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May 30

May 2023 Staff Picks

Posted on May 30, 2023 at 4:31 PM by Michael Lang

Explore a variety of books recommende by KTB staff, all available today. You can download any of these books and be ready to read in minutes with BARD. Or drop us a line to order them on digital book cartridge .

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

  DB 96800 Wonton Terror by Vivien Chien 

Lana Lee is working the Cleveland Asian Night Market at her family restaurant's food truck, when family friends' nearby food truck--Wonton on Wheels--blows up, killing the husband. Hiding her sleuthing from her detective boyfriend, Lana investigates her suspicion that it was murder. 2019.

 DB 99341 The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z. Hossain 


Djinn king Melek Ahmar wakes after millennia have passed to find the world vastly different from when he last saw it. An exile from the nearby city state of Kathmandu pushes the djinn into ever deeper conflicts. Strong language. 2019.

Jason Brinkman, Production Assistant

DB 75277 Double Cross: The true story of the D-day spies by Ben Macintyre

Author of Operation Mincemeat (DB 71406) recounts the deception the Allies used to keep secret the planned location of their 1944 invasion of France. Details the efforts of Tommy "Tar" Robertson of Britain's MI5 to turn playboys, party girls, and eccentrics--all of whom were Nazi spies--into double agents. Bestseller. 2012.

Nataly Renfro, Machine Manager

DB 85083 Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant

A collection of all the short fiction in the Newsflesh series, which began with Feed (DB 77374). Contains two novellas not published elsewhere and six shorter works, including "Countdown" and "The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell." Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

DB 102687 West With Giraffes by Lynda Ruttledge

As the Great Depression lingers, Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. In a twelve-day road trip, Woodrow Wilson Nickel drives a custom truck to deliver the giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Some violence and some strong language. 2021.

DB 112373 The Golden Enclaves: Scholomance, Book 3 by Naomi Novik

The one thing you never talk about while you're in the Scholomance is what you'll do when you get out. Not even the richest enclaver would tempt fate that way. But it's all we dream about: the hideously slim chance we'll survive to make it out the gates and improbably find ourselves with a life ahead of us, a life outside the Scholomance halls. And now the impossible dream has come true. I'm out, we're all out-and I didn't even have to turn into a monstrous dark witch to make it happen. So much for my great-grandmother's prophecy of doom and destruction. I didn't kill enclavers, I saved them. Me and Orion and our allies. Our graduation plan worked to perfection: We saved everyone and made the world safe for all wizards and brought peace and harmony to all the enclaves everywhere. Ha, only joking! Actually, it's gone all wrong. Someone else has picked up the project of destroying enclaves in my stead, and probably everyone we saved is about to get killed in the brewing enclave war. And the first thing I've got to do now, having miraculously gotten out of the Scholomance, is turn straight around and find a way back in. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

Michael Lang, Director of Kansas Talking Books

DB 93691 The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the guitar-pioneering rivalry that shaped rock 'n' roll 

by Ian S. Port 

A music journalist examines two of the guitar makers whose innovations shaped the sound of rock music. In addition to the story of their differing musical backgrounds and signature electric guitars (the Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul), the author chronicles their competitive rivalry. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.