Tan returns to San Francisco’s Chinatown when her mother dies only to find her once-vibrant street in decline. She learns she has inherited her grandmother’s long-shuttered restaurant and a recipe book, and decides to re-open the restaurant and bring life back to the neighborhood. Unrated. 2019. 439 pages.   

LB           12796    SHAPE OF NIGHT              GERRITSEN, TESS             

A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine–and to a string of unsolved murders. Unrated. 2019. 367 pages.

LB           12795    CAMERA NEVER LIES       RAWLINGS, DAVID, 1971-            

When Daniel inherits an old camera from his grandfather, he notices an inscription on the bottom: ‘No matter what you think you might see, the camera never lies.’ Daniel begins using the camera, but every time he develops his photos, they threaten to reveal secrets that could sabotage both his marriage and his career–exposing him as a fraud and destroying the life he has worked so hard to build. Unrated. 2020. 318 pages.

LB           12797    EVERY HEART A DOORWAY          MCGUIRE, SEANAN        

What happens to children after they return from adventures in magical lands? Sometimes when they cannot cope with the real world, they end up at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. Nancy is a new arrival, trying to fit in, when a killer strikes. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016. 191 pages.

LB           12807    CHASING SHADOWS       BYBEE, CATHERINE         

Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe. But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Unrated. 2018. 398 pages.

LB           12809    FOOL ME ONCE         BYBEE, CATHERINE

Cynical divorce attorney Lori Cumberland lives by one motto: Love is grand, but divorce is a hundred grand. With one failed marriage under her own personal belt, Lori had fallen hard and early—and it isn’t something she plans on repeating. She’s content focusing on the temporary marriages of her rich and famous clients. But then Lori finds herself tempted by a jury of one…Reed Barlow, a private investigator sworn to secrecy. Unrated. 2017. 456 pages.

LB           12810    MURDER IN BLACK TIE    ROSETT, SARA  

Top hats and tails. Mink and murder…November, 1923. An invitation to a house party at the estate of Parkview Hall is a welcome respite for Olive Belgrave, a newly minted working girl who’s become the solver of high society’s trickiest problems. But when the sumptuous black tie event turns deadly, Olive’s cousin Peter becomes the main suspect. Olive must unmask a sophisticated killer before an innocent man takes the blame…because murder doesn’t RSVP. Unrated. 2019. 347 pages.             

LB           12811    MURDER AT ARCHLY MANOR     ROSETT, SARA  

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job–looking into the background of her cousin’s fiance, Alfred. Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Unrated. 2018. 369 pages.

LB           12812    MURDER AT BLACKBURN HALL   ROSETT, SARA  

September, 1923. Despite closing her first case, high society lady detective Olive Belgrave hasn’t found a new client. She’s taken a job as a hat model to pay for her poky boarding house room. But then a job offer comes her way–make discreet inquiries about a famous author who’s disappeared. Olive travels to the English countryside to hunt for the missing mystery author. But soon after she arrives in the sleepy village, a body is discovered. Unrated. 2019. 390 pages.

LB           12813    EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES MURDER             ROSETT, SARA  

Secrets never die…October 1923. Lady detective Olive Belgrave has a new case. Lady Agnes doesn’t believe in curses–especially ancient curses–and she hires Olive to prove her uncle wasn’t the victim of a malevolent mummy. Olive investigates and discovers the truth is much worse—it’s murder. Can Olive debunk the curse and reveal the true culprit before the mummy curse claims another victim? Unrated. 2019. 351 pages.

LB           12815    RANGER MCINTYRE: SMALL DELIGHTFUL MURDERS          WORK, JAMES C.              

Small Delights Lodge in Rocky Mountain National Park seems to be under siege. RMNP Ranger Tim McIntyre has plenty of suspects, including the owner of a neighboring resort, a rogue park ranger, and some Chicago mobsters who want Small Delights as a prohibition speakeasy. The only help McIntyre can depend on consists of two women, one a highly competent gal named Polly and the other an FBI secretary with great legs and a Thompson submachine gun. Unrated. 2019. 343 pages.

LB           12819    UNLEASHED       PALMER, DIANA

Clancey Lang know how to run. She’s been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother’s lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially a man. But she’s tempted to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. If only he would look her way… But can Colter fall for a woman who’ll never let herself be caught? Unrated. 2019. 415 pages.

LB           12821    QUANTUM         CORNWELL, PATRICIA   

On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide–a series of disturbing clues point to Calli’s twin sister, Carme, who’s been MIA for days. Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sister’s name, Captain Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past. Unrated. 2019. 519 pages.

LB           12806    WIDOW OF ROSE HOUSE              BILLER, DIANA  

A young widow restores a dilapidated mansion with the assistance of a charming, eccentric genius, only to find the house is full of dangerous secrets in this Gilded Age debut novel. Unrated. 2019. 447 pages.        

LB           12808    DEATH RATTLE   LYNCH, SEAN    

In 1863, a teenaged boy fled his home in Atherton, Missouri, to escape the power-hungry men who murdered his father and stole his family’s land. He joined the Confederacy under an assumed name and led guerilla raids in the Civil War. Then came a decade as a Texas Ranger. Now, after ten blood-soaked years, he is finally coming home. Finally using his real name. And finally getting revenge against the cold-hearted devils who destroyed his family and his life… Unrated. 2019. 447 pages.   

LB           12816    FEAST YOUR EYES             GOLDBERG, MYLA           

Lillian Preston defies her family’s expectations and moves to New York City in 1955 to become a photographer. When a gallery exhibits partially nude pictures of her and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested on obscenity charges, changing the course of both of their lives. Unrated. 2019. 463 pages.

LB           12817    MARRIAGE CLOCK: A NOVEL        RAHEEM, ZARA

Starting on the night of her 26th birthday, an Indian woman has just three months to find her true love or else she has to allow her parents to arrange her marriage. Unrated. 2019. 399 pages.

LB           12818    TIMEPIECE          LEWIS, BEVERLY, 1949-  

When her world is upended by the arrival of Englisher Adeline Pelham–her existence the reminder of a painful family secret–young Amishwoman Sylvia Miller must learn to come to terms with the past while grappling with issues of her own. Is it possible that God can make something good out of the mistakes of the past? the past? Unrated. 2019. 437 pages.

LB           12820    MIDNIGHT ON THE RIVER GREY  WILSON, ABIGAIL            

In this Gothic Regency romance, Rebecca fears she has developed feelings for the man she swore to see hanged–her brother’s murderer. Unrated. 2019. 467 pages.

LB           12822    EDGE OF THE DESERT      CHESHIRE, GIFF, 1905-1973         

When land promoter Rodney Gallant comes to Nebraska and tries to tie up water rights around Silver Lake, Jim Carlin hoped to head off trouble peacefully with a ranchers’ meeting until a bushwhacker’s bullet tried to keep him from the meeting. Now it’s obvious that trouble is already there and Gallant is willing to use violence to get what he wants. Unrated. 1986. 256 pages.          

LB           12823    TRUST EXERCISE               CHOI, SUSAN, 1969-       

In the 1980s, David and Sarah are both students at a competitive performing arts high school. Their passionate relationship is noticed by the school’s charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley. Years later, Sarah publishes a novel about that time in her life, calling into question what really happened. Unrated. 2019. 435 pages.

LB           12824    STRANGER INSIDE            UNGER, LISA, 1970-        

Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction, but her two best friends did not. Years later, their abductor was killed in cold blood. Now, Rain–on hiatus from her investigative journalism career to care for her infant–is drawn to a similar case. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2019. 573 pages.

LB           12803    OCEAN OF MINUTES       LIM, THEA, 1981-             

As America is gripped by a flu pandemic, Polly agrees to travel to the future as a bonded laborer to pay for her boyfriend Frank’s treatment. They plan to rendezvous, but Polly is routed an extra five years into the future and Frank is nowhere to be found. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2018.

LB           12805    LAST GOOD GUY               PARKER, T. JEFFERSON  

When hired by an enigmatic woman to find her missing teenage sister, PI Roland Ford immediately senses that the case is not what it seems. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, American Nazis hidden in a desert compound, and an arch-conservative celebrity evangelist. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2019.  

ADULT NON-FICTION

LB           12386    PARKLAND: BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT       CULLEN, DAVID, 1961-   

The author of Columbine (DB 68856) provides an account of the young survivors of the Parkland school shooting who launched the March for Our Lives movement regarding gun control. Follows the kids’ daily lives, the Road to Change tour, and more as they cope with their experiences. Bestseller. 2019. 530 pages.

LB           12390    PRISONER: MY 544 DAYS IN AN IRANIAN PRISON–SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, A SHAM TRIAL, HIGH-STAKES DIPLOMACY, AND THE EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS IT TOOK TO GET ME OUT            REZAIAN, JASON             

Memoir from journalist Jason Rezaian, who was imprisoned in Tehran for eighteen months and whose eventual release was part of a nuclear deal. Recounts his arrest, interrogations, and trial; his time in captivity; and the efforts to secure his freedom. Some strong language. 2019. 426 pages.      

LB           12387    SECOND MOUNTAIN: THE QUEST FOR A MORAL LIFE        BROOKS, DAVID, 1961-  

The author of The Road to Character (DB 81325) believes that in the quest for a meaningful life, most concentrate on climbing the mountain of worldly success and personal happiness. But there is a second mountain, where the focus moves from self-centered to other-centered. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 556 pages.              

LB           12393    HUNTING LEROUX: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE DEA TAKEDOWN OF A CRIMINAL GENIUS AND HIS EMPIRE SHANNON, ELAINE         

Paul LeRoux, a former cybersecurity entrepreneur, transformed transnational organized crime.  For five years Elaine Shannon immersed herself in LeRoux’s shadowy world. She gained exclusive access to the agents and players, including undercover operatives who looked LeRoux in the eye on a daily basis. This is the exclusive inside story of how the DEA’s elite, secretive 960 Group brought him down. Unrated. 2019. 538 pages.

LB           12384    DARE TO LEAD: BRAVE WORK, TOUGH CONVERSATIONS, WHOLE HEARTS               BROWN, BRENE

Author of Rising Strong (DB 82324) and Braving the Wilderness (DB 89038) presents a guide to developing leadership skills through being willing to dare. This requires leaders to be willing to address issues including scarcity, fear, and uncertainty. Presents research, stories, and examples. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 376 pages.            

LB           12398    MUELLER REPORT: LARGE PRINT EDITION              MUELLER, ROBERT          

The redacted findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. Identifies redacted passages and the reasons for redaction. Unrated. 2019. 582 pages.               

LB           12378    SACRED DUTY: A SOLDIER’S TOUR AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY COTTON, TOM

Veteran and senator offers a portrait of the “Old Guard,” the US Army unit whose role is to honor those fallen in battle and see them laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Describes how they conduct military-honor funerals and the daily requirements of their roles. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 421 pages. 

LB           12372    INSIDE OUT: A MEMOIR                 MOORE, DEMI  

Memoir of actress famous for roles in hit films such as Ghost and About Last Night. She describes her family, childhood trauma, rise to fame, battles with addiction, high-profile relationships, and struggles to balance raising a family with her career. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 300 pages.      

LB           12392    NO BETTER FRIEND, NO WORSE ENEMY: THE LIFE OF GENERAL JAMES MATTIS     PROSER, JIM      

In the hyperpartisan political atmosphere of 2017, General James Mattis received nearly unanimous bipartisan support for his nomination for Secretary of Defense. Jim Proser takes readers through the general’s illustrious career, featuring firsthand accounts of some of the most significant military engagements in recent American history. Unrated. 2018. 397 pages.

LB           12394    PIETY & POWER: MIKE PENCE AND THE TAKING OF THE WHITE HOUSE     LOBIANCO, TOM             

In Piety & Power, LoBianco follows Pence from his evangelical conversion in college to his failed career as a young lawyer, to his thwarted attempts at politics until he hitched his wagon to far-right extremism, becoming the Congressional poster boy for faith-based policy and Tea Party rhetoric. Piety & Power traces Pence’s personal and political life. Unrated. 2019. 581 pages.

LB           12385    KILLER ACROSS THE TABLE: UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF SERIAL KILLERS AND PREDATORS WITH THE FBI’S ORIGINAL MINDHUNTER    DOUGLAS, JOHN E.         

FBI criminal profiler and coauthor of Mindhunter (DB 43669) delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers, offering new details about his profiling process and divulging the strategies used to crack some of America’s most challenging cases. Unrated. 2019. 513 pages.

LB           12376    WITCH HUNT: THE PLOT TO DESTROY TRUMP AND UNDO HIS ELECTION  JARRETT, GREGG             

Gregg Jarrett examines the latest findings about “collusion” between the Trump administration and the Russians, denouncing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as nothing more than a politically motivated witch hunt. He dismisses the criminal charges and media-driven innuendo, suggesting that the tens of millions of dollars Mueller has spent was a waste of taxpayer money. Unrated. 2019. 862 pages.

LB           12379    BLOWOUT: CORRUPTED DEMOCRACY, ROGUE STATE RUSSIA, AND THE RICHEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE INDUSTRY ON EARTH      MADDOW, RACHEL        

Emmy Award-winning TV host examines the lucrative and corrupt oil industry with black humor while traveling around the globe. Calls for transparency, limits on the influence of oil executives, and a stop to industry subsidization. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 648 pages.

LB           12391    GHOST SHIPS OF ARCHANGEL: THE ARCTIC VOYAGE THAT DEFIED THE NAZIS        GEROUX, WILLIAM               

On the fourth of July, 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic separated from their decimated convoy to head further north into the ice field of the North Pole, seeking safety from Nazi bombers and U-boats. As a newly forged alliance was close to dissolving and the remnants of Convoy PQ-17 tried to slip through the Arctic in one piece, the fate of the world hung in the balance. Unrated. 2019. 528 pages.

LB           12383    FAIR PLAY: A GAME-CHANGING SOLUTION FOR WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO (AND MORE LIFE TO LIVE)               RODSKY, EVE     

An analysis of time-management challenges when balancing career and family, especially with regard to man-woman relationships in twenty-first-century America. Discusses women becoming the default parent and ways to address time inequities through a game system. Provides strategies to communicate with your partner. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 443 pages.             

LB           12371    SHE SAID: BREAKING THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT STORY THAT HELPED IGNITE A MOVEMENT                 KANTOR, JODI, 1975-     

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters, who broke the news of film producer Harvey Weinstein`s sexual harassment and abuse in an October 2017 report for the New York Times, detail their research for that story and its consequences for the #MeToo movement. Includes supplemental material. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 482 pages.

LB           12794    CASTING INTO THE LIGHT: TALES OF A FISHING LIFE          MESSINEO, JANET           

Tales of a champion surfcaster: the education of a young woman hell-bent on following her dream and learning the mysterious and profound sport, and art, of surfcasting, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Unrated. 2019. 446 pages.

LB           12789    BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN: THE REDISCOVERED MEMOIR OF ONE WOMAN’S HARROWING ESCAPE FROM THE NAZIS           FRENKEL, FRANCOISE, 1889-1975              

In 1921, Francoise Frenkel–a Jewish woman from Poland–fulfills a lifelong dream. She opens Berlin’s first French-language bookshop, La Maison du Livre, attracting artists, diplomats, celebrities, and poets. The shop soon becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. But as the occupation intensifies and politics darken, Frenkel’s bookshop is frequently visited by police officers who confiscate her beloved books. 2017.

LB           12798    FIFTY THINGS THAT AREN’T MY FAULT: ESSAYS FROM THE GROWN-UP YEARS      GUISEWITE, CATHY               

The creator of the “Cathy” comic strip discusses the challenges of womanhood, times of transition, and the humor to be found in the mundane. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 453 pages.

LB           12814    ELDERHOOD: REDEFINING AGING, TRANSFORMING MEDICINE, REIMAGINING LIFE             ARONSON, LOUISE

Geriatrician provides what she describes as a fact- and story-based old-age book that is also about what it means to be a human being, and is part battle cry and part lament over how society and the medical community often fail older people. 2018. 855 pages.             

JUVENILE FICTION

LB           12396    FORK, THE WITCH, AND THE WORM: TALES FROM ALAGAESIA, VOLUME 1              PAOLINI, CHRISTOPHER   

Three new stories featuring Eragon set a year after he left Alagaesia to find a home to train the newest generation of Dragon Riders. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2018. 230 pages.           

LB           12397    OUTSIDERS         HINTON, S.E.     

This classic young adult novel is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ponyboy, the fourteen-year-old narrator, tells how it looks and feels to be a Greaser–from the wrong side of the tracks. He vividly describes the guerilla raids into his territory by their traditional upper-middle- class enemy, the Socs, and of the beating that led to a murder charge and two deaths. 1967. 253 pages.

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ADULT FICTION

LB           12780    GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL    ROBOTHAM, MICHAEL, 1960-     

Six years ago, a girl was discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. She wouldn’t tell anyone her name, her age, or where she came from. Now forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if she is ready to be released as an adult. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2019. 567 pages.     

LB           12785    SECONDS TO LIVE: HOMELAND HEROES SLEEMAN, SUSAN           

When cybercriminals hack into the U.S. Marshal’s Witness Protection database and auction off personal details to the highest bidder, FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. Trouble is, he has to work with U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills, who knows the secrets of his past, and the seconds are ticking down before someone dies. Unrated. 2019. 463 pages.

LB           12782    GAME OF SNIPERS: A BOB LEE SWAGGER NOVEL                HUNTER, STEPHEN, 1946-

Seventy-two-year-old retired sniper Bob Lee Swagger is approached by a grieving mother. During multiple trips to Baghdad–enduring rapes and beatings–Janet McDowell determined that her marine son was killed by a mercenary: Juba the Sniper. She then tracked Juba to Syria, where she wants Swagger to kill him. Violence and some strong language. 2019. 552 pages.

LB           12786    TRACKER: A WESTERN STORY      BRAND, MAX, 1892-1944    

Tom Fuller, a scrupulously honest fellow of extraordinary physical strength, is generally regarded as a half-wit. He is hired as a blacksmith’s assistant by Boston Charlie, but when Oliver Champion stops at the smithy and recognizes Tom as the son of a renowned gunfighter, Boston Charlie fires him. Champion asks Tom to become his bodyguard. Tom soon learns that Champion is an escaped convict in pursuit of a master criminal. Unrated. 2014. 367 pages.

LB           12778    MAN FROM COLORADO                TRIMBLE, LOUIS, 1917-  

He came out of the north, from the mountains of Colorado to the dusty, sun-dried territory of New Mexico, gunning for a killer. When Jim Lane stepped off the train at Mountain City, there was the smell of blood in his nostrils. He had carried the stench with him ever since his closest friend had been cut down by a slug in the back. Lane was hard on the heels of the killer, but the killer wasn’t the kind that operated alone. Unrated. 1958. 175 pages.

LB           12779    THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE         CENTER, KATHERINE      

Cassie Hanwell is a female firefighter in Texas, but her estranged mother is ill and asks her to move to Boston. At her new firehouse, she encounters hazing from colleagues who don`t want to work with a woman, with the exception of handsome rookie Owen Callaghan. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2019. 505 pages.

LB           12783    LAKE SEASON     HUNTER, DENISE, 1968-

When her parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents` dream of turning their historic Bluebell, North Carolina, home back into an inn. Reclusive novelist Adam Bradford travels to Bluebell to cure his writer’s block and meets Molly. Unrated. 2019. 445 pages.

LB           12784    HOW TO HACK A HEARTBREAK   ROCKAWAY, KRISTIN     

Mel Strickland is a help-desk tech at a start-up incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers–“Hatchlings”–who can’t even fix their own laptops but are apparently the next wave of start-up geniuses. She designs a dating app that allows users to log harassers and abusers. It’s called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever. Unrated. 2019. 421 pages.

NLS Wants Your Input for Technology Products and Initiatives!

The NLS Reading Technology Advisory Group (RTAG) needs new members! RTAG meets twice a year to provide feedback on new NLS products and initiatives. Currently, RTAG is focused on updates to BARD, the Braille eReader project, and a “smart speaker” voice-controlled device. Each of these initiatives will have its own working group within RTAG. Meetings—to be attended online—will resume in fall 2020. Although RTAG members can be network library staff, hardware repair volunteers, and other subject matter experts, NLS patrons are especially encouraged to apply to join RTAG. For questions, please contact your local network library or email questions directly to NLS-RTAG@loc.gov. Applications—a statement of your background and qualifications (no more than two pages)—should be submitted to NLS-RTAG@loc.gov by Wednesday, September 30.

Braille Calendars Available

Braille calendars are available for free from the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults. If you are a member of the Talking Book Program, staff can order calendars for you. Leave us a message with your name, mailing address, and how many calendars you are requesting. Each patron may order up to three calendars per year.

If you are a not a Talking Book Program patron, you can call the Action Fund at 410-659-9315 and select option 2, or send an e-mail to CommunityRelations@actionfund.org

Other organizations provide large print calendars. Most of them are not free. For a list of sources, contact the Talking Book Program: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov, toll free in Texas: 800-252-9605, or locally 512-463-5458.

Newsline Webinar June 11, 2020

Join a Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 11, at 7 pm central time to learn more about the National Federation of the Blind’s Newsline service.

Newsline allows you to access participating newspapers and magazines by audio if you have a print disability. You can listen by landline, by mobile phone, and even through Alexa.

If you are a Talking Book Program patron, we can sign you up for this service. Newsline is free. To request registration, email TBP at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov, or call us at 1-800-252-9605.

Here is the link to access the Zoom meeting on Thursday night: https://zoom.us/j/94278650088

Here is the link for the Newsline service: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline

July 2020 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday July 21st at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV by Elizabeth Berg (DB 89990, BR 22155)

Book jacket for The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

NLS Annotation:

Grieving widower Arthur eats lunch in the cemetery every day, to be near his wife’s grave. There he meets troubled teenage Maddy, and the pair form a friendship that helps them both out of their isolation. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

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 and leave a voicemail at: 1-800-252-9605 or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. RSVP preferred by June 30th. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

We’re thinking about changing the format of our Book Club discussions to provide a better experience for moderators and attendees.  One of the options we are considering is an operator-assisted call. We hope to test this option at the upcoming book club meeting. We will have more specific information to provide the week before we meet. We will contact all those who RSVP with additional information. Thank you for being willing to work with us to make our book club the best it can be.

We request that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum.
  • Be courteous. Try not to interrupt or talk over others; give everyone a chance to talk; be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • If comfortable doing so, please preface your comments with your first name.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday July 21st!

REACH of Plano online meetings

REACH of Plano will be having two Zoom meetings, one this week and one next week.

The first meeting will be a discussion of the book Being Heumann, an autobiography by disability rights activist Judy Heumann. The discussion will take place on Friday, April 24th, from 11 am – noon.

The second meeting will be about COVID-19 resources for Texas residents and individuals who reside in Collin County. Representatives from REACH of Plano, the Talking Book Program, and the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities will each present information on a variety of topics of interest to people with disabilities and health conditions during the current pandemic. This meeting will take place on Thursday, April 30th, at 1 pm.

Please send an e-mail to Julie Espinoza at jespinoza@reachcils.org if you are interested in one or both of these meetings.

The 2020 Census

The United States Census occurs every ten years, and helps provide funding for local communities and congressional representation. Make sure you are counted! You should receive census information by mail between March 12 – March 20. You may respond by mail, by phone, or online. The census allows you to respond in a variety of languages, and the online version is accessible. For more information, visit www.2020census.gov, call 844-330-2020 for English, 844-468-2020 for Spanish, or contact the Talking Book Program for more information. Other phone numbers are available for other languages. The TDD phone number for deaf/hard of hearing persons is 800-467-2020.

New Large Print Books Added in March 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB 12723 WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE HILDERBRAND, ELIN

In Winter in Paradise (DB 92619), newly widowed Irene Steele learned of her late husband’s double life on St. John, in the US Virgin Islands. Now she and her adult sons have moved to the island, trying to learn more about the man who deceived them all. Unrated. 2019. 423 pages.

LB 12725 PHARAOH KEY PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.

Gideon Crew is shocked when his former employer, Eli Glinn, vanishes without a trace, and Glinn’s high-tech lab, Effective Engineering Solutions, shuts down. Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew gets a bead on EES`s final, possibly life-saving, treasure. Unrated. 2018. 404 pages.

LB 12726 NIGHT FIRE CONNELLY, MICHAEL, 1956-

Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed the man who trained Bosch as a rookie. After the mentor’s death, his widow gives Bosch a murder book he held onto: the unsolved killing of a troubled young man. Violence and strong language. 2019. 564 pages.

LB 12731 HINDSIGHT JOHANSEN, IRIS

Investigator Kendra Michaels–whose former blindness has left her with uniquely insightful observational skills–must put her life on the line to catch a terrifying murderer setting his sights on some of society’s most vulnerable. Unrated. 2020. 486 pages. Related names: Johansen, Roy, author.

LB 12727 PRETTY REVENGE LIEBERT, EMILY

Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course–the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves. Unrated. 2019. 403 pages.

LB 12728 REVOLUTION OF MARINA M. FITCH, JANET, 1955-

St. Petersburg, 1916. Aspiring poet Marina Makarova comes from a well-to-do family. When she gets caught up in revolutionary fervor, her father kicks her out of the house. Attempting to make her way in the world, she faces challenges and tests the limits of love. Unrated. 2017. 1158 pages.

LB 12732 DRAGONFLY MEACHAM, LEILA, 1938-

In 1942, five young men and women agree to a mission in Vichy France. Twenty years later, former spymaster Alistair Renault discovers a reference to that top-secret mission, which he ran. It suggests that a team member who was executed may have actually survived. Unrated. 2019. 849 pages.

LB 12734 CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.

When Grace Ozmian, beautiful daughter of a tech billionaire, goes missing, the NYPD are not particularly concerned, until a body is found in a Queens warehouse, missing its head. FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up to assist lead detective D’Agosta. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 470 pages.

LB 12735 CUTTING EDGE DEAVER, JEFFERY

In the early hours of a quiet weekend morning in Manhattan’s Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. As a half-million dollars’ worth of gems were left behind, it’s clear that the killer’s target was the victims themselves. Unrated. 2018. 658 pages.

LB 12733 CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL FITCH, JANET, 1955-

After the events of The Revolution of Marina M. (DB 89619), Marina Makarova must find a way to survive in post-revolution Russia. She returns to Petrograd and finds purpose in caring for the orphans who haunt the streets. But her trials aren`t over. Unrated. 2019. 1130 pages.

LB 12736 RUN AWAY COBEN, HARLAN, 1962-

When Simon finally finds his strung-out college dropout daughter Paige in Central Park, he punches her abusive boyfriend Aaron, but Paige gets away. A few months later, Aaron has been viciously murdered and Simon is frantically trying to find Paige again. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 530 pages.

LB 12737 TARGET: ALEX CROSS PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

When a sniper`s bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC, Alex Cross’s wife, Bree Stone–newly elevated chief of DC detectives–must prove herself. The Secret Service and the FBI also deploy, and Alex is tasked by the new president to lead the investigation. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 522 pages.

LB 12739 RED ALERT: AN NYPD RED MYSTERY PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

New York’s very rich gather at the Pierre’s Cotillion Room to raise money for those less fortunate. A fatal blast rocks the room, reminiscent of 9/11. Is it an act of terrorism–or a homicide? Then more murders occur. NYPD Red task-force detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald investigate. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 395 pages.

LB 12738 CHAIN MCKINTY, ADRIAN

Your phone rings. A stranger has kidnapped your child. To free them you must abduct someone else’s child. Your child will be released when your victim`s parents kidnap another child. If these things don’t happen your child will be killed. You are now part of the chain. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 504 pages.

LB 12740 ESCAPE ARTIST MELTZER, BRAD

Nola is the U. S. Army’s artist-in-residence–a painter and trained soldier who rushes into battle, making art from war’s aftermath and sharing observations about today’s wars. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy determined to keep her quiet. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 573 pages.

LB 12741 END GAME BALDACCI, DAVID

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are the people the government calls when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing. Violence, strong language, explicit description of sex. Bestseller. 2017. 660 pages.

LB 12743 17TH SUSPECT PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 392 pages.

LB 12742 THREE BETHS ABBOTT, JEFF

“My mom would never leave me”: this has been Mariah Dunning’s motto. Her compass. Her belief. Then she glimpses her mother–who`s been missing for the past year–on the other side of a crowded food court. Meanwhile, Mariah learns that two other women–also named Beth–have disappeared. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2018. 536 pages.

LB 12745 PAPER WASP ACAMPORA, LAUREN

Once on the cusp of a promising art career, Abby Graven now lives in her childhood home and works at a supermarket. Each day, the magazine racks taunt her with the success of her former best friend, Elise, a rising Hollywood starlet. When they reunite at their high school reunion, Abby becomes enmeshed in Elise’s world, and the dynamic between them shifts–until there’s only one way for Abby to grasp the future that awaits her. Unrated. 2019. 353 pages.

LB 12746 SUMMER OF ’69 HILDERBRAND, ELIN

Nantucket, 1969. Siblings Blair, Kirby, Tiger, and Jessie find their world changed from the last time they spent the summer at their grandmother’s home. With the three older siblings spread across the world and facing their own crises, thirteen-year-old Jessie feels the strain of family secrets. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 645 pages.

LB 12748 MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY WITEMEYER, KAREN

Texas, 1896. Zacharias Hamilton isn’t looking for any family entanglements, but when Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on the deed to keep her bakery, he agrees to a marriage of convenience. Can Abigail trust in Zach without losing her independence? Unrated. 2019. 519 pages.

LB 12751 LABYRINTH COULTER, CATHERINE

In downtown Washington, Agent Sherlock`s Volvo is suddenly T-boned. As her car spins out of control, a man’s body slams against her windshield and then…blackness. Meanwhile, in Gaffer’s Ridge, Virginia, Special Agent Hammersmith rescues a kidnapped woman, who claims her captor–the sheriff`s nephew–has probably murdered three missing teenage girls. Some violence. 2019. 559 pages.

LB 12747 REDEMPTION BALDACCI, DAVID

Decker is approached by Meryl Hawkins, the first killer he put behind bars. Now suffering from terminal cancer, Hawkins wants Decker to clear his name. When Hawkins later turns up dead with a bullet in his head, Decker begins to doubt his original rock-solid case. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 660 pages.

LB 12749 TEMPTATION’S DARLING LINDSEY, JOHANNA

William Blackburn, Earl of Ketterham, lives in exile in the Scottish Highlands with his daughter Vanessa. When she comes of age, Vanessa returns to her mother in England to make her debut. Lord Montgomery Townsend, a visitor at the Countess of Dawton’s home, watches Vanessa’s mother try to match her with the pompous son of a powerful family. Monty steps in to help, but is tempted to upend the wedding plans so that he can marry her himself! Unrated. 2019. 535 pages.

LB 12750 BIRD KING WILSON, G. WILLOW, 1982-

During the Spanish Inquisition, Fatima is a concubine in the royal court of the Alhambra, the last remnant of Muslim Spain. Her friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker, has the magical ability to draw places he’s never seen and shape reality with his pen. Some violence and some strong language. 2019. 561 pages.

LB 12752 BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK RICHARDSON, KIM MICHELE

Kentucky, 1936. Nineteen-year-old Cussy Mary Carter has been working as part of the Pack Horse Library Project, but her father hopes she’ll marry–despite the family trait of blue skin. In addition to her father’s hopes, Cussy must also face the prejudice of the community she serves. Unrated. 2019. 487 pages.

LB 12753 DESPERATE GIRLS GRIFFIN, LAURA, 1973-

Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. She’s a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she’s a mess. When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipe out those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life–but she is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past… Unrated. 2018. 447 pages.

LB 12754 CACTUS HAYWOOD, SARAH

For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal, a job that suits her passion for logic and an ‘interpersonal arrangement’ that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control. Unrated. 2018. 551 pages.

ADULT NONFICTION

LB 12724 COLLAGEN DIET: A 28-DAY PLAN FOR SUSTAINED WEIGHT LOSS, GLOWING SKIN, GREAT GUT HEALTH, AND A YOUNGER YOU AXE, JOSH

You’ll learn how your skin, hair, nails, bones, disks, joints, ligaments, tendons, arterial walls, and gastrointestinal tract all depend on the consumption of collagen-rich foods, and how a high-collagen diet can lead to better weight control, enhanced digestion, clearer skin, reduced inflammation, and improved immune function. Features a twenty-eight-day meal plan and more than seventy recipes. Unrated. 2019. 341 pages.

LB 12730 BRAIN WASH: DETOX YOUR MIND FOR CLEARER THINKING, DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS, AND LASTING HAPPINESS PERLMUTTER, DAVID, 1954-

Based on the latest science, the book identifies the mental hijacking that undermines each and every one of us, and presents the tools necessary to think more clearly, make better decisions, strengthen bonds with others, and develop healthier habits. Featuring a 10-day bootcamp program, including a meal plan and 40 original recipes, Brain Wash is the key to cultivating a more purposeful and fulfilling life. Unrated. 2020. 390 pages. Related names: Perlmutter, Austin, author. Loberg, Kristin, author.

LB 12744 WARNING

A behind-the-scenes portrayal of the Trump administration from the anonymous senior official who authored the controversial 2018 New York Times op-ed. Unrated. 2019. 371 pages.

Mental Health Resources in Response to the Pandemic

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Older adults and people with disabilities and underlying medical conditions can experience more stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak than other people. Find ways to reduce your stress and anxiety:

• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
• Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
• Connect with family and friends by phone, text, or email.
• If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Here are a few more helpful phone numbers:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

For more information, visit this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?fbclid=IwAR3SWsrU16WUj2q2svJ3Yhnz33poz3lsQh2zCu4ys96dq4Um7jkDA_GYY_I