Summer Reading Program Presents: Natural Attraction: Romance in the Wild

Adventure is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. This week we’re featuring romance books that take place in the wilderness. We’ve got couples hiking and camping and some romantic suspense where couples must survive the wilderness…as well as Cupid’s arrow.

En Español

CAMINO A RHODES by Mariana Zapata (DB 120214 IN PROCESS)

Adult Nonfiction

BACKWOODS by Jill Sorenson (DB 79234)
ENJOY THE VIEW: MOOSE SPRINGS, ALASKA, BOOK 3 by Sarah Morgenthaler (DB 105384)
FAMOUS FOR A LIVING by Melissa Ferguson (LB 14666)
GIRL UNDERWATER by Claire Kells (DB 112000)
HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS by Katherine Center (DBC 11939, LB 08144)
HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS AND UNFAIRLY CUTE by Talia Hibbert (DB 112060)
LOLA AT LAST by J. C. Peterson (DB 114880)
MEET ME AT THE LAKE by Carley Fortune (DB 114298, LB 14839)
SIMPLE WILD: A NOVEL by K. A. Tucker (DB 93876)
SOMETHING WILD & WONDERFUL by Anita Kelly (DB 118310)
SOMETHING WILDER by Christina Lauren (DB 108471)
TAKE ME HIGHER by Pamela Clare (DB 109192)
WHITEOUT by Adriana Anders (DB 98477)

Shipwrecks Ahoy!

There is a fascination that haunts crumbling shipwrecks, whether they be stranded in the depths of the sea or sitting preserved in the Bob Bullock Museum. What these wrecks say about moments of history, of the people who build and break them, can be enlightening as one strives to not only learn but understand those who came before us. It can’t be contended–our society has an obsession with shipwrecks! This is illustrated frequently, with the success of books like David Grann’s THE WAGER (DB 113965, LB 14399, BR 25435 IN PROCESS) and the recurrent cultural fixation on the RMS Titanic grasping our collective consciousness in turn. It can be hard to be sure what it is about these beautiful disasters that draws us to them so strongly, but as we remember the anniversary of the wreck of the USS Indianapolis this month, here are a few selections in the TBP collection about shipwrecks and ocean disasters.

ADRIFT: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, LOSS AND SURVIVAL AT SEA by Tami Oldham Ashcraft (DB 93382)

First, we’ll start off with something a little more intimate than many of the selections on this list. Adrift is a story about two individuals, the hurricane they found themselves struck by, and the harrowing 41-day journey to safety. It’s a nonfiction story of survival that will keep you on the edge of your seats and, should you want to find it, there was a movie made out of it too!
BOUNTY: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY by Caroline Alexander (DB 57656)

Next, a story of rebellion, intrigue, and revisionist history as Caroline Alexander works to correct the records on the legendary mutiny of the crew of the Bounty! Alexander shines with her research and dedication to the truth in this breakdown of the events and following efforts to obfuscate them. As an added bonus, television rights are now in development! 
DEAD WAKE: THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA by Erik Larson (BRG 03809, DB 80936, LB 08677)

For those fascinated by World War I or the history of safety regulations, this could be your next eye-opening read. Many talk about the Lusitania and its impact on World War I, but few explore it in as much detail as Larson. With a fast, narrative style guaranteed to entertain as well as educate, this book is a thorough examination of the Lusitania by an author whose books keep sailing right to the top of the NYT Best Seller list. 
ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON’S INCREDIBLE VOYAGE by Alfred Lansing (DB 119061, LB 03857)

A perennial classic, Lansing does a phenomenal job of exploring every moment of Shackleton’s voyage, from concept of the voyage itself to the months of grueling survival and teamwork. This is a great story of triumph and courage at the ends of the earth! Plus, it’s one of the happier-ending stories on this list by far.
FIVE AGAINST THE SEA: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE AND SURVIVAL by Ron Arias (DB 32880)

142 days at sea and 4,000 miles traveled could be enough to drive many men mad, but this was not the case for five Costa Rican fishermen who, in 1988, got caught in a vicious storm and cast out to sea. What’s more, they survived this venture largely unscathed! This is a fantastic story of victory, ingenuity, and perseverance, as well as another surprisingly happy ending for a list largely about doom and destruction.
HALSEY’S TYPHOON: THE TRUE STORY OF A FIGHTING ADMIRAL, AN EPIC STORM, AND AN UNTOLD RESCUE by Bob Trury (DB 66099)

Set in World War II, this book explores the terrible mistake ordered by Admiral William “Bull” Halsey that led almost 200 ships right into the path of a major storm. Follow the survivors of this disaster as they fight every natural enemy you could imagine and witness the incredible courage of those who rescued them.
IN HARM’S WAY: THE SINKING OF THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS AND THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF ITS SURVIVORS by Doug Stanton (DB 52097)

The belle of the ball, the wreck of the hour, and the inspiration for this list – the USS Indianapolis! This recount of one of the most famous wrecks of all time will have you on the edge of your seat as you engage with not only the stories of those brave men who made it out, but the ones who lost their lives in those hazardous waters. It’s an engaging read that will keep you hooked as you learn that sometimes it’s not just loose lips that sink ships. 
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: THE TRAGEDY OF THE WHALESHIP ESSEX by Nathaniel Philbrick (BRG 03656, DB 50271)

This is another one of the most fascinating and well-known wrecks of all time. Serving as one of the primary inspirations for the great American classic Moby Dick; or, The Whale, this novel provides incredible context for the tail end of the Nantucket whaling industry and the community that built around it. It has everything, from freak whale attacks and turtle roasting to deeply personal stories of trials and triumph, and we cannot recommend this book enough. It’s a fantastic entry to the subgenre and one that has broad, cinematic appeal—and hey, there’s a movie for it as well! If you’re a fan of the classics or looking for a book to ease you in, give this one a go. You won’t regret it!
IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE: THE GRAND AND TERRIBLE POLAR VOYAGE OF THE USS JEANNETTE by Hampton Sides (DB 79535, LB 08615)

You might notice a bias towards Antarctic exploration on this list. Well, here is something for those of you wanting something a little more northern! IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE follows the devastating and, as the title notes, terrible journey of the ship and her crew. It’s cold, it’s treacherous, and it’s a fantastic read for any and all who have ever found themselves with a fixation on those icy deserts! But beware, you might never think of polar bears the same.
ISLAND OF THE LOST: SHIPWRECKED AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Joan Druett (DB 66506)

Serendipity is the theme of this book as a twist of fate leads two completely different ships to be wrecked on the same hazardous patch of land. Follow these crews to a frigid and hostile island locale 285 miles south of New Zealand (also known as Aotearoa) as they each handle the isolation and desperation differently. With a conclusion part Robinson Crusoe and part Lord of the Flies, you’ll cheer, you’ll despair, and you’ll love every second of this incredible story of humanity at its finest and worst.
MADHOUSE AT THE END OF THE EARTH by Julian Sancton (LB 13462)

Many of these books explore stoic competence in the face of great adversity – adventures of the best of humanity facing the mightiest of foes. Well, this one definitely has foes! This book explores one of the most ill-fated and disastrous Antarctic expeditions in history, doomed by incompetence at almost every level and a heaping serving of plain rotten luck. It is a comedy of errors in most regards, and one that went so incredibly poorly that NASA has studied it to better understand the effects of isolation on the human mind (it’s true! You can find the author of this book talking about it here). But despite it all, this is the first expedition to successfully winter in Antarctica, a dubious honor given the conditions that the crew had to survive. Sometimes it can be fun to take a break from the sheer might of the titans on this list, and if you still want to keep in that nautical wheelhouse, I would definitely direct you here. 
MIGHTY FITZ: THE SINKING OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD by Michael Shumacher (DB 62656)

You might know this ship from the effervescent ballad by Gordon Lightfoot, but if you have ever wanted a good examination of the wreck itself, look no further! This book strives to sketch out the tragedy, examining why it happened and what the fallout was. It’s incredibly precise in its scope as it breaks down what some refer to as The Titanic of the Great Lakes, but I say this wreck stands all on its own as a disaster every person with even a passing interest should know.
PERFECT STORM: A TRUE STORY OF MEN AGAINST THE SEA by Sebastian Junger (BRG 00962, DB 44751)

Rounding out this list is a look at the disastrous, infamous Hurricane Grace. Read all about the lost Andrea Gail, a fishing trawler caught and destroyed by this horrifying storm, in equal parts speculation and cultural context. This book brings a perspective of the ocean that few can rival, and if you want a great look at not only the impact of these cataclysmic storms but the reality of those deadly waves, give this book a go! And if you’re interested and wanting more, there’s a movie adaptation too.

Did we find your next nautical reading pick? Is there a shipwreck you love that we completely missed (or even got wrong)? Do you have any similar recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

Until then, safe journeys, safe sailing, and happy reading!

In His Own Words: Kinky Friedman

Richard “Kinky” Friedman died June 27, at the age of 79. Beloved Texas icon, author, songwriter, tequila pitchman, and gubernatorial candidate, Friedman was born in Chicago in 1944 but moved to the Houston area the next year with his family. Nicknamed “Kinky” due to his curly hair, he formed the band Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys in 1973. That same year their song “Sold American” hit the charts when it was covered by Glen Campbell. He was also a prolific author, writing a mystery series that starred a fictional version of the author as a detective. In addition, he was a contributor to Texas Monthly, writing a humor column titled the Last Roundup from 2001-2005. In 2006 under the campaign slogan of “How Hard Could It Be?” he ran for Governor of Texas as an independent candidate. For the past twenty years, he lived on his ranch in the Texas Hill Country where he spent his last years surrounded by the Texas landscape he loved. 

For a more in-depth obituary, check out this one from Texas Monthly.

Here are the titles by Kinky Friedman in the TBP collection.

Fiction

KINKY FRIEDMAN SERIES

1-3. THREE COMPLETE MYSTERIES (DB 39624)
6. ELVIS, JESUS, & COCA COLA (DBC 14308)
7. ARMADILLOS & OLD LACE (DBC 26894)
8. GOD BLESS JOHN WAYNE (DB 45711)
9. LOVE SONG OF J. EDGAR HOOVER (DBC 26309)
10. ROADKILL (DBC 12044)
12. SPANKING WATSON (DB 51194)
13. MILE HIGH CLUB (DBC 18370)
14. STEPPIN’ ON A RAINBOW (DBC 14404)
15. MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH (DBC 18282)
16. CURSE OF THE MISSING PUPPET HEAD (DBC 12055)
17. PRISONER OF VANDAM STREET (DBC 14395)
18. TEN LITTLE NEW YORKERS (DBC 11994, LB 11634)

Stand Alone Titles

CHRISTMAS PIG: A FABLE (DBC 12024)

Non-Fiction

YOU CAN LEAD A POLITICIAN TO WATER BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE HIM THINK: TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR TEXAS POLITICS (DBC 11945)

Eurovision and Other Music Competitions in Literature

By Becky

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the Eurovision Song Contest, an internationally televised songwriting competition, organized by the European Broadcasting Union and featuring participants chosen by EBU member broadcasters to represent their countries from across Europe and beyond. For more information about Eurovision, check out their website. This made TBP wonder what types of books we have in our collection that feature song contests.

First, there is Catherynne Valente’s SPACE OPERA (DB 94674). A washed-up glam rock singer is selected to be Earth’s representative in an intergalactic music contest. The consequences could be dire—this is Earth’s chance to be declared sentient rather than be eradicated. But it’s a funny book, often described as “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision.”

Next up is YEAR ZERO by Rob Reid (DB 79694). Humanity is the only species in the galaxy that can produce music—and all the others are deeply addicted to it. They’ve been listening to all our music obsessively since 1977. Unfortunately, according to intergalactic law, everyone who has been listening to our music owes royalties. Some lawyers show up on Earth to talk to an entertainment lawyer, and it turns out that they owe earthlings so much money that it might be better if our planet met with an unfortunate accident. Our entertainment lawyer has to find a way to balance their laws, our laws, who gets paid the royalties, and how to save the world.

Not all of them are science fiction, though. VIOLIN CONSPIRACY by Brendan Slocum (DB 106851) features an African American man who gets into a violin contest. He finds out shortly before it starts that his great-great grandfather’s fiddle is actually a Stradivarius. Then it is stolen on the eve of the competition, and he has to find it.

MUSIC WARS by Gordon Pape (DB 24225) is more of a cold war spy thriller. A Jewish American man enters the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in the mid-1980s. He has to decide whether to assist dissidents or just concentrate on the competition. There are also KGB agents, journalists doing their thing, and the competition.

In LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS by Ryka Aoki (DB 105930, BR 24241), a woman makes a deal with the devil for music success. She has to deliver him seven souls and thinks she’s found her final candidate. Then she meets a retired starship captain.

Set in a New Orleans where magic is real, BALLAD OF PERILOUS GRAVES by Alex Jennings (DB 112356, BR 24787 IN PROCESS) features a main character Perilous Graves (Perry) who knows something is off. The Great Magician is seen in odd places and nine songs of power are missing—without them, the city may fall apart. And the Haint of Haints is awake (which sounds bad).

We also have titles on this topic for young adults.

In I’LL BE THE ONE by Lyla Lee (DB 103532), a young woman enters a music contest, hoping to become a K-Pop star. She encounters fatphobia and deals with fame from being on the show alongside her attraction to one of the contestants. But she must persevere if she wants to achieve her goal.

Another novel centered around K-Pop is K-POP CONFIDENTIAL by Stephan Lee (DB 115467). A Korean American teenager secretly enters a global competition to be in a girl group. She has to navigate getting permission from her strict parents to go, the strict rules of the contest, learning Korean fluently, and all the usual teenage angst and drama.

In CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT by Linda Urban (DB 66730), Zoe longs to play the piano, which she views as elegant and dignified. Instead, she plays a wheezy old organ for her parents. Then she starts practicing for the Perform-a-Rama organ competition.

One of the young adult titles features fantasy. In SOFI AND THE BONE SONG by Adrienne Tooley (DB 108276), a girl loses a music contest and sets out to prove her rival cheated by using magic. What she finds out changes everything she thought she knew about music, magic, and her rival.

It’s not all fiction. Here are some nonfiction titles about music competitions in our collection.

This is a book about a piano competition that takes place in Fort Worth, Texas: IVORY TRADE: MUSIC AND THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC AT THE VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION by Joseph Horowitz (DB 34313).

Although it’s not about music competitions, THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE: WHAT THE MUSIC YOU LOVE SAYS ABOUT YOU by Dr. Susan Rogers (DB 116750) is a fascinating look at why your favorite songs move you.

If you enjoy watching or participating in music competitions, or if you’d like to try reading about them, give one of the books above a try.


August 20: “TEXAS GREAT READ” BONUS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD. Also, please let us know if you would like a reminder via email or phone-call (or both).

NLS Annotation: After a panther attacks her family and kills her mother, young Samantha sets out to stalk and kill the ferocious creature. She travels along with her half brother, Benjamin, a Tejano outlaw, and a preacher. The group is, in turn, pursued by a sadistic Confederate soldier with a score to settle. Violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

We request that everyone remember the following:

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

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, August 20!

Dagger Awards Longlist 2024

The Dagger Awards were established by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) in 1955. The 2024 longlist was announced on April 20, the shortlist was announced on May 10, and awards will be presented in London on July 4, 2024.

For more information check the Awards’ website.

Here are the finalists for 2024 that are in the TBP collection.

Gold Dagger

SMALL MERCIES by Dennis Lehane (DB 114456, LB 14406)
VERA WONG’S UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR MURDERERS by Jesse Q. Sutanto
(DB 113039, LB 14540)
HOMECOMING by Kate Morton (DB 113914, BR 24840, LB 14824)

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

SIMPLY LIES by David Baldacci (DB 114114, LB 14300)
LIE MAKER by Linwood Barclay (DB 116519)
ALL THE SINNERS BLEED by S. A. Cosby (DB 115237)
OZARK DOGS by Eli Cranor (DB 114798)
EVERYBODY KNOWS by Jordan Harper (DB 112340)
DROWNING: THE RESCUE OF FLIGHT 1421 by T. J. Newman (DB 116859)
AFTER THAT NIGHT by Karin Slaughter (DB 116356, BR 25334, LB 0000210)

ILP John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

GOLDEN GATE by Amy Chua (DB 116781, LB 0000040)
SCORCHED GRACE by Margot Douaihy (DB 115165)
GOLDEN SPOON by Jessa Maxwell (DB 117207)
OTHER HALF by Charlotte Vassell (DB 117397)

Historical Dagger

LOCK-UP by John Banville (DB 115375, LB 14762)
FLAGS ON THE BAYOU by James Lee Burke (DB 117205, LB 14778)
HARLEM AFTER MIDNIGHT by Louise Hare (DB 116941)

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

ART THIEF: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, CRIME, AND A DANGEROUS OBSESSION by Michael Finkel (DB 115367, LB 14518)
G-MAN: J EDGAR HOOVER AND THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY by Beverly Gage (DB 111434)
MANY LIVES OF MAMA LOVE: A MEMOIR OF LYING, STEALING, WRITING, AND HEALING by Lara Love Hardin (DB 120534, LB 14917)
SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN: A TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND MERCY by Alex Mar
(DB 115183)

Dagger for Crime Fiction in Translation

RED QUEEN written by Juan Gómez-Jurado and translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor (DB 113173, LB 14817)

Texas Talking Book Program Author Talk: Katie Lane

Join the Talking Book Program for an author talk on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. (Central) with steamy romance author, Katie Lane.

Promo image of stage with red curtain and old fashioned chrome microphone with TBP and TSLAC logos and text mirroring post caption.

Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Laura Jean will talk with her about her career as an author as well as her books, from her DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS Series. A Q&A chat will follow.

Our Author Talks meet via Zoom, however all you need to participate is a telephone! If you have a land line, you will use the telephone number. If you have a smart phone, you will use the “one-tap” number to join the discussion. We will also email a Zoom invitation to those who prefer to use a computer. This information will be sent to all patrons who RSVP a week prior to the author talk.

We would also like to offer you the opportunity to ask Katie Lane questions about her books. Please submit questions by August 6. We will choose questions based on the responses to this form and they may be asked during the event!

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

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you a digital cartridge with her series or if you prefer to download them from BARD. Also, please let us know if you would like a reminder via email or phone-call (or both).

Start with the first book in her series: GOING COWBOY CRAZY (DBC 25528) by Katie Lane

NLS Annotation: Bramble, Texas, is the only place Faith Aldridge can find answers–as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they’re fixin’ to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope’s longtime flame, Slate Calhoun. If that means rustling her car, spreading rumors like wildfire, and reining in some explosive secrets, well, there’s no way like the Lone Star way… Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, August 13!

Summer Reading Program Presents: Olympic Odyssey

Adventure is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. This week we’re featuring books about athleticism and the Olympics. Find out how the modern Olympics began. Or read about what it’s like to compete at the highest level on a global stage by reading a memoir written by an Olympian. No matter how you choose to participate, remember: adventure begins at your library!

Adult Nonfiction

BRACE ENOUGH by Jessie Diggins (DBC 17761)
BUTTERFLY: FROM REFUGEE TO OLYMPIAN– MY STORY OF RESCUE, HOPE, AND TRIUMPH by Yusra Mardini (DB 91238)
COWBOY STUNTMAN: FROM OLYMPIC GOLD TO THE SILVER SCREEN by Dean Smith (DB 96572)
DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN: LESSONS FROM AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE by Louis Zamperini (DB 81537)
DREAM TEAM: HOW MICHAEL, MAGIC, LARRY, CHARLES, AND THE GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME CONQUERED THE WORLD AND CHANGED THE GAME OF BASKETBALL FOREVER by Jack McCallum (DB 75291)
FINISH STRONG: A FATHER’S CODE AND A SON’S PATH by Nate Ebner (DB 103430)
GAMES: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE OLYMPICS by David Goldblatt (DB 91775, BR 22356)
GOING FOR WISCONSIN GOLD: STORIES OF OUR STATE OLYMPIANS by Jessie Garcia (DBC 08262)
IT’S TRUE! IT’S TRUE! by Kurt Angle (DB 53200)
LETTERS TO A YOUNG GYMNAST by Nadia Comaneci (DB 91675)
MAKING OF A MIRACLE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE CAPTAIN OF THE 1980 GOLD MEDAL-WINNING U.S. OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM by Mike Eruzione (DB 98705)
NAKED OLYMPICS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE ANCIENT GAMES by Tony Perrottet (DB 58757)
OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 18 AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO DEFIED JIM CROW AND ADOLF HITLER TO COMPETE IN THE 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS by Deborah Riley Draper (DB 98792)
SIXTH MAN: A MEMOIR by Andre Igodala (DB 95635)
SPEED KINGS: THE 1932 WINTER OLYMPICS AND THE FASTEST MEN IN THE WORLD by Andy Bull (DB 82853)
THREE-YEAR SWIM CLUB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MAUI’S SUGAR DITCH KIDS AND THEIR QUEST FOR OLYMPIC GLORY by Julie Checkoway (DB 83154)
TIGERBELLE: THE WYOMIA TYUS STORY by Wyomia Tyus (DB 93189)
TOUGH GIRL: LESSONS IN COURAGE AND HEART FROM OLYMPIC GOLD TO THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO by Carolyn Wood (DBC 15867)
WATERMEN: THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN SWIMMING AND ONE YOUNG MAN’S FIGHT TO CAPTURE OLYMPIC GOLD by (DB 118959 IN PROCESS)

Adult Fiction

Español

TRANSBORDO EN MOSCÚ by Eduardo Mendoza (DB 112229)

English

BEAR PIT by Jon Cleary (DB 99168)
BONE CAGE by Angie Abdou (DBG 08478, BRG 02738)
GAMES by James Patterson (DB 85110)
GOLD by Chris Cleave (DB 75265)
HORSEWOMAN by James Patterson (DB 106198, LB 13608)
LONG JOURNEY HOME by Don Coldsmith (BR 14492)
PRIVATE GAMES by James Patterson (DB 74689)
RAT CATCHERS’ OLYMPICS by Colin Cotterill (DB 96083)
TYPHOON by Charles Cumming (DBC 26527)

Young Adult Nonfiction

GOLD IN THE WATER: THE TRUE STORY OF ORDINARY MEN AND THEIR EXTRAORDINARY DREAM OF OLYMPIC GLORY by P. H. Mullen (DB 56039)
GRACE, GOLD AND GLORY: MY LEAP OF FAITH by Gabrielle Douglas (DB 76347)
INAUGURAL BALLERS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST US WOMEN’S OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM by Andrew Maraniss (DB 110512, LB 14383)
WORK WITH WHAT YOU GOT: A MEMOIR by Zion Clark (DB 117752 IN PROCESS)

Young Adult Fiction

EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN’T by Sara Fujimura (DB 99186)

Juvenile Nonfiction

AS FAST AS HER: DREAM BIG, BREAK BARRIERS, ACHIEVE SUCCESS by Kendall Coyne (DBC 26533) Grades 6-9
BOBBIE ROSENFELD: THE OLYMPIAN WHO COULD DO EVERYTHING by Anne Dublin (BRG 00872) Grades 3-6
COURAGE TO SOAR: A BODY IN MOTION, A LIFE IN BALANCE by Simone Biles (DB 103602)
FIERCE: HOW COMPETING FOR MYSELF CHANGED EVERYTHING by Aly Raisman (DB 89796)
STORY OF THE OLYMPICS by Dave Anderson (DB 50298) Grades 5-8
WOMEN OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS by Nathan Aaseng (DB 54640) Grades 5-8

Juvenile Fiction

GOLD MEDAL MESS: MVP BOOK 1 by David A. Kelly (DB 87575) Grades 2-4
HOUR OF THE OLYMPICS: MAGIC TREE HOUSE, BOOK 16 by Mary Pope Osborne (DB 54426, BR 23037, en español DB 110933) Grades 2-4
MYSTERY OF THE MASKED MEDALIST: KUDO KIDS by Maia Shibutani (DB 100823)

In His Own Words: Willie Mays

Considered one of the best baseball players of all time by authorities such as ESPN and The Sporting News, Willie Mays passed away on June 18 in California at the age of 93. Mays wrote several books describing his life and phenomenal career in baseball. Here are the books he’s written that we have in our collection.

24: LIFE STORIES AND LESSONS FROM THE SAY HEY KID (DB 99789, BR 23250)
SAY HEY: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILLIE MAYS (DB 30365)

2024 International Booker Prize Longlist

The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single book translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.

The winner was announced by Eleanor Wachtel, Chair of the 2024 judges, at a ceremony sponsored by Maison Valentino and held at London’s Tate Modern on May 21.

For more information check out the International Booker Prize website.

Here are the books longlisted for 2024 that are in the TBP collection.

HOUSE ON VIA GEMITO by Domenico Starnone and translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky
DB 115668
DICTATOR CALLS by Ismail Kadare and translated from the Albanian by John Hodgson
IN PROCESS
KAIROS by Jenny Erpenbeck and translated from the German by Michael Hofmann
DB 117426