Find your next read today as Kansas Talking Books staff members share what they are reading or have read recently.
Michael Lang, Director
DB 89812 Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter
After an astrophysicist discovers an anomalous star that defies physics, humanity embarks on its first deep-space mission. To maintain the genetic talent of the crew, their clones will man the ship throughout the journey. Each generation changes just a little, however, as the centuries pass. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian / Lead Readers’ Advisor
DB 105729 The last cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
Petra Pena's world is ending, and only the chosen few will journey to a new planet. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to discover that she alone remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity's past. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2021.
DB 97880 A madness of sunshine by Nalini Singh
After her husband's death, Anahera Rawiri returns to her remote New Zealand hometown of Golden Cove. She learns a local woman has disappeared and cop Will Gallagher fears there might be a connection to another missing persons case from years before. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
DB 95004 The hookup by Kristen Ashley
After a night with Johnny Gamble, Izzy Forrester knows she wants more. But Johnny and his ex are famous in town, with everyone sure he never got over her and never will. Even as Izzy tries to protect her heart, they grow closer--until Johnny s lost love returns. Contains violence, explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Dylan Calhoon, Patron Services Manager
DB 92711 The dinosaur artist: obsession, betrayal, and the quest for Earth’s ultimate trophy by Paige Williams
Journalist examines the world of fossil dealing. Focuses on the story of Eric Prokopi, who was accused of smuggling the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar out of Mongolia in 2012. Discusses the fascination for fossils and the mechanics and ethics of the collector market. Commercial audiobook. 2018.
Amanda Diggs, Production Manager
DB 103735 Nocturne Falls, books 1-4 by Kristen Painer
Four paranormal romances set in the town of Nocturne Falls, where the supernatural residents celebrate Halloween all year. Includes The Vampire's Mail Order Bride, The Werewolf Meets His Match, The Gargoyle Gets His Girl, and The Professor Woos the Witch. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.
DB 95088 Noodle shop, books 1-3 by Vivien Chen
Three mysteries, written in 2018-19, featuring Lana Lee, who returned to her family's Cleveland restaurant after her relationship and job imploded. Includes Death by Dumpling, Dim Sum of All Fears, and Murder Lo Mein, in which a food critic dies after getting a threatening fortune cookie. 2019.
DB 80256 Library lover’s mystery, books 1-5 by Jenn McKinlay
Books one through five, written between 2011 and 2014, in the series featuring library director and amateur sleuth Lindsey Norris of Briar Creek, Connecticut. In Books Can Be Deceiving, Beth Stanley, Lindsey's friend and employee and an aspiring children's author, is suspected of murdering her famous-writer boyfriend. 2014.
Nataly Renfro, Circulation Clerk
DB 101157 All of us by A. F. Carter
Though legally she is Carolyn Grand, in practice she is Martha, a homemaker who cooks and cleans for her five other personalities. But Carolyn's tenuous normal is shattered when Hank Grand--the man who abused her and leased her out to pedophiles--is released from prison and begins stalking her. Then Hank is murdered. Contains violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
Tiffany Fay, Machine Clerk
DB 107566 River of the gods: genius, courage, and betrayal in the search for the source of the Nile by Candace Millard
The author of River of Doubt (DB 60664) recounts the Royal Geographical Society's search for the headwaters of the Nile River. She examines the clashes between explorers Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke, and the contributions of their enslaved third party member. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
DB 90801 The feather thief: beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century by Kirk W. Johnson
Chronicle of the 2009 theft of 299 rare bird skins from a natural history museum by a musician for the purpose of supporting his hobby: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Discusses the underground world of feather enthusiasts, the history of the specimens, the investigation of the crime, and more. Commercial audiobook. 2018.