June 19: Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates African American Emancipation. With the following words, General Granger informed the people of Galveston that all slaves had been liberated on June 19, 1865.

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”

Celebrations following the declaration led to an annual acknowledgement and celebration of freedom to African Americans. Celebrations, today, take place around the United States and throughout the rest of the world.

In honor of Juneteenth, we have listed the books specifically about Juneteenth in our collection for a range of reading levels both in fiction and non-fiction.

For more information on Juneteenth: https://www.juneteenth.com/

Juvenile Fiction

JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd CooperKindergarten – Grade 3
DB 105650
FREEDOM’S GIFTS: A JUNETEENTH STORY by Valerie Wilson Wesley Grade 3 – Grade 6
DBC 04831
OSCEOLA: MEMORIES OF A SHARECROPPER’S DAUGHTER by Osceola Mays
Grade 3 – Grade 6
DB 50524

Juvenile Non-fiction

OPAL LEE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FREE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE GRANDMOTHER OF JUNETEENTH by Alice Faye Duncan
Kindergarten – Grade 3
DBC 26479
JUNETEENTH by Vaunda Micheaux NelsonGrade 2 – Grade 4
DBC 10089

Adult Fiction

JUNETEENTH by Ralph Ellison
DB 48438; BR 12277

Adult Nonfiction

ON JUNETEENTH by Annette Gordon-Reed
DB 103364
FOUR HUNDRED SOULS: A COMMUNITY HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICA, 1619-2019
DB 102425, BR 23615, LB 13468

July 19 Book Club Title Announced

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Please join us on Tuesday July 19, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. for our book club discussion of GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey (DB 101312).

Fun fact: Matthew McConaughey is a native Texan and a Texas resident!

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, and if you’d like the discussion questions mailed to you instead of sent by email.

RSVP preferred by July 2.

NLS Annotation for GREENLIGHTS:

Memoir from Academy Award-winning actor in films including Dazed and Confused and Dallas Buyers Club shares his experiences and his philosophy on life. He describes “greenlights” as the times when the universe gives us permission to try new things. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2020. Narrated by the author. 6 hours, 45 minutes.

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 Tuesday, July 19!

June is National Audiobook Appreciation Month

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Not only is June the start of summer, but it is also National Audiobook Appreciation Month. With numerous literacy benefits and high entertainment value, audiobooks are heating up headphones and speakers across the state. Everyone is unique when it comes to how they read, and patrons of the Talking Book Program can enjoy the art of storytelling this June by joining the more than 19,000 other patrons meet their reading needs. Whether you need to read in a different way or you open up a book — new TBP patron listeners and audiophiles alike will want to join in the fun. For more information about Texans’ other library visit, www.TexasTalkingBooks.org.

Check out some of the most downloaded books from the collection.

RUN, ROSE, RUN by Dolly Parton (DB 107053)
AnnieLee Keyes is hitchhiking her way to Nashville, determined to make it in the music industry. But she’s fleeing her past, and her rise as a country music star is dogged by the dark secrets trying to destroy her. Violence and strong language. Suspense Fiction. Commercial audiobook. 2022

STEAL by James Patterson (DB 106928)

College sophomore Carter von Oehson posts on his Instagram that he plans to kill himself. When no one sees him for 24hours, a search begins. Fears seem to be confirmed when his abandoned sailboat is found. His professor of abnormal psychology, Dylan Reinhart, tries to help Carter’s father find the truth. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2022.

HIGH STAKES by Danielle Steel (DB 107263)

Jane Addison has big dreams of owning her own company someday. At 28, she arrives in New York to start a job at Fletcher and Benson, a prestigious talent agency. There she joins a group of women all facing the challenges of balancing their families, their personal lives, and the high stakes of ambition. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

BEYOND A DOUBT by Colleen Coble (DB 107278)

Bree Nicholls has made a name for herself finding missing persons in the untamed wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her search-and-rescue dog, Samson. When a basement remodeling project at her lighthouse home uncovers evidence from a cold case, Bree’s family comes under attack. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2004.

STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW: AN INCOMPLETE COMPENDIUM OF MOSTLY INTERESTING THINGS by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant (DB 103455)

Hosts of the podcast of the same title present a collection of new items of interest. Topics include facial hair, Mr. Potato Head, Murphy beds, how to get lost, mezcal liquor, aging, income tax, pet rocks, cyanide pills, donuts, and the Jersey Devil. Includes supplemental material. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

HAPPINESS BECOMES YOU: A GUIDE TO CHANGING YOUR LIFE FOR GOOD by Tina Turner (DB 107284)

The musical icon gives advice for generating hope from nothing, breaking through all limitations, and succeeding in life. She shows how the spiritual lessons of Buddhism help her transform from sorrow, adversity, and poverty into joy, stability, and prosperity. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.


NLS Launches Quarterly Patron Corner Programming

On June 13, at 6:00 p.m. (CDT), the Patron Engagement Section at the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress will hold the first program as part of their Patron Corner programming. Each quarterly program will provide an opportunity for patrons to learn more about various services directly from NLS staff. The program will be interactive, last for one hour, and have a designated topic of discussion. The topic for the June 13 session is: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Collection Selection but Did Not Have the Vehicle to Ask. Patrons will meet members of the Collections Division at NLS who are responsible for selecting the books in the NLS collection. Bring your questions and your thoughts about the NLS collection and join us at https://loc.zoomgov.com/j/1600983343?pwd=VW9tRWtwY3BsdHRac0s2MmJkN0RCZz09. The full Zoom invitation, including call-in numbers, is included below.

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8 New Titles Now on BARD!

Eight more locally produced books are newly available for download on BARD. There are now more than 1,600 Texas titles on BARD!

These books transport readers from corrals and hard rock mines to bridal boutiques, while spotlighting a bitter South Texas political feud and a passel of legendary, low-down Western scoundrels.

Cowboy up and savor these Lone Star offerings!

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY MOTHER by Rosellen Brown (DBC 26252)

The strained relationship between a mother and a daughter, related through episodes from their past, culminates in a devastating final scene that marks an emotional turning point for them both. Explicit descriptions of sex. Strong language. Bestseller.

COWBOYS ARE PARTLY HUMAN by John R. Erickson (DBC 26395)

A collection of anecdotes about cowboys by an author who was one. Erickson has a pervasive sense of humor, and his use of colloquial language puts the reader right in the corral and out on the range.

DREAM DRESS by Janice A. Thompson (DBC 18376)

A lowly seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own original dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. But when Jordan Singer, reporter for ‘Texas Bride’ magazine, visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is humbled in his influential—and unnervingly handsome—presence.

HARDROCK STIFF: A KURT MULLER MYSTERY by Thomas Zigal (DBC 26268)

Ned Carr is an old hard rock miner who has stubbornly held on to his acres of what has become prime real estate in the heart of Aspen’s popular ski slopes. He has made plenty of enemies over the years from the militant environmental activists called the Green Briars to the even more dangerous property-rights group known as the Free West Rebellion. When a mine explosion blows old Ned to bits, Sheriff Kurt Muller finds a long list of motives for murder. Some violence and some strong language.

HISTORIA DE LA REVOLUCION MEXICANA by Jose Mancisidor (DBC 26409)

Written in Spanish by renowned Mexican historian, professor and writer Jose Mancisidor, Historia de la Revolucion Mexicana (History of the Mexican Revolution) has fifteen chapters from the pre-revolutionary period to the post-revolutionary, roughly from the 1860’s to the 1930’s.

THERE WAS A TIME by Taylor Caldwell (DBC 26235)

Character study of an early twentieth-century English writer as she struggles for success and happiness in America.

WARM WEATHER & BAD WHISKEY: THE 1886 LAREDO ELECTION RIOT by Jerry D. Thompson (DBC 26234

This engaging account of political corruption fills a gap in the history of South Texas and U.S.-Mexico border politics. According to the author, “The feud was not sheepmen against cattlemen, homesteaders against ranchers, the unscrupulous against the righteous, or the powerful against the weak. It was a feud between several closely related and powerful families over domination of Laredo and border politics.”

WILD, WILD WEST: FOR THE DISCRIMINATING READER: A CHILLING ILLUSTRATED HISTORY PRESENTING THE FACTS ABOUT A PASSEL OF LOW-DOWN MISCHIEVOUS PERSONAGES INCLUDING JOAQUÍN MURIETA, WILD BILL HICKOK, JESSE JAMES, BAT MASTERSON, WYATT EARP & BILLY THE KID by Peter Lyon (DBC 26274)

An exposé of several 19th century Western heroes, depicted as worthless drifters, robbers and killers. Includes stories of Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James and Wyatt Earp.

CELEBRATE WITH PRIDE

Pride month is celebrated each year during the month of June. The first Pride march was held in New York City on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Since then, this single day has grown into a nationwide, month-long series of events celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. Read more about Pride Month on the Library of Congress website: https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/ and mark this month yourself by checking out one of these Pride books by and about LGBTQIA+ individuals:

FICTION

LESS by Andrew Sean Greer (DB 88794, LB 10273, BR 22198)
A failed novelist turning fifty is invited to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Instead of attending, he decides to accept every other invitation he has received, even if it means traveling the world for random, odd literary events. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize for fiction, 2018. 2017.

LIAR’S DICTIONARY by Eley Williams (DB 103312, LB 13379)
Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away on Swansby’s multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary, but boredom leads him to insert fictitious entries. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these fake words before the work is digitized. Unrated. 2021.

HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by TJ Klune (DB 98951)
As a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, Linus Baker spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. He is unexpectedly given a highly classified assignment: travel to a remote island orphanage where six dangerous children reside. Some strong language. 2020.

MEMORIAL by Bryan Washington (DB 101143)
Japanese American chef, Mike, and African American daycare teacher, Benson, begin reevaluating their stale relationship after Mike departs for Japan to visit his dying father and Benson is suddenly stuck with Mike’s mom, who becomes an unconventional roommate. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER by Bernadine Evaristo (DB 98756)
Twelve characters lead vastly different lives in modern Britain. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, they all intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class. Unrated. Booker Prize. 2019.

GUNCLE by Steven Rowley (DB 103560)
It’s been years since Patrick O’Hara left behind the life of a sitcom star for retirement in Palm Springs. Now a family tragedy has left him in charge of his niece and nephew. While he has always loved being Gay Uncle Patrick, this new responsibility is overwhelming. Unrated. 2021.

NONFICTION

QUEER HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Michael Bronski (DB 00573)
Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, takes the reader through the centuries, from the American Revolution’s radical challenging of sex and gender roles, to the violent and liberating 19th century, to the transformative social justice movements of the 20th century. A QUEER HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES is not so much about queer history as it is about all American history–and why it should matter to both LGBTQIA+ people and heterosexuals alike. Some strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.

HERE FOR IT: OR, HOW TO SAVE YOUR SOUL IN AMERICA: ESSAYS by Eric R. Thomas (DB 98878)
A collection of essays in which the author reflects on his experiences reconciling his Christianity with his sexuality, the exhaustion of code-switching, gaining accidental internet fame, and covering the 2016 election and its aftermath. He reexamines the meaning of “normal” and discusses how to care about an increasingly bleak future. Strong language. 2020.

SISSY: A COMING-OF-GENDER STORY by Jacob Tobia (DB 94505)
Tobia discusses their difficulties with a binary gender system while growing up as someone who did not fit the stereotypical mold for masculinity. Tobia seeks to discount the notion that all individuals can be easily sorted into the categories of “men” and “women”. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2019.

UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle (DB 98981, LB 13258)
The author of CARRY ON, WARRIOR (DB 87208) and LOVE WARRIOR (DB 85522) suggests that trusting one’s inner voice and ignoring the world’s expectations can lead to joy and peace. She speaks of her own experiences learning to listen to herself at key moments and reclaim her true, untamed self. Strong language. Bestseller. 2020.

TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT: LOVE, LOSS, AND THE FIGHT FOR TRANS EQUALITY by Sarah McBride (DB 90649)
Activist author discusses her journey as a teenager struggling with gender identity, her marriage to fellow trans individual Andy, her commitment to advocacy, and more. Examines issues such as bathroom access and healthcare, political milestones, and the historical context of the transgender movement. Bestseller. 2018.

Happy Pride Month, and happy reading!

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.

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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.